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, …
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.
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.
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 …
After 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:
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 Productions …
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”.
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 …
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is going back to court to appeal Dick Clark Productions’ recent victory in the battle over who owns the TV rights to the Golden Globes. In a court ordered Joint Status Report submitted …
Iconic TV host and producer Dick Clark died today of a heart attack. He was 82. Clark, called “America’s Oldest Teenager,” is best known for hosting long-running television shows such as American Bandstand, Pyramid, and holiday staple Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. According to Clark’s publicist Paul Shefrin, Clark passed away this morning following “a massive heart attack.” Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. Clark, who suffered a stroke in 2004 that left his speech and movements impaired, had entered St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica last night for an outpatient procedure.
Richard Wagstaff Clark, born on November 30, 1929 in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., earned Grammys, Emmys and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame among other awards and accolades in his 60 years in show business. From his start on radio in Philadelphia back in the early 1950s to his last appearance on Rockin’ Eve this year, Clark never lost his on-air boyish enthusiasm. But the genial host was also a trailblazing Hollywood executive. His Dick Clark Productions, which he started in the late 1950s and moved to LA in 1963, produced American Bandstand until 1989 and also created, produced and profitably syndicated such shows as Rockin’ Eve, which started in 1972; TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes; The $25,000 Pyramid; The American Music Awards, which began in 1973; and, since 1983, The Golden Globes. Clark also produced movies including 1984’s Emmy-winner The Woman Who Willed A Miracle and 1985’s Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. According to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, over the past 49 years Clark’s company has made over 20 TV and feature films, 30 series and 250 specials.
At one point in the mid-’80s, Clark hosted shows on all three major TV networks and in syndication. He also wrote several books, including a 1976 memoir Rock, Roll & Remember. Clark sold dcp to Mosaic Media in 2002 for $140 million. The company, which Clark ceased to have anything to do with years ago, is currently owned by Red Zone Capitol, who bought it for an estimated $175 million in 2007.