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Emmys get an 8-year deal, with Mark Burnett producing the 2011 telecast
There had been some rumors and speculations that the Emmys might be headed to cable, or at least abandoning the four-network "wheel rotation" they've utilized for years. Instead, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences reached a new eight-year pact with ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC earlier this week.
The networks will pay a license fee of at least $8.25 million for the program, for a guaranteed $66 million over the course of the eight-year deal, which begins with FOX's telecast this fall and continuing with ABC, CBS and NBC (and then back again).
As part of the announcement, it was also revealed that "Survivor" and "The Voice" producer Mark Burnett will executive produce the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, which airs Sunday, September 18.
"As an Emmy Award winner, I know the excitement of standing on the Emmy stage before your peers and the American public to receive that statue," said Mark Burnett. "My mission in producing this year's Emmys is to provide the absolutely most memorable television experience for the nominees, the winners and the viewing audience."
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