Mencia to host Creative Arts Emmy Awards


Comedian Carlos Mencia has been tapped to host the 2007 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, set to be handed out Sept. 8 by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Lee Miller and John Moffitt are executive producing the show, while Spike Jones Jr. is returning to produce for the 13th time.

Mencia stars in Comedy Central's "Mind of Mencia," which he also writes for and executive produces. On the big screen, he next appears in the Farrelly brothers' "The Heartbreak Kid" opposite Ben Stiller and Michelle Monaghan. He also will headline a nationwide comedy tour.

"Carlos Mencia is poignant, provocative and damn funny," Jones said. "As host of the Creative Arts Emmys, Carlos will keep everyone in the audience on the edge of his or her seat -- especially the censor. We're all thrilled to work with him and look forward to a great show."

Jones, through his company, SJ2 Entertainment, has produced numerous awards shows and live events, including the red-carpet arrivals for the 2006 and 2007 Independent Spirit Awards for WE tv and Spike TV's Video Game Awards arrivals and aftershow.

Miller, co-chair of the 2007 Creative Arts Awards and member of ATAS' Executive Committee, has served as producer, director and associate producer on such events as the Tony Awards, Academy Awards, People's Choice Awards, Special Olympics and 17 Jerry Lewis MDA telethons.

Moffitt, an ATAS governor, is nominated this year for an Emmy for producing the HBO special "Jerry Seinfeld: The Comedian Award." Moffitt, along with partner Pat Tourk Lee, also has produced two Primetime Emmy Awards shows, winning an Emmy for directing one of them.

The 2007 Creative Arts Awards will present Emmys in 75 categories; the Engineering Awards and the Interactive Media Awards also will be announced during this year's show along with the Governors Award. The ceremony, taking place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, is set to air on E! Entertainment Television as a two-hour special at 8 p.m. Sept. 15, the night before the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony.