Diana Zahn-Storey returns as exec producer
Seth Rogen has been tapped as host of the Independent Spirit Awards, to be held Feb. 25 on the day before the Oscars.Film Independent made the announcement Tuesday. Rogen starred in and exec produced the dramatic comedy “50/50,” which is up for a Spirit Award in the best feature category. “50/50″ is inspired by the real life experiences of Rogen’s best friend, Will Reiser, who also wrote the screenplay. The 27th annual Spirit Awards ceremony will be held in its usual location and time — as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. The show will air on IFC that evening. The org also announced that Diana Zahn-Storey, a longtime executive producer of the Film Independent Spirit Awards, will be returning this year. She produced the show for 15 years and the Los Angeles Film Festival for eight, then left Film Independent in 2009 to co-found Nuts-n-Bolts Prods. Over the past two years, Nuts-n-Bolts has produced the Children Mending Hearts Peace Please Gala, Los Angeles Point Honors Gala and the treats Magazine Launch party.