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Familiar face in Oscar seat

77th kudocast skedded for Feb. 27

HOLLYWOOD — Gil Cates has been tapped for his 12th turn as Academy Awards telecast producer.He replaces Joe Roth, who handled producing duties last year.

Prior to Cates, Howard W. Koch held the record with eight shows to his credit.

“No other producer even comes close to the depth of Gil’s experience,” Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences prexy Frank Pierson said Monday. “We’re lucky to have him back.”

“I already have ideas whirling around in my head and can’t wait to see them through to fruition on Oscar night,” said Cates.

The 77th kudocast is skedded for Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. ABC will broadcast the show live beginning at 5:30 p.m. PT.