Spike TV Series “Deadliest Warrior” Spawns Online Original “Deadliest Warrior – The Aftermath”

April 28th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

 

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SPIKE TV’S HOT NEW SERIES “DEADLIEST WARRIOR”
SPAWNS ONLINE ORIGINAL SHOW
“DEADLIEST WARRIOR – THE AFTERMATH”

Spike.com Greenlights Digital Series After On-Air Premiere Of “Deadliest Warrior”
Scored Record Ratings And Garnered Huge Online Traffic

“Deadliest Warrior – The Aftermath” Premieres Today On Spike.com

New York, New York, April 28, 2009 – Spike TV’s new hit original series “Deadliest Warrior” reigned supreme with viewers on-air and online and will now be spun off on Spike.com with the launch of the  original digital series “Deadliest Warrior – The Aftermath.”  This new Web show will be an online video round table discussion that will launch on Spike.com following each on-air premiere of the “Deadliest Warrior.”

“’Deadliest Warrior’ has captured an enthusiastic and highly engaged audience,” said Jon Slusser, SVP, Spike Digital Entertainment.  “The series is inspiring widespread debate online and is receiving an unprecedented number of comments on Spike.com.  ‘Deadliest Warrior – The Aftermath’ will harness the enthusiasm of this community and transform their lively debate into a video round table.”

“We are thrilled with the on air performance of ‘Deadliest Warrior,’” said Sharon Levy, SVP, original series, Spike TV.  “And now with its explosion online, we truly have a cross platform success on our hands.”

“When Paninee and I created the show, we thought that by using science and technology to evaluate the lethality of each warrior and his weapons, it would end the debate about who truly is the Deadliest Warrior,” said Gary Tarpanian, executive producer, “Deadliest Warrior.”   “Ironically, the opposite has occurred and more people than ever are debating the issue online.”

In each episode of the “Deadliest Warrior – The Aftermath,” host and “Deadliest Warrior” expert Kieron Elliot will discuss with other experts the unanswered questions and counter arguments submitted by the fans.  The show will explore the inevitable controversies stirred up by these epic match-ups between warriors with fervent and knowledgeable fan cultures.  The conclusion of each episode will feature a sneak peek of next week’s episode on Spike TV and allow the “The Aftermath” panel to make their predictions on the next battle.

The April 7 premiere telecast of “Deadliest Warrior” scored the highest ratings among Men 18-34 and 18-49 for a one-hour cable premiere this year and the online traffic soared. Through three original telecasts, “Deadliest Warrior” has averaged 1.7 million viewers, making it the most-watched original series on the network.   For the last three consecutive weeks, the show is the number one Spike TV show on Spike.com and its video content has had over 660,000 video views since its debut and has posted consecutive double digit growth in weekly audience size.  “The Deadliest Warrior” audience is highly engaged with double the video views per visit versus the average for the site as a whole. 

“Deadliest Warrior,” which airs Tuesday at 10:00 p.m., is an unprecedented, non-scripted series that pits 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” 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, SVP, original series, Spike TV and Tim Duffy, VP, original programming, are the executives in charge of creative 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 www.spike.com/press.

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Press Contacts:
Aileen Budow     212.767.3952        aileen.budow@spiketv.com

Spike TV Orders New Seasons of 1000 Ways To Die & Manswers

April 23rd, 2009 by SPIKE Press

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SPIKE TV ORDERS NEW SEASONS OF
 “1000 WAYS TO DIE” AND “MANSWERS”

Order Includes Pilot of New Series
“1000 Ways To Lie” From Thom Beers

New York, NY, April 23, 2009 – Spike TV has ordered a new season of 13 episodes of its original hit series, “1000 Ways To Die” from renowned producer Thom Beers’ Original Productions, and a third season of 10 episodes of its late-night series, “MANswers,” it was announced today by Sharon Levy, senior vice president, original programming, Spike TV.   The telecast dates for the new seasons will be announced at a later date. 

The 13-episode order for “1000 Ways To Die” includes the pilot for “1000 Ways To Lie” that features the most outrageous lies ever told in a fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek manner.

“Our audience has spoken – and they love how Spike delivers funny and irreverent factual entertainment like no one else on television,” said Levy. “We are also excited for a new pilot from the twisted genius mind of Thom Beers.”

Airing at 10pm on Sundays, the first full season of “1000 Ways To Die” (Feb 8-April 5) averaged a robust 1.5 million viewers with a 1.1 rating in Men 18-49 and 1.1 in Men 18-34.  The season finale drew an impressive 1.8 million viewers, its largest ever audience.  The series is also a hit on Spike.com as it was the most-watched video content in February and the show’s premiere drove traffic up 127% in weekly unique visitors. 

“1000 Ways to Die” showcases some of the most outrageously true stories about those who succumbed to the grim reaper in the most unorthodox styles.  Each case takes you through a fast-paced full reenactment interlaced with dramatic witness testimonials, fun historical tidbits, scientific expert explanations and vibrant CGI effects reminiscent of classic comic books.  Playing off the commonly misconceived notion, “that could never happen to me,” “1000 Ways to Die” works to dispel that myth in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, highlighting the comedic irony in all the crazy ways people can get themselves killed. 

Season 2 of Spike’s original series, “MANswers,” tallied 925,000 viewers in its Tuesday 11pm timeslot (Sept-Dec 2008).  During its run of new episodes, the show was also successful online, as it consistently ranked as the most viewed original show on Spike.com drawing 1.5 million page views.

“MANswers” is trivia for men delivering real answers that guys need to know.  In each episode, “MANswers” features re-enactments, expert one-on-ones and man-on-the-street interviews to educate Spike viewers on the taboo topics in terms only guys can relate to.  The barrage of guy-oriented trivia is presented in a fast-paced, irreverent manner and is fodder for settling barroom bets and water-cooler arguments.    

Acclaimed producer Thom Beers (“Deadliest Catch,” “Ice Road Truckers” and “Ax Men”) and Philip Segal of Original Productions serve as executive producers for “1000 Ways to Die.”  “MANswers” is executive produced by Fujisankei Communications International with Akifumi Takuma and Michael Schelp serving as executive producers, in conjunction with Super Delicious LLC with Adam Cohen, Cara Tapper and Joanna Vernetti serving as executive producers, along with Michael J. Miller, executive producer.  Levy is Spike TV’s senior vice president of original series and Tim Duffy is vice president of original programming for Spike TV. 

Spike TV is available in 98 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

Spike TV Announces The Third Annual “Guys Choice”

April 21st, 2009 by SPIKE Press

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ICONIC FILMMAKER JUDD APATOW TO BE HONORED WITH “MANKIND AWARD” FOR HIS GROUNDBREAKING CONTRIBUTIONS IN ENTERTAINMENT FOR GUYS AT SPIKE TV’S “GUYS CHOICE”

 Third Annual Award Show Featuring Everything Guys Love Premieres On Spike TV Sunday, June 21st at 10 PM, ET/PT, Tapes Saturday, May 30 at
Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles

Nominees Include Christian Bale, Drew Brees, Megan Fox, Green Day,
LeBron James, Milla Jovovich, Mila Kunis, Brock Lesnar, Lil Wayne, Danny McBride, Metallica, Bar Refaeli, Ben Roethlisberger, Mickey Rourke, Jason Segel, Dwyane Wade, And Many More

Voting Starts Today Only At www.guyschoice.spike.com

New York, NY, April 20, 2009 — Spike TV today announced the third annual “Guys Choice” – a one night only event for guys where the year’s most hotly debated rivalries from the world of sports, comedy, film, internet and more square off head to head.  This two-hour event pays homage to all the things that men love most – superstar athletes, viral videos, sexy women, hilarious comedic performances and hard rocking and bass pumping musical acts.  Scheduled to tape Saturday, May 30 at the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA, “Guys Choice” premieres Sunday, June 21 (10:00 PM-Midnight, ET/PT).

One of this year’s most prestigious honors, the “Mankind Award”, will be given to a comedic pioneer whose contributions have led to the betterment of mankind:  the most influential voice in comedy today, writer, producer and director extraordinaire, Judd Apatow.  After serving as a producer for the Emmy Award winning television series “Freaks and Geeks,” Apatow has taken the film industry by storm, writing and directing some seminal comedies, including “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” and “Knocked Up,” and producing “Superbad,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Pineapple Express” and “Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy.”  Spanning a billion dollars in worldwide box office gross, and quoted in conversations from offices to college dorm rooms on a daily basis, Apatow’s movies and signature comedic voice have led to the betterment of entertainment for a generation, and will continue to do so with the July 31st release of “Funny People,” the story of a famous comedian who has a near-death experience that stars Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann, along with Eric Bana, Jonah Hill and Jason Schwartzman.

Voting for this year’s winners is being held online at www.guyschoice.spike.com beginning today through Friday, May 22nd.  Also online, fans can log-on to view exclusive red carpet and backstage coverage of “Guys Choice.”  This two-hour event features original categories that encompass everything that matters in “guydom,” including “Most Dangerous Man,” “Brass Balls,” “Guy of the Year,” “Biggest Ass Kicker,” “Hottest Girl on the Planet,” “Man of Honor” and a host of new categories such as “Best Bush” and “Deadliest Warrior.”   Keeping with tradition, each category is narrowed down to two nominees and is settled like men: mano a mano.  The night will also feature discretionary honors to be announced shortly.

All-star nominees include Christian Bale, Drew Brees, Megan Fox, Green Day, LeBron James, Milla Jovovich, Mila Kunis, Brock Lesnar, Lil Wayne, Danny McBride, Metallica, Bar Refaeli, Ben Roethlisberger, Mickey Rourke, Jason Segel, Dwyane Wade, And Many More (complete list of categories and nominees is below). 

The official sponsors of Spike TV’s “Guys Choice” are – AT&T, Corona, Degree V12, Pizza Hut, and The U.S. Army.
 
Following are the categories and nominees for Spike TV’s “GUYS CHOICE”
 
BIGGEST ASS KICKER
Daniel Craig vs. Jason Statham
MOST DANGEROUS MAN
Manny Pacquiao vs. Brock Lesnar
 
HOTTEST GIRL ON THE PLANET
Bar Refaeli vs. Megan Fox

MOST UNSTOPPABLE JOCK
Ben Roethlisberger vs. LeBron James

SICKEST RHYMES
Lil Wayne vs. T.I.

BALLSIEST BAND
Metallica vs. Green Day
 
GUY OF THE YEAR
Barack Obama vs. Mickey Rourke

HOT N’ FRESH
Malin Akerman vs. Olivia Wilde
 
TOP FANTASY LEAGUER
Dwyane Wade vs. Drew Brees
 
HOTTEST ‘MILA”
Mila Kunis vs. Milla Jovovich
 
OUTSTANDING LITERARY ACHIEVEMENT
Russell Brand’s “My Booky Wook: A Memoir Of Sex, Drugs, And Stand-Up” vs.
Dr. Denis Leary’s “Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide To Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy And Stupid”
 
FEMME FATALE
Angelina Jolie (Wanted) vs. Charlize Theron (Hancock)
 
DEADLIEST WARRIOR
Christian Bale As The Batman vs. Christian Bale As John Connor
 
HOTTEST TWINS
Ikki Twins vs. Bella Twins
 
BEST BUSH
Will Ferrell vs. Josh Brolin
 
SIREN
Beyoncé vs. Katy Perry
 
SEXIEST ATHLETE
Biba Golic vs. Allison Stokke
           
BEST UNSUPPORTED ROLE
Kate Winslet (The Reader) vs. Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler)
 
COMEDY SAVANT
Jason Segel vs. Danny McBride

Casey Patterson, Carol Donovan, and Beth McCarthy-Miller will serve as executive producers.
 
Spike TV is available in 98 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: 
 
Salil Gulati                   Spike TV          212/767-8705             salil.gulati@mtvstaff.com
Aileen Budow               Spike TV         212/767-3952             aileen.budow@spiketv.com

 

Spike Goes Pirate Hunting With US Navy

April 13th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

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SPIKE GOES PIRATE HUNTING WITH THE US NAVY IN
“PIRATE HUNTERS: USN”


US Navy To Allow Embedded Access To Spike And 44 Blue Productions
In Fight To End Threat Of Real-Life Pirates Terrorizing Coast Of Africa

New York, NY, April 13, 2009 – The recent dramatic increase in piracy off the coast of Africa has made news headlines around the world and now Spike TV has partnered with the Emmy Award-winning reality production house 44 Blue Productions (“The True Story of Black Hawk Down,” “Lockup”) and Adam Friedman (“Vertical Ascent”) for production on the pilot “Pirate Hunters: USN” (working title), an up-close and behind-the-scenes look at the US Navy operation to end this deadly threat of piracy in the Gulf of Aden.

“We are thrilled to be front and center with the Navy on such an important mission,” says Sharon Levy, senior vice president, original series for Spike. “The access we have will really give our viewers the kind of heart-stopping action they have come to expect from Spike programming.”

These often-violent hijackings off the coast of eastern Africa not only pose a grave threat to the lives of sailors taking cargo through the region, but are also starting to add an exorbitant amount to the cost of worldwide trade. Now, television viewers will be able to see this dramatic, tension-filled and high-stakes military mission first-hand.

“Piracy off the coast of Africa is a real and deadly threat,” said Rasha Drachkovitch, president and founder of 44 Blue Productions. “With ‘Pirate Hunters: USN,’ our goal is to capture that drama for the TV audience in order to highlight the heroic work undertaken by the US Navy every day in this fight against terrorism.”

The US Navy is allowing Spike and 44 Blue Productions in-depth access as they embark on their mission from the military base in the seaside nation of Djibouti (bordering Somalia and Ethiopia) and on the open water. Cameras will capture every element of life aboard two US warships, the USS San Antonio and USS Boxer, as they patrol 1.1 million square miles of ocean for the pirates who call this region home.

Drachkovitch and award-winning producer Adam Friedman will serve as executive producers. Sharon Levy and Tim Duffy are the executives in charge of production for the pilot for Spike TV.

About 44 Blue Productions
44 Blue Productions, Inc. is a top supplier of reality, documentary, lifestyle, and action-adventure programming, having produced more than 1000 hours of programming for leading broadcast and cable outlets including: A&E, Animal Planet, CBS, Discovery Channel , ESPN, HBO, History Channel, Lifetime, MSNBC, Nickelodeon, PBS, Spike TV, Style Channel, TLC, and truTV. Some of the company’s current projects include MSNBC’s “Lockup” the #1-rated prison series on television, “Stringers: LA” for truTV, “LA Gang Unit” for A&E, Style Network’s “Peter Perfect” and Emmy-nominated “Split Ends” as well as the Peabody and Emmy Award winning series “A Place of Our Own” and “Los Niños en Su Casa” for PBS. In 2008, 44 Blue launched the syndicated series “Family Court with Judge Penny” seen in over 85% of the country. Rasha Drachkovitch and Stephanie Drachkovitch are executive producers. For more information, visit www.44blue.com

About Adam Friedman
Adam Friedman is an award-winning film and television producer with more than 25 years of experience in telling the stories of everyday men and women in extraordinary circumstances. His diverse credits include an Emmy Award-winning documentary on the heroes of the NYPD, many Emmy Award-nominated episodes of A&E’s series “Biography,” and music videos for The Rolling Stones.

About Spike TV
Spike TV is available in 98 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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Contact:

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

Spike TV’s “Deadliest Warrior” Slays The Competition

April 9th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

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SPIKE TV’S “DEADLIEST WARRIOR”  SLAYS THE COMPETITION

Highest Rated New Series Premiere On Cable in 2009 Among Young Men

Most Watched Program Amongst Men 18-34 In Its Timeslot,
Beating Season Premiere Of FX’s “Rescue Me”


New York, NY, April 9, 2009 – Spike TV’s new, original series “Deadliest Warrior” garnered the highest ratings among Men 18-34 and 18-49 for a one-hour cable premiere this year.  Debuting on Tuesday, April 7 at 10:00pm ET/PT, “Deadliest Warrior” was also tops in its timeslot on cable for Men 18-34, besting the season premiere of “Rescue Me” on FX. 

Overall, the Spike series drew 1.7 million viewers, a 1.4 (794,000) in M18-49, 1.8 (514,000) in M18-34, and a 2.1 (258,000) in M18-24.

“Deadliest Warrior” was also Spike’s highest rated unscripted series premiere ever among M18-34 and highest rated non-sports premiere in almost three years.

 “Deadliest Warrior” pits history’s greatest warriors against one another to determine, once and for all, who reigns supreme. In the first episode, “Gladiator vs. Apache,” the crowd-pleasing killer of ancient Rome went up against the fierce, unyielding scalp-picking Native American warrior.  Modern day gladiator, UFC fighter Chuck Liddell, made a special appearance in this episode to test the gladiator’s lethal weapons using his legendary striking abilities.

“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 98 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

Worldwide Biggies Brings Popular Web Series “MoCap, LLC” to Spike TV

April 8th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

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WORLDWIDE BIGGIES BRINGS POPULAR WEB SERIES
“MOCAP, LLC” TO TELEVISION ON SPIKE TV

Mockumentary Meets Motion Capture on April 23rd

New York, NY, April 7, 2009 – Digital entertainment studio Worldwide Biggies Inc. and Spike TV bring the popular Web series “MoCap, LLC” to television on Thursday, April 23rd (12:00-12:30am ET/PT).  Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as one of their “favorite Web series,” “MoCap, LLC” presents a dark, hysterical, behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of a low-rent motion capture studio willing to do just about anything to find work in the video game industry. Worldwide Biggies has produced six half-hour episodes for Spike TV which will premiere exclusively on the network.

“Spike TV is the perfect partner for us to translate the attitude of the ‘MoCap, LLC’ web series into a hit TV series,” said Albie Hecht, CEO/Founder of Worldwide Biggies and Creator/Executive Producer of MoCap LLC. “The Web series has proven to have a large cult following and we are confident Spike’s audience will fall in love with this subversive, smart, yet ridiculous, comedy.”

“As pre-eminent destination for videogames on television with the success of our weekly series, GameTrailers TV, and the annual Video Game Awards, we see ‘MoCap, LLC’ as yet another way of super-serving the gaming audience in a distinct new way,” notes Kevin Kay, president, Spike TV.

Like the popular Webisodes, the “MoCap, LLC” television series follows a documentary crew as they visit the dedicated “artists” that make-up the staff of MoCap, LLC.  The series focuses on Frank, Jeff and Claire, who provide a rare glimpse into their sometimes fascinating, occasionally exciting, and almost never sexy, world of motion capture. 

The TV series stars a cast of established late night television writers and comedy performers including:

Chris DeLuca “Frank Claxton” the creator, writer and Co-Executive Producer of “Mocap, LLC” has written for the Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn, Best Week Ever, Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson and most recently served as the head writer for the 2008 Spike Video Game Awards hosted by Jack Black. DeLuca’s recurring guest segment on Fuse’s “The Sauce” was based on his blog “WhatSucksBlog.com”. As a stand up comic he has appeared at various clubs in NYC and can currently be seen in Atom.com’s webseries “El Vacio”.

Jonathan Gabrus “Jeff Reynolds” is a member of the UCB Theatre house team The Law Firm. Gabrus has written for IFC, Spike, Heavy.com, and Collegehumor and has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’ Brien, Best Week Ever, Collegehumor and as a host of Lunchbox on IFC.com. Gabrus can be seen in the upcoming Spike TV series “Mocap, LLC.”

Kara Klenk “Claire Owens” is a stand up comic, improviser, and actor based in New York City. Klenk performs stand up comedy at venues all over Manhattan including Comix, Gotham Comedy Club and Comic Strip Live. She has studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in NYC and performs improv regularly throughout the city. She has appeared in the Nickelodeon series The Naked Brothers Band and can currently be seen in the web series, El Vacio on Atom.com.

Lauren Turek “Kendall Clement” is an actress, singer and host based in New York City who currently can be seen in several commercials and has hosted for several websites such dbbsports.com, clubplanet.com, and various music sites.

Furthering the multi-platform appeal of “MoCap, LLC,” Worldwide Biggies has also developed the companion online game ‘MoCap Man: Men with Balls’ that is currently available to play at www.mocapllc.com.  MoCap Man: Men with Balls puts players in command of Jeff’s motion capture performance by choosing their method for inflicting pain (weapon, implement, tool) and beating up MoCap Man in a fast and furious attempt to score points and move up levels.  If players ease up on the pain, scores will decrease, so keep the attacks coming! As the levels increase, users will be presented with all-new ways to inflict pain and suffering. By using the right attack combination, players will be presented with a “Special Attack” button. Click on the button and sit back and watch the horror unfold.  Come on.   Beat up a fat guy in a tight blue suit; everyone’s doing it!

About Worldwide Biggies Inc.
Worldwide Biggies Inc. is helmed by longtime children’s entertainment veteran Albie Hecht. Worldwide Biggies, is a new digital entertainment studio creating interactive IP for kids, families and young adults that are designed for additional distribution in the film, TV and licensing arenas. Worldwide Biggies launched its first multi-platform hit on Nickelodeon and Nick.com with The Naked Brothers Band and has produced the Video Game Awards on Spike TV, which Hecht created during his tenure as the network’s president.

Most recently, Worldwide Biggies successfully launched their first casual game The Princess Bride Game (www.princessbridegame.com), the first-ever downloadable computer game based on the classic film.  Biggies also recently launched its second web comedy series on Atom.com called El Vacio (www.elvacio.atom.com).  Worldwide Biggies has also debuted Worldwide Fido, (www.worldwidefido.com) a website dedicated to user-submitted videos of dogs.  Worldwide Biggies’ affiliated non-profit, Shine Global, was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary Feature category last year for War/Dance, a documentary set against the backdrop of Uganda’s 20 year civil war.

About Spike TV
Spike TV is available in 97.3 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:  
Dan Klores Communications

Callie Burrows, 212-981-5209
Callie_burrows@dkcnews.com

Eva Ross, 212-981-5218                                     
Eva_ross@dkcnews.com

Spike TV

David Schwarz, 212-767-8639
david.schwarz@mtvstaff.com