GAMETRAILERS ANNOUNCES PLATFORM EXPANSION WITH THE LAUNCH OF ITS FACEBOOK VIDEO APPLICATION: “GAMETRAILERS ORIGINALS”

December 15th, 2011 by gulatis

GAMETRAILERS ANNOUNCES PLATFORM EXPANSION WITH THE LAUNCH OF ITS FACEBOOK VIDEO APPLICATION: “GAMETRAILERS ORIGINALS”

Fans Can Now Enjoy GT’s Exclusive Shows And Original Content Directly On The Popular Social Media Platform

Santa Monica, Calif. – December 15, 2011 – GameTrailers, the premier video destination for gaming entertainment and information, today announced its platform expansion with the launch of a new Facebook video application, “GameTrailers Originals.”  The new app will engage fans by offering the opportunity to view and interact with all of GameTrailers’ original content directly on Facebook, including popular shows, such as “Angry Video Game Nerd,” “ScrewAttack,” “Pop Fiction” and “Bonus Round,” as well as game reviews and Facebook exclusives driven by user feedback and voting.

“We know that a large percentage of our users are on Facebook on a daily basis, so this application allows them to enjoy our deep content library without having to leave the Facebook experience,” said Brad Winters, General Manager, GameTrailers.com.  “‘GameTrailers Originals’ is another example of our ongoing commitment to provide viewers with the opportunity to enjoy our content among various platforms in an easy and engaging way.”

“GameTrailers Originals” will allow users to engage with the GT and Facebook community by liking, commenting, sharing and upvoting on videos and comments within the application and will also award special badges to users based on their interaction.  Those who tap into “GameTrailers Originals” more frequently will gain experience points and level-up based on specific activities within the app such as, liking, commenting, sharing and rating other users’ comments.  Each user profile will highlight all unlocked badges and will showcase who, amongst their friends, is the badge and XP leader on the application’s leader boards.

GameTrailers’ original content is available on GameTrailers.com, Hulu, Xbox Live, YouTube and now Facebook through “GameTrailers Originals.”  To experience the new Facebook video application firsthand, visit http://apps.facebook.com/gt-originals.

About GameTrailers

GameTrailers (GT) is the premier video destination for gaming entertainment and information, delivering timely, high-resolution broadband video content for gamers including 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 allowing gamers to talk to friends and share media.  Now available on Hulu, Xbox Live and other distribution outlets, GT is continuing to expand its original content onto additional new platforms.  GT has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York and is a division of Viacom Media Networks, a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).  For more information about GT, visit www.GameTrailers.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gametrailers or follow us on Twitter @GameTrailers.

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SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES 2011 “VIDEO GAME AWARDS” WINNERS

December 10th, 2011 by gulatis

SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES 2011 “VIDEO GAME AWARDS” WINNERS

“THE LEGEND OF ZELDA” CREATOR SHIGERU MIYAMOTO MAKES SURPRISE APPEARANCE TO ACCEPT THE VIDEO GAME HALL OF FAME AWARD

THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM” TAKES HOME GAME OF THE YEAR HONORS, WINNING THREE VECTOR MONKEYS IN ALL

LIVE Show Unveils World Premiere Footage From The Gaming Industry’s Most Anticipated Titles, Including Surprise Reveals Of “Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance,” “The Last of Us,” “Command & Conquer: Generals 2” and Epic Games’ “Fortnite”

Los Angeles, CA, Saturday, December 10, 2011 – Hosted by star of NBC’s “Chuck” and avid gamer Zachary Levi, executive produced by Emmy® Award winner Mark Burnett and featuring cutting edge in-show augmented reality and world premiere footage from hotly anticipated releases, Spike TV’s ninth annual “Video Game Awards” (#VGA) proved to be a night to remember.  Industry giants gathered as the network celebrated the outstanding artistic and technical achievements in the world of gaming over the past year during the two-hour global event which premiered LIVE on Spike TV, MTV 2 and Spike.com Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT from Sony Studios in Los Angeles. Internationally, the “VGAs” were seen in over 100 countries and territories around the world.

A host of the most influential members of the gaming industry, as well as stars from the worlds of sports, television, music and movies gathered at the biggest night in video games, and watched Bethesda Studios release “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” receive the highest honor a game can receive when it took home the coveted Vector Monkey after being named Game of the Year.  “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” also won Best RPG, and garnered Studio of the Year honors for Bethesda Game Studios.

Other multiple award winners included “Portal 2” which won in five prominent categories, including Best PC Game and Best Multiplayer, and “Batman:  Arkham City,” which won four  Vector Monkeys, including awards for Character of the Year for the Joker, Best Xbox 360 Game and Best Action Adventure Game.

“The Legend of Zelda” creator Shigeru Miyamoto made a surprise appearance to accept the first ever Video Game Hall of Fame Award on the groundbreaking franchise’s behalf. “We always push ourselves,” said Miyamoto, “and we’re grateful you notice.”

Additional honors included the second ever Gamer God Award, which was bestowed upon Blizzard Entertainment, the creators of the “World of Warcraft,” “Starcraft” and “Diablo” series.  Original founders Michael Morhaime, Allen Adham and Frank Pearce were all on hand to accept the prestigious award.

The “VGAs” debuted never-before-seen world premieres of the most anticipated games of 2012 and beyond, including Naughty Dog’s “The Last of Us,” the surprise reveals of “Command & Conquer: Generals 2,” “Alan Wake American Nightmare,” Epic Games’ “Fortnite,” “Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance,” “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Patriots,” “Transformers: Fall of Cybertron,” “BioShock Infinite” and the winner for Most Anticipated Game “Mass Effect 3.”

This year’s show included presenters and appearances by major stars from all over the entertainment world, including Charlie Sheen, Brooklyn Decker, Seth Green, Felicia Day, LL Cool J, Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Tony Hawk, will.i.am, Hulk Hogan, Stacy Keibler, Bellator stars Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler, Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm and game designers Cliff Bleszinski of Epic Games and Hideo Kojima of Konami.  The show also featured a performance by Grammy Award winning rock duo The Black Keys, and Grammy Award nominated dance music innovator deadmau5, who helped transform the show with his visual representation of sound into a real life video game experience.  Additionally, NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice was on hand to announce the results of the vote for Digital Cover Athlete of the forthcoming “NFL Blitz” from EA Sports, with Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens selected by fans who cast their ballot at vga.spike.com during the show.

A full list of winners is included below:

GAME OF THE YEAR
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

STUDIO OF THE YEAR
Bethesda Game Studios

CHARACTER OF THE YEAR
The Joker – Batman:  Arkham City

VIDEO GAME HALL OF FAME AWARD
“The Legend of Zelda”

GAMER GOD AWARD
Blizzard Entertainment

BEST XBOX 360 GAME
Batman: Arkham City

BEST PS3 GAME
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

BEST Wii GAME
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

BEST PC GAME
Portal 2

BEST HANDHELD/MOBILE GAME
Super Mario 3D Land

BEST SHOOTER
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

BEST ACTION ADVENTURE GAME
Batman: Arkham City

BEST RPG
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

BEST MULTI-PLAYER
Portal 2

BEST INDIVIDUAL SPORTS GAME
Fight Night Champion

BEST TEAM SPORTS GAME
NBA 2K12

BEST DRIVING GAME
Forza Motorsport 4

BEST FIGHTING GAME
Mortal Kombat

BEST MOTION GAME
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

BEST INDEPENDENT GAME
Minecraft

BEST ADAPTED VIDEO GAME
Batman: Arkham City

BEST SONG IN A GAME
“Build that Wall (Zia’s Theme)” by Darren Korb – Bastion

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Bastion

BEST GRAPHICS
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN MALE
Stephen Merchant as Wheatley – Portal 2

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN FEMALE
Ellen McLain as GLaDOS – Portal 2

BEST DOWNLOADABLE GAME
Bastion

BEST DLC
Portal 2 Peer Review

MOST ANTICIPATED GAME
Mass Effect 3

GAMETRAILERS.COM TRAILER OF THE YEAR
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations – E3 2011 Trailer

EA SPORTS NFL BLITZ DIGITAL COVER ATHLETE
Ray Rice

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.

Nominees for Spike TV’s 2011 “VGAs” 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.

Mark Burnett, Casey Patterson and Carol Donovan served as executive producers of Spike TV’s 2011 “VGAs.”

The presenting sponsors for the 2011 “VGAs” were 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 Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), 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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aileen.budow@spiketv.com                     salil.gulati@spiketv.com

Ink Master: Official Ink Master Series Trailer

December 8th, 2011 by faziod

Official Ink Master Series Trailer
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“Ink Master” Host, Judges & Contestant Biographies

December 8th, 2011 by faziod

 

 

“Ink Master”

Host, Judges & Contestant Biographies

 

Dave Navarro – Series Host

With his six-string skills best described as a merger between heavy metal, psychedelia, and modern rock, Navarro is one of alternative rock’s first true guitar heroes.  Best known as the guitarist for Jane’s Addiction, the band recently released the new single “Irresistible Force” off their highly anticipated album The Great Escape Artist that debuted in Fall 2011.  Website:  6767.com

 

Chris Nunez – Series Judge

Nunez, 38, is of Cuban descent and grew up in Miami, FL.  He entered into the realm of tattooing after beginning his career as a graffiti artist.  At 21, Nunez packed his bags for a short trip to Brazil and ended up staying for five years.  He then traveled through Europe for three years, which enabled him to work with his favorite tattoo artists.  The experience expanded both his artistic sense and his knowledge of tattooing.  He was a star and fan favorite on the popular tattoo-reality series, “Miami Ink.”  Nunez is a partner in Ridgeline Empire, a strategic multiplatform content and media corporation, which operates the subsidiaries Ink Skins and Upset Gentlemen and an animation studio with two animated series in development, “Hoodbrats” and “Toothians.”  He is also getting ready to open a new tattoo venture to be based in his hometown of Miami.  Website:  www.handcraftedmiami.com

 

Oliver Peck – Series Judge

Peck is an artist whose whole life revolves around tattooing.  He began tattooing when he was just 19 years old in his hometown of Dallas, TX and has perfected his precise and traditional tattooing style making him one of the best and well-known ‘old school’ American style artists.  In 2008, Peck inked his way into the Guinness Book of World Records when he completed 415 tattoos of the number 13 in a consecutive 24-hour period.  He is one of the most traveled tattoo artists on the circuit, tattooing all over Europe including England, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Sweden and Norway and in the Far East, including Japan and Thailand. Peck is co-owner of Elm Street Tattoo in Dallas, TX and the owner of True Tattoo located in Hollywood, CA.  Website:  www.elmstreettattoo.com

 

CONTESTANTS

Al Fliction

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Al Fliction has been an artist his entire life.  Fliction was an integral part of the graffiti movement in NYC that saw urban youth leaving their artistic imprint all over the Big Apple’s subways and landscapes.  Now an entrepreneur in the exploding urban tattoo market, Fliction owns and operates two boutiques, hosts tattoo parties in his custom-made RV, and co-founded the first and only urban tattoo convention in the world.  Website:  www.alfliction.com

 

Jeremy Miller

Jeremy Miller learned the art of tattooing while stationed in Abilene, TX, serving in the United States Air Force.  Miller is known for his new school realism that has the precision and contour of a high-density photograph.   A perfectionist by nature, he often has trouble looking at his own work because all he sees are the countless ways that he could have done better.  It’s the competitive fire that burns in him that motivated him to open his own shop, Pigment Dermographics and Fine Art, a high-end custom tattoo studio located in Austin, TX.  Website: www.pigmentatx.com

 

Tommy Helm

Tommy Helm has been living a life of art since he was a child.  As a teen, he created murals, painted jackets and worked with oil paints, which translated into him pursing art as a career.  He graduated from FIT and decided that the corporate world was not for him.  Helm was inspired to enter the world of tattooing by an artist, an old biker named Florida Frank, the man behind his own first taste of ink – a tribal tattoo.  Helm has more than 16 years experience under his belt and is the owner of Empire State Studio located in Oceanside, NY.  His favorite style of tattooing involves solid and bold colors with lots of detail and it has proved to be very popular with clients, who often wait up to a year and half to get inked by Helm.  Website:  www.empirestudios.com

 

Shane O’Neill

Shane O’Neill is a self-taught and extremely confident tattoo artist.  A graduate of the University of Arts in Philadelphia, O’Neill began his career first as a professional illustrator before making what he called the “natural transition into tattooing.”  He is recognized as one of the best portrait and realism tattoo artists currently out there.  He also specializes in wildlife and horror artwork.  He currently owns Shane O’Neill’s Infamous Tattoo with two locations,  one in Middletown, DE and the other in Willow Grove, PA and is also is launching his own line of tattoo products via a new company, System One Tattoo Products . When not working at his own shops , O’Neill travels the country and internationally to tattoo conventions .  He has been featured in many magazines and won has over a hundred awards for his work. Website: www.shaneo’neilltattoos.com

 

Brian Robinson B-TAT

Brian Robinson is a street-savvy, competitive, fast-talking and no-nonsense tattoo artist.  Robinson originally aspired to become an art teacher after graduating from the State University of Delaware and a graphic design internship at Disney.  However, his life and plans changed.  This married father of two credits a close friend of his for inspiring him to enter the world of tattooing.  Robinson has been tattooing professionally for close to ten years and owns his own shop, Moving Ink, based in Essex County, NJ.  His urban style of realism and love for black and grey portraits has attracted numerous clients including many rap and hip hop artists.  Website: www.b-tat.com

 

Heather Sinn

As a child, Heather Sinn had a passion for art and could often be found painting and drawing. She believes her love of tattooing is a just a grown up version of that passion.  As one of the few females in a mostly male-dominated profession, Heather was often discouraged from pursing her craft.  However, her persistence and dedication to the art of tattooing has won her several awards.  Tattooing for close to 14 years, she is best-know known as a traditional old school artist, but her work in photo realism and tattoos that look like actual artwork/paintings has made her an in demand artist in Southern California.  She currently is co-owner of The Tattoo Room in Simi Valley.  Websites:  www.thetattooroom.com and www.theartofheathersinn.com

 

James Vaughn

With talent and a wicked sense of humor coupled with southern charm, James Vaughn is the ultimate triple threat.  Vaughn got his first tattoo when he was 12.  It was a cross that he still has on his hand.  From that moment, he was hooked on tattoos and the art of tattooing.  Vaughn specializes in neo Japanese and old school traditional tattooing styles. He’s won 300+ awards and has been published more than 20 times for his work.  In the tattoo world, he is a rare breed because he still draws all his designs “free hand” on his client’s skin with a black Sharpie.   Vaughn has been tattooing for more than 20 years and owns his own shop, Straight A Tattoo, located in Asheboro, NC. Website: www.mrjamesvaughn.com

 

 

Bili Vegas

Bili Vegas has been passionate about art since he had the dexterity to hold a crayon in his hands and cover himself in finger paint.  As a child living in New York, he experienced the many museums and galleries the city had to offer.  He also spent lots of time at his brother-in-law’s tattoo shop, which exposed and introduced him to many of the biggest names in tattooing, igniting his passion for the art. Vegas’ work requires a three-hour minimum because of the detail he creates in his hyper-realism, biomechanical and portraiture styles.  He is the owner of Sacred Tattoo, located in New York City. Websites:  www.bilivegas.com and www.sacredtattoo.com

 

Lea Vendetta

Lea Vendetta was born in Paris, France and is an accomplished tattoo artist who has worked all over the world.  Vendetta has been painting professionally for more than 15 years and has been tattooing since 1996. Her work often pays tribute to Paris and her love of the art deco style.   Her paintings have been exhibited in France, New York, Los Angeles and Florida and her tattoo work has been featured in tattoo magazines both nationally and internationally.  Vendetta’s incredible personal tattoo artwork has won her the cover of at least twelve tattoo magazines.  After owning her own successful tattoo shop, she now works at A Stroke Of Genius Tattoos in Boca Raton, FL where she balances appointments with her modeling work and painting for upcoming art exhibitions.  Website: www.leaslounge.com

 

Josh Woods

Josh Woods’ early career as a musician led him to a fascination with tattoos.  After achieving moderate success with his band, Woods chose to follow his true passion – to become a tattoo artist.  With apprenticeships at shops with artists in Buffalo, NY and Atlanta, GA, Woods has worked hard to make a name for himself and is known for his use of bold, bright colors and a “cartoony,” illustrated style of tattooing.  He’s been featured in numerous tattoo magazines and is also featured in Mike DeVries’ bestselling book, Tattoo Prodigies.  After hitting the international tour circuit, he took the big leap and opened his own shop.   For the second year in a row, Woods’ shop Black 13 Tattoo was named the #1 Tattoo Parlor in Nashville by Nashville Scene magazine.  Website:  www.Black13tattoo.com

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Contact:

Debra Fazio                 Spike TV                                 212-767-8649      debra.fazio@spiketv.com

Kelly Mullens              42West (Original Media)        310-477-4442      kkmullens@42west.net

Sarah Rothman           42West (Original Media)        646-254-6030      sarah.rothman@42west.net

 

 

SPIKE TV MAKES ITS MARK WITH “INK MASTER” – PREMIERES JAN 17

December 8th, 2011 by faziod

 

Their masterpieces will last forever, but so will their mistakes…

SPIKE MAKES ITS MARK WITH PREMIERE OF NEW ORIGINAL SERIES
“INK MASTER” ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 AT 10 PM, ET/PT

Series Hosted By Dave Navarro With Renowned Tattoo Artists/Experts
Chris Nunez And Oliver Peck Serving As Judges

10 Of The Best Tattoo Artists Battle It Out For $100,000, An Editorial Feature
In Inked Magazine And The Title Of ‘Ink Master’

New York, NY, December 8, 2011Spike is looking to get under viewers’ skin with the series premiere of “Ink Master,” the first-ever tattoo competition reality series starting Tuesday, January 17 at 10 PM, ET/PT. Ten of the nation’s top tattoo artists from around the country will battle it out in permanent ink for a $100,000 cash prize, an editorial feature in the preeminent tattoo magazine Inked and the title of ‘Ink Master.’

“Ink Master” contestants will compete in various tattoo challenges that not only test the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, where they must create and execute an original tattoo on command. Challenges focus on different tattooing techniques, such as shading, line and proportion, and styles including photorealism, Tribal, American traditional, and pin-up.

The tension and stakes are high in “Ink Master.” Every week, the artists face a tough panel made up of series host Dave Navarro, renown tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo). A roster of some of the top names within the tattoo community appear during certain challenges as guest judges, acclaimed artists Scott Campbell and Jack Rudy, Inked magazine creative director Todd Weinberger and celebrity tattoo aficionados NBA player Chris Andersen and Ton Jones (“Auction Hunters”). Of course, they will also have to face the opinions of the people they actually tattoo. These ‘human canvases’ range from tattoo virgins to connoisseurs with a full sleeve of body art to those who want to cover up a prior tattoo misstep. Satisfying the individual whose skin now bears the artists’ handiwork will also be a major element in determining the victor. The masterpieces will last forever, but so will the mistakes.

The “Ink Master” Season One tattoo artists are (listed in alphabetical order):

Al Fliction – Owner and artist at Bklyn Ink in Brooklyn, NY.
Jeremy Miller – Owner and artist at Pigment Dermographics and Fine Art in Austin, TX.
Tommy Helm – Owner and artist at Empire State Studio in Oceanside, NY.
Shane O’Neill – Owner and artist at Shane O’Neill Tattoos in Middletown, DE & Willow Grove, PA.
Brian ‘B-TAT’ Robinson – Owner and artist at Moving Ink based out of Essex County, NJ.
Heather Sinn – Co-owner and artist of The Tattoo Room in Simi Valley, CA.
James Vaughn – Owner and artist at Straight A Tattoo in Asheboro, NC.
Bili Vegas – Owner and artist at Sacred Tattoo in New York, NY
Lea Vendetta – Artist at A Stroke of Genius Tattoos in Boca Raton, Fl.
Josh Woods – Owner and artist at Black 13 Tattoo in Nashville, TN.

Fans can join in the “Ink Master” conversation by following @SPIKE_TV on Twitter and using #InkMaster. Biographies, photo gallery portfolios, Q&A videos with the contestants and a whole lot more can be found on Spike.com’s dedicated “Ink Master” destination, inkmaster.spike.com. Content will be updated regularly throughout the season to the “Ink Master” site, including full episodes, video clips including an exclusive of Dave Navarro talking about his own tattoos, and blog posts.

Eight one-hour episodes of “Ink Master” are produced for Spike by Original Media, with Charlie Corwin and Jay Peterson as executive producers of the series. Original Media currently has fifteen television series on air including the hit shows “NY Ink,” “LA Ink,” “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “Swamp People,” “Storm Chasers,” “Dual Survival” and “BBQ Pitmasters.” Headquartered in New York, Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol USA. Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s executive vice president, original series and animation, Chris Rantamaki is vice president of original programming for Spike TV.

Spike TV is available in 99.8 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks. A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), 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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Debra Fazio          Spike TV                                      212-767-8649    debra.fazio@spiketv.com

Kelly Mullens      42West (Original Media)      310-477-4442     kkmullens@42west.net

Sarah Rothman   42West (Original Media)      646-254-6030    sarah.rothman@42west.net

SPIKE TAPS GIZMODO.COM AS ITS EDITORIAL PARTNER ON “CES ALL ACCESS LIVE”

December 6th, 2011 by gulatis

SPIKE TAPS GIZMODO.COM AS ITS EDITORIAL PARTNER ON “CES ALL ACCESS LIVE”

Network Names Hosting Team To Broadcast Live For Special Event

New York, NY, December 6, 2011Spike TV announced today that the popular technology site Gizmodo.com will serve as its editorial partner for “CES All Access Live,” the network’s exclusive multi-platform coverage of 2012 International CES® in January.  As part of this partnership, Gizmodo.com will live stream Spike’s coverage of CES on its website and its editors Sam Biddle and Joe Brown will join the “CES All Access Live” hosting team.  In addition to Gizmodo.com’s tech gurus, Spike’s expert line-up includes Geoff Keighley and Justine Ezarik (Spike TV’s “GTTV”), actress Eliza Dushku (“Dollhouse” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), tech reporter Rich DeMuro (KTLA-TV) and writer, actress and comedienne Jessie Cantrell.

“We’re totally stoked about the Gizmodo.com and Spike TV CES partnership,” said Joe Brown, editor-in-chief, Gizmodo.com.  “Like chocolate and peanut butter; Donnie and Marie; Smith & Wesson–we’re sure that this partnership will go down in history as one of the all-time greats.  We speak the same language, and we speak to the same people.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with Gizmodo.com for ‘CES All Access Live,’” said Jon Slusser, senior vice president, sports and multi-platform events, Spike.  “Together, we will be a powerhouse of CES coverage bringing all the action directly to our fans like never before.”

Spike’s “CES All Access Live” expert team will broadcast its multi-platform coverage from its own studio overlooking the highly-anticipated event in Las Vegas.  Viewers can expect to see the hottest items and reveals from CES including hands-on demonstrations and unboxings, exclusive world premieres of new “must own” devices and video games, breaking news from the show floor and interviews with top technology executives and celebrities.  Also, as a special treat, Dushku will provide viewers with a sneak peek into Spike’s exclusive VIP CES party, which she will host at Tryst Nightclub, in the Wynn Las Vegas.

The special event kicks off with five hours of live telecasts in HD on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 and will be viewable live on Spike TV, online on Spike.com, GameTrailers.com, Facebook.com and Gizmodo.com, on mobile phones and tablets including the iPhone, iPad and Android devices as well as on giant video screens located in the “Crossroads of the World” in New York City’s Times Square.

The 2012 International CES runs January 10-13 in Las Vegas. For more information about “CES All Access Live,” visit http://dialedin.com/mtvnetworks41/CES/Sizzle.

About Spike:

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

About Gizmodo.com:

Gizmodo is one of the best-loved technology sites on the web. From everyday electronics to breakthrough science and smarter design, Gizmodo explores how machines power our world. Technology used to be the province of industry insiders, but today it is everywhere. And with over 6 million readers each month, so is Gizmodo.

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Claire Delacruz          Claire.Delacruz@mtvn.com 310.907.2379

Aileen Budow            Aileen.Budow@mtvn.com 212.767.3952

Kevin Prince              kevin@gawker.com 646.747.1121

EA SPORTS NFL BLITZ DIGITAL COVER ATHLETE TO BE DETERMINED BY FANS DURING 2011 “VIDEO GAME AWARDS”

December 1st, 2011 by gulatis

EA SPORTS NFL BLITZ DIGITAL COVER ATHLETE TO BE DETERMINED BY FANS

Atlanta Falcons Wide Receiver Roddy White, Baltimore Ravens Running Back Ray Rice, and San Francisco 49ers Linebacker Patrick Willis All Vying for the Honor

Voting To Take Place During The 2011 “Video Game Awards”
Telecasting LIVE On Spike TV, MTV 2 and Spike.com On
Saturday, December 10 At 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT, With
Hall Of Famers Joe Montana and Jerry Rice On Hand To Declare The Winner

New York, NY, December 1, 2011 – While chasing their dreams of a Super Bowl championship, Pro Bowlers Roddy White, Ray Rice and Patrick Willis will vie for another honor – a spot on the first-ever digital cover from EA SPORTS. The All-Pro appearing on the NFL Blitz digital cover will be determined by fans, who can cast their ballot at VGA.spike.com beginning at 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PT on Saturday, December 10 during the 2011 Spike “Video Game Awards” (#VGA). The most prolific quarterback and wide receiver duo of all time, Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, will be on hand to announce the winner at the end of the ceremonies. Telecasting from Los Angeles, CA and featuring some of the most notable names in video games, entertainment, music, sports and more, the “VGAs,” 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.

“I can’t think of a better way to welcome back the beloved NFL Blitz franchise than by having two of the greatest athletes to ever put on a helmet announce which one of their contemporaries –Roddy White, Ray Rice or Patrick Willis – will represent the game when it hits the PLAYSTATION Network and Xbox LIVE Arcade in January,” said Geoff Keighley, executive in charge, publisher relations, Spike.

“Considering there are a multitude of fans of the legendary NFL Blitz games, we are thrilled to usher in a new era for the franchise with the all-new title, which is in high definition for the first time,” said EA SPORTS marketing director Anthony Stevenson. “Fittingly, this will also be the first time EA SPORTS will honor a digital cover athlete and we are excited that the fans will be such an integral part of this milestone.”

The new NFL Blitz from EA SPORTS includes the exciting tackles and over-the-top action of the legendary 1990’s arcade hit. Featuring the twitch gameplay and ultra-responsive controls of the original game, combined with all-new single-player and cooperative game modes, NFL Blitz hits the virtual gridiron in HD for the first time with blazing 60fps/60Hz gameplay. The recharged NFL Blitz offers fans the opportunity to battle rivals 7-on-7, fight their way through the Blitz Gauntlet, take over the online leaderboards in Blitz Battles, or create a true dream team by collecting player cards in Elite League. Challenging to master, yet easy to pick up and play, NFL Blitz is reborn as the ultimate HD arcade football experience for a new generation.

First released as an arcade game in 1997 by Midway Games, NFL Blitz quickly became one of the most memorable football titles in video game history. In 1998, the first console version became available for Nintendo 64™ and PlayStation, with several console editions released between 1998 and 2003. The new NFL Blitz by EA SPORTS is the first version of the game to carry the NFL license since 2003 and is the only version to be released for HD consoles to date.

NFL Blitz will be available in January as a digital download on PLAYSTATION Network for $14.99 and Xbox LIVE Arcade for 1200 points.

NFL Blitz is developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon and has been rated “E10+” by the ESRB.

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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.”

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

Aileen Budow
212.767.3952
aileen.budow@spiketv.com

Salil Gulati
212.767.8705
salil.gulati@spiketv.com

Julie Foster
407.386.5184
jfoster@ea.com