Craig Zadan’s productions have earned a total of six Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, fourteen Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, a Grammy Award, six GLAAD Awards, four NAACP Image Awards, and two Tony Awards for his various feature films, television and theater projects. After successfully producing the 85th Academy Awards, which garnered over 40 million viewers in the U.S. alone, Zadan was invited back to produce the 86th Academy Awards, which boasted a U.S. viewership of 45.4 million, making it the most watched Academy Awards in 14 years. In 2015, Craig produced the 87th Academy Awards, making it the third consecutive year in which that honor was bestowed upon him.
Other recent projects include executive producing the hugely successful, live, three-hour NBC presentation of The Sound of Music Live! starring Grammy winner Carrie Underwood as ‘Maria.’ The landmark broadcast drew a record-breaking 21.3 million viewers, giving the network its highest ratings in seven years and the first live network musical broadcast since the 1950s. He followed up the successful production with Peter Pan Live! and The Wiz Live and up next, he will produce Hairspray Live!
Zadan’s motion pictures include: Hairspray, The Bucket List, Footloose, and the Oscar-winning Best Picture, Chicago. His television projects, which have accrued 114 Emmy nominations, include: Gypsy, Cinderella, Annie, The Music Man, The Beach Boys, The Three Stooges, A Raisin In The Sun and the Golden Globe-nominated TV series Smash. His latest critically acclaimed miniseries told the true story of Bonnie & Clyde. The program was a milestone broadcast, marking the first prime-time scripted show to air simultaneously on three separate networks: A+E, History and Lifetime.
On Broadway, he produced the Tony-winning How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring Daniel Radcliffe, and the Tony-winning Promises, Promises starring Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth.
Zadan’s upcoming projects include producing Pippin for The Weinstein Company; an untitled musical, based on the extensive Beach Boys song catalogue, for Fox 2000 Pictures; and Monster High, based on the billion dollar Mattel franchise, for Universal Pictures.