“GTTV With Geoff Keighley” Levels Up for 2011

January 20th, 2011 by SPIKE Press

“GTTV WITH GEOFF KEIGHLEY” LEVELS UP FOR 2011
NEW LOOK, NEW SEGMENTS AND A NEW TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
FUEL THE BRAND NEW SEASON, PREMIERING
THURSDAY, JANUARY 27 ON SPIKE TV

Internet Star Justine Ezarik (iJustine) Joins Hosts Geoff Keighley, Daniel Kayser And
Amanda MacKay To Bring Viewers The Latest In Technology And Gadgets

Full Episodes, Extended Clips And Online Exclusives Can Be Viewed At GT.TV

New York, NY, Jan. 20, 2011 – The New Year brings a whole new look to Spike TV’s weekly half-hour show about video games, “GTTV with Geoff Keighley.”  Now entering its fourth season, GTTV is the ultimate guide to what’s next in the fast-paced world of gaming, featuring world exclusive first looks at the hottest games of the future.  The all new season of GTTV premieres Thursday, January 27th at 1:10 AM ET/PT on Spike.

Along with an entirely new look for 2011, GTTV will add a weekly segment that dives into the latest technology news and trends.  Streamy-nominated vlogger and Internet star Justine Ezarik (iJustine) will make the jump from the computer monitor to television to give GTTV viewers her thoughts on everything from robots to tablets to 3D televisions.

Continuing to cover every major gaming event and launch as well as deliver AAA world-exclusive trailers, gameplay, reviews and news, GTTV will also level-up with new gaming-focused segments for 2011.  “Combat Facts!” heads onto the firing range to see if today’s games accurately portray real-world military weaponry and “GT Comedy” delivers weekly hilarity by popular video game comedians and sketch artists such as Mega64 and Keith Apicary.

“We couldn’t be more excited to offer our viewers a bigger, better and broader GTTV for 2011,” said host and executive in charge of video game publisher relations for Spike, Geoff Keighley.  “Spike is the No. 1 channel for video game programming on television and online and the new GTTV only strengthens our position as the go-to source for game information.”

Fans can catch a promo of the new season at http://www.gametrailers.com/player/709370.html.   Viewers can also extend their experience of the show by going online to GT.TV (as reflected in the new logo) for full episodes and expanded clips.  Additionally, a brand new Facebook tab at www.facebook.com/gametrailers will begin featuring exclusive GTTV content with behind-the-scenes videos, pictures, contest announcements and more.

GameTrailers (GT) is the premier video destination for gaming entertainment and information.  GT delivers timely, high-definition broadband video content for gamers that includes original shows, video reviews, game trailers and comprehensive video coverage of gaming events from around the world.  GT also has a robust community that features user-generated content, a community marketplace and a variety of communication tools so gamers can talk to friends and share media such as fan movies, machinima and daily blogs.  GT has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York and is a division of Viacom Inc.’s (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) MTV Networks Entertainment Group.

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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Spike TV Digs Down Deep for New Original Series, “Coal”

January 5th, 2011 by SPIKE Press

“When you’re in a pitch black coal mine 700 feet from daylight, a single misstep, a bump from a headlamp or a misplaced cord can bring tons of earth caving in around you and your crew.” – Tom, a West Virginia Coal miner

SPIKE TV DIGS DOWN DEEP FOR NEW ORIGINAL SERIES, “COAL”

Thom Beers To Produce New Documentary-Reality Series Featuring
The Lives Of West Virginia Coal Miners

Pasadena, CA, January 5, 2011 – Spike TV and reality powerhouse producer Thom Beers, take viewers down into the depths of the earth for an unprecedented look at one of the world’s most dangerous and compelling jobs, coal mining.  Spike TV will premiere the 10 episode, one-hour series starting Wednesday, March 30.  The series will be executive produced by Beers’ Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company.  Beers is the mastermind behind hit cable shows that explore high-risk occupations such as the Emmy® Award-winning “Deadliest Catch,” “Ice Road Truckers” and “Ax Men.”

“Coal mining is an integral part of the American economy and the lifeblood of communities across the U.S. and the world,” said Sharon Levy, executive vice president, original series and animation, Spike TV.  “This series is going to shine a light on the brave men and women and their families who endure the rigors of this arduous profession.”  

The Spike TV original series explores coal mining through the eyes of Mike Crowder and Tom Roberts, part-owners of Cobalt Mine in Westchester, West Virginia, and the area’s hard-working miners, families and community members. 

Crowder and Roberts face pressure every minute of every day not only to keep the mine up and running, but also to keep their workers safe in a highly combustible environment where one wrong move could prove deadly.  The duo leads more than 40 machine operators, foremen, electricians and coal truck drivers in one of the most dangerous workplaces on the planet, underneath the mountains of Appalachia.  Every aspect of the job will be covered, from the dangers behind the super-charged mining process, to the well-publicized daily dangers of working in the dark recesses of the earth’s crust in a traditional underground mine and the lengths to which the mine goes in order to ensure worker safety to the sense of accomplishment and pride in finally bringing coal to the surface.

Crowder and Roberts are loyal family men and they require the support of their loved ones to tackle the daily demands of the mine.  Tom’s commitment to the job is reflected in a mining career that’s spanned more than 45 years.  He has seen his share of accidents and knows that any mistake can bring disaster.

Mike learned to get his hands dirty at a young age, growing up the son of a tire shop owner.  A former college football star, Mike worked as a computer consultant for 20 years until he went into business with Tom in 2007.  The pair struck up a coal mining partnership while watching their sons practice football.

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.  Executive Producers for Original Productions are Thom Beers and Philip D. Segal and Co-Executive Producers are Jeff Conroy and Eric Lange.

ABOUT SPIKE TV:
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 www.spike.com/press

Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company
Founded by Thom Beers, Original Productions produces authentic non-fiction programming featuring everyday heroes in extraordinary situations including the Emmy® Award Winning Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers, Ax Men, Black Gold, The Colony, Wild Justice, Storage Wars and 1,000 Ways To Die. 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, one of the leading creators and producers of world-wide entertainment brands. www.originalproductions.com/ www.fremantlemedia.com

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