CBS is looking to launch another major film awards show franchise with the Hollywood Film Awards. The network has signed a multi-year broadcast TV agreement with Dick Clark Prods. to begin televising the event starting this year.
Founded by Carlos de Abreu, the Hollywood Film Awards are known for marking the kickoff of the Hollywood awards season and for their ability to attract A-list talent. “The Hollywood Film Awards is a star-filled, fun night full of surprises, and the first stop out of the gate kicking off the film awards season,” said CBS’ head of specials Jack Sussman. Added Dick Clark Prods. CEO Allen Shapiro, “The Hollywood Film Awards and Carlos de Abreu have done a great job over the past 17 years honoring the best of the best in Hollywood, creating one of the most stellar, star-studded events of the year.”
Dick Clark Prods., producer of the Golden Globe Awards, American Music Awards and Academy of Country Music Awards, signaled its plans to turn the Hollywood Film Awards into another TV franchise last summer when the production company made an investment in the event, partnering with de Abreu. Meanwhile, CBS had been looking for a marquee film ceremony to add to its awards portfolio that includes the Grammys, the Tonys, the Primetime Emmy Awards (shared with the other broadcast networks) and the Academy of Country Music Awards, which is produced by Dick Clark Prods. Several years ago, CBS made a play for the Golden Globes before Dick Clark inked a new deal with NBC. “We look forward to building on our relationship with CBS with an awards show that recognizes the best in movie making, where talent are selected as honorees and not nominees,” said Dick Clark Prods. president Mike Mahan. “The show is full of unique moments, with presenters carefully selected to present awards to the year’s honorees, creating a night with an array of emotion, comedy and surprises.”
This season’s event created a media frenzy with the appearance of Kanye West to present the Breakout Director Award to 12 Years A Slave helmer Steve McQueen shortly before the rapper’s grandiose marriage proposal to Kim Kardashian the same night. The first-ever Hollywood Film Awards gala took place in October 1997 in the Blossom Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, with Kirk Douglas taking home the inaugural Hollywood Lifetime Achievement Award.