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Producing-directing vet Don Mischer has been tapped exec-producer of the 2002 Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The 13 Emmy Award-winning Mischer was picked because “the Olympic ceremonies will be one of the most widely watched television programs of 2002,” said Olympic organizing committee prexy and CEO Mitt Romney. “And we believe Don Mischer and his extraordinary team are the best possible group to lead us.”

Exec-producing the Games is actually a repeat gig for Mischer. He created and produced the opening ceremonies during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

However, Mischer is still up for the challenge to “pay tribute to the winter athletes and reaffirm the fundamental ideals of the Olympic movement … and create Ceremonies that are innovative and emotional.”

Mischer’s other credits, under his Don Mischer Productions banner, include producing the specials “Kennedy Center Honors,” “50th annual Emmy Awards,” “Christopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope,” “The Hong Kong ’97 Spectacular” and “The 100th Anniversary of Carnegie Hall.”

Next up on Mischer’s production plate will be the Oct. 9 broadcast of “NetAid,” a concert motivating the world to fight extreme poverty.