Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner will serve as executive producers of the 95th Oscars, which will take place in March 2023. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences CEO Bill Kramer announced the producing duo, both from White Cherry Entertainment, on Saturday morning.
In addition to production, Weiss will direct the ceremony for the eighth consecutive year. The 2023 Oscars will be Weiss’ second time and Kirshner’s first production of the Academy Awards. The two were tapped by the Academy as part of “a focus on expertise in live television event production.”
“We are delighted to have Glenn and Ricky at the helm,” Kramer and Academy President Janet Yang said in a joint statement. “We look forward to working closely with them, our Board of Directors and the Council Awards Committee to deliver an exciting and energetic show.”
“Bill made us ‘an offer we couldn’t refuse,'” Weiss and Kirshner said in a joint statement, taking a line from “The Godfather” about mafia harassment tactics before going on a warm note with a “Jerry Maguire “-quote. “But he really had us ‘hello’.”
At the Academy’s meeting on Saturday, Kramer also responded to member feedback and began his comments by stating that there is “a need to revive the show.” To address this, the organization has outlined plans to create a dedicated team within the Academy that will focus solely on the awards ceremony, further enriching the pre-show red carpet event status, and figuring out how craft winners can be honored. The Academy faced criticism this year for its decision to announce the results of certain categories below the line ahead of the televised ceremony, which aired recorded thanksgiving speeches during the broadcast.
In particular, Kramer and Yang also mentioned plans to “explore expansions of the show on streaming,” which would mark new ground for the awards ceremony. The Academy Awards have remained an exclusive television event in recent years, even as streaming among consumers has grown in size.
Since both Weiss and Kirshner have been named as executive producers, the possibility remains that the Academy will recruit another high-profile figure to serve as producer for the ceremony. Additionally, the organization’s emphasis on “expertise in live television event production” represents a shift from producers of recent Oscars, such as Will Packer in 2022 and Steven Soderbergh, Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins in 2021.
Along with Weiss and Kirshner, the Academy has also announced a team of creatives who will help the pair shape the Oscars. David Chamberlin will serve as executive producer for the red carpet show, while Met Gala veterans Lisa Love and Raúl Àvila will serve as creative advisors for the red carpet. In addition, Kenny Gravillis will serve as creative director, while Misty Buckley and Alana Billingsley have been appointed as production designers for the ceremony.
“We couldn’t be happier to have live-event veterans Glenn and Ricky as executive producers of the 95th Oscars broadcast on ABC,” Rob Mills, executive vice president for unscripted and alternative entertainment at Walt Disney Television, said in a statement. . “Their experience and creativity are excluded, and we look forward to seeing their vision come true for Hollywood’s biggest night.”
Weiss is a live broadcast event veteran directing, winning two Primetime Emmys for his work on the Academy Awards and directing three times and producing nine Primetime Emmys in 21 Tony Awards shows. Other credits include the Democratic National Convention, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Primetime Emmy Awards, the American Music Awards, the BET Awards, “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” and the Academy of Country Music Awards.
In a career spanning three decades, Kirshner has received 26 Emmy nominations and won nine Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and an Edward R. Murrow Award. His credits include the Tony Awards, 14 Super Bowl Halftime Shows, “Night of Too Many Stars”, the Primetime Emmy Awards, the Democratic National Convention and Presidential Inaugurals.
The 95th Oscars will take place on March 12, 2023 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be broadcast live on ABC.