SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES THE PICK-UP OF THREE NEW NON-SCRIPTED SERIES, “FULL BOUNTY,” ‘TATTOO NIGHTMARES” AND “RAT BASTARDS”

January 30th, 2012 by gulatis

SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES THE PICK-UP OF THREE NEW NON-SCRIPTED SERIES, “FULL BOUNTY,” ‘TATTOO NIGHTMARES” AND “RAT BASTARDS”

The Network Will Also Create New Episodes Of The Popular Series “World’s Wildest Police Videos” And Air A Two-Part Special “Urban Jungle Man”

New York, NY, January 30, 2012 – Spike TV has picked up three new original non-scripted series that furthers the network’s mission to create broader-appealing shows with real stakes involved.  Spike has ordered 10 episodes of “Full Bounty,” a reality competition series featuring 12 aspiring bounty hunters who risk life and limb to chase down actual fugitives; six episodes of “Tattoo Nightmares,” a show chronicling people’s often-hilarious horror stories behind their awful tattoos and their attempt to have them fixed; and six episodes of “Rat Bastards,” a series following the adventures of a group of guys in Louisiana who hunt down a nasty invasive species of giant swamp rats that wreak havoc on the Mississippi wetlands.

Spike TV has also ordered 13 new episodes of the popular series, “World’s Wildest Police Videos,” which formerly aired on FOX, and announced plans to air a two-part special, “Urban Jungle Man.”

Premiere dates and times for the new series will be announced shortly.

“These three new non-scripted shows share a theme of larger-than-life characters in extreme situations where the high stakes are real,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV.  “They are perfect complements to our upcoming launches of “Big Easy Justice,” “American Digger” and “Diamond Divers,” which have similar distinctive characters.”

“Full Bounty” – In this unique reality competition series, 12 aspiring bounty hunters attempt to hunt down real criminals who are running from the law in an effort to win the actual bounty.  Each competitor will be doing this for the first time in their lives with the aid of law enforcement supervisors.  The contestant that tracks down and apprehends the most fugitives will win and advance while others will be eliminated in each episode.  The overall winner of the show will win a position with a prominent bail bond and fugitive recovery agency.  The stakes couldn’t be higher for each contestant as they risk their lives to rid the streets of potentially dangerous criminals, and live out the dream of becoming an actual bounty hunter. The series is created by Barry Poznick and John Stevens of Zoo Productions, an All3 media company.

“Tattoo Nightmares” – Real people with really bad tattoos seek the help of some of the best cover-up artists in the business to fix them.  The tattoos range from hilarious to downright disturbing, with reenactments that will show how these people wound up with their awful, ugly and embarrassing ink. The contestants will go under the needle of top tattoo artists to see if they can work a miracle and cover someone else’s mistake. “Tattoo Nightmares” is created by Sally Ann Salsano (“Jersey Shore”) and 495 Productions.

“Rat Bastards” – An invasive species of giant swamp rats are ravaging America’s Southern wetlands and are especially dangerous to the tenuous ecological system of the Mississippi delta region.  This non-scripted series follows a pack of industrious guys dubbed the “Cajun Commandoes” in Louisiana who hunt these elusive 40-pound menaces both to sell and to eat.  These determined rat hunters compete over a limited four month window to earn big bucks by capturing these loathsome pests for a bounty.  The series is co-created by Eli Holzman and Stephen Lambert of Studio Lambert and Royal Malloy, Duke Straub and Colt Straub of American Chainsaw. They are also the production team behind the upcoming Spike series, “Diamond Divers.”

Spike will also create new episodes of “World’s Wildest Police Videos,” which will give viewers access to shocking and outrageous police footage never-before-seen on television.  From high-speed car chases that turn deadly and bank robberies gone wrong to international hostage holdups, the wildest police videos from around the world are on display.  Retired Sheriff John Bunnell hosts the series that is produced by Pilgrim Studios and Pursuit Productions. Executive Producers are Pilgrim Studios’ Craig Piligian and Scott Popjes, and Pursuit Productions’ Paul Stojanovich, Jr., Robert Ballantyne and John Bunnell.  The original version was created by Paul Stojanovich Sr. and aired on FOX from 1998-2002.

Spike will air a two-part special, “Urban Jungle Man,” which follows the country’s preeminent extreme animal handler, John Brennan, who rescues, captures and relocates dangerous and exotic animals in New York City’s urban jungle. This non-scripted series chronicles Brennan’s daily adventures as he runs the Urban Animal Relocation team, a privately-owned exotic and dangerous animal relocation service whose perilous missions runs the gamut from removing an alligator from a bathtub to capturing an escaped deadly python. Bitten or stung by nearly every animal in existence, Brennan is fearless when it comes to apprehending nature’s deadliest creatures.  “Urban Jungle Man” is produced by Asylum Entertainment and will be shot throughout the country.

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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Press Contacts:

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

Melissa Sugiura           Spike TV         310-407-4729              melissa.sugiura@mtvstaff.com

 

SPIKE ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE PRODUCT REVEALS FOR “CES ALL ACCESS LIVE”

January 9th, 2012 by gulatis

SPIKE ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE PRODUCT REVEALS AND INTERVIEWS WITH TOP TECH EXECUTIVES AND CELEBRITIES FOR “CES ALL ACCESS LIVE”

Network To Debut New Products From Sony, Toshiba, Sharp, Polaroid, Razer And Many More

Celebrity Interviews Include 50 Cent, LL Cool J, Ludacris, Zachary Levi, Felicia Day And Hank Shocklee, As Well As Tech Industry Leaders From Yahoo!, Google, Hulu, Spotify And Nintendo

Live Event Airs On Spike TV And Digital Platforms Beginning Tuesday, January 10 at 1 pm ET/10 am PT

New York, NY, January 9, 2012Spike TV announced today its initial line-up of special product debuts and interviews for “CES All Access Live,” the network’s exclusive multi-platform coverage of 2012 International CES® airing this Tuesday, January 10 at 1 pm ET/10 am PT.  The live event will be hosted by Geoff Keighley (Spike TV’s “GTTV”), actress Eliza Dushku (“Dollhouse” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Justine Ezarik (aka iJustine), tech reporters Rich DeMuro (KTLA-TV), Sam Biddle and Joe Brown (Gizmodo) and writer, actress and tech enthusiast Jessie Cantrell.

Tech fans who tune-into “CES All Access Live” can expect to see world premieres of new products from the biggest technology and gaming companies at CES including Sony, Toshiba, Sharp, Razer, Polaroid, Turtle Beach, Sonic Emotion, Haier, Accousticom, Mad Catz, ThinkGeek, Origin PC, MakerBot and more.  Celebrity interviews will include 50 Cent, LL Cool J, Ludacris, Zachary Levi, Felicia Day and Hank Shocklee, who also scored the music and sound design for “CES All Access Live.”  Show hosts will also welcome top executives from Yahoo!, Nintendo, Google TV, Hulu, Spotify, Microsoft, Sony, XboxLive, Netflix, CEA and many more.

“This year’s CES is gearing up to feature amazing product launches and Spike’s ‘CES All Access Live’ will deliver a front row seat to all the action,” said Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, Sports and Multi-platform Programming and Events, Spike.  “We look forward to providing our viewers with exclusive coverage of the technologies and people that will inevitably shape our future.”

The five-hour live broadcast will feature the hottest reveals from the 2012 CES showroom floor and welcome industry experts as they discuss key topics from CES including “must-have” tech products of 2012, the pros and cons of 3D, the ever-polarizing debate of Apple vs. Android, and much more.

Other specials featured during the live event include Spike’s “Top Ten CES Game Changing Moments Of All Time,” which highlights companies or individuals whose contributions to entertainment and technology have changed our lives, and will culminate in the presentation of the “Spike CES 2011 Game Changer.”  The honor will be presented during the primetime part of the show, which will include coverage of Spike’s exclusive VIP CES party, hosted by Eliza Dushku at Tryst Nightclub, in the Wynn Las Vegas.

Show hosts will also operate a social media hub in-studio, using Twitter and Facebook to engage audience participation and provide up-to-the-minute feedback throughout the show.  Fans will be encouraged to interact with the hosting team in real time and share thoughts on new products, participate in opinion polls or ask questions.  They will then be able to receive answers from hosts and guests, view poll results or see their comments pop up on screen instantaneously.

Spike’s “CES All Access Live” will broadcast more than 12 hours of its multi-platform coverage from its own studio overlooking the highly-anticipated event in Las Vegas and will be viewable live on Spike TV, online on Spike.com, GameTrailers.com, Gizmodo.com and Yahoo.com, as well as on mobile phones and tablets including the iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

Sponsors for “CES All Access Live” are Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Taco Bell. Dr. Pepper will also serve as the event’s digital sponsor.

The 2012 International CES runs January 10-13 in Las Vegas. For more information about “CES All Access Live,” visit www.allaccess.spike.com.

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.

 

Press Contacts:

Claire Delacruz          Claire.Delacruz@mtvn.com 424.645.8035
Aileen Budow            Aileen.Budow@mtvn.com 212.767.3952

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