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OSCARS: Telecast Production Designer Will Be Steve Bass, Not David Rockwell

By | Thursday September 23, 2010 @ 3:09pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Academy Awards telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer have set 62nd Emmys production designer Steve Bass to do the same for the 83rd Academy Awards. The big surprise is that their choice isn’t David Rockwell, who has been the production designer for the past two Oscarcasts and won an Emmy for last year’s. I’m told he was offered the job but decided to sit out this year:

Beverly Hills, CA — Steve Bass will serve as production designer for the 83rd Academy Awards® presentation, Oscar telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today. This will be the first time the Emmy®-winning production designer has worked on the Oscar telecast.

“I have collaborated with Steve several times, and he’s the perfect person for this year’s Oscars,” said Mischer. “He’s an innovative, creative talent who I know will do justice to the tradition and glamour of the Academy Awards.”

“Don and I knew right away that Steve would be the absolute best partner to bring our vision to life in terms of the production design of the Oscar show,” said Cohen. “He is truly a master at designing for high-profile, grand-scale events.”

Bass most recently worked with Mischer on the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards. Other collaborations include “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial,” “Movies Rock,” on which Cohen also served as an executive producer, and the Democratic National Convention in 2004. Bass has won two Emmys, in 1997 as art director of

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EMMYS: Director, Designer, & Band Named

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA, July 30, 2010 – Four-time Emmy® Award recipient Glenn Weiss and two-time Emmy® Award recipient Steve Bass have been named to the 62nd Primetime Emmy® Awards production team, Executive Producer Don Mischer announced today. Weiss returns as Director and Bass as Production Designer of the telecast, airing live coast-to-coast on Sunday, August 29 (8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT) on NBC from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. Also returning to the Primetime Emmys for an encore performance, is the 17-piece “dream team” band under the direction of Steve Jordan and David Paich and comprised of renowned rock, jazz and studio greats, including guitarists Dean Parks and Ray Parker, Jr., keyboardist Michael Bearden, saxophonist Tom Scott, bassist Darryl Jones and percussionist Lenny Castro.

As Executive Producer of seven Tony Awards and Director of the last ten, Glenn Weiss has received four Primetime Emmy Awards. Aside from collaborating with Mischer in 2009 for the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards, the pair has joined forces on many other projects, including working as co-executive producers of the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Super Bowl Halftime Shows with Prince, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen respectively. In addition, Weiss has directed numerous television specials which recently includes The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration (2009), the Academy of Country Music Awards (2009, 2010) and the American Music Awards (2008, 2009) among many others. Weiss’ television series credits include The Singing Bee, Wanna

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