Tony Award-winning production designer Derek McLane will serve as designer for the 85th Academy Awards telecast and Danette Herman will be coordinating producer, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced this week. This will be McLane’s first time designing an Oscar set.
“Derek is one of our most talented set designers, and we had a very successful collaboration with him on our recent Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying,” said Zadan and Meron. “We were very eager to reunite with him, and we believe he’ll bring a fresh perspective to the Oscar telecast.”
Over his career, McLane has designed sets for numerous Broadway and off-Broadway shows, several of which have been nominated for Tony Awards. He received four nominations and won best scenic design of a play in 2009 for his work on 33 Variations. McLane’s other Broadway credits include The Heiress, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Follies, Anything Goes, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Grease and I Am My Own Wife.
Herman has been associated with the Academy Awards telecast for more than 37 years. Her most recent credits include co-producer of The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards and in December she will again serve as coordinating producer for The Kennedy Center Honors. Through Herman’s well-respected career in live television and events, she has worked on the Academy’s Governors Awards, Stand Up to Cancer, CNN Heroes, An American Celebration at Ford’s Theater and The Producer’s Guild Awards.
“Danette has just the right combination of relationships and instincts for the job,” said Zadan and Meron. “We are extremely pleased that she has agreed to be a part of the 85th Academy Awards team.”