ANTHONY ANDERSON TO HOST ‘THE 46TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS

LOS ANGELES (January 8, 2015) – The NAACP and TV One announced today that Anthony Anderson will return for the second time as host for the 46th NAACP Image Awards.  Winners will be announced during the two-hour star-studded event which will broadcast LIVE on TV ONE on Friday, February 6, 2015 at 9pm/8c as a two-hour special.  A one-hour pre-show will air live from the red carpet at 8pm/7c.

Anderson, one of today’s most versatile and talented actors, currently executive produces and stars alongside Laurence Fishburne and Tracee Ellis Ross on the hit ABC series black-ish, for which he is also nominated for an Image Award this year.

“It is an honor and privilege to be asked back to host the NAACP Image Awards – the nominees this year are stellar and a testament to the talented individuals in our community,” said Anderson.  “As a 9 time Image Award nominee I could not be more proud, and I look forward to holding the record for most nominations without a win!”

In addition, also returning are Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin as Executive Producers. The production team will also include Tony McCuin as Director, Byron Phillips as Producer and Robin Reinhart as the Talent Producer.  Actor and musician Lance Reddick will be the in-show announcer.

“Building on the momentum and success from last year, we are planning an extraordinary show and securing today’s leading talent to be part of the celebration,” stated Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin, Executive Producers.  “It is an honor for us to work with the NAACP and TV One to create a show that recognizes such a diverse group of talented people and we look forward to producing one of the premier awards show telecast in America.”

Last year, the 45th NAACP Image Awards included talent such as Kevin Hart, Lupita N’yongo, Oprah Winfrey, Vin Diesel and Tyler Perry and was the most watched programming event in the history of the TV One network.

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. Winners will be voted upon by NAACP members and announced when the envelopes are opened on Thursday, February 5 during the Awards Ceremony for non-televised categories. The remaining categories will be announced LIVE on stage during the two-hour star-studded TV One telecast on Friday, February 6 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT tape-delated). The telecast will also include a one-hour pre-show airing live from the red carpet (8:00 p.m. ET/PT tape-delayed).

The 46TH NAACP Image Awards are sponsored by: AT&T, Bank of America, FedEx, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Gilead Sciences, Hyundai Motor America, PepsiCo, Southwest Airlines, and Wells Fargo.

For all information and latest news, please visit the official NAACP Image Awards website at http://www.naacpimageawards.net.

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About NAACP:

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) serves more than 57 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is owned by Radio One (NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK, www.radio-one.com), the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners, and Comcast Corporation [NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), www.comcast.com), one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services.

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 PartyBoomerang and BeBe’s Kids, which are some of the most profitable and influential films of his generation.  Last year, 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 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, creating 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 FirstBad Judge and other hit series such as Modern FamilyThe OfficeThe Middle, and Psych. Hudlin Entertainment is slated to return to produce the 46th NAACP Image Awards early 2015.  This summer, he partnered with The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and The Hollywood Bowl to produce a live cinematic concert experience titled: The Black Movie Soundtrack which was a critical and commercial success.

Hudlin is a member of several organizations and currently serves on the boards of UCLA School of Theatre, Film & Television and Wasatch.

 

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.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

For the NAACP Image Awards:

The Lippin Group

Jennifer Price-Keith; jprice@lippingroup.com; 323-965-1990

Elina Adut; eadut@lippingroup.com; 323-965-1990

 

For TV One:

Monica Neal; mneal@tvone.tv; 301-755-2830

 

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