January 03, 2006 09:44 PM by Joe Blackmon
As if Ryan Seacrest needed yet another job, E! Entertainment Television has announced an agreement with Seacrest for a comprehensive multi-year deal that calls for Seacrest to appear both on-air as well as develop and produce multiple series projects for the network via Ryan Seacrest Productions.
Under the terms of the deal, Seacrest will become managing editor and lead anchor of "E! News" in March, along with current anchor Giuliana DePandi. Additionally, Seacrest will serve as Executive Producer and Tower Host of E!’s Live From the Red Carpet, beginning with the Golden Globe(R) Awards on Monday, January 16, and moving on to produce and host a series of celebrity interview specials. At the same time, Ryan Seacrest Productions is poised to become a key supplier of series programming to E! Networks, with the option to sell to other networks should a concept not fit E!’s current needs.
Some of Ryan Seacrest’s other jobs include host of the top-rated American Idol show on FOX and the popular radio countdown show, American Top 40, as well as his market-topping L.A. morning drivetime radio show for Clear Channel’s 102.7 KIIS-FM. Seacrest will now broadcast the KIIS program from his new state-of-the-art studio at E! Networks headquarters in Los Angeles. Seacrest will also continue as a fill-in host for CNN’s Larry King Live and as co-host of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.
"This is a huge coup for E! and demonstrates how committed we are about being the dominant entertainment authority," said Harbert. "Not only will we benefit immensely from Ryan’s extraordinary ability as a broadcaster, his crystal clear vision of our brand will make him an extremely valuable supplier of original programming. His talent, popularity and easygoing on-screen charm have earned him millions of fans who will follow him to E! He is the very best at what he does."
"I am looking forward to being part of the E! team," said Seacrest. "This unique opportunity allows my company to take the next step in providing multimedia content."