As reported Tony Rock has teamed up with Russell Simmons to produce their first ever All Def Movie Awards. The new award venture comes as a response to the controversy surrounding this year’s Oscars. Yesterday it was revealed that Fusion will partner up with Simmons to air the show’s highlights. Now things have gotten even more interesting since Fusion will air the show on the same night as the Oscars with Tony’s brother Chris Rock.
Russell Simmons’ All Def Movie Awards has struck a deal for a highlights special to air Sunday (Feb. 28th) on the Fusion cabler opposite ABC’s telecast of the 88th annual Academy Awards. The event produced by Simmons’ All Def Digital venture was born in response to the uproar over this year’s all-white roster of Oscar acting nominees, the second consecutive year that minority actors were left on the sidelines of filmdom’s most coveted kudos. Tony Rock, brother of Oscars host Chris Rock, will emcee the All Def ceremony. The All Def ceremony will tape Wednesday night at Hollywood nightclub Lure. An hourlong highlights special will bow at 7 p.m. Sunday and repeat throughout the night. Talent committed to appearing on the telecast includes Tyrese Gibson, Nick Cannon, Terry Crews, Marlon Wayans, Vivica A. Fox, King Bach, Sannaa Lathan, Regina Hall, Robert Townsend, Bill Duke, Gary Owen and Jerrod Carmichael. “The All Def Movie Awards are meant to fill a generational and cultural void — just as the MTV Movie Awards did,” said Sanjay Sharma, president-CEO of ADD.
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