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Academy Announces Oscar Show Producers Cohen and Mischer

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 23, 2010 at 1:10AM

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Tom Sherak is jumping the gun this year by announcing the show's producers in June. The producers of last November's first inaugural Governor's Awards, film producer Bruce Cohen and TV producer Don Mischer, will do the honors on the 83rd Academy Awards telecast, which airs on ABC Sunday, February 27, live from the Kodak Theatre. Mischer will also direct the telecast.
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Tom Sherak is jumping the gun this year by announcing the show's producers in June. The producers of last November's first inaugural Governor's Awards, film producer Bruce Cohen and TV producer Don Mischer, will do the honors on the 83rd Academy Awards telecast, which airs on ABC Sunday, February 27, live from the Kodak Theatre. Mischer will also direct the telecast.

Cohen collected an Oscar in 1999 as producer, with Dan Jinks, of best picture American Beauty. In 2008, he and Jinks were also nominated for Milk. Cohen also produced Big Fish and executive produced television's Pushing Daisies.

Mischer met Cohen when he executive produced the TV special Movies Rock in 2007. Mischer is an old hand at big-event TV specials, from We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial and The Kennedy Center Honors to various Super Bowl half-time shows and the opening ceremonies of both Winter and Summer Olympic Games. He has produced specials with singers Barbra Streisand, Willie Nelson, Beyonce and Carrie Underwood. Mischer has awards coming out of his ears: fifteen Emmys, ten DGA awards, two NAACP Image Awards and one Peabody.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.