ABC, Dick Clark Prods. Ink Multi-Year Deals For ‘American Music Awards’, ‘Rockin Eve’

By | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 11:25am PST

ryan-seacrest-new-years-rockin-eve-400ABC 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 … Read More »

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Next Golden Globes Set For January 11, 2015 On NBC

goldenglobeThe 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 … Read More »

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Dick Clark Productions Launches International Division To Be Run By Mark Rafalowski

Dick Clark Productions International will focus on dickclarkproductionslogo-facebookcreating 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 Seacrest_Clark__120418215737-275x183and 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.”

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UPDATE: Golden Globes: Mystery Leak On Red Carpet Confirmed As Malfunctioning Sprinkler

By | Sunday January 12, 2014 @ 2:31pm PST

golden globes leakUPDATE, 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 Inks Deal With Dick Clark Prods. To Televise Hollywood Film Awards

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 10:00am PST
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hfaCBS 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.

cbs-logo__120711164808__121116195436__130108233101__130716162250__130926192712Founded 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.”

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NBC Launches New Awards Show With People Magazine & Dick Clark Prods.

By | Wednesday October 30, 2013 @ 7:00am PDT
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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 … Read More »

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Ryan Seacrest Extends Deal To Host & Exec Produce ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ On ABC

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Ryan Seacrest New Year's Rockin' Eve ContractRyan 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,Read More »

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Keshet & Dick Clark Prods. Launch Reality TV Production Company, Will Adapt Hot ‘Rising Star’ Format For U.S.

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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.

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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. Read More »

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Dick Clark Prods President Orly Adelson Departs To Join ITV Studios

By | Tuesday September 17, 2013 @ 11:34am PDT
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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 … Read More »

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Dick Clark Productions Names EVP

By | Tuesday August 20, 2013 @ 10:42am PDT

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.

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Michael Mahan Named President Of Dick Clark Parent DC Media

By | Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 7:30am PDT
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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. Read More »

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Nikki’s Censure Of 2013 Golden Globes

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. Read More »

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Moody’s Puts Dick Clark Productions Debt Under Review For Possible Downgrade

By | Thursday September 6, 2012 @ 12:37pm PDT

About $165M worth of debt could be affected by the review, which follows this week’s agreement by a group led by Guggenheim Partners to buy the production company. Moody’s Investors Service says that it’s watching to … Read More »

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Guggenheim Partners-Led Group Reaches Agreement To Buy Dick Clark Prods.

By | Tuesday September 4, 2012 @ 6:35am PDT
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Dick Clark Productions SaleAfter several rounds of bidding, Guggenheim Partners together with Peter Guber’s Mandalay Entertainment and Allen Shapiro’s Mosaic Media Investment Partners today announced an agreement to purchase Dick Clark Prods. from RedZone Capital Management. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed, though the number floated out by insiders is in the ballpark of $370 million. Guber was the largest shareholder of dcp before selling it to RedZone in 2008 for $175 million. He recently partnered with Guggenheim in the $2 billion purchase of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Guggenheim, Mandalay and Mosaic Media, which outbid a slew of suitors, including CBS, CORE Media and Ryan Seacrest, plan to “continue dcp’s tradition of providing its network partners with devoted and growing audiences across dcp’s premier programming,” the group said. Founded by the later Dick Clark, dcp produces such programs as the Golden Globes, the American Music Awards, the Academy Of Country Music Awards, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and So You Think You Can Dance. Here are statements from the new owners as well as dcp CEO Mark Shapiro:

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ITV Said Eyeing Dick Clark Productions In Disciplined Fashion

By | Wednesday August 15, 2012 @ 6:05am PDT

Earlier this week, Deadline reported that the four main contenders in the bidding for Dick Clark Productions are CBS, CORE Media Group and private equity firms Guggenheim Partners and Thomas H. Lee Partners. On … Read More »

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Sale Of Dick Clark Prods Heads To 2nd Round With 4 Main Bidders; CEO To Leave

By | Monday August 13, 2012 @ 4:00pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Second-round bids for Dick Clark Productions best known for producing the Golden Globes and other awards shows came late last week into the Raine Group which is handling the sale. Deadline has learned … Read More »

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CBS Eyes Dick Clark Productions: Reuters

The TV community knows that CBS Corp President and CEO Les Moonves wants to broadcast the Golden Globes. But a judge this summer ruled that the Globes broadcast rights are controlled by Dick Clark ProductionsRead More »

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Golden Globes Trial: Judge Says Future Shows Will Be Under Legal Cloud With Appeal

By | Tuesday July 24, 2012 @ 5:25pm PDT

U.S. District Court Judge A. Howard Matz said the Hollywood Foreign Press Association‘s appeal in the trial over who owns the Golden Globes is going forward (read today’s doc here). But he clearly isn’t happy about it, and he says the process likely will mean upcoming Globes shows will take place under a legal cloud just like the last one. In his order — a procedural ruling that makes way for the HFPA’s appeal against trial winner Dick Clark Productions — Matz as in the past seems frustrated that the dispute between the two parties wasn’t resolved much earlier given the Globes’ value to both, and the case will drag on as a result. Now, “even assuming an immediate appeal … it is unlikely that the parties’ dispute could be resolved before the 2013 or the 2014 Golden Globe Awards Show — which would already be three years into the contested contract period. Delaying … would push back appellate review another one-to-two years, possibly up to (or even beyond) the 2016 Golden Globes”. Read More »

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Ryan Seacrest, Colony Capital Among Potential Bidders For Dick Clark Prods.

By | Friday June 15, 2012 @ 2:29pm PDT

UPDATED: Ryan Seacrest and Santa Monica-based investment firm Colony Capital are among several bidders interested in Dick Clark Prods., sources close to the situation tell Deadline. If the American Idol host proceeds with his pursuit of the former company … Read More »

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