Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will not be producing the prestigious Oscars ceremony in 2016.
The two confirmed this in an interview with Deadline.
“Frankly before the Oscars this year were even broadcast, we were questioning whether or not, if we were ever asked, whether we wanted to do it again, and we had long talked about it, and also had casual discussions with [Academy President] Cheryl Boone Isaacs and [Academy CEO] Dawn Hudson about it way back when, and the past couple of years have been incredible, but at the same time, we’ve also put a lot of projects on hold, and they haven’t been getting our full attention,” Meron said.
Zadan and Meron signed a three-year contract with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and produced the 2014 and 2015 edition of the ceremony.
This year’s Oscars ceremony had the show’s lowest ratings since 2009 with 36.6 million viewers.