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Jesse James Takes On Death-Defying Challenges In “Jesse James Is A Dead Man”

August 27th, 2008 by SPIKE Press

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JESSE JAMES TAKES ON DEATH-DEFYING CHALLENGES EACH WEEK IN SPIKE TV’S “JESSE JAMES IS A DEAD MAN”

New Series Featuring Automotive And Motorcycle Icon, Jesse James,
Slated To Debut Next February

New York, NY, August 27, 2008 – Jesse James takes on the role of a modern-day daredevil in “Jesse James Is A Dead Man,” a new, original weekly series on Spike TV premiering in February 2009, it was announced today by Sharon Levy, senior vice president of original series for Spike TV. 

“Our goal was to create a new and distinctive series for Jesse that is unlike anything else on television,” said Levy.  “In this series, viewers will get to experience one of the most fearless guys on the planet in an entirely new way, taking on death-defying physical challenges each week.”

Each episode will follow James as he readies himself for a different death-defying challenge.  Preparing for the risky challenge can often be as dangerous as the challenge itself as he endures a battery of tests to prepare.  With CGI effects, viewers get a taste of the enormity of the stunt, revealing the physiological stress James’ body will endure. 

Some of the dangerous challenges he’ll be facing include the harrowing, grueling and lawless off-road race, the Baja 500, and hitting over 200 mph on a Nitro bike supercharged by ultra-combustible nitro-methane fuel.

Ten weekly one-hour episodes of “Jesse James Is A Dead Man” will be produced by BASE Productions (“Sports Science,” “Fight Science”) with Jesse James and his production company, Payupsucker Productions, serving as an executive producer.  Spike TV signed James to a multi-year talent deal in October 2007, and this project represents his first series with the network.

Jesse James is a custom bike and car builder, producer, publisher, television host and restaurateur.  In 2000, James started his TV career with Discovery Channel’s “Motorcycle Mania,” and in 2002 produced and starred in the international television hit, “Monster Garage.”  Before his TV gigs, James started West Coast Choppers by doing what he loved, building motorcycles in his mom’s garage.  As an expert welder, Jesse produces only 12-14 bikes a year, making a very long wait list for his coveted custom machines. 

More recently, Jesse established his own production company, Payupsucker Productions, and in 2004, he became publisher of Garage Magazine and launched Payupsucker Publications.  In 2006 he opened an eco-friendly burger joint, Cisco Burger in Long Beach, CA.

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 and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.

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Photo of Jesse James Available Upon Request

Contact:   

Debra Fazio        Spike TV    212-767-8649        debra.fazio@spiketv.com

Spike.com And BarelyPolitical.com Team Up To Follow Obama Girl Across America

August 26th, 2008 by SPIKE Press

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SPIKE.COM AND BARELYPOLITICAL TEAM UP TO FOLLOW OBAMA GIRL ACROSS AMERICA AS SHE SEARCHES FOR HER RUNNING MATE

New Video Series Launches at the Democratic National Convention As Internet Sensation Scours the Nation to Find Her Second in Command


New York, NY, August 26, 2008 – As the nation becomes split on policy issues in anticipation of November’s presidential election, Spike.com and BarelyPolitical.com are partnering to present a great uniting force:  the sexiest political pundit in the world, Obama Girl.  On the heels of her crush Senator Barack Obama’s announcement that Joe Biden will be his running mate, Obama Girl is on a search of her own, documented in the online video series, “Obama Girl Across America: The Search for Obama Girl’s Running Mate”.

Obama Girl will search for a running mate by quizzing the nation’s populace, both everyday citizens and politicians, in a series of “on the street” interviews at locales across the nation, including the Democratic National Convention in Denver and presidential debates.  After seeing how they fare, users can cast their ballot at ObamaGirl.Spike.Com to vote for their favorite Obama Girl running mate.  The winner will officially be crowned by Obama Girl..

“Spike.com is sowing the seeds of democracy this election year, and encourages all of its users to make their voices heard in choosing Obama Girl’s running mate,” said Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, Digital and Video Games, Spike TV. 

“Obama Girl Across America: The Search for Obama Girl’s Running Mate” launches on ObamaGirl.Spike.Com September 2nd.

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 and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.

About BarelyPolitical
Founded in June 2007 by Ben Relles, BarelyPolitical.com, a NextNewNetworks company, has established itself as one of the most talked about, blogged about and watched comedy networks on the internet.  The Barely Political team has produced over 100 political satire videos including the hit viral video “I Got a Crush on Obama” featuring Obama Girl.  Since launching with that video, Barely Political videos have been viewed online more than 100 million times globally. Barely Political’s content has been mentioned in hundreds of segments across national networks such as ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, VH1, BET, E! and FOX.  For more information, please visit http://barelypolitical.com

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Press Contacts:      

Salil Gulati                Spike TV                      212-767-8705 
Melissa Klein             BarelyPolitical               415-625-8555

“The Ultimate Fighter” Announces Cast Of New Season Starting Sept 17

August 19th, 2008 by SPIKE Press

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“THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER:  TEAM MIR VS TEAM NOGUEIRA,” FEATURING FIGHTERS  FROM AROUND THE WORLD, PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 17

Two Of The UFC’s Top Heavyweights, Interim Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Former Champ Frank Mir, To Serve As Coaches

New York, NY, August 18, 2008 – They come from all over the globe, spanning Brooklyn to Israel, including far-off locales such as Russia, Nova Scotia, England, and Hawaii.  Their diverse backgrounds range from a former Division 1 college football player to a CIA recruiter and include the brother of “The Ultimate Fighter 2” winner. 

For these 32 up-and-coming mixed martial arts fighters, there is one goal, to win a six-figure contract with the preeminent mixed martial arts organization in the world, The Ultimate Fighting Championship.® 

Season eight of Spike TV’s wildly successful original series, “The Ultimate Fighter,” premieres Wednesday, September 17 at 10:00pm ET/PT, with 16 lightweights (155lbs) and 16 light heavyweights (205lbs) under the watchful eye of the coaches interim UFC heavyweight champion, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir.  

Each of the 32 contestants must fight his way into the Ultimate Fighter House by winning  a preliminary bout that will be featured during the first two episodes (Sept. 17 and 24).  The remaining 10 episodes will feature the victorious 16 fighters and their quest for the coveted “Ultimate Fighter” crown.

During the six-week taping of “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Mir vs. Team Nogueira,” these 16 men who survived the prelims endured a grueling regimen of jiu-jitsu, judo, muay thai, karate, boxing and wrestling.  The intense competition between the fighters continues after they leave the gym – at The Ultimate Fighter House.  These warriors must live together, knowing that any day they might be forced to fight each other in the famed UFC Octagon™. 

The two finalists will square off in a live finale Saturday, December 13 on Spike TV, when the two weight class winners will be declared The Ultimate Fighter® and net the aforementioned contract and a cash prize.  UFC President Dana White will once again serve as host of the series.

After each show, Spike.com users will get exclusive extended footage from each episode and an exclusive video leak of the upcoming episode. 

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.  

The 32 fighters for “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Mir vs. Team Nogueira” include:

LIGHTWEIGHTS

Jose Aguilar
Age: 25
MMA Record: 17-3-0
Trains With:  Grapplers Edge
Location: Las Cruces, NM

Fernando Bernstein
Age: 25
MMA Record: 2-0-0
Location: San Clemente, CA

Junie Allen Browning
Age: 22
MMA Record: 2-0-0
Trains With:  Four Seasons Martial Arts
Location: Lexington, KY

Rolando Delgado
Age: 26
MMA Record: 7-3-1
Trains With:  Westside Fight Team
Location: North Little Rock, AR

Joseph Duarte
Age: 24
MMA Record: 3-0
Trains With:  Unleashed Training Facility / Alliance MMA
Location: San Diego, CA

Efrain Escudero
Age: 22
MMA Record: 10-0-0
Trains With:  Southwest Martial Arts
Location: Tempe, AZ

Brandon Garner
Age: 26
MMA Record: 4-1-0
Trains With:  Team ROC
Location: Raleigh, NC

David Kaplan
Age: 28
MMA Record: 3-1-0
Trains With:  Lloyd Irvin Team
Location: Camp Springs, MD

Eric Magee
Age: 23
MMA Record: 3-1-0
Trains With:  South Shore Sport
Location:  Rockland, MA

Brian McLaughlin
Age: 23
MMA Record: 5-0-0
Trains With:  Team Gracie Tampa
Location: Tampa, FL

Wesley Murch
Age: 25
MMA Record: 4-2-0
Trains With:  Trojan Gym
Location:  Bristol, UK

Shane Nelson
Age: 24
MMA Record: 11-3-0
Trains With:  BJ Penn’s MMA
Location: Hilo, HI

Phillipe Nover
Age: 24
MMA Record: 5-0-1
Trains With:  Team Renzo Gracie
Location: Brooklyn, NY

Ido Pariente
Age: 30
MMA Record: 13-4-0
Trains With: 
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

John Polakowski
Age: 26
MMA Record: 3-1-0
Trains With:  The Pit
Location: San Luis Obispo, CA

George Roop
Age: 26
MMA Record: 7-3-0
Trains With:  Ultima MMA
Location: Tucson, AZ

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

Ryan Bader
Age: 24
MMA Record: 7-0-0
Trains With: Arizona Combat Sports
Location: Chandler, AZ

Antwain Britt
Age: 29
MMA Record: 4-0-0
Trains With:  Bombsquad MMA
Location:  Virginia Beach, VA

Jules Bruchez
Age: 30
MMA Record: 3-2-0
Trains With:  Ronan Dojo
Location:  Lafayette, LA

Charles Diaz
Age: 25
MMA Record: 3-0-0
Trains With:  SD Fight Club
Location:  San Diego, CA

Lance Evans
Age: 30
MMA Record: 4-2-0
Trains With:  TKO MMA
Location: Niagara Falls, NY

Karen Grigoryan
Age: 26
MMA Record: 5-0-0
Trains With:  RusFighters Sport Club
Location:  Russia

Jason Guida
Age: 30
MMA Record: 26-13-0
Trains With:  Hellhouse Gym
Location:  Chicago, IL

Ryan Jimmo
Age: 26
MMA Record: 6-1-0
Trains With:  Titans MMA
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Kyle Kingsbury
Age: 26
MMA Record: 7-1-1
Trains With:  American Kickboxing Academy
Location: Sunnyvale, CA

Tom Lawlor
Age: 24
MMA Record:
Trains With:  American Top Team
Location: Oviedo, FL

Ryan Lopez
Age: 25
MMA Record: 5-3-0
Location:  Oklahoma City, OK

Vinicius Magalhaes
Age: 23
MMA Record: 2-2-0
Trains With:  Team Quest
Location:  Temecula, CA

Eliot Marshall
Age: 27
MMA Record: 5-1-0
Trains With: Eastern Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Location:  Boulder, CO

Sean O’Connell
Age: 24
MMA Record: 1-0-0
Location:  Salt Lake City, UT

Shane Primm
Age: 23
MMA Record: 1-0-0
Trains With:  Team Gracie Tampa
Location: Tampa, FL

Krzysztof Soszynski
Age: 30
MMA Record: 16-8-1
Trains With:  Team Quest
Location:  Temecula, CA

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
Jennifer Wenk          UFC/Las Vegas          702-221-4790
Salil Gulati               Spike TV                   212-767-8705     
Rachel Trontel          UFC/Las Vegas          702-588-5516

Spike TV Original Movie “S.I.S.” Premieres Sunday, Aug. 24

August 5th, 2008 by SPIKE Press

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SPIKE TV ORIGINAL MOVIE “S.I.S.” PREMIERES
 SUNDAY, AUGUST 24 AT 10 PM ET/PT

“S.I.S.,” A “Spike Guy Movie” About Secret Unit Of
Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) To Premiere In HD

 

New York, NY, August 5, 2008 – “S.I.S.,” the original HD movie about a covert unit of the L.A.P.D., from executive producer John Herzfeld (“15 Minutes,” “Two Days in the Valley”), who also wrote and directed the film, will premiere on Spike TV on Sunday, August 24 (10:00 PM – Midnight, ET/PT).  The film stars Matt Nable, Peter Stebbings, Omari Hardwick, Colleen Porch and Keith David. 

 “S.I.S.” centers on a cop who has fallen on hard times and is recruited to work with the Special Investigative Section (S.I.S.), an elite, covert branch of the L.A.P.D. that tracks the most dangerous, habitual offenders and attempts to catch them in the act of committing violent crimes.  Up until now, their unheralded work has been shrouded in secrecy but their controversial methods begin to face closer scrutiny from police brass. 

“S.I.S.” is presented as part of Spike TV’s “Spike Guy Movies” umbrella of original movies.  Since its launch in January 2008, Spike TV’s original “Spike Guy Movies” average nearly 1.5 million viewers each month.

“S.I.S.” was produced by Original Film and New Redemption Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television for Spike TV.  John Herzfeld is writer, director and executive producer.  Neal Moritz (“Vantage Point”) and Vivian Cannon also serve as 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 and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.

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Photos available from press website www.spike.com/press

Contact:    Debra Fazio    Spike TV    212-767-8649        debra.fazio@spiketv.com