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April 24, 2014

Seth Meyers to Host 66th Primetime Emmy Awards

It's official: Seth Meyers will host the 66th Primetime Emmys on NBC on August 25, live from Los Angeles.

  • Seth Meyers
  • Don Mischer

Late night talk star Seth Meyers is set to host the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast, live coast-to-coast on NBC on August 25. 

Television producer Don Mischer — known for steering such big galas as the Super Bowl halftime shows, Olympic Games openings, the Oscars and more — is set to executive-produce the 66th Primetime Emmys. Producing with Mischer will be Charlie Haykel and Julianne Hare.

"Seth's expertise and ease in front of a live audience during his time at 'SNL,' as well as his comedic brilliance both as a writer and in front of the camera, makes him the perfect choice to host the Emmys," said Paul Telegdy, President, Late Night and Alternative Programming, NBC Entertainment. "Plus, with Don's vast experience at putting these type of big productions together, we'll be in great hands."
 
"Seth is such a talented performer and writer, and we know he will bring something unique to hosting the Primetime Emmy Awards," said Bruce Rosenblum, Chairman and CEO of the Television Academy. "We are also excited to welcome Don back this year and very much look forward to their collaboration as we celebrate television's biggest night during one of the most transformative years in Television Academy history."

Primetime Emmy winner Meyers took over hosting duties on NBC’s Late Night in February following Jimmy Fallon’s jump to the Tonight Show. He also voices the character Prock on Hulu animated original The Awesomes, the superhero series he executive produces and co-created with Mike Shoemaker.

Widely recognized as the longest serving anchor on iconic Saturday Night Live segment “Weekend Update," the Northwestern University alum also served as head writer for SNL for 9 of his 13 seasons with the series. 

Meyers won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for SNL host Justin Timberlake’s musical monologue in 2011 and has 10 additional Emmy nominations for television writing to his credit. Earlier today, Meyers was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2014.

Critics forecasting what a Meyers-helmed Emmys show might be like may look to his turns hosting the 2010 and 2011 ESPY Awards on ESPN  and perhaps his appearance at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner — all of which garnered solid reviews.

Acclaimed television and live events producer Don Mischer returns for his twelfth Primetime Emmys run and his eighth time as executive producer.

He has been honored with 14 Emmy Awards, a record 10 Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, 2 NAACP Image Awards and a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting. Mischer is also the recipient of Europe's prestigious Golden Rose of Montreux and the 2012 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television from the Producers Guild of America.

Among some of his producer and director credits are several Super Bowl Halftime shows (Prince, Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen), the Democratic National Convention, the Academy Awards, the Kennedy Center Honors, opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games and more.

Mischer has also produced specials with Beyoncé, Bono, Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna, Britney Spears, James Taylor, Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Garth Brooks, Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, Barbra Streisand, the Black Eyed Peas and Carrie Underwood, among others.

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on NBC, Monday, August 25th at 8:00pm ET / 5:00pm PT, from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE In Los Angeles.

 

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