According to Deadline, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just announced that David Hill and Reginald Hudlin will produce the 88th Annual Oscars. Hudlin is no stranger to the Academy, having been tapped by President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to produce last November’s non-televised Governors Awards. As my colleague Mike Fleming and I pointed out in our piece last week on the search for new Oscar producers , Hudlin was thought to be a personal favorite of Boone Isaacs so his name was always in the mix.
Hill is more of a surprise, but the former Fox tv executive has vast experience in live television, particulary during his time as Chairman and CEO of Fox Sports Media Group, even receiving an Emmy for the 2011 World Series broadcast. His most recent position at Fox was as EVP of 21st Century Fox and for the last two seasons as an executive producer on American Idol. He recently left the company to start his own production shingle, Hilly, with an emphasis on live and reality television. Certainly that is the kind of expertise the Oscar show can use.
Hudlin brings lots of film experience to the table as well as some awards cred. In addition to the Governors Awards he also has been an executive producer of the NAACP Awards show since 2012. He was also the first President of Entertainment for BET Networks from 2005 to 2009 where he oversaw programming. His film credits include Boomerang, The Great White Hype and House Party ( also as a writer on the latter). He won a 2012 Best Picture Oscar nomination as a producer of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. His numerous tv credits include executive producer on The Boondocks , The Black Panther and as director of series such as Modern Family, New Girl and The Office.
Sidebar: Awesome Reginald Hudlin!