Craig Zadan

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Craig Zadan

Craig Zadan

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Craig Zadan

Date of Birth

Date of Birth: April 15, 1949
Date of Passing: August 20, 2018
Birthplace: Miami, Florida
Obituary: Hollywood Reporter

Craig Zadan was an American producer, director, and writer.

Zadan helped engineer a revival of Broadway musicals on television with live broadcasts of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, Hairspray, and The Wiz.

With his producing partner, Neil Meron, their productions received 14 Primetime Emmy Award nominations.

Their first big success was a 1993 production of Gypsy for CBS, starring Bette Midler.

Craig Zadan was an American producer, director, and writer.

Zadan helped engineer a revival of Broadway musicals on television with live broadcasts of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, Hairspray, and The Wiz.

With his producing partner, Neil Meron, their productions received 14 Primetime Emmy Award nominations.

Their first big success was a 1993 production of Gypsy for CBS, starring Bette Midler.

The success of Gypsy led them to ABC, where they produced Annie (1997), with Kathy Bates and Alan Cumming, and Cinderella (1999), with Brandy Norwood in the title role and Whitney Houston as the fairy godmother.

Zadan and Meron also produced the Academy Awards telecast from 2013 to 2016.

Their last major show together was a live version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical Jesus Chris Superstar, which was broadcast on Easter Sunday 2018. Starring John Legend and Sara Bareilles, it was staged as a concert before an audience at the Marcy Armory in Brooklyn, New York.

Zadan died August 20, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. He was 69.

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Awards & Nominations

16 Nominations | 1 Emmy
Outstanding Television Movie - 2018
  • Nominee
  • Craig Zadan, Executive Producer
  • Flint
  • Lifetime
  • Sony Pictures Television
Outstanding Variety Special (Live) - 2018
Outstanding Special Class Program - 2017
  • Nominee
  • Craig Zadan, Executive Producer
  • Hairspray Live!
  • NBC
  • Universal Television, Sony Pictures Television, Storyline Entertainment
Outstanding Special Class Program - 2015
  • Nominee
  • Craig Zadan, Executive Producer
  • The Oscars
  • ABC
  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Outstanding Miniseries - 2014
  • Nominee
  • Craig Zadan, Executive Producer
  • Bonnie & Clyde
  • Lifetime
  • Sony Pictures Television
Outstanding Special Class Program - 2014
  • Nominee
  • Craig Zadan, Produced by
  • The Oscars
  • ABC
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Outstanding Special Class Program - 2014
Outstanding Special Class Programs - 2013
  • Nominee
  • Craig Zadan, Produced by
  • The Oscars
  • ABC
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Outstanding Made For Television Movie - 2008
  • Nominee
  • Craig Zadan, Executive Producer
  • A Raisin In The Sun
  • ABC
  • Storyline Entertainment and Bad Boy World Wide Entertainment Group in association with Sony Pictures Television
Outstanding Made For Television Movie - 2004
  • Nominee
  • Craig Zadan, Executive Producer
  • The Reagans
  • Showtime
Outstanding Miniseries - 2000
Outstanding Made For Television Movie - 2000
  • Nominee
  • Craig Zadan, Executive Producer
  • Annie
  • ABC
Outstanding Made For Television Movie - 1994
  • Nominee
  • Craig Zadan, Executive Producer
  • Gypsy
  • CBS
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