Margolis set for pageant

Jeff Margolis, who has directed the last five Academy Award telecasts, has been signed to produce and direct this year’s Miss America Pageant, seeking to breathe new life into the beauty contest.

A number of changes are planned for this year’s show, which will air Sept. 18 on NBC. The innovations include pre-recorded “up close and personal”-style segments about the finalists’ backgrounds and ambitions.

In addition to the Oscars, Margolis’ credits include a dozen years of the American Music Awards, three Emmy telecasts and various specials.

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