Emmy-Winning Tony Awards Show Director Tapped to Direct 2016 Oscars

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Glenn Weiss, who has directed 15 Tony Awards broadcasts, winning three Emmy Awards in the process, has been chosen to direct the 2016 Academy Awards, set to air Feb. 28 on ABC-TV.

Weiss' other directing credits include the "38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors," "Billboard Music Awards," "BET Awards," "Peter Pan Live!," "Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest," "Primetime Emmy® Awards," "Live from Lincoln Center," "Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular," "Garth Brooks, Live from Las Vegas" and the "American Music Awards."

It won't be the only Broadway connection for this year's Oscars. Derek McLane, who has designed 35 Broadway shows, including this season's Noises Off, China Doll and the forthcoming Fully Committed, has been asked to repeat one of the classiest gigs in the business: designing the set for the 2016 Academy Awards broadcast.

It will be McLane's fourth year doing the Oscars job.

Derek McLane
Derek McLane Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

In his 20-year career McLane has designed sets for Broadway's Gigi (2015), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (2014), Follies (2011) and Ragtime (2009). He was nominated four times for Tony Awards—The Pajama Game, 33 Variations, Ragtime and Anything Goesand won for 33 Variations.

He's also worked in TV, creating the sets for "The Wiz Live!" and "Peter Pan Live!" He won a Primetime Emmy Award for the set for the 2015 Academy Awards ceremony broadcast.

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