SEASON THREE PREMIERE OF “1000 WAYS TO DIE”

August 30th, 2010 by SPIKE Press


CAN BLOWING A VUVUZELA KILL YOU?
SPIKE TV SHOWS YOU HOW IN THE THIRD SEASON PREMIERE
OF THE MACABRE COMEDIC SERIES 
“1000 WAYS TO DIE”

13 All-New Half-Hour Episodes Of The Hit Series From
Thom Beers’ Original Productions Premiere Beginning
Tuesday, September 14 At 10PM

New Season Features Deeper Exploration Into The Science Of Death
And A Reexamination Of Infamous Historical Deaths

New York, NY, August 30, 2010 – A shirtless super-fan paints his body blue and dies from hypothermia before anyone notices, but at least he met his maker while supporting his favorite team!  A coke addict sneezes while snorting a line and dies when the metal straw jams into her brain – moral of the story?  Just say no to drugs.

Spike TV continues to look at the brightly ironic side of death in an all-new third season of the hit series, “1000 Ways to Die” from renowned producer Thom Beers’ Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company.  The new season premieres on Tuesday, September 14 at 10:00pm ET/PT on Spike TV.

The premiere episode of “1000 Ways to Die” features the bizarre incidents:
·    a self-liposuction gone wrong
·    a woman with massive implants gets struck by lightning
·    a man relieves himself in the Amazon when a fish swims up his urethra
·    a nature lover attempts CPR on road kill 

Other outrageous deaths to look forward to this season include:
·    death by hairball
·    a compulsive hoarder trapped by his own collection
·    a basketball player left hanging while showing off his slam-dunk skills
·    a Korean foodie whose feast on a live octopus specialty is his last 
·    death of the escape mastermind Houdini, who wasn’t able to escape an untimely demise

“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.  For the new season, Spike TV will expand its scientific explanations for the subjects’ untimely demise so viewers can avoid such an unfortunate fate and will also take a look back through history to explore the causes behind notorious deaths of well-known figures.

Leading up to the third season premiere and throughout the new season, Spike.com will feature sneak preview clips from “1000 Ways to Die.”  Full episodes and clips from the show will be available online after each episode premieres.  

Acclaimed producer Thom Beers (“Deadliest Catch,” “Ice Road Truckers” and “Ax Men”), Philip D. Segal, Nathaniel Grouille and Tom McMahon of Original Productions serve as executive producers for “1000 Ways to Die.”  Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s executive vice president of original series and Tim Duffy is vice president of original programming for Spike TV.

About Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company

Founded by Thom Beers, Original Productions (www.originalproductions.com) produces authentic non-fiction programming featuring everyday heroes in extraordinary situations including “Deadliest Catch,” “Ice Road Truckers,” “Ax Men” and “Black Gold.”  Beers’ steadfast focus on top-notch storytelling with engaging personalities in high risk circumstances has produced more than 1,200 hours of original programming. In February 2009, a majority stake in the 12 year-old-company was purchased by FremantleMedia (www.fremantlemedia.com), one of the leading creators and producers of world-wide entertainment brands. 

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 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

 

Spike TV Uncovers A Hidden Treasure With New Original Series “Auction Hunters”

August 25th, 2010 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV UNCOVERS A HIDDEN TREASURE
WITH NEW ORIGINAL SERIES “AUCTION HUNTERS”

Unscripted Show Delves Into The Competitive World Of Storage-Unit Auctions

Series Following Two Expert Auction Hunters Premieres
Tuesday, November 9 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT

New York, NY, August 25, 2010 – Spike TV explores the cutthroat world of storage-unit auctions in the new unscripted original series, “Auction Hunters,” premiering Tuesday, November 9 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT.  Every day in America, there are over ten thousand abandoned storage units that are put up for public auction.  Each unit has the potential to be a goldmine or a bust for those who make their living hunting unclaimed property.

Amidst a struggling economy, the business of auction hunting has emerged as a thriving trade for many Americans.  “Auction Hunters” follows two of the best prospectors in the business, Clinton “Ton” Jones and Allen Haff, in their quest to win auctions, acquire abandoned treasure and sell it for a profit.  The series offers viewers a rare look into the high stakes, financial risks and potential rewards where the right purchase can bring in serious cash.

Allowed only a brief glimpse inside the units before each fast-paced auction begins, skill and strategy are paramount as our hunters have only seconds to estimate the value of the unit and determine how high they’re willing to bid to beat out the competition.  Once an auction is won, the story and true monetary worth of the unit emerges as Haff, a second generation antiques dealer and Jones, a gun, knife, sword and military paraphernalia expert, begin “the dig,” a process by which they literally dig into the contents of the unit and assess every single item within.  Sometimes, they find nothing but at other times, they score big, bringing home a trove of items for which prospective buyers around the country will pay top dollar.

“Auction Hunters” also follows our prospectors during “the sell” as they consult experts, establish value and ultimately scour the antique and collectible markets in search of buyers.  The show will focus mainly on items with great historical and cultural significance such as America’s first black powder revolver and a depression era slot machine.

“Auction Hunters” is an eight half-hour episode series produced by Gurney Productions, owned by Scott and Deirdre Gurney.  Credits include Animal Planet’s “I’m Alive” and Discovery Channel’s “I Was Bitten.”  Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s executive vice president, original series and animation, Tim Duffy is vice president of original programming for Spike TV and Joe Weinstock is director, original programming.

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 Contact:

Shana Tepper     Spike TV-NY    212/767-4275      shana.tepper@spiketv.com

More Epic Battles Between History’s Greatest Warriors

August 16th, 2010 by SPIKE Press

MORE EPIC BATTLES BETWEEN HISTORY’S GREATEST WARRIORS!

Spike TV Renews The Multi-Platform Hit Series
“Deadliest Warrior” For A Third Season

Navy SEAL Richard “Mack” Machowicz Joins The Cast

Los Angeles, CA, August 16, 2010 – History’s most lethal combatants will continue the fight for ultimate supremacy as Spike TV renews “Deadliest Warrior,” the network’s first original franchise hit, for a third season, it was announced today by Sharon Levy, executive vice president, original programming, Spike TV.  The series has averaged 1.6 million viewers over it first two seasons, the most recent airing from April-July.  The season 2 finale on July 27 was the #2 ranked show on cable in its timeslot.  The third season of “Deadliest Warrior” will premiere 10 episodes in Summer 2011. 

Mack, a Navy SEAL and former host and producer of “Future Weapons” and “Weapons That Changed The World,” joins the cast for the new season.   Mack brings a warrior’s perspective to this series, as well as a weapons and battle tactician’s expertise.  Mack will provide viewers a richer understanding of the men behind the weapons and provide insight into the specific military strategies of all the featured warriors.  His expertise with soldier craft and military hardware comes from his experience as a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Navy SEALs.  During his service tenure, he participated in numerous tactical operations with SEAL Team ONE and TWO.  While at SEAL Team TWO, he was attached to the training cadre as the Leading Petty Officer of Land, Mountain and Arctic Warfare.  He also has over 30 years experience in the martial arts, studying such systems as muay thai boxing, Jeet Kune Do, kickboxing, aikido, jujitsu, savate, arnis and karate.

Mack joins series regulars Geoff Desmoulin and Dr. Armand Dorian for season 3. Desmoulin, a biomedical engineer and karate black belt, is in charge of creating and executing all of the various and often intricate tests that are performed and subsequently entered into the show’s computer system.  Dorian analyzes the lethal potential of each attack on the human body and discusses the type of medical treatments which were available at the time to treat such wounds.

“Deadliest Warrior” is produced by 44 Blue Productions, Inc. with Rasha Drachkovitch and Tim Warren serving as executive producers.

The new season will delve deeper into the history of the legendary warriors to create an even more comprehensive composite of these formidable combatants.  Season 3 will also expand its scientific exploration of the warriors’ weaponry, illustrating its innovation and technology.    

“We are confident the innovations to Spike’s franchise hit, “Deadliest Warrior,” will be a big hit with show’s ever-growing fan base,” said Levy.  “The addition of more scientific explanation behind the weapons and the historical context of the warriors will enhance the viewers’ experience.”  

“Deadliest Warrior: The Game” for Xbox LIVE Arcade has been a top-selling title on Xbox LIVE Marketplace, selling over 190,000 units within the first month of its July 14 release.

Also returning for a new season in conjunction with the new episodes will be Spike.com’s, original round table discussion series, “Deadliest Warrior – The Aftermath.”  For Season 2, it continued to be hugely successful, maintaining the online interest between episodes and generating a total of 2.7 million video views.  “Deadliest Warrior” also performed well on Xbox LIVE Marketplace, ranking as one of the highest selling TV series on the platform.  In fact, since launching in April 2009, over 380,000 “Deadliest Warrior” episodes have been downloaded across various download-to-own platforms (iTunes, Xbox, PSN, etc).

“Deadliest Warrior” show pages on Spike.com attracted a season average of over 227,000 weekly unique visitors.  Show-related videos generated over 16.6 million video views during the course of the season. 

Along with the use of 21st century science and the latest in CGI technology, the series enlists warrior-specific, world-class fighters and experts to provide insight into what makes these combatants tick, analyzing every facet of their unique skills of destruction, culminating in a head-to-head final fight between two legends of the battlefield that will produce the deadliest warrior.  The recent second season featured such iconic warriors such as SWAT, Attila the Hun, Alexander the Great, Aztec Jaguar, Jesse James Gang, Al Capone Gang, Roman Centurion, India’s Rajput Warrior, Somali Pirate, KGB and CIA.

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 www.spike.com/press.

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Press Contacts:  
David Schwarz                          212-767-8639         david.schwarz@mtvstaff.com
Melissa Leung Sugiura              310/407-4729         melissa.sugiura@mtvstaff.com 

 

‘THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: TEAM GSP VS. TEAM KOSCHECK’ CAST IS ANNOUNCED

August 3rd, 2010 by SPIKE Press

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: TEAM GSP VS. TEAM KOSCHECK” CAST IS ANNOUNCED

 

28 Lightweights To Vie For A Six-Figure Contract With The UFC®

Premieres Wednesday, September 15 At 10:00 PM ET/PT On Spike TV

New York, NY, August 3, 2010 – The 12th season of Spike TV’s popular original series,  “The Ultimate Fighter,” will feature 28 of the best up-and-coming mixed martial artists in the lightweight division (155 lbs) competing for a six-figure contractwith the preeminent mixed martial organization in the world, The Ultimate Fighting Championship®. 

From Broken Arrow, OK to Los Angeles, CA, to Manchester, England, the 28 fighters, with a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds, have all gathered in Las Vegas with one goal – to become the next “The Ultimate Fighter.”  As in prior seasons, 14 of these competitors will win a preliminary bout to gain a place in the Ultimate Fighter House, one step closer to their ultimate goal, whereas the losers of these bouts are sent home.

Two of mixed martial arts’ biggest stars – UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St-Pierre, and the number one contender to his belt, Josh Koscheck, will serve as coaches this season.  The two will square off as coaches during the 12 week run of the show, and will later meet inside the Octagon™ with the welterweight title on the line at a UFC pay-per-view event.  The new season premieres Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 10:00 PM ET/PT featuring the following cast members:

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JASON AMBROSE:

Fighting out of: Santa Clara, CA/ AKA

Record: 12-2

Age: 23

 

PAUL BARROW:

Fighting out of: Tampa, FL/ Gracie Tampa

Record: 2-0

Age: 24

 

JASON BRENTON:

Fighting out of: Grand Junction, CO/ 8th St., Impact Boxing

Record: 6-0

Age: 23

 

JONATHAN BROOKINS:

Fighting out of: Orlando, FL/ Gracie Barra Orlando

Record: 11-2

Age: 24

 

MIKE BUDNIK:

Fighting out of: Broken Arrow, OK/ Triton

Record: 8-4

Age: 35

 

ALEX CACERES:

Fighting out of: Miami, FL/ Young Tigers Foundation

Record: 4-2

Age: 21

 

SAKO CHIVITCHIAN:

Fighting out of: Glendale, CA/ Gokor/ Gene Le Bell/ Hayastan MMA

Record: 5-0

Age: 26

 

      JOSEPH DUFFY

      Fighting out of: Donegal, Ireland / Falcons Martial Arts

      Record: 7-0

      Age: 22

     

PABLO GARZA:

Fighting out of: Fargo, ND/ Academy of Combat Arts

Record: 7-0

Age: 26

 

TOBY GREAR:

Fighting out of: Los Angeles, CA/ True Warrior

Record: 7-4-1

Age: 30

 

DANIEL HEAD:

Fighting out of: Sharpsville, IN/ Ibjja

Record: 6-2

Age: 23

 

MICHAEL JOHNSON:

Fighting out of: Springfield, MO/ Springfield Fight Club

Record: 8-4

Age: 23

 

AMIR KHILLAH:

Fighting out of:  Kalamazoo, MI/ Jeremy Horn’s Elite

Record: 6-4

Age: 30

 

JEFF LENTZ:

Fighting out of: Lanoka Harbor, NJ/ Kurt Pellegrino MMA

Record: 6-1

Age: 21

 

SEVAK MAGAKIAN:

Fighting out of: Glendale, CA/ Hayastan MMA/ Main Event

Record: 8-3

Age: 24

 

STEVE MAGDALENO:

Fighting out of: Torrance, CA/ VMAT

Record: 5-1

Age: 28

 

ANDY MAIN:

Fighting out of: Boonton, NJ/ AMA Fight Club

Record: 4-1

Age: 21

 

CODY MCKENZIE:

Fighting out of: Metaline, WA/ Fancy Pants Fight Team

Record: 10-0

Age: 22

 

TJ O’BRIEN:

Fighting out of: Prole, IA/ Round Kick

Record: 13-3

Age: 23

 

SPENCER PAIGE:

Fighting out of: Watertown, NY/ CNY MMA

Record: 5-2

Age: 24

 

NAM PHAN:

Fighting out of: Garden Grove, CA/ Ma Du Academy

Record: 15-7

Age: 27

 

MICHAEL RICHMAN:

Fighting out of: Rosemount, MN/ MN Fight Factory

Record: 8-0

Age: 24

 

DANE SAYERS:

Fighting out of: Fargo, ND/ Academy of Combat Arts

Record: 7-1

Age: 22

 

ARIEL SEXTON:

Fighting out of: San Jose, CA/ Renzo Gracie

Record: 6-3

Age: 28

 

MARC STEVENS:

Fighting out of: Jiu Jitsu Nation / Tai Kai BJJ

Record: 12-5

Age: 24

 

KYLE WATSON:

Fighting out of: St. Louis, MO/ The Hit Squad

Record: 13-6-1

Age: 30

 

RAN WEATHERS:

Fighting out of: Albuquerque, NM/ Greg Jackson’s MMA

Record: 13-5

Age: 28

 

AARON WILKINSON:

Fighting out of: Manchester, England/ Wolfslair MMA Academy

Record: 6-3

Age: 23

 

During the six-week taping of “The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck,” the competitors endured a grueling regimen of jiu-jitsu, judo, Muay Thai, karate, boxing and wrestling.  The intense competition among the fighters continues after they leave the gym – at the Ultimate Fighter House.  These warriors must live together, knowing that any day they might be forced to fight each other in the famed UFC Octagon™. 

The two finalists will square off in a live finale on Spike TV, where the winner will be declared “The Ultimate Fighter” and net the six-figure contract.  UFC President Dana White will once again serve as host of the series.

After each show, Spike.com users will get exclusive extended footage from each episode and an exclusive video leak of the upcoming episode. 

Craig Piligian of Pilgrim Films and Television, Frank Fertitta III, Lorenzo Fertitta, Dana White of Zuffa, LLC, and Kevin Kay of Spike TV are the show’s executive producers.   Brian J. Diamond, senior vice president, sports & specials, Spike TV is co-executive producer and Christopher Martello is executive in charge of production for Spike TV.  

Spike TV is available in 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