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Game Show Star Todd Newton to Host 38th Annual Mid-America EMMY(R) Awards Presented by Branson and Silver Dollar City

EMMY Award Winner and Missouri Native Headlines the Gala Which Returns to Kansas City in 2014

ST. LOUIS, MO -- (Marketwired) -- 05/08/14 -- The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Mid-America announced today that Daytime EMMY® award-winning Game Show Host Todd Newton has been tapped to host the 38th Annual EMMY® Awards Gala presented by Branson and Silver Dollar City. For the second time in the history of the Mid-America EMMY® Awards, the gala returns to Kansas City. It will be held September 27, 2014 in the Grand Hall of the Kansas City Convention Center.

For more than a decade Newton has been a fixture on television hosting popular game shows like Whammy, The All-New Press Your Luck, The Price is Right Live, Hollywood Showdown, Instant Millionaire and his most recent hit, Family Game Night airing in primetime on The HUB Network. Todd was also a red carpet celebrity interviewer and host for E! Entertainment Television for more than 12 years. In addition, Newton currently hosts the popular Todd Newton Show podcast on iTunes and TunedIn.

Newton began his career in St. Louis with his alter-ego Rikk Idol on Top 40 radio. He also served as entertainment report at KPLR-TV Channel 11. He is also an accomplished writer.

"I'm excited to have Todd back to emcee the gala," said NATAS Mid-America Chapter President Stacey Woelfel. "Many people, including me, consider him one of the best hosts we've ever had at the event."

Newton previously hosted the EMMY gala in 2002 and 2003. He attended St. Louis Community College at Meramec and the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

"I never miss an opportunity to come home," says Newton. "I honestly believe that the Midwest offers some of the finest television produced anywhere. As a St. Louis native, I could not be more proud to host the EMMY Awards this year."

The 2014 Mid-America EMMY® Awards presented by Branson and Silver Dollar City will be held Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Kansas City Convention Center. The black-tie affair is open to the public. A limited number of gala tickets will go on sale in August. They will be exclusively available by calling (314) 533-2993.

The Mid-America chapter of NATAS includes television markets primarily in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois and surrounding DMAs.

About NATAS Mid-America Chapter:
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted EMMY® Award. For more information visit www.emmymid-america.org. You can also follow @EMMYMidAm on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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