Announced today, the media company extended Seacrest’s contract for an additional three years as well as increased the mogul’s responsibilities.
While the financial details were not revealed, we do know Seacrest will continue to be a key advisor to iHeartMedia, continuing to work closely with the company’s Chairman and CEO, Bob Pittman, and President, COO and CFO Rich Bressler. He will provide input into all the company’s major events and initiatives as well as develop new ways to connect advertisers closely to consumers.
Additionally, Seacrest will continue in his role as one of the core personalities across all iHeartRadio platforms, hosting and producing “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” “American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest” and the weekday vignette “Direct from Hollywood.” He will also maintain his key role in all of iHeartMedia’s nationally recognized events.
In a statement, Pittman said, “In the new iHeartMedia, where we connect our fans to their favorite programming and music – and advertisers to consumers – innovation and creativity is more important than ever. Ryan is unique, standing alone in today’s world as someone who crosses all media as an expert on both the talent and business sides, and we are fortunate to have him as a member of our core team.”
In regards to his new deal, Seacrest said, “I’ve been active in everything from broadcast radio to digital, from television to social media and more – and the wonderful thing about my extended relationship with iHeartMedia is that it ties everything together. I’m grateful for the support of Bob and Rich. Their continued confidence fuels my creative spirit and inspires me to do a job I’ve loved since I was 15 years old.”
Labeled the “hardest working man in show-biz,” Seacrest appeared on the TODAY show where he discussed his new show “Knock Knock Live” and the end of “American Idol.”
The media mogul admitted to being scared when he first started hosting the show 15 years ago. He said, “I pretended to know what I was doing, but I never done live television before so I was really nervous for the first couple of seasons and fortunately I got a little more comfortable with it.
While American Idol is coming to an end, Seacrest does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
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