TONY HAWK TO HOST CARTOON NETWORK'S FIRST EVER HALL OF GAME AWARDS
Sports Awards Show to Air on Cartoon Network Friday, February 25, 2011
Cartoon Network today announced that skateboarding legend Tony Hawk will
host the inaugural Hall of Game Awards, airing on Cartoon Network, on
Friday, February 25, 2011, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT).
The Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards is a high-energy, off-the-wall,
multi-platform experience that lets viewers vote and honor their
favorite sports stars and sports moments of the year. This
first-of-its-kind, sports award and entertainment event for kids, is
created and produced in association with IMG Media, the production arm
of global sports, entertainment and media company, IMG. Veteran,
award-winning television and special events producers, Michael Dempsey
and Steve Mayer serve as executive producers and The Sports Illustrated
Group's SI KIDS franchise is the official media partner.
"Tony is a world class athlete revered by sports fans of all ages,"
said Rob Sorcher, Cartoon Network's Chief Content Officer. "He brings a
sense of fun, daring and adventure that will thrill kids and families
with a night full of fun and the unexpected."
"I am excited to host this fun and unique awards show," said Tony Hawk.
"Like the sports we are honoring, there will be nonstop excitement and
all kinds of surprises. Plenty of mayhem and laughs, too. "Get your
votes in and be part of it!"
Fans can vote for their favorite nominees in seven award categories on
HallofGame.com. Voting categories and their respective nominees, which
are live now on HallofGame.com, include: "Most Awesome Mascot,"
sponsored by Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers; "He's Got Game," the
award for the best male athlete; "She Got Game," the award for the best
female athlete; "That's How I Roll," sponsored by Kids Foot Locker and
awarded to the most stylish athlete; "Alti-dude," the alternative sports
award for athletes that spend most of their time in the air; "Dance
Machine," the award for the best celebratory dance; and "My Bad," the
award for the best sports blooper or blunder. Additional awards
categories and nominees will be announced soon.
From the red carpet, to the never-before-seen stunts and surprises on
stage, Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards show will feature icons from
television, film, music and sports, as kids experience an evening of
humor and fun at the most raucous and biggest sports awards show ever
presented on television.
When Tony Hawk's brother handed him a blue fiberglass skateboard at the
age of nine, Tony had no idea he would become the most famous
skateboarder of all time. By the time he was 25, Hawk had entered an
estimated 103 pro contests, winning 73 of them, and placing second in
19. By far the best record in skateboarding's history. He was the
world champion for 12 years in a row. In 1999 at the X Games, Tony
became the first skateboarder to ever land a 900, the holy grail of vert
skateboarding. Soon after, he retired from competitions, though he
continues to skate demos and exhibitions all over the world. He has won
numerous awards including Make-A-Wish Foundation's Favorite Male
Athlete, Teen Choice Awards' Choice Male Athlete and Nickelodeon's Kid's
Choice Awards' Favorite Male Athlete. From video games to skateboards
to online media to clothing to world tours, Tony has dominated the
action sports business market with his laid-back style. The most
recognized action-sports figure in the world, and according to some
marketing surveys the most recognizable athlete of any kind in the
United States, Tony regularly appears on television and in films, and
hosts a weekly show on the Sirius XM. Tony is also a role model for fans
of all ages; his Tony Hawk Foundation has given away over $3 million to
450 skate park projects throughout the United States serving over 3
About Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 99
million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner
Broadcasting System, Inc.'s ad-supported cable service now available in
HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic animated
entertainment for kids and families. Nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET,
PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a
late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for
young adults 18-34. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner
company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and
young adult media environments on television and other platforms for
consumers around the world.
About IMG Media
IMG Media operates from over 30 offices worldwide and distributes
content across all forms of media including TV, Audio, Fixed Media,
Inflight and Closed Circuit, Broadband and Mobile. IMG Media Production
generates 6000 hours of programming, over 200 projects in locations
around the world. These include coverage of: New York City Marathon,
Masters, PGA Championship, ATP and WTA Tennis, Professional Bull Riding,
television and digital production for both Wimbledon and the R and A,
Premier League Soccer Productions, Total Rugby for the IRB, Transworld
Sport, FIFA Futbol Mondial and FIFA World Cup Preview Series. IMG Media
also has produced entertainment specials such as: Super Bowl's Greatest
Commercials, World's and Year's Funniest Commercials for TBS, Christmas
in Rockefeller Center, and Boston Pops 4th of July Spectacular. IMG
Media also maintains the world's largest sports archive with more than
250,000 hours of footage.