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Oscars 2015: Craig Zadan, Neil Meron to produce 2015 show

April 22, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce the Oscars for a third consecutive year, the Academy announced on Monday.

It's no surprise, as this year's Oscars was the most watched show in a decade. An estimated 45 million viewers tuned in, making it the most popular entertainment event on television since the "Friends" finale in 2004.

"We couldn't be more thrilled to have Craig and Neil back to produce the Oscars again in 2015," said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs in a statement. "Their showmanship has elevated the show to new heights and we are excited to keep the momentum going with this creative partnership."

The Academy noted that the 86th Oscars was a success on social media as well, with "one billion impressions generated on Twitter and 25 million interactions happening on Facebook." Host Ellen DeGeneres' selfie with the likes of Angelina Jolie, Jared Leto and Jennifer Lawrence during the show became the most retweeted photo and was seen around the world.

Zadan and Meron have served as executive producers for the 2002 Best Picture award winner "Chicago," which won Oscars in 6 of the 13 categories in which it was nominated. They also worked on "Footloose" (2011), "Hairspray" and "The Bucket List." Zadan also produced the original "Footloose." In television, the duo's credits include "Smash" and "Drop Dead Diva."