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“Having both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on board to host this year’s festivities is a major coup,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. “Tina and Amy have a proven chemistry and comedic timing from their many years together on SNL to their successful co-starring roles in ‘Baby Mama.’”
“The unparalleled comedic timing of Tina and Amy will surely have viewers wanting to tune-in to see them in action,” said Takla-O’Reilly. “The HFPA is thrilled to have the magnetic duo be a part of the show’s 70th anniversary!”
Executive producers of the special Allen Shapiro, Orly Adelson and Barry Adelman of dick clark productions jointly stated, “It’s exciting to have two of the most respected names in comedy. Amy and Tina’s well known chemistry along with their spontaneity and glamour makes them a perfect fit for the Golden Globes.”
Last January, “The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards” delivered NBC’s highest 18-49 rating (a 5.0) and biggest overall audience (16.9 million) in the time period, excluding sports, since the prior year’s Golden Globes telecast. It was also the highest 18-49 and total-viewer figures for ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox in the time period, excluding sports, in more than 10 months, since the prior year’s Academy Awards on ABC. The telecast improved on NBC’s time-period average during the prior season by 138 percent in 18-49 rating (5.0 vs. 2.1, “live plus same day” non-sports) and 163 percent in total viewers (16.9 million vs. 6.4 million).
Fey is executive producer, head writer and star of NBC’s three-time (2007, 2008, 2009) Emmy Award-winning, one-of-a-kind comedy series “30 Rock,” a workplace comedy where the workplace exists behind-the-scenes of a live variety show. Her performance as ‘Liz Lemon’ has earned Fey an Emmy, two Golden Globes, three SAG Awards and a People’s Choice Award. In 2009, “30 Rock” was nominated for a record 22 Emmy Awards, the most ever of any comedy series on television in a single season. “30 Rock” premiered on October 4 and as it begins its final and seventh season.
Prior to creating “30 Rock,” Fey completed nine seasons on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” with roles as head writer, cast member and co-anchor of the “Weekend Update” segment. Fey is an Emmy winner and two-time Writers Guild Award winner for her writing on “Saturday Night Live” and won an Emmy in 2009 for Guest Appearance by an Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Sarah Palin on the 2008-09 season of “SNL.”
Since her transition to being in front of the camera, she has won much acclaim, including being named The Associated Press’ Entertainer of the Year in 2008, one of Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainers of the Year on numerous occasions, one of People magazine’s “Most Beautiful People” (four times), and one of Time magazine’s “Prestigious Time 100” (two times). “30 Rock” has earned her three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, a Golden Globe for Outstanding Comedy Series, a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, two Writers Guild Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series and two Producers Guild Awards. She has also won two Gracie Awards, a Made in New York Award and was the youngest recipient of the Mark Twain Award for American Humor in 2010.
Fey expanded to feature films in spring 2004 as both a screenwriter and an actress in the hit comedy “Mean Girls,” which earned her a nomination for a Writers Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. On the big screen, Fey starred opposite Poehler in the film “Baby Mama” for Universal Pictures. In 2010, Fey starred in the 20th Century Fox’s film “Date Night” opposite Steve Carell and was a featured voice in the DreamWorks animated film “Megamind.” In April 2011, Fey released her first book, entitled “Bossypants,” which topped the New York Times best seller list where it still remains. “Bossypants” also earned a Grammy nomination for best audio book of the year and won the prestigious Audie Award for Book of the Year in 2012. “Bossypants” was released in paperback in January 2012 and has sold over 1.5 million copies thus far.
Fey next stars in Focus Features’ “Admission,” co-starring Paul Rudd and directed by Paul Weitz. “Admission” will be in theaters in 2013.
With an impressive body of work that encompasses both film and television, Poehler has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most versatile and sought-after talents. Poehler currently produces and stars in the NBC comedy series “Parks and Recreation” from executive producers Greg Daniels and Mike Schur (“The Office”). She plays Leslie Knope, an optimistic and over-achieving mid-level bureaucrat and Deputy Director in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana. The role has earned her three Emmy nominations for acting and one for writing, and a Golden Globe nomination this past year. She also recently announced that she is executive producing a new pilot for Comedy Central called “Broad City.”
This past summer she shot roles in three upcoming features including “You Are Here,” “A.C.O.D,” and “They Came Together.” Previous feature credits include “Baby Mama,” “Spring Breakdown,” “Blades of Glory” and “Mean Girls.” She has also given voice to a number of animated films, including the “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” “Shrek the Third,” “Monsters vs. Aliens,” and “Horton Hears a Who!” with Jim Carrey and Steve Carell. She also created, produced and starred in the Nickelodeon series “Mighty B.”
In addition, Poehler’s online series, “Smart Girls at the Party” (http://www.smartgirlsattheparty.com), launched a dedicated channel on YouTube this past summer. She serves as producer and host of the series that showcases real girls who are changing the world by being themselves.
Poehler shot to stardom starring for eight seasons on “Saturday Night Live.” Renowned as “a brilliantly inventive sketch comedian,” (Entertainment Weekly, 11/05), Poehler boasted an impressive arsenal of outrageous characters and memorable impressions. She received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the show. After her buzzed-about portrayal of Senator Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Presidential Election, Poehler completed her eighth and final season and her fifth as the co-anchor of “Weekend Update.”
Poehler joined the SNL cast from the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), the famed sketch/improv troupe of which she is a founding member. UCB is currently regarded as the premiere sketch/improv comedy venue in both New York City and Los Angeles. She continues to perform regularly with the UCB’s long-running improv show Asssscat.
“The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards” will be seen in more than 192 countries worldwide and is one of the few awards ceremonies that span both television and motion picture achievements. The special will be produced by dick clark productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Dr. Aida Takla O’Reilly is President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions, Orly Adelson, president of dick clark productions and Barry Adelman, EVP of Television at dick clark productions will executive-produce the special. Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production.