Spike TV Announces 2009 “Video Game Awards” Winners

December 14th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

 

SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES 2009 “VIDEO GAME AWARDS” WINNERS

“UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES” CROWNED
GAME OF THE YEAR

Legendary Musician Stevie Wonder On Hand To Pronounce
The Beatles: Rock Band As Best Music Game of 2009

LIVE Show Unveils World Premiere Footage From Twelve Of The Industry’s Most Anticipated Titles

Los Angeles, CA, Satuday, December 12, 2009 – Featuring world premiere footage from twelve of the gaming world’s most hotly anticipated releases and a slew of unbelievable moments, Spike TV’s seventh annual “Video Game Awards” was a night to remember as the network celebrated the outstanding artistic and technical achievements in the gaming industry over the past year. The two-hour event premiered LIVE on Spike TV Saturday, December 12 at 8:00 PM, ET (tape delay west coast) from The Event Deck @ LA Live in downtown Los Angeles.

The night’s most memorable moment belonged to 25 time Grammy® Award winner Stevie Wonder, who was on hand to present The Beatles: Rock Band as Best Music Game of 2009.  After being welcomed to the stage by a three minute standing ovation from the adoring crowd, the icon challenged the gaming industry to create video games specifically designed for those with disabilities. 

Another of the night’s signature moments occurred when former heavyweight boxing champion “Iron” Mike Tyson teamed up with another Mike, “The Situation,” and his “Jersey Shore” castmates to present Best Shooter to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
 
The gaming industry’s most influential developers as well as luminaries from the world of entertainment were on hand as Sony Computer Entertainment and Naughty Dog moved into “Uncharted” territory, as their smash hit UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves, was named Game of the Year. The title also took home awards for Best PS3 Game and Best Graphics, nothing a total of three Vector Monkeys, making it the year’s winningest game.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 tied with X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncgaged Edition in taking home the second most honors, with the former netting a pair of awards for Best Shooter and Best Multi-Player Game, and the latter winning Best Cast and Best Performance ByA Human Male due to Hugh Jackman’s outstanding work.
 
Viewers were treated to performances by Snoop Dogg as he stirred the crowd with his latest single, “I Want to Rock” and The Bravery, who rocked the house with “Slow Poison,” the first single from their new album, “Stir The Blood” and closed the show out with “I Have Seen the Future.”

The 2009 “VGAs” featured twelve exclusive world premieres, the highest number in the show’s seven year history. First look world premieres included Halo: Reach, UFC Undisputed 2010, Tron: Evolution, Medal of Honor, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, Crackdown 2, The Sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum, Spec Ops: The Line, Green Day Rock Band, Deadliest Warrior: The Game, True Crime and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2.

The “VGAs” pays tribute to the outstanding achievements of games, designers, animation, breakthrough technology, music and performances of the past year in the world of video games. The awards also provide a glimpse of the future of gaming – including exclusive sneak peeks and world premiere footage of some of the hottest and most anticipated games of 2010 and beyond.

A full list of winners is included below:
GAME OF THE YEAR
UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves (Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog)

STUDIO OF THE YEAR
Rocksteady Studios

BEST SHOOTER
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision Publishing / Infinity Ward)

BEST RPG
Dragon Age: Origins (Electronic Arts / BioWare)

BEST FIGHTING GAME
Street Fighter IV (Capcom / Capcom/Dimps)

BEST INDIVIDUAL SPORTS GAME
UFC 2009 Undisputed (THQ / Yuke’s Media Creations)

BEST HANDHELD GAME
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (Rockstar Games / Rockstar Leeds)

BEST GRAPHICS
UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves (Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog)

BEST MUSIC GAME
The Beatles: Rock Band (MTV Games / Harmonix)

BEST DRIVING GAME
Forza Motorsport 3 (Microsoft Game Studios / Turn 10)

BEST ACTION ADVENTURE GAME
Assassin’s Creed II (Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal)

BEST TEAM SPORTS GAME
NHL 10 (Electronic Arts / EA Canada)

BEST SOUNDTRACK
DJ Hero (Activision Publishing / FreeStyleGames)

BEST XBOX 360 GAME
Left 4 Dead 2 (Valve)

BEST Wii GAME
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo)

BEST PS3 GAME
UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves (Sony Computer Entertainment /
Naughty Dog)

BEST PC GAME
Dragon Age: Origins (Electronic Arts / BioWare)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Halo 3: ODST (Microsoft Game Studios / Bungie)

BEST MULTI-PLAYER GAME
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision Publishing / Infinity Ward)

BEST GAME BASED ON A MOVIE OR TV SHOW
South Park Let’s Go Tower Defense Play! (Microsoft / DoubleSix)

BEST CAST
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged Edition (Activision Publishing /
Raven Software)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN MALE
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged
Edition (Activision Publishing)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN FEMALE
Megan Fox as Mikaela Banes (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen /
Activision Publishing)

BEST VOICE
Jack Black as Eddie Riggs (Brütal Legend / Electronic Arts)

BEST DOWNLOADABLE GAME
Shadow Complex (Microsoft Game Studios / Chair Entertainment)

BEST COMEDY GAME
Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard (D3Publisher / Vicious Cycle)

BEST DLC
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony (Rockstar Games /
Rockstar North)

BEST INDEPENDENT GAME FUELED BY DEW
Flower (ThatGameCompany)

MOST ANTICIPATED GAME
God of War III (Sony Computer Entertainment / SCE Studios Santa
Monica)

The official sponsors of Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards 2009” 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 “Video Game Awards 2009.” 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

 

SPIKE TV TAKES TO THE FIELD WITH NEW ORIGINAL SCRIPTED COMEDY SERIES “BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE”

December 9th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

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13 Episode Series Premieres Tuesday, January 12, 2010

With Two Back-To-Back Episodes

New York, NY, December 9, 2009 – It’s all about football at Blue Mountain State, but being an incoming freshman on a national championship team consists of much more than that…there are also girls, partying, hazing and, of course, class.  Spike TV’s new original scripted comedy series “Blue Mountain State” kicks off with two back-to-back episodes premiering on Tuesday, January 12 (10:00 – 10:30 PM, ET/PT and 10:30 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT).

Produced by Brian Robbins’ (“Varsity Blues,” “Smallville”) and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett’s Varsity Pictures and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF),  the 13 half-hour episode comedy series follows the on and off-field antics of three incoming freshmen as they learn to adapt to life at the fictional college football powerhouse, Blue Mountain State. 

Former NFL running back and veteran actor, Ed Marinaro (“Hill Street Blues”), stars as the coach.  Alex, played by Emmy Award®-winner Darin Brooks (“Blue Crush”) is a talented quarterback, content to be second-string and ride the bench while partying with his best friend Sammy, played by Romanski (“The Sarah Silverman Program”), who aspires to be the school’s beloved mascot.  Craig, played by Sam Jones III (“Smallville”), on the other hand, is the school’s top recruit and future NFL-pro whose life is already being mapped out for him by his controlling girlfriend, Denise, played by Gabrielle Dennis (“The Game”).  The cast also includes Thad, played by Alan Ritchson (“Smallville”), the team’s over-the-top captain who takes his role as team leader to mean hazing the incoming freshman. 

Brian Robbins and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett are executive producers.  Romanski, who also stars as Sammy, and Eric Falconer (“The Sarah Silverman Program,” “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”) also serve as executive producers and writers.

Spike.com will also get into all the football action with “Blue Mountain State.”  Featured content on bms.spike.com includes weekly preview clips and highlight segments from each episode, a photo gallery of the girls of “Blue Mountain State” and character biographies.

Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) is the leading next generation studio with a strong and diversified presence in the production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, video-on-demand and digitally delivered content. The Company has built a strong television presence in production of prime time cable and broadcast network series, distribution and syndication of programming through Debmar-Mercury, and an array of channel platform assets. Lionsgate has nearly 20 television series airing or scheduled to air on 11 different networks from its in-house production operations and through distribution by Debmar-Mercury.  Its programming roster is headed by such critically-acclaimed and groundbreaking shows as “Mad Men,” “Weeds,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Crash,” “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” “Meet The Browns,” “The Wendy Williams Show” and “Paris Hilton’s My New BFF.” 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 remains synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

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:

Shana Tepper        Spike TV/NY              212-767-4275    shana.tepper@spiketv.com
Jenni Runyan        Spike TV/LA              310-407-4771     jenni.runyan@spiketv.com
Leah Krantzler    Lippin Group/Lionsgate    323-965-1990    lkrantzler@lippingroup.com

KIMBO SLICE DRAWS 5.2 MILLION VIEWERS FOR HIS FIRST LIVE FIGHT IN THE UFC ON SPIKE TV

December 8th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

 

Most-Watched “The Ultimate Fighter” Finale In Franchise History

And Biggest Audience For A Live UFC Fight In 2009

New York, NY, December 8, 2009 – Spike TV’s telecast of “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” live finale on Saturday, December 5 was the most-watched final episode in the 10 seasons of the TUF franchise, peaking with 5.2 million viewers and a 5.9 rating with Men 18-34 for the Kimbo Slice-Houston Alexander fight.  The over 5 million viewers were the most to watch a live UFC fight in 2009.  

Overall, the three-hour fight card drew 3.7 million viewers, a 2.4 household rating, a 4.6 in Men 18-34 and was the most-watched show on cable with Men 18-34 and Men 18-49 for the day.

“The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” live finale was the third most-watched UFC fight card ever.    

Roy “Big Country” Nelson was named “The Ultimate Fighter” after knocking out Brendan Schaub with a devastating right hand to the head in the first round of their main event bout. Earlier in the night, Slice won a unanimous three-round decision over Alexander for his first victory in the UFC.
 
Season 10 of Spike TV’s signature franchise, “The Ultimate Fighter,” was the most-watched ever for the series, bucking the common trend of a show’s ratings to erode over time.  The series drew an average of 3.4 million viewers as compared to an average of 2 million viewers for the previous nine seasons.

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

BIG NAMES IN GAMES COME OUT FOR SPIKE TV’S “VIDEO GAME AWARDS 2009″

December 7th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

 

Academy Award™-Nominated Actor Jake Gyllenhaal, Green Day, Snoop Dogg,
 Olivia Wilde And Zachary Quinto Kick-Off All-Star Line Up

Spike TV’s 7th Annual “Video Game Awards 2009” Premiere LIVE On
Saturday, December 12 At 8:00 PM ET

New York, NY, December 7, 2009 – Megastars from the worlds of video games, Hollywood, music, sports and more will gather to pay tribute to the outstanding achievements within the video game industry during the past year at Spike TV’s 7th Annual “Video Game Awards 2009.”  Broadcasting in over 180 territories and countries, the VGAs will be a global celebration of all things gaming as it premieres LIVE on Spike TV Saturday, December 12 at 8:00 PM, ET (tape delay west coast). 

Academy Award™ nominated Actor Jake Gyllenhaal will be on hand to dole out the night’s most prestigious honor, Game of the Year, as well as to present  a special look at his upcoming Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, future blockbuster “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.”

Grammy Nominated rapper and gamer Snoop Dogg will be performing at this year’s live event.

Also scheduled to appear at the “VGAs” are Kristen Bell, Felicia Day, Green Day, Tony Hawk, Tricia Helfer, Forrest Griffin, Alyssa Milano, Zachary Quinto, Mike Tyson, Olivia Wilde and the stars of Spike TV’s forthcoming original comedy series “Blue Mountain State” – Alan Ritchson, Darin Brooks and Chris Romano.  Additional guest appearances will be announced shortly.            

The official sponsors of Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards 2009” 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 “Video Game Awards 2009.”  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

HULKAMANIA IS COMING BACK TO MONDAY NIGHT ON “TNA iMPACT!” LIVE JANUARY 4 ON SPIKE TV

December 7th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

 

Hulk Hogan’s First Live Appearance On Spike TV’s “TNA iMPACT” Will Be In A Special

3-Hour Live Episode Monday, January 4 At 8:00 PM ET/PT

Las Vegas, NV — December 5, 2009 – The biggest name in professional wrestling history, Hulk Hogan, will make his first live appearance on Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling’s “TNA iMPACT!” in a live 3-hour special on Spike TV Monday, January 4, 2010 at 8:00PM ET/PT. Hogan and TNA President Dixie Carter attended “The Ultimate Fighter Heavyweights” Finale in Las Vegas where Hogan made the announcement in an interview with Joe Rogan.

“TNA iMPACT!” will be going against “WWE Monday Raw” on USA Network, the first time two wrestling companies have broadcast live head-to-head since the “Monday Night Wars” in the late 1990’s between WWE and WCW.  This “iMPACT!” special will broadcast live from the TNA iMPACT! Zone at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fl.
Hogan’s first appearance inside the six-sided ring of TNA Wrestling will follow weeks of speculation after Hogan and Carter announced their partnership on October 27 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Hogan has hinted in various media interviews that he’ll have multiple surprises in store for TNA Wrestling fans.
“I knew when I signed with TNA, that it would be important to make a statement with the first episode. Going head-to-head on January 4th, makes the statement loud and clear: Game on!” Hogan said.

“TNA is kicking off 2010 in the biggest way possible with the biggest name in the history of our sport. Hulk Hogan is a pop culture icon, and his arrival will change not only TNA, but the entire professional wrestling landscape. We’re firing that first shot,” Carter said.

Joining Hogan for the three-hour live “iMPACT!” will be TNA World Heavyweight Champion “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, Kevin Nash, “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe, “The Boss” Bobby Lashley and “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan.

“TNA iMPACT!” will resume its normal timeslot on Thursday, January 7th at 9:00 PM ET/PT with an encore viewing of the live “iMPACT!” special.

About Hulk Hogan

HULK HOGAN (Terry Bollea) is one of the most sought-after, instantly recognizable celebrities in the world.  He is a twelve-time professional world wrestling champion – six titles with WWE and six with WCW — and the winner of the Royal Rumble in 1990 and 1991. He has appeared in several movies, including “Rocky III,” was the co-host for NBC’s “American Gladiators,” and is the executive producer, judge, and host of “Hulk Hogan’s Championship Wrestling” on CMT.  Hogan is a frequent guest on every major talk show, such as “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Larry King Live,” “The Tonight Show,” “Live with Regis & Kelly,” “The Today Show,”and “The View.”

About TNA Wrestling

“Cross The Line” to TNA Wrestling. TNA Wrestling is the most innovative experience in professional wrestling today.  Join the TNA World Heavyweight Champion “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, Sting, Mick Foley, “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe, “The Boss” Bobby Lashley, “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan, the lovely and lethal TNA Knockouts and the no-limits X-Division inside the six-sided ring of “TNA iMPACT!” every Thursday night (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on Spike TV.

TNA Entertainment, LLC is a privately held company headquartered in Nashville, TN.

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 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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Media Contacts

Stephen Godfrey  TNA Wrestling       615.244.5557             sgodfrey@tnawrestling.com  
David Schwarz       Spike TV                 212.767.8639          david.schwarz@mtvstaff.com

BIG NAMES IN GAMES COME OUT FOR SPIKE TV’S “VIDEO GAME AWARDS 2009″

December 7th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

 

Academy Award™-Nominated Actor Jake Gyllenhaal, Green Day, Snoop Dogg,
 Olivia Wilde And Zachary Quinto Kick-Off All-Star Line Up

Spike TV’s 7th Annual “Video Game Awards 2009” Premiere LIVE On
Saturday, December 12 At 8:00 PM ET

New York, NY, December 7, 2009 – Megastars from the worlds of video games, Hollywood, music, sports and more will gather to pay tribute to the outstanding achievements within the video game industry during the past year at Spike TV’s 7th Annual “Video Game Awards 2009.”  Broadcasting in over 180 territories and countries, the VGAs will be a global celebration of all things gaming as it premieres LIVE on Spike TV Saturday, December 12 at 8:00 PM, ET (tape delay west coast). 

Academy Award™ nominated Actor Jake Gyllenhaal will be on hand to dole out the night’s most prestigious honor, Game of the Year, as well as to present  a special look at his upcoming Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, future blockbuster “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.”

Grammy Nominated rapper and gamer Snoop Dogg will be performing at this year’s live event.

Also scheduled to appear at the “VGAs” are Kristen Bell, Felicia Day, Green Day, Tony Hawk, Tricia Helfer, Forrest Griffin, Alyssa Milano, Zachary Quinto, Mike Tyson, Olivia Wilde and the stars of Spike TV’s forthcoming original comedy series “Blue Mountain State” – Alan Ritchson, Darin Brooks and Chris Romano.  Additional guest appearances will be announced shortly.            

The official sponsors of Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards 2009” 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 “Video Game Awards 2009.”  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

CHUCK LIDDELL AND TITO ORTIZ TO COACH SEASON 11 OF “THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER”

December 7th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

 

New York, NY, December 5, 2009 – The 11th season of Spike TV’s most popular original series ever, “The Ultimate Fighter,” will feature two coaches who need no introduction to mixed martial arts fans.  UFC legends Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and Tito “The Huntington Beach Badboy” Ortiz will continue their storied rivalry with a return to the reality show that helped launch them into the American mainstream.

The new season premieres Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 10:00pm ET/PT featuring 16 of the best unsigned fighters in the middleweight (185 lbs) division.  Liddell appeared as coach for the first season in January 2005 and Ortiz was a coach for season three in January 2006.

The new season goes into production in January 2010 in Las Vegas and will last six weeks.  The cast will be announced in late February.  

A native of Santa Barbara, CA, Liddell (21-7) was a standout wrestler at Cal Polytechnic State University where he graduated with a degree in Business/Accounting.  Liddell was victorious in his first UFC fight in May, 1998 at UFC 17 and rose to fame in the sport of mixed martial arts with wins over such prominent fighters as Jeff Monson (UFC 29), Vitor Belfort (UFC 37.5), Renato Sobrol (UFC 40) and Ortiz (UFC 47).  His career-defining victory occurred at UFC 52 in April 2005 as he defeated Randy Couture with a first round KO to win the UFC light heavyweight crown.  Liddell held the belt for over two years before losing to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 71 in May, 2007.

A coach on the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Liddell is considered by many to be the most popular mixed martial arts fighter of all time and has appeared in such pop culture outlets as “Dancing With The Stars,” “Entourage,” “The Simpsons” and the cover of ESPN The Magazine.  

Ortiz, from Huntington Beach, CA, was a two-time All-American wrestler at Golden West College.  Ortiz won his first bout in the Octagon at UFC 13 in May, 1997 and quickly established himself as one of the most exciting fighters in the sport.  Ortiz’s landmark victory came against Wanderlei Silva at UFC 25 in Japan in April 2000 where he captured the UFC’s vacant light heavyweight title.  Ortiz held the crown for 3.5 years until he was defeated in a grueling 5-round decision by Randy Couture at UFC 44 in September, 2003.  After a loss to Liddell at UFC 47, Ortiz won five consecutive bouts, including two over nemesis and fellow coach of “The Ultimate Fighter 3,” Ken Shamrock.  His winning streak was stopped by Liddell at UFC 66 in December 2006.

Like Liddell, Ortiz has emerged as a pop culture icon having appeared on the hit series, “Celebrity Apprentice.”  
       
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

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

December 3rd, 2009 by SPIKE Press

BLOCKBUSTER GLOBAL PREMIERES OF MEDAL OF HONOR,
PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE FORGOTTEN SANDS,
AND CRACKDOWN 2 ADDED TO ROSTER OF DEBUTS
AT SPIKE TV’S “VIDEO GAME AWARDS 2009”

 Trio of Premieres Join Halo: Reach, TRON And The Next Star Wars Game
As Unveilings Announced Thus Far

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

 

New York, NY, December 2, 2009 – The biggest night of the year for the video game industry just got bigger!  Today Spike TV confirmed that three highly-anticipated new games – Electronic Arts’ Medal Of Honor, Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, and Microsoft’s Crackdown 2 – will premiere LIVE at Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards 2009,” Saturday, December 12 at 8:00 PM ET. 

The VGAs – which recognize the best games of the year and preview the most anticipated titles of the future – will feature the first-ever look at EA’s reboot of Medal Of Honor with a world-premiere trailer. For the first time in the franchise’s storied 10-year-history, Medal of Honor is leaving the World War II theater and putting players in war-torn Afghanistan.  The game introduces the Tier 1 Operator, a relatively unknown entity directly under the National Command Authority who takes on missions no one else in the world can handle. 

Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands™ is the latest installment in the critically-acclaimed franchise and marks the return to the Prince of Persia® Sands of Time storyline. Scheduled for release in May 2010, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands™ will feature many of the fan-favorite elements from the original series, as well as new gameplay innovations that gamers have come to expect from the Prince of Persia brand.

Crackdown 2 is the sequel to one of the most innovative releases in recent memory. Ten years have passed since the Agency first eliminated the gangs in Pacific City. Now, this new Xbox 360 exclusive puts you back into an Agent’s shoes to clean up and eliminate all threats to the City. Crackdown is already known for its unique use of cell-shaded graphics and vertigo-inducing verticality; now it will redefine multiplayer gaming with up to 16-player PVP, delivering the most intense action in a huge world.

These three world premieres join a growing list of previously announced VGA exclusives including Halo: Reach, TRON and the next Star Wars game from LucasArts.  Additional world premieres will be announced in the days to come, with even more surprises set to be unveiled during the LIVE broadcast.

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