Blue Mountain State Bios

November 23rd, 2009 by SPIKE Press

Background information on the stars of Blue Mountain State.

 

DARIN BROOKS
“Alex Moran”

Emmy Award winning Darin Brooks is an accomplished young actor starring in Spike TV’s comedy series, “Blue Mountain State.”   Brooks was the recipient of a 2009 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor for his role as Max Brady on NBC-TV’s “Days Of Our Lives.”   He was also recognized in 2008 with an Emmy nomination in the same category for his work on the NBC soap opera, on which he starred for three years.

Raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu, Brooks found success very quickly after moving to Los Angeles.  Through casting director Cathy Henderson, he was introduced and signed to a theatrical agent.  Following a general meeting with “Days of our Lives” casting director Fran Bascom, Brooks landed the role following a meeting with the show’s producers.

Growing up in Hawaii, Brooks was an avid surfer who also excelled at athletics including baseball, soccer, football and skateboarding.  Almost a toddler when his dad began teaching him to surf, his mom says that he learned to surf before he learned to walk.  Brooks often still uses his skateboard as his mode of transportation to the “Days Of Our Lives” Burbank studios.  During his high school years, he played guitar, bass and drums with a band and played local gigs.  Drawn to performing, he began to pursue drama in high school, portraying the role of Rapunzel’s Prince in the musical “Into the Woods.”  This led him to become more serious about acting and he enrolled in Cathy Henderson’s workshop in Oahu.  Modeling and work in Japanese commercials soon followed and he scored his first acting work in film in the movie “Blue Crush,” starring Kate Bosworth.

Brooks continues to work on his acting chops, studying at the Ivana Chubbuck Studios.  Currently, he is very involved with the charitable project, Tag the World, serving on the organization’s Honorary Board of Advisors.  He hosted a recent benefit event for this non-profit, which raises money to aid children, cancer research, animals, Africa support and the eco causes of Go Green through the sale of their unique Tag necklaces.


ALAN RITCHSON
“Thad Castle”

Actor Alan Ritchson is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s hottest young stars.  He is currently starring in a breakout role as overzealous team captain Thad Castle in Spike TV’s hit football comedy “Blue Mountain State” which premieres its second season on October 20th.  The show centers on Thad and his fellow teammates as they try to adapt to the rigors of college life in their quest to bring another national championship to Blue Mountain State.

The talented Ritchson initially came to Los Angeles to pursue a music career and introduce his debut album, “This is Next Time.”   However, within a matter of weeks,  he found himself embarking on a completely different career path; he landed a lead role in the feature film “The Butcher.”  He soon captured the attention of legendary film director Robert Zemeckis who chose him to provide the facial and physical image for the title character of “Beowulf,” the groundbreaking motion capture film.


Alan’s career roll continued as he next landed the highly sought after role of Aquaman in the WB hit television series “Smallville.”


Alan followed the success on “Smallville” with some grittier leading roles in the independent film market.  He played the love interest of Ally Sheedy in “Steam,” a good guy turned meth dealer in the twisting drama “Rex” and Lucian Manet in the drama “Midnight Bayou.”  He was able to show his comedic skills when he played an over-the-top jock character named Brad, in “Spring Break ’83” and had another prominent role in Sony’s Studios feature, “Fired Up.”


ROMANSKI
“Sammy Cacciatore”
Co-Creator, Executive Producer And Writer

Romanski was raised in Nashua, NH.  After graduating from Nashua High School, he attended Emerson College in Boston, MA, where he met his writing partner, Eric Falconer.  They quickly started writing together and performing at Comedy Clubs in Boston.

 Then, in the Summer of 2000, Romanski moved to Los Angeles to pursue writing comedy, leaving Falconer back in Boston.   Romanski landed an internship with Comedy Central, which led to his first job as a PA on “That’s My Bush!”  From there he went on to PA on “South Park,” which, two years later, offered him a writer position.

 He persuaded Falconer to come to Los Angeles that year so they could write together.  After eating tuna fish, drinking whiskey from plastic bottles, and performing at Comedy Clubs for free for two years, they got a job writing an episode of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”  From there, Romanski was hired to write on the “Sarah Silverman Program” and wrote himself a part on the show.

 After that, he and Falconer went on to write and perform on a sketch show for “Acceptable TV” and got a small role on “How I Met Your Mother.”

 

ED MARINARO
“Coach Marty Daniels”

Ed Marinaro was born in New York City and raised in New Milford, New Jersey.  It was there that his athletic career began.  As a heavily recruited high school football and basketball player, Marinaro chose Cornell University, foregoing more than 50 scholarship offers and the rest, as they say, is history.

During his three year varsity career, Marinaro set almost every Ivy and N.C.A.A. record for running the football. A three-time All-American, Marinaro became the first player in college football history to gain over 4,000 yards in a career (4715) and set 16 other N.C.A.A. records for rushing, scoring and all-purpose running.  His career average of 176.4 yards per game is still an N.C.A.A. record.  Marinaro received the prestigious Maxwell Trophy, was the A.P. and U.P.I. player of the year and finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting.  In 1991 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and a year later voted the Ivy League Player of the Era.  

Drafted in 1972 by the Minnesota Vikings, Marinaro became the first rookie to start for Hall of Fame coach Bud Grant.  During his career with the Vikings, Marinaro helped lead the team to consecutive Super Bowls in 1973 and ’74.  In 1975 his 54 catches ranked third in the N.F.C. and his 11 catches against the San Diego Chargers was a Viking record.

 In 1976 Marinaro fulfilled a childhood dream and returned to his birthplace to play with the New York Jets.  At mid-season he was leading the team in rushing, scoring and receiving and coming off two consecutive 100 yard rushing games when he sustained a career-ending foot injury and was forced into retirement.

 Moving to Los Angeles in 1978, it didn’t take long for Marinaro to distinguish himself in his new career as an actor.  His rugged good looks and charisma led to a role on the hit show “Laverne and Shirley,” but it was his portrayal of Officer Joe Coffey on the Emmy Award®-winning NBC Series “Hill Street Blues” that made Marinaro one of Hollywood’s most versatile leading men.

 After “Hill Street Blues” 7-year-run, Marinaro went on to become one of the stars of NBC’s critically-acclaimed drama, “Sisters” which lasted for 6 years.  He’s also guest-starred on the ABC comedy “8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter” and the USA Networks surprise hit “Monk.”

 In addition to starring in over 25 feature films and television movies, Marinaro has been a sought after spokesman for such products as Miller beer, Fruit of the Loom and Healthy Choice foods, to name a few.

 Despite his busy schedule, Marinaro takes time to lend his support to many charities, which include the Special Olympics, The Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, Big Brothers of America and hosts The Raymond James Palm Island Backcountry Fishing Tournament to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. An avid fisherman, Marinaro’s other hobbies include golf and skiing.


 
 
DENISE RICHARDS
“Debra”

Denise Richards earned her place in history and achieved word wide fame as bond girl Dr. Christmas Jones in MGM’s hugely successful film “The World Is Not Enough” opposite Pierce Brosnan. Richards came to attention in the thriller “Wild Things,” co-starring Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon and Neve Campbell. Richards made her big screen debut in Paul Verhoeven’s box-office hit “Starship Troopers,” showcased alongside a cast of fresh young talents.

 Richards will be seen later this year in a recurring guest role in Spike TV’s series “Blue Mountain State,” which depicts the on and off-field antics of the fictional college football powerhouse.  Richards plays “Debra” the contentious ex-wife of BMS football coach Marty Daniels, portrayed by Ed Marinaro.  

 Denise was most recently seen as “Laura” in “Finding Bliss,” a cutting edge romantic comedy that explores the adult film industry through the eyes of an idealistic 25 year-old award-winning film school grad. She was also recently seen in Season 8 of “Dancing with the Stars” where she partnered Maksim Chmerkovsky.

Richards starred in her own E! reality show, “Denise Richards: It’s Complicated.” The series followed the stunning high profile star as she navigated through Hollywood, romance, and motherhood. She was also seen in the independent film “Jolene” starring Michael Vartan and Donald Sutherland, and made a cameo appearance in “Edmond,” directed by Stuart Gordon and starring William H. Macy and Julia Stiles.

Richards’s additional film credits include “Blonde & Blonder,” “Scary Movie 3,” “Yo Puta,” “Empire,” “Undercover Brother,” “The Third Wheel,” “Good Advice,” “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” “Tail Lights Fade” and she made a cameo appearance in the hit romantic comedy “Love Actually.”

 On television Richards starred in Lifetime’s romantic comedy movie of the week, “I Do (But I don’t)” alongside Dean Cain which garnered the highest ratings for the network that year. In addition, she starred in the UPN series “Sex, Love and Secrets” and made a memorable appearance on “Seinfeld.” She first garnered critical notice as a series regular in “Against the Grain” opposite Ben Affleck and in the television film “In the Blink of an Eye,” playing Mimi Rogers daughter.

PAGE KENNEDY
“Radon Randell”

Most commonly known for his portrayal as the charismatic drug dealer “U-Turn” on the Emmy-nominated comedy series “Weeds,” actor and music artist Page Kennedy returns to the small screen in the new Spike TV comedy “Blue Mountain State.”

Hailing from Detroit, MI Page lived in Los Angeles with his mother until he was six years-old, and then returned to live with his father in his Michigan hometown. Following the death of his father when he was just 16 years-old, Page found himself on his own, but driven to fulfill his father’s dream, that his only son would receive a college education. As a student at Western Michigan University (WMU), Page was introduced to the worlds of Shakespeare and theater. With the guidance of a mentor, Page grew to embrace Shakespeare with open arms and mastered the fine art of Shakespearean prose with ease and grace. Page’s dedication and hard work paid off when following an outstanding performance at WMU, Page caused a bidding war among 17 leading graduate theater programs. He chose the University of Delaware where he would be provided the opportunity to spend more time concentrating on Shakespeare.

After seven months of intense training in Delaware, Page returned to Los Angeles with a headshot and a dream. Although doors did not immediately open, Page was persistent. In 2001, he snuck onto the Sony Studios lot dressed as a messenger in order to deliver his headshot and resume – he ended up landing the role of “Roger” on CBS’s “The Kennedys.” After getting the attention of casting directors all across town, Page began to co-star on other numerous hit TV series.  Some of his most notable appearances include “CSI,” “Justified,” “Raising The Bar,” “Six Feet Under,” “Boston Legal,” “NYPD Blue,” “Medical Investigation,” “Bones,” “Cold Case,” “Philly,” “Blind Justics,” “Pepper Dennis,” and was even a regular on “Desperate Housewives.” He has had recurring roles on “The Shield,” “My Name Is Earl,” and “Barbershop.”

In 2003, Page made his feature film debut opposite Coline Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Renner as the villainous “Travis Shipley” in S.W.A.T. Later that year, he also delivered a memorable performance in “Leprechaun: Back In Da Hood,” and in 2005, he starred as “Twizzie” opposite Usher in the Lionsgate release, “In The Mix,” and as “CW” in “Shackles.”. Page is most well accredited for his role in the urban street drama, 4 LIFE in 2007 in addition to his 2009 role starring as Craig in the comedy “See Dick Run” alongside Kel Mitchell and Todd Bridges. In 2009, Page made a hilarious appearance in the Wayne’s Brothers dance spoof “Dance Flick.”


FRANKIE SHAW
“Mary Jo Cacciatore”

Frankie Shaw is coming out in the independent feature, “The Freebie” opposite Dax Shepard. The film was written and directed by Katie Aselton and produced by the Duplass Brothers (CYRUS).    She was also seen in the feature, “Explicit Ills,” directed by Marc Webber, for which she received a Best Actress nomination at the Down Beach Film Festival, and she voiced the role of ‘Victoria Primm’ on the animated PBS show “Nate The Great.” Frankie has also appeared on such TV shows as “Law & Order”  and “One Life To Live.”

Kimbo Slice’s First Official Fight in the UFC To Take Place on Spike TV December 5

November 23rd, 2009 by SPIKE Press

KIMBO SLICE’S FIRST OFFICIAL FIGHT IN THE UFC TO TAKE PLACE ON SPIKE TV DECEMBER 5

New York, NY, November 23, 2009 – Kimbo Slice, the wildly popular mixed martial arts heavyweight and member of the cast of “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights,” will fight for the first time in the UFC live on Spike TV Saturday, December 5 at 9:00pm.  Slice will appear in a bout on “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” finale fight card emanating from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV.


Slice’s opponent will be announced at a later date, pending on what transpires on the special two-hour “The Ultimate Fighter” episode on Wednesday, December 2 (9:00-11:00pm ET/PT).  Despite suffering a loss in episode 3 to Roy Nelson, Slice has the opportunity to return to fight on the show if a cast mate is injured and compete for the coveted title of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

Season 10 of “The Ultimate Fighter” on Spike TV is the highest-rated in the franchise history, averaging 3.6 million viewers and a 4.7 rating with Men 18-34 and a 3.8 rating with Men 18-49.  It is currently one of the highest-rated shows with Men 18-34 on all of television.

Spike TV is available in 98.6 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

 

Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards 2009″ Plans Global Domination

November 18th, 2009 by

SPIKE TV’S “VIDEO GAME AWARDS 2009” PLANS GLOBAL DOMINATION
7TH ANNUAL EVENT WILL BE BROADCAST
IN MORE THAN 180 COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES WORLDWIDE

Two-Hour Event Premieres LIVE On Saturday, December 12 At 8:00 PM ET

Halo: Reach To Exclusively Premiere At VGAs, Plus Spectacular First Looks At
Never-Before-Seen Titles Set To Rock Gaming Consoles In 2010 And Beyond

Nominees And Categories Honoring The Best In Video Games Announced With Sony’s Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Topping List With Eight Nominations

Voting Begins Today At VGA.Spike.Com

New York, NY, November 18, 2009 – Spike TV today announced the nominees and categories for the biggest world-wide event ever to celebrate the video game industry, the 2009 “Video Game Awards.”  The seventh annual “VGAs” will be a global event, broadcasting in over 180 territories and countries and gathering megastars from the worlds of video games, Hollywood, music, sports and more to honor the outstanding achievements within the video game industry during the past year.  The two-hour event, taking place in Los Angeles, CA, will premiere LIVE on Spike TV Saturday, December 12 at 8:00pm, ET/PT (tape delay west coast).  Beginning today, fans can vote for their favorite nominees at VGA.Spike.Com. 

The 2009 “Video Game Awards” will reveal blockbuster global premieres of never-before-seen titles and break international news with announcements of new games from the industry’s leading publishers.  Game companies contributing exclusive new content to the VGAs include 2K, Activision, Disney Interactive Studios, Electronic Arts, LucasArts Entertainment, Microsoft Game Studios, THQ, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, with more to be announced in the coming weeks..
 
This year VGA viewers will get a sneak peek at Halo: Reach with the debut of an exclusive, world premiere video from the opening of the game. Halo: Reach is an all-new prequel to the massively popular Halo trilogy from developer Bungie and Microsoft Game Studios which launches in the fall of 2010 exclusively on the Xbox 360.

“The global appetite and response from the fans internationally has been astounding,” said Casey Patterson, executive producer and senior vice president, Event Productions Spike TV.  “Video games, like movies and music, are a universal language and Spike is thrilled that we will now be showing gamers all over the world a glimpse into their future with more than 12 mind-blowing world premieres.” 

For additional information about other “VGA” world exclusives and announcements, fans can log onto VGA.Spike.com as well as get updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Spike_TV.

Leading the way with eight nominations this year, including nods for Game of the Year and Studio of the Year, is Naughty Dog’s cinematic adventure Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.  Batman: Arkham Asylum, Rocksteady Studios’ dark and gritty Batman game, racked up seven nods, including Game of the Year as well as Best Voice for Mark Hamill’s portrayal of The Joker.  Infinity Ward’s military shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Valve’s zombie thriller Left 4 Dead 2 each landed six nominations. 

Nominees for Spike TV’s 2009 “Video Game Awards” were determined by the VGA Advisory Council, made up of a group of the most well-respected experts in the industry of leading game media outlets such as GameTrailers.com, Game Informer, USA Today, Wired, Penny Arcade, GameSpot and IGN.   Games released between December 2, 2008 and November 23, 2009 were eligible for nomination. 

Following are several of the nominees and categories for Spike TV’s 2009 “Video Game Awards.”  For a full list, please go to VGA.Spike.Com.

GAME OF THE YEAR

·    Assassin’s Creed 2 (Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal)
·    Batman:  Arkham Asylum (Eidos Interactive –  Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / Rocksteady Studios)
·    Call of Duty:  Modern Warfare 2 (Activision Publishing / Infinity Ward)
·    Left 4 Dead 2 (Valve)
·    UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves (Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog)

STUDIO OF THE YEAR

·    Infinity Ward
·    Naughty Dog
·    Rocksteady Studios
·    Valve

BEST MUSIC GAME

·    DJ Hero (Activision Publishing / FreeStyleGames)
·    Guitar Hero 5 (Activision Publishing / Neversoft Entertainment)
·    LEGO Rock Band (MTV Games – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / Traveler’s Tales Games – Harmonix)
·    The Beatles:  Rock Band (MTV Games / Harmonix)

The official sponsors of Spike TV’s 2009 “Video Game Awards” are Burger King, Mountain Dew, Verizon Wireless, GameStop, Energizer and U.S. Army.

Albie Hecht, Oscar®-nominated producer and Casey Patterson, senior vice president, event production & talent development for Spike TV will serve as executive producers of Spike TV’s 2009 “Video Game Awards.”  Beth McCarthy will direct.  Greg Sills is supervising producer.

Spike TV is available in 98.6 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.

Press Contacts:
Salil Gulati                             Aileen Budow       
212.767.8705                        212.767.3952
salil.gulati@spiketv.com           aileen.budow@spiketv.com

SPIKE TV’S “VIDEO GAME AWARDS 2009″ PLANS GLOBAL DOMINATION

November 18th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

 

  SPIKE TV’S “VIDEO GAME AWARDS 2009″ PLANS GLOBAL DOMINATION

7TH ANNUAL EVENT WILL BE BROADCAST

IN MORE THAN 180 COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES WORLDWIDE

Two-Hour Event Premieres LIVE On Saturday, December 12 At 8:00 PM ET

Halo: Reach To Exclusively Premiere At VGAs, Plus Spectacular First Looks At

Never-Before-Seen Titles Set To Rock Gaming Consoles In 2010 And Beyond

Nominees And Categories Honoring The Best In Video Games Announced With Sony’s Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Topping List With Eight Nominations

Voting Begins Today At VGA.Spike.Com

New York, NY, November 18, 2009 – Spike TV today announced the nominees and categories for the biggest world-wide event ever to celebrate the video game industry, the 2009 “Video Game Awards.”  The seventh annual “VGAs” will be a global event, broadcasting in over 180 territories and countries and gathering megastars from the worlds of video games, Hollywood, music, sports and more to honor the outstanding achievements within the video game industry during the past year.  The two-hour event, taking place in Los Angeles, CA, will premiere LIVE on Spike TV Saturday, December 12 at 8:00pm, ET/PT (tape delay west coast).  Beginning today, fans can vote for their favorite nominees at VGA.Spike.Com

The 2009 “Video Game Awards” will reveal blockbuster global premieres of never-before-seen titles and break international news with announcements of new games from the industry’s leading publishers.  Game companies contributing exclusive new content to the VGAs include 2K, Activision, Disney Interactive Studios, Electronic Arts, LucasArts Entertainment, Microsoft Game Studios, THQ, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, with more to be announced in the coming weeks..

This year VGA viewers will get a sneak peek at Halo: Reach with the debut of an exclusive, world premiere video from the opening of the game. Halo: Reach is an all-new prequel to the massively popular Halo trilogy from developer Bungie and Microsoft Game Studios which launches in the fall of 2010 exclusively on the Xbox 360. 

“The global appetite and response from the fans internationally has been astounding,” said Casey Patterson, executive producer and senior vice president, Event Productions Spike TV.  ”Video games, like movies and music, are a universal language and Spike is thrilled that we will now be showing gamers all over the world a glimpse into their future with more than 12 mind-blowing world premieres.” 

For additional information about other “VGA” world exclusives and announcements, fans can log onto VGA.Spike.com as well as get updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Spike_TV.

Leading the way with eight nominations this year, including nods for Game of the Year and Studio of the Year, is Naughty Dog’s cinematic adventure Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.  Batman: Arkham Asylum, Rocksteady Studios’ dark and gritty Batman game, racked up seven nods, including Game of the Year as well as Best Voice for Mark Hamill’s portrayal of The Joker.  Infinity Ward’s military shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Valve’s zombie thriller Left 4 Dead 2 each landed six nominations. 

Nominees for Spike TV’s 2009 “Video Game Awards” were determined by the VGA Advisory Council, made up of a group of the most well-respected experts in the industry of leading game media outlets such as GameTrailers.com, Game Informer, USA Today, Wired, Penny Arcade, GameSpot and IGN.   Games released between December 2, 2008 and November 23, 2009 were eligible for nomination

Following are several of the nominees and categories for Spike TV’s 2009 “Video Game Awards.”  For a full list, please go to VGA.Spike.Com.

GAME OF THE YEAR

  • Assassin’s Creed 2 (Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos Interactive – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / Rocksteady Studios)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision Publishing / Infinity Ward)
  • Left 4 Dead 2 (Valve)
  • UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves (Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog)

STUDIO OF THE YEAR

  • Infinity Ward
  • Naughty Dog
  • Rocksteady Studios
  • Valve

BEST MUSIC GAME

  • DJ Hero (Activision Publishing / FreeStyleGames)
  • Guitar Hero 5 (Activision Publishing / Neversoft Entertainment)
  • LEGO Rock Band (MTV Games – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / Traveler’s Tales Games – Harmonix)
  • The Beatles: Rock Band (MTV Games / Harmonix)

The official sponsors of Spike TV’s 2009 “Video Game Awards” are Burger King, Mountain Dew, Verizon Wireless, GameStop, Energizer and U.S. Army.

Albie Hecht, Oscar®-nominated producer and Casey Patterson, senior vice president, event production & talent development for Spike TV will serve as executive producers of Spike TV’s 2009 “Video Game Awards.”  Beth McCarthy will direct.  Greg Sills is supervising producer.

Spike TV is available in 98.6 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:

Salil Gulati                                                                                 Aileen Budow              

212/767-8705                                                                            212.767.3952

salil.gulati@spiketv.com                                                             aileen.budow@spiketv.com

 

Virginia Is For Fighters

November 16th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

VIRGINIA IS FOR FIGHTERS

First UFC Event In Virginia Features Top Lightweight Contenders

“UFC Fight Night” On Spike TV To Take Place At The Patriot Center
In Fairfax, VA On January 11

New York, NY, November 16, 2009 – “UFC Fight Night” on Spike TV heads to the suburbs of Washington D.C. on Monday, January 11, 2010 at 9:00pm ET/PT  for the first ever UFC fight in Virginia with a card featuring some of the best up-and-coming lightweight fighters.  Emanating from the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA on the campus of George Mason University, undefeated UFC lightweight Gray Maynard (9-0, 1 NC) takes on hard-hitting Nate Diaz (11-4) in the main event with Efrain Escudero and Evan Dunham in a duel of undefeated fighters in the co-feature.
 
The main event features a rematch of lightweight contenders Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz who first met in the Octagon on season five of “The Ultimate Fighter.”  Diaz defeated Maynard on his way to being named “The Ultimate Fighter” that season.   
 
A former teammate of Rashad Evans on the Michigan State wrestling team, Maynard currently trains with UFC legend Randy Couture in Las Vegas.  Maynard is riding one of the most impressive winning streaks in the sport, defeating an impressive array of 155 lb fighters including Frankie Edgar, Jim Miller, and most recently Roger Huerta this past September.  

Diaz has won six of his last eight UFC fights including a win over Melvin Guillard this past September.  The pride of Stockton, CA and product of the renowned Cesar Gracie Fight Team, Diaz needs a win over Maynard to continue his path toward a shot at BJ Penn’s lightweight crown.    

Winner of season 8 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” the undefeated Escudero (13-0) is coming off of an impressive victory over Cole Miller at UFC 103 in September.  Fighting out of Tempe, AZ, Escudero will look to use his superior grappling skills against another rising star in the division, Dunham.  An Oregon native, Dunham (9-0) was victorious in his first two fights in the UFC, including most recently earning a split decision win over Marcus Aurelio at UFC 102 in August. 

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

 

“Unique Autosports: Miami” Premieres on Spike TV February 28

November 12th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

 

STAR-STUDDED CAR CUSTOMIZATION SERIES,
“UNIQUE AUTOSPORTS: MIAMI,” PREMIERES ON
SPIKE TV MARCH 21

New Weekly Show Features Guest Stars CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, Nick Swisher, LeBron James, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Tony Stewart, , Amare Stoudemire, Jermaine O’Neal And Maurice Jones-Drew

New York, NY, November 12, 2009 – Spike TV will premiere a star-studded new car-customizing series, “Unique Autosports: Miami,” Sunday, March 21 10:30-11:00am (ET/PT).  The new eight-episode half-hour series is produced by Will Castro (Facio Productions) and Jamal Munnerlyn (Roscoe Stanley Productions).

Each episode will feature a different celebrity from the world of entertainment and sports.  
Unique Autosports is the highly acclaimed Miami based car customizing and design shop which services celebrity clientele and car enthusiasts around the world.  Production on the series will take place on location in Miami.

Celebrities included in the new season are NBA superstar LeBron “King” James; music icon Sean “Diddy” Combs; members of the 2009 World Series champion New York Yankees CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Nick Swisher; NASCAR driver/owner Tony Stewart; NBA All-Stars Amare Stoudemire and Jermaine O’Neal; NFL All-Pro Maurice Jones Drew and hip-hop artist Fat Joe.

“The auto ingenuity of Unique Autosports coupled with the star power of his friends and clients on the show make this series the perfect compliment to Spike TV’s PowerBlock lineup,” said John Griffin, vice president, programming, Spike TV.    

Owned by Will Castro, Unique Autosports has been recognized as a leader in car customization for more than ten years.  Production on the series takes place at the Unique Autosports 20,000 square-foot garage/global headquarters in Miami which ships Unique Special Edition vehicles around the globe.  Unique also customizes yachts and unique high-end homes for exclusive clients and has a clothing line.

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          david.schwarz@mtvstaff.com

 

Spike TV To Telecast Selected Fights From UFC 106 Prelims Saturday, November 21

November 11th, 2009 by SPIKE Press


SPIKE TV TO TELECAST SELECTED FIGHTS FROM UFC 106 PRELIMS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21

Kendall Grove VS. Jake Rosholt And Ben Saunders VS. Marcus Davis
To Be Featured

New York, NY, November 11, 2009 – Spike TV will telecast live undercard bouts from UFC 106 on Saturday, November 21 at 9:00pm ET/PT from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV.  The fights on Spike TV will include “The Ultimate Fighter 3” victor Kendall Grove battling Jake Rosholt and “The Ultimate Fighter 5” contestant Ben Saunders facing “The Irish Hand Grenade,” Marcus Davis.  The one-hour telecast will run commercial-free.  UFC 106 will air on pay-per-view at 10:00pm ET.

A member of BJ Penn’s MMA team in Maui, Hawaii, Grove (12-6) will be fighting on the same card as his mentor and coach from season 3 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Tito Ortiz.  The 6’6” rising star has won two of his last three bouts, and on November 21 he will battle 4-time All-American and three-time NCAA Division I National wrestling champion Rosholt.  Fighting out of Las Vegas, the talented Rosholt holds a professional mixed martial arts record of 6-1, including an impressive victory by technical submission over UFC veteran Chris Leben at UFC 102.

Fighting out of Orlando, Fl, Saunders (7-1-2) won his first three bouts in the Octagon after a standout performance on season 6 of “The Ultimate Fighter” and his dynamic style has built him a growing fan base.  His opponent, Davis (21-6), is the fighting pride of Bangor, Maine, and a former pro boxer who is among the most exciting fighters in mixed martial arts.  Winner of 13 of his last 15 fights dating back to 2006, “The Irish Hand Grenade” will look to use his stand-up skills to defeat Saunders.

Other bouts on the card might air on Spike TV, to be determined by the length of the fights.
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
                              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 Unveils “Thad Castle For College Player Of The Year” Campaign To Promote New Comedy Series

November 11th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV UNVEILS “THAD CASTLE FOR COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE YEAR” CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE NEW COMEDY SERIES

Multi-Platform Campaign To Build Brand Awareness For
“Blue Mountain State” With College Sports Fans

Campaign Includes Times Square Billboard And Video Featuring Bobby Bowden,
Dan Fouts, Brian Bosworth, Mike Leach And Jerry Glanville

New York, NY, November 11, 2009 – Spike TV unveils today an ambitious, multi-platform college football player marketing campaign for Thad Castle, star senior linebacker at the fictitious college football powerhouse team featured in the upcoming Spike TV original comedy series, “Blue Mountain State” which premieres on Tuesday, January 12, 2010.

Spike’s multi-media campaign is designed to build awareness for the new weekly comedy series with rabid sports fans. 

“Over the past few years, similar campaigns have become more prominent and savvy.  From Joey Harrington’s Nike billboard in 2001 to Tennessee’s current campaign promoting defensive back Eric Berry, colleges have become more sophisticated in getting the word out about their players,” says Niels Schuurmans, senior vice president of brand marketing and creative at Spike TV.  “Our Thad Castle For College Football Player of the Year campaign is a perfect way for Spike to reach out and not only build awareness, but tune-in with college football and general collegiate sports fans, a target audience for Blue Mountain State.”

Spike’s Thad Castle For College Player of the Year campaign includes the following elements:

·    A 40 x 40 billboard located in Times Square, the crossroads of the world, in the heart of New York City.  The billboard creative includes a call-to-action, asking fans/viewers to text the shortcode 44686 on their mobile phones and in return receive a three-minute promotional video and a direct link to Spike’s “Blue Mountain State” web site bms.spike.com.

·    A three-minute viral video which includes testimonials from well-known current and former football coaches Bobby Bowden (Florida State University), Mike Leach (Texas Tech) and Jerry Glanville (Houston Oilers, Atlanta Falcons) along with former NFL player Brian Bosworth (University of Oklahoma) and former San Diego Chargers quarterback and current NFL color commentator, Dan Fouts.  Here is a link to the video:  http://www.spike.com/video/3286970

·    A web site, bms.spike.com, that features the three minute “Thad Castle For College Player of the Year” video, in addition to general information about the series, character biographies and various photo galleries.

·    A thirty second version of the Thad Castle For College Player of the Year video which will air across various dayparts on Spike TV, and will also include national run during ESPN’s College Football game coverage.
·    A grassroots college tour where Spike will visit 14 college campuses during the month of November, the peak college football season.  Schools that Spike will visit include University of Florida, University of Tennessee, University of Georgia, University of Miami, Arizona University, USC, Florida State University and University of Iowa.  On select campuses, Spike will host fraternity screenings of “Blue Mountain State” and bring its own mechanical football (a la mechanical bull) ride.  All campuses visited will feature “Blue Mountain State” signage and branded cheerleaders distributing Spike merchandise including t-shirts, beer cozies, mini-footballs, posters and condoms.

About “Blue Mountain State”
“Blue Mountain State” is Spike TV’s first original scripted comedy series that follows the on-and-off field antics of three freshmen as they learn to adapt to life at a fictional college football powerhouse.  The series stars actor and former NFL player Ed Marinaro (“Hill Street Blues”), Emmy® Award-winner Darin Brooks (“Blue Crush”), Sam Jones III (“ER”), Alan Richtson (“Smallville”), Romanski (“The Sarah Silverman Program”) and Gabrielle Dennis (“The Game”).  Thirteen half-hour episodes of “Blue Mountain State” are being produced for Spike by Brian Robbins’ (“Varsity Blues,” “Smallville”) and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett’s Varsity Pictures and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF).

About Thad Castle
Thad Castle, portrayed by Alan Ritchson, is a Blue Mountain State senior linebacker. Castle hails from Connecticut and is a two-time consensus All-American.  He set the school record for tackles in a game with 23 in 2008 but was also ejected from the same game for verbally abusing the referees. Castle has already brought one championship to Blue Mountain State as team captain and is looking to bring a few more to BMS before he’s done.  Castle leads the team again this year in tackles and sacks, but it’s his hard partying, ridiculous self-love and seemingly indiscriminate sexual appetite that really motivates the incoming freshman…to stay as far away from him as possible.

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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Billboard & Viral Video Creative Available Upon Request

Press Contacts: 

David Schwarz    Spike TV                212-767-8639          david.schwarz@mtvstaff.com
Leah Krantzler    LippinGroup/Lionsgate        323-965-1990        lkrantzler@lippingroup.com

 

New One-Hour Block With the Return of “1000 Ways to Die” and “MANswers”

November 9th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV SATISFIES THE UNCONVENTIONAL CURIOSITY OF MEN
IN A NEW ONE-HOUR BLOCK WITH THE RETURN OF  
“1000 WAYS TO DIE” AND “MANSWERS”

12 Episodes of “1000 Ways To Die” And
10 Episodes Of “MANswers” Premiere Back-To-Back
With A Special Sneak Peek On Saturday, December 5

New York, NY, November 9, 2009 – Can one be cooked to death in a malfunctioning jacuzzi?  Can you actually rip out an eye with your bare hands?  Spike TV delves into the comical irony, the morbid, the sexy and the outrageous in a new one-hour block of returning, original hit series, “1000 Ways To Die” from renowned producer Thom Beers’ Original Productions, a FremantleMedia company, and “MANswers” from Fujisankei and Super Delicious.  The two series will premiere back-to-back with a special sneak peek right at 12:00am midnight on Saturday, December 5 after the live “The Ultimate Fighter 10” finale.  The original series block will then move to regularly scheduled time slots on Wednesday, December 9 at 10:00pm ET/PT and 10:30pm ET/PT on Spike TV.  

 “1000 Ways to Die” showcases some of the most outrageous true stories about those who succumbed to the grim reaper in the most unorthodox of styles.  Each case takes viewers 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 the myth in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, highlighting the comedic irony in all the crazy ways people can get themselves killed.  

The second season of “1000 Ways to Die” will feature more of the bizarre ways these unfortunates have met their maker, including suffocating in a Murphy bed, exploding breast implants and choking to death on edible panties.  

“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.     

The third season of “MANswers” will get to the bottom of all the taboo topics men really want to know about, including how to survive an elephant attack, whether drug sniffing dogs can get high and what the record number is for having sex in one day.  Each episode will also include viewer-submitted MANswers and updates from previous MANSwers in which new information has been unearthed.

In the build-up to season two of “1000 Ways to Die” and season three of “MANswers,” Spike.com will be pulling the best clips from its extensive archives on a daily basis to prepare visitors for the madness to come.  The site will also debut sneak peeks before and during the new season to whet the appetites of fans who have been clamoring for new content since the previous seasons wrapped up.  Both series are bona fide digital hits on Spike.com.  The series premiere of “1000 Ways to Die” drove traffic up 127% in weekly unique visitors and was the most-watched video content during its premiere month.  New episodes of “MANswers” consistently ranked as the most viewed original show on Spike.com, drawing 1.5 million page views.  

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

Founded by Thom Beers in 1997, Original Productions produces authentic non-fiction programming featuring everyday heroes in extraordinary situations. Beers’ steadfast focus on top-notch storytelling with engaging personalities in high risk circumstances has produced more than 1,000 hours of original programming since the company’s inception. In 2009, a record 101 hours of new shows just for Discovery and History alone are currently in production.  In February 2009, a majority stake in the company was purchased by FremantleMedia, one of the leading creators and producers of entertainment brands in the world. FremantleMedia is part of the RTL Group, Europe’s largest television and radio broadcast company, which is in turn 90 percent owned by Bertelsmann AG, one of the world’s major media and entertainment companies.  

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: 

For Spike TV:
Melissa Leung Sugiura                             310-407-4729         

For Original Productions:
Elizabeth Vendely and Maggie Nye             818-783-3707