Pact keeps Seacrest, Comcast a couple


Ryan Seacrest has re-upped with Comcast Entertainment Group, signing a new three-year contract that expands on the multihyphenate's original development deal.

Seacrest will continue to serve as managing editor and lead anchor of "E! News" while retaining his position as executive producer and host of the network's "Live From the Red Carpet" specials.

The new pact bolsters Comcast's 2006 deal with the "American Idol" host by giving the network group first-look rights to all projects developed by Ryan Seacrest Prods. The production company now will develop programming for the entire range of Comcast nets, including E!, Style Network, G4, Versus, the Golf Channel, Exercise TV, FearNet, Comcast Sportsnet and PBS Kids Sprout.

The previous agreement, which spoke only to projects for E! and Style, made Seacrest $21 million richer; Comcast would not give details of the renewal.