Oscar veterans to help steer telecast

Dec 08, 2003 by Ian Evans

A group of veterans will help steer the 76th Annual Academy Awards®.

Danette Herman will return as executive in charge of talent. Herman has worked with the Oscars® for 30 years, 18 of them in her current capacity.

“I look forward to working with Danette to bring the world’s biggest stars to the most celebrated and star-studded Academy Awards telecast in recent history,” said producer Joe Roth.

Patty Fox will return as fashion coordinator having done the job for the first time back at the 73rd Academy Awards. In her role as Academy Awards fashion coordinator, Fox will coordinate the fashion preview, scheduled for February 11, 2004 in the Academy’s Grand Lobby, and will assist presenters and performers in their Oscar Night fashion selections.

Roy Christopher will return for his 15th assignment as production designer of an Academy Awards®. Says Roth, “Roy’s Oscar sets have been unforgettable and integral to the wow factor one feels while watching the show. I couldn’t go wrong by asking Roy to join the 76th Awards team.”

Three-time Emmy winner Louis J. Horvitz will sit in the director’s chair for his eighth Oscar® telecast.

“Directing a live television show as complicated as the Oscars® requires a unique skill,” said Roth. “Only a handful of directors have the chops and no one is more skilled at it than Lou. It’s a technological ballet that he conducts with such grace, I’m surprised he doesn’t have a baton in that truck.”

The Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2003 will be presented on Sunday, February 29, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland®. Stick with Digital Hit for all your 76th Academy Awards coverage.