Veteran TV exec Amy Thurlow has been hired as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at dick clark productions. DCP president Mike Mahan said she will play a vital management role as the company expands its global television footprint; she will report to Mahan and work out of dcp’s Santa Monica headquarters. Thurlow most recently served as Chief Financial Officer and EVP Sales Strategy at TV Guide Network after holding several positions within the company, including SVP Sales Strategy and Planning. Before that she was at NBCUniversal working her way up to Finance Director of Film and TV Distribution.
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The long-running legal battle between the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Productions over who controls TV rights to the Golden Globes is over. While seemingly impossible to imagine after all the rancor between the two sides, they have reached a confidential agreement that will see the Guggenheim Partners-owned dcp continuing to produce the annual awards for broadcast on NBC until 2018, sources confirm. This comes four years after the HFPA first filed, and dozens of courts dates, hundreds of filings, an early 2012 trial that saw the HFPA lose its case against dcp, and an appeals hearing last month that still hadn’t issued a ruling. During the legal battle, the HFPA and dcp had a shotgun marriage to keep producing the awards show.
The heart of the HFPA’s contention was that a 1993 extension of its deal with dcp was invalid. The agreement said that the production company, which was sold by then-owners Red Zone in the fall of 2012, had “the exclusive right to produce a live television broadcast for each of the years 1998 through and including 2005, and for any extensions, renewals, substitutions or modifications of the NBC agreement.” Federal judge Judge Howard A. Matz agreed. He also made a point of citing the disorganization among the HFPA leadership over the years. To that end, the two-week non-jury trial saw a series of past and current HFPA presidents and dcp executives take the stand. Dick Clark, now deceased, did not appear, but CBS …
The nine-year dick clark productions veteran is expanding his role as VP Programming and Development to include running its joint venture with Keshet International. In his new role, Assaf Blecher will manage programming and development for Keshet DCP, which is behind ABC’s upcoming singing competition Rising Star and the bomb-defusing game show format Boom! Announced last year, the joint venture between Keshet and dcp’s parent company DC Media produces unscripted programming in the U.S. and develops, produces and finances new formats for international markets. “Assaf played a key role in the formation of Keshet DCP and will be instrumental in our strategies to expand our programming footprint domestically and internationally with the most compelling slate of unscripted programming possible,” said Mark Bracco, EVP Programming and Development at dick clark productions. Said Keshet CEO Alon Shtruzman, “Assaf has a proven track record and has contributed great insights and talent to the development of Keshet DCP. … His experience, industry acumen and friendship will be of great benefit to our collective effort.”
Another awards show is joining the primetime fray. Fox has teamed with Cumulus and dick clark prods. for American Country Countdown Awards, based on the long-running country radio countdown show. The two-hour live concert event will be broadcast from Nashville on December 15. It will feature awards, including a new honor, NASH Icon, as well as performances. American Country Countdown With Kix Brooks celebrates its 41st year as America’s longest-running country music countdown show on radio. The radio show airs on more than 280 radio stations in 155 markets, covering 90% of the country. As the value of live entertainment has risen with the proliferation of time-shifted viewing, the networks have been aggressively bulking up their slates of awards franchises, with four new ones debuting this year, iHeartRadio Music Awards, also done in partnership with a radio giant, Clear Channel, and American Comedy Awards on NBC, the Hollywood Film Awards on CBS (also produced by Dick Clark Prods.) and American Country Countdown Awards on Fox.
The World Memory Championships, USA Memory Championships and dick clark productions are teaming up to produce a TV special based on the greatest test of memory in the world. Last year’s World Memory Championships, held in Croydon, South London, featured 120 mental athletes from 32 countries competing in 10 different disciplines over three days. The USA National Memory Championship’s 17th annual Championship event took place in March in New York City. Mike Mahan, president of dick clark productions says of the special: “The production will combine the enormous wow factor of watching these mental athletes perform with unique challenges for home audiences, creating a heart-pounding family-friendly event special.” Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Barry Adelman, Richard Kaufman Lynn Williams and Raymond Keene will executive produce. Marshall Tarley and Anthony Dottino from the USA Memory Championship will serve as co-executive producers.
Veteran TV exec Mark Bracco has been hired as EVP Programming and Development at dick clark productions. In the newly created role, Bracco will oversee programming and development for the company that’s responsible for such shows as the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest. Bracco will be based in the company’s Santa Monica headquarters and will report to Mike Mahan, President of dick clark prods. Most recently, Bracco served as VP Alternative Series and Specials, ABC Entertainment where he oversaw specials and worked on various series for the network including the Oscars, CMA Awards, American Music Awards, Dick Clark’s New Years’ Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest, Shark Tank, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Supernanny, and The Mole.
ABC and dick clark productions have extended their broadcast agreements for the American Music Awards for nine years (through 2022/23) and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve With Ryan Seacrest for ten years (through 2023/24). Today’s announcement comes on the heels of the recent ratings success of both specials. The 2013 American Music Awards surged 39%, attracting the show’s second biggest overall audience in 11 years with 13.1 million viewers. The show also spiked 86% with teens 12-17 to score a 9-year high. Meanwhile, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2014 delivered its largest audience since 2000 attracting an average of 22.8 million viewers. As previously announced, Seacrest has extended his deal to continue to host and executive produce Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest through 2017.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and dick clark productions said they will air the 72nd Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 11, 2015, and confirmed that hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will return for a third year in a row. NBC will air the ceremony live on both coasts (5 PM PT/8 PM ET) from the Beverly Hilton.
In October, Fey and Poehler inked a two-year deal to host the 2014 and 2015 Globes after their first turn in January 2013 drew strong critical praise and more importantly 19.7 million viewers, a 17% bump over the year before. Last month, Fey and Poehler returned and the broadcast did even better, drawing 20.9 million viewers (the biggest audience since 2004) and a 6.5 rating (a seven-year high).
The 2015 date was set without mention of the pending lawsuit between the HFPA and dcp. Both sides are awaiting a ruling on the appeal of aspects of the press group’s unsuccessful 2012 suit over who owns the lucrative TV rights to the ceremony. Once that’s ruling comes down, a new phase of the case will begin that challenges digital rights, pre-show rights and dcp’s accounting methods.
Dick Clark Productions International will focus on creating and expanding dcp‘s overseas distribution network while also acquiring, financing and creating new shows. Former dcp exec Mark Rafalowski has been tapped as EVP of the new division and will be based in the company’s Santa Monica headquarters reporting to dcp president Mike Mahan. Current dcp shows The American Music Awards, Hollywood Film Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest will be distributed by the new unit. Also in that group are two shows dcp is producing for the first time this year: The Billboard Music Awards and The People Magazine Awards. ”With the ever-increasing global consumption of TV content and dick clark productions’ strategic growth trajectory, it is a perfect time to join the team under the superior leadership of Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan,” Rafalowski said. “International distribution gives us the ability to develop and grow all areas of the television business from reality and scripted to formats and acquisitions. We look forward to building on our current relationships and actively growing the business internationally.”
UPDATE, 2:31 PM: According to sources on the Golden Globes red carpet, a crew’s light may have gotten too close to a heat detector accidentally activating sprinklers, Awardsline Deputy Editor Anna Lisa Raya reports from the scene. There are also witness reports of sulfur-like smell. Globes producer Dick Clark Productions blames a sprinkler malfunction for the soggy situation and says the mess has now been cleaned up. The red carpet will open as planned ahead of the evening’s awards show. “We can confirm that there was a malfunction with a sprinkler near the red carpet,” said Dick Clark Productions. “The situation was quickly resolved. Despite the incident the red carpet will open at its regularly scheduled time. We heard some of the biggest names in entertainment were coming to The Golden Globe Awards tonight and we wanted to give the carpet one last wash before it opened.”
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CBS is looking to launch another major film awards show franchise with the Hollywood Film Awards. The network has signed a multi-year broadcast TV agreement with Dick Clark Prods. to begin televising the event starting this year.
Founded by Carlos de Abreu, the Hollywood Film Awards are known for marking the kickoff of the Hollywood awards season and for their ability to attract A-list talent. “The Hollywood Film Awards is a star-filled, fun night full of surprises, and the first stop out of the gate kicking off the film awards season,” said CBS’ head of specials Jack Sussman. Added Dick Clark Prods. CEO Allen Shapiro, “The Hollywood Film Awards and Carlos de Abreu have done a great job over the past 17 years honoring the best of the best in Hollywood, creating one of the most stellar, star-studded events of the year.”
Under its new ownership, Dick Clark Prods has been aggressively expanding its awards show portfolio. After recently buying into the Hollywood Film Awards with plans to televise them starting next year, the company has teamed with its Golden Globes broadcast partner NBC for The People Magazine Awards. The first two-hour special, which will air in late 2014, will hand out awards in pop culture categories including the Biggest Phenomenon of 2014, Most Stylish Person, Funniest Person, Sexiest Woman and the show’s top honor — the year’s Most Popular Person.
Ryan Seacrest has signed a multi-year contract extension with Dick Clark Prods to continue as host and executive producer of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest, which airs on ABC on New Year’s Eve. Seacrest first joined New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in December 2005 as co-host alongside Dick Clark. Following Clark’s passing last year, Seacrest became the sole emcee of the show, which drew 22.6 million viewers and featured a two-hour tribute to the original host. “Ryan has been a key factor in the extended and expanded success of the show,” said Dick Clark Prods CEO Allen Shapiro. “It’s very difficult to take over a franchise created by an icon and grow it. Ryan has done just that.” Seacrest and Shapiro executive produce the special, while Larry Klein serves as producer. “I think I will forever be both sentimental and grateful about my experiences with Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” said Seacrest. “Allen and the DCP team, as well as everyone at ABC, are my valued partners in carrying Dick’s vision forward.”
Keshet & Dick Clark Prods. Launch Reality TV Production Company, Will Adapt Hot ‘Rising Star’ Format For U.S.
Keshet International, the global distribution and production arm of leading Israeli media company Keshet Media Group, and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark prods., have formed Keshet DCP, a joint venture focused on developing, financing and delivering unscripted programs to English- and Spanish-speaking U.S. audiences and beyond. One of the first shows the new venture will exploit is the much talked about interactive talent format Rising Star, a live talent show that for the first time incorporates real-time voting by viewers via an app that is fully integrated into the show. The show is broadcast live throughout the season, and viewers play an integral role in every decision made from beginning to end. Rising Star broke records this week in Israel on Keshet Channel 2, scoring a massive 49.4% HH share and 37.7% HH rating.
Under the deal, Keshet DCP, which will get an executive to run it soon, will have the U.S. rights to KI’s current catalog of over 20 unscripted formats, as well as Keshet’s future unscripted formats. Current Keshet formats include the family game show Sure Or Insure (launched at MIPTV 2013 and sold to eight territories) and hit children’s talent show Master Class (sold to five territories). “Keshet is a global leader in television programming with consummate leadership under Avi Nir, making them an ideal partner as we continue strategic growth in the U.S. and internationally,” said Allen Shapiro, CEO, dick clark productions. KI first broke into the US marketplace with the formats for Showtime’s Homeland based on Prisoners Of War, and the unscripted TBS hidden-camera ambush show Deal With It.
Orly Adelson, president of Dick Clark Prods, will be leaving the production company to join ITV‘s U.S. production unit ITV Studios America as president. Adelson, a respected producer, joined Dick Clark in 2008 shortly after the company was bought by Daniel Snyder’s Red Zone Capital Management. Last year, following Clark’s death, dcp was sold again to a partnership of investors. Allen Shapiro came in as CEO, with his long-time collaborator, Michael Mahan, following him this spring when he was named President of DC Media, the parent company of Dick Clark Prods. That created some confusion with both Mahan and Adelson carrying a president title, but the two worked well together for the past few months. Mahan is now expected to take over all of Adelson’s responsibilities when she leaves in a month or two for a streamlined top management at Dick Clark. Meanwhile, Adelson is getting a top job at ITV Studios and is reporting to Paul Buccieri, president and CEO ITV Studios U.S. Group and managing director ITV Studios International. ITV Studios U.S. Group was just forged as an umbrella company this month following ITV’s acquisition of Gurney Prods, High Noon Entertainment and Thinkfactory Media. ITV Studios America, the production unit Adelson will run, also falls under the ITV Studios U.S. Group umbrella.
LOS ANGELES, CA (August 20, 2013) – Highly regarded marketing and sales executive, Greg Economou has been named Executive Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer for dick clark productions, it was announced today by Michael Mahan, President of DC Media, the parent company of dick clark productions. In the newly created position, Economou will be responsible for driving revenue across all dcp events including such flagship shows as the American Music Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, in addition to the upcoming Hollywood Film Awards and a variety of other projects at various stages of production. He will be based in the company’s Los Angeles headquarters and will report directly to Mahan.
Former TV Guide president Michael Mahan has been named President of DC Media, the parent company of dick clark prods. Based at the company’s Los Angeles headquarters, he will report to dick clark CEO Allen Shapiro. The move was expected following Mahan’s announcement in January that he was exiting his post at TV Guide. Mahan is reuniting with longtime business partner Shapiro, who became CEO of dick clark prods following the company’s acquisition last fall by Guggenheim Partners, Mandalay Entertainment and Shapiro’s Mosaic Media Investment Partners. The appointment also marks Mahan’s return to dcp, where he served as SVP Corporate Development, also under Shapiro, and played a key role in the company’s successful 2007 sale to Red Zone Capitol. “It’s such a pleasure to welcome Michael back into the dcp family,” Shapiro said. “His track record of creating value will be invaluable as we take dick clark productions to the next level.”
Mahan will oversee dcp’s revenue, business affairs, finance and foreign distribution operations. He also will pursue acquisition opportunities. DCP president Orly Adelson will continue to shepherd development, production and domestic distribution.
Deadline is, only for informational purposes, posting the 2013 Golden Globes nominations held by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with winners to be broadcast live on NBC on January 13th. I refuse to treat these nominations with any seriousness. And if you don’t want that, then for crissakes stop reading me. True, my Deadline colleagues will analyze today’s nominations. But that’s because they choose to. I won’t. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: it’s a completely meaningless awards show from a scandal-riddled organization aired by a production company desperate for money on a network praying for ratings. That’s why I opt out of analyzing the nominations every year: because the Golden Globes have zero integrity. Studios and networks who lavishly lobby the HFPA almost always score nominations. Actors win in direct correlation to their glamour quotient. By splitting dramas and comedies/musicals, and including movie and television categories on the same night, more star wattage can goose the Nielsens. And even though the entire entertainment industry ridicules the awards, it props them up because they’re a useful marketing tool for the studios and networks. Let’s not forget the year that host Ricky Gervais couldn’t resist openly loathing the HFPA and its tarnished reputation from the podium. (“I’d like to quash this ridiculous rumor going round that the only reason [The Tourist] was nominated was so the Hollywood Foreign Press could hang out with Johnny Depp and Angeline Jolie. That is rubbish. That is not the only reason. They also accepted bribes.”) At least it was a rare injection of honesty into the night.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association isn’t as advertised. It’s actually a small motley group of 85 mostly freelancers who won’t grant membership to the real foreign journalists at the prestige media outlets across the world. The HFPA clique doesn’t want to dilute the financial bonanza it receives from the studios and networks who arrange exclusive interviews about each year’s movies and TV shows. Not only have legitimate journalists for years been attacking the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for its exclusionary membership policies and too-cozy relationship with studios and networks. But an Oscar-winning documentary director (Vikram Jayanti, in his 2004 film The Golden Globes: Hollywood’s Dirty Little Secret) has called the group a bunch of “freeloaders” who know more about hors d’oeuvres than auteurs and select winners based on “who kisses butt best”. The HFPA was even accused in a lawsuit filed by its former publicist of accepting “payola” — like taking lavish gifts from studios in exchange for nominations — and other questionable business practices. This and other lawsuits have laid bare many of the dirty little secrets behind the Golden Globes and its largely ludicrous gang of organizers.