Seacrest Sets Up Shop at E!
Comprehensive Deal With One of the Nation's Premier Broadcast;
Personalities Calls for Original Series Production Under Seacrest's; Own
Production Banner Along With Key Role On E! News, E!'s Live From the Red
Carpet and Celebrity Interview Specials
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- E! Entertainment Television has
reached an agreement with national broadcast superstar Ryan Seacrest for a
comprehensive multi-year deal that calls for the popular personality to
appear both on-air as well as develop and produce multiple series projects
for the network via his Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP) banner, it was
announced today by Ted Harbert, President and CEO, E! Networks.
Under terms of the pact, Seacrest will become managing editor and lead
anchor of "E! News" in March, along with current anchor Giuliana
DePandi. Additionally, he will serve as Executive Producer and Tower Host
of E!'s "Live From the Red Carpet," beginning with the Golden
Globe(R) Awards on Monday, January 16, and moving on to produce and host a
series of celebrity interview specials. At the same time, RSP is poised to
become a key supplier of series programming to E! Networks, with the
option to sell to other networks should a concept not fit E!'s current
The E! deal turns Seacrest into a quadruple threat with preeminent
positions in the worlds of broadcast television, nationally syndicated
radio, local radio and now cable. He is already celebrated internationally
as host of the top-rated primetime talent showcase "American
Idol" and the world's most popular radio countdown show,
"American Top 40," as well as his market-topping L.A. morning
drivetime radio show for Clear Channel's 102.7 KIIS-FM. Seacrest will now
broadcast the KIIS program from his new state-of-the-art studio at E!
Networks headquarters in Los Angeles.
"This is a huge coup for E! and demonstrates how committed we are
about being the dominant entertainment authority," said Harbert.
"Not only will we benefit immensely from Ryan's extraordinary ability
as a broadcaster, his crystal clear vision of our brand will make him an
extremely valuable supplier of original programming. His talent,
popularity and easygoing on-screen charm have earned him millions of fans
who will follow him to E! He is the very best at what he does."
"I am looking forward to being part of the E! team," said
Seacrest. "This unique opportunity allows my company to take the next
step in providing multimedia content."
Seacrest will continue on as host of the iconic series that landed him
on the international map, "American Idol," as well as a fill-in
host for CNN's top rated "Larry King Live." The latest
development under RSP is Seacrest's new position as co-host, while being
groomed to be sole host, of the American institution "Dick Clark's
New Year's Rockin' Eve." This year will mark the first in a
multi-year deal that finds him presiding over and executive producing the
New Year's Eve special under his production banner.
Radio, too, will remain a significant force in Seacrest's work life
with his hosting of the weekly "American Top 40" as well as the
top-rated L.A. radio morning show "On Air with Ryan Seacrest"
for 102.7 KIIS FM. Both shows have risen to #1 status since Seacrest has
taken the reigns.
Seacrest's explosive and ever-expanding broadcast career has earned him
accolades within the industry and his fans, from his recently awarded star
on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for radio, and as one of People Magazine's
"50 Most Beautiful," as well as one of its 2005 "Most
Eligible Bachelors." With Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP) becoming a
leading entity producing and hosting multiple television and radio
specials, his many restaurant investments, as well as the launch of
fashion powerhouse The R Line, Seacrest is fast becoming a major force in
About E! Networks
Based in Los Angeles, E! Networks is the world's largest producer and
distributor of entertainment news and lifestyle-related programming. The
company operates E! Entertainment Television, the 24-hour network with
programming dedicated to the world of entertainment; The Style Network,
the destination for women 18-49 with a passion for the best in relatable
and inspiring lifestyle programming, and E! Online, located at Eonline.com.
E! is currently available to 87 million cable and direct broadcast
satellite subscribers in the U.S. The Style Network currently counts 42
million subscribers. Internationally, E! programming can be seen in more
than 120 countries worldwide, reaching 600 million homes. In addition to
its ventures for locally programmed E! branded channels outside the U.S.,
the company operates the E! International Network, a 24-hour English
language global entertainment channel available via satellite in Europe,
Africa, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
SOURCE E! Entertainment Television