Comedian Wayne Brady Set to Host 17th Annual Golden Trailer Awards

Directors Tom Hooper, Tim Miller, Seth Gordon and Michael Miller Among Industry Judges For 2016 Gala

(April 27, 2016) –  it was announced today by Evelyn Watters, Golden Trailer Awards Executive Director, along with the show’s executive producer Monica Brady.  

The Golden Trailer Awards honor and celebrate the work of film and television marketers and the advertising agencies and companies that create movie trailers, posters and commercials. The awards ceremony will be presented live on stage on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, with pre-party festivities beginning at 7 pm at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, CA.  The show begins at 8 pm.  

Confirmed presenters for this year’s gala include David Koechner (“Anchorman”“The Office”), David Dastmalchian (“Ant-Man”), Heather McDonald, Nichole Bloom (“Superstore”) and Tito Ortiz, among others. Celebrity and industry judges participating in this year’s ceremony include Tom Hooper, Academy Award-winning director of “The King Speech” and “The Danish Girl”, Tim Millerdirector of the blockbuster “Deadpool”, Seth GordonAcademy Award Winner and director of films such as “Horrible Bosses”, Mary Jo MarkeyAcademy Award nominated editor, Maryann Brandoneditor of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, Alisa Lepseltereditor on 18 Woody Allen films, Michael Millerdirector of “Poverty Inc.”, Linda Kaplan Thaler (Advertising Hall of Fame honoree), Khandi Alexander (Actress “CSI: Miami,” “Treme,” “The Newsroom,”), Molly Tarlov (MTV’s “Awkward”), and Victoria AlonsoExecutive Vice President of Physical Production for Marvel Studios.

“With the tremendously talented Wayne Brady serving as our emcee for the evening, this year’s Golden Trailer Awards will be better than ever!” said Watters. “We are excited about our line up of presenters and judges and we can’t wait to reveal the top winners live on stage on May 4th.”

Universal Pictures led this year’s nominations by studio with a combined total of 46 GTAs (including Focus Features) for films including “The Huntsman: Winter’s War”, “Hail! Caesar”, “Steve Jobs”, “Straight Outta Compton” and “The Secret Life of Pets”, among others. In second place by studio is Fox (which includes Fox Searchlight), with a total of 44 nominations for work on projects including “Deadpool”, “The Martian” and “The Revenant” among other titles. Warner Bros. (which includes subsidiaries including New Line Cinema) scored with 37 nominations on campaigns ranging from “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice” to “Black Mass” and “Suicide Squad”. Disney (which includes Marvel Studios and other companies) tallied 36 nominations for their work on films including “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, “The Jungle Book”, “Inside Out”and “Alice Through The Looking Glass”Lionsgate garnered 34 nods for their work on films such as “Sicario”, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2”as well as others.

Top trailer houses in this year’s pack included Trailer Park with 28 noms, Mark Woollen & Associates with 21 nominations, AV Squad had 20, Zealot had 18 nods this year and Buddha Jones earned 16. On the agency side, LA was the leading creative house for their work on 32 of this year’s print nominees. 

The Golden Trailer Awards are presented to nominees in diverse categories that range from serious to lighthearted, including Summer Blockbuster 2016, Trashiest Trailer, Best Animation/ Family, Best Comedy and one of the most popular awards of the night: the Golden Fleece Award, bestowed on the best trailer for the film where the marketing was considered better than the film itself. 

The 17th Annual Golden Trailer Awards are presented with the support of several key sponsors, including Variety, NCM, Dos Equis, Jose Cuervo, Three Olives Vodka, Reed’s Sodas and ADG. 

ABOUT WAYNE BRADY
For Wayne Brady, music and comedy has seemed to be at the center of his wildly successful and diverse career. Wayne has been entertaining audiences with his singing, acting and unmatched improvisational skills for nearly two decades.  This diversity has led to a career that goes beyond the term “triple threat.”

Brady began his career in Orlando working at theme parks as well as performing in several local theatre shows.  This is where his love for improvisation was sparked as he was a member of the Orlando improv comedy theater, SAK Comedy Lab.  

In 1998, his career took off with “Whose Line is it Anyway?” for which he won a 2003 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety, Musical or Comedy Series.  The show returns this year with all new episodes.  Wayne went on to host his own syndicated talk show “The Wayne Brady Show” for two seasons.  He was honored with two Emmys for Outstanding Talk Show Host and the show also won Outstanding Talk Show.  

In 2005, Brady returned to his first love, musical theater, and starred in the Broadway production of “Chicago,” playing the role of lawyer Billy Flynn.  He made a big splash in Las Vegas with his hit stage show “Makin’ It Up.”  The show was met with critical acclaim and has been heralded as “pure genius” and “hysterically funny.”  Brady has taken the show around the world playing in such countries as South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and India.  Wayne again returned to the live theater in 2010 when he joined the all-star cast in the Neil Patrick Harris directed “Rent” at the historic Hollywood Bowl. 

Conquering stage and television was not enough for this unique talent.  He was nominated for a Grammy in 2008 for his Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for his single “A Change Is Gonna Come,” off debut album “A Long Time Coming.”   In addition, Wayne released a children’s album entitled “Radio Wayne” which took the top spot on iTunes and Amazon kids charts. 

On the big screen, Brady has been featured in several films including:  “Crossover,” “Roll Bounce,” for Fox Searchlight as well as the animated film “Foodfight.” 

Being an award winning host, it is no wonder why he has been tapped to host several high-profile shows including the NAACP Awards, BET Honors as well as guest hosting The Late Late Show for a week earlier this year.  His hosting role on the iconic “Let’s Make A Deal” has been garnered with several Emmy nominations including Wayne for hosting.  

Wayne recently concluded an acclaimed run on Broadway in “Kinky Boots” in the starring role of Lola.   

For more information about the Golden Trailer Awards or for tickets, please visit www.goldentrailer.com.

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