July 22, 2013 (Los Angeles, CA) – Michael Levitt has been tapped as Executive Producer of the 2013 Young Hollywood Awards. The star-studded red carpet award show, which celebrates the best emerging young talent in film, music and television, will be broadcast for the first time on The CW Network on Thursday, August 1st (8-10 PM) from The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA. The announcement was made today by Jay Penske, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Penske Media Corporation (PMC) and owner and Executive Producer of the award show (and Deadline Hollywood).
The previously announced first round of honorees include: Lucy Hale (Crossover of the Year) Kit Harington (Actor of the Year), Liam James (Breakthrough Performance – Male), Tatiana Maslany (Breakthrough Performance – Female) Kelly Osbourne (Style Icon) and AnnaSophia Robb (Superstar of Tomorrow – Female). Additional honorees and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.
“The power and influence of young Hollywood is undeniable. To be honored on the Young Hollywood Awards makes an important statement about a celebrity’s star power and appeal to this all important demographic. I couldn’t be more excited and more proud to be part of an award show franchise that celebrates today’s most buzz worthy celebrities and certifies them as tomorrow’s superstars,” said Levitt.
“Michael is a trusted producer with deep relationships in the industry,” said Penske. “He possesses an incredible ability in creating exciting, engaging, and memorable shows making him the perfect choice to produce this year’s broadcasted Young Hollywood Awards.”
Michael Levitt is a veteran television producer who has, within the past decade, emerged as one of the entertainment industry’s most successful and sought-after producers of music and event television programming. Levitt has reinvented the staple “awards show,” infusing his projects with creativity and a sense of fun that resonate with broadcasters, talent and audiences alike. Levitt’s credits include “The Billboard Music Awards”, “TV Land Awards”, “Scream Awards”, “Producers Guild Awards”, “World Music Awards”, “A-List Awards” and “ALMA Awards” among many others including his role in launching and producing the successful Teen Choice Awards franchise.
Since its inception, the Young Hollywood Awards has served as a launch pad for the future careers of many of today’s top actors, directors, and entertainers. The list of previous Young Hollywood Awards recipients and presenters include names such as Scarlett Johansson, Armie Hammer, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Swift, Ryan Gosling, Zac Efron, Justin Bieber, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dakota Fanning, Jessica Alba, Liam Hemsworth, Ashley Greene, Emma Stone, Nick Jonas, Mila Kunis, and Shia LaBeouf, among many others.