American Music Awards recruit Jesse Collins as showrunner / executive producer
This year’s American Music Awards show looks at big behind-the-scenes changes, as ABC and Dick Clark Productions announce Jesse Collins – recently Grammys and Oscars – to take over as showrunner and executive producer , starting with the TV broadcast for November 21 of this year.
Collins has been on a roll lately. In the first half of 2021, he produced the Weeknd’s Super Bowl halftime show, served as an executive co-producer of the Grammys, and co-produced the Oscars – as close to a triple crown as possible in winter and spring. . These followed his production of the 2020 BET Awards, which were considered by many to be the best of television awards show reinvented in the era of the pandemic.
Jesse Collins Entertainment is also named producer of the AMAs, alongside Dick Clark Productions.
By bringing in Collins, Dick Clark Productions and parent company MRC appear to be setting the creative bar higher for the fan-voted AMA show than it traditionally has been as the more populist forerunner of fall at the Grammy. Winter Awards.
MRC Co-CEO Modi Wiczyk said, “Jesse and his team bring tremendous creative firepower, expertise that spans multiple genres and formats, and an innovative mindset that makes them our ideal partners to lead. this show to the future. “
“Jesse is a world-class producer who has incredible foresight and experience in the live events business, and we can’t wait to see how he is making AMAs evolve,” said Rob Mills, executive vice president of Walt Disney. Television Alternative.
Collins co-produced this year’s well-received Grammy TV show with Ben Winston. Monday’s announcement did not address what Collins’ appointment with the AMAs will mean for his status with the Grammys, although with shows seen as long-standing contenders he is unlikely to double. use.
Even with the Super Bowl, the Grammys, and the Oscars as recent entries on his resume, Collins is perhaps even better known for the two decades he spent working on BET’s rewards programs and specials. His credits include “Rhythm + Flow”, “Cardi Tries”, “John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero”, “American Soul”, “Bookmarks”, “Leslie Jones: Time Machine”, “The Bobby Brown Story”, “Real Husbands of Hollywood ”and“ Black Girls Rock! ”
The move is seen as a sign that MRC is taking a more active creative approach a few years after taking ownership of Dick Clark Productions, even as the company searches the industry for a powerful new leader for DCP after Amy Thurlow stepped down as president in June. Further high profile announcements are expected in the coming months.
Barry Adelman and Larry Klein remain Collins’ other executive producers on AMAs.