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11-time Oscar producer signs on for a 12th

Gil Cates has signed on to produce next year's Academy Awards broadcast, his 12th time overseeing Hollywood's biggest bash.

"I already have ideas whirling around in my head and can't wait to see them through to fruition on Oscar night," Cates said Monday.

Cates has produced the Oscars a record 11 times since 1990, most recently running the show in spring 2003. He won an Emmy Award for producing the 1991 telecast.

"With 11 shows under his belt, no other producer, living or dead, even comes close to the depth of Gil's experience," said Frank Pierson, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. "We're lucky to have him back."

Cates' film credits include producing and directing 1970's "I Never Sang for My Father." For television, his credits include movies such as "A Death in the Family" and "Call Me Anna," based on Patty Duke's autobiography.

The 77th Oscars show will air live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Feb. 27.