Mark Bracco, executive vp programming and development for Dick Clark Productions, has helped oversee extravaganzas like the Academy Awards, the Country Music Association Awards, the American Music Awards -- and now, for the ninth year in a row, the BBMAs (airing live from Las Vegas on NBC at 8 p.m. on May 1). The pro showrunner shares his tips for keeping the onstage festivities fresh.
Home in on Your Host
“Once you land on a host, play to their strengths. Sometimes it’s a comedian who’s all about being funny; sometimes it’s an artist like Kelly Clarkson, who can use singing to carry her hosting. It’s always about making them feel comfortable. If the host is having fun, the audience is having fun.”