With his thriving broadcasting career and multiple ventures, Ryan Seacrest is at the forefront of the media and entertainment industry. While hosting and producing multiple television and radio programs, building his Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP) banner into a leading television production company and managing a myriad of brand and business ventures, Seacrest is redefining what it means to be a successful Hollywood entrepreneur.
He also holds preeminent positions in broadcast and cable television, nationally syndicated radio and local radio as both an Emmy®-winning producer and host. He is celebrated internationally as host of the top-rated primetime talent showcase “American Idol” on Fox, serves as an executive producer and host of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” on ABC, and has a groundbreaking agreement with NBCUniversal that includes on-air broadcasting and producing duties across the NBC and E! networks.
On radio, Seacrest is host of “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” his market-topping #1 nationally syndicated LA morning drive-time show for Clear Channel’s 102.7 KIIS-FM, as well as a nationally-syndicated Top 40 radio show.
Seacrest launched Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP) in 2006, which has since become an Emmy-winning television production powerhouse creating unscripted, scripted and digital programming. RSP produces the E! hit series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and spin-offs “Kourtney and Kim Take Miami” and “Khloe and Lamar.” RSP is currently producing “Married to Jonas” on E! and “Shahs of Sunset” on Bravo. The company also produced the Emmy Award-winning reality series “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.”
Seacrest is also an investor in media and entertainment companies: he recently made an investment in Civic Entertainment Group, a marketing services company, as well as in the new cable channel, AXS TV. He has strategic partnerships with several blue-chip brands including Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, and Ford.
Additionally, he is Chairman of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for seriously ill and injured children through unique programs that utilize multimedia and interactive platforms. RSF is building broadcast media centers within hospitals for children to explore the creative realms of radio, television and new media. RSF recently opened broadcast media centers in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Dallas.
Seacrest has been profiled in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Fortune, Forbes, ranked #1 on The Hollywood Reporter’s Reality list in 2012 and 2011, named to Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in the Business” issue, Advertising Age’s “Entertainment A-List,” and named #5 Most Influential Person on Twitter by The New York Times.
Originally from Atlanta, GA, Seacrest’s professional career in broadcasting began at the age of 16 when he applied for an internship at one of Atlanta’s top radio stations, WSTR-STAR 94. While working at STAR 94, he finished high school and went on to attend the University of Georgia, where he majored in journalism.
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By Sierra Marquina
Justin Bieber phoned in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest from Australia on Monday morning to talk about his new music and upcoming new documentary Justin Bieber’s Believe, as well as growing up and being in the public eye.
The 19-year-old has been releasing a new song every Monday the past 10 weeks for what he’s dubbed #MusicMondays, compiling a 10-track collection entitled Journals, which ended today with the release of the last track “Confident.”
“Confident” clearly displays a more grown-up Bieber, with lyrics like: “She said it’s her first time / I think she might of lied / Feels so good, damn, and I don’t know why / I’m addicted, something like an addict/ Got me twisted, but still I gotta have it.”
Bieber collaborated on the track, which is already No. 1 on iTunes, with Chance the Rapper whom Bieber admits he’s “a big fan of.”
Justin, who has been busy on the road having performed over 150 shows this year, also touched upon how he’s been portrayed recently in the media. “A lot of stuff has been confused … I’ve been on tour … so no one really knows what I’m doing out here,” Justin admits.
Being scrutinized by the media is also a focus in his upcoming documentary film. This time, entitled Justin Bieber’s Believe, the doc follows Bieber on his Believe tour and reveals his struggle as he tries to grow up while in the public eye.
“I think Never Say Never showed hope and I think Believe is how you get back up when you fall down and really that story of what’s going on behind the scenes,” Justin shares. “People don’t get to see me living as a 19-year-old boy … I’m still finding myself and whenI have the media attacking me everyday, it’s no [different] than bullying that happens in school … I think this movie really shows who I am as a person … of course I make mistakes growing up … and I’m not perfect … people forget I’m a human being [and] I have to make mistakes and grow stronger.”
The documentary also includes footage of the people closest to Bieber. As shown in the trailer, Justin’s mom jokes she still wants Justin to pull up his pants. “I think a lot of moms want me to pull my pants up,” he joked to us.
To hear more from Bieber, like how he’s an “animal guy” and uses tattoos to express himself as well as his Christmas plans, listen to the full audio above!
Download “Confident” on iTunes now here. Justin Bieber’s Believe hits theaters Christmas day, December 25.
By Sierra Marquina
Zoe Saldana phoned in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest to chat about taking on a new, challenging role with Out of the Furnace and upcoming Avatar 2.
The actress tells us immediately after Thanksgiving, she usually hits up the the Christmas tree lot, but this year she’s taking a more relaxed approach. “I was hoping to buy my tree over the weekend, but then there was paddle tennis and a soccer game and then dinner at this restaurant … and I never went to see a tree to save my life.”
Aside from indulging in gluten-free pasta, the 35-year-old’s been busy working and being a newlywed.
Zoe’s latest project includes starring alongside Woody Harrelson and Christian Bale in the gritty drama Out of the Furnace, in which she plays Lena, a school teacher struggling for security in a town torn apart by war and the economy.
The stunner shares she took on the role because of the way the script made her feel. “The fact that when I read the script I was really moved by the story,” Zoe shares. ”Especially because it was about two brothers that were trying to keep their family together and survive a very bad recession and keep their town alive and when I read it, this role Lena, I really judged her. … I considered her actions really weak and that was very puzzling for me cause as a woman I always try to understand women and that was a side of myself that I wasn’t [aware of]..so I was very moved by her.”
As for when Zoe will reprise her role in Avatar 2 as Neytiri, the actress dishes they have yet to begin filming.
“That will happen next year and we are still waiting for them to give us the date because that means I’ll have to count back four months and start training.”
Now that’s dedication!
Until then, check out Zoe in Out Of the Furnace out in theaters Friday, December 6.
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By Sierra Marquina
After chatting about the topic of soul mates on the radio Tuesday morning, we thought who better to join the conversation than Ethan Hawke, who starred in and wrote the romantic trilogy Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight.
The actor phoned in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest and revealed he’s on the fence when it comes to the belief of having one soul mate.
“I don’t know. People love this idea of … two halves of a greater whole and some part of us is empty without finding our soul mate. In general, I think that idea makes people unhappy,” Ethan explains.
“I know we love the idea that somebody is going to come save us but my theory is — I don’t know cause there is always someone that tells you they ran into someone at the Giants game and their whole life makes sense, it’s so hard to speak on this stuff — but in general, I think a lot of people feel really badly that they don’t have that when most of us don’t. Most of us aren’t completed by another person.”
The actor, who divorced from Uma Thurman in 2004 and married current wife Ryan in 2008, adds that it’s mainly about working on yourself first.
“If you take care of yourself, you’re more likely to find someone who might feel like your soul mate because you’re fine without them. You’re just better with them,” Ethan says.
But if you’ve felt in the past you’ve met your soul mate, only to then find another years later, there’s no judgment. “Sometimes the right partner at 24 is the right partner,” he says. “But it doesn’t necessarily mean they are the right partner forever.”
If you’re not already too confused, and you’re in need of some more relationship contemplation, pick up Before Midnight, available on DVD now.
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By Sierra Marquina
Pretty Little Liars author Sara Shepard released the 14th book of the hit young adult franchise, Deadly, on Tuesday.
The book, which serves as the basis for the hit ABC Family series by the same name, promises to deliver more juicy scandals, dark secrets, and shocking plot twists … none of which is missing from the television adaption. So does Sara tune in regularly to the show?
Not only does she follow along, she at times wishes she had thought up some of the producers’ twists and turns.
Sara tells On Air with Ryan Seacrest: “There have been some moments where I wished I had thought of it. There are some really nasty and scary ‘A’ moments that I think are so brilliant and I was not smart enough to think of them!”
Get your copy of Deadly here.
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