American Idol host Ryan Seacrest has got the New Year off to a lucrative start after signing a deal with E! Entertainment to cover glittering red carpet award ceremonies.

Seacrest will share presenting duties with designer Isaac Mizrahi and E!'s Giuliana Depandi as executive producer of LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET, with his first major event in two weeks (16JAN06) - the Golden Globe Awards.

The maverick entertainer will also continue to pursue his musical interests with a fifth series of TV talent show American Idol, as well as hosting the weekly American Top 40 radio shows.