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A&E Network and Entertainment Weekly Form New Multi-Platform Partnership for the Critics' Choice Awards

“Silicon Valley” star T.J. Miller (Getty Images)
“Silicon Valley” star T.J. Miller (Getty Images)

A&E NETWORK AND ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY FORM NEW MULTI-PLATFORM PARTNERSHIP FOR THE CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS 

NOMINATIONS TO BE ANNOUNCED LIVE ON EW.COM AND THE PEOPLE/ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY NETWORK ON NOVEMBER 14TH FOR TELEVISION CATEGORIES AND DECEMBER 1st FOR MOVIE CATEGORIES 

EW ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR AWARD TO BE PRESENTED LIVE DURING THE 22ND ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS HOSTED BY T.J. MILLER ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11TH AT 8PM ET/5PM PT ON A&E

New York, NY—November 1, 2016 –A&E Network and Entertainment Weekly, in conjunction with the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA), today announced a multi-platform content and promotional partnership for the “Critics’ Choice Awards,” it was jointly announced today by Paul Buccieri, President of A+E Studios and A+E Networks Portfolio Group; Bruce Gersh, Senior Vice President, Brand Business Development, Time Inc.; and Joey Berlin, BFCA and BTJA President.

The partnership will kick off with the exclusive announcement of the nominations for the “22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards” Television categories live on EW.com and the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (People.com/PEN) on November 14 and the Movie categories on December 1.  The nominations will be hosted by EW’s Jessica Shaw.

“As the A&E brand continues to lead the cultural conversation, EW’s position as the preeminent voice in pop culture makes them the perfect promotional and content partner for A&E on the ‘Critics’ Choice Awards’,” said Buccieri.  “Together, our brands can help drive fan engagement in one of Hollywood’s biggest events.”

“We are excited to extend Entertainment Weekly in this multi-platform, and multi-year partnership with A&E Network and the Critics’ Choice Awards,” said Gersh. “This partnership will incorporate Entertainment Weekly into the show, and increase the reach for the Critics’ Choice Awards by leveraging Time Inc.’s iconic, trusted and influential brands including Entertainment Weekly, PEOPLE, TIME and the recently launched People/Entertainment Weekly Network.”

“This is the breakout year for the Critics’ Choice Awards,” added Berlin.  “Moving up in the calendar to kickoff the major awards season on December 11 and adding Entertainment Weekly and the other powerhouse Time Inc. brands to our terrific partnership with A&E will blast our show into the top tier of must-watch awards shows.”

Comedian and actor T.J. Miller will return as host of “The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards,” a star-studded show celebrating the best in movies and television broadcast live on A&E from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on Sunday, December 11th at 8PM ET/5PM PT, immediately following “Critics’ Choice Red Carpet Live” on A&E at 7PM ET/4PT, which will also be live streamed on EW.com, People.com and People/Entertainment Weekly Networks.

The “Critics’ Choice Awards” will feature a new award, celebrating EW’s annual Entertainer of the Year.  The winner will be announced during the live broadcast and featured in Entertainment Weekly’s annual Best and Worst issue.  Previous honorees include Jennifer Lawrence, Jimmy Fallon, Taylor Swift, Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock.

Entertainment Weekly will provide additional linear, digital and print content within and leading up to the “22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards,” featuring EW editors, writer and critics, including the one-hour special, “The Road to the Critics’ Choice Awards,” (working title) showcasing the year’s nominees and their achievements.

In addition, the partners’ respective ad sales groups will come together to develop and market multi-content, multi-platform ad sales and integration packages offering clients a range of innovative options to be a part of the awards.

More details of the exclusive partnership will be unveiled closer to the broadcast.

“The Critics’ Choice Awards” are bestowed annually by the BFCA and BTJA to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement. The BFCA is the largest film critics’ organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio and online critics. BFCA members are the primary source of information for today’s film-going public. BTJA is the collective voice of almost 100 journalists who regularly cover television for TV viewers, radio listeners and online audiences. Historically, the “Critics’ Choice Awards” are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations. 

“The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards” will be produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment.  BFCA/BTJA are represented by WME and Dan Black of Greenberg Traurig.

About Entertainment Weekly.

Entertainment Weekly is your all-access pass to Hollywood’s most creative minds and most fascinating stars. The magazine was launched by Time Inc. in 1990 and is America’s leading consumer publication in the entertainment category, with a guaranteed circulation rate base of 1.5 million and a combined audience of almost 28 million loyal, engaged fans.  Each day, EW.com publishes a myriad of featured stories, blog posts, TV-recaps, original videos, film reviews and photo galleries. In April 2015, the PEOPLE/Entertainment Weekly Network reached #1 in its competitive set with 56.4 million unique visitors and during the same month, EW.com desktop, tablet and mobile growth hit an all-time high of 19.9 million combined unique visitors. Entertainment Weekly is the first to know about the best in entertainment. With sharp insight, unparalleled access and a trusted voice, EW keeps readers plugged into pop culture. This is where the buzz begins.

Entertainment Weekly is also available on the iPhone®, iPad®, Apple News App, NOOK Color™, HP Touchpad, Kindle Fire, Next Issue, and select Android™ devices. On social media, join the Entertainment Weekly community on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestTumblr and Google +.  

About BFCA/BTJA

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio and online critics. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) is a partner organization to the BFCA and includes TV, radio and Internet journalists who cover television on a regular basis. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com

About A&E Network

A&E leads the cultural conversation through high-quality, thought provoking original programming with a unique point of view. Whether it’s the network’s distinctive brand of award-winning disruptive reality, groundbreaking documentary, or premium scripted drama, A&E always makes entertainment an art.  The A&E website is located at aetv.com.  Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/aetv and Facebook at facebook.com/AETV.  For more press information and photography please visit us at press.aenetworks.com.

Follow the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Twitter and Instagram @CriticsChoice and on Facebook/CriticsChoiceAwards.

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.Today, a showbiz/promotions aggregate mainly for insiders. She has written for Communications Daily, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International plus freelanced for others. Valerie donates and works closely with the Human Rights Campaign (Fed Club Council Member), GLSEN, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal and the Desert Aids Project. She is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club. Milano loves meeting people and does so in her fave getaway Palm Springs as a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and the Old Las Palmas area community member. For years Valerie was a board member and one of the chief organizers for the Television Critics Association’s press tours. The tours take place twice a year in Beverly Hills/Pasadena.