Ryan Seacrest signs new NBC deal, producing Kevin Jonas reality show
Forget the Kardashians - try keeping up with Ryan Seacrest.
The 37-year-old, who produces the famous family's hit reality shows for the E! cable channel, recently inked an extensive deal with NBCUniversal that will see him contribute to the "Today" show not only during the 2012 Summer Olympics, but also during the November presidential election and other special events, The New York Times reports.
E! also announced recently that Seacrest is executive-producing a new series called "Married To Jonas," starring Kevin Jonas of the pop group The Jonas Brothers and his wife Danielle, who wed in 2009.
Seacrest has not commented about the NBCUniversal deal. Under its terms, he will be allowed to continue to host the show that made him famous, FOX's "American Idol," as well as the annual ABC special "New Year's Rockin' Eve." He has co-hosted and produced the program since its original host and his mentor, Dick Clark, suffered a stroke in December 2004. The veteran television and music icon died last month.
Seacrest reportedly earns at least $15 million per year for hosting "American Idol" and a total of at least $50 million a year from all of his current jobs, The New York Times said.
The newspaper added that Clear Channel Radio, which produces his syndicated KIIS-FM radio show, is also expected to announce a 2-year renewal of its contract with Seacrest, increasing the annual wages he gets from the company from about $20 million to $25 million. The firm has not commented.
Seacrest also hosts E! News broadcasts and network specials and reports for the channel at award shows. E! is owned by NBCUniversal's parent company, Comcast, and airs "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" and its spin-offs. Seacrest's newest reality show, "Married To Jonas," is set to premiere on the channel on August 19.
"I vividly recall believing from the very first time that I met them that the Jonas Brothers would, without a doubt, become a worldwide cultural sensation," Seacrest said in an E! statement. "Given their tremendous musical talents, kindness, humor and good looks, their eventual stardom wasn't a surprise to anyone."
"When we learned that Dani married Kevin, our production team became curious about what life would be like for a young bride entering the excitement, and sometimes chaos, of a pop star's life," he added. "Looking through the lens of young love, the show will examine the ups and downs of Dani and Kevin's marriage, against the backdrop of their contrasting family cultures, traditions and individual careers."
Seacrest had appeared on the "Today" show in April to address rumors that said he may replace longtime host Matt Lauer. The two chatted on the air and Seacrest announced that he would cover the Olympic Games for the network. Lauer said he thought Seacrest would "be great" as a "Today" show host, adding that the two are "friendly" and have joked about the casting reports.
Seacrest, a native of Atlanta, began his on-air career in 1994 co-hosting the syndicated game show "Gladiators 2000," a children's spin-off of "American Gladiators," with Maria Sansone, who is a correspondent for "On The Red Carpet," KABC Television's entertainment show (check for local TV listings).
Seacrest went on to host other kid and teen programs before he began co-hosting "American Idol" with Brian Dunkleman when the show debuted in 2002. Dunkleman left the show after a season.