Spike TV Announces 2008 “Guys Choice” Winners

May 30th, 2008 by SPIKE Press

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SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES 2008 “GUYS CHOICE” WINNERS

SECOND ANNUAL SHOW HOSTED BY “HAROLD & KUMAR” STARS
JOHN CHO AND KAL PENN

PREMIERES ON SPIKE TV SUNDAY, JUNE 22 AT 10:00 PM, ET/PT

DOUBLE MANTLER WINNER MATT DAMON NAMED THE ULTIMATE “GUY OF THE YEAR” AND “BIGGEST ASS KICKER”

LEGENDARY ACTOR HARRISON FORD GIVEN
“BRASS BALLS” AWARD

“THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY” INDUCTED INTO
“GUY MOVIE HALL OF FAME”

Show Features Performances And Appearances By
Robert Downey, Jr., Jack Black, Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller, Anne Hathaway, Steve Carell, Lebron James, Marisa Miller, Eva Mendes,
Tila Tequila, Eli Manning, Snoop Dogg, Disturbed,
Katy Perry and Many More

To View Exclusive Footage From “Guys Choice” Log-On to www.spike.com

Los Angeles, CA, Friday, May 30, 2008 – Winners were announced tonight during the second annual Spike TV “Guys Choice” held at the Sony Studios in Los Angeles.  Hosted by stars John Cho and Kal Penn, the show that pays homage to the best in “guydom” premieres on Spike TV Sunday, June 22 (10:00 PM-Midnight, ET/PT).

Matt Damon netted two of the nights top honors, as he was voted “Guy of the Year” by Spike TV viewers, and his portrayal of Jason Bourne in “The Bourne Ultimatum” earned him “Best Ass Kicker” bragging rights.

Box office smash hit “Iron Man” garnered the Guy Movie of the Year honor.  Star Robert Downey, Jr. and director Jon Favreau were on hand to receive the award.

Playboy editor-in-chief and chief creative officer and American icon, Hugh Hefner, was given the first ever “Alpha Male Award” for his pioneering vision and ground-breaking achievements that forever changed the face of entertainment for men. 

The show also honored one of the most successful comedies of all time, as “There’s Something About Mary” was inducted into the “Guy Movie Hall of Fame” with Bobby and Peter Farrelly, as well as castmembers Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz, Lin Shaye and Markie Post on hand to accept the honor.  Diaz was also there to receive the “Decade of Hotness” award. 

In addition, fresh off winning Super Bowl XLII, Eli Manning took home two awards, “Most Unstoppable Jock” and sharing “Badass DNA” with his brother Peyton.  Spike TV’s “GUYS CHOICE” also included a house-shaking performance by Disturbed, and appearances by Chuck Liddell, Harrison Ford, Marisa Miller, Robert Downey Jr, Anne Hathaway, Steve Carell, Kim Kardashian, Lebron James, Eva Mendes, Tila Tequila, Snoop Dogg, and Jeremy Piven, among others. 

In addition to honoring the sexiest women and coolest guys from the past year, the show featured unforgettable tributes to legendary entertainers, rockers and babes, as well as edgy stand-up comedy and ground breaking musical performances.

A full list of winners is included below:

GUY OF THE YEAR       ALPHA MALE            GUY MOVIE OF THE YEAR
Matt Damon               Hugh Hefner                 “Ironman”

BRASS BALLS         NEXT BIG THING        HOTTEST GIRL ON THE PLANET
Harrison Ford            Megan Fox              Jessica Biel

BALLSIEST BAND        FUNNIEST M.F.        GUY MOVIE HALL OF FAME
Linkin Park                  Steve Carell            “There’s Something About Mary”
 
BIGGEST ASS KICKER    SEXIEST SIREN        MOST UNSTOPPABLE JOCK   
Jason Bourne                Rihanna                  Eli Manning
           
KING OF COMEDY        MOST DANGEROUS MAN    DECADE OF HOTNESS
Chris Rock                   Anderson Silva                 Cameron Diaz
                   
HOT N’ FRESH            PLAY OF THE YEAR        OUTSTANDING LITERARY ACHIEVEMENT 
Marisa Miller              David Tyree                   Slash

REAL SPORTS MIRACLE    BADASS DNA            TOP FANTASY LEAGUER
Kevin Everett                 Eli/Peyton Manning        LeBron James

HOTTEST EVA            SO HOT THEY’RE FAMOUS    PRESIDENTIAL VOTING CATEGORY
Eva Mendes               Tila Tequila                       Barack Obama

FEMME FATALE        HOT & FUNNY            FIERCEST FEMALE       
Jessica Simpson        Sarah Silverman        Milla Jovovich (“Resident Evil”)

VIRAL VIDEO                   LUCKIEST BASTARD        HILARIOUS DOT COM AWARD   
I’m F**king Ben Affleck        Brian Austin Green        Funny or Die   

SICKEST RHYMES        KILLER QUOTE              FOXIEST PRESIDENTIAL GROUPIE
Kanye West            “Don’t taze me, bro.”        Hillary Hottie    

To view exclusive footage, interviews, behind-the-scenes access, and more from the “Guys Choice,” log-on to www.spike.com

The official sponsors of Spike TV’s “Guys Choice” are Cingular, now the new AT&T, Corona, Degree Men, Pizza Hut, Sega: “The Incredible Hulk Video” Game, SoBe and the U.S. Army.

Casey Patterson, Spike TV’s senior vice president, event production & talent development, Carol Donovan and Beth McCarthy-Miller are executive producers.

Spike TV is available in 96.1 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com.
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Spike TV Partners with USO and United Through Readings

May 30th, 2008 by Administrator

 

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SPIKE TV PARTNERS WITH USO AND UNITED THROUGH READING® TO

HELP MORE THAN 100,000 US SOLDIERS STAY CONNECTED TO THEIR CHILDREN BACK HOME STARTING THIS FATHER’S DAY

 

Viewers Invited To Log Onto Spiketruedads.com To Salute Troops Overseas

 

New York, NY, May xx, 2008 – This Father’s Day, Spike TV, expands its national fatherhood initiative with True Dads: In Uniform by reaching out to help those fathers who can’t physically interact with their kids: the ones fighting overseas.  The network has partnered with the USO and United Through Reading® to help more than 100,000 deployed US soldiers and their families stay connected to their children back home by reading a story aloud on video.

 

While in the past military personnel have been able to write letters, email and send audio cassettes, the United Through Reading Military Program offers children a chance to actually see their parent’s face, listen to their voice and read along as their parent reads them a children’s story.  Through this program, which is available directly through military commands and at numerous USOs located throughout the world, deployed parents get the opportunity to share their love and support with their children by reading books aloud on DVD.

 

Starting this Father’s Day, Spike TV’s True Dads will begin sending camera kits to military units in Iraq and Afghanistan and other remote deployed locations that will enable thousands of service members to record themselves reading a book and connect with their children back home. Each of the donated kits include a video camera, tripod, DVDs, various children’s books, packaging and mailing materials and a training package so that the reading is personal and interactive. The completed DVDs are then sent home for the families to enjoy and ease children’s fears and anxiety about their parent’s absence.

 

“Spike TV’s True Dads campaign is committed to supporting men in their quest to be active and involved fathers,” says Kelleigh Dulany, Vice President of Public Responsibility for Spike TV.  “Reading is a wonderful way to bond with a child and this program is an excellent way for deployed fathers to parent their child from afar and provide them with an emotional connection to help ease the stress of separation.”

 

Spike TV viewers are encouraged to visit spiketruedads.com to learn more about United Through Reading Military Program and the USO and pledge direct financial support to these outreach efforts. While online, viewers are also invited to send personalized notes and letters to US service members serving abroad to bolster their spirits and reinforce the support they have back home.

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Spike TV’s True Dads initiative celebrates and highlights fathers who take an active role in their children’s lives, demonstrating that it is both a rewarding and fulfilling experience. The initiative is designed to encourage responsible fathering and provide the tools and resources to fathers to improve their parenting skills, such as how to talk with their kids, how to balance work & family and ideas of activities to spend more time with their children.  The network supports True Dads with a multi-platform campaign that includes PSAs featuring both celebrity and everyday dads, local community outreach events including events with several Minor League Baseball teams, an enhanced digital media site located at spiketruedads.com, national promotions/sweepstakes and strategic partnerships with National Fatherhood Initiative, ParentsConnect.com and GoCityKids.com, among others.

 

About United Through Reading®

Developed during the Persian Gulf War in 1990, the United Through Reading Military Program is available to all Carrier Strike Groups, Expeditionary Strike Groups, Construction Battalions, Marine Corps Expeditionary Units, Brigade Combat Teams and to deploying National Guard, Reserve and Air Force Units upon request.  More than 220,000 military parents, spouses and children have benefited from the program since its inception.  Founded in 1989, United Through Reading was the nation’s first nonprofit to promote the read-aloud experience for separated families.  Research shows that the read-aloud experience is a way for children to experience the joy of reading and gain critical learning and communication skills.  More than 345,000 parents, spouses and children have benefited from the nationally acclaimed United Through Reading programs.  For more information, visit www.unitedthroughreading.org or call 858-481-7323.

 

About the USO

For more than 67 years, the USO (United Service Organizations) has been providing morale, welfare and recreational services to U.S. military personnel and their families. The USO is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of the American people to support its programs and services. The USO is supported by Worldwide Strategic Partners AT&T Inc., BAE Systems North America, Clear Channel Communications, The Coca-Cola Company, DRS Technologies, Inc. and TriWest Healthcare Alliance. Other corporate donors, including the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381), have joined thousands of individual donors to support the USO. For more information on the USO, please visit our Web site at www.uso.org.

 

About Spike TV

Spike TV is available in 96.1 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com.

 

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Press Contacts:

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Rebecca Heyl                       United Through Reading   858/748-5797                        rebeccaheyl@cox.net

Who’s The Man?? Spike TV Knows

May 27th, 2008 by SPIKE Press

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WHO’S THE MAN?? 
(Spike TV Knows)

New National Men’s Survey Reveals Changing Attitudes Towards Work, Love, Family, Stress And Success

New York, NY, May 27, 2008 –  Economic uncertainty, the reality of two-income families, work/life balance and other key issues have men struggling to define what it means to be a man in 2008.  With blurred lines of responsibility in virtually every facet of a man’s life, the traditional definitions of what makes a man no longer seem to apply.  This year Spike TV the network dedicated to men, conducted a survey among nearly 2,000 Men ages 18-49 to gauge the “State of Men” today.  The survey was created to take the pulse of men and reveal an overall point of view.  The results of the survey offer insight into how men view their work, their financial responsibilities, their families, their heroes, their entertainment and their overall quality of life in 2008.
 
“Men are still navigating what it means to be a man today.  Our research offers new insights into the complexities and contradictions of being a modern man.  Guys now define themselves by their interests and passions, rather than their careers,” says Tanya Giles, Senior Vice President of Research, MTVN Entertainment Group which includes Spike.  “As an authoritative voice of men, it is important for Spike to understand the point-of-view of where our audience is coming from.” 

Conducted in partnership with national research firm Penn, Schoen & Berland (PSB), Spike TV’s “State of Men 2008” survey revealed a number of distinct findings.  The overall theme resulting from the survey is that men are defining themselves by their leisure and home activities, rather than their professions.  For example, today’s man is more willing to accept the job of stay-at-home-dad.  In fact, nearly three-quarters of men polled said they would be willing to trade in their corporate card to drive carpool.  These findings represent a significant increase (+13 points) in prospective “Mr. Moms” versus men surveyed merely four years ago. 
 
While the survey indicates that men have adopted more progressive attitudes regarding work, family, and relationships, men haven’t completely abandoned conventional guy activities or the traditional male mentality. For example, while approximately one third of men surveyed felt that it’s OK for a man to cry, nearly the same percentage of men felt that fighting is an acceptable part of being a guy. Even though more and more men see the value of being a caring father and husband, men still want to wear the pants and do traditional guy things.  For example, while most guys feel men should be equal partners at home, a majority also believe men should be the family’s primary breadwinner. And also, just because dad is more likely to turn off baseball to spend quality time with the family doesn’t mean that he will sacrifice his own guy’s night out.  

“Time with the guys” still ranked highly as a priority amongst men surveyed this year (78%).  The Spike survey indicates that despite the male evolution toward being a more expressive, supportive, and caring father/husband, most men need time on their own and time with their male friends.  Technology was another popular outlet men stated for relieving the stresses of everyday life.

Other key findings reveal that today’s men are more likely to prioritize humor over physical appearance, on the list of attributes that they find attractive in women. Do men find Sarah Silverman more attractive than Pamela Anderson?  The survey indicates that a lot of men do.
 
In light of the changing scope of men’s roles, it is of little surprise that the men surveyed struggled to identify who their role models and heroes are.  Whereas men in recent years were drawn towards those deemed heroic in pop-culture such as athletes and rock stars as their idols, the men of today are more apt to look up to such everyday heroes such as  soldiers, firefighters and police officers.

When men were polled on their stress levels, there was some contradiction amongst respondents. While the majority of men responded that the current economy has them seriously concerned, only one-quarter of the men polled indicated that stress was an issue in their lives, compared to 40% of women.
 
SPIKE TV’s “State of Men” survey provides unrivalled insights concerning topics that affect all men today:

“Mr. Mom?”
 
With women spending more time in the office, men are starting to pick up some of the slack at home. Men have been surprisingly accepting of this change. 73% of fathers would sacrifice an exciting job for more time with their children. 73% of fathers today are also at least “somewhat willing” to be stay at home dads – a 13-point increase from 2004.  Of the men surveyed, more than 80% indicated that what defines a man most is being a good husband and father, whereas only 40% indicated that being a good worker is a measure of the man.

“I Need a Hero”   
 
Though men embrace the changing definition of masculinity, adapting to it is not always easy.  This has forced men to seek out role models to provide advice on a myriad of issues.  7 out of 10 men stated that they don’t have a useful role model with 44% of men today saying that society doesn’t offer them any relevant role models that speak to them and 30% say they have absolutely no role models and figure things out on their own.  55% say it is harder for them to find role models than it was for their father’s generation.  As men search for role models, whom they look up to has changed. Whereas the previous generation of men were drawn to athletes and rock stars, today’s men look up to such everyday heroes as soldiers (86%), firefighters (86%) and police officers  (80%). 

“Calling all Cougars”
 
In an age of equal opportunity, the survey reveals that women aren’t the only ones interested in finding an older, wealthier partner. Nearly 90% of the men surveyed indicated that they are comfortable dating someone who earns significantly more than them.  This represents an increase of nearly 10% of men who feel this way compared to 2004.  Additionally, the notion that men would rather rob the cradle than date a “cougar” is a misconception according to the results of the survey.  Guys responded that they are more comfortable dating someone significantly older than they (75%) than someone significantly younger than they are (68%).

“Move over Pamela Anderson…”
 
The survey reveals that today’s men are drawn to women who can make them laugh potentially favoring funny women over pin-up types. Humor tops the list of attributes that men find attractive in women with 70% of men prioritizing humor compared to 68% of men prioritizing physical appearance.

“Boys Will be Boys”
 
Men are still spending time with their friends doing traditionally “manly things” such as drinking at a bar, playing video games, or watching TV.  However, what guys are talking about during their “guy time” has changed.  The men surveyed responded that they are just as comfortable discussing personal problems with their friends (39%) as with their spouses/girlfriends (38%). With increasing expectations being placed on men, now, more than ever, the survey indicates that they crave “guy space” and “guy entertainment” to escape responsibilities and relax.  92% of men agree that a man should be able to have his own private space at home. Besides the traditional outlets, men have found additional ‘guy space’ by utilizing technology. The survey also indicates that technology such as email, Blackberries, the Internet and mobile phones make it easier to balance work and home life for today’s man.

“Virtual Machismo”

The Internet, where men are free to search out hedonistic content, enables virtual machismo.  59% of men surveyed, find their comments and behavior less constrained online than in real-life social situations.  The survey also indicates that men are twice as likely as women to embellish their online profiles.

METHODOLOGY:
Penn, Schoen & Berland (PSB) fielded a nationwide online survey for SPIKE among 1,741 adults aged 18-49 years, including 1,306 men and 435 women. PSB also conducted 400 mini surveys among 100 men 18-49, 100 dads of men 18-49, 100 moms of men 18-49, and 100 wives/girlfriends of men 18-49.  In Phase 2, PSB conducted a nationwide online survey among 500 men 18-49.

The surveys were conducted online within the United States by Penn, Schoen & Berland on behalf of SPIKE between February 5 and February 11, 2008 among a total of 2,140 adults aged 18 plus.  Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population.  Propensity score weighting was used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.  With a pure probability sample of 1,741 for the main survey the margin of error at the 95% confidence level is +/- 2.7 percentage points for males and +/- 4.7 percentage points for females.  The phase 2 survey was conducted April 18-20, 2008 and the margin of error at the 95% confidence is +/- 4.4%.

About SPIKE TV
 
Spike TV is available in 96.1 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com.

 
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Spike TV Announces An All-Star Line Up For It’s Biggest Night of the Year: “Guy’s Choice”

May 20th, 2008 by SPIKE Press

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SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES AN ALL-STAR LINE UP
FOR ITS BIGGEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR: “GUYS CHOICE”

Features Harrison Ford, Steve Carell, David Duchovny, Eva Mendes, Linkin Park,
Marisa Miller, Selma Blair, Brendan Fraser, Chuck Liddell, Seth MacFarlane And Tila Tequila

Premieres Sunday, June 22nd At 10 PM, ET/PT

New York, NY, May 20, 2008 — Spike TV will once again gather many of the biggest names in music, entertainment and sports that guys love most for the second annual “Guys Choice.”  From Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover girl Marissa Miller to “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull” star Harrison Ford, the night will be a homage to the best in “guydom.” Scheduled to tape Friday, May 30 at the Sony Studios in Culver City, CA, “Guys Choice” premieres Sunday, June 22 (10:00 PM-Midnight, ET/PT).

Scheduled appearances include: Selma Blair, Steve Carell, David Duchovny, Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser, E!’s “The Girls Next Door,” Summer Glau, Meagan Good, Chad Johnson, Kim Kardashian, Chuck Liddell, Linkin Park, Seth MacFarlane, Jenny McCarthy, Eva Mendes, Marisa Miller, Anderson Silva, Nikki Sixx, Slash, Tila Tequila, Kat Von D and many more to be announced.

Spike TV will pay special tribute to an American icon; Playboy editor-in-chief and chief creative officer, Hugh Hefner.  As Playboy marks its 55th anniversary in December, “Guys Choice” will honor Hefner with the first-ever Alpha Male award for his pioneering vision and ground-breaking achievements that forever changed the face of entertainment for men.  The night will also offer other discretionary honors to be announced shortly.

The event will also feature rocking performances by the multi-platinum, chart-topping rock band, Disturbed, who will perform their latest single “Inside the Fire.” Also set to take the stage is Capitol Records performing artist Katy Perry.  Perry will perform “I Kissed a Girl” from her debut album “One of the Boys.”

Currently, voting for this year’s winners is held online at www.guyschoice.spike.com and will be available until Thursday, May 29th.  Each category is narrowed down to two nominees.  Fans can log-on to view exclusive red carpet and backstage coverage of “Guys Choice.”

The official sponsors of Spike TV’s “Guys Choice” are Cingular, now the new AT&T, Corona, Degree Men, Pizza Hut, Sega: “The Incredible Hulk Video” Game, SoBe and the U.S. Army.

Beth McCarthy-Miller and Carol Donovan will serve as executive producers along with Casey Patterson, Spike TV’s senior vice president, event production & talent development.

Spike TV is available in 96.1 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com.

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The Ultimate Fighter 7 Undercard Announced

May 19th, 2008 by SPIKE Press

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SPENCER “THE KING” FISHER AND JEREMY “LIL’ HEATHEN” STEPHENS TO FIGHT LIVE ON SPIKE TV SATURDAY, JUNE 21

The Battle Between Hawkeye Lightweights Will Be Featured On
 “The Ultimate Fighter 7” Finale

NEW YORK, NY, May 19, 2008 – UFC lightweight contender Spencer “The King” Fisher will battle fellow Iowa native and up-and-coming mixed martial artist Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens Saturday, June 21 at 9:00 pm on the undercard of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter 7” finale. The live three hour fight card will emanate from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV and will be the first ever presented in high definition on Spike TV.

Fisher, a Bettendorf resident and Miletich Fighting Systems Camp member, is looking to rebound from a hard fought loss this past November to Frankie Edgar at UFC 78: Validation.  With wins over such highly regarded fighters as Thiago Alves, Josh Neer, Sam Stout, Matt Wiman and Dan Lauzon, the two-year veteran of the UFC has established himself as one of the stronger standup fighters within the lightweight division.   A victory over the much younger Stephens will only further cement Fisher as one of the elite lightweight contenders. 

Since losing his UFC debut to Din Thomas at UFC 71: Liddell vs. Jackson, the 21-year-old Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens has defeated both Diego Saraiva and “The Ultimate Fighter 5” contestant Cole Miller bringing his UFC record to 2-1-0.  A native of Des Moines, Iowa and a Des Moines Mixed Martial Arts Academy member, Stephens would be thrust into the upper echelon of the division with a victory over the proven UFC veteran Spencer Fisher.

Submission specialists go head-to-head as Salt Lake City’s Jeremy Horn (88-17-5) takes on former assistant coach for “The Ultimate Fighter 3” Dean “The Boogeyman” Lister (10-5).  With over 100 professional mixed martial arts fights under his belt, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu artist Horn looks to bounce back following a loss to Nate Marquardt via submission at UFC 81 Breaking Point.  The 32-year-old Horn boasts an impressive list of wins over such fighters as “The Ultimate Fighter 7” coach Forrest Griffin, Josh Burkman and former UFC light heavyweight champ, Chuck Liddell.  After spending most of 2007 recovering from a torn biceps muscle, Lister returned to the octagon this past December for UFC 79 Nemesis, where he defeated Jordan Radev via unanimous decision.

Also on the card, “The Ultimate Fighter 2” contestant Josh Burkman (20-5) battles Brazilian jiu-jitsu artist Dustin Hazelett (12-5).  Both fighters return to the octagon following recent losses with Burkman falling to Mike Swick during UFC Fight Night 12 and Hazelett suffering a TKO at UFC 82 by Josh Koscheck.

Marvin “The Beastman” Eastman takes on Iowa native Drew McFedries (6-3) and protégé of “The Ultimate Fighter 5” coach Jens Pulver.  Eastman most recently defeated Terry Martin via unanimous decision during UFC 81 Breaking Point, while McFedries is coming off of a TKO loss to Patrick Cote at UFC Fight Night Swick vs. Burkman.

*Due to time constraints, not all undercard bouts will air     

About The Ultimate Fighting Championship
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is the world’s leading professional mixed martial arts organization and offers the premier series of MMA sports events.  Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., UFC® produces over twelve live pay-per-view events annually that are distributed residentially through North American cable and satellite providers including iNDEMAND Networks, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN Entertainment, Shaw Pay-Per-View, Bell ExpressVU, and Viewers Choice, and commercially through Joe Hand Promotions.  In addition to its North American distribution, UFC programming is distributed in over 100 countries and territories throughout the world.  For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit www.ufc.com or uk.ufc.com or www.ufcespanol.com.

Ultimate Fighting Championship®, Ultimate Fighting®, UFC®, The Ultimate Fighter®, Submission®, As Real As It Gets®, Zuffa™, The Octagon™ and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks, trademarks, trade dress or service marks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks referenced herein may be the property of Zuffa, LLC or other respective owners.

About Spike TV
Spike TV is available in 96.1 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com.

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Spencer “The King Fisher” and Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens to Fight Live on Spike TV

May 19th, 2008 by SPIKE Press

SPENCER “THE KING” FISHER AND JEREMY “LIL’ HEATHEN” STEPHENS TO FIGHT LIVE ON SPIKE TV SATURDAY, JUNE 21

 

The Battle Between Hawkeye Lightweights Will Be Featured On

 “The Ultimate Fighter 7” Finale

 

NEW YORK, NY, May 19, 2008 – UFC lightweight contender Spencer “The King” Fisher will battle fellow Iowa native and up-and-coming mixed martial artist Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens Saturday, June 21 at 9:00 pm on the undercard of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter 7” finale.  The live three hour fight card will emanate from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV and will be the first ever presented in high definition on Spike TV.

Fisher, a Bettendorf resident and Miletich Fighting Systems Camp member, is looking to rebound from a hard fought loss this past November to Frankie Edgar at UFC 78: Validation.  With wins over such highly regarded fighters as Thiago Alves, Josh Neer, Sam Stout, Matt Wiman and Dan Lauzon, the two-year veteran of the UFC has established himself as one of the stronger standup fighters within the lightweight division.   A victory over the much younger Stephens will only further cement Fisher as one of the elite lightweight contenders. 

Since losing his UFC debut to Din Thomas at UFC 71: Liddell vs. Jackson, the 21-year-old Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens has defeated both Diego Saraiva and “The Ultimate Fighter 5” contestant Cole Miller bringing his UFC record to 2-1-0.  A native of Des Moines, Iowa and a Des Moines Mixed Martial Arts Academy member, Stephens would be thrust into the upper echelon of the division with a victory over the proven UFC veteran Spencer Fisher.

Submission specialists go head-to-head as Salt Lake City’s Jeremy Horn (88-17-5) takes on former assistant coach for “The Ultimate Fighter 3” Dean “The Boogeyman” Lister (10-5).  With over 100 professional mixed martial arts fights under his belt, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu artist Horn looks to bounce back following a loss to Nate Marquardt via submission at UFC 81 Breaking Point.  The 32-year-old Horn boasts an impressive list of wins over such fighters as “The Ultimate Fighter 7” coach Forrest Griffin, Josh Burkman and former UFC light heavyweight champ, Chuck Liddell.  After spending most of 2007 recovering from a torn biceps muscle, Lister returned to the octagon this past December for UFC 79 Nemesis, where he defeated Jordan Radev via unanimous decision.

Also on the card, “The Ultimate Fighter 2” contestant Josh Burkman (20-5) battles Brazilian jiu-jitsu artist Dustin Hazelett (12-5).  Both fighters return to the octagon following recent losses with Burkman falling to Mike Swick during UFC Fight Night 12 and Hazelett suffering a TKO at UFC 82 by Josh Koscheck.

Marvin “The Beastman” Eastman takes on Iowa native Drew McFedries (6-3) and protégé of “The Ultimate Fighter 5” coach Jens Pulver.  Eastman most recently defeated Terry Martin via unanimous decision during UFC 81 Breaking Point, while McFedries is coming off of a TKO loss to Patrick Cote at UFC Fight Night Swick vs. Burkman.

*Due to time constraints, not all undercard bouts will air     

About The Ultimate Fighting Championship

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is the world’s leading professional mixed martial arts organization and offers the premier series of MMA sports events.  Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., UFC® produces over twelve live pay-per-view events annually that are distributed residentially through North American cable and satellite providers including iNDEMAND Networks, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN Entertainment, Shaw Pay-Per-View, Bell ExpressVU, and Viewers Choice, and commercially through Joe Hand Promotions.  In addition to its North American distribution, UFC programming is distributed in over 100 countries and territories throughout the world.  For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit www.ufc.com or uk.ufc.com or www.ufcespanol.com.

Ultimate Fighting Championship®, Ultimate Fighting®, UFC®, The Ultimate Fighter®, Submission®, As Real As It Gets®, Zuffa, The Octagon and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks, trademarks, trade dress or service marks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks referenced herein may be the property of Zuffa, LLC or other respective owners.

About Spike TV

Spike TV is available in 96.1 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com.

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Press Contact:   Salil Gulati          Spike TV 212/767-8705    salil.gulati@mtvstaff.com

 

Geoff Keighley Named Executive in Charge of Video Game Publisher Relations for Spike TV

May 16th, 2008 by SPIKE Press

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GEOFF KEIGHLEY NAMED EXECUTIVE IN CHARGE OF VIDEO GAME PUBLISHER RELATIONS FOR SPIKE TV

Video Game Consultant Promoted As Network Gears Up For Video Game Awards 2008

New York, NY May 16, 2008 – Video game industry veteran Geoff Keighley has been named Executive in Charge of Video Game Publisher Relations for Spike TV.  The announcement was jointly made today by Casey Patterson, Senior Vice President, Event Production And Talent Development, Spike TV And TV Land, and Niels Schuurmans, Senior Vice President, Brand Creative And Marketing, Spike TV, to whom he will report.  In his new position, Keighley will spearhead the network’s year-round video game programming strategy, as well as and manage Spike’s editorial relationships with game publishers. 

“Video games are an integral part of the Spike TV brand, and what better person to helm our video game programming and serve as a liaison between the network and publishers than Geoff Keighley, one of the most respected names in the business,” said Patterson.  “The passion Geoff has for video games, coupled with his vast knowledge and experience in covering the video game industry, makes him the obvious choice.”

Based in Los Angeles, Keighley joined Spike TV in 2005 when he began hosting “Game Head”, a weekly series that evolved into the #1 rated video game program on television and also served as a consultant on Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards” since 2006. 
 
For its fifth season in 2008, “Game Head” has been re-branded as “GameTrailers TV with Geoff Keighley”, working in concert with GameTrailers.com to provide viewers with the latest news in the gaming world.  Serving as host and executive producer, Keighley’s hard-hitting interviews and insider access have helped the show emerge as a blockbuster hit on multiple platforms.  Since its launch, “GameTrailers TV with Geoff Keighley” is averaging 364,000 viewers and is up +51% in Men 18-49, +61% in Persons 18-49, +34% in Men 18-34 and +60% among average audience versus ratings for “Game Head” last year. 

“Over the past few years Geoff has been the face of video games on Spike, first with ‘Game Head’ then with ‘GameTrailers TV’,” said Schuurmans.   “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Geoff expand his role here.  His knowledge, instincts, and relationships are all keys to our on-going success in connecting our viewers to gaming in a deeper way.”

Keighley has been a journalist covering the video game industry since the age of 14, spanning the print, online and television mediums. Prior to joining Spike TV, Keighley served as a correspondent for “The Electronic Playground” on the G4 network.  In 2004 NewsBios.com named him one of the top 30 journalists under 30.  Keighley is a magna cum laude graduate in philosophy and business from the University of Southern California.

Spike TV is available in 96.1 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. 

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Press Contacts:   Salil Gulati          Spike TV 212/767-8705    salil.gulati@mtvstaff.com
   Melissa Leung     Spike TV 310/407-4729    melissa.leung@spiketv.com

SPIKE TV Cranks Out its First Original Comedy with Factory

May 13th, 2008 by SPIKE Press

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SPIKE TV CRANKS OUT ITS FIRST ORIGINAL COMEDY WITH “FACTORY”

Produced By 3 Arts Entertainment, Six-Episode Series Delves Into The Mundane
Yet Hilarious Lives Of Four Friends Working Together In A Factory

Premieres Sunday, June 29 at 10 PM Only On Spike TV

Beginning Monday, June 9, Spike.com To Stream Premiere Episode Three Weeks
Prior To On-Air Debut

New York, NY – May 13, 2008 – Spike TV debuts it’s first original comedic series with “Factory,” a day-to-day look at the lives of four disinterested small town factory workers who spend their time fraternizing while avoiding their drab work.  Directed, produced by and starring “Strangers with Candy” co-creator Mitch Rouse, this painfully funny look at life as a factory employee premieres on Spike TV Sunday, June 29 (10:00-10:30 PM, ET/PT).

“‘Factory’ is a unique improvised comedy that captures the everyday lives of four regular guys,” says Bill McGoldrick, vice president, original programming at Spike TV. “This is Spike’s first original comedy and a great example of the type of comedic series which we are looking to develop.  The humor speaks directly to our viewers and Mitch’s sensibility is a perfect match for our brand.” 

Produced by 3 Arts Entertainment (“The Office,” “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” and “Everybody Hates Chris”), “Factory” is a send-up of blue collar America and a comedy in the vein of “The Office” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”  The series also stars Michael Coleman (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Jay Leggett (“In Living Color”) and David Pasquesi (“Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Strangers with Candy”).   In the first episode, a work-related accident results in a prime new job opening at the factory.  When the supervisor trusts the four friends to decide who among them is best for the job, the guys find themselves covertly trying to sabotage each other with hilarious results.

Beginning Monday, June 9, viewers can log on to spike.com to get an advance look at the premiere episode of “Factory” as well as exclusive segments where the cast offers their blue collar perspective on current events.  Throughout the season, full episodes will be available on spike.com directly after their on-air debut, along with exclusive embeddable outtakes, interviews and show clips that users can share with their friends.    The show’s premiere episode will also be available for free via download to own services iTunes and Amazon unBox starting Monday, June 9. 

Bill McGoldrick is Spike TV’s vice president of original programming.  Lisa Ullmann, who brought “Factory” to the network, is executive in charge of production for Spike TV.

Spike TV is available in 96.1 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com.

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Shana Tepper        Spike TV-NY        212/767-4275                shana.tepper@spiketv.com

The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 Coaches Announced!

May 12th, 2008 by SPIKE Press

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SPIKE TV AND THE UFC® TURN TO SOME REAL HEAVY HITTERS FOR SEASON EIGHT OF “THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®”

Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira And Former Heavyweight King Frank Mir To Star In New Season Beginning September 17

New York, NY, May 12, 2008 — The coaches for season eight of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter®,” the most successful original series in network history, will feature two of the UFC’s all-time top heavyweights. Interim UFC heavyweight champion, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir, will star in the new season featuring light heavyweights (205 lbs) and lightweights (155 lbs) premiering Wednesday, September 17 at 10:00pm ET/PT.  UFC President Dana White will once again serve as the show’s host.

The Brazilian native Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (31-4-1), known as “Minotauro” (a Greek mythological creature), is one of the sport’s most successful heavyweights.  Nogueira’s incredible career almost never happened as he was involved in a life-threatening accident at age ten when he was run over by a truck in his native Brazil.  Fortunately, he survived and avoided permanent damage, thus his mixed martial arts pursuits were not deterred.

He began his professional career in MMA in the United States in June of 1999 with the World Extreme Fighting organization.  However, Noguiera truly made a name for himself in the sport when he joined the RINGS organization in Japan and posted an 8-1-1 record from 1999-2000, losing only to Dan Henderson.

Nogueira’s leap to MMA stardom came when he joined PRIDE® in Japan and, from 2001-2003, proceeded to defeat the biggest names in the division including Bob Sapp, Mark Coleman, Heath Herring, Enson Inoue, Sanae Kikuta, Semmy Schilt, and avenged his earlier loss to Henderson.  A tough loss to Fedor Emelianenko in March 2003 stopped his impressive winning streak, but “Minotauro’s” career rebounded with a close decision win over former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez in August 2003.

The defining match in his career in PRIDE came in November 2003 with a memorable victory over Croatian Mirko “Cro Cop” via submission to gain the PRIDE heavyweight belt. ‘”Minotauro” would go 8-2 with one no contest in the final three years of his stay in Japan, including avenging a previous defeat to another former UFC heavyweight champ, Josh Barnett, with a decision win in December 2006.

Nogueira made his UFC debut in July 2007 at UFC 77 with a victory over a familiar nemesis, Herring, whom Nogueira had beaten three times previously in his career.  This past February, “Minotauro’ defeated Tim Sylvia in a stirring comeback via submission in the third round to claim the interim UFC heavyweight belt.   The 31 year-old Nogueira lives in Brazil but spends time in south Florida training with Anderson Silva at the newly opened “Nogueira and Silva Mixed Martial Arts Academy” in Miami.

Although he’s only 28, Frank Mir has endured quite a professional and personal rollercoaster ride since his UFC debut in November 2001 at UFC 34.  Following a first round loss to Ian Freeman at UFC 38 in July 2002, Mir, a young, highly touted mixed martial arts star from Las Vegas was at a career turning point.  Mir regained credibility as an emerging star with an impressive victory over UFC great Tank Abbott in February 2003. That victory led Mir on a journey to the ultimate prize in mixed martial arts, the heavyweight title.  Mir defeated Tim Sylvia at UFC 48 in June 2004 in an unforgettable arm-breaking submission that UFC fans still discuss to this day.

In a span of a few months, Mir went from the heights of UFC heavyweight champion to the lows of nearly dying in a grisly motorcycle accident.  The severe injuries he suffered in the horrific accident led to him being stripped of his title as he rehabbed his broken leg.

Mir returned to the Octagon almost two years later in February of 2006, but was stopped by Marcio Cruz in the first round. A subsequent decision win over Dan Christison put Mir in the win column once again, but a loss to rising star Brandon Vera put Mir back on the comeback trail.  Now, after two straight victories including a first round submission of Brock Lesner, a former All-American wrestler at the University of Minnesota and WWE superstar, Mir is ready for another shot at the title.

The eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” goes into production in late May.  The entire cast will be announced in early September.

Craig Piligian of Pilgrim Films and Television, Frank Fertitta III, Lorenzo Fertitta, Dana White of Zuffa, LLC, and Kevin Kay of Spike TV are the show’s executive producers.   Brian J. Diamond, senior vice president, sports & specials, Spike TV is co-executive producer and Christopher Martello is executive in charge of production for Spike TV. 

Spike TV is available in 96.1 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com.

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Press Contacts:   David Schwarz                Spike TV                 212-767-8639

                           Salil Gulati                  Spike TV                           212-767-8705