BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Gil Cates will produce the telecast for the 77th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Monday.
The Feb. 27, 2005, event will be Cates' 12th assignment as producer of the telecast -- giving him more Oscars shows than any other producer.
"With eleven shows under his belt, no other producer, living or dead, even comes close to the depth of Gil's experience," said academy president Frank Pierson.
Cates-produced Oscars telecasts have earned 85 Emmy nominations and 21 Emmys. Cates won the Emmy in 1991 for producing the 63rd Annual Academy Awards telecast.
Cates served as dean of UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television for seven years and is a former two-term president of the Directors Guild of America. For the past 10 years he has served as producing director of UCLA's Geffen Playhouse.
He produced and directed the 1970 feature film "I Never Sang for My Father," which earned three Oscar nominations.