Oscar 2010: Adam Shankman, Bill Mechanic to Produce Academy Awards Telecast

Adam ShankmanAdam Shankman (right) and Bill Mechanic will produce the 2010 Academy Awards telecast, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak has announced today. As per the Academy's press release, this will be the “first major Oscar show involvement” for both of them.

Shankman's directorial credits include Bedtime Stories (2008), Hairspray (2007), A Walk to Remember (2002) and The Wedding Planner (2001). His upcoming projects include Rock of Ages, Sinbad, Bob: The Musical and Bye Bye Birdie. In addition to directing, Shankman, along with his sister, Jennifer Gibgot, produce films through Offspring Entertainment. They are currently producing The Last Song, Going The Distance and Step Up 3D, all set for 2010 release.

Bill MechanicMechanic is the chairman and CEO of Pandemonium Films and the former chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment. While he was at Fox, among the studio's releases were True Lies (1994), Braveheart (1995), Titanic (1997), The Full Monty (1997), There's Something About Mary (1998), Boys Don't Cry (1999) and Cast Away (2000).

Before his stint at Fox, Mechanic served in executive positions at the Walt Disney Company and Paramount. His producer credits include this year's animated feature Coraline and the thriller Dark Water (2005).

The 2010 Academy Award nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The 2010 Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. In the US, it'll be televised live by ABC.

Photos: John Shearer/WireImage.com (Shankman), Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S. (Mechanic)

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3 Comments to Oscar 2010: Adam Shankman, Bill Mechanic to Produce Academy Awards Telecast

  1. Scott Jeffers

    Poor production value overall- I think this show deserves a veteran with lots of live TV production experience. The Kodak looked great,
    switching, audio, lighting-horrible. A little research would have been good too, What happened to Farrah Fawcett? And Edwards Scissorshands a horror film? TV Production has gone to pot.

  2. D Ruth

    In Memoriam: Where was Farrah Fawcett? She was in the movie “Extremities”…….

  3. hju

    i believe the oscars need more than just new producers.
    they need a new telecast. more film. less tv dance numbers.
    its a film award not a tv award.