The Saturn Awards organization today announced that actress and comedian Aisha Tyler will host the 45th annual awards show on Friday, September 13, 2019.
For the first time ever, the show will be broadcast live in an exciting simulcast across one of the largest aggregations of genre media partners ever assembled, making the show available to over 100 million viewers. The partners include Cinedigm’s CONtv, Nerdist, the newly launched Pluto TV Sci-Fi Channel (Ch 661), Shout Factory TV, Twitch, one of YouTube’s top 50 channels WatchMojo.com, and the newly launched Official Saturn Awards YouTube Channel. The show will also be available via the Saturn Awards website www.SaturnAwards.com and iOS & Android app.
The Saturn Awards will air live across these platforms on Friday the 13th of September at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT.
Host Aisha Tyler shared, “I’m thrilled to be spending a night honoring the best in genre storytelling. I’ve loved sci-fi and fantasy since I was a little girl, and it’s a blast to get to celebrate the brilliant minds and thrilling stories that shape our loftiest dreams and fuel our darkest nightmares.”
Saturn Media’s CEO Justin W. Hochberg, said, “For the first time ever that fans can watch the Saturns, it only made sense to create the largest collaboration of partners ever assembled to showcase the biggest night in genre programming. Aisha Tyler is one of the most versatile artists in entertainment and we could not imagine a more perfect host to take the Saturn Awards into this new era and throughout the galaxy. You’re all invited!”.
The 2019 Saturn Awards will take place on Friday, the 13th of September at the historic Avalon Theater in Hollywood.
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ABOUT THE SATURN AWARDS
Since 1973, the Saturn Awards honor the very best in science-fiction, fantasy and horror entertainment and is the official award presentation of the non-profit Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. The Academy was founded in 1972 by noted film historian Dr. Donald A. Reed to recognize films often overlooked by mainstream awards. Recent past winners include Black Panther, The Shape of Water, Get Out, Gal Gadot, Mark Hamill, Danai Gurira, Ryan Coogler, The Walking Dead, Sonequa Martin-Green, Tom Holland and Chloe Grace Moretz, among many others.
The Saturn Awards is produced by veteran television producer Justin W. Hochberg, CEO of Saturn Media, Inc. a live event, digital media and social commerce company launched in conjunction with its partnership with the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror headed by President Robert Holguin. The newly created Saturn Awards Advisory Board includes prominent creatives in entertainment such as Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Transformers 1-3), Christina Steinberg (producer of the Oscar winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), filmmaker Dean Devlin (Independence Day), producer Roy Lee (It, Bates Motel), director Robert Rodriquez (Alita: Battle Angel, Cannes winner Sin City) and director/producer Kirk DeMicco (The Croods, Lin Manuel-Miranda’s Vivo) Oscar-winning director Peter Ramsey (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse). These new partnerships will expand the Saturn Awards brand to create a home for fandom year-round, with new content currently in development and capitalizing on decades of never-before-seen exclusive archival awards show footage with fandom’s legendary icons over its 45-year history.
ABOUT AISHA TYLER
Aisha Tyler is an award-winning director, actor, comedian, bestselling author, podcaster and activist. She voices superspy Lana Kane on F/X’s Emmy-winning hit animated comedy Archer, the winner of four back-to-back Television Critics’ Choice Awards. She is a series regular on the hit CBS show “Criminal Minds,” for which she also directed two episodes. She also continues to host the CW’s hit improv show, Whose Line Is It Anyway, and is recording a main character voice for the upcoming Disney+ series Monsters at Work, based on the popular film Monsters, Inc. In addition, Aisha is an entrepreneur, launching a line of premium, bottled cocktails she personally created and developed, called Courage+Stone, in Summer 2019.
Aisha was a co-host for seven seasons of CBS’s Emmy-winning daytime show The Talk, which she departed in September 2017 to focus more on acting and directing. She hosted her own nighttime talk show, “Unapologetic” on AMC, which focused on female-centric issues, particularly informed by the current social and political climates.
Aisha is well-remembered for her character arc on Friends, where she was the first African-American to have a long-standing role on the show. Her feature film directing debut, the thriller AXIS, premiered 2017, and the won the Outstanding Achievement in Feature Filmmaking award at the 2017 Newport Beach Film Festival, then had a theatrical run at Arclight Hollywood, Landmark NYC and Drafthouse, Austin, Texas. Currently, she is attached to direct the new Irwin Winkler written and produced action thriller, Vigilante.
A San Francisco native, Ms. Tyler graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Government and Environmental Policy. An avid gamer and passionate advocate (and occasional adversary) of the gaming community, Aisha’s voice can be heard in the video games Halo: Reach; Gears of War 3, and Watch Dogs. She is a board member of Planned Parenthood, and is an advocate for causes including the International Rescue Committee, Family Violence Prevention Fund, Doctors Without Borders and more.
Aisha is a bourbon and hard rock fan, a snowboarder and sci-fi obsessive.
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