Primetime EMMY® Awards Have A New Home At Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE

by laliveinsider on Tue., Mar 11 at 12:00 PM

AEG and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Sign Ten-Year Agreement to Bring Annual Awards to L.A. LIVE

March 11, 2008

\"NTLA\"Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE will be the new home of the Primetime Emmy(R) Awards beginning with the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards national telecast scheduled for September 21st it was announced by Timothy J. Leiweke, President & CEO, AEG, owners and operators of Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and John Shaffner, Chairman & CEO, Board of Governors, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Financial terms of the ten-year agreement were not disclosed.

The multi-faceted agreement between AEG and the Television Academy will additionally place the Academy's 2008 Creative Arts Emmy Show the preceding weekend on Saturday, September 13, at the new 7,100-seat theatre located across from STAPLES Center within the L.A. LIVE sports and entertainment district. The agreement also calls for the 2008 Creative Arts and Governor's Balls to be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center which is adjacent to L.A. LIVE.

\"We are very excited to be moving to this new state-of-the-art facility for out landmark 60th Primetime Emmy telecast,\" said Shaffner.

It is anticipated that the various venues within the 4 million sf./18 acre L.A. LIVE will host other programming and ancillary public and private Emmy events during 'Primetime Emmy Week' as well as, and throughout the year.

\"Having the Primetime Emmy Awards as an 'anchor tenant' for L.A. LIVE has been one our highest priorities throughout the development of L.A. LIVE,\" said Leiweke. \"While Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE will provide the very best technical elements available in any venue anywhere, the overall environment and atmosphere that the Academy will activate and create throughout the entire district will further establish the Primetime Emmys as one of the industry's most respected and important awards shows and one that now is guaranteed to be in Los Angeles for the next decade. Thank you to John Shaffner, Frank Kohler and the board of directors for your vision and your commitment. We won't let you down.\"

Nokia Theatre L. A. LIVE hosts over 120 music, family, dance and comedy acts, award shows, televised productions, conventions and product launches annually. In just the first six months since opening its doors in October 2007, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE has hosted six nights of the Eagles and Dixie Chicks, Sugarland, Queens of the Stone Age, Neil Young, Anita Baker, the American Music Awards, Mary J. Blige, So You Think You Can Dance Tour, John Mayer, Bjork, John Fogerty, Tori Amos, and George Lopez.

About the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences was founded in 1946 just one month after network television was born. It is a non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of telecommunications arts and sciences and to fostering creative leadership in the telecommunications industry. In addition to recognizing outstanding programming through its Primetime Emmy(R) Awards, the Television Academy publishes Emmy magazine and through its Foundation, is responsible for the Archive of American Television, College Television Awards, acclaimed student internships and other educational outreach programs. For more information on the Television Academy and its many industry-related programs and services, including year-round Academy events, please visit www.emmys.tv.

About AEG

AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, is the world's largest investor in entertainment and sports facilities; the world's largest presenter of live sports and entertainment events; world's largest owner of sports teams and sports events; owner of the world's most profitable sports and entertainment venues; world's largest developer of sports and entertainment sponsorship and naming rights; has invested billions of dollars in sports, entertainment and media projects; and reaches billions of people each year through its facilities, events, music, theater, festivals, sports, films and media assets. AEG has a long history of success in the global sports and entertainment industries including the STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, CA), Nokia Theatre Times Square, Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie (TX), the El Rey Theatre (Hollywood, CA), the WaMu Theatre (Seattle, WA), Target Center (Minneapolis, MN) and three just opened arenas, Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO), Prudential Center (Newark, NJ) and The O2, a 28-acre development located in the eastern part of London along the Thames River which includes a 20,000 seat arena and over 650,000sf of leisure and entertainment use; sports franchises throughout the world including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), Los Angeles Riptide (MLL), the Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo (MLS) in addition to overseeing privately held management shares of the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA). AEG developed and operates The Home Depot Center, a $150 million national training facility on the Campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, California designated as an \"Official U.S. Olympic Training Site\" by the United States Olympic Committee that includes major facilities for soccer, tennis, track & field, cycling, lacrosse, rugby, action sports, beach volleyball, basketball and other sports.

AEG's live entertainment division, AEG LIVE is one of the world's leading concert promotion and touring companies with fifteen regional offices and stand-alone affiliate divisions devoted to all aspects of live entertainment including: AEG LIVE Events, creators and producers of special events of all sizes; AEG-TV, creators of live events for television, DVD, pay-per-view, cinema and other electronic media and AEG LIVE Tours & Special Events, Concerts West, Goldenvoice, The Messina Group and AEG Exhibitions, the company's national entertainment promotion and touring divisions. AEG LIVE is currently overseeing the international museum tour of the artifacts of King Tut \"Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs\" and produced Celine Dion A New Day.Presented By Chrysler, a spectacular theatrical production starring Dion and directed by Franco Dragone which just concluded an unprecedented five year \"residency\" at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. AEG LIVE co-produces the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Goldenvoice, the company's southern California-based regional promotion division created and operates the award winning annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Recently promoted tours have starred artists and groups including Prince, Usher, Kenny Chesney, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney, Yanni, the Eagles, George Strait, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera, Dixie Chicks, Hannah Montana and American Idol.

AEG is currently overseeing the development of L.A. LIVE, a 4 million square foot / $2.5 billion downtown Los Angeles sports, residential & entertainment district featuring Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, a 7,100-seat state-of-the-art live theatre which opened in October, 2007, a 54-story, 1001-room convention center \"headquarters\" hotel, Club Nokia L.A. LIVE, a 2,200 capacity live music venue, a 14-screen Regal Cineplex, \"broadcast\" facilities for ESPN, along with entertainment, restaurant, residential and office space and additional arenas, O2 World, on a 45-acre site in the heart of Berlin, Citizen's Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California and in Las Vegas, Nevada.

MEDIA CONTACTS

Michael Roth, AEG/Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE
213-742-7155
[email protected]

Cara Vanderhook, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE
213-742-7273
[email protected]

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