When the legendary Dick Clark passed away in April, Ryan Seacrest, 37, was among those in the music industry who were touched personally by the loss. "Besides his work ethic and his tremendous focus on details, Dick told me early on that it was important to participate in the business, not just be in front of the camera," Seacrest says of his mentor and colleague.
The advice seems to be working. That same month, Seacrest expanded his deal with NBC to provide Olympics coverage from London and join "Today" as a special correspondent. This year he also re-upped with Fox to continue hosting "American Idol" and with Clear Channel for his nationally syndicated radio show.
Seacrest the entrepreneur, meanwhile, partnered with sports and entertainment investor Mark Cuban, AEG and Creative Artists Agency to launch AXS TV, a cable channel devoted to entertainment and pop culture, and expanded his TV production company. "American Idol" was "a game-changer for me," Seacrest says, but radio continues to fuel much of what he does. "It provides such an anchor to many of my other roles, given the audience, as well as the access to the tremendous talent that are involved in our daily and weekly shows," he says.