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September 13, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
Don Mischer is pulling a three-peat. The television director will helm next year's Academy Awards telecast for the third consecutive year, the academy announced Thursday afternoon. Mischer, who also served as producer of the show for the past two years, brings a wealth of experience to the highly anticipated telecast. In addition to the Oscars, Mischer has directed several Super Bowl halftime shows, the Kennedy Center Honors and television specials featuring musical performers such as Barbra Streisand, Justin Timberlake and Yo-Yo Ma. He will executive produce the Emmy awards, which take place Sept.
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November 5, 2012 | By Susan King, This post has been corrected. See note at bottom.
Writer, producer and director J.J. Abrams ("Felicity," "Lost," "Alias")  will receive the 2012 Norman Lear Achievement in Television Award at the annual Producers Guild of America Awards on Jan. 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. "J.J. Abrams has produced some of the most iconic and highest-rated television shows of the past decade and longer-series that have changed the landscape of television," said PGA Awards chair Michael DeLuca in a statement Monday. Abrams, who has directed such films as "Star Trek," "Super 8" and the upcoming sequel to "Star Trek,"  is currently executive producer of CBS' "Person of Interest," Fox's "Fringe" and the new NBC series "Revolution.
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June 24, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
In several decades as a television producer, Don Mischer has sat at the controls of some of the world's premier live broadcasts. He has produced opening ceremonies at the Olympics, awards shows such as the Emmys and the inauguration of President Obama. Producing a live television event is like rounding up a giant herd of unpredictable buffalo — while 20 million or 30 million people watch your every lasso. A tiny snafu can mushroom into disaster (just ask those who oversaw the Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" at the 2004 Super Bowl, an event that prompted organizers to hire Mischer the following year in the interest of righting the ship)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
Don Mischer is pulling a three-peat. The television director will helm next year's Academy Awards telecast for the third consecutive year, the academy announced Thursday afternoon. Mischer, who also served as producer of the show for the past two years, brings a wealth of experience to the highly anticipated telecast. In addition to the Oscars, Mischer has directed several Super Bowl halftime shows, the Kennedy Center Honors and television specials featuring musical performers such as Barbra Streisand, Justin Timberlake and Yo-Yo Ma. He will executive produce the Emmy awards, which take place Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2006 | Steven Barrie-Anthony, Times Staff Writer
IT'S only a few days before Super Bowl Sunday, and the guy directing and producing the pregame and halftime shows would like to know, please, which songs the Rolling Stones will perform. But the Stones aren't ready to decide yet.
NEWS
June 12, 2003
Emmys: Veteran producer Don Mischer was named Wednesday to oversee this year's prime-time Emmy Awards telecast, which will air Sept. 21 on Fox. * Auction: A painting by Paul Gauguin, unseen in public for over half a century, will be the star lot at an auction of Impressionist and Modern art in London later this month. "L'Apparition," a brooding study of a local magician and a nude, has been in private hands since it was last sold in 1944 in New York.
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June 27, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
After three years of producing the Tony Awards telecast, Don Mischer (executive producer) and David Goldberg (producer) have resigned. Goldberg said the resignation was a "difficult decision," and Mischer said producing the Tonys has "been an honor . . . but other projects that have been in development have become a reality," including a new half-hour comedy series for CBS titled "Normal Life." The Tony telecasts have had only two producers since they began in 1967. Alexander Cohen produced the broadcast for 20 years, before being succeeded by Mischer.
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November 5, 2012 | By Susan King, This post has been corrected. See note at bottom.
Writer, producer and director J.J. Abrams ("Felicity," "Lost," "Alias")  will receive the 2012 Norman Lear Achievement in Television Award at the annual Producers Guild of America Awards on Jan. 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. "J.J. Abrams has produced some of the most iconic and highest-rated television shows of the past decade and longer-series that have changed the landscape of television," said PGA Awards chair Michael DeLuca in a statement Monday. Abrams, who has directed such films as "Star Trek," "Super 8" and the upcoming sequel to "Star Trek,"  is currently executive producer of CBS' "Person of Interest," Fox's "Fringe" and the new NBC series "Revolution.
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August 14, 2002 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
New York City has retained Don Mischer, who produced the opening and closing ceremonies for this year's Winter Olympics as well as the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, as a consultant for its Sept. 11 commemoration. Mischer and his team will help coordinate the all-day memorial, which begins with a bagpipe procession from each of the five boroughs to the World Trade Center site, followed by a ceremony at ground zero that will include reading the names of 2,823 people killed in the attack.
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September 9, 1985 | LEE MARGULIES, Times Staff Writer
The Public Broadcasting Service, usually out-promoted and always outspent by its commercial competitors, nevertheless got its moment to shine in the first phase of the 37th annual Emmy Awards honoring outstanding nighttime TV programs. In the first round of awards handed out Saturday night, the noncommercial network captured three of the four best program Emmys and 10 others, covering writing, directing, performing and choreography.
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August 5, 2011 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
In a surprise move, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has chosen Brett Ratner, director of such popcorn films as "Rush Hour" and "X-Men: The Last Stand," to produce the 2012 Oscar telecast along with veteran producer Don Mischer, academy President Tom Sherak announced Thursday. The 42-year-old Ratner's youthful movies often do well at the box office but are panned by critics. He produced the R-rated summer comedy "Horrible Bosses" and will see his next directorial effort, the Ben Stiller film "Tower Heist," hit theaters in November.
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February 15, 2011 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Don Mischer was having a meeting in his Beverly Hills office last summer when the hyper, curly-haired movie producer Bruce Cohen showed up unexpectedly. "Bruce comes bursting into this meeting, saying, 'I have to talk to you immediately," said Mischer. "We went into my kitchen, and he said, 'Do you want to do the Oscars with me?' Of course, I was walking on air for the rest of the day. " Once the elation dissipated, the two got to work planning an event that will mark Oscar history and its current nominees in part by using elaborate contextual set pieces, bringing in a public schoolchildren's choir and, of course, tapping James Franco and Anne Hathaway as unlikely hosts, a decision the producing duo is thrilled with.
BUSINESS
June 24, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
In several decades as a television producer, Don Mischer has sat at the controls of some of the world's premier live broadcasts. He has produced opening ceremonies at the Olympics, awards shows such as the Emmys and the inauguration of President Obama. Producing a live television event is like rounding up a giant herd of unpredictable buffalo — while 20 million or 30 million people watch your every lasso. A tiny snafu can mushroom into disaster (just ask those who oversaw the Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" at the 2004 Super Bowl, an event that prompted organizers to hire Mischer the following year in the interest of righting the ship)
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January 18, 2009 | TINA DAUNT
Don Mischer is Hollywood's go-to-guy for high-energy, classical spectacles -- four Super Bowl halftime extravaganzas, the opening and closing ceremonies for the Winter and Summer Olympic Games, enough televised award shows to fill a freight train with swag bags. But even he is a bit awed by the setting of his latest project: the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Mischer is orchestrating today's concert and opening ceremony for this week's inauguration of the first African American president.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2006 | Steven Barrie-Anthony, Times Staff Writer
IT'S only a few days before Super Bowl Sunday, and the guy directing and producing the pregame and halftime shows would like to know, please, which songs the Rolling Stones will perform. But the Stones aren't ready to decide yet.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2004 | John Horn and Elaine Dutka, Times Staff Writers
As the producer of the Democratic National Convention, Don Mischer had predicted that Thursday night's balloon drop celebrating the nominations of Sens. John F. Kerry and John Edwards would be memorable. Mischer got his wish -- but hardly for the reasons he intended.
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August 2, 1996 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the wake of spectacular reviews for the opening ceremony at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Don Mischer felt as if he'd won a gold medal. "Certainly, this is the biggest thing I have ever done in my career and will ever do in my career," Mischer, producer of the opening and closing ceremonies, said last week. "This has been put together by a team of creative people. It has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we have been thrilled to do it."
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July 21, 2004 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
Television producer Don Mischer has worked with the impossible (Barbra Streisand), the intractable (the International Olympic Committee), and the ineffable (Liza Minnelli). He may confront his toughest test yet on Monday, when he takes up the Democratic National Convention.
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July 21, 2004 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
Television producer Don Mischer has worked with the impossible (Barbra Streisand), the intractable (the International Olympic Committee), and the ineffable (Liza Minnelli). He may confront his toughest test yet on Monday, when he takes up the Democratic National Convention.
NEWS
June 12, 2003
Emmys: Veteran producer Don Mischer was named Wednesday to oversee this year's prime-time Emmy Awards telecast, which will air Sept. 21 on Fox. * Auction: A painting by Paul Gauguin, unseen in public for over half a century, will be the star lot at an auction of Impressionist and Modern art in London later this month. "L'Apparition," a brooding study of a local magician and a nude, has been in private hands since it was last sold in 1944 in New York.
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