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OSCAR: Mothers To Tweet About Nominees

Pete Hammond

Some quick glimpses into Oscar preparations for February 27th besides the fact that the nominated songs are going to be performed on the telecast  this year after being bumped (more like dumped) by last year’s producers. According to Oscarcast producers Don Mischer and Bruce Cohen who spoke to the Oscar Nominees Luncheon on Monday, a new graphic will slowly wind down to a warning to “wrap it up” at the 45-second mark. (Cohen said the duo did minute by minute research on past awards shows and discovered “hundreds of thousands” of viewers when winners rattle off a list that drags on too long.) That specially produced DVD by Tom Hanks with instructions on how to make a speech at the Oscars will be sent to all the nominees this year, complete with an interactive feature so they can practice at home. Bruce Cohen also said a questionnaire has been sent for Q&As. But this is kinda sweet: the pre-show will feature a “Mominees” segment in which nominees’ mothers will tweet about their nominated kid. If the moms don’t know the technology required, Cohen said the Academy will teach them. (Natalie Portman leaned over to me at that point and said, “No way! My mother would be terrified”.) Finally, the producers noted they’ll play off this year’s Academy Awards mantra of “You’re Invited”  by making the worldwide audience feel part of the show more than ever before.

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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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