(June 6, 1934-October 31, 2011)
Born in New York, New York
Producer and director
President of the Directors Guild of America (1983-1987)
Frequent producer of Academy Awards ceremonies
Why he might be annoying
He is only known for producing Oscar ceremonies.
Instead of letting songwriter Jorge Drexler perform the nominated song 'Al Otro Lado del Rio', he chose Antonio Banderas and Carlos Santana to perform the song for ratings purposes.
He planned to dwindle down the 80th Academy Awards to a star-less clip show of previous ceremonies in the event the WGA strike still persisted.
He forgot to put clips of previous hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Steve Martin in a montage saluting past Oscar moments. This pissed off Goldeberg during a conversation on the show 'The View'.
In an effort to shorten the ceremony, he made the nominees of technical awards stand on stage (2003) or hand the award out in the audience (2004) over letting the winners come up and receive the award.
Why he might not be annoying
As of 2008, he has produced more Oscar ceremonies than anyone else.
He has won several Emmys for his work.
His bargaining between the DGA and the AMPTP was used as a model to end the WGA strike.
He is the uncle of actress Phoebe Cates.
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In 2016, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 13 Votes: 61.54% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 11 Votes: 54.55% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 18 Votes: 55.56% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 98 Votes: 72.45% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 21 Votes: 76.19% Annoying
In 2009, Out of 22 Votes: 72.73% Annoying
In 2008, Out of 19 Votes: 63.16% Annoying
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