Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart confirmed as the hosts for the 2016 MTV Movie Awards.
To mark MTV Movie Awards 25th anniversary, the show will be pre-taped live-style across the Warner Bros. backlot the day before the broadcast on April 9, taking place outdoors across multiple locations, unlike most award shows, which air from a singular theater.
The annual show, which airs on Sunday, April 10 at 8 p.m., will come prior to the Kelvin and Dwayne’s summer film “Central Intelligence.”
Patterson says Johnson and Hart make the perfect hosts because they engage with their fans. “We could not be in better hands than with these two guys because they really represent what it means to be a movie star right now,”
“They talk directly to their fans all the time. They are always in a conversation with their fans.”
“We want to do a big, brave thing to celebrate movies,” the show’s exec producer Casey Patterson continues with filming across the backlot.
“We love Kevin and Dwayne for doing big, risky, bold things. Most award shows play it safe. They’re the right guys to take big swings.”
“It’s an honor to be hosting the ‘MTV Movie Awards’ with a guy who’s not only one of the funniest guys on the planet, but who’s often mistaken as my twin, Kevin Hart,” said Johnson. “We live for our fans and promise to make this an epic, historic unforgettable night for them.”
Hart commented, “I love hosting — it’s my thing. Dwayne and I are the perfect team for the epic 25th anniversary show. It’s going to go down.”
The scope of the show will be huge, Patterson adds: We are taking over. We are doing the show entirely outside so that we get as many fans packed in as possible in a festival way, which will be super exciting and never done before. Having two hosts is very helpful!”
As for being pre-taped, Patterson says its not because production spanning across many locations is too big to be live, but rather to get the right vibe. “We want to take advantage of all the drama of the backlot at night under the stars,” she says, explaining that the show will tape Saturday night and air on Sunday, giving a small window of time in between the televised show, which Patterson says will lend to the live-TV feel. (In order to get the look of the pitch black night on the outdoor set, if broadcast live, the show wouldn’t air until very late on the west coast after the sun sets.)
Another thing the MTV Movie Awards will feature — unlike that other movie award show — is diversity.
“We are just organically diverse,” Patterson says. “The beautiful thing about the MTV Movie Awards is that we’re not based on an academy or any outside organization. We really just represent the fans and the films that they love to see and it’s just organically diverse — it just is.”
The 2016 MTV Movie Awards will be exec produced by Patterson and Garrett English. Co-exec producers are Lee Lodge, Jane Mun, Jim Roush and Wendy Plaut who is also the executive of celebrity talent. Sandy Alouete is the executive in charge of music talent.
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