Producer/Choreographer Adam Shankman is becoming one of Hollywood’s busiest men.
First, he became the newest judge on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” Then, last week, it was announced that he would be co-producing and co-directing Carrie Underwood’s upcoming Christmas variety special. Now, Shankman will co-produce the 2010 Oscars with movie executive Bill Mechanic.
Mechanic told Reuters, “I think Adam has the perfect background and spirit to make the show both unique and fun to watch. Together, we will build upon the best traditions from the great shows of the past while helping pave the way to the future.”
Shankman said in a statement to Reuters, “The last time I was on the (Oscar) show was as a dancer, and to come back as a producer is such an unbelievable honor.”
Shankman has directed hits such as 2001’s “The Wedding Planner” with Jennifer Lopez, 2003’s “Bringing Down The House” with Queen Latifah and Steve Martin and 2007’s film adaptation of the musical “Hairspray” with John Travolta .
Mechanic is a former chief of FOX and Disney studios. He’s also an independent producer of films such as 2008’s “Coraline.”
The 2010 Oscars will air on March 7.