Zac Levi To Host 2011 “Video Game Awards”

November 30th, 2011 by gulatis

ZACHARY LEVI PLUGS IN AS HOST OF SPIKE TV’S 2011 “VIDEO GAME AWARDS”

Show To Feature A Performance By The Black Keys Of Their Video Game Hit “Lonely Boy”
Grammy Nominated Electronic Artist Deadmau5
Will Perform Throughout The Telecast

“Gamer God” Award To Be Bestowed Upon Blizzard Entertainment Founders
And World Premiere Of New Footage From “Diablo III” To Be Shown

“VGAs” Air LIVE On Spike TV And MTV2 And Will Be Streaming On Spike.com
Saturday, December 10 At 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT

New York, NY, November 30, 2011 – Star of NBC’s “Chuck,” voice actor for “Fallout: New Vegas” and “Halo: Reach,” owner of the nerd culture site www.TheNerdMachine.com and video game super fan Zachary Levi will host Spike TV’s 2011 “Video Game Awards” (#VGA). Telecasting from Los Angeles, CA and featuring some of the most notable names in video games, Hollywood, music, sports and more, the two-hour event honoring the outstanding achievements within the video game industry over the past year will premiere LIVE on Spike TV, MTV2 and Spike.com on Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT.

“Zac Levi is an avid gamer who is truly a part of gaming culture and understands the fans,” says Casey Patterson, Executive Producer and Executive Vice President, Event Production, Talent & Studio Relations for Viacom Entertainment Group. “He has great ideas about this year’s show. Zac is all about honoring the year in gaming and ushering in the future by showcasing massive world premieres at this year’s event. We’re excited to be working with Zac.”

Audience members and viewers will also be treated to a live performance by Grammy Award recording artists The Black Keys, who will perform their video game hit, “Lonely Boy,” and the duration of the festivities will feature Grammy nominee and dance music innovator deadmau5, who will transform the show with his visual representation of sound into a real life video game experience.

Among the list of presenters and attendees are Sports Illustrated cover model and star of “Battleship” Brooklyn Decker, “Family Guy” star and voice of Joker in the “Mass Effect” series Seth Green, cast members of “Workaholics” Blake Anderson, Adam Devine and Anders Holm, multiplatinum and Grammy Award-winning recording artist LL Cool J, stars of the upcoming “American Reunion” Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott, the most prolific quarterback and wide receiver combination in NFL history, Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, and many more to be announced shortly.

This year, Spike TV will be bestowing the Gamer God Award upon the three founders of Blizzard Entertainment for their immense contributions to the electronic gaming medium. Creators of the “World of Warcraft,” “Starcraft” and “Diablo” entertainment universes, Blizzard is celebrating its 20th anniversary – as well as the 15th anniversary of “Diablo” – in 2011. Co-founders Michael Morhaime, Allen Adham, and Frank Pearce will accept the award and treat Blizzard’s global community to the full never-before-seen opening cinematic of the company’s upcoming release, “Diablo III.”

The talent joins the already announced never-before-seen world premieres of the most anticipated games of 2012 and beyond, including BioWare’s next project, the next “Alan Wake” game and “Metal Gear Solid: Rising,” “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Patriots,” “Transformers: Fall of Cybertron,” and Most Anticipated Game nominee, “BioShock Infinite” as part this year’s “VGA” festivities.

For additional information about other “VGA” world exclusives and announcements, fans can log onto VGA.spike.com and get updates via Twitter @SPIKE_TV, as well as the hashtag #VGA.

Leading the way with 12 nominations at the 2011 “VGAs” is “Portal 2” by Valve. Rocksteady Studios’ second adventure featuring the Dark Knight, “Batman: Arkham City” garnered 10 nominations, while the third chapter in the Nathan Drake adventure, “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” by Naughty Dog and independent game “Bastion” rounded out the top most- nominated games with 9 and 5 nods each, respectively.

Nominees for Spike TV’s 2011 “Video Game Awards” were determined by the VGA Advisory Council, made up of a group of some of the most well-respected video game journalists from media outlets including Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Game Informer Magazine, Kotaku, Joystiq, GameSpot, IGN and WIRED.

For the first time, Viacom Media Networks will broaden the reach and impact of the 2011 “VGAs” by simultaneously airing the show LIVE on both Spike TV and MTV2, as well as on Spike.com. Internationally, the “VGAs” will air in over 100 countries and territories around the world.

Mark Burnett, Casey Patterson and Carol Donovan will serve as executive producers of Spike TV’s 2011 “Video Game Awards.”

The presenting sponsors for the 2011 “Video Game Awards” are the all-new Chevy Sonic, Dr Pepper TEN, KFC Hot Wings and KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner. Energizer® Ultimate Lithium is the associate sponsor, with AXE and Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol serving as digital sponsors.

Spike TV is available in 99.8 million homes and is a division of Viacom Entertainment Group. 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 http://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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Contacts:
Aileen Budow                                                                                 Salil Gulati
212.767.3952                                                                                212.767.8705
aileen.budow@spiketv.com                                                    salil.gulati@spiketv.com

CEDRIC FOSTER PROMOTED TO VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER, SPIKE DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT

November 29th, 2011 by SPIKE Press

CEDRIC FOSTER PROMOTED TO VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER, SPIKE DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT

New York, NY, November 29, 2011 – Cedric Foster has been promoted to vice president and general manager of Spike Digital, it was jointly announced today by Kevin Kay, president, Spike TV, and Erik Flannigan, executive vice president, Digital Media, Viacom Media Networks Entertainment group. In his new role, Foster takes the reins as general manager of the Spike digital business, in charge of the digital brand, content and programming strategy, and the creative direction of Spike Digital Entertainment.

Joining Spike in 2006, Foster most recently served as senior director, content and programming, where he oversaw the brand creative and network content and editorial programming for Spike.com. Prior to that, Foster served as television producer at sister channel MTV, where he worked on a wide range of shows and specials including “The MTV Video Music Awards,” “MTV Spring Break,” and the “MTV Super Bowl Halftime Show.”

Foster joined MTV in 2000 as a freelance production assistant and has produced for MTV MTV2, and VH1. He began his professional career at Sports Illustrated in 1999, where he served as associate marketing manager.

Foster graduated Wake Forest University Cum Laude with B.A in Communications. Foster lives in Cranford, New Jersey where he grew up, with his wife and two children.

Spike TV is available in 99.8 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), Viacom Media 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:   David Schwarz              Spike TV                        212-767-8639

GAMESTOP PRE-ORDER FOR “DEADLIEST WARRIOR: ANCIENT COMBAT” INCLUDES TWO EXCLUSIVE TV EPISODES FROM THE SPIKE TV HIT SERIES

November 28th, 2011 by gulatis

GAMESTOP PRE-ORDER FOR “DEADLIEST WARRIOR: ANCIENT COMBAT” INCLUDES TWO EXCLUSIVE TV EPISODES FROM THE SPIKE TV HIT SERIES

New York, NY – November 28, 2011 – 345 Games announced today that GameStop customers who pre-order the upcoming “Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat” video game will receive two additional full episodes of Spike TV’s hit multi-platform series, “Deadliest Warrior,” at time of purchase. This bonus content will include one episode never previously released on Blu-Ray or DVD.

Pre-orders for “Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat” on PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox®360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft will be available from now until January 9, 2012. Only customers who pre-order the game will receive the bonus episodes.

“Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat” is a disc-based video game/TV show hybrid. Based on the successful Spike TV series “Deadliest Warrior,” which pits two of the most feared warriors civilization has ever known against each other, the game combines exclusive TV show content with the two wildly popular downloadable console games, “Deadliest Warrior: The Game” and “Deadliest Warrior: Legends.”

The video game includes all the previously released downloadable content packs along with new game features. It also features all the characters and weapons from both previous games and six full episodes of “Deadliest Warrior.” Additional game content exclusive to “DW: Ancient Combat” includes a ‘Graveyard’ playable arena and 30 new weapons for the “DW: Legends” warriors, including a ‘Lochaber Axe’ for William Wallace, a ‘Monk’s Spade’ for Sun Tzu and a ‘Tsonga Battle Axe’ for Shaka Zula. The game will be fully compatible for online play with all versions of the game.

Do you have what it takes to be the “Deadliest Warrior”? Rated ‘M’ for Mature by the ESRB, “Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat” will launch January 10, 2012 and MSRP for $29.99 at North American retailers everywhere. For more information about “Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat,” please visit
http://www.spike.com/shows/deadliest-warrior/ or follow the game on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/deadliestwarrior.

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ABOUT 345 GAMES
345 Games, the video gaming arm of COMEDY CENTRAL and Spike TV, develops products based on the Viacom Entertainment Group’s franchises and brands. The first two titles released under this label included COMEDY CENTRAL’s hit animated show “Ugly Americans” and Spike TV’s successful multi-platform series “Deadliest Warrior.”

ABOUT DEADLIEST WARRIOR
Each week on Spike TV’s “Deadliest Warrior,” a new episode will pit two of the most feared warriors civilization has ever known against each other. Along with the use of 21st century science and the latest in CGI technology, each episode 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. Other highly-anticipated showdowns this season include: Joan of Arc vs. William the Conqueror, Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot, Hannibal vs. Genghis Khan, US Army Rangers vs. North Korean Special Operations Force. Check out “Deadliest Warrior” on Facebook.

Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox LIVE are either registered trademarks or trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

345 Games
Aileen Budow | aileen.budow@mtvn.com | 212.767.3952
Claire Delacruz | claire.delacruz@mtvn.com | 310.907.2379

Reverb Communications
Tracie Snitker | tracie@reverbinc.com | 209.586.1495 x104
Gregory Hutto | gregory@reverbinc.com | 209.586.1495 x110

Bellator 58: Alvarez vs. Chandler Full Fight

November 21st, 2011 by gulatis

In his second title defense lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez faced undefeated tournament winner Michael Chandler. The two produced a fight of the year candidate at Bellator 58. Check out the full fight of this instant classic.

Bellator 58: Alvarez vs. Chandler Full Fight
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Hideo Kojima reveals the “truth” about Metal Gear Solid: Rising at the 2011 Video Game Awards Saturday December 10th at 8p ET / 5p PT only on SPIKE.

November 21st, 2011 by gulatis

The Truth About Metal Gear Solid Rising
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Spike Announces VGA Nominees & Honors “Legend Of Zelda” With First Ever Video Game Hall Of Fame Award

November 16th, 2011 by gulatis

SPIKE ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST VIDEO GAME HALL OF FAME AWARD
“LEGEND OF ZELDA” FRANCHISE TO BE FIRST HONOREE INDUCTED AT THE 2011 “VIDEO GAME AWARDS”

Global Multiplatform Event Will Include Exclusive World Premieres Of The Most Anticipated Titles Of 2012 And Beyond, Including “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Patriots,” “Transformers: Fall of Cybertron” and “BioShock Infinite”

Complete List Of Nominees Announced, With “Portal 2” and “Batman:  Arkham City” Leading the Way With 12 and 10 Nominations Each, Respectively, And “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” Rounds Out the Top 3 With 9 Nominations

Executive Produced By Mark Burnett, The 2011 “VGAs” Will Air LIVE On Saturday, December 10 On Spike TV, MTV2 And Spike.com

New York, NY, November 16, 2011 – Spike TV today announced the creation of its first ever Video Game Hall of Fame Award.  This annual honor will recognize the most memorable and innovative video game franchises in history.  The inaugural recipient, “The Legend of Zelda,™” is one of the most influential and beloved gaming franchises of all time.  The legendary series will take its rightful place as the first entry into the Video Game Hall of Fame, with a special tribute at the 2011 “Video Game Awards” (#VGA) – the network’s ninth annual live televised event to celebrate the best in games.  Telecasting from Los Angeles, CA and featuring some of the most notable names in video games, Hollywood, music, sports and more, the two-hour event honoring the outstanding achievements within the video game industry over the past year will premiere LIVE on Spike TV, MTV 2 and Spike.com on Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT.

“The ‘VGAs’ always celebrate the best games of the year and preview the future with world premieres,” said Casey Patterson executive producer of the “VGAs” and executive vice president of event production for Viacom Media Networks Entertainment Group. “Now our Video Game Hall of Fame will recognize the game franchises throughout history that have brought the industry to where it is today.”

“It is only natural to start with ‘Zelda,’” said Geoff Keighley, executive in charge, publisher relations, Spike. “‘The Legend of Zelda’ is a franchise that inspired many of us to see the potential of games when it debuted 25 years ago, one that has successfully transitioned from one game console generation to the next and has continually shown the narrative and artistic potential of the medium.”

“All of us at Nintendo are truly honored to have ‘The Legend of Zelda’ as the first inductee into Spike’s Video Game Hall of Fame,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of sales & marketing. “As we mark the 25th anniversary of the ‘Zelda’ series, we look forward to the December 10th ‘VGA’ event as a very special way to celebrate with fans and SPIKE viewers around the globe.”

The 2011 “Video Game Awards” will feature world premieres of the most anticipated games of 2012 and beyond.  In addition to the previously announced exclusives debuts of BioWare’s next project, the next “Alan Wake” game and “Metal Gear Solid: Rising,” this year’s viewers will get the first look at footage from “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Patriots,” “Transformers: Fall of Cybertron” and Most Anticipated Game nominee, “BioShock Infinite.”  Additional exclusives will be announced in the coming weeks.

For additional information about other “VGA” world exclusives and announcements, fans can log onto VGA.spike.com and get updates via Twitter @SPIKE_TV as well as the hashtag #VGA.

Leading the way with 12 nominations is “Portal 2” by Valve.  Rocksteady Studios’ second adventure featuring the Dark Knight, “Batman: Arkham City” garnered 10 nominations, while the third chapter in the Nathan Drake adventure, “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” by Naughty Dog and independent game “Bastion” rounded out the top most nominated games with 9 and 5 nods each, respectively.

Nominees for Spike TV’s 2011 “Video Game Awards” were determined by the VGA Advisory Council, made up of a group of some of the most well-respected video game journalists from media outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Game Informer Magazine, Kotaku, Joystiq, GameSpot, IGN and WIRED.

Below are several of the nominees and categories for Spike TV’s 2011 “Video Game Awards.”  For a full list, please go to VGA.spike.com.

GAME OF THE YEAR

“Batman: Arkham City” (Warner Bros Interactive / Rocksteady Studios)

“The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” (Bethesda Softworks / Bethesda Game Studios)

“The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword” (Nintendo)

“Portal 2” (Valve)

“Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” (Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog)

STUDIO OF THE YEAR

Bethesda Game Studios

Naughty Dog

Rocksteady Studios

Valve

 

BEST SHOOTER

“Battlefield 3” (Electronic Arts / DICE)

“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” (Activision / Infinity Ward / Sledgehammer Games)

“Gears of War 3” (Microsoft Studios / Epic Games)

“Rage” (Bethesda Softworks / Id Software)

BEST INDEPENDENT GAME

“Bastion” (Supergiant Games)

“Minecraft” (Mojang)

“Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP” (Capybara Games)

“The Binding of Isaac” (Edmund McMillen)

For the first time, Viacom Media Networks will broaden the reach and impact of the 2011 “VGAs” by simultaneously airing the show LIVE on both Spike TV and MTV2, as well as on Spike.com.  Internationally, the “VGAs” will air in over 100 countries and territories around the world.  In addition, the show will include unique interactive opportunities only available to viewers during the initial live broadcast.  Further details will be announced in the weeks to come.

Mark Burnett, Casey Patterson and Carol Donovan will serve as executive producers of Spike TV’s 2011 “Video Game Awards.”

“The presenting sponsors for the 2011 “Video Game Awards” are the all-new Chevy Sonic, Dr Pepper TEN, KFC Hot Wings and KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner.  Energizer® Ultimate Lithium is the associate sponsor, with AXE and Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol serving as digital sponsors.”

Spike TV is available in 99.8 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 http://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.

“The Legend of Zelda” is a trademark of Nintendo.

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Contacts:
Aileen Budow                                                                  Salil Gulati
212.767.3952                                                                 212.767.8705
aileen.budow@spiketv.com                                     salil.gulati@spiketv.com

 

SPIKE TV TO PREMIERE “MMA JUNKIE LIVE” IN 2012

November 16th, 2011 by gulatis

SPIKE TV TO PREMIERE “MMA JUNKIE LIVE” IN 2012

Network To Partner With Popular Mixed Martial Arts News Website,
“MMAjunkie.com,” For Its First-Ever Prime Time Mixed Martial Arts News Magazine Show

New York, NY, November 16, 2011 – Spike TV will debut its first ever prime time mixed martial arts news magazine show, “MMA Junkie Live,” in January 2012, it was announced today by Jon Slusser, senior vice president, sports and multi-platform programming, Spike TV. Broadcast live from the iconic MTV Studios in Times Square, the heart of New York City, this half-hour, multi-platform show will feature a look ahead at the weekend’s big mixed martial arts fights, and a look back at the action from recent bouts.

Partnering with the award-winning MMA news website, “MMAjunkie.com,” part of the USA TODAY Sports Media Group, the half-hour show will be hosted by an all-star team of MMA experts and journalists who will engage in discussion and debate regarding the latest news from the sport. “MMA Junkie Live” will also feature live in-studio interviews with many of the world’s top fighters, in-depth features, action-packed highlights, as well as viewer interaction via Twitter, Facebook and other social media channels.

“The goal of the series will be to create the must-see destination for MMA fans who crave news, discussion, information, and expert opinion about the sport they love in a unique and entertaining way,” said Slusser. “Building on our multi-platform success, this show will be an experience that takes advantage of social and mobile platforms to engage viewers in real time and make them a part of the live show.”

Hosts will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

Spike TV is available in 99.8 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), Viacom Media 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.

The USA TODAY Sports Media Group, created in January 2011, encompasses all sports initiatives across USA TODAY, as well as Gannett Co. Inc.’s 81 community newspaper properties, 23 broadcast television stations, HighSchoolSports.net and BNQT.com. USA TODAY is owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI).

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Press Contacts:

David Schwarz

Spike TV

212-767-8639

SPIKE TV LAUNCHES NEW CAMPAIGN AIMED AT HELPING VETERANS FIND WORK

November 11th, 2011 by gulatis

SPIKE TV LAUNCHES NEW CAMPAIGN AIMED AT HELPING VETERANS FIND WORK

“Hire A Veteran” Will Salute Companies That Put America’s Real Heroes To Work After Serving Their Country

New York, NY, November 11, 2011 – Spike TV, a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), proudly announces it has created a comprehensive initiative to salute companies that hire the brave men and women of our armed forces when they return home from service. “Hire A Veteran” will showcase businesses, from Main St. to Wall St., that provide jobs for the selfless heroes who risk their lives in defense of our country.

The network will also create a website that will serve as a destination for vets looking for work and companies looking to hire those leaving the armed services.  The announcement was made today by Kevin Kay, Spike TV president.

“Spike TV is honored to assist this country’s veterans – real-life heroes who represent the best of what our country is about,” said Kay.  “These young men and women who have bravely served their country are now making the often difficult transition from military service to the general workforce. Hire-A-Veteran is designed to help in that process.”

Spike TV will create a series of original public service announcements for its multiple platforms that will call to attention businesses that have hired or created positions for veterans.  These “Honor Roll” spots will feature the actual veterans who will discuss what it means to them to have found work.  The network will also serve as a media partner for nonprofit organizations committed to hiring veterans, offering them opportunities for publicity and recognition, while incentivizing other companies to make their own commitments. Among those appearing in Spike’s “Hire A Veteran” spots include Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Drew Brees, George Lucas, Bradley Cooper, Larry Fitzgerald, and others.

The organizations partnering with Spike in the “Hire A Veteran” initiative include IAVA, Wounded Warrior Project, GI Jobs, Helmets to Hardhats, HireHeroesUSA, VETSAgency, Military.com, among others.

The companies saluted will range from those in the Fortune 500 who have initiated a training program for veterans to a small-town construction company that actively recruits veterans.  Spike will run spots saluting different companies periodically throughout the day. Every few weeks, Spike will showcase a new crop of organizations who are hiring veterans.

Spike TV has created a website HireAVet.spike.com for more information for veterans looking for work, companies looking to hire veterans, job training and mentoring and veterans looking to start their own business.

Spike TV is available in 99.8 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), Viacom Media 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:   David Schwarz              Spike TV                             212-767-8639

 

SPIKE TV NAMES TOM ZAPPALA EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, PROGRAMMING, SPIKE TV

November 10th, 2011 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV NAMES TOM ZAPPALA EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, PROGRAMMING, SPIKE TV

New York, NY, November 10, 2011 - Spike TV has named Tom Zappala as executive vice president, programming, it was announced today by Kevin Kay, president, Spike TV, to whom he will report. Zappala previously served as executive vice president, acquisitions and scheduling at Disney/ABC Cable Networks Group.

Zappala will oversee all of Spike’s scheduling and media planning, as well as its acquisitions as the network continues to grow its original programming efforts, building upon the already successful expansion of a program schedule which appeals to its expanding demographic.

“We are thrilled to have one of the top programmers in the industry join our team,” said Kay. “Tom has a proven track record of success and we look forward to utilizing his wealth of programming experience as Spike continues to grow and expand its audience.”

At Disney, Zappala was responsible for all off-network, first-run and feature acquisitions and international and domestic co-productions and oversaw the strategic planning and linear and digital scheduling of ABC Family. He joined ABC Family in April 2003 as senior vice president, and oversaw the acquisition of key event features including hit movies “Cyberbully,” “Another Cinderella Story,” “Picture This!” as well as the co-productions of the successful “Bring it On” and “Cutting Edge” movie franchises, the original animated special, “A Miser Brothers’ Christmas,” and the series “Falcon Beach,” which was produced in conjunction with Canada’s Global TV network. He also negotiated off-net ABC Family acquisitions, including “Gilmore Girls,” “My Wife and Kids,” “That 70’s Show” and blockbuster theatricals, including the “Harry Potter” series of films, “The Blind Side” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” Zappala also oversaw the off-network, first run and feature acquisitions for the cable network SOAPnet.

Prior to joining ABC Family, Zappala was senior vice president, programming, Viacom where he was responsible for overseeing all programming and research operations for the 35-owned and operated television stations, which at various times included affiliates from the CBS, NBC, FOX, UPN and WB networks. In addition, Zappala negotiated Viacom’s off-network, first-run and feature acquisitions including, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Friends,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Dr. Phil,” as well as terms for the broadcast windows for theatrical hits such as “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.” Zappala was also involved in the development of syndicated programs including “The Insider,” “Hot Ticket” and “Unexplained Mysteries.” Previously, he held the positions of vice president and executive director, programming at Paramount before purchased by Viacom.

Zappala holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire.

Spike TV is available in 99.8 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), Viacom Media 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:      David Schwarz                  Spike TV                      212-767-8639

Spike TV presents a special LIVE event tonight, Tuesday, November 15 at 10:00pm featuring Allen Haff and Ton Jones from “Auction Hunters” and Doug Clark and Mike Baird from “Flip Men.”

November 10th, 2011 by SPIKE Press

Flip Men And Auction Hunters Side-By-Side Nov 15
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