MTVN Entertainment Group Promotes Shane Satterfield to VP Content Spike Digital Entertainment

March 30th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

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MTVN’S ENTERTAINMENT GROUP PROMOTES SHANE SATTERFIELD
TO VICE PRESIDENT, CONTENT, SPIKE DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT

NEW YORK, March 30, 2009 – MTV Networks’ Entertainment Group has promoted Shane Satterfield to vice president, content, Spike digital entertainment.  The promotion was announced by Jon Slusser, senior vice president, Spike digital and video games.  Satterfield was formerly editor-in-chief and supervising producer, GameTrailers.com at MTV Networks.  He is based at the network’s Los Angeles offices.

In his new role, Satterfield will continue to oversee GameTrailers’ editorial and will now also be responsible for conceiving, creating and acquiring editorial content for Spike.com.  He will also coordinate content distribution with Viacom’s various brands and global partners, working hand-in-hand with sales and marketing to create meaningful content for sponsors and partners.

“I am excited to welcome Shane into this new role,” said Slusser.  “He will bring his creativity, leadership skills and proven success to Spike.com as he has to GameTrailers.”

In 2006, Satterfield joined MTV Networks after his tenure at G4 Television (2003-2006) as editorial director and, before that, worked at TechTV (2001-2003), where he held the same post.  He was one of the co-creators of X-Play and scheduled and produced 140 episodes a year as well as landmark live programming for the network. Prior to that, Satterfield held various posts at GameSpot (1999-2001) and published his own gaming Web site, Street-Level Gaming from 1996-1999.

Satterfield holds a BA degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

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Spike TV Seeks to Settle the Age-Old Question – Who is the Deadliest Warrior?

March 16th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

 

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SPIKE TV SEEKS TO SETTLE
THE AGE-OLD QUESTION – WHO IS THE DEADLIEST WARRIOR?

Premiere Episode Features Special Guest, UFC Legend Chuck Liddell

Nine One-Hour Episodes Of New Original Series
Premiere Starting Tuesday, April 7 On Spike TV

Users Can Visit Spike.com To View Full Episodes After They Premiere

New York, NY, March 16, 2009 – Who would win in a battle to the death – a Samurai or a Viking?  William Wallace or Shaka Zulu?  The Japanese Yakuza or the Sicilian Mafia?  Spike TV seeks to finally put these age old questions to rest in “Deadliest Warrior,” an unprecedented, non-scripted series that pits history’s greatest warriors against one another to determine, once and for all, who reigns supreme.  

Premiering Tuesday, April 7 (10-11p.m., ET/PT) on Spike TV, the debut episode, “Gladiator vs. Apache,” features the crowd-pleasing killer of ancient Rome going up against the fierce, unyielding scalp-picking Native American warrior.  Modern day gladiator, UFC fighter Chuck Liddell, makes a special appearance in this episode to test the gladiator’s lethal weapons using his legendary striking abilities.

Each week, a new episode will pit two of the most feared warriors civilization has ever known against each other.  To collect all significant data on these legends of combat, “Deadliest Warrior” assembled a fight club that consists of three series regulars: Geoff Desmoulin, a biomedical engineer and karate black belt who uses high-tech sensors to collect the data; ER doctor and UFC physician, Dr. Armand Dorian, who analyzes the lethal potential of each attack on the human body; and computer whiz, Max Geiger, who tracks all the test findings to ultimately run in a battle simulation program.  Along with the use of 21st century science and the latest in CGI technology, each episode enlists warrior-specific world-class fighters and experts to provide insight into what makes these combatants tick, analyzing every facet of their unique skills of destruction, culminating in a head-to-head final fight between two legends of the battlefield that will produce the deadliest warrior.

Other highly-anticipated showdowns this season include: Pirate vs. Knight, Taliban vs. IRA, Yakuza vs. Mafia, Viking vs. Samurai, Green Beret vs. Spetznaz, Maori vs. Shaolin Monks, William Wallace vs. Shaka Zulu and Ninja vs. Spartan.

“Deadliest Warrior” featured content on Spike.com will consist of preview clips and highlight segments from each episode. Users will also be able to view full episodes of that week’s episode online after it has premiered on-air.

“Deadliest Warrior” is produced for Spike TV by Morningstar Entertainment (“Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force”).  The series is executive produced by Gary Tarpanian and Paninee Theeranuntawat.  Tim Prokop serves as supervising producer and director.  Sharon Levy and Tim Duffy are Spike TV’s executives 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 www.spike.com/press.

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Press Contacts:  

Shana Tepper        Spike TV-NY        212/767-4275        shana.tepper@spiketv.com
Melissa Leung        Spike TV-LA        310/407-4729         melissa.leung@spiketv.com

Spike TV Gives Series Order to “Blue Mountain State”

March 16th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

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SPIKE TV GIVES SERIES ORDER TO “BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE”
PRODUCED BY VARSITY PICTURES’ BRIAN ROBBINS AND LIONSGATE

13 Episode Series To Premiere This Summer

New York, NY, March 16, 2009 – It’s all about football at Blue Mountain State University, but being an incoming freshman on the national championship team consists of much more than that…there’s also girls, partying, hazing and of course, class.  Spike TV has greenlit 13 episodes of the scripted half-hour comedy series, “Blue Mountain State,” it was announced today by Kevin Kay, president, Spike TV.  Produced by Varsity Pictures’ Brian Robbins (“Norbit,” “Varsity Blues,” “Smallville”) and Sharla Sumpter-Bridgett and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the comedy series is scheduled to premiere this summer.  

“’Blue Mountain State’ contains four key ingredients to being a guy…football, partying, women and hazing,” said Kay.  “We’re thrilled to be working with Brian Robbins, Varsity Pictures and Lionsgate on this outrageous comedy that combines college football with ‘Animal House.’  And we think it’s a perfect fit for Spike’s young, male audience.”   

“It’s exciting to be moving forward with our friends at Spike, who appreciate programming that doesn’t play it safe,” said Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate’s president of television programming and production.  “With the terrific creative team headed by Brian and Sharla, ‘Blue Mountain State’ is a show that doesn’t pull any punches – it’s just all-out funny.”

Executive produced by Robbins and Sumpter and co-executive produced by Chris Romano and Eric Falconer (“The Sarah Silverman Program,” “Always Sunny In Philadelphia”), “Blue Mountain State” follows three incoming freshmen attending college football powerhouse, Blue Mountain St. University.  Former NFL running back and veteran actor, Ed Marinaro (“Monk,” “8 Simple Rules,” “Hill St. Blues”), stars as the coach.  “Alex,” played by Darin Brooks (“Big Bounce”) is a talented quarterback, content to ride the bench while partying with his best friend “Sammy,” played by Romano, who aspires to be the school’s mascot.  “Craig,” played by Sam Jones III (“Glory Road”), on the other hand, is the school’s top recruit and future NFL pro whose life is already mapped out for him by his controlling girlfriend, “Denise,” played by Gabrielle Dennis (“My Name is Earl”).  The three must quickly adapt to college life and juggle football, girls, classes and nonstop hazing.  The cast also includes “Thad,” played by Alan Ritchson (“Smallville”), a senior on the football team who loves hazing incoming freshman.  

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.

Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) is the leading next generation filmed entertainment studio with a major presence in the production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, video-on-demand, digitally delivered content and branded channel platforms.  The Company has achieved more than 7% theatrical box office market share for calendar 2009 to date, propelled by such recent hits as “Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes To Jail” and “My Bloody Valentine 3D.”  Other recent successes include “Saw V,” “Religulous,” Oliver Stone’s “W.,” “Forbidden Kingdom,” “Rambo,” and “The Bank Job.”  Lionsgate has also forged leadership positions in television and home entertainment with the production of such critically-acclaimed television series as “Weeds” and “Mad Men,” the distribution of “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” “Family Feud,” “South Park,” “The Wendy Williams Show” and Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Browns” as well as the industry’s leading box office-to-DVD conversion rate and the recent hit DVD release “Transporter 3″ in its home entertainment business.  Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 12,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the globe.

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:  

David Schwarz        Spike TV/NY        212-767-8639        david.schwarz@mtvstaff.com
Jenni Runyan         Spike TV/LA        310-407-4771        jenni.runyan@mtvstaff.com

The Ultimate Fighter: United States Vs. United Kingdom Premieres April 1

March 10th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

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“THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER:  UNITED STATES VS. UNITED KINGDOM,” PREMIERES APRIL 1

Season Features 16 Lightweights and 16 Welterweights In A Battle
For International Supremacy In The Octagon®

Two Of The UFC’s Top Middleweights, Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson, To Serve As Coaches

New York, NY, March 9, 2009 – More than two centuries after the United States achieved its independence from England, friction between the two nations is about to flare up again when “The Ultimate Fighter: United States Vs. United Kingdom” premieres Wednesday, April 1 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT on Spike TV.

For these 32 up-and-coming mixed martial arts fighters, two things are on the line:  bragging rights for their respective countries, and a six-figure contract with the preeminent mixed martial arts organization in the world, The Ultimate Fighting Championship.® 

Season nine of Spike TV’s wildly successful original series, “The Ultimate Fighter,” features 16 lightweights (155 lbs) and 16 welterweights (170 lbs).  They will train and compete under the watchful eye of the coaches, “The Ultimate Fighter 3” champion and top middleweight contender Michael Bisping, and former concurrent PRIDE champion of the 185 lbs and 205 lbs divisions and U.S. Olympian, Dan Henderson. 

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 (April 1 and 8).  The remaining 10 episodes will feature the victorious 16 fighters and their quest for the coveted “Ultimate Fighter” crown.

The 32 fighters for “The Ultimate Fighter: United States Vs. United Kingdom” include:

Fighting to Represent the United States

Welterweight:
- Ryan Biglar
A member of team Cobra Kai in Las Vegas, Biglar is a 24-year-old jiu-jitsu artist originally from Guam.

- Ray Elbe
Born and raised in Arizona, the 25-year-old Elbe (20-11) has spent parts of the last three years perfecting his muay thai skills in Phuket, Thailand.

- Christian Fulgium
Fighting out of the Gladiator camp in Lafayette, Louisiana, Fulgium is a wrestler with a combined 6-2-1 mixed martial arts record.

- DaMarques Johnson
Johnson, a member of Elite Performance in Salt Lake City, Utah, began training in mixed martial arts in 2001 while serving in the military.  He has since amassed a 13-6 mixed martial arts record.

- Kevin Knabjian
Born and raised in Chicago, Knabjian (10-3-1) wrestled at Division 1 Eastern Illinois University and graduated with a degree in Business Management.  Knabjian trains out of Gilbert Grappling in Chicago.

- Mark Miller
A 5’10” welterweight muay thai artist, Miller (10-4) trains out of Dino Costeas MMA and Toro Muay Thai in Chicago.

- Jason Pierce
A former soccer standout at the University of Illinois at Springfield, Pierce (9-0) trains with Bettendorf’s Miletich Fighting Systems camp.

- Kiel Reid
Born and raised in Bettendorf, Iowa, Reid (8-1) returned to the area in 2005 to take up mixed martial arts full-time with the Miletich Fighting Systems camp.

Lightweight:
- Paul Bird
A stand-up fighter, Paul Bird (4-1) trains in West Des Moines, Iowa out of the Des Moines MMA camp.

- Santino DeFranco
26-year-old Santino DeFranco trains out of Southwest MMA in Tempe, AZ.  A 5’10” jiu-jitsu specialist, DeFranco holds a 13-4 mixed martial arts record.

- Jason Dent
Sumbission specialist Jason Dent owns and operates Griffon Brawl gym in Mentor, Ohio.  He holds a combined 19-9 mixed martial arts record with bouts against Roger Huerta at UFC 63 and Gleison Tibau at UFC 68 under his belt.

- Cameron Dollar
A member of Fight Factory in Colorado Springs, CO, Dollar (4-1) has trained with TUF alums Cory Hill and Noah Thomas.

- Tom Hayden
Tom Hayden, 4-0, is a ground specialist who trains out of TUF 2 alum’s Jorge Gurgel camp in West Chester, OH.

- Waylon Lowe
Fighting out of Jorge Gurgel’s camp in Ohio, the 28-year-old Waylon Lowe owns a 5-2 mixed martial arts record.

- Josh Souder
A well-rounded fighter out of Team Prodigy in Ohio, the 5’7” Josh Souder owns a 7-2 overall mixed martial arts record.

- Richie Whitson
Born and raised in Alaska, the heavy-handed Whitson holds a perfect 4-0 mixed martial arts record.  He currently trains out of Temecula, CA with Team Quest.

Fighting to Represent the United Kingdom

Welterweight:
- Dean Amarasinghe
Rough House Gym’s Dean Amarasinghe (4-1) is a 5’10” grappler from Nottingham, England.

- James Bateman
5’10” striker James Bateman (2-1) trains with Grimsby NHB in Grimsby, England.

- David Faulkner
5’9” ground specialist David Faulkner trains with Wolfslair in Widnes, England.  The 28-year-old born in Kirkby holds a 2-1 mixed martial arts record.

- Tommy Maguire
20-year-old Tommy Maguire trains in Wisbech, England with Tsunami Gym.  The 5’7” stand-up fighter holds a 5-2 mixed martial arts record, with three wins coming via TKO.

- Che Mills
Born is Gloucester, England, 6’2” welterweight Che Mills (7-2) trains with Mark Weir’s Range Fighting in the UK.

- Nicholas Osipczak
Sporting a perfect 3-0 record, Nicholas Osipczak trains in London, England with Pancrase UK.

- Alex Reid
Alexander Reid trains in London, England with the London Shoot Fighters.  The 33-year-old stand up artist is 10-9-1 in his twenty mixed martial arts bouts.

- James Wilks
Born and raised in England, 30-year-old fighter James Wilks has trained with Eric Paulson in Orange County, California since 2000.  The 6’1” striker is 5-2 in his mixed martial arts career.

Lightweight:
- James Bryan
Lightweight James Bryan (3-1) is a 25-year-old stand up fighter from Somerset, England.

- Dan James
Dan James, 3-0, is a stand up artist fighting out of Swansea, Wales.  The 5’10” fighter has won two of his fights by TKO.

- Gary Kelly
Wolfslair fighter Gary Kelly (2-1) is a 25-year-old striker from Liverpool, England.

- Jeff Lawson
5’6 lightweight Jess Lawson (13-2) trains with Team Bulldog out of Dorset, England.

- Ross Pearson
24-year-old striker Ross Pearson (9-3) is a member of Sunderland Jiu-Jitsu & MMA Club in Sunderland, England.

- Martin Stapleton
Born in Manchester, England, 25-year-old Thai boxer Martin Stapleton (5-1) trains with Quannum Combat Arts.

- AJ Wenn
Cambs, England’s AJ Wenn is a well-rounded fighter training out of Tsunami Gym.  The 24-year-old has a 7-2 mixed martial arts record.

- Andre Winner
Lightweight Andre Winner (9-2-1) trains out of Rough House in London, England.  

During the six-week taping of “The Ultimate Fighter: United States Vs. United Kingdom,” 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, June 20 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.  

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:  

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

The Greatest Superstar Daredevil Entertainer Of All Time Returns To Television On Spike TV

March 4th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

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THE GREATEST SUPERSTAR DAREDEVIL ENTERTAINER OF ALL TIME RETURNS TO TELEVISION ON SPIKE TV!
 
Bob Einstein Returns To His Infamous Role As Stuntman “Super Dave Osborne” In Spike TV Event Series This Summer

NEW YORK, NY, March 4, 2009 – Super Dave Osborne, self-described as the greatest daredevil superstar entertainer of all time, triumphantly returns to television in a four-part event series on Spike TV premiering this summer.  Played by Emmy-award winner Bob Einstein, Super Dave will be featured in this mockumentary-style series which chronicles his preparations for a weekly death-defying stunt.  The half-hour series will run over four weeks this summer.

Super Dave is supposedly an “accomplished” stuntman, though he rarely succeeds when performing the stunts depicted onscreen.  His signature is to perform outrageous daredevil stunts which invariably go awry and often results in grievous bodily injury.

Einstein’s “Super Dave” series originally ran on Showtime from 1980-1985.  He spun off the character into the animated series “Super Dave: Daredevil for Hire”, “Super Dave’s Vegas Spectacular,” and his own feature film “The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave.” In addition to ongoing appearances as Super Dave on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Einstein’s television credits including “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Arrested Development,” and “Crank Yankers.”
Einstein will be writing the new episodes and Lee Kernis of Brillstein Entertainment Partners serves as executive producer with Einstein and Alan Blythe, the producer of the original Showtime series.

Bill McGoldrick, senior vice president of development, Spike TV, serves as 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:   David Schwarz                Spike TV                 212-767-8639