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Boyle, Daldry take Olympic roles

British film directors to oversee ceremonies

Brit helmers Danny Boyle and Stephen Daldry will mastermind the London 2012 Olympics’ Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

“Slumdog Millionaire” helmer Boyle will serve as artistic director of the Opening Ceremony, while “Billy Elliot’s” Daldry is one of four executive producers who will take overall creative charge of the Olympic and Paralympic Games’ Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Mark Fisher, who helped design the Beijing 2008 Games, will join Daldry as well as helmer Hamish Hamilton, best known for directing awards shows in Blighty, and Catherine Ugwu, who produced the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games.

The news was announced Thursday at London’s 3 Mills Studios, which will be the production center for the ceremonies.

Boyle said he was “honored” to take up the post. “It’s a completely unique opportunity to contribute to what I’m sure are going to be a fantastic Games,” he said.

Daldry, who helmed “The Hours” and Kate Winslet starrer “The Reader,” said he was “delighted” to be a part of the team.

“Myself and my co-executive producers will ensure there is creative continuity across all four ceremonies, that the public have real engagement and that we continue to attract into key roles the best talent in the world,” he said.

An artistic director for the Olympics Closing Ceremony and the Paralympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be appointed this year.

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