The Oscars Red Carpet in Hollywood. Photo by John Schreiber.
The Oscars Red Carpet in Hollywood. Photo by John Schreiber.

ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday they have expanded their agreement for eight more years, meaning the network will remain home to the Oscars through 2028.

“We’re honored to continue our storied and successful partnership with ABC in broadcasting the most watched live entertainment event of the year,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “In 2028, we’ll mark the Oscars 100th anniversary, and ABC is the perfect partner to help us celebrate the magic of movies with our fans.”

Ben Sherwood, co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group, said in response: “After hosting the Academy Awards more than 50 times, ABC has become the home for Hollywood’s most prestigious and glamorous night of television. With this new landmark agreement, ABC is proud to showcase the Oscars all the way to their Centennial celebration in 2028.”

The current contract between ABC and the Academy had been scheduled to expire in 2020.

The 89th Academy Awards will be held Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

—City News Service

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