Robert Z. Shapiro has been named senior executive consultant to 78th Academy Awards telecast producer Gil Cates, his 12th Academy Awards assignment.

As a media consultant to NASA, Shapiro most recently spearheaded the space agency’s outreach efforts to the Hollywood creative community.

Shapiro has served as a production executive on movies and miniseries for the ABC, NBC and CBS television networks. He also has created and produced programming for various interactive television ventures.