A&E to Broadcast Critics' Choice Movie, TV Awards

They'll air live
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David McKillop

A&E is getting into the awards show business.

The cable network has partnered with the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association to broadcast the 2015 and 2016 Critics' Choice Movie Awards and Critics' Choice Television Awards.

The 20th annual movie awards will air live from the Hollywood Palladium on Jan. 15, 2015, kicking off the film awards season. Hosts will be announced at a later date.

"Our new partnership will help establish The Critics' Choice Awards as one of the most coveted awards by celebrating the best talent achievements in the entertainment industry with two of the most respected institutions in Hollywood," A&E GM David McKillop said. "These bi-annual live tentpole events will be key highlights of the movie and television awards seasons for A&E viewers."

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"The BFCA and BTJA are thrilled to be joining forces with A&E, which we believe will be the perfect home for our star-studded awards galas," BFCA/BTJA president Joey Berlin. "Over the past two decades our Critics' Choice Awards shows have assumed a vital role in Hollywood. While the Oscars and Emmys are voted on by people who make movies and television shows for a living, the Critics' Choice Awards are selected by the people who watch movies and television shows for a living. They matter — and the night we give them out is a pretty wild party."

BFCA/BTJA were repped by WME and Greenberg Traurig.

A&E's deal to televise the TV and film awards join a rapidly growing slate of awards shows that includes staples such as the Academy Awards, Emmys, Grammys and Golden Globes. ABC alone now broadcasts the Oscars (up 10 percent last year among the key adults 18-49 demo) and the American Music Awards (up 32 percent), among others. CBS airs nine awards shows, followed by NBC (six) and Fox (two). Cable networks have also joined the party, and there are now at least 19 awards shows televised between Jan. 1 and March 2, when the Oscars air.

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