FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
REGINALD HUDLIN AND PHIL GURIN
SIGN THREE-YEAR DEAL
TO CONTINUE AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS FOR
THE NAACP IMAGE AWARDS
47th NAACP Image Awards to Air LIVE on Friday, February 5, 2016 on TV One
LOS ANGELES, CA (June 3, 2015) – The NAACP and TV One jointly announced today that industry veterans Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin have signed a three-year deal to continue as executive producers for the NAACP Image Awards. The 47th NAACP Image Awards will be nationally telecast live on TV One on Friday, February 5, 2016 as a two-hour special from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The live telecast will also include a one-hour live pre-show from the star-studded red carpet.
“We are elated to have the opportunity to continue to produce the NAACP Image Awards for TV One and have great plans and ideas to raise the bar even higher,” stated Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin, Executive Producers. “Our ultimate goal is to deliver an entertaining show that honors the best in our community – we are already working on securing today’s leading talent to be part of the next broadcast.”
The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishment of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. The multi-cultural show is one of the most respected events of its kind and is well attended by many of the top names in the entertainment industry. This year’s telecast included host Anthony Anderson and stellar talent including Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross, David Oyelowo, Spike Lee (President’s Award recipient), Laverne Cox, Octavia Spencer, and more. The Chairman’s Award was bestowed on former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Hudlin, former president of B.E.T. Networks, received an Academy Award® and NAACP Image Award nomination as producer on Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. He also produced the Governor’s Awards and the Black Movie Soundtrack tribute on behalf the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. Emmy Award winning executive producer and NAACP Image Awards nominee Gurin has created an unprecedented number of variety specials, including major live events, concert performances, reality programs, clip shows, and comedy series. Gurin’s shows have aired on every major U.S. broadcast network, many cable networks, and in over 100 countries around the world.
For all information and latest news, please visit the official NAACP Image Awards website at http://www.naacpimageawards.net.
Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. The NAACP’s 250,000 adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. In the fall of 2011, the NAACP launched a process to develop its strategic direction and plan, creating a powerful vision for the future, and setting organizational goals that would focus its work for the 21st Century. The five NAACP Game Changers (Economic Sustainability, Education, Health, Public Safety, and Criminal Justice, and Voting Rights Political Representation) are the major areas of inequality facing African-Americans that are the focus of the NAACP’s work.
About TV One:
Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvone.tv<http://www.tvone.tv>) serves 57 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. The network is the exclusive home of News One Now, the only live daily news program targeting Black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is solely owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK, www.radio-one.com<http://www.radio-one.com>], the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban viewers.
About Hudlin Entertainment:
Reginald Hudlin is an innovator of the modern black film movement, having created, written and/or directed such beloved films as House Party, Boomerang and BeBe’s Kids, which are some of the most profitable and influential films of his generation. Hudlin received a Best Picture nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for producing Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. The film won multiple awards including two Oscars and two Golden Globe Awards, and is one of the top grossing Westerns of all time.
Hudlin is the executive producer and writer of the Black Panther animated series, which premiered following a successful multi-year comic book run. Hudlin’s stories reinvigorated the classic super hero for Marvel. He was also executive producer of The Boondocks animated series, director of the pilot of the hit series Everybody Hates Chris, and was producer and director of several award-winning episodes of The Bernie Mac Show. From 2005-2009, Hudlin was the first President of Entertainment for B.E.T. Networks, assisting in the creation some of the network’s highest rated shows during his tenure. While there, he launched a profitable home entertainment division and revamped the news division, which went on to win more than a dozen awards in that period.
Recently, Hudlin directed episodes of Murder In The First, New Girl and other hit series such as Modern Family, The Office, The Middle, and Psych. He also produced the Governor’s Awards and the Black Movie Soundtrack tribute on behalf the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. Hudlin has also served as executive producer of the NAACP Image Awards for the past three years. For more information, please visit www.hudlinentertainment.com.
About The Gurin Company:
The Gurin Company is a globally focused, full-service independent production company that creates, produces and distributes television properties with worldwide appeal. A brand synonymous with quality entertainment and reality series, live events and specials, The Gurin Company currently has projects with over a dozen US broadcast, cable and syndicated outlets including Shark Tank (2014 Emmy Award), The Singing Bee (aired in 40 countries), Oh Sit! (2013 Rose d’Or Award), Win Lose or Pawn, The NAACP Image Awards and So You Think You’d Survive? Additional credits include Weakest Link, Miss Universe, Test the Nation, Wanna Bet?, New Year’s Eve Live!, US Olympics Hall of Fame, TV Academy Hall of Fame, Twenty One, and Lingo. The Gurin Company enjoys relationships with top Hollywood talent as well as distributors and broadcasters around the world. For more information, please visit www.gurinco.com.
For the NAACP Image Awards:
The Lippin Group
For TV One:
Freddy A. Morales
THE LIPPIN GROUP
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