×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Cates to produce Oscars

With 9 b'casts, producer sets record for consecutive stints

The upcoming Oscar show will have a familiar figure in the driver’s seat, with Gil Cates returning for a record ninth assignment as producer.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Robert Rehme announced Monday that Cates has agreed to put together the ABC telecast of the 71st annual Academy Awards presentation on March 21.

Cates stands to beat the record of Howard W. Koch, who produced eight shows over a 12-year period. He already holds the record for most consecutive stints as producer of the telecast.

“Gil’s Oscar telecasts have become marvels of the art of pulling together a live television spectacular,” Rehme said. “And the television audience regularly rewards that artistry with the best nonsports ratings of the year. … That enthusiasm for this show is in no small measure due to Gil’s skill as the man in charge.”

Cates’ eight previous Oscar outings have garnered 61 Emmy nominations and 15 Emmys for the show. Cates won the Emmy himself in 1991 for producing the Academy Awards telecast.

“I’m hooked on this show,” Cates said. “There’s no other like it in the world — it is an amazing experience. I’m thrilled to be back and delighted that Bob has asked me once more.”

Cates will also serve as exec producer of a new half-hour “pre-show,” at 5 p.m., before the Oscar show itself.

Formerly a member of the Academy’s board of governors, representing the directors’ branch, Cates served as dean of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television from 1990-97 and was president of the Directors Guild of America for two terms.

For the past four years, Cates has served as the Geffen Playhouse’s artistic director; he recently received the Jimmy Doolittle award for outstanding contribution to L.A. theater.

More Film

  • Mary Queen of Scots

    AFI Fest Film Review: Saoirse Ronan in 'Mary Queen of Scots'

    The upcoming Oscar show will have a familiar figure in the driver’s seat, with Gil Cates returning for a record ninth assignment as producer. Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Robert Rehme announced Monday that Cates has agreed to put together the ABC telecast of the 71st annual Academy Awards presentation on March […]

  • Francia Raisa

    'Grown-ish' Star Francia Raisa Developing Mendez Desegregation Story

    The upcoming Oscar show will have a familiar figure in the driver’s seat, with Gil Cates returning for a record ninth assignment as producer. Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Robert Rehme announced Monday that Cates has agreed to put together the ABC telecast of the 71st annual Academy Awards presentation on March […]

  • ‘I Am Not a Witch’ Overcame

    ‘I Am Not a Witch’ Overcame Shooting Challenges in Africa

    The upcoming Oscar show will have a familiar figure in the driver’s seat, with Gil Cates returning for a record ninth assignment as producer. Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Robert Rehme announced Monday that Cates has agreed to put together the ABC telecast of the 71st annual Academy Awards presentation on March […]

  • Eva Longoria

    Eva Longoria Baston to Direct, Star in Comedy '24-7' With Kerry Washington

    The upcoming Oscar show will have a familiar figure in the driver’s seat, with Gil Cates returning for a record ninth assignment as producer. Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Robert Rehme announced Monday that Cates has agreed to put together the ABC telecast of the 71st annual Academy Awards presentation on March […]

  • Late Afternoon, an animated short written

    Cartoon Saloon's 'Late Afternoon' Takes Tender Look at a Woman With Dementia

    The upcoming Oscar show will have a familiar figure in the driver’s seat, with Gil Cates returning for a record ninth assignment as producer. Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Robert Rehme announced Monday that Cates has agreed to put together the ABC telecast of the 71st annual Academy Awards presentation on March […]

  • Kim Porter'Can't Stop, Won't Stop: The

    Model and Actress Kim Porter Found Dead at 47

    The upcoming Oscar show will have a familiar figure in the driver’s seat, with Gil Cates returning for a record ninth assignment as producer. Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Robert Rehme announced Monday that Cates has agreed to put together the ABC telecast of the 71st annual Academy Awards presentation on March […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content