Brett Ratner and Don Mischer have been chosen to produce the 84th Academy Awards telecast, scheduled for Feb. 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. This will be Ratner’s first involvement with the Oscar show. Mischer will serve as a producer and as the telecast director for the second year in a row.
“I was so impressed with Brett when I met with him to discuss the Oscar show,” said AMPAS president Tom Sherak. “He has an incredible love of film and its history and is a true student of the business of movies. He’s unbelievably creative and knows how to take risks that are both interesting and inspiring.”
“I’m thrilled that Don will again bring his tremendous expertise to the Oscar telecast,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “And Brett has a really smart and fresh take for the show. They have great chemistry, and their vision meshed so well with ours.”
“Making movies has been my dream since childhood, and I’ve been fortunate enough to have made several, but the Oscar show is in a league of its own,” said Ratner. “It will be fantastic to work with a live television master like Don to meld the glamour of legendary Hollywood with the enormous talents who thrill moviegoers today.”
“The Academy Awards are in a class by themselves, and I’m elated that the Academy has asked me to return,” said Mischer. “I hope to take the wealth of knowledge I now have about the Oscars, which is a completely unique kind of show, and work with Brett to create an evening that is fast-paced, fun, and memorable to movie fans and Oscar fans everywhere.”
Ratner’s work spans movies, including eight features; numerous television series; over 100 music videos; and several commercials. A native of Miami Beach, he is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he now serves on the Dean’s Council. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Simon Wiesenthal Center. Ratner’s next directorial release is Tower Heist, due out in November, and he will soon begin directing 39 Clues for DreamWorks, based on the popular young-adult book series published by Scholastic, as well as Hercules: The Thracian Wars for MGM. Ratner’s film producing credits include Horrible Bosses, currently in release, as well as an upcoming adaptation of Snow White, in which Julia Roberts will play the Queen.
Additionally, Ratner has produced documentaries about the legendary photographer Helmut Newton and the actor John Cazale, and he executive produced the documentary Catfish as well as the upcoming Seriously Funny – The Comic Art of Woody Allen, which will debut on PBS in November as a two-part installment of the American Masters series.
In addition to the 83rd Academy Awards, Mischer’s producer/director credits include We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, The Kennedy Center Honors, several Super Bowl half-time shows and the opening ceremonies of both Winter and Summer Olympic Games. He has also produced specials with a wide range of musical performers, including Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, Bono, Barbra Streisand, Justin Timberlake and Yo Yo Ma. Among the many honors he has earned are 15 Emmy Awards, 10 Directors Guild of America Awards, two NAACP Image Awards and a Peabody Award.