- Friday, Nov. 4, 2016
- NEW YORK (AP)
The Oscars finally have their producers: Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd will produce the 89th Academy Awards.
The announcement Friday by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences came much later than usual and after widespread conjecture over who would take the reins of next year's ceremony. Reginald Hudlin and David Hill, who produced this year's show, were jettisoned after the Chris Rock-hosted broadcast, marked by the "OscarsSoWhite" backlash, drew 34.4 million viewers, one of the show's smallest audiences.
De Luca is a veteran producer and three-time Oscar nominee. Todd is president of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's Pearl Street Films. They're both first-time Oscars producers. Dawn Hudson, academy chief executive, pledged they would create an "entertaining, unexpected" show.
The Oscars will be held Feb. 26 in Hollywood, California.