Oscars Producer Craig Zadan Dies At 69; Hollywood Mourns Producer Craig Zadan

Oscars Producer Craig Zadan Dies At 69; Hollywood Mourns Producer Craig Zadan

The sudden demise of prominent producer of Musicals Craig Zadan has sent the entire Hollywood and awards fraternity in shock. 

Only yesterday Hollywood’ music industry was all celebrating and gathered under one roof for MTV VMAs awards night at New york’ Radio City Hall and the evening was followed with a great sad news of Craig Zadan’s death. Craig Zadan passed away on Monday night(Pacific Daylight Time) at Hollywood Hills.

Craig Zadan dies at 69. Known for his prolific contribution in the fields of stage, TV and film musicals, Craig was oftenly called as soul and body of theater, who brought the musicals back to TV and ignited the passion for music among the youths, once again. Craig Zadan was going through complications after having his shoulder replacement surgery. The news about Zadan’s unexpected death broke Tuesday evening, leaving Zadan’s former collaborator singer John Legend, director Adam Shankman and commoners in shock.

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Craig Zadan was very passionate about his work towards theater and musicals. Zadan and his longtime producing partner Neil Meron were among the industry’s busiest teams, who would put hours of time running numerous projects, including NBC’s next live musical event, “Hair,” slated for 2019. 

NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt announced Zadan’s death on Tuesday. “Craig’s distinguished career as a passionate and consummate producer is eclipsed only by his genuine love for the thousands of actors, directors, writers, musicians, designers, and technicians he worked with over the years. His absence will be felt in our hearts and throughout our business,” Greenblatt said.

John Legend, Neil Patrick Harris and many other celebrities are mourning the sudden demise of Craig Zadan.


Even the Academy Award paid tribute to Craig Zadan:

Craig Zadan and his co-producing partner Neil Meron produced Oscar telecasts for ABC from 2013 to 2015. The duo were the key members of the team behind the NBC drama “Smash,” set in the world of Broadway. Other TV productions Zadan and Meron steered together include biographical miniseries on Judy Garland, the Beach Boys, and the Three Stooges for ABC in 2000 and 2001. 

After a long partnership with Neil Meron, only recently Zadan had changed his Production team name from Storyline Entertainment to Zadan/Meron Productions. Together they earned themselves six Oscars, 17 Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, two Peabody honors, and a Grammy.

Zadan is survived by his partner, Elwood Hopkins.

May Craig Zadan Rest In Peace. His absence will be deeply felt.


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