Ryan Seacrest Launching New Cable Network

Entertainment Jan. 19, 2012 AT 10:20AM
Ryan Seacrest Launching New Cable Network Credit: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.com

As if his current gigs as the host of American Idol and E! News, a morning Los Angeles radio personality, Crest spokesman and production company head weren't enough, Ryan Seacrest is set to launch his very own cable network.

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The media mogul, 36, is teaming with Mark Cuban, concert promoter AEG and Hollywood talent agency Creative Artists Agency to revamp billionaire Cuban's HDnet into AXS TV.

Featuring behind-the-scenes coverage of concerts, red carpets and awards shows, AXS TV (pronounced 'access') has been a labor of love three years in the making for Seacrest.

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"We've been diligently working with our partners AEG and CAA to strategize and explore how we could deliver quality live entertainment and lifestyle programming to a large audience," Seacrest said in a statement Wednesday. "HDNet is the perfect partner to help us translate our vision into a reality, giving us an instant reach into 35 million homes when we rebrand the channel and launch AXS TV."

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The Idol host's Ryan Seacrest Productions -- which spearheaded E!'s Kardashian reality franchise -- will also develop and produce content for AXS TV.

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