Neil Meron
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United States
2018

Zadan/Meron Productions

Neil
Meron

Producer

The passing of Meron’s longtime producing partner, Craig Zadan, in August 2018 served as a sad reminder of how prolific and successful the two men were in an era of increased importance for event programming. Meron and Zadan made the controversial “The Reagans” in 2004 and Lifetime’s “Steel Magnolias” remake in 2012. The two also produced for Broadway, including “Promises, Promises” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” They’re currently best known for their live TV musicals on NBC (“The Sound of Music Live,” “Hairspray Live”), and they had “Hair” and “A Few Good Men” in the works at the time of Zadan’s death. They produced the films “Chicago” and “Hairspray” as well as the Oscars telecast from 2013 through 2015.

Career

  • HAIRSPRAY
  • CHICAGO
  • THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE!

Education

  • Brooklyn College (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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Neil Meron on Craig Zadan: 'He Had a Singular Passion for Producing'

Neil Meron on Craig Zadan: 'He Had a Singular Passion for Producing'

Long before he was an Emmy- and Tony-nominated producer, Craig Zadan was a man who made things happen.Zadan, who died Monday at the age of 69, was a musical theater devotee in his early 20s in 1973 when he was recruited to help produce a tribute to famed composer Stephen Sondheim as a fundraiser for the American Music and Dramatic Academy and the National Hemophilia Foundation. What started out as a typical charity dinner evolved into a musical production with...

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