ITV to Be New U.K. Home of Oscars
Broadcaster ITV will be the new home of the Oscars ceremony in the U.K.
On Tuesday, ITV announced the news as part of a new multi-year deal with Disney Entertainment. The ceremony will be broadcast on ITV1 and streamer ITVX. The agreement will also see future Oscars made available across ITV platforms and programming, including ITV1 and ITVX, ITVX social channels and news and magazine shows.
The ceremony was previously hosted on Comcast’s pay-TV operator Sky for 20 years. Sky got the rights to the broadcast back from the BBC in 2004. Previously, the two companies had taken turns hosting the awards ceremony for several years.
It was revealed in August that Sky, the U.K.’s largest pay-TV broadcaster, had given up the rights to Hollywood’s biggest awards ceremony.
Darren Nartey, senior acquisitions manager for ITV and ITVX said: “We are thrilled to be able to exclusively bring the Oscars to film fans all across the U.K., furthering and complementing our commitment to films across our network. We already have a fantastic collection of over 250 feature films available on ITVX at any one time and are looking forward to sharing the movie-event of the year with our viewers.”
Bill Kramer, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, added: “We could not be happier to partner with ITV in bringing the Oscars to viewers throughout the U.K.. The Oscars is a celebration of global cinema — recognizing films and film artists from around the world. ITV’s support of our international awards show is a testament to its deep devotion to the movies.”
The 96th Oscars will take place on March 10, 2024.
Last year’s Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, saw “Everything Everywhere All at Once” dominate with seven wins. The film took home best picture, as well as Oscars for stars Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis. Its directing duo, the Daniels, also won for directing the film.
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