SOURCE: E! Entertainment

March 07, 2006 13:17 ET

March 13 Is E!-Day for Ryan Seacrest

Seacrest Takes the Reins as E! Lead Anchor and Managing Editor

"E! News" Has Entertainment Covered With Breaking Celebrity Gossip and Up-to-Date News Weeknights and Saturdays at 7:00 PM ET/PT

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 7, 2006 -- Ryan Seacrest officially kicks off his role as lead anchor and managing editor of "E! News" on Monday, March 13 at 7:00 PM ET/PT. Seacrest has set up shop at the network's Wilshire Blvd. headquarters, and begins his new "E! News" job one week after wrapping the network's Oscar Red Carpet coverage. In his new role, Seacrest will anchor the most comprehensive celebrity news coverage on television brought to you by the only network dedicated exclusively to entertainment -- 24/7.

Working alongside "E! News" co-anchor Giuliana DePandi, Seacrest will lead the "E! News" team in doing what they do best -- bringing entertainment fans the latest news out of Hollywood. From interviews with your favorite stars to up-to-the-minute scoops on the newest trends, award shows moments, celebrity unions and break ups -- it's all on "E! News," the leading entertainment authority.

Seacrest's "E! News" duties are one of the prominent features of his comprehensive agreement with E! signed in January 2006. That agreement calls for the international broadcast megastar to develop and produce multiple series projects, serve as Executive Producer of E!'s "Live From the Red Carpet," and host a series of interview specials for the network via his Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP) banner. And the deal has already proven itself successful as Seacrest made a huge splash at E! as Master of Ceremonies and executive producer on E!'s "Live From the Red Carpet: Golden Globe Awards" telecast in January. He then produced and worked the red carpet on the "LRC: Screen Actors Guild Awards" special, which earned a 1.37 national rating from Nielsen, representing a 99% jump in household viewing from the 2005 broadcast, becoming E!'s highest-rated Red Carpet: SAG Awards program ever.

In staking out his claim as one of Hollywood's hardest working stars, Seacrest will continue as host of the iconic talent showcase that put him on the international map, Fox's top-rated "American Idol," and will serve as a fill-in host for CNN's top-rated "Larry King Live" nightly talk show. For his radio career, a new state-of-the-art studio is currently under construction at E! Networks to house the world's most popular radio countdown show, "American Top 40" and Seacrest's chart-topping L.A. morning drive-time radio show for Clear Channel, 102.7 KIIS-FM.

Don't miss Ryan Seacrest with Guiliana DePandi on "E! News" beginning March 13 at 7:00PM ET/PT.

About E! Networks

Based in Los Angeles, E! Networks is the world's largest producer and distributor of entertainment news and lifestyle-related programming. The company operates E! Entertainment Television, the 24-hour network with programming dedicated to the world of entertainment; The Style Network, the destination for women 18-49 with a passion for the best in relatable and inspiring lifestyle programming, and E! Online, located at Eonline.com. E! is currently available to 87 million cable and direct broadcast satellite subscribers in the U.S. The Style Network currently counts 42 million subscribers. Internationally, E! programming can be seen in more than 120 countries worldwide, reaching 600 million homes. In addition to its ventures for locally programmed E! branded channels outside the U.S., the company operates the E! International Network, a 24-hour English language global entertainment channel available via satellite in Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

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