Â Academy Taps Gil Cates as Producer of 80th OscarÂ® Telecast
BEVERLY HILLS, CA (RUSHPRNEWS) September 10, 2007â€” Gilbert Cates will helm the 80th Academy AwardsÂ® presentation on Sunday, February 24, 2008, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis announced today. This will be Catesâ€™ 14th assignment as Oscar telecast producer â€“ more than any other individual.
â€œIâ€™m thrilled that Gil has signed on to again produce the show,â€ said Ganis. â€œHeâ€™s so talentedâ€¦so creative and inventive, and so enormously passionate about the OscarsÂ®. All of that will again translate into a night that people canâ€™t wait to experience.â€
Previous Oscar telecasts produced by Cates have garnered 99 EmmyÂ® nominations and 25 Emmy Awards. He won an Emmy in 1991 for producing the 63rd Annual Academy Awards telecast. Most recently, Cates produced the 78th Academy Awards, which aired in 2006.
â€œI love the Oscars and itâ€™s a great treat to be asked back for the 80th presentation,â€ said Cates. â€œI canâ€™t wait to work with Sid, Bruce Davis and the entire Oscar team.â€
Since 1994 Cates has served as producing director of UCLAâ€™s Geffen Playhouse, for which he received the Jimmy Doolittle Award for Outstanding Contribution to Los Angeles Theater. His production of â€œCollected Storiesâ€ earned an Ovation Award for best play.
Cates is a former member of the Academyâ€™s Board of Governors, representing the Directors Branch from 1984 to 1993 and most recently from 2002 to 2005. He has also served as dean of UCLAâ€™s School of Theater, Film and Television and is a former two-term president of the Directors Guild of America.
In addition to his theater work, Cates has had a distinguished career in both motion pictures and television. He produced and directed the feature film â€œI Never Sang for My Fatherâ€ (1970), which earned three Academy AwardÂ® nominations, and directed â€œSummer Wishes, Winter Dreamsâ€ (1973), which collected two more Oscar nominations.
Catesâ€™ stints as Oscar telecast producer are among a long roster of television credits. He earned Emmy nominations as director of the 1991 television movie, â€œAbsolute Strangers,â€ starring Henry Winkler, as well asâ€œDo You Know the Muffin Man?â€ (1989) and â€œConsenting Adultâ€ (1985). Other directing credits include â€œFatal Judgementâ€ (1988) and â€œHobsonâ€™s Choiceâ€ (1983). In addition, Cates directed â€œA Death in the Familyâ€ (2002) and â€œConfessions: Two Faces of Evilâ€ (1994), both under his Cates/Doty Productions banner; and the critically acclaimed â€œCall Me Anna,â€ the telefilm based on Patty Dukeâ€™s autobiography.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2007 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2008, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland CenterÂ®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network.
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