MTV Networks Acquires Significant Movie Package

October 11th, 2010 by Administrator

MTV NETWORKS ACQUIRES SIGNIFICANT MOVIE PACKAGE FROM
NBC UNIVERSAL DOMESTIC TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION

Spike TV Acquires Broadcast Premiere Rights For Hit Films “Robin Hood,” “Green Zone” And “Wolfman”

Comedy Central Nets Broadcast Window Rights To “Get Him To the Greek” And MTV Scores Rights To “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”

New York, NY, October 11, 2010 – MTV Networks has acquired the broadcast premiere rights to some of 2010’s hit theatrical films from NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution. Spike TV, the deal’s primary beneficiary, attains rights to “Robin Hood” ($310 million gross worldwide), “Wolfman” ($160 million), and “Green Zone” ($94 million), which target the network’s male demographic of Men 18-49.  Comedy Central procures the rights to the broadcast premiere of “Get Him to the Greek” while MTV acquires “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.”

The deal was announced today by John Griffin, senior vice president, programming and acquisitions, MTV Networks and Frances Manfredi, executive vice president, cable and ancillary sales, NBC Universal Domestic TV Distribution.  Josh Vodnoy from MTV and Bruce Casino, senior vice president of cable and ancillary sales, NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution brokered the deal. Overall, Spike TV and fellow MTV Networks’ Comedy Central, MTV and VH1 have acquired the rights to 57 films.

“This action-packed movie package, highlighted by the premieres ‘Robin Hood,’ ‘Wolfman,’ and ‘Green Zone,’ all feature the intensity and drama our guy-centric audience craves,” said Griffin.

“We applaud MTV Networks for recognizing the quality of this film slate which is the perfect fit for their brands,” said Casino. ”This significant acquisition establishes MTV Networks as a serious player in the network premiere window.”

Spike TV’s broadcast rights for “Wolfman,” and “Green Zone” begin June 1, 2012 while the premiere window for “Robin Hood” and “MacGruber” begins September 1, 2012.  The deal with NBCU also includes legendary films “Scarface,” “A Bronx Tale,” “Cape Fear,” and the “Jaws” trilogy.

In addition, as part of the movie package, Comedy Central has a premiere window for the comedy hit, “Get Him To the Greek” on September 1, 2012 while MTV will have the broadcast premiere of “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” on November 1, 2012.

About MTV Networks:
MTV Networks, a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world’s leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products.  The company’s portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 400 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., TeenNick, AddictingGames, Shockwave, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, SPIKE, TV Land, Atom, and GameTrailers.

About NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution:
The NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution division is responsible for the distribution of NBC Universal product to all forms of television within the U.S. and Canada. This includes distribution of current and library film and television product, formats and non-scripted programming in the pay, free, and basic cable television markets, as well as the domestic syndication of first-run syndicated TV programs, theatrical and TV movie packages.

Current first-run strip syndicated programming from NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution includes “Access Hollywood,” “Access Hollywood Live,” “The Jerry Springer Show,” “Maury” and “The Steve Wilkos Show.” Current first-run weekly syndicated programming includes “The Chris Matthews Show,” “The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo” and the off-network distribution of “30 Rock,” “Friday Night Lights,” “House,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Monk,” “The Office,” “The Real Housewives” franchise and much more.

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Press Contacts:
David Schwarz
Spike TV
212-767-8639

Alexis Rouse
NBC Universal Domestic TV Distribution
818-777-2702

Superstars Align Under A Full Moon For Spike’s “SCREAM 2010″

October 7th, 2010 by SPIKE Press

SUPERSTARS ALIGN UNDER A FULL MOON FOR SPIKE’S “SCREAM 2010”

OCEANIC FLIGHT 815 TO LAND AS CAST AND CREATORS OF “LOST”
 RECEIVE A FINAL FAREWELL

Kristen Stewart, Megan Fox, Alexander Skarsgård, Mickey Rourke, Chris Hemsworth And Marilyn Manson Added To Roster Of Celebrities To Appear

“Lost” Castmembers Harold Perrineau, Henry Ian Cusick And Jorge Garcia To Attend Along With Show Creators Carlton Cuse And Damon Lindelof

“SCREAM 2010” To Also Feature Musical Performance By Grammy And AcademyAward-Nominated Recording Artist M.I.A. And Premieres Tuesday, October 19 At 9PM, ET/PT

New York, NY, October 7, 2010 – Months after millions of viewers were riveted by “Lost’s” finale, fans will be given the opportunity to bid a final farewell to the landmark series, as “SCREAM 2010” brings together the show’s cast and creators, including Jorge Garcia, Harold Perrineau, Henry Ian Cusick, Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, for a tribute to the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815.  More cast will be announced shortly. The two-hour event premieres on Spike TV on Tuesday, October 19 (9:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT).

The show will feature a musical performance by Grammy and Academy Award-nominee M.I.A., as well as appearances by Kristen Stewart, Megan Fox, Mickey Rourke, Marilyn Manson and Chris Hemsworth.  These luminaries join a host of previously announced “SCREAM 2010” talent, including the reunion of Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson and Elisabeth Shue onstage in honor of the 25th anniversary of the original “Back To The Future,” the presentation of never-before-seen footage “Scream 4” by franchise creator Wes Craven and stars David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere, Academy Award-Winner Sir Anthony Hopkins introducing world premiere footage of his upcoming supernatural thriller “The Rite,” and an exclusive first look at “Paranormal Activity 2.”

Also set to attend are Harvey Dent himself, Aaron Eckhart, “Avatar’s” Sigourney Weaver, “True Blood” creator Alan Ball and castmembers Alexander Skarsgård, Sam Trammell, Kristen Bauer and Rutina Wesley, “Jackass 3D” crew members Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, the stars of AMC’s forthcoming original series “The Walking Dead,” Sarah Wayne Callies and Jon Bernthal, and many more.

“SCREAM 2010″ will present awards in 33 different categories.  Christopher Nolan’s summer science fiction blockbuster “Inception” leads the way with nominations in 14 categories, including “The Ultimate Scream,” “Best Ensemble,” and “Fight Scene of the Year.”  “Kick-Ass” was nominated in 13 categories for a total of 17 nominations, while Tony Stark’s adventures in “Iron Man 2″ garnered 13 nominations.  HBO’s “True Blood” had the most nominations of any television series with 10. 

Now through Friday, October 15, fans can vote for their favorites, as well as view exclusive red carpet and backstage coverage of the event, by visiting scream.spike.com.

The official sponsors of Spike TV’s “SCREAM 2010” are FreeCreditScore.com, Geico, Subaru and Taco Bell.

Casey Patterson, Michael Levitt and Cindy Levitt serve as executive producers for “SCREAM 2010.”  Greg Sills is supervising producer, Gary Tellalian and Austin Reading are producers and Hamish Hamilton will direct.

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                   
Spike TV                                                              Spike TV
212.767.8705                                                     212.767.3952
salil.gulati@mtvstaff.com                              aileen.budow@spiketv.com

Spike Games Launches “Deadliest Warrior: The Game” on Playstation 3

October 5th, 2010 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE GAMES LAUNCHES “DEADLIEST WARRIOR: THE GAME” ON PLAYSTATION 3 AND REVEALS DETAILS FOR NEW DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT
 
PlayStation 3 Owners Can Get Into Battle Starting Oct. 5; Downloadable Content To Feature Three New Warriors And New Features And Enhancements

Initial Xbox 360 Launch Has Exceeded 225,000 Downloads To Date

For More Information Visit www.DeadliestWarriorTheGame.com

New York, NY – Oct. 5, 2010 – Spike Games’ warrior-based fighting game, “Deadliest Warrior: The Game,” is available for download starting today on PlayStation Network for $9.99.  Based on Spike TV’s multiplatform hit series “Deadliest Warrior” and developed by Pipeworks Software (a part of Foundation 9 Entertainment), the game originally launched on Xbox LIVE Arcade this past summer and has exceeded 225,000 downloads  to date.  Downloadable content for “Deadliest Warrior: The Game” will launch for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in early 2011 to expand the existing warrior lineup while offering new features and enhancements.

Going into its third season, “Deadliest Warrior” has garnered success on air and as a top selling downloadable TV series on Xbox LIVE Marketplace and PlayStation Network.  “Deadliest Warrior: The Game,” takes direct inspiration from the non-scripted original series and allows fighters to choose one of eight historical warriors, pitting them against one another with customizable authentic weapons, armor and fighting styles that are true to each fighter’s history.

The new downloadable content for the game will introduce three historical warriors and based on popular demand from fans on Spike.com, will include the Rajput.  A new team battle mode will allow players to pick up to four of their favorite warriors and fight consecutive one-on-one battles with each until all warriors from each side are defeated in the game.  Also included are titles for online mode for each player which will be determined based on their rank and other factors related to their in-game performance.  In addition, each of the original eight warriors will be given a new medium range taunt which can be performed if the character is in their medium weapon stance.

“With the game exceeding our expectations on every level and having been a consistent top-selling title on Xbox LIVE Arcade since launch, we’re thrilled to give PlayStation 3 fans the same experience that has resonated with both enthusiast and casual gamers alike,” said Dan Yang, senior vice president, strategy and business development for MTVN Entertainment Group and studio head for Spike Games.

“We’re looking forward to expanding the game’s fan base and giving even more gamers an engaging and fun title that has high replayability while being true to the franchise.”

Similar to the Xbox 360 version, PlayStation 3 fans can enjoy a slew of in-game rewards and extras available for purchase, including avatars and a theme which are available on PlayStation Network today.  The game is available to all PlayStation 3 owners in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
 
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.

Media Contacts:
Eugene Oh            eugene.oh@mtvn.com           (310) 907-2379
Aileen Budow         aileen.budow@mtvn.com        (212) 767-3952