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Academy Gives Danette Herman Her Old Job Back

Danette Herman, a key member of the Oscars production team for more than three decades, returns as coordinating producer after being moved into a consultant role


A year after being moved into a consultant's role on the Oscars show, Danette Herman is back as coordinating producer of the 85th Academy Awards.

Herman has been one of the key members of the Oscar production team for more than three decades. Last year's initial Oscar producers, Brett Ratner and Don Mischer, hired Melissa Watkins Trueblood to be the show's talent producer and signed Herman as a consultant – a position that the Academy said she would occupy for two years. Ratner was later replaced by Brian Grazer.

"Danette has just the right combination of relationships and instincts for the job," said Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron of their decision to give Herman back her old job rather than keep her as a consultant. "We are extremely pleased that she has agreed to be a part of the 85th Academy Awards team."

Herman's position, coordinating producer, is the same one she held at the 83rd Oscars. She first began working on the Oscar telecast in the late 1960s, and has served as the main talent executive at nearly every Academy Awards since the 1980s.

She has also worked on shows that include the Kennedy Center Honors, the Primetime Emmy Awards and "Stand Up to Cancer."

With last week's announcement of Michael Seligman as supervising producer, Zadan and Meron now have two of the mainstays of past Oscar shows in crucial positions.