Spike TV Announces 2008 “Video Game Award” Winners

December 16th, 2008 by SPIKE Press

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SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES 2008 “VIDEO GAME AWARDS” WINNERS
 
“GRAND THEFT AUTO IV” CROWNED GAME OF THE YEAR
 
LIVE Show Hosted By Jack Black Featured The Debut of Ten Exclusive World Premieres;
Explosive Performances by 50 Cent, All-American Rejects, LL Cool J And Weezer
 
Televised LIVE Tonight Sunday, December 14th At 9 PM, ET


Los Angeles, CA, Sunday, December 14, 2008 – Tonight at Sony Picture Studios in Culver City, CA, everyone partied like a “Rockstar” as winners were announced for Spike TV’s 2008 “Video Game Awards.”  Hosted by superstar Jack Black, the sixth annual event gathered luminaries from the world of entertainment to recognize the outstanding artistic and technical achievement in the gaming industry over the past year.
 
Presented by the red hot Megan Fox, Rockstar Games record-breaking title “Grand Theft Auto IV” was crowned Best Game of the Year.  The award marked the titles’ second Vector Monkey of the night.  Other two-time winners on this evening include Microsoft Game Studios “Gears of War 2,” MTV Games’ “Rock Band” and Konami Digital Entertainment’s “Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.”  Keifer Sutherland, star of the FOX network hit “24,” was on-hand to receive the Big Name In The Game Male award for his role as Sgt. Roebuck in “Call of Duty: World at War.”  In addition, the genius behind “The Sims” and “Spore,” Will Wright, was presented with the first-ever Gamer God honor.  A full list of winners can be found below.
 
The 2008 “VGAs” featured ten exclusive world premieres, the highest number in the show’s six year history.  First look world premieres included “Brütal Legend,” “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves,” EA Sports’ “Fight Night Round 4,” “Mafia II,” “Terminator Salvation,” “Watchmen: The End is Nigh,” “Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned,” “Dante’s Inferno,” “God of War III” gameplay for PlayStation 3TM and the announcement of the “Gears of War 2” combustible map pack. 
 
Interscope Geffen A&M were this year’s “VGAs” exclusive music provider.  The label powered the event’s playlist, including presenter walk-ons, bumpers and performances by 50 Cent, the All-American Rejects and Weezer.  UMG/Def Jam recording artist LL Cool J, along with special guest UFC president Dana White and light heavyweight champ Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Rampage Jackson, Frank Mir, Antonio Nogueira and Wanderlei Silva, brought down the house with a memorable two-song set featuring the ’91 hit single “Mama Said Knock You Out” and “It’s Time for War.”  Also, during 50 Cent’s performance of “Get Up,” Spike TV incorporated footage of his upcoming game “50 Cent: Blood in the Sand.”  Alt-rock band Weezer played “The Greatest Man that Ever Lived, the third single from their album “Weezer” (also known as “The Red Album” and the All-American Rejects gave the crowd a taste of their new album with a performance of “Gives You Hell,” from “When the World Comes Down” available Tuesday.
 
The “VGAs” pays tribute to the outstanding achievements of games, designers, animation, breakthrough technology, music and performances of the past year in the world of video games.  The awards also provide a glimpse of the future of gaming – including exclusive sneak peeks and world premiere footage of some of the hottest and most anticipated games of 2009 and beyond. 
 
A full list of winners is included below:
 
·         GAME OF THE YEAR
            GRAND THEFT AUTO IV (Rockstar Games / Rockstar North)
 
·         BEST ACTION ADVENTURE GAME
            GRAND THEFT AUTO IV (Rockstar Games / Rockstar North)
 
·         STUDIO OF THE YEAR
            MEDIA MOLECULE
 
·         GAMER GOD
            WILL WRIGHT
 
·         BEST SHOOTER
            GEARS OF WAR 2 (Microsoft Game Studios / Epic Games)
 
·         BEST MUSIC GAME
            ROCK BAND 2 (MTV Games / Harmonix)
 
·         BEST SOUNDTRACK
            ROCK BAND 2 (MTV Games / Harmonix)
 
·         BEST RPG
            FALLOUT 3 (Bethesda Softworks / Bethesda Game Studios)
 
·         BEST INDEPENDENT GAME FUELED BY DEW
            WORLD OF GOO (2D Boy / 2D Boy)
 
·         BEST TEAM SPORTS GAME
            NHL 09 (Electronic Arts / EA Canada)
 
·         BEST INDIVIDUAL SPORTS GAME
      SHAUN WHITE SNOWBOARDING (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft Montreal)
           
·         BEST GAME BASED ON A MOVIE OR TV SHOW
            LEGO INDIANA JONES: THE ORIGINAL ADVENTURES (LucasArts / Traveler’s Tales Games)
 
·         BIG NAME IN THE GAME MALE
            KIEFER SUTHERLAND AS “SGT. ROEBUCK”
            CALL OF DUTY: WORLD AT WAR  (Activision Publishing)
 
·         BIG NAME IN THE GAME FEMALE
            JENNY MCCARTHY AS “TANYA”
            COMMAND & CONQUER: RED ALERT 3 (Electronic Arts)
 
·         BEST XBOX 360 GAME
            GEARS OF WAR 2 (Microsoft Game Studios / Epic Games)
 
·         BEST PS3 GAME
            LITTLEBIGPLANET (Sony Computer Entertainment / Media Molecule)
 
·         BEST Wii GAME
            BOOM BLOX (Electronic Arts / EA Casual Studios)
 
·         BEST PC GAME
            LEFT 4 DEAD (VALVE / VALVE)
 
·         BEST MULTI-PLAYER GAME
            LEFT 4 DEAD (VALVE / VALVE)
 
·         BEST FIGHTING GAME
            SOULCALIBUR IV (NAMCO BANDAI Games / Project Soul)
 
·         BEST HANDHELD GAME
            PROFESSOR LAYTON AND THE CURIOUS VILLAGE (Nintendo / Level-5)
 
·         BEST DRIVING GAME
            BURNOUT PARADISE (Electronic Arts / Criterion Games)
 
·         BEST GRAPHICS
            METAL GEAR SOLID 4: GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS
            (Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc / Kojima Productions)
 
·         BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
            METAL GEAR SOLID 4: GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS
            (Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc / Kojima Productions)
 
·         BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN MALE
            MICHAEL HOLLICK AS “NIKO BELLIC”
            GRAND THEFT AUTO IV (Rockstar Games)
 
·         BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN FEMALE
            DEBI MAE WEST AS “MERYL SILVERBURGH”
            METAL GEAR SOLID 4: GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS (Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc)
 
 
Albie Hecht, Oscar®-nominated producer and co-creator of the “Kids’ Choice” and “Video Game Awards,” and Casey Patterson, senior vice president event production, talent development & studio relations, Spike TV & TV Land, will serve as executive producers of Spike TV’s 2008 “Video Game Awards.”  Greg Sills is supervising producer and Alicia Portugal is executive in charge of production.  
 
Spike TV is available in 97.7 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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Press Contacts:
 
Shana Tepper                                           Aileen Budow            
Spike TV                                                  Spike TV
Office: 212/767-4275                                Office:  212.767.3952
shana.tepper@spiketv.com                        aileen.budow@spiketv.com

Spike TV Lassos New Series, “Toughest Cowboy”

December 16th, 2008 by SPIKE Press

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SPIKE TV LASSOS NEW SERIES, “TOUGHEST COWBOY”


Mark Burnett To Produce New Spike Series Premiering In January 2009

NEW YORK, NY, December 15, 2008 – Spike TV is searching for the next big superstar in rodeo with “Toughest Cowboy,” a new eight-episode one hour series from world-renowned producer Mark Burnett.  The new sports-competition reality series premieres Thursday, January 29 at 11:00pm ET/PT.

“We are thrilled to be in business with one of the true legends in the television industry,” said John Griffin, vice president, programming, Spike TV.  “The high-action sport of rodeo will be the perfect complement to our Thursday lineup following TNA wrestling.”

“The athletes on ‘Toughest Cowboy’ are living icons who take unbelievable risks every time they enter the arena,” said Mark Burnett, President of Mark Burnett Productions. “We are excited to bring their stories to the Spike audience as they fight to secure their American dream in a competition that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.”

Emanating from venues in top major markets including Chicago, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Columbus, Raleigh, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, “Toughest Cowboy” features twelve daring competitors in one of the world’s fastest-growing sports.  These fearless cowboys must ride in three dangerous disciplines each night – bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, and bull riding – an unprecedented test of endurance in modern rodeo competition.  One competitor will be eliminated each week in a sudden elimination bull ride match, with the ultimate Toughest Cowboy Champion winning the deed to a spectacular ranch in the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming.

Emmy-award winning producer Mark Burnett, behind such landmark series “Survivor” and “The Apprentice,” serves as executive producer for “Toughest Cowboy.”  “Toughest Cowboy” marks the first series to emerge from a pact between Mark Burnett Productions and AEG announced earlier this year.

About Spike TV
Spike TV is available in 97.7 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.

Toughest Cowboy is a revolutionary sports-reality show competition based around the sport of rodeo. Twelve of the grittiest cowboys in America compete in eight episodes in a national tour that will take them to Chicago, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Columbus, Raleigh, and Minneapolis/St. Paul. The competitions will be broadcast on Spike TV on Thursdays at 11pm ET, premiering on January 29, 2009. The television episodes will be produced by world-renowned reality show producer Mark Burnett. In each episode, at least one cowboy will be eliminated in a sudden elimination bull ride match. The Champion will win a spectacular ranch in the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming. Toughest Cowboy is owned by Grit Rock Rodeo, which is owned by AEG Events & Media and an entity controlled by Jac Sperling. Grit Rock Rodeo is one of the leading producers of live and televised rodeo events in the world. Toughest Cowboy’s internet address is http://www.toughestcowboy.com.

About Mark Burnett Productions
Mark Burnett Productions (MBP) is a leading production company for primetime television, cable and the internet, and has produced over 1,100 hours of television programming which regularly airs in over 70 countries around the world.  MBP revolutionized television with hits such as Survivor (CBS), The Apprentice (NBC), The Contender (Versus), Rock  Star (CBS), the Steven Spielberg co-production On The Lot (FOX),  the smash hit Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (FOX), which is currently being produced in 51 countries, and the daytime syndicated hit Martha (about to begin its 4th season). In the summers of 2007 and 2008, MBP entered the world of Award Shows, when Mark Burnett served as executive producer for the MTV Movie Awards. In October of 2007, MBP opened Mark Burnett Productions Asia; a joint venture with Genting International to both create new content for and adapt established formats in the Asian market. Since 2001, MBP has garnered a total of 51 Emmy nominations with 5 wins, and has won 4 People’s Choice Awards.  Mark Burnett has been named one  of the most influential people in the world by TIME magazine and named TV Guide’s most valuable player.  He has won both BRANDWEEK’S Marketer of the Year Award and the prestigious ROSE D’OR FRAPA Format Award.  In 2007, Mark Burnett was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. In 2008, Mark was honored with the announcement that he is to receive a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. This year will continue with new shows for MBP, including Star Maker (MTV),  Wedding Day (TNT), Bully Beatdown (MTV), How’d You Get So Rich? (TV Land), Toughest Cowboy (Spike), and Expedition (History Channel), as well as Survivor 18, Contender 4, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader 3 and Apprentice 8.  

ABOUT AEG

AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Company, owns or controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center, Sprint Center, The O2, NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE and NOKIA Theatre Times Square; sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), two Major League Soccer franchises, a Major League Lacrosse team, two hockey franchises operated in Europe, management of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers, the ING Bay to Breakers foot race and the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race; AEG LIVE, the organization’s live-entertainment division, is a collection of companies dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring and a variety of programming and multi-media production.

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Press Contacts:  

David Schwarz          Spike TV/ NY        212/767-8639         david.schwarz@mtvstaff.com
Michael Roth            AEG                    213/742-7155         mroth@aeg-la.com

Interscope Records Scores Exclusive Music Deal With Spike “Video Game Awards”

December 10th, 2008 by SPIKE Press

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INTERSCOPE RECORDS SCORES EXCLUSIVE MUSIC DEAL 
WITH SPIKE TV’S 2008 “VIDEO GAME AWARDS”
 
Label To Provide All Performances And Exclusive Playlist For All In-Show Music
 
Featured Performances By 50 Cent, All American Rejects, LL Cool J And Weezer
 
Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards” Premieres LIVE Sunday, December 14
At 9:00 PM ET
 

New York, NY, December 10, 2008 – Universal Music Group’s Interscope Geffen A&M Records and Spike TV announced today a groundbreaking arrangement which taps the label as the exclusive music provider for the network’s 2008 “Video Game Awards.”   As part of this partnership, viewers will experience LIVE musical performances by Interscope Geffen A&M talent 50 Cent, All American Rejects, and Weezer, as well as Def Jam’s LL Cool J.  In addition, Interscope Geffen A&M will provide the exclusive playlist for all in-show music, including presenter walk-ons and bumpers.  The Spike TV 2008 “Video Game Awards,” which recognize outstanding artistic and technical achievement in the gaming industry, plus premiering first-looks at the hottest games of 2009 and beyond, debuts LIVE and in HIGH-DEFINITION on Sunday, December 14 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/tape delay on West Coast) from Sony Picture Studios in Culver City, CA.
 
Spike TV will also incorporate exclusive footage from 50 Cent’s upcoming game “50 Cent: Blood in the Sand,” during his live performance at this year’s “VGAs.”
“Video Games and Music are an explosive creative combination,” said Casey Patterson, executive producer and senior vice president of Spike TV talent development & studio relations. “Interscope has the perfect roster of gaming rock and rap artists to provide the playlist for this year’s show.  We’re happy to have them as our partners.”
 “There’s never been a better time for us to enter into this partnership with Spike TV,” commented Steve Berman, president of sales and marketing for Interscope Geffen A&M.  “Music and video games are more intertwined now than they ever have been and we value the relationship we have with the gamer community.  We hope this is the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship with the VGAs.”
The official sponsors of Spike TV’s 2008 “Video Game Awards” are Burger King®, GameStop™, Gillette®, Energizer®, Mountain Dew, Stride® Gum, U.S. Army and Verizon Wireless.
 
Nominees and winners of Spike TV’s 2008 “Video Game Awards” were determined by the VGA Advisory Council, made up of a group of the top journalists in the industry.  Games released between December 2, 2007 and December 1, 2008 were eligible for nomination.  The Best Independent Game Fueled by Dew winner will be selected by fans who vote on VGA.Spike.com.

Albie Hecht, Oscar®-nominated producer and co-creator of the “Kids’ Choice” and “Video Game Awards,” and Casey Patterson, executive producer of the Video Game Awards and senior vice president event production, talent development & studio relations, Spike TV & TV Land, will serve as executive producers of Spike TV’s 2008 “Video Game Awards.”  Greg Sills is supervising producer and Alicia Portugal is executive in charge of production.  

Spike TV is available in 97.7 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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Press Contacts:

Shana Tepper                             Aileen Budow       
Spike TV                                    Spike TV
Office: 212/767-4275                  Office:  212.767.3952
shana.tepper@spiketv.com          aileen.budow@spiketv.com

First “Grand Theft Auto IV” Episode to Debut at Spike’s VGA’s

December 5th, 2008 by SPIKE Press

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GAMERS TO TRAVEL DOWN THE ROAD OF “THE LOST AND DAMNED” FOR THE FIRST TIME AT 2008 VGAS

Exclusive World Premiere of Rockstar Games’ First “Grand Theft Auto IV” Episode to Debut at Spike’s Video Game Awards

NEW YORK, NY, December 5, 2008 – Today, Rockstar Games and Spike TV announced that “Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned” will world premiere at the 2008 Video Game Awards, live Sunday December 14 at 9:00pm, ET (tape delay on West Coast).

Since its launch in April, “Grand Theft Auto IV” has garnered unprecedented praise and acclaim worldwide, with a staggering nine nominations for the 2008 Video Game Awards including “Game of the Year”.

Developed by series creator Rockstar North and set in Liberty City, “The Lost and Damned” features a new main character and plot that intersects with the storyline of “Grand Theft Auto IV”; new missions that offer an entirely fresh way to explore Liberty City with new multiplayer modes, weapons and vehicles; and a diverse soundtrack with additional music – all with the incredible production values that are the trademarks of “Grand Theft Auto”.

Available exclusively on Xbox LIVE worldwide on February 17, 2009, “Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned” requires players to have the full version of “Grand Theft Auto IV” for Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE membership to download.

The sixth annual “VGAs,” hosted by Jack Black, will bring together megastars from the worlds of video games, Hollywood, music, sports and more to celebrate the outstanding achievements within the video game industry over the past year, and world premiere the hottest games of 2009 and beyond.  The 2-hour extravaganza will premiere LIVE on Spike TV Sunday, December 14 at 9:00pm, ET (tape delay on West Coast) from Sony Picture Studios in Culver City, CA. 

About Spike TV

Spike TV is available in 97.7 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                                                      Darlan Monterisi
Spike TV                                                         Rockstar Games
(212) 767-8705                                               (212) 334-6633
salil.gulati@mtvstaff.com                               darlan.monterisi@rockstargames.com

 

Jack Black to Host Spike TV’s 2008 Video Game Awards

December 2nd, 2008 by SPIKE Press

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JACK BLACK TO HOST SPIKE TV’S 2008 “VIDEO GAME AWARDS”

6th Annual Celebration To Include Mind-Blowing World Premieres

Of God Of War III, Brütal Legend, Fight Night Round 4, Mafia II, Terminator Salvation, Uncharted 2, Watchmen: The End is Nigh, A Special Gears Of War 2 Announcement

And Other Surprises

 Premieres LIVE Sunday, December 14 At 9:00 PM ET

 New York, NY, December 2, 2008 - On Sunday, December 14th, the future is in play when Jack Black, one of the entertainment industry’s most versatile and talented stars, takes viewers on a trip to gamer heaven as host of Spike TV’s 2008 “Video Game Awards.”  Recognizing outstanding artistic and technical achievement in the gaming industry, plus premiering first-looks at the hottest games of 2009 and beyond, the 2008 “VGAs” debuts LIVE and in HIGH-DEFINITION on Sunday, December 14 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/tape delay on west coast) from Sony Picture Studios in Culver City, CA.

In emceeing the night’s festivities, Black will be capping a 2008 which saw him star in two Hollywood blockbusters, “Tropic Thunder” and “Kung Fu Panda” that grossed over $800 million worldwide combined.  Also, he will star opposite Michael Cera in director Harold Ramis’ “The Year One.”

“Jack is a huge gamer and a former performer and winner on the ‘VGAs’ having taken home Best Performance By A Human – Male in 2005,” said Casey Patterson, Spike TV’s senior vice president, event production and talent development. “We’re thrilled to have him as our host.  With a record 10 world premieres including Brütal Legend starring Jack, it will be a big night and wild ride!”

In addition to the world premiere of Brütal Legend gameplay from designer Tim Schafer (Grim Fandango and Psychonauts) and Double Fine Productions, the 2008 “VGAs” will be stacked with an unprecedented number of wall-to-wall world exclusives.  Games scheduled to make their global debut include the first look at the gameplay of the PlayStation 3TM exclusive God of War III, Uncharted 2, EA’s Sports Fight Night Round 4, Mafia II, Terminator Salvation, Watchmen: The End is Nigh, a special announcement regarding Gears of War 2 and more blockbuster surprises set to be revealed shortly.

 At the show, legendary game designer Will Wright will receive the first-ever Gamer God award for his achievements in the gaming industry.  Other industry luminaries set to attend include Game of the Year-nominees Hideo Kojima (designer, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots), Cliff Bleszinski (designer director, Gears of War 2), Todd Howard (Executive Producer, Fallout 3), Alex Evans (co-founder, Media Molecule, creators of LittleBigPlanet), Rockstar Games and more names soon to be announced.

The official sponsors of Spike TV’s 2008 “Video Game Awards” are Burger King®, GameStopTM, Gillette®, Energizer®, Mountain Dew, Stride® Gum, U.S. Army and Verizon Wireless.

Nominees and winners for Spike TV’s 2008 “Video Game Awards” were determined by the VGA Advisory Council, made up of a group of the top journalists in the industry.  Games released between December 2, 2007 and December 1, 2008 were eligible for nomination.  The Best Independent Game Fueled by Dew winner will be selected by fans who vote on VGA.Spike.com.

Albie Hecht, Oscar®-nominated producer and co-creator of the “Kids’ Choice” and “Video Game Awards,” and Casey Patterson, senior vice president, event production & talent development for Spike TV will serve as executive producers of Spike TV’s 2008 “Video Game Awards.”  Greg Sills is supervising producer and Alicia Portugal is executive in charge of production.

Spike TV is available in 97.7 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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Press Contacts:

 

Shana Tepper                                                                          Aileen Budow            

Spike TV                                                                                  Spike TV

Office: 212/767-4275                                                             Office:  212.767.3952

shana.tepper@spiketv.com                                                     aileen.budow@spiketv.com