A new awards show may be coming to the annual Comic-Con International in San Diego, and it has a major Hollywood player behind it. On Wednesday, Deadline reported that Comic-Con and entertainment company Lionsgate — partners in recently announced streaming service Comic-Con HQ — were in talks to create a new awards show to take place at the convention and air on the service. The Hollywood Reporter subsequently had word that the show would celebrate the wider scope of Comic-Con, including “film, TV and other media platforms.”
Subsequently, Newsarama confirmed the talks with Comic-Con, and received a statement from the organization that puts on the show, Comic-Con International. The statement read that, “While nothing has been finalized I can say that we have been approached by Lionsgate regarding their hopes of producing a televised Comic-Con specific awards show and their unique understanding of fandom has resulted in talks moving further along than any discussions we’ve ever had on this subject.” So though such an event isn’t yet on the books, discussions are active.
Of course, Comic-Con has long been the host of the Eisner Awards, considered the most prestigious award in the comic book industry. The annual event is typically held on the Friday evening of the show, in recent years at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Whether or not a new awards show would in any way affect the Eisners remains to be seen — both Comic-Con spokesperson David Glanzer and Eisner Awards Administrator Jackie Estrada declined comment when reached by Newsarama.
This year’s Comic-Con International takes place July 20 through July 24 at the San Diego Convention Center.
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