Michael B. Seligman has been named as the supervising producer of the 85th Academy Awards telecast, marking his 36th year of association with the show. The news was confirmed yesterday by telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who said Seligman “is the go-to guy of live television who has shepherded more live events than anyone we know. We feel exceptionally lucky to have him on our team.”
Seligman, who specializes in producing live broadcasts throughout the world, has has more than 300 credits to his name. In December, he will serve as an executive producer for NBC’s two-hour live show ‘The American Giving Awards.’
Seligman has been nominated for ten Emmy Awards throughout his career, including his work on the most recent Oscar telecast. Besides his work on the Academy Awards, he has produced such shows as ‘America Celebrates July 4th at Ford’s Theatre;’ ‘America’s Millennium,’ a three-hour live New Year’s Eve celebration; the NBC special ‘Funny Women of Television;’ ‘Return to the Titanic…Live!;’ and ‘CBS at 75,’ a three-hour special celebrating the network’s 75th Anniversary.
The 85th Academy Awards, which will honor outstanding film achievements of 2012, will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center. It will be telecast live on ABC, and shown in more than 225 countries worldwide.
Written by: Karen Benardello