Academy Award-Winner Charlize Theron To Be Crowned With The Decade Of Hotness Award

May 25th, 2010 by SPIKE Press


ACADEMY AWARD-WINNER CHARLIZE THERON TO BE CROWNED WITH THE DECADE OF HOTNESS AWARD
AT SPIKE TV’S “GUYS CHOICE”

Attendees Include Robert Downey, Jr., James Gandolfini, Scarlett Johansson,
Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, Kid Rock, Among Others
Premieres Sunday, June 20th At 10 PM, ET/PT

New York, NY, May 25, 2010Spike TV’s “Guys Choice” will honor Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron with the Decade of Hotness Award, one of the evenings highest honors, given to a legendary beauty we love for all of the right reasons: she kicks ass as a superhero, she’s an Oscar winning actress and a world class beauty.  Taping Saturday, June 5 at the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA, the fourth annual award show premieres Sunday, June 20 (10:00 PM – Midnight, ET/PT).

Theron’s remarkable acting ability combined with her unbelievable beauty has earned her a legion of fans across the globe.  For her extraordinary performance in “Monster,” she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.  In 2007, men’s magazine Esquire named Theron the Sexiest Woman Alive.  Never afraid to mix it up, Spike guys find her equally appealing for her action roles in “Hancock,” “The Italian Job” and “Reindeer Games.”  Last year’s recipient was fellow Academy Award-winner, Halle Berry.

The star-studded, action-packed night will also feature appearances by “Iron Man 2” super-stars and nominees Robert Downey, Jr. and Scarlett Johansson.  Additional appearances include:  James Gandolfini, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Rock, Brooklyn Decker, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Liam Neeson, Ozzy Osbourne and many more.

Voting for this year’s winners is being held online at guyschoice.spike.com through Friday, June 4th.  Also online, fans can log-on to view exclusive red carpet and backstage coverage of “Guys Choice.”
 
The official sponsors of Spike TV’s “Guys Choice” are AT&T, AXE Hair, Captain Morgan, Corona and Pizza Hut.

Casey Patterson, Carol Donovan, and Beth McCarthy-Miller will serve as executive producers.

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:

Aileen Budow                         212 767 3952                          aileen.budow@spiketv.com
Kevin Sornatale                      212 767 8621                          kevin.sornatale@spike.com

 

“Half Pint Brawlers” Bios

May 19th, 2010 by SPIKE Press

“HALF PINT BRAWLERS” BIOS

PUPPET

A Chicago native, Puppet is the founder, leader and show-booker for the “Half Pint Brawlers.”  He’s also the loudest and strongest personality of the group.  When meeting with potential new Brawlers, Puppet immediately teaches them how to be confident and how to be stars in the ring.  He refuses to be an opening act for other “tall” wrestling shows and takes pride in the fact that at every Brawlers show, the Half Pint Brawlers are the headliners.

Puppet’s goal is to turn the Half Pint Brawlers into a well-respected wrestling league, where the entire show runs through him, similar to the bigger mainstream wrestling leagues.  He wants his guys to be the best wrestlers in the country.

KATO

Kato lives in Kansas City and is the veteran of “Half Pint Brawlers” and, arguably, the best midget wrestler in the country.  Kato comes from a family of famous wrestlers, his father, “Lord Littlebrook,” started midget wrestling and is currently in the wrestling Hall of Fame.  His brother, Beautiful Bobby, is also a wrestler on the “Half Pint Brawlers.”  And his sister, Laurie, is training to become a wrestler for the Brawlers as well.  Kato feels great honor in his wrestling and his family history.

Kato’s father spent a lot of time teaching him the ways of being a wrestler; now, Kato has taken on the role of wrestling patriarch to all of the Brawler’s rookies.  He trains them in the ring and also mentors them on living the life of a touring wrestler.

Kato is Puppet’s right hand man and wants to bring midget wrestling back to the golden age when his father wrestled Little Tokyo, Little Beaver and Cowboy Lang.

TURTLE

Turtle is the newest member to the “Half Pint Brawlers.”  Before he met Puppet, he was shy and living in Ohio with his parents working as a telemarketer.  Puppet took him under his wing and he ended up moving to Chicago and living with Puppet.  Since then, Puppet has treated him like his son and has taught Turtle to take pride in his small stature.

Turtle’s confidence has grown to the point where he plays a role in every “Half Pint Brawlers” show and is also working as a DJ and emcee at the Bar of Chicago.  With Turtle’s budding confidence outside the ring, he also is on the hunt for a girlfriend.

Turtle is still the least athletic of the Brawlers and has struggled to pick up all of the wrestling moves.  But, he has begun bodybuilding with Puppet and has lost 10 pounds.  He wants to lose another 10 pounds and keep practicing wrestling until Puppet trusts him enough to make him a full time wrestler in the Half Pint Brawlers show.

Turtle is also Puppet’s assistant, but he’s trying to balance training to become a wrestler with helping Puppet book shows and organize the tour.

BOBBY

Bobby is Kato’s little brother and lives in St. Joseph, Missouri.  Bobby also takes an incredible amount of pride in the fact that his father was the pioneer of midget wrestling and Bobby proudly wears his father’s wrestling cape to all of his matches.

Bobby is just coming back from a motorcycle accident which put him out of wrestling for two years.  He has gone through three surgeries on his leg and now wants to get back into the ring to perform his “luchador” style of wrestling, which consists of high flying off the ropes.

MAD MEXX

Mad Mexx, originally from Kansas City, goes by the nickname, the Immigration Sensation, even though he lives in Louisville, Kentucky and he doesn’t speak Spanish.  He is the tallest Brawler standing it at 4’9 and is known for doing the most extreme wrestling in the group.  Puppet brings in Mexx anytime the Brawlers need to do a hardcore match, which consists of wrestling while using staple guns, garbage cans, barb wire, thumb tacks and basically anything else dangerous in a hardware store.

SPYDER

Spyder lives in Indianapolis and is the announcer and referee for all of the Brawlers shows.  He is also the only “regular” sized member of the Brawlers crew.  Puppet likes having Spyder in the ring because he makes the Brawlers look smaller.  Spyder wrestled professionally for years on the underground wrestling circuit, but now works solely with the “Half Pint Brawlers.”

TEO

Teo lives in Gary, Indiana and is the smallest and most popular Half Pint Brawler, standing in at 3’9.  He is the true showman of the group with his big personality and flashy wrestling style.

Puppet started the “Half Pint Brawlers” with Teo 12 years ago, but Teo’s ego became an issue with the other Brawlers and Puppet had to let him go.  Puppet is currently trying to grow his company and has had to book Teo to wrestle for a few shows this season.  In addition, Kato and Teo were old wrestling partners who had a falling out and Kato has made it clear that he does not want Teo back with the Brawlers.

 

Spike Celebrates 30th Anniversary Of The Empire Strikes Back

May 18th, 2010 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV CELEBRATES THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK WITH STAR WARS™ MOVIE MARATHON
SATURDAY, MAY 22

Fans Invited To Watch Spike Simulcast Of The Empire Strikes Back
In Times Square On MTV’s 44 ½ Video Board

Log Onto Spike.com/starwars To See Special 30th Anniversary Tune-In Trailers

New York, NY, May 18, 2010 – It was a long time ago — 30 years to be exact — in a galaxy not so far away when Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back was first released to movie theaters.  Considered by many to be the greatest movie sequel of all time, Empire will celebrate its 30th Anniversary on Spike TV with a Star Wars movie marathon and a special simulcast in Times Square on Saturday, May 22.

Spike will feature a Star Wars movie marathon featuring the original trilogy on Saturday, May 22 (1:00 PM – 3:30 AM, ET/PT).  Presented in HD where available, the schedule is as follows:

·    1:00 – 4:00 PM, ET/PT – Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
·    4:00 – 7:00 PM, ET/PT – Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
·    7:00 – 10:00 PM, ET/PT – Star Wars: Episode VI  Return of the Jedi
·    10:00 PM – 1:00 AM, PT/ET – Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
·    1:00 – 3:30 AM, ET/PT – Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back

Spike viewers and Star Wars fans in the New York City area are invited to come to Times Square to watch a special simulcast of The Empire Strikes Back on Saturday, May 22 at 4:00PM ET on MTV’s 44 ½ foot video board. 

Throughout the week leading up to Spike’s celebration of The Empire Strikes Back and the Star Wars movie marathon, the network will feature anniversary-themed trailers that incorporate footage from vintage TV spots and trailers, as well as two new image spots that highlight Stormtroopers in 1980-type situations including a disco and aerobics class.  In addition to seeing the spots on-air on Spike, they can be viewed online at spike.com/starwars.

Lucasfilm, STAR WARS™, and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd.  All rights reserved.  All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

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:

Debra Fazio-Rutt       Spike                    212-767-8649     debra.fazio@spiketv.com
Chris Argyropoulos    Lucasfilm Ltd.         415-623-1962     chris.Argyropoulos@lucasfilm.com

Spike Sails The High Seas With The US Navy In Search Of Pirates

May 17th, 2010 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE SAILS THE HIGH SEAS WITH THE US NAVY IN ITS SEARCH
FOR PIRATES IN NEW ONE-HOUR SPECIAL

“U.S. Navy: Pirate Hunters” Premieres Tuesday, June 8 At 11 PM, ET/PT



New York, NY, May 17, 2010
– Bands of pirates terrorizing commercial merchant ships off the coast of Africa continue to make headlines around the world.  However, an international military coalition lead by the US Navy is starting to make headlines of their own, capturing pirates and stopping hijackings.   Sail the high seas with Spike TV and 44 Blue Productions as they chronicle the US Navy’s efforts to restore order to the turbulent waters off of the coast of Somalia with the one-hour special, “U.S. Navy: Pirate Hunters” which premieres Tuesday, June 8 (11:00 PM – Midnight, ET/PT).

The Gulf of Aden is one the world’s most important shipping lanes.  It is 450 miles long and connects the Indian Ocean to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal. More than 25,000 ships travel through the Gulf every year carrying 11% of the world’s oil and billions of dollars in goods.  The Gulf of Aden also runs along the volatile coast of Somalia.  Armed with high-powered guns and small arsenals of artillery, each year bands of Somali pirates are responsible for more than 100 attacks. 

The US Navy granted Spike and 44 Blue Productions unprecedented access to film aboard the USS Gettysburg with three of its counter piracy operative teams as it patrolled the Gulf of Aden along the coast of Somalia. Viewers will see the dramatic, tension-filled and high-stakes military mission first-hand as they patrol the ocean, board questionable vessels, get caught in gun battles and seize stolen goods and weapons.

“U.S. Navy: Pirate Hunters” was produced for Spike by Emmy® Award-winning reality production house 44 Blue Productions (“The True Story of Black Hawk Down,” “Lockup”) and Adam Friedman (“Vertical Ascent”).  Rasha Drachkovitch and award-winning producer Adam Friedman serve as executive producers.  Sharon Levy, Tim Duffy and Joe Weinstock 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 98.6 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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Contacts:   

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

Steve Spignese   
44 Blue Productions   
310/689-7363       
steve@beckmedia.com

Spike TV’s “Guys Choice” To Pay Tribute To Iconic Action Hero Sylvester Stallone

May 13th, 2010 by SPIKE Press


SPIKE TV’S “GUYS CHOICE” TO PAY TRIBUTE TO ICONIC ACTION HERO SYLVESTER STALLONE

Olympic Star Shaun White Named Chairman Of The Board

Presenters And Attendees Include Oscar Nominated Actor Jeremy Renner,
The Cast Of “A-Team” — Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson, Sharlto Copley,
Jessica Biel And Quinton “Rampage” Jackson And Many Others

Premieres Sunday, June 20th at 10 PM, ET/PT

New York, NY, May 13, 2010 — Set your guy-dar to Spike TV this June as the network will honor the year’s most man-tastic accomplishments with a proverbial “A-Team” of icons from the world of entertainment during its fourth annual “Guys Choice.” From Olympic Gold medalists to Academy Award winners to Sports Illustrated cover models, all will be in attendance to pay tribute to the kingdom of testosterone.  Taping Saturday, June 5 at the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA, “Guys Choice” premieres Sunday, June 20 (10:00 PM – Midnight, ET/PT).

Action movie superstar Sylvester Stallone, writer, director and star of the upcoming blockbuster “The Expendables,” will be honored during the night’s festivities for his legendary performances within the genre over the course of his forty year career.  The two-time Oscar and Golden Globe Award-nominated writer and actor, Stallone burst onto the scene in his 1976 role as boxing underdog Rocky Balboa and since, has starred in countless action flicks including the Rambo series, “Cobra,” “Over the Top,” “Demolition Man,” “Judge Dredd,” and “Cop Land,” among others.

“Sylvester Stallone is a true legendary film icon for our audience of guys.  He’s given us characters like Rocky, Rambo and so many more; he has created some of the most heroic and beloved cinematic characters of all time and we’re thrilled to be honoring him on ‘Guys Choice,’” says Casey Patterson, SVP, event production, talent development and studio relations, Spike TV.

Spike TV will declare two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White Chairman of the Board for his amazing accomplishments in the world of competitive snowboarding.  A pro since the age of 17, White quickly established himself as one of the elite snowboarders within the circuit and in little over seven years has earned several major accolades including Action Sports Tour Champion, Summer and Winter Dew Champion and has garnered gold at the Summer and Winter X Games, U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships and the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics.  The 24-year-old White has become the face of American snowboarding.

Additional appearances include: Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley, Brooklyn Decker, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Liam Neeson, Jeremy Renner, Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Rock and many more. 

Voting for this year’s winners is being held online at guyschoice.spike.com through Friday, June 4th.  Also online, fans can log-on to view exclusive red carpet and backstage coverage of “Guys Choice.”
 
The official sponsors of Spike TV’s “Guys Choice” are AT&T, AXE Hair, Captain Morgan, Corona, and Pizza Hut.
 
Casey Patterson, Carol Donovan, and Beth McCarthy-Miller will serve as executive producers.

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:

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Press Contacts:
Aileen Budow                           212 767 3952                         aileen.budow@spiketv.com
Kevin Sornatale                       212 767 8621                          kevin.sornatale@spike.com