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Oscars Announce New Culinary Partner, Production Crew Members


Oscar show producer Will Packer has announced the key members of the production team for the 94th Academy Awards, which will air live on ABC on March 27. Additionally, for the first time, a new culinary partner, Ghetto Gastro, will collaborate with the longtime chef. Wolfgang Puck on the Governors Ball menu.

Puck and his Wolfgang Puck Catering will again create the menu for this year’s Governors Ball which will take place after the telecast, this year with Bronx-based Ghetto Gastro contributing additional menu items. Ghetto Gastro mixes influences from the African diaspora, ingredients from the South and hip-hop, according to the Academy.

“This is a one-of-a-kind collaboration that breaks down boundaries and brings new flavor to the Oscars Governor’s Ball,” Packer said. “The Ghetto Gastro Collective, Wolfgang Puck and the Academy teams have embraced this brilliant alliance of uniting people in a true celebration of film and food.”

Meanwhile, Rob Paine will return as the show’s supervising producer. Paine, who has been associated with Oscars telecasting for more than 20 years, has more than 200 credits — including Super Bowl halftime shows, political conventions and comedy specials. Production designer and creative director David Korins will also return to the Oscars this year. Korins, who was also the designer for the ceremony in 2019, has a range of TV and Broadway credits — such as “Hamilton,” “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Grease: Live!”

Additionally, the 94th Academy Awards will mark the 33rd Academy Awards for lighting designer Robert Dickinson. Dickinson’s other accolades include the Grammys, Tonys, and Golden Globes. Talent producer Taryn Hurd, who has also served as a talent producer at the past six Governors Awards ceremonies, will join the Oscars for the ninth straight year.

Music director Adam Blackstone joins the Oscars production team. Over the course of his career, Blackstone has held musical directorships for several Super Bowl halftime shows and a range of high-profile artists – such as Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Eminem and Alicia Keys.

Jon Macks will serve as editor this year – returning for his 25th Oscar TV show. Over Macks’ time with the Oscars, he served as head writer or co-head writer for hosts Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin and Hugh Jackman.

Dave Boone, Dana Eagle, Mitch Marchand, Suli McCullough, Agathe Panaretos, Danielle Schneider and Chuck Sklar will also join the writing team. Boone, who served as editor-in-chief for Neil Patrick Harris at the 87th Academy Awards, will return for his 12th TV show.