Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have signed to exec produce the first-ever telecast of the GLAAD Media Awards.
Logo, MTV Networks’ soon-to-launch channel for gay audiences, will air the 16th edition of the show, compiled from all three events that are taking place in New York City’s Marriott Marquis on March 28; Los Angeles’ Kodak Theater on April 30; and San Francisco’s Westin St. Francis on June 11.
“We’ve been longtime supporters of GLAAD, but we’ve never produced an awards show. So when (MTV Networks Music Group entertainment topper-Logo prexy) Brian Graden asked us to work with them on the show, we thought there was no better time to learn than now,” Zadan said.
Pair are prepping the three shows. Meron said they’re hoping for some surprise presenters, but details are still being hammered out.
“I can tell you what we won’t do; we won’t be handing out awards from the audience,” he quipped.
Vet awards producer Michael Dempsey will also exec produce. Kudofest honors media for fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.
Zadan and Meron are past recipients of GLAAD Media awards, having been recognized for the TV movies “Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story” and “What Makes a Family.”
Emmy-winning producers Zadan and Meron are at work on the bigscreen version of the Broadway smash “Hairspray.” Their recent credits include the Showtime movie “The Reagans” and “Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.”