As we get closer to the 93rd Oscars ceremony occurring on April 25th the details of the show are coming into focus. Today, the ceremony’s producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher, and Steven Soderbergh have announced 14 key members of the show’s production team, including some show veterans and first-timers.
Co-producers Jeannae Rouzan-Clay and Dionne Harmon are on board for the first time, bringing experience from events like the Super Bowl LV Halftime Show featuring The Weeknd, along with previous awards ceremonies such as the BET Awards.
dream hampton is another newcomer, working as a writer for the show. Her work on Surviving R. Kelly helped earn that program a Peabody Award and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Informational Series or Special.
dream is joined on the writing team by another first-timer, Richard LaGravanese, the screenwriter of films including The Ref and The Bridges of Madison County. LaGravanese has an Oscar nomination of his own for Best Original Screenplay for the 1991 film The Fisher King, as well as Emmy and BAFTA nominations for writing the 2013 TV movie Behind the Candelabra.
Another flashy first time name that will be familiar to many audiences is Questlove, the drummer, DJ, producer, author, and founding member of The Roots. Questlove is well-known for his work as musical director for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and will fill the same position as musical director for this year’s Oscars ceremony. Among his many celebrated works, he earned the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for Best U.S. Documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for his directorial debut, Summer of Soul (… Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised).
Among the returnees there’s Rob Paine, who has been a fixture of the Oscars telecast for more than 20 years and has more than 200 television events to his name, for which he’s been honored with eight Primetime Emmy nominations.
Co-producer Raj Kapoor is on the team for the fifth year in a row, as is talent producer Taryn Hurd, on board for the eighth consecutive year.
Amberia Allen, Mitchell Marchand, and Rodney Barnes are all returning writers for the show, as is head writer Jon Macks, who is back for his 24th Oscars ceremony.
Finally, production designer David Rockwell is back, having earned an Emmy award for his work on the 82nd Oscars, and Robert Dickinson is adding to his staggering tally of ceremonies as he returns as lighting designer for the 32nd time. Dickinson has won 18 Emmy awards over the course of his career, including three for Oscars ceremonies.
While there are plenty of details still up in the air, it certainly appears as though things are moving along at a quick pace for this year’s Oscars ceremony, as the producers are getting all of the pieces in motion for the April 25th ceremony, set to be held live and in person at Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood starting at 8:00pm ET/5pm PT.