The Ad Council, the largest producer of public service advertisements (PSAs) in the U.S., announced today that James Corden will host its 63rd Annual Pubic Service Award Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City on November 16, 2016.
Attended by more than 1,400 prominent executives from the media, advertising, and corporate communities, the Annual Dinner recognizes the industries and individuals who support the Ad Council and its public service campaigns. This year’s event will honor Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe Systems, for his philanthropic work and public service contributions through the Adobe Foundation. It will be chaired by Margo Georgiadis, President of Google, Inc. and Chair of the Ad Council’s Board of Directors.
Since James Corden took over as host of THE LATE LATE SHOW on March 23, 2015, the show has earned four Emmy Award nominations, set YouTube records and achieved its highest ratings, with any host, since the show’s inception in 1995. Corden is a Tony Award-winning Broadway performer and starred opposite Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt in the Golden Globe nominated feature film “Into the Woods.” He recently hosted THE 70th ANNUAL TONY AWARDS, which had its highest viewership in 15 years. Over the course of his career, Corden has been awarded the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award for Comedy Writer of the Year, the South Bank Show Award for Comedy, the TRIC Award for Best Comedy and the National Television Award for Best Comedy.
“James Corden is a show-stopping performer, and we could not be more thrilled to bring his remarkable charisma and talent to this year’s Annual Public Service Award Dinner,” said Lisa Sherman, President & CEO, Ad Council. “With James’ warmth and wit at the helm, we’re sure to have an incredible night celebrating social good.”
Previous hosts of the Ad Council dinner include Stephen Colbert, Ellen DeGeneres, Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Conan O'Brien and Seth Meyers. Rachel Platten gave a special surprise performance at last year’s dinner, performing her hit singles “Fight Song” and “Stand By You.”
The Ad Council has held the Annual Dinner, honoring corporate leaders for their contributions to public service, since 1953. The Public Service Award Dinner is the organization’s largest fundraising event. Last year’s benefit raised a record-breaking $4.1 million to support the Ad Council’s programs.
Find out more about the event here.