Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin to Executive Produce the 45th NAACP Image Awards

 Two-Hour Live Special to Air Saturday, February 22, 9PM/ET on TV One

LOS ANGELES, CA (DECEMBER 18, 2013) – Industry veterans Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin have been named co-executive producers of the 45th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS, it was jointly announced today by the NAACP and TV One.  Winners will be revealed during the two-hour star-studded special to air live from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, February 22, 9PM/ET on TV One.

Hudlin, former president of BET, created 17 of the top 20 rated shows in the history of the network and also created the “BET Hip Hop Awards,” as well as the “BET Honors.”  In addition, Hudlin received an Academy AwardÒ and NAACP Image Award nomination as producer on Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.”  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.  The production team will also include Tony McCuin as Director and Suzanne Bender and Stephanie Sacco as Talent Producers.

The event kicks off the landmark multi-year partnership announced between the NAACP and TV One earlier this year.  The NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice. There are 54 competitive categories in the fields of motion picture, television, recording and literature, as well as several special honorary awards. 

“The NAACP has enjoyed a terrific working relationship with Reginald Hudlin and is confident in his abilities to produce an entertaining and enjoyable show,” stated Chairman of the NAACP Image Awards, Leonard James. “We are pleased to add the talents of Phil Gurin and his team to what we are sure will be our best Image Awards Show to date.”

“As TV One prepares to air our very first Image Awards live broadcast, we are in excellent hands with Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin at the helm,” remarked Alfred Liggins, President and CEO, TV One. “Their combined experience and well-established production reputations will serve us well in our inaugural outing.” 

 “We are honored to have the opportunity to produce the 45th NAACP Image Awards as the show debuts on its new television home, TV One,” commented Hudlin and Gurin. “Working with the NAACP is always a privilege and we anticipate delivering another inspiring and star-studded show.” 

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About Reginald Hudlin:

Hudlin is a pioneer of the modern black film movement, writing, directing and producing movies like “House Party,” “Boomerang” and “Bebe’s Kids” which are some of the most profitable and influential films of his generation. He is the executive producer and writer of the “Black Panther” animated series and was executive producer of “The Boondocks.” Hudlin recently produced Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-winning, “Django Unchained.” The film also won two Golden Globes and two NAACP Image Awards. Hudlin executive produced the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards, and he is co-founder of New Nation Networks, a collection of premium content YouTube channels, featuring multi-cultural entertainment programs, produced in partnership with Google. 

About Phil Gurin:

Phil Gurin and The Gurin Company have been creating, acquiring, selling and producing entertainment programs all over the world.  Responsible for executive producing, creating and writing thousands of hours of television across multiple genres including live events, entertainment, game, music, dance, hidden camera, comedy, stunt, clip shows, docu soaps and formatted reality, Gurin’s shows have aired on every major U.S. broadcast network, many cable networks and in over 100 countries around the world.

Gurin recently produced the second cycle of The CW’s most successful comedy game show “Oh Sit!” (winner of the 2013 Rose D’Or Award for Best Game Show), the comedy reality series “Dancing Fools” on ABC Family, the fourth season of CMT’s all-time #1 original “The Singing Bee” (previously on NBC), and the fourth season of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” for which Gurin received a 2012 and 2013 Emmy nomination.   He is currently producing CMT’s first daily series “Win, Lose or Pawn”, which launches December 18 on CMT.   He has numerous shows in development in the US, the UK, Canada, Germany, Japan and all around the world.

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 half-million 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.

About TV ONE:

Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvone.tv) serves more than 57.4 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.

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