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Jon Taffer – President, Nightclub & Bar Media Group / Chairman, Taffer Dynamics, Inc.

June 21st, 2011 by gulatis

Jon Taffer

President, Nightclub & Bar Media Group

Chairman, Taffer Dynamics, Inc.

A virtual fixture in the restaurant, bar and nightclub business, Taffer is an internationally recognized, award-winning restaurant operator, owner and concept developer. He’s a respected industry “voice” with nearly 30 years of hands-on experience. In January of 2010 he was appointed by Questex Media Group LLC the president of its Nightclub & Bar Media Group, which includes the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show, Nightclub & Bar magazine and related digital media products.

He is a founding member of the Nightclub & Bar Advisory Board, and has been intimately involved with the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show and Nightclub & Bar magazine since its inception, and has been integral to its growth through the years. Taffer’s position with Questex is designed to further the synergies and natural connections between the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show and Nightclub & Bar Magazine.

Taffer has an impressive background in the restaurant, bar and nightclub industries, and most recently served as chairman of Taffer Dynamics where he acts as a consultant and development adviser to the restaurants, nightclubs and hotels around the world. His clients read as the who’s who of the hospitality industry. As one of only six inductees into the Nightclub Hall of Fame, Taffer is also the holder of such distinctions as “Pub Master” in the United Kingdom with multiple honors as “Operator of the Year” and winner of “Property of the Year.” Jon Taffer was also once recognized as “a major leaguer” in Inc. Magazine’s feature, “Angels of the Night.” In his earlier years, Taffer held such positions as general manager, regional director and vice president of large nightclubs and high volume restaurant operations.

As a keynote speaker, Taffer taps into his vast experience that spans the entire spectrum of the food and beverage, hotel and hospitality arenas. He delivers expertise in the creation, development and management of casual restaurants, entertainment venues, nightclubs, bars, stadium/arena food service, resort facilities, and large theme restaurants. Additionally, he always keeps immersed in the hottest “trend-setting” food and beverage endeavors.

Taffer Dynamics, Inc. acquired the Tom Feltenstein’s Neighborhood Marketing InstituteT (NMI) in 2004 and has continued to evolve the brand offerings as an active consultant and prolific development advisor to the restaurant, nightclub and hotel industries. Taffer’s expertise adds new dynamics to NMI with powerful strategies and tactics that increase sales typically by double digits.

Prior to joining the Neighborhood Marketing Group, Taffer served as president of Innovative Hospitality Concepts, Inc. – a world renowned, award winning creator and operator of innovative restaurant and nightclub concepts. A member of many boards, he serves on Nightclub & Bar Magazine, Tradeshow and Convention’s board, Restaurant Marketing Magazine and is a past member of NFL Enterprises’ board of directors.

Among Taffer’s recent speaking engagements are: Intercontinental Hotels (and Holiday Inns) Food & Beverage Council, Sheraton’s Annual F & B Conference (member, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide), HOTFAB Conference, Beverage & Food Show, Grand Casino’s Annual Executive Conference, British American Tobacco Hotel/Restaurant Marketing Conference (Trinidad), The IMCEA Annual Conference, Cooper Hotels Annual General Manager’s Conference and others.

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“Auction Hunters” Father’s Day Colt Peacemaker

June 20th, 2011 by SPIKE Press

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Spike TV Announces Third Season Of “Auction Hunters”

June 20th, 2011 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV ORDERS 26 ADDITIONAL EPISODES OF “AUCTION HUNTERS” INCLUDING FIRST EVER LIVE TELECAST

New Season Will Travel To Seven Different Locations From Brooklyn To Alaska

One Special Episode In 2012 Will Be LIVE

New York, NY, June 20, 2011Spike TV has ordered a third season of 26 episodes of its highest-rated non-scripted original entertainment series, “Auction Hunters,”  it was announced today by Sharon Levy, Spike TV’s  executive vice president, original series and animation.  From Brooklyn to Anchorage, from New Orleans to Hawaii, “Auction Hunters” once again follows Allen Haff and Ton Jones as they traverse the country in search of treasure hidden in storage units.  The new season will include one special LIVE episode in early 2012, the first time ever for the network’s popular franchise.  In this momentous event, Ton and Allen will open up a special pod live in primetime.

“We are thrilled to take the series to all different corners of the country, from New York City to Alaska, to uncover rare and extraordinary items unique to that area,” said Levy.

The markets for season three include Anchorage, Alaska, New Orleans, Washington D.C., New York City, New Jersey, Hawaii, Denver and Los Angeles.  Details for the LIVE episode will come at a later date.

The second season (April 5-May 31) featured episodes in Los Angeles, Miami, Boston, Las Vegas and Chicago.  The show averaged 1.7 million viewers and routinely ranked in the top 5 of shows on cable with Men 18-49 in its timeslot.  “Auction Hunters” also improved the timeslot for Spike (Tuesdays at 10pm) by 53% in total viewers compared to last year.

Every year in America, 50,000 storage facilities hold auctions for abandoned storage units and, at these auctions, over $1 billion worth of goods changes hands.  Each unit has the potential to be a goldmine or a bust for those who make their living hunting unclaimed property.  “Auction Hunters” cuts the lock and opens the door into the high stakes, financial risks and potential rewards where the right purchase can bring in serious cash.  The series follows Haff and Jones in their quest to win auctions, dig for abandoned historical treasure and sell them for a profit.

“Auction Hunters” is produced by Gurney Productions and executive produced by Scott Gurney and Deirdre Gurney.  Levy is Spike TV’s executive vice president, original series and animation, Tim Duffy is senior vice president of original programming for Spike TV.

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 99.6 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.   Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Press Contact:             Shana Tepper                Spike TV                   212-767-4275

SPIKE TV PRESENTS “BAR RESCUE”

June 15th, 2011 by gulatis

SPIKE TV AND RENOWNED NIGHTLIFE CONSULTANT JON TAFFER AIM TO RAISE THE BAR WITH THE SERIES PREMIERE OF “BAR RESCUE”

Top Restaurant and Bar Consultant Jon Taffer To Pour One Last Shot For Ailing Drinking Establishments In Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia When Series Premieres Sunday, July 17 at 10:00 PM

New York, NY, June 15, 2011Spike TV’s new series “Bar Rescue” gives failing nightlife establishments one last chance at success when it premieres Sunday, July 17 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT.  Over the course of the series, one bar per week in cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia will be reborn under the watchful eye of Jon Taffer.  One of the country’s top restaurant and bar consultants, Taffer delves into every business facet of running a bar, from creating a profitable drink/food menu, to music selection, to managing crowds as well as dealing with disgruntled employees.

“Bar Rescue” exhibits Taffer tapping into his vast experience, which spans the entire spectrum of the food and beverage, hotel and hospitality arenas.  His expertise, along with his “in-your-face” style and renowned method of management called “Taffer Dynamics,” helps transform outmoded bars into vibrant, profitable establishments.  From utilizing state-of-the-art science such as eye tracking technology to analyzing the effect the tempo of music being played has on rate of alcohol consumption, Taffer leaves no stone unturned in his efforts to revitalize the venues in “Bar Rescue.”  Turning traditional Irish pubs, biker hangouts and karaoke bars into billiards clubs, surf barbeque restaurants and whiskey taverns is just a sampling of the transformations that take place under Taffer’s supervision.

Aiding Taffer in rebuilding these establishments are his wife Nicole, who operates undercover to help him diagnose each bar’s problems, along with a rotating group of experts, including famed restauranteur Josh Capon, celebrity chef Brian Hill, Diageo Master of Whisky Peter O’Connor and Diageo mixologist Elayne Duke.

Fans can log on to Spike.com to view full episodes, check out before and after photo galleries of the rescued bars, read blogs from Taffer and his experts and get a cocktail recipe for a drink featured on the show every week.

“Bar Rescue” is a ten one-hour episode series produced by 3 Ball Productions/Eyeworks US and Executive Producers JD Roth and Todd A. Nelson (“The Biggest Loser,” “Master Chef,” “I Used to be Fat,” “Flying Wild Alaska”).  Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s executive vice president, original series and animation, Tim Duffy is senior vice president of original programming for Spike TV.

About Jon Taffer:

A virtual fixture in the restaurant, bar and nightclub business, Taffer is an internationally recognized, award-winning restaurant operator, owner and concept developer. He’s a respected industry “voice” with nearly 30 years of hands-on experience in over 800 establishments worldwide and delivers expertise in the creation, development and management of casual restaurants, entertainment venues, nightclubs, bars, stadium/arena food service, resort facilities and large theme restaurants.  In January 2010, he was appointed by Questex Media Group LLC the president of its Nightclub & Bar Media Group, which includes the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show, Nightclub & Bar magazine and related digital media products.

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 http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

 

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PRESS CONTACTS:

Shana Tepper       Spike TV        Shana.Tepper@mtvstaff.com 212-767-4275

Salil Gulati             Spike TV        Salil.Gulati@mtvstaff.com 212-767-8705

Deadliest Warrior – Season 3 Teaser

June 14th, 2011 by budowa

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Spike TV’s Groundbreaking Hit Series, “Deadliest Warrior” Kicks Off A Third Season Of New Matchups On July 20

June 14th, 2011 by leungm

 

SPIKE TV’S GROUNDBREAKING HIT SERIES “DEADLIEST WARRIOR,”

WHERE THE HISTORY OF WAR COLLIDES WITH MODERN SCIENCE,

KICKS OFF A THIRD SEASON OF NEW MATCHUPS ON JULY 20

 

Navy SEAL Richard “Mack” Machowicz Joins The Cast

 Season 3 Features First Female Warrior And First Fantasy Matchup In Series History

 345 Games Set To Launch Follow-Up To Last Year’s Hit Downloadable Game,

“Deadliest Warrior: Legends,” This Summer 

 

Los Angeles, CA, June 14, 2011 – After two seasons of fervid debate, Spike TV’s multi-platform hit show, “Deadliest Warrior,” is back to put more speculation to rest, lining up more legends of war to go head-to-head in a fight to determine who will reign supreme.  This revolutionary third season will create an even more comprehensive composite of these formidable combatants than any previous season, with more in-depth segments and scientific exploration.  “Deadliest Warrior” returns with 10 one-hour episodes on a new night with more unprecedented matchups, including the first female warrior and first fantasy matchup, beginning Wednesday, July 20 (10-11p.m., ET/PT) on Spike TV.

The debut episode, “George Washington vs. Napoleon Bonaparte,” features two larger-than-life generals who both fought in the age of revolutions, now meeting for the first time on the battlefield.   America’s first great general, George Washington, who defeated the British empire against all odds to become known as the father of the world’s most powerful nation, will square off against Napoleon Bonaparte, the brutal French warlord turned emperor who terrorized Europe in his quest to conquer the world. 

Other highly-anticipated matchups this season include the series’ first female warrior Joan of Arc vs. William the Conqueror, Genghis Khan vs. Hannibal, Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot, U.S. Army Rangers vs. North Korean Special Operations Force, Crazy Horse vs. Pancho Villa, Ivan the Terrible vs. Hernan Cortes, French Foreign Legion vs. Gurkhas and our first fantasy matchup Zombies vs. Vampires

The new season of “Deadliest Warrior” is focused on enhancing the viewer experience and more definitively crowning a winner with several updates to the show, including:

New Co-host Navy SEAL Richard “Mack” Machowicz (“Future Weapons”): Mack brings a warrior’s perspective to this series, as well as a weapons and battle tactician’s expertise.  He provides viewers with a richer understanding of the men behind the weapons and insight into their specific military strategies.

New Armory Segment: resident weapons fabricator David Baker will discuss how he makes each weapon.  He also covers the weapon design and historical data behind the weapons. 

New Digital Combat Engine: created by game designer Robert Daly, it incorporates complex weapons data, damage probabilities and more than 100 different X factors.  The new combat engine will also simulate 5,000 battles, upped from the previous 1000. 

X factors: series will now take into account hundreds of critical intangibles that will be given numerical values based on analysis of the warriors’ lives, tactics and psychological profiles.  These can range from the warrior’s diet and physique to the terrain to what type of disease was prevalent and the extent of medical attention available at that time. 

Chalk Talk: a new segment led by Mack, where each warrior’s most infamous battle’s strategy will be drawn out on touch tables to uncover weaknesses and strengths.

Geoff’s Fabrication Lab: for the more unorthodox scenarios, co-host Geoff Desmoulin will describe in depth his thought process and the science behind the test fabrication in order to collect the most accurate data.  

Expanded role of Dr. Dorian: co-host Dorian will still analyze the trauma to the human body, but will now delve into the physical and psychological traits that have shaped each warrior – many of which become X factors.    

Warrior Specific Experts: each side will now feature one historical expert and one weapons expert.    

Spike.com will feature exclusive “Deadliest Warrior” content, including the Web show “Deadliest Warrior – The Aftermath” – an online round table discussion following each on-air premiere of the “Deadliest Warrior,” as well as special videos and past season matchups.  Additionally, users can sign up for the Warrior’s Den newsletter at warrior.spike.com and follow @Warriors_Den and @Spike_TV on Twitter to get additional content, spoilers and information for the new season. 

Leading up to the highly anticipated third season premiere, Spike.com debuts a special “Deadliest Warrior Preseason Aftermath” that will preview what viewers can expect to see from the new season, including sneak peek footage from upcoming episodes and an exclusive look at the season premiere.  Hosted by Kieron Elliot, the special will highlight popular topics from the show, such as new technology, weapons and the warrior lineup.  Hosts Richard “Mack” Machowicz, Geoff Desmoulin and Dr. Armand Dorian will be on hand to give their expert opinions on these topics and will also answer Facebook and Twitter questions from fans.  The final matchup of Season 3 will also be exclusively revealed during this special.

Each new episode of “Deadliest Warrior” will be made available in HD for download-to-own the day after the episode premieres on iTunes, Xbox, Sony Playstation and Amazon Video On Demand.    New episodes in SD will also launch day after air on Samsung’s Media Hub (Galaxy Tab and other devices). 

Building on the success of the series and last year’s hit downloadable game, “Deadliest Warrior: The Game” which sold over 400,000 units, the new warrior-based fighting video game, “Deadliest Warrior: Legends,” will reach beyond weapons and armor and put gamers back on the battlefield with the most legendary warriors in history.  This version will feature new heroic warriors, new fighting options, a more precise projectile system, more arenas and a new campaign mode.  The title, published by 345 Games, will be available on Xbox Live Arcade and Sony Playstation Network this summer. 

Deadliest Warrior” is produced by 44 Blue Productions, Inc. with Rasha Drachkovitch and Tim Warren serving as executive producers. Sharon Levy, Tim Duffy and Jeff Savaiano are Spike TV’s executives in charge of production. 

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.   Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos. 

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Press Contact:  

Melissa Leung Sugiura           310/407-4729             melissa.sugiura@mtvstaff.com

SPIKE TV, THOM BEERS’ ORIGINAL PRODUCTIONS AND ZENESCOPE

June 13th, 2011 by leungm

SPIKE TV, THOM BEERS’ ORIGINAL PRODUCTIONS AND ZENESCOPE

PARTNER TO CREATE GRAPHIC NOVEL FOR “1000 WAYS TO DIE”

 

New York, NY, June 13, 2011 – Spike TV’s hit original series, “1000 Ways To Die,” will now be showcased in a graphic novel, it was announced today by Sharon Levy,  executive vice president, original series, Spike TV, Thom Beers, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Producer of Original Productions and Ralph Tedesco, Editor-In-Chief, Zenescope Entertainment. 

The first ever graphic novel adaptation of a Spike TV show will be produced by Tedesco and Zenescope Entertainment, one of the most recognized independent comic book and graphic novel publishers in the world behind such titles as “Grimm Fairy Tales,”  “SE7EN,” and “Return To Wonderland.” Currently in its third season, “1000 Ways To Die,” created by Thom Beers, is one of the highest-rated original series on Spike TV and most-viewed series on Spike.com.

The 200-page “1000 Ways To Die” graphic novel will be available in comic stores throughout the U.S. this fall to coincide with new original episodes. 

“We’re definitely very excited to be working with the crew over at Spike.  Our brands fit extremely well together and “1000 Ways To Die” is a phenomenal property to bring into the world of graphic novels,” said Tedesco. 

“We’re thrilled to add another platform to one of the network’s most successful franchises, which is already a hit on television and online,” said Levy.

“A graphic novel is a fantastic vehicle to expand the “1,000 Ways To Die” signature, and a perfect collaboration between Spike TV, Original Productions and Zenescope”, said Beers.“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.  1000 Ways to Die” comes from renowned producer Thom Beers’ Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company.

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 http://www.spike.com/press.   Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

 

About Original Productions

Founded by Thom Beers, Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company, produces authentic non-fiction programming featuring everyday heroes in extraordinary situations including Emmy® Award winning Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers, Ax Men, Black Gold, and Coal. A respected powerhouse in unscripted reality television, Original Productions has produced more than 1,200 hours of original programming with 14 series currently airing on seven US television networks. www.origprod.com, www.fremantlemedia.com.

 

About Zenescope Entertainment

Zenescope Entertainment was founded by Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco in 2005 and has quickly grown into one of the top comic book and graphic novel publishing companies in the world.  Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales and subsequent spinoff series such as Escape From Wonderland, Neverland and The Piper, which put a dark twist on classic fables, are some of the best-selling and longest running original independent comic books on shelves today.   Zenescope’s licensed titles include the on-going, critically acclaimed Charmed series, based off of the long-running popular television series, as well as Se7en and Final Destination, based off of New Line Cinema’s successful film franchises.  You can find Zenescope on the web at www.zenescope.com, www.facebook.com/zenescope and follow them on Twitter @Zenescope .

 

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Contacts:   

Spike TV:

David Schwarz    212-767-8639         david.schwarz@mtvstaff.com  

Original Productions

Elizabeth Vendely/Maggie Nye   818-783-3707         elizabeth@vendely.com         Maggie@vendely.com

Zenescope Entertainment:

Tara Shakespeare 717-877-0826       tshakespeare@zenescope.com

Bar Rescue

June 10th, 2011 by gulatis