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Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron invited back

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron with Daniel Radcliffe (centre)
Image caption Daniel Radcliffe (centre) was among the performers during Zadan and Meron's 2013 ceremony

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers of the 2013 Oscars ceremony, have been invited back to produce next year's event, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced.

Academy president Hawk Koch said it was "important to give these consummate professionals the green light now... in order to establish continuity".

Zadan and Meron said they were "very honoured" to be asked to return.

The pair executive produced 2002 film Chicago, winner of six Oscars.

Their credits also include 2007 musical Hairspray, The Bucket List and the 2011 remake of Footloose.

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane hosted this year's awards, which included a performance from Barbra Streisand and a dancing Daniel Radcliffe.

February's event drew an average audience of 40.3 million viewers, a million more than 2012's broadcast.

"Craig and Neil have great relationships, a sense of showmanship and a passion for our Academy," said Academy chief executive officer Dawn Hudson.

Next year's awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on 2 March.

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