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Gil Cates to Produce 77th Oscar® Telecast
(released 10/11/2004)

Gilbert Cates has his 12th assignment as producer of the annual Academy Awards® telecast, Academy President Frank Pierson announced today. Cates will helm the 77th Awards scheduled for Sunday, February 27, 2005.

Cates, who has eleven telecasts to his credit since 1990, has produced more Oscar 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," Pierson said. "We're lucky to have him back!"

Cates' previous outings as producer have garnered 85 Emmy nominations and 21 Emmy Awards. Cates won the Emmy himself in 1991 for producing the 63rd Annual Academy Awards telecast.

"I'm delighted that Frank has asked me to rejoin the Academy for a twelfth stint as producer of a show that I love to do," said Cates. "I already have ideas whirling around in my head and can't wait to see them through to fruition on Oscar Night."

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