The multi-year pact includes both talent and producing roles at the network
“Extra!” host Maria Menounos is moving to E! under a new multi-year overall deal, which will include both talent and producing roles at the network.
Under the pact, Menounos will host an one-hour entertainment news magazine series titled “Untold with Maria Menounos.” She will also be featured on roundtable series “Live From E!” and “E! Specials.” Additionally, Menounos’ production company, Underman/Omegagirl Productions, grants E! the first look rights to ideas for series, specials and other projects across all platforms.
On each episode of “Untold with Maria Menounos,” there will be three extensive individual stories, as well as additional segments such as celebrity sound-off and pop culture minute.
“To be able to host, report and produce for an entire network, one that spans globally no less, is thrilling,” Menounos said in a statement.
“I'm excited to exercise my talents on both sides of the camera as my partner, Keven Undergaro, and I have many projects to bring to the network through Underman/Omegagirl,” she continued. “I'm equally excited to join a team of hosts and producers that are amongst the finest in our industry.”
Most recently the host of the daily entertainment news show, “Extra.” Menounos previously reported for “Nightly News,” the “Today Show” and “Access Hollywood.” She also has a reality series on Oxygen called “Chasing Maria Menounos.”
Her work in the the digital space includes hosting the talk series “Conversations with Maria Menounos” is the founder of the online broadcast network, AfterBuzz TV, producing TV “after-shows.” She is also the co-founder of “Black Hollywood Live,” the first online broadcast network dedicated to African American entertainment news.
Additionally, she is a contributing editor for People Magazine's Style Watch and author of two books: “The Everygirl's Guide to Life” and “The Everygirl's Guide to Diet and Fitness,” which will release on June 3.
The deal with Menounos arrives just after E! extended its deal with longtime on-air personality, Giuliana Rancic. It may also be shoring up talent in anticipation of Ryan Seacrest‘s plans to let his NBCUniversal contract, and thus his on-air role at E!, expire. He would continue to produce for the network, including the Kardashian slate of shows.