Los Angeles, December 14, 2017 – E!, the global pop culture powerhouse, announced today that the 44th installment of the “People’s Choice Awards” will premiere on November 11, 2018 with Den of Thieves’ Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager as Executive Producers. Den of Thieves joins Wilshire Studios who have produced E!’s signature “Live from the Red Carpet” series for over two decades providing cross platform, in depth coverage of Hollywood’s biggest award shows. As previously announced, E! acquired the “People’s Choice Awards” and serves as the exclusive home of the popular annual award show that celebrates the best in pop culture and is voted on entirely by fans. E!’s telecast of “People’s Choice Awards” will air globally across E!’s 17 international channels reaching 153 countries in 24 languages. E!’s ownership of “People’s Choice Awards” includes the annual live event along with all digital and social assets.
“Den of Thieves, Jesse and Evan have an incredible track record in live event production, and we are excited to tap into their expertise, along with Wilshire Studios, as we evolve and supercharge this fan-centric, iconic franchise for the next generation,” said Jen Neal, Executive Producer, Live Events, Executive Vice President, Marketing for E! “By moving ‘People’s Choice Awards’ outside of the traditional awards season, we establishing a new window to celebrate the best in pop culture and will harness E!’s tremendous multi-platform reach to engage fans and drive momentum throughout the year.”
“We are thrilled to be producing the 2018 ‘People’s Choice Awards’ for E!. The PCAs are an iconic award show because they truly reflect the fans — through the power of their votes,” said Jesse Ignjatovic, Executive Producer, Den of Thieves. “There is no better home for this show than on E! and we can’t wait to bring that fan energy to the stage in 2018.”
Den of Thieves is a full service production company that specializes in the live event & award show space, having produced the “MTV Video Music Awards” for 11 consecutive years, the “iHeart Radio Music Awards,” “MTV Movie Awards,” “Radio Disney Music Awards,” “The Gong Show” on ABC, “American Idol” on Fox and several other projects featured on both television networks and digital outlets.
“The People’s Choice Awards” is the only major awards show voted on entirely by the public for fan favorites in movies, music, television and digital. Only fans determine the nominees and winners for the annual awards show and nearly 300 million votes were cast for its most recent installment, which aired January 18, 2017.
“People’s Choice Awards” was originally created in 1975 by Robert Stivers. “People’s Choice Awards” was previously owned by Procter & Gamble and produced by Mark Burnett airing on CBS.