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TCA: TV Academy May Look At Primetime Emmy Categories Because Industry Has Evolved, CEO Bruce Rosenblum Says

TCA: TV Academy May Look At Primetime Emmy Categories Because Industry Has Evolved, CEO Bruce Rosenblum SaysThe TV Academy probably should take another look at the categories for its Primetime Emmy Awards, academy chairman/CEO Bruce Rosenblum told TV critics this morning at the TCAs summer press tour after TV critics began to flog him and the academy for not doing a better job “policing” which categories series and actors are competing.

Image (2) SHAMELESS-EMMY-BUS-AD__140521190126-575x119.jpg for post 734049TV critics nicked him for a number of this year’s nominees — one TV critic, for instance, noted,  “it’s nice Treme got nominated, but it’s in the miniseries category and it’s been on the air about five years.” Another expressed disbelief the academy would let Shameless submit itself for consideration as a comedy series for a season that included a storyline “in which a baby overdoses on cocaine.”  And harsh words were said about  “certain” actors who’d  submitted themselves as guest stars “even though they have regular series contracts.” Plenty more where that came from.

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EMMYS: Producer Don Mischer’s Show Nightmare – And Why The Golden Globes Can Thank ‘SNL’ For Its Emmy Love

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 1:59pm PDT
Pete Hammond

EMMYS: Producer Don Mischer’s Show Nightmare – And Why The Golden Globes Can Thank ‘SNL’ For Its Emmy LoveAfter this morning’s announcement of the Emmy nominations, Don Mischer, the veteran (and much awarded himself) executive producer of this year’s 66th annual Emmy Awards jokingly suggested to me that maybe there should be an awards show that only honors other award shows! God help us. We almost have that now. At the Emmys, the only awards show not eligible to win one of the golden winged statuettes is Emmy herself.

And what’s significant awards-show wise in this year’s lineup is how far the Golden Globes, of all shows, have come into industry respectability. Not only did it grab an Outstanding Special Class Seth-Meyers-bowed-Andy-Samberg-while-presenting-his-Golden-GlobeProgram nomination against the Tonys and the Oscars this morning, but it also landed a nod for Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special. It will compete there again with the Tonys there but – OUCH – not perennial writing nominee Academy Awards; Ellen DeGeneres and her crew of writers who so memorably sent out for pizza and took selfies this year were snubbed this time out.

Of course the Globes have really smartened up in the writing department in the past couple of years with strong SNL influence and participation from hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as well as Seth Meyers among other members of the Lorne Michaels wolf pack.  Meyers may not have been nominated for his own newoscars-producers-blog630-jpg_043502 NBC late-night talk show, but this year’s Emmy host has a chance to win one  for his Globes writing gig, and that category WILL be presented this year on the primetime broadcast. Still in sheer numbers of nominations today, The Oscars lead the Tonys 8-7, with the Globes grabbing the aforementioned two. Impressively, Oscar show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who will be returning for a third consecutive stint on next year’s show, are competing directly against themselves in the Special Class category with their NBC musical special The Sound Of Music Live! And they also nabbed a nomination for their Lifetime miniseries, Bonnie And Clyde. Big day for that busy pair, who got Emmy love for all of their TV projects last season, even if critical reaction was mixed. Who’s laughing now? Read More »

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Don Mischer To Produce China Film Awards Show In Hollywood; 600M Viewers Projected

China-And-Hollywood__130605112955-150x150__130925193515__131105220131__140418151541Hollywood has increasingly been turning up at awards ceremonies, groundbreakings and on promotional tours in China in an effort to further connect with the world’s 2nd largest box office territory. Next month, the Huading Film Awards will see Chinese stars come to Hollywood to rub shoulders and honor the global film industry as well as the home market. Don Mischer Productions, along with Beijing-based Global Talents Media Group, is producing the stage show in the U.S. for Don-Mischer__130713035831the first time. The bilingual show will be recorded at the Ricardo Montalban Theater on June 1 and will be broadcast in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and on the International Chinese Network. Organizers say it is expected to reach an audience of up to 600M viewers on more than 60 TV channels in China, with an additional 400M viewers projected online. The Huading Film Awards are selected by the Chinese public who vote for separate prizes for Chinese and global films, including Movie of the Year, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Original Song, Emerging Actor/Actress, Animated Film, Costume Design, and a single Lifetime Achievement award. Last October, Hollywood stars including Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage, Quentin Tarantino, Michelle Dockery, Matthew Perry, Jeremy Irons and Sam Worthington appeared in Macau for the Huading Celebrity Image Awards which Mischer also co-produced. Organizers promise leading … Read More »

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NBC To Resuscitate ‘American Comedy Awards’ With Don Mischer

By | Wednesday October 23, 2013 @ 5:31pm PDT

The American Comedy Awards lives again. NBC announced today it will revive the franchise created by George Schlatter in the late ’80s. Competitors began snarking that it’s likely to be the only funny TV hit NBC has on all season, which is just cold — NBC’s not having such a great season in primetime with comedy so far, it’s true (though it’s having a fine time with football, The Voice, The Blacklist, etc.). Getting back to the American Comedy Awards, the franchise aired for many years on broadcast TV — ABC had it a while, Fox appears to have taken a quick stab, causing the franchise to bleed in the ratings. It moved to Comedy Central for one year and was laid to rest in ’01. Now back, and on NBC, it will be produced by Don Mischer Prods., with Mischer — whose credits include the Academy Awards, the Primetime Emmys, the Super Bowl halftime show and the Olympics Opening Ceremony –  exec producing, as are Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare. NBC said it will relaunch in May.

“We all love a good laugh and the American Comedy Awards will be full of gut-busting material from the best comedians in our business,” Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late Night Programming at NBC Entertainment, said in today’s announcement. “With creative genius Don Mischer at the helm, get ready for a night of great hilarity. No joke,” he added. Seriously.

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OSCARS: Don Mischer To Direct 85th Academy Awards Telecast

By | Thursday September 13, 2012 @ 2:54pm PDT

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Don Mischer will direct the 85th Academy Awards telecast, telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. This marks the continuation of Don Mischer Productions’ multi-faceted relationship with the Academy, which includes producing the Oscars red carpet pre-show and producing the annual Governors Awards.

“For a very long time, we had always hoped to work with Don Mischer,” said Zadan and Meron. ‘His talent and reputation are unsurpassed and we’re so happy he will be our collaborator on the 85th Academy Awards.”

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EMMYS: Don Mischer On Awards Telecast

By | Friday August 24, 2012 @ 9:00pm PDT

Ray Richmond is an AwardsLine contributor

Few living professionals have produced more live-event TV than Don Mischer, who has manned the controls at everything from Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony telecasts to Olympic Games opening ceremonies, Super Bowl halftime shows and, in 2009, a presidential inaugural celebration. Mischer – who will preside over his 13th Primetime Emmy show as producer in September –spoke with AwardsLine about the unpredictable nature of live TV, the specific challenges of the Emmys, and why he’ll be forever grateful to a fellow named Bucky Gunts.

AwardsLine: How early do you begin preparing for an awards show?

Don Mischer: We’ve actually been on the Emmys since the beginning of June. We had several meetings with Jimmy (Kimmel) and crafted a rundown even before the nominations were announced. But in many ways, the show is shaped by the nominated work.

AwardsLine: Isn’t it frustrating to have to balance the requirement of handing out 26 or 27 awards with trying to do something that’s actually entertaining?

Mischer: Frustrating is not the word. It is, after all, an awards show. As producers, the thing we try hardest to do is keep it briskly paced and humorous. And it’s interesting, if you start the show with a certain kind of pace, it begins to pervade the evening. It manifests itself in things like people getting to the stage quicker. People don’t speak as long, because there’s a certain rhythm where it’s all short and to the point. That makes the evening fly by.

Related: Q&A: Jimmy Kimmel On Hosting Emmys

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Jimmy Kimmel To Host The Emmys, Don Mischer To Produce

By | Monday March 26, 2012 @ 7:04am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC turned to its late-night host Jimmy Kimmel to emcee the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards. Don Mischer, who produced this year’s Academy Awards with Bryan Grazer, also on ABC, is on board to produce the Emmy telecast on Sept. 23. While he has hosted other awards shows, including the American Music Awards and the ESPY Awards, this is Kimmel’s first time hosting the Emmys. For Mischer, this will be Emmy producing gig No.12. “We love television and look forward to working with the Television Academy and ABC in creating a show that is fast-paced, humorous, unpredictable and at times irreverent, but clearly celebratory of our incredible industry,” Mischer said. It was ABC’s previous turn carrying the Primetime Emmys that produced the most universally panned host performance with Ryan Seacrest, Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Jeff Probst.

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OSCAR NOMS: Grazer, Mischer, Sherak Talk Today’s Diversity And Coming Show

By | Tuesday January 24, 2012 @ 3:28pm PST
Pete Hammond

OSCARS: Noms Surprise As Academy Goes Its Own Way
OSCARS: Who Got Snubbed By The Academy?
OSCARS: 84th Academy Award Nominations

When controversy ended the short reign of Brett Ratner, who was originally chosen to co-produce the 84th Academy Awards with Don Mischer, followed by the exit of Ratner’s chosen host Eddie Murphy, it looked like this year’s Oscars were in deep trouble. But Academy president Tom Sherak quickly enlisted Brian Grazer to step in and join Mischer at the helm, and they hit the ground running, persuaded Billy Crystal to agree to host  for the first time in nearly a decade and calmed the stormy Oscar seas. But until this morning’s nominations, they weren’t exactly sure just what kind of show they were gonna have. After all, the Academy instituted a new rule that allowed for anywhere between 5 to 10 nominees depending on the level of enthusiasm and first-place votes each film received — instead of the set number of 10 in the last two years or 5 in previous years. That there are 9 films that made the cut (a first for the Academy) had both producers and Sherak breathing a sigh of relief when I talked to them after the announcement.  They all seemed genuinely excited at the prospects for the show. Read More »

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2012 Academy Awards Tap Hans Zimmer And Pharrell Williams As Music Consultants

By | Thursday December 8, 2011 @ 12:45pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The 2012 Academy Awards has got the musical waterfront covered. Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer and Grammy-winning hip-hop artist and producer Pharrell Williams have been set to supervise the music for the awards show. They will serve as musical consultants, the first time either has done it. Oscarcast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer were looking for an opportunity to inject music into the program that touches on Zimmer’s classical flair, and the hip hop, R&B and pop sensibilities that Williams is known for.

Zimmer won a Best Original Score Oscar for The Lion King, and was nominated eight other times. His film scores included Sherlock Holmes, Inception, Gladiator, The Da Vinci Code, the last three Pirates of the Caribbeaan films, and all three of Chris Nolan’s Batfilms, including the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises. He has won four Grammys and been nominated six other times.

Williams has won three Grammys as an artist and producer, and he wrote the original score for Despicable Me. His songs have been on the soundtracks of films ranging from Any Given Sunday to The 40 Year Old Virgin.

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The Comedy Awards To Return On Comedy Central

By | Wednesday November 9, 2011 @ 8:57am PST
Nellie Andreeva

The Comedy Awards will return for a second year, with Don Mischer back as producer. While the inaugural awards show last year was billed as an MTV Networks event and aired simultaneously on Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, VH1 and Nick At Nite, this year’s ceremony was announced as a Comedy Central event and will premiere on the channel May 6. It will be taped at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on April 28. Nominations for The Comedy Awards will be announced in early 2012. Read More »

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HAMMOND: Oscars Post-Ratner – What Now

Pete Hammond

SHOCKER: Brett Ratner Out As Oscar Producer

The Brett Ratner situation is a sad mess all around. Sad for Ratner, sad for the Oscar show that he was to co-produce, and sad for the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences. The Academy in the past has weathered its share of nightmares surrounding the show, but never something quite like this. In 1967, an AFTRA strike nearly KO’d the telecast until the walkout was settled just three hours before showtime. Similarly, a WGA strike in 2008 was threatening until it was settled a few days before the airdate. In 1968, the show was nearly cancelled after Martin Luther King’s assassination but postponed for two days instead. In 1981, the Oscars were delayed a day after President Reagan was shot. As for participants, actors have refused to accept the statuette for myriad reasons, and winners have gone to political extremes in their speeches, but the Ratner situation is a new one for AMPAS.

The interesting thing is that outcries for Ratner’s ouster targeted the Academy even though Ratner’s offensive remarks were made during appearances in support of his new film Tower Heist for Universal (Friday night’s Q&A at the Arclight, where he uttered the gay slur, and Monday morning’s radio phone interview with The Howard Stern Show, where he made derogatory comments about women.) His words had nothing directly to do with the Oscars, yet it points to the power of the Academy Awards as an iconic symbol.

Ratner was an unorthodox choice to produce the Oscars. But he was part of a movement begun by the Academy last year with the selection of hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco to make the show more young, hip, and different. Hathaway and Franco bombed. But I had the pleasure of moderating a panel with Ratner for this year’s TCM Classic Movie Film Festival in April and found him exceptionally bright, informed, and savvy. I think this real movie fan would have produced a great show. I know he had great ideas for it. Despite his terrible judgment and stupid actions this week, I am sorry we won’t get the chance to see what he might have done. Ratner already was shaking things up. He changed talent bookers by hiring Melissa Watkins Trueblood over 38-year Oscar booking veteran Danette Herman, who is now just a consultant. The writing staff also is all new, and many are Ratner cronies; I doubt they’ll stay on board. That’s not a huge problem since the Academy hasn’t officially announced the team yet.

On the other hand, host Eddie Murphy also has his writers attached and they will stay on board — if Eddie stays on. Murphy, co-starring in Ratner’s Tower Heist, has appeared on many talk shows lately saying how much he is looking forward to hosting the Oscars as well as giving props to Ratner, who talked him into taking the gig. There is some media speculation that, with Ratner gone, Eddie will follow him out the door. I see that as highly unlikely — and I also don’t think Ratner himself would let that happen. Granted, Ratner’s exit caused a big ripple inside Hollywood. But Murphy’s exit would be a high-profile PR nightmare inside and outside Hollywood, creating the impression to the general public that the Oscars is in complete chaos.

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Don Mischer To Receive PGA’s Norman Lear TV Award

By | Monday October 31, 2011 @ 9:11am PDT

Don Mischer, the longtime live-event TV guru who is producing the Oscars in February for a second consecutive year, has been tapped to receive the Producers Guild of America’s 2012 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television. It’s the first time the guild has awarded the Norman Lear to a live-events producer. The honor will be bestowed January 21 during the 23rd annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Mischer’s credits include everything from The Kennedy Center Honors to Super Bowl halftime shows, the Democratic National Convention and opening and closing ceremonies at the Olympics. He also has produced specials for Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder, Garth Brooks and Barbra Streisand, among others. He has won 15 Emmys, 10 DGA Awards and a Peabody.

Previous recipients include Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman last year, Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, John Wells, Lorne Michaels, Don Hewitt, Garry K. Marshall, Aaron Spelling, Steven Bochco, David E. Kelley and Mark Burnett.

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TOLDJA! Eddie Murphy To Host Oscars

UPDATE: Eddie Murphy Agrees To Host Oscars; Announcement Shortly
EXCLUSIVE: Eddie Murphy In Talks To Host 84th Oscars

Beverly Hills, CA — Oscar® nominee Eddie Murphy, whose performing career spans movies, television and the stage, will host this year’s Academy Awards show on Sunday, February 26, 2012, telecast producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer announced today. This will be Murphy’s first hosting stint on the Oscars®.

“Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever,” said Ratner. “With his love of movies, history of crafting unforgettable characters and his iconic performances – especially on stage – I know he will bring excitement, spontaneity and tremendous heart to the show Don and I want to produce in February.”

Commented Mischer, “Eddie is a truly ground-breaking performer, whose amazingly diverse array of roles has won him a devoted audience of all ages. His quick wit and charisma will serve him very well as Oscar host.”

“I am enormously honored to join the great list of past Academy Award hosts from Hope and Carson to Crystal, Martin and Goldberg, among others,” said Murphy. “I’m looking forward to working with Brett and Don on creating a show that is enjoyable for both the fans at home and for the audience at the Kodak Theatre as we all come together to celebrate and recognize the great film contributions and collaborations from the past year.”

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HAMMOND: Time For Billy Crystal & Oscar Again? UPDATE: Brett Ratner Responds

Pete Hammond

MONDAY PM  UPDATE: As you know, Brett Ratner is producing the Oscar show with Don Mischer and emailed me tonight with his reaction to Billy Crystal’s statements regarding possibly hosting the Oscars again. Ratner says: “I didn’t see what Billy said. I’m really focused on finishing my film Tower Heist right now. [But] I was told by the Academy that I don’t have to make a decision until mid-September.”

PREVIOUS: So is Billy Crystal once again the answer to all of Oscar’s woes? His statement in answer to a fan’s query at an American Cinematheque screening of City Slickers on Friday night was that he might be open to hosting again “maybe one or two more times”. But that’s not even the first time he’s dropped the hint this year. In March, shortly after he made his appearance on the 83rd Oscar show to honor Bob Hope, he was hosting a charity event  and told a reporter, “I think the show needs to change. There’s too many awards and it has to sort of freshen itself up, and if I can be a part of that, that would be great.” Between that and Friday’s encouraging words, what more do the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and newly minted producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer need to hear? Read More »

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Brett Ratner Told Oscar Duo: “I Can Do This”

OSCARS: Academy Announces Producers Of 84th Telecast — Brett Ratner And Don Mischer
Of all the entertainment people in the world that the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences could have picked to produce the 84th Academy Awards, without doubt the last name would have been Brett Ratner’s. Even he feels that way. “I had no idea. But Tom Sherak called me two weeks ago to come see him in his office. And I walk in and Tom is there with Dawn Hudson. And I thought I was being kicked out of Academy. I thought my maid had started bootlegging my Academy DVDs and I would be escorted out of the building and asked to relinquish my Academy cards.” That 1/2-hour meeting turned into a 3-hour schmoozefest, and at the end of it Ratner was asked to produce the Oscar telecast with returning Don Mischer. Maybe it was fate. After all, Brett does live in Hillhaven Manor, a house steeped in Hollywood history where Ingrid Bergman and Kim Novak lived as well as Allan Carr who produced the 61st Academy Awards in 1989 and gave the world one of its most infamous shows complete with Snow White and Rob Lowe. (As Deadline awards columnist Pete Hammond just emailed me, “Hopefully for Brett’s sake there isn’t a curse on the Oscars still lurking there.”)

This could turn out to be the worst idea or the best idea. I say give the guy a chance. Let’s face it: that interminable and horrible awards ceremony certainly couldn’t get any worse. A few car chases around the Kodak Theatre. Jackie Chan hanging from the ceiling chandelier. Gunfire and explosions in the aisles. Now that’s a show! (As one producer just telephoned me, “At least now we’ll get to see Chris Tucker again…”) On the other hand, besides the Rush Hour franchise, Ratner did make that fine documentary about legendary actor John Cazale of Godfather and Deer Hunter and Dog Day Afternoon fame. But Brett’s is not necessarily a body of work studied in film schools.

In an interview with me just now, Ratner says that he’d always bitched and moaned about the Oscars after every show. “I’d put it out there at every Oscar party. I’d be critical of it to everyone I’d see. ’Here’s what I would do…’ In this meeting Tom and Dawn were interested in hearing my ideas during an intense conversation. Get me talking and I can’t stop. And I kept going and going.”

Next, Sherak and Hudson set up a meeting between Ratner and Mischer. “I met him over nova and cream cheese at the Mulholland Deli on Beverly Glen. I kept thinking I’d run into Warren Beatty because he always goes there. Then Warren called while I was sitting with Don. But I couldn’t tell him. I couldn’t tell anyone. That was the problem: I couldn’t ask anybody what their opinion was about whether I should do it.”

Ratner was leaving that night for Europe and asked Sherak and Hudson, “Can I think about it?” To help him decided, he requested they gather up all of the Oscar telecast footage they had as far back as possible. “I looked through every single telecast. And I called up Tom and Dawn and said, ‘I can do this. I’m really excited.’” Read More »

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OSCARS: Academy Announces Producers Of 84th Telecast — Brett Ratner And Don Mischer

Brett Ratner Told Academy: ‘I Can Do This’

Beverly Hills, CA — Brett Ratner and Don Mischer will produce the 84th Academy Awards telecast, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced today. This will be Ratner’s first involvement with the Oscar show; Mischer will for the second year in a row serve as a producer and as the telecast director.

“I was so impressed with Brett when I met with him to discuss the Oscar show,” said Sherak.  “He has an incredible love of film and its history and is a true student of the business of movies. He’s unbelievably creative and knows how to take risks that are both interesting and inspiring.  Together with Don Mischer – who, by the way, just earned an Emmy nomination for his work on the 83rd Academy Awards – I think these two will give us a fantastic Oscar show that you won’t want to miss.”

“I’m thrilled that Don will again bring his tremendous expertise to the Oscar telecast,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.  “And Brett has a really smart and fresh take for the show. They have great chemistry, and their vision meshed so well with ours.”

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Hugh Jackman Back At Oscars, As Presenter

By | Thursday January 27, 2011 @ 9:48am PST
Mike Fleming

Hugh Jackman was the first to be offered the hosting job at the upcoming Oscarcast by producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer, an offer he turned down because he’s preparing to shoot Wolverine with Oscar-nominated Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky. But Jackman–who in my view did an excellent job in his year as host two years ago–was just announced as a presenter in the upcoming Academy Awards hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway. I’m sure Jackman will be back as host one of these years.

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OSCAR: Producers Named For Expanded “Red Carpet Live” Pre-Show

Beverly Hills, CA — Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare will executive produce the red carpet arrivals show “Oscar’s Red Carpet Live,” 83rd Academy Awards® telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today. This will be the pair’s first time producing the red carpet show.

“Oscar’s Red Carpet Live,” which has been extended from 30 to 90 minutes, will air on the ABC Television Network beginning at 4 p.m. PT/ 7 p.m. ET, immediately preceding the Oscar telecast. Cohen and Mischer also serve as executive producers for “Oscar’s Red Carpet Live.”

Haykel and Hare, who have long-standing associations with Mischer – 14 and 18 years respectively – are also serving as consulting producers for the 83rd Academy Awards telecast.

“We’re excited to be working on the pre-show, and it’s great that it’s been extended to 90 minutes,” said Haykel and Hare. “In addition to having more time to talk to the biggest movie stars in the world, we’ll be able to take the viewers behind the scenes before the biggest event in entertainment!”

Haykel recently produced the “62nd Primetime Emmy Awards” in association with Mischer, and the official kickoff to the Obama Inaugural, “We Are One,” for HBO. Also in collaboration with Mischer, he produced the halftime shows for Super Bowl XXXIX and XL and the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

Hare joined Don Mischer Productions in 1996. She has worked on the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics in Shanghai, on several Emmy® telecasts, and on

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MTV Nets Launch Comedy Awards Show

By | Monday January 10, 2011 @ 12:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Viacom’s MTV Networks, led by Comedy Central, is starting a new comedy awards franchise, The Comedy Awards. The first annual Comedy Awards show will be held at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday, March 26 and will air on Sunday, April 10, 2011, running simultaneously on MTV Networks’ Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, VH1 and Nick At Nite.

The show, which will be executive produced by veteran Don Mischer, will recognize “the year’s best comedy films, television series and digital content” with awards for writers, directors and actors as well as lifetime achievement honors for “pioneering legends.” Nominees will be be selected by The Comedy Awards’ board of directors whose founding members include James Burrows, Billy Crystal, Will Ferrell, Whoopi Goldberg, Brad Grey, Seth MacFarlane, Adam McKay, Jimmy Miller, Jay Roach, Ray Romano, Rory Rosegarten, Phil Rosenthal.  The winners will be chosen by an invitation-only voting body comprised of 500-1000 members from the comedy community — including writers, producers, performers and directors.  There will be several awards determined by fans through online voting at

In conjunction with the launch of The Comedy Awards, the MTVN Entertainment Group has joined forces with the Entertainment Industry Foundation to launch The American Comedy Fund, designed to provide  financial assistance, health benefits and other resources for comedians  in need. The American Comedy Fund will be administered by … Read More »

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