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Ryan Seacrest has made no secret of Dick Clark being his role model. And on the business front, that's just taken another leap forward.

The host of Fox's "American Idol" -- which returns for its 12th season Wednesday, Jan. 16 -- now owns a controlling stake in Civic Entertainment Group, a marketing company that gives the public direct contact with such brands as NBC, HBO and CNN. The deal is likely to let audiences have similar opportunities with such Ryan Seacrest Productions ventures as E!'s "Keeping Up With The Kardashians," which has at least two more seasons coming.

Clark, who died in April, was known as a shrewd businessman as well as an on-camera personality. For Seacrest, the new Ceg arrangement is one more step in a 2012 that also has seen him score highly profitable new deals with Fox, NBCUniversal and Clear Channel Communications.

"It's been a great year," he confirms to Zap2it. »

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