E!'S INAUGURAL TELECAST OF THE "PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS" TO PREMIERE ON NOVEMBER 11, 2018
Den of Thieves' Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager Join Wilshire Studios To Produce The Only Live Awards Show By The People, For the People
Los Angeles, December 14, 2017 - E!, the global pop culture powerhouse, announced today that the 44th installment of the "People's Choice Awards" will premiere on November 11, 2018 with Den of Thieves' Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager as Executive Producers. Den of Thieves joins Wilshire Studios who have produced E!'s signature "Live from the Red Carpet" series for over two decades providing cross platform, in depth coverage of Hollywood's biggest award shows. As previously announced, E! acquired the "People's Choice Awards" and serves as the exclusive home of the popular annual award show that celebrates the best in pop culture and is voted on entirely by fans. E!'s telecast of "People's Choice Awards" will air globally across E!'s 17 international channels reaching 153 countries in 24 languages. E!'s ownership of "People's Choice Awards" includes the annual live event along with all digital and social assets.
"Den of Thieves, Jesse and Evan have an incredible track record in live event production, and we are excited to tap into their expertise, along with Wilshire Studios, as we evolve and supercharge this fan-centric, iconic franchise for the next generation," said Jen Neal, Executive Producer, Live Events, Executive Vice President, Marketing for E! "By moving 'People's Choice Awards' outside of the traditional awards season, we establishing a new window to celebrate the best in pop culture and will harness E!'s tremendous multi-platform reach to engage fans and drive momentum throughout the year."
"We are thrilled to be producing the 2018 'People's Choice Awards' for E!. The PCAs are an iconic award show because they truly reflect the fans - through the power of their votes," said Jesse Ignjatovic, Executive Producer, Den of Thieves. "There is no better home for this show than on E! and we can't wait to bring that fan energy to the stage in 2018."
Den of Thieves is a full service production company that specializes in the live event & award show space, having produced the "MTV Video Music Awards" for 11 consecutive years, the "iHeart Radio Music Awards," "MTV Movie Awards," "Radio Disney Music Awards," "The Gong Show" on ABC, "American Idol" on Fox and several other projects featured on both television networks and digital outlets.
"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" and "WAGS" 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 is the unscripted division of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. Wilshire produces and develops unscripted programming for NBC's Cable Networks, USA, SYFY, Bravo, E! and Oxygen, as well as many outside networks. Wilshire Studios currently has shows in development with many A-list talent and producers including documentary filmmakers Clay Tweel ("Gleason"), Joe Berlinger ("Paradise Lost"), Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick ("The Hunting Ground" and "The Invisible War"), and Errol Morris (Academy Award winning, "The Fog of War"). Wilshire has co-productions with Blumhouse, Zero Point Zero and My Entertainment Productions as well as Buzzfeed and Vox Media. Wilshire Studios produces E!'s signature "Live From The Red Carpet" series and "SYFY Presents Live from Comic-Con." Wilshire has also produced 300 episodes of the dating game show "Baggage" for the Game Show Network. Other credits include "Look Book" for E!, Mysteries and Scandals for Oxygen, and docu-series "True Hollywood Story."
About Den of Thieves
Den of Thieves has emerged as a force for ambitious music-driven event shows and uniquely stylized television series. Using their extensive experience working with talent, their credits cover a vast array of formats that include ABC's The Gong Show, FOX's "American Idol" and the multi-network broadcast of "Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief." Beyond that, Den of Thieves thrives in the live event & award show space, having produced the "MTV Video Music Awards" for 11 consecutive years, the "iHeart Radio Music Awards," "MTV Movie Awards," "Radio Disney Music
Awards," "Peabody Awards" and more.