Producers named for Cartoon Network awards

Michael Dempsey and Steve Mayer will lead the inaugural "Hall of Game" nods.

Cartoon Network has tapped veterans Michael Dempsey and Steve Mayer to lead production of its first awards show, "The Hall of Game Awards."

The show, which lets viewers vote for their favorite sports stars and sports moments of the year, is produced in association with IMG Media.

Dempsey's producing credits include the "VH1 Big Awards" and the 2004 and 2005 "MTV Video Music Awards." Mayer is an Emmy-winning producer with credits including as NBC's "Christmas at Rockefeller Center."

"The Cartoon Network audience expects a dynamic and unique awards-show experience," said Rob Sorcher, chief content officer at Cartoon Network. "Michael and Steve bring the right mix of creativity, expertise and sense of humor to the Hall of Game Awards."

The awards premiere in early 2011.