White Cherry Entertainment’s Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner have been named executive producers of the 95th Academy Awards, Academy CEO Bill Kramer announced Saturday (September 17). For the eighth consecutive year, Weiss will also direct the show, which will air live on ABC and air worldwide on Sunday, March 12, 2023. It will be Weiss’s second time and Kirshner’s first time producing the Oscars. Weiss first produced the show five years ago alongside Donna Gigliotti.
“We are thrilled to have Glenn and Ricky at the helm,” Kramer and Academy President Janet Yang said in a statement. “Your expertise in live television production is just what the Oscars need. We look forward to working closely with them, our Board of Governors and the Board’s Awards Committee to deliver an exciting and energetic show.”
Will Packer and Shayla Cowan produced the 94th Academy Awards telecast, which went haywire when Will Smith took the stage and slapped host Chris Rock in the face. The Slap got people talking about the Oscars — but for all the wrong reasons. The shocking moment probably garnered 100 times more attention than the announcement of the highly regarded Best Picture winnerKODA. Smith resigned from the Academy, but was nevertheless banned from Academy events for a period of 10 years.
Weiss has fronted dozens of live television events including 21 Tony Awards shows, the Primetime Emmy Awards, the American Music Awards, the BET Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards, the Kennedy Center Honors, last year’s multi-network Inaugural Night Special celebrate Americathe Democratic National Convention and New Year’s Rockin’ Evente.
Kirshner’s credits include Tony Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, 14 Super Bowl Halftime Shows, night of too many starsthe Democratic National Convention and various presidential inaugurations.
The Academy also announced other key members of the creative team for next year’s Oscars.
David Chamberlin will return as executive producer of ABC’s for the fourth consecutive year The Oscars Red Carpet Show, the live introduction to the 95th Academy Awards broadcast. Chamberlin directs Full Day Productions, with credits including the Savage X Fenty Show, The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebrationmultiple 30 for 30 movies, Monday night soccer with Peyton and Eli, NFL Honors and the ESPY Awards.
Lisa Love and Raúl Àvila will join the team for the first time to reinterpret the Oscars red carpet aesthetic. Àvila is the creative director for the Met Gala and Love is a creative collaborator overseeing various aspects of the event. They led the creative team for the 2021 and 2022 Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Galas.
Kenny Gravillis joins the team for the first time to conceive key art for this year’s Oscars marketing campaign. His design agency, Gravillis Inc., recently rebranded Orion Pictures and has developed key art and campaigns for numerous films, including Dune, Summer of Soul, Birds of Prey, Queen & Slim, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, Free Solo and iris. As a member of the Academy’s marketing and public relations department, Gravillis also created posters and collateral for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures retail store.
Misty Buckley and Alana Billingsley join the team as production designers for the first time. They form the first female-led design team at the Oscars. Buckley has designed world tours and productions for the likes of Ariana Grande, Kacey Musgraves and Coldplay, including the British band’s 2016 Super Bowl Halftime Show. Buckley also designed the 2021 Grammys, the Brit Awards, the London 2012 Paralympics Closing Ceremony, the 2015 Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony and the 2022 Commonwealth Games ceremonies. Billingsley has been Art Director on six previous Oscar broadcasts. Other awards include the Primetime Emmy Awards, CMA Awards, BET Awards, Kennedy Center Honors and Disney’s The Little Mermaid Live! and the 2019 Glastonbury Festival.
The 95th Academy Awards will be held on March 12, 2023 at the Dolby Theater at Ovation Hollywood, formerly known as the Hollywood and Highland Center. The show will be broadcast live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.