LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Dick Clark Productions, Inc. and AEG today announced that the 2007 American Music Awards will be broadcast Live on ABC from the new Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, November 18, 2007 at 8:00 pm EST.
The 2007 American Music Awards, which will be celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, will be the first awards show or broadcast event to take place in the 7,100 seat state-of-the-art theatre (opening this October) located across from Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. The American Music Awards were previously held at the Shrine Auditorium.
"We are thrilled to be the first awards show to be broadcast Live from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. We expect that this new venue will provide performers with an incredible stage to showcase their talents," said Terry Bateman, CEO of Dick Clark Productions. "The venue will provide those in attendance with unsurpassed state-of-the-art acoustics, intimate site lines and a collection of amenities, and we expect that the new theatre will provide the television audience with an enhanced viewing experience."
"We are proud that the American Music Awards, as the theatre's first awards show, will be a focal point of our ‘Grand Opening Month' of special events at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live," said Timothy J. Leiweke, President & CEO, AEG, owners and operators of the new downtown Los Angeles venue. "There will be no more comfortable or technologically superior showplace anywhere to present this marquee event. We thank Dick Clark Productions for selecting Nokia Theatre L.A. Live as the new home for this great show and look forward to presenting additional high-profile events that nobody does better than Dick Clark Productions."
Today's announcement should provide a boost for Downtown Los Angeles and city planners, who have supported the efforts and vision to make the L.A. Live complex the centerpiece of a new and more vibrant Downtown area.
"Downtown Los Angeles is in the midst of a major transformation and L.A. Live is destined to be a main attraction for the entire region," said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "Our revitalized urban core will make its big center stage debut when the American Music Awards come to Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18th."
Mr. Bateman added, "Downtown Los Angeles will be in the national spotlight on November 18. We look forward to a great evening of music, dancing and parties in and around the L.A. Live complex. It should be a terrific night!"
The Nokia Theatre L.A. Live is at the center of the L.A. Live sports, residential and entertainment district. Across the street from Staples Center and adjacent to the Los Angeles Convention Center, L.A. Live will eventually include a 54-story, 1001 room convention "headquarters" hotel, Club Nokia, a 2,200 capacity Live music venue, a 14-screen Regal Cineplex, "broadcast" facilities for ESPN along with entertainment, restaurant and office space. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers