Cates back as Academy producer

Oct 11, 2004 by Ian Evans

Gil Cates will be producing the annual Academy Awards® telecast for the 12th time. The veteran producer has been in charge of Hollywood’s big night more than any other producer.

“With eleven shows under his belt, no other producer, living or dead, even comes close to the depth of Gil’s experience,” Academy President Frank Pierson said. “We’re lucky to have him back!”

Cates’ produced Oscars® have garnered 85 Emmy nominations and 21 Emmy Awards. Cates won the Emmy himself in 1991 for producing the 63rd Annual Academy Awards telecast.

“I’m delighted that Frank has asked me to rejoin the Academy for a twelfth stint as producer of a show that I love to do,” said Cates. “I already have ideas whirling around in my head and can’t wait to see them through to fruition on Oscar Night.”