Condon and Mark Tapped for 81st Annual Academy Awards

News   Condon and Mark Tapped for 81st Annual Academy Awards Bill Condon, who penned the screenplay for the Oscar-winning "Chicago" film and wrote and directed the "Dreamgirls" film, will executive produce the 81st Annual Academy Awards telecast.
Bill Condon
Bill Condon

Laurence Mark, who produced the "Dreamgirls" film, will also produce the annual Oscar telecast, which is scheduled for broadcast on the ABC Television Network Feb. 22, 2009. The 2009 awards ceremony will mark both Condon and Mark's first involvement in the production of an Academy Awards telecast.

In a statement Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Sid Ganis said, "Larry and Bill are fresh thinkers who will bring a unique perspective to the Oscar show. That fact, joined with their enormous collective talent and enthusiasm, will serve the 81st awards proceedings perfectly."

Mark added, "What a thrill to produce the Oscar show. I'm excited about this opportunity and look forward to the challenge of a live television show that celebrates the very best in film."

Condon said, "The Oscars are the ultimate recognition of excellent work in movies, and I'm so pleased to be part of putting the show together."

Laurence Mark is currently in post-production on the film "Julie and Julia," which co-stars Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Bill Condon is currently writing a film about Richard Pryor for The Weinstein Company, which he will also direct. Roundabout Theatre Company sponsored a Condon-helmed spring reading of a revised version of Bill Russell and Henry Krieger's Side Show.

Oscar nominations will be announced Jan. 22, 2009.