BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Gil Cates will produce next year’s Academy Awards, marking the 14th time he’ll have done so — adding to his growing record. He passed the previous most-prolific producer, Howard W. Koch, with eight shows, in 1998.
Oscar telecasts produced by Cates have resulted in 99 Emmy nominations and 25 awards, including a 1991 Emmy for Cates for producing the 63rd edition of the Academy Awards.
It will be up to Cates to choose this year’s host. Ellen DeGeneres hosted last year’s show, her first such stint. Previous Cates-selected hosts include Steve Martin, Jon Stewart, Chris Rock and Billy Crystal.
The 80th Academy Awards presentation will take place on Feb. 24, 2008.