SPIKE TV TO ANNOUNCE “FLIP FOR CASH” SWEEPSTAKES DURING SPECIAL LIVE EVENT ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 AT 10:00PM

November 9th, 2011 by gulatis

SPIKE TV TO ANNOUNCE “FLIP FOR CASH” SWEEPSTAKES DURING SPECIAL LIVE EVENT ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 AT 10:00PM

The Hosts Of Auction Hunters And Flip Men To Appear In The Live And Interactive Multi-Platform Broadcast Special

New York, NY, November 9, 2011Spike TV presents a special live event on Tuesday, November 15 at 10:00pm featuring Allen Haff and Ton Jones from “Auction Hunters” and Doug Clark and Mike Baird from “Flip Men.”  Emanating from Los Angeles, LIVE interstitials will wrap around new episodes of Spike’s hit series “Auction Hunters” and “Flip Men.”  During the broadcast, Spike will announce a sweepstakes where one lucky viewer will have the opportunity to have the “Flip Men” hosts come to their house to recommend house renovations and present a $50,000 check.  Viewers will be able to enter the sweepstakes via Spike.com or Twitter.  Full details will be announced during the live broadcast.

Spike has also created the web site Flipforcash.spike.com for the special event which will host live polling questions about the night’s episodes and reveal poll results in real-time.  Viewers will be instructed on how to participate in the sweepstakes on the page, as Spike will also award 50 viewers with $500 towards home improvements in addition to the big $50,000 prize.

During the special live event, viewers will also be able to interact directly with the hosts by tweeting questions or comments to @SPIKE_TV or post pictures of items and needed home renovations on the SPIKE Facebook page.  Viewers will then receive answers and live consultations from the hosts throughout the special event in real-time.

Spike aired a similar live special event for the season finale of “Deadliest Warrior,” which drew season-high ratings for the show and used social media polling to affect the show’s outcome.

About “Auction Hunters”:

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.

About “Flip Men”:

“Flip Men” will showcase the young, entrepreneurial duo of Utah-based Doug Clark and Mike Baird, who constantly roll the dice with their financial fates by buying and flipping foreclosed property.  In each episode, the hosts will walk viewers through the often-tenuous process that is involved and provide tips and analysis along their journey.

About Spike TV

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 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:

Kevin Sornatale                                  310-407-4745                          kevin.sornatale@spike.com

VIACOM ENTERTAINMENT GROUP NAMES KASSIE CANTER EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS

November 7th, 2011 by gulatis

VIACOM ENTERTAINMENT GROUP NAMES KASSIE CANTER

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS

New York, NY – November 7, 2011 – The Entertainment Group division of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) today announced the appointment of Kassie Canter as Executive Vice President of Communications.  Canter will oversee all corporate communications and entertainment publicity for the Entertainment Group, which includes COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV, TV Land, Atom.com, and GameTrailers.com.  She will report directly to Doug Herzog, President of the Entertainment Group for Viacom.

“Kassie’s a proven media strategist with great industry experience and a strong understanding of our company and culture,” said Herzog.  “Kassie knows our business, she knows our brands, and she’ll be a great advocate for our content in the marketplace.”

In her role, Canter will oversee all external and internal communications for the Entertainment Group.  She will be responsible for developing and implementing a coordinated communications strategy for the Group, supporting its focus on adult demos through media outreach, messaging, and other externally facing communications opportunities, including conferences and events.  Canter will also manage the individual communications teams for COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV, TV Land, and the Entertainment Group’s digital properties as they publicize their content and communicate the value of their brands in the marketplace.

Previously, Canter served as Chief Communications Officer for Oxygen Media, where she oversaw all public relations and public affairs activities.  Prior to joining Oxygen, Canter was Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Media Relations for NBC.  In her role, she led all communications for NBC Corporate, NBC News, NBC Sports, CNBC and MSNBC, and managed corporate communications around acquisitions, legislative issues, and the Olympics.

Both independently and with the public relations firm Robinson, Lerer & Montgomery, Canter has served as a communications consultant for various media brands throughout her career, including AMC Networks, Lifetime, The Weather Channel, and Viacom’s own Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon.  Canter is currently a lecturer on the faculty of Columbia University’s Masters Program in Strategic Communications.

About Viacom

Viacom is home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms in more than 160 countries and territories. With approximately 170 media networks reaching more than 600 million global subscribers, Viacom’s leading brands include MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, BET, CENTRIC, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nicktoons, Nick at Nite, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV Land, Spike TV and Tr3s. Paramount Pictures, America’s oldest film studio and creator of many of the most beloved motion pictures, continues today as a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. Viacom operates a large portfolio of branded digital media experiences, including many of the world’s most popular properties for entertainment, community and casual online gaming.

For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com.

 

 

CONTACT:

Carole Robinson

212.846.8760

carole.robinson@mtv.com

EMMY® AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER MARK BURNETT SIGNS ON AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR SPIKE TV’S 2011 “VIDEO GAME AWARDS

November 3rd, 2011 by gulatis

EMMY® AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER MARK BURNETT
SIGNS ON AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR
SPIKE TV’S 2011 “VIDEO GAME AWARDS”

Renowned Producer Signs On For 9th Annual “VGAs” Which Promises To Reveal Epic World Premieres And Information On The Most Anticipated Games Of 2012 And Beyond, Including The Truth About “Metal Gear Solid: Rising,” The Return Of Alan Wake, And A New Project From BioWare

Nominees For Game Of The Year And Most Anticipated Game Announced, With Additional Nominations To Be Announced Shortly

The 2011 “VGAs” Will Air LIVE On Saturday, December 10 On Spike TV, MTV2 And Spike.com

New York, NY, November 3, 2011 – This December, put your game on pause and prepare for an out-of-this-world glimpse at the future of gaming when Spike TV presents the 2011 “Video Game Awards” (#VGA). Today, Spike TV announced that Mark Burnett, the acclaimed producer of “Survivor,” “The Voice,” “The Apprentice,” the “63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards,” the “MTV Movie Awards” and the “People’s Choice Awards,” will serve as executive producer of the 2011 “VGAs” telecast.  The “VGAs” will recognize the best games of the year and present exclusive world premieres of what’s next when the show premieres LIVE, coast-to-coast on Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on Spike TV in high-definition.

“We’re thrilled that Mark Burnett has signed on to lead the ‘VGAs,’” said Casey Patterson, executive producer of the “VGAs” and executive vice president of event production for Viacom Media Networks Entertainment Group.  “Mark’s bold producing style is a perfect fit for gamers, and his tremendous vision and unparalleled energy will take the show to a new level.”

“I am so excited to be working with Spike on the ‘VGAs,’” said Mark Burnett. “I have teenage boys so video games are already a part of my life.  They kick my butt in ‘Black Ops’ on a regular basis, but now are letting me win in hopes of seeing some of the world premieres before the show.  We are going to have a lot of fun.”

This year’s show will once again deliver on its promise of exclusive world premieres and information from the most anticipated games of 2012 and beyond.  Guests include legendary game designer Hideo Kojima who will reveal the truth about “Metal Gear Solid: Rising” with a spectacular world premiere, the announcement of a new project and new studio from BioWare, creators of Most Anticipated Game of the Year nominee “Mass Effect 3” and the return of XBOX hero “Alan Wake” in an all-new adventure.  Additional information and the first visuals from some of these world premieres can be found exclusively in the December issue of “Game Informer” magazine.

Additionally, Spike TV is proud to announce the nominees for two of the night’s most prestigious categories, Game of the Year and Most Anticipated Game, with a comprehensive list of nominees to be revealed in the coming weeks.  They are as follows:

GAME OF THE YEAR

Batman: Arkham City

Portal 2

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

 

MOST ANTICIPATED GAME

BioShock Infinite

Diablo III

Halo 4

Mass Effect 3

The Last Guardian

Fans can cast their vote for Most Anticipated Game starting today at VGA.Spike.com.

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 and KFC Hot Wings.  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.

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Contacts:
Aileen Budow
212.767.3952
aileen.budow@spiketv.com

Salil Gulati
212.767.8705
salil.gulati@spiketv.com

 

Video Game Awards 2011

November 3rd, 2011 by gulatis