E! ANNOUNCES "PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS" ACQUISITION, INCLUDING POPULAR LONG-RUNNING AWARD SHOW CELEBRATING THE BEST IN POP CULTURE
E!'s Ownership of "People's Choice Awards" Includes Annual Live Event, Which Will Be Produced by Wilshire Studios Starting in 2018, Along with All Digital and Social Assets
Los Angeles, April 6, 2017 - E!, the global pop culture powerhouse, announced today the network's acquisition of "People's Choice Awards." E! will be the exclusive home of the popular annual award show that celebrates the best in pop culture and is voted on entirely by fans, in addition to taking over "People's Choice Awards'" vast digital, social and voting platforms. E! will air the "People's Choice Awards" starting in 2018 with its 44th annual installment to be produced by Wilshire Studios, the team behind E!'s signature "Live from The Red Carpet." "People's Choice Awards" will air globally across E!'s 17 international channels reaching 153 countries in 24 languages.
"Rooted in pop culture and celebrity, the 'People's Choice Awards' is a natural extension for E! and we are excited to evolve and supercharge this fan-centered event for the next generation in a way that only E! can," said Adam Stotsky, President, E! "Over two decades ago, E! created the red carpet experience and became the leading destination for fans on Hollywood's biggest nights. With this acquisition, we are harnessing our entertainment authority, live event expertise and huge multi-platform reach to take fans beyond the red carpet and offer a true end to end consumer experience."
The People's Choice Awards is the only major awards show voted on entirely by the public for fan favorites in movies, music, television and digital. Only fans determine the nominees and winners for the annual awards show and nearly 300 million votes were cast for its most recent installment, which aired January 18, 2017.
"People's Choice Awards" was originally created in 1975 by Robert Stivers. "People's Choice Awards" was previously owned by Procter & Gamble and produced by Mark Burnett airing on CBS.
About E! Entertainment
E! is the only global, multi-platform brand for all things pop culture. The network is currently available to 91 million cable and satellite subscribers in the U.S. "E! News" airs nightly on the network and is the leading multi-platform publisher delivering breaking entertainment news and pop culture coverage 24/7 across all digital and social media. E! programming includes popular series "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Total Divas," "Botched," "Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry," "WAGS," and "Fashion Police," as well as the network's scripted series "The Royals" and "The Arrangement." Additionally, E!'s "Live from the Red Carpet" signature events keep fans connected to their favorite stars on pop culture's biggest nights. E! is a network of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. For more corporate information, visit www.nbcuniversal.com.
About Wilshire Studios
Wilshire Studios develops and produces engaging and innovative non-scripted, original programming for all media platforms. A division of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, Wilshire is invigorating its slate with a focus on attracting high caliber producing talent and diversifying its content strategy with thought-provoking docu-series, news and live programming, reality, and competition formats. Wilshire produces E!'s signature "Live from the Red Carpet" series, which provides in-depth coverage of Hollywood's biggest nights. The studio also produces "Syfy Presents Live from Comic-Con," a three-night telecast which broadcasts live from one of the biggest fan conventions, San Diego Comic-Con. Wilshire has also produced 300 episodes of the dating game show "Baggage" for the Game Show Network.