Craig Zadan
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Zadan/Meron Productions

Craig
Zadan

Principal / Producer

Whether it’s remaking “Brian’s Song” (2001) or “A Raisin in the Sun” (2008), Craig Zadan has a knack for knowing when the time is right to revive the classics, and that goes not only for specific titles but whole genres.

With 2013’s “Sound of Music Live!” on NBC, Zadan and producing partner Neil Meron revived the live TV musical, a format that had been dormant for decades. That success sparked a large roster of stars across multiple productions for NBC, including 2014’s “Peter Pan Live!,” 2015’s “The Wiz Live!” and 2016’s “Hairspray Live!” Next up: NBC’s “Bye Bye Birdie” starring Jennifer Lopez for 2018.

“We’ve spoken to a lot of friends who are stars who could be great and they say to us, ‘Look, if you were doing a movie musical, and we could pre-record and lip-synch, sure. But live? So if we hit a bad note it’s there for posterity? We’re not going to go out there without a safety net.,’” Zadan told Variety in 2016. “There are lot of people who want to do these shows, but they don’t want to do them live.”

Zadan got his start producing the hit feature film “Footloose” in 1984. With Meron, Zadan produced the Oscars telecast from 2013 through 2015.

Career

  • FOOTLOOSE (2011)
  • PETER PAN LIVE! (AKA PETER PAN)
  • HAIRSPRAY LIVE

Education

  • Hofstra University (NY, USA)

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Oscar Producer Craig Zadan Hints at Not Returning for Next Year

Oscar Producer Craig Zadan Hints at Not Returning for Next Year

After producing three Academy Awards shows, duo Craig Zadan and Neil Meron may be ending their Oscars streak, according to a tweet from Zadan.Saturday night, Zadan tweeted what seemed like a cryptic goodbye to Hollywood's biggest night.“Hoping that whoever produces the #Oscars next year will retain our innovations: #TeamOscar program & reading all 24 nom on Oscar nom morning," he wrote.https://twitter.com/craigzadan/status/574424080469860352The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, however, has not made an official announcement on the matter yet, and...

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