With the 2011 Academy Awards set to air this Sunday (2/27) ABC has signed a contract with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to keep the Oscars broadcast for six additional years. That will extend the current contract, which had gone to 2014, through 2020.
“This contract ensures that the Oscar show will be an ABC tradition for 45 consecutive years,” said Academy president Tom Sherak. “ABC is absolutely the very best place for the Academy Awards, a television event that is beloved and watched by millions of movie lovers all over the world.”
“ABC has been home to the Oscars for many years, having aired a total of 46 of the annual telecasts, so we’re thrilled to announce that this tradition will continue. During that time, we’ve enjoyed a tremendous partnership with the Academy, pairing the best in movies with the best in television, and look forward to a long and successful collaboration in the years to come,” said Anne Sweeney, President of the Disney/ABC Television Group.
The 83rd Academy Awards, which will air live on Sunday, February 27, will be the 36th consecutive ceremony to air on ABC.