Creative director and Academy member Kenny Gravillis have developed iconic key art and campaigns for legions of movies. He joins red carpet creative consultants Lisa Love and Raúl Àvila, creative contributor and creative director for the Met Gala, respectively, as part of the innovative team led by Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner of White Cherry Entertainment. They have been named executive producers of the 95th Oscars®. Academy CEO Bill Kramer announced the news.
Weiss will also direct the show for the eighth consecutive year, which will air live on ABC and broadcast worldwide on Sunday, March 12, 2023. It will be Weiss’s second time and Kirshner’s first time producing the Oscars.
Joining Àvila, Love, and Gravillis in helping shape the vision and direction of the Oscars will be red carpet show executive producer David Chamberlin, a veteran of live television production; production designers Misty Buckley, production designer of world tours and televised music shows for artists Kacey Musgraves, Ariana Grande, and Coldplay, and Alana Billingsley, art director on previous Oscars, Emmys® and GRAMMYS® broadcasts. “We are thrilled to have Glenn and Ricky at the helm,” said Kramer and Academy President Janet Yang. “Their expertise in live television production is exactly what the Oscars needs,” she said. The creative partners’ slate includes David Chamberlin, Lisa Love, Raúl Àvila, Kenny Gravillis, Misty Buckley, and Alana Billingsley. “Bill made us ‘an offer we couldn’t refuse,’ but he really ‘had us at hello,” Weiss said.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have live event veterans Glenn and Ricky as executive producers of the 95th Oscars telecast on ABC. Their experience and creativity are bar none, and we look forward to seeing their vision play out for Hollywood’s biggest night,” said Rob Mills, executive vice president at Walt Disney Television.
Weiss has directed numerous live televised events, including seven previous Oscars shows, for which he won two Primetime Emmys and 21 Tony Awards® shows, which earned him three directing and nine producing Primetime Emmys. He also has won eight DGA Awards for his work at the Oscars and the Tonys. Weiss’s additional directing credits include last year’s multi-network Inaugural Night special “Celebrating America,” “The Democratic National Convention,” and “The Kennedy Center Honors,” “The Primetime Emmy® Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “BET Awards,” “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” “Academy of Country Music Awards” and many others.
Kirshner has more than 30 years of entertainment production experience and has produced shows for every major network. He has received 26 Emmy nominations and has won nine Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and an Edward R. Murrow Award.
Chamberlin will return for the fourth consecutive year to executive produce ABC’s “The Oscars Red Carpet Show,” the official live lead-in to the 95th Oscars broadcast. Chamberlin leads Full Day Productions, with credits including the “Savage X Fenty Show,” “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration,” multiple “30 for 30” films, “Monday Night Football” with Peyton and Eli, NFL Honors and the ESPY Awards.
Love and Àvila will join the team for the first time to reimagine the Oscars red carpet aesthetic and guest experience. Àvila is the creative director for the Met Gala, and Love is a creative contributor and will oversee various aspects of the event.
Gravillis joins the team for the first time to conceptualize the key art for this year’s Oscars marketing campaign. His design agency, Gravillis Inc., recently rebranded Orion Pictures and has developed iconic essential skills and campaigns for legions of movies, including “Dune,” “Summer of Soul,” “Birds of Prey,” “Queen & Slim,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Free Solo,” “Iris” and so many more.
Buckley and Billingsley join the team for the first time as production designers and the first women-led design team for the 95th Oscars. Buckley has designed world tours and productions for artists like Ariana Grande, Kacey Musgraves, and Coldplay. She also created the 2021 GRAMMYS, the London 2012 Paralympics Closing Ceremony, the 2015 Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony, the 2022 Commonwealth Games ceremonies, the Brit Awards, and numerous television productions for the BBC and ITV.
Billingsley was an art director on six previous Oscars broadcasts, for which she earned five Emmy nominations and won two Emmys. Additional credits include “The Kennedy Center Honors,” “The Primetime Emmy Awards,” and numerous other live television productions
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