Samuel L. Jackson has signed to return as host of Spike TV‘s Video Game Awards, which will air live December 7 and be produced again by Mark Burnett. The event, dubbed VGA Ten this year to celebrate its 10th anniversary, hands out honors and features world premieres of upcoming titles. Burnett, Casey Patterson and Carol Donovan will executive produce. Jackson, who pulled the same duty for Spike’s VGAs from 2005-2007, also is hosting the BET Awards on July 1.
New York, NY, November 30, 2011 – Star of NBC’s “Chuck,” voice actor for “Fallout: New Vegas” and “Halo: Reach,” owner of the nerd culture site www.TheNerdMachine.com and video game super fan Zachary Levi will host Spike TV’s 2011 “Video Game Awards” (#VGA). Telecasting from Los Angeles, CA and featuring some of the most notable names in video games, Hollywood, music, sports and more, the two-hour event honoring the outstanding achievements within the video game industry over the past year will premiere LIVE on Spike TV, MTV2 and Spike.com on Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT.
Spike TV said today that Mark Burnett has been tapped to executive produce the network’s Video Game Awards, which are set to air live December 10. Burnett’s credits beyond unscripted hits Survivor, The Voice and The Apprentice include a swath of live awards shows — most recently September’s Primetime Emmy Awards as well as several MTV Movie Awards and People’s Choice Awards. “I have teenage boys, so video games are already a part of my life,” Burnett said in the release announcing the deal. “They kick my butt in Black Ops on a regular basis, but now are letting me win in hopes of seeing some of the world premieres before the show. We are going to have a lot of fun.”