Spike TV Goes Auction Hunting For A New Season

December 20th, 2010 by schutzl

SPIKE TV GOES AUCTION HUNTING FOR A NEW SEASON

Network Picks Up 20 More Episodes Of Successful Original Series

Largest Order For A Second Series In Spike TV History

New York, NY, December 1, 2010 – Spike TV has ordered a second season of 20 episodes of its successful original series, “Auction Hunters,” it was announced today by Sharon Levy, Spike TV’s  executive vice president, original series and animation.  This marks the largest order ever for a second season of a Spike original series.  Premiering on November 9, the weekly series has averaged a robust 1.1 million viewers, increasing in viewership each week. (The most recent episode on November 23 drew 1.3 million viewers).  The first season consists of eight episodes with the season finale on Tuesday, December 21.  No date has been announced for the new season.

“Auction Hunters” is among the new crop of Spike original series aimed at broadening the network’s audience.   The show’s current median age is 39, five years older than the network’s current average age in 2010 for original series.  The series is also bringing in new viewers to the channel as 49% of the “Auction Hunters” audience hadn’t watched Spike TV the week before.   Overall, the show has delivered 58% more viewers and 30% more Men 25-34 in the time period versus last year.

“Ton and Allen are the very best in the storage-unit auction business and our audience has embraced their ingenuity and unique personalities,” noted Levy.

“Auction Hunters” explores the cutthroat world of storage-unit auctions with two of the best prospectors in the business, Clinton “Ton” Jones and Allen Haff.  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.  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.

“Auction Hunters” is produced by Gurney Productions and executive produced by Scott Gurney, Deirdre Gurney and Philip Lott.  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.

Allen Haff is a second generation antiques dealer and collector with over 20 years of experience in the field.  By the age of 24, he owned his first antique business in Houston, TX and was one of the earliest eBay sellers of vintage collectibles online.  He moved to Los Angeles ten years ago and immediately began hunting in storage unit auctions, Hollywood thrift stores, estate sales and swap meets and earned a living buying and selling antiques and collectibles.  In 2008, Haff started Hollywood & Vintage, a high volume liquidation company specializing in movie memorabilia and vintage collectibles that he operates from his office and warehouse in Los Angeles.

Ton Jones is a self-described hobbyist who has spent years hunting and fishing, as well as collecting knives, swords, guns, old currency and jewelry.  Jones was introduced to storage unit auctions more than seven years ago when he was looking for old cars to take into the desert to wreck for fun, but what he found was a world specifically tailored to his unique skills.  Jones, an imposing figure standing over 6’0”, 300lbs., is a renowned auction hunter in the Southern California area.  Jones’ expertise lays in rare coins and weaponry, such as medieval swords, daggers and armor.

Spike TV is available in 99.4 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             212-767-4275

Neil Patrick Harris To Host Spike TV’s 2010 “Video Game Awards”

December 20th, 2010 by schutzl

EMMY AWARD-WINNER AND STAR OF
“SPIDER-MAN: SHATTERED DIMENSIONS” VIDEO GAME
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS
TO HOST SPIKE TV’S 2010 “VIDEO GAME AWARDS”

Presenters And Attendees Include Cast Members Of “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” Danny Devito, Kaitlin Olson, Rob McElhenney, Academy Award Nominated Director Guillermo Del Toro, “Halo: Reach” Star And VGA Nominee Nathan Fillion,  “Thor: God of Thunder” Star Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Munn, Annalynne McCord
And Tony Hawk, Among Others

Musical Performance By My Chemical Romance

Spike TV’s 8th Annual “Video Game Awards 2010” Premiere
LIVE ON Saturday, December 11 At 8:00 P.M. ET / 5:00 P.M. PT

New York, NY, December 6, 2010 – Acclaimed television, film, stage and video game star Neil Patrick Harris has been handed over the controller and will host Spike TV’s 2010 “Video Game Awards.”  Broadcasting in over 175 territories worldwide from Los Angeles, the “VGAs” will celebrate the best in gaming on Saturday, December 11 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
“Neil is a big gamer and a brilliant host,” said Casey Patterson, executive producer Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards.”  “Video games are taking over the world and Neil is perfect to lead the ‘VGA’s’ in celebrating the best of the year and the future of gaming.”

Some of the biggest names from the world of video games, Hollywood and music will gather to pay tribute to the outstanding achievements within the video game industry during the past year at Spike TV’s 2010 “Video Game Awards.”  Among the star-studded list of presenters, attendees and nominees include Annalynne McCord, “Thor: God of Thunder” video game star Chris Hemsworth, Dane Cook, Olivia Munn, Denise Richards, Academy Award nominated film director Guillermo Del Toro, Halo: Reach” star and VGA 2010 nominee Nathan Fillion, Nick Swardson, Tony Hawk and cast members from the hit series “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” Danny Devito, Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney.  Additional guest appearances will be announced shortly.    

Additionally, Grammy Award-winning rock band and “Gran Turismo 5” soundtrack contributors My Chemical Romance will be performing at this year’s live event.

The show will feature 13 world premieres of the most anticipated games of 2011 and beyond. World premiere titles confirmed so far include “Batman: Arkham City,” “Resistance 3” and “Thor: God of Thunder,” as well as the next game from Studio of the Year nominee BioWare, the debut of Guillermo del Toro’s video game and a special “Gears of War” announcement.  More titles will be confirmed shortly.

Director Hamish Hamilton (“The 82nd Annual Academy Awards,” “Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show,” “2010 MTV Video Music Awards”), Ian Stewart (“The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show,” “Laureus World Sports Awards”) and Casey Patterson, senior vice president, event production and talent development for Spike TV, will serve as executive producers of Spike TV’s 2010 “Video Game Awards.”  The 2010 “Video Game Awards” are produced by Done and Dusted Inc.

The official sponsors of Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards 2010” are Burger King Corporation, Dell Alienware M11x, Dr Pepper, Energizer® Ultimate Lithium, GameStop Corp., Jeep®, STRIDE® Gum and U.S. Army.

Spike TV is available in 99.4 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:

Eugene Oh                         Aileen Budow       
310.907.2379                     212.767.3952
eugene.oh@spiketv.com      aileen.budow@spiketv.com

Neil Patrick Harris To Host Spike TV’s 2010 “Video Game Awards”

December 6th, 2010 by

EMMY AWARD-WINNER AND STAR OF
“SPIDER-MAN: SHATTERED DIMENSIONS” VIDEO GAME
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS
TO HOST SPIKE TV’S 2010 “VIDEO GAME AWARDS”

Presenters And Attendees Include Cast Members Of “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” Danny Devito, Kaitlin Olson, Rob McElhenney, Academy Award Nominated Director Guillermo Del Toro, “Halo: Reach” Star And VGA Nominee Nathan Fillion,  “Thor: God of Thunder” Star Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Munn, Annalynne McCord
And Tony Hawk, Among Others

Musical Performance By My Chemical Romance

Spike TV’s 8th Annual “Video Game Awards 2010” Premiere
LIVE ON Saturday, December 11 At 8:00 P.M. ET / 5:00 P.M. PT

New York, NY, December 6, 2010 – Acclaimed television, film, stage and video game star Neil Patrick Harris has been handed over the controller and will host Spike TV’s 2010 “Video Game Awards.”  Broadcasting in over 175 territories worldwide from Los Angeles, the “VGAs” will celebrate the best in gaming on Saturday, December 11 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
“Neil is a big gamer and a brilliant host,” said Casey Patterson, executive producer Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards.”  “Video games are taking over the world and Neil is perfect to lead the ‘VGA’s’ in celebrating the best of the year and the future of gaming.”

Some of the biggest names from the world of video games, Hollywood and music will gather to pay tribute to the outstanding achievements within the video game industry during the past year at Spike TV’s 2010 “Video Game Awards.”  Among the star-studded list of presenters, attendees and nominees include Annalynne McCord, “Thor: God of Thunder” video game star Chris Hemsworth, Dane Cook, Olivia Munn, Denise Richards, Academy Award nominated film director Guillermo Del Toro, Halo: Reach” star and VGA 2010 nominee Nathan Fillion, Nick Swardson, Tony Hawk and cast members from the hit series “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” Danny Devito, Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney.  Additional guest appearances will be announced shortly.    

Additionally, Grammy Award-winning rock band and “Gran Turismo 5” soundtrack contributors My Chemical Romance will be performing at this year’s live event.

The show will feature 13 world premieres of the most anticipated games of 2011 and beyond. World premiere titles confirmed so far include “Batman: Arkham City,” “Resistance 3” and “Thor: God of Thunder,” as well as the next game from Studio of the Year nominee BioWare, the debut of Guillermo del Toro’s video game and a special “Gears of War” announcement.  More titles will be confirmed shortly.

Director Hamish Hamilton (“The 82nd Annual Academy Awards,” “Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show,” “2010 MTV Video Music Awards”), Ian Stewart (“The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show,” “Laureus World Sports Awards”) and Casey Patterson, senior vice president, event production and talent development for Spike TV, will serve as executive producers of Spike TV’s 2010 “Video Game Awards.”  The 2010 “Video Game Awards” are produced by Done and Dusted Inc.

The official sponsors of Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards 2010” are Burger King Corporation, Dell Alienware M11x, Dr Pepper, Energizer® Ultimate Lithium, GameStop Corp., Jeep®, STRIDE® Gum and U.S. Army.

Spike TV is available in 99.4 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:

Eugene Oh                         Aileen Budow       
310.907.2379                     212.767.3952
eugene.oh@spiketv.com      aileen.budow@spiketv.com

Spike TV Goes Auction Hunting For A New Season

December 1st, 2010 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV GOES AUCTION HUNTING FOR A NEW SEASON

Network Picks Up 20 More Episodes Of Successful Original Series

Largest Order For A Second Series In Spike TV History

 

New York, NY, December 1, 2010 – Spike TV has ordered a second season of 20 episodes of its successful original series, “Auction Hunters,” it was announced today by Sharon Levy, Spike TV’s  executive vice president, original series and animation.  This marks the largest order ever for a second season of a Spike original series.  Premiering on November 9, the weekly series has averaged a robust 1.1 million viewers, increasing in viewership each week. (The most recent episode on November 23 drew 1.3 million viewers).  The first season consists of eight episodes with the season finale on Tuesday, December 21.  No date has been announced for the new season.

“Auction Hunters” is among the new crop of Spike original series aimed at broadening the network’s audience.   The show’s current median age is 39, five years older than the network’s current average age in 2010 for original series.  The series is also bringing in new viewers to the channel as 49% of the “Auction Hunters” audience hadn’t watched Spike TV the week before.   Overall, the show has delivered 58% more viewers and 30% more Men 25-34 in the time period versus last year.  

“Ton and Allen are the very best in the storage-unit auction business and our audience has embraced their ingenuity and unique personalities,” noted Levy. 

“Auction Hunters” explores the cutthroat world of storage-unit auctions with two of the best prospectors in the business, Clinton “Ton” Jones and Allen Haff.  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.  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. 

“Auction Hunters” is produced by Gurney Productions and executive produced by Scott Gurney, Deirdre Gurney and Philip Lott.  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.

Allen Haff is a second generation antiques dealer and collector with over 20 years of experience in the field.  By the age of 24, he owned his first antique business in Houston, TX and was one of the earliest eBay sellers of vintage collectibles online.  He moved to Los Angeles ten years ago and immediately began hunting in storage unit auctions, Hollywood thrift stores, estate sales and swap meets and earned a living buying and selling antiques and collectibles.  In 2008, Haff started Hollywood & Vintage, a high volume liquidation company specializing in movie memorabilia and vintage collectibles that he operates from his office and warehouse in Los Angeles.

Ton Jones is a self-described hobbyist who has spent years hunting and fishing, as well as collecting knives, swords, guns, old currency and jewelry.  Jones was introduced to storage unit auctions more than seven years ago when he was looking for old cars to take into the desert to wreck for fun, but what he found was a world specifically tailored to his unique skills.  Jones, an imposing figure standing over 6’0”, 300lbs., is a renowned auction hunter in the Southern California area.  Jones’ expertise lays in rare coins and weaponry, such as medieval swords, daggers and armor.

Spike TV is available in 99.4 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 Contact:       Shana Tepper                Spike TV             212-767-4275