Craig Zadan, the prolific producer recognized for his contact with stage, TV and movie musicals together with NBC’s current return to stay occasion productions and three Academy Awards telecasts, has died. He was 69.
Zadan died Monday night time at his Hollywood Hills house of issues from a current shoulder substitute surgical procedure, NBC Leisure chairman Bob Greenblatt introduced Tuesday.
“We’re surprised that the person behind so many unimaginable movie, theater, and tv productions — a number of of them joyous musicals — was taken away so abruptly,” Greenblatt mentioned. “Craig’s distinguished profession as a passionate and consummate producer is eclipsed solely by his real love for the hundreds of actors, administrators, writers, musicians, designers, and technicians he labored with over time. His absence shall be felt in our hearts and all through our enterprise.”
Zadan had a protracted producing partnership with Neil Meron in Storyline Leisure, which was lately renamed Zadan/Meron Productions. The 2 have been recognized for shepherding high-end films and miniseries for broadcast and cable networks, starting from dramas akin to “Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story” and “Anne Frank” to musical productions starting from Bette Midler in “Gypsy” for CBS in 1993 and Whitney Houston in “Cinderella” (ABC, 1997) to NBC’s string of profitable stay musicals beginning with 2013’s “The Sound of Music Stay,” which was a sleeper blockbuster. Zadan and Meron additionally produced the 2002 Oscar greatest image winner “Chicago.”
The pair’s most up-to-date effort for NBC, “Jesus Christ Famous person Stay in Live performance,” which aired on Easter Sunday, is up for 13 Emmy Awards subsequent month. “Flint,” the duo’s telepic for Lifetime in regards to the water contamination disaster in Flint, Mich., is up for greatest TV film.
Zadan was recognized for his exuberance and for his dedication to the old-school job of manufacturing. He was a scholar of theater, movie, and TV who liked to up the showmanship consider all of his initiatives. The duo have been key members of the crew behind the NBC drama “Smash,” set on the planet of Broadway.
Zadan and Meron govt produced the Academy Awards telecast for the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences and ABC from 2013 to 2015. The pair have been behind the 2007 movie adaptation of the musical “Hairspray,” a title in addition they delivered to NBC for a stay manufacturing in 2016. Zadan and Meron have been most lately at work on assembling a stay manufacturing of “Hair” for NBC in 2019.
On Broadway, Zadan and Meron produced revivals of “The best way to Reach Enterprise With out Actually Making an attempt” in 2012 and “Guarantees, Guarantees” in 2011. Earlier in his profession, Zadan penned “Sondheim & Co.,” a biography of the famed composer Stephen Sondheim.
Different TV productions Zadan steered with Meron embody biographical miniseries on Judy Garland, the Seashore Boys, and the Three Stooges for ABC in 2000 and 2001. For CBS, they delivered biopics on Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and Lucille Ball (2003’s “Lucy,” starring Debra Messing). In 2003 the pair’s manufacturing of “The Reagans” for CBS ignited a firestorm of controversy amongst conservatives who objected to the portrayal of former President Ronald Reagan and first girl Nancy Reagan as insensitive to the AIDS disaster. The manufacturing wound up airing on CBS’ sibling cable community Showtime.
Zadan was a producer on the hit 1984 film “,” and he and Meron delivered a remake of the property as a Lifetime film in 2011.
All advised, Zadan and Meron productions have earned six Oscars, 17 Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, two Peabody honors, and a Grammy.
Born in Miami, Zadan attended Hofstra College earlier than launching his leisure profession in New York within the 1970s.
Zadan is survived by his accomplice, Elwood Hopkins.