CBS Inks Deal With Dick Clark Prods. To Televise Hollywood Film Awards

hfaCBS 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.

cbs-logo__120711164808__121116195436__130108233101__130716162250__130926192712Founded 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.”

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Dick Clark Prodskanye-west-lg., 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.

  1. The only thing worse than watching all these award shows on television is actually attending them in person.

    Yes, they get paid very well. Yes, promoting their films is usually contractual. Yes, most folks love to win awards. And, remember 80% of these folks will be losers even after their nominations…and, I do believe the nomination is almost as good as winning.

    But, does anyone really believe doing all this crap night after night for two months is all that much fun…highly doubtful.

    Having touched on this life just a bit over my career…I am totally overjoyed NOT having to do it anymore.

    I am surprised no one has shot themselves in the head as an result of awards overkill.

    1. Nobody said this business doesn’t involve a lot of work, on set and off of it.
      If you don’t want to work your ass off all the time don’t come to Hollywood for any kind of career.

      1. Thanks, Kevin. Obviously, you haven’t done the circuit over and over…but, as you say…it comes with the territory.

        That does not discount the mind numbing experience involved, however. Try it sometime.

  2. Very smart of CBS to attempt to add another major awards program to their already extensive slate of special presentations. Meanwhile the idiots over at ABC that have the Oscars and no other major film or television awards program to air during awards season should have thought of this first. The one network that desperately could use the lift of another top notch awards program to air in November, February, or May, is just clueless. They already have The American Music Awards in November. Why not add The American Movie Awards. Even if it only got a 2.7/ 10 million viewers like The PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS, it sure beats the hell out of all those 0.7s, .8s, and .9s they’re getting for their asinine scripted programs. Can’t wait to see the pathetic Suburgatory ratings next week or whenever they air that loser.

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