Craig Zadan and Neil Meron’s feature film, television, and theater productions have earned a total of six Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, 14 Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, a Grammy Award, six GLAAD Awards, four NAACP Image Awards and two Tony Awards. After successfully producing the 85th Academy Awards, which garnered over 40 million viewers in the U.S. alone, they were invited back to produce the 86th Academy Awards, which boasted a U.S. viewership of 45.4 million, making it the most watched Academy Awards since 2000. In 2015, Zadan and Meron produced the 87th Academy Awards, making them the first executive producers in sixteen years to have produced three consecutive Oscar broadcasts.
Other recent projects include executive producing the acclaimed NBC production of “Hairspray Live!,” and executive producing 2013’s hugely successful, live, three-hour NBC presentation of “The Sound of Music Live!” starring Grammy winner Carrie Underwood as Maria. The landmark broadcast drew a record-breaking 21.3 million viewers, giving the network its highest ratings in seven years and the first live network musical broadcast since the 1950s. They’ve continued the network’s tradition of live musicals through producing the telecasts of “Peter Pan Live!” and “The Wiz Live!.” Zadan and Meron also produced a four-hour miniseries telling the true story of “Bonnie & Clyde,” directed by multiple Oscar-nominee Bruce Beresford, starring Emile Hirsch, Holliday Grainger, and Oscar winners William Hurt and Holly Hunter. The program was also a milestone broadcast, marking the first prime-time scripted show to air simultaneously on three separate networks: A+E, History and Lifetime.
Zadan and Meron’s motion pictures include: “Hairspray,” “The Bucket List,” “Footloose,” and the Oscar-winning Best Picture, “Chicago.” Their television projects, which have accrued 127 Emmy nominations, include: “Gypsy,” “Cinderella,” “Annie,” “The Music Man,” “Life With Judy Garland,” “Martin & Lewis,” “Serving In Silence,” “The Beach Boys,” “Brian’s Song,” “The Three Stooges,” “The Reagans,” “A Raisin In The Sun,” the Golden Globe-nominated TV series “Smash” and the hit series “Drop Dead Diva”. Their latest critically acclaimed television movie was a contemporary version of “Steel Magnolias” starring Queen Latifah.
On Broadway, they produced the Tony-winning “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette, and the Tony-winning “Promises, Promises” starring Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth. Zadan and Meron recently signed a deal with the Shubert Organization to develop and produce new plays and musicals for the stage. They also produced a concert version of “Bombshell,” the fictional musical from their series “Smash,” as a charity benefit for The Actors Fund.
Upcoming projects include collaborating with Emmy Award-winning writer Aaron Sorkin for NBC’s forthcoming broadcast of their first live drama, “A Few Good Men Live” as well as NBC’s next live musical, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live”; producing “Pippin” for The Weinstein Company; “Monster High,” based on the billion dollar Mattel franchise, for Universal Pictures; and “In Sight,” a psychological thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt for Universal Pictures. Additionally, they’re developing an HBO film based on the life of the prolific filmmaker Oscar Micheaux that they are producing alongside Tyler Perry; and “Cotton Club,” a limited series at Fox based on the 1920s nightclub in Harlem.
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