Spike TV, Bellator and 345 Games Bring the Fight to E3 2012 with ‘Bellator: MMA Onslaught’

May 31st, 2012 by gulatis

SPIKE TV, BELLATOR AND 345 GAMES BRING THE FIGHT TO E3 2012 WITH ‘BELLATOR: MMA ONSLAUGHT’

Entire Roster of Fighters Revealed and Available for Play in Los Angeles Next Week

NEW YORK, N.Y. – May 30, 2012 – Players eager to step into the cage and test out their virtual MMA skills will get their chance next week when 345 Games showcases their new arcade style video game, Bellator: MMA Onslaught during the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, June 5-7.  In advance of the event, 345 Games has unveiled its roster of world-class fighters, all of whom will be playable at E3 2012 in Concourse Hall Booth #8505.

 

The final Bellator fighter roster includes:

Based on Bellator Fighting Championships, Bellator: MMA Onslaught is a new breed of arcade-style fighting game that combines the quick tempo of actual combat with cerebral strategy found in real life MMA. Players are able to replicate the most electrifying moves through a straightforward pick-up-and-play control scheme which transitions seamlessly from striking to the ground fighting.

345 Games collaborated closely with Bellator Fighting Championships to create Bellator: MMA Onslaught, ensuring the arcade style gaming experience mirrors the organization’s format, styles, graphics and music.

“We have worked closely with 345 Games to deliver an authentic Bellator experience and we are developing a variety of ways to integrate live Bellator events with our game in the coming seasons. ” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said.

The game will also feature a robust fighter creation and customization engine with hundreds of individual moves that players can mix and match after choosing a base style. As players level up their fighter, they will earn the ability to buy and select new skills and moves, which they can then invest to augment their abilities in striking, ground, throws, defense and fitness.

The thought is that players will take their specialized fighter online where they can compete in player-versus-player ranked fights to secure their place atop of the “Onslaught Leader Board” and earn the chance to be immortalized in upcoming Bellator events live on-air.

The game will release on the Microsoft Xbox Live Arcade and Sony PlayStation Network platforms and will be available for download in summer 2012 for $15. “We made a conscious decision to select an optimal fighting game platform that had an endemic online player base and that would enable us to continuously service the game either through improvements in existing gameplay or through additional features, such as new moves, clothing options, venues, and weight classes,” said Dan Yang, General Manager of 345 Games. The publisher plans to be listening closely to the players through the games website, social network sites and game boards to decide the best ways to expand the game.

For those players who like to compete locally, players can take advantage of different gameplay modes including “Super Fight” mode, where gamers can choose their own fighter or pick one of Bellator’s established elite to play against a friend or CPU; “Create a Fighter” where players can modify their fighters looks, skill and moves as well as participate in training challenges and access the ‘Fight Lab’ to assign boosts; and “Championship Road”, where gamers can go up against the toughest Bellator fighters in feature fights and a single elimination tournaments inspired by Bellator’s Tournaments to earn a shot at the title.

For more information, visit BellatorTheGame.com and Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Bellator.

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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 Bellator Fighting Championships

Bellator Fighting Championships is a Mixed Martial Arts promotional company headquartered in Chicago. Bellator’s founder/CEO, Bjorn Rebney, is an experienced fighting sports and entertainment professional with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes. Bellator Fighting Championships’ executive team is comprised of top industry professionals in the areas of live event production, television production, fighter relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.

About Spike TV

Spike TV is available in 98.7 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.

 

Contact:

Selena Rodriguez

HighWater Group For 345 Games

(212) 338-0077 x. 105

Selena@highwatergroup.com

 

Joe Fernandez

Bellator Fighting Championships

(312) 329-1199

joe@bellator.com

Spike TV, Bellator and 345 Games Bring the Fight to E3 2012 with ‘Bellator: MMA Onslaught’

May 31st, 2012 by gulatis
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Spike TV and GameTrailers’ “E3 All Access Live” Reveals an All-Star Line-Up of More Than 50 World Premieres as Part of the Network’s Live Coverage of E3 2012

May 30th, 2012 by gulatis

SPIKE TV AND GAMETRAILERS’ “E3 ALL ACCESS LIVE” REVEALS AN ALL-STAR LINE-UP OF MORE THAN 50 E3 WORLD PREMIERES AS PART OF THE NETWORK’S LIVE COVERAGE OF E3 2012

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“E3 All Access Live” Premieres on Monday June 4 at 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT

New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA – May 30, 2012Spike TV and GameTrailers today announced that the biggest news, reveals and announcements at E3 2012 will premiere first during “E3 All Access Live featuring Nerd Machine,” the network’s live multi-platform coverage of E3 2012.

The live special on Spike TV, in HD, kicks off on Monday, June 4 (noon-5:30pm ET/9:00am-2:30pm PT) followed by a primetime special that night at 10:00-11:00pm ET /7:00-8:00pm PT.  Spike TV will broadcast four more live hours on Tuesday, June 5 (noon-4:00pm ET/9:00am-1:00pm PT).  “E3 All Access Live” will also be supported through additional digital pre and post shows as well as through online simulcasts, offering fans more than 17 hours of complete multi-platform coverage of E3 2012.

Some of the top gaming news and interviews debuting throughout the network’s live special include:

– Exclusive broadcast rights to air the biggest video game press events at E3 including “Xbox: Entertainment Evolved,” “The Download: EA 2012 Preview,” and “Nintendo All Access Presentation @ E3.”

– Exclusive, never-before-seen footage from “Halo 4,” the Next “Star Wars” Game,  “NBA 2K13,” “Resident Evil 6,” “Assassin’s Creed 3,” “PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale,” “Borderlands 2,” “Tomb Raider,” “Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance,” “The Elder Scrolls V – Skyrim: Dawnguard,” “Medal Of Honor: Warfighter,” “Dishonored,” “Transformers: Fall Of Cybertron,” “God Of War: Ascension,” “Unreal Engine 4,” “Aliens: Colonial Marines,” “Devil May Cry,” “Forza Horizon,” “X-Com: Enemy Unknown,” “Simcity,” “Crysis 3,” “Lost Planet 3” and much more.

– One-on-One interviews with Nintendo of America’s President, Reggie Fils-Aime; Microsoft Studios’ Corporate Vice President, Phil Spencer; Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business President, Don Mattrick; Sony Computer Entertainment of America’s President and CEO, Jack Tretton; EA’s Chief Operating Officer, Peter Moore; Activision’s CEO, Eric Hirschberg; CEO of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot; former Dallas Cowboys’ Wide Receiver, Michael Irvin; actor Kevin Smith; NASCAR Driver, Danica Patrick; MMA Fighter, Michael Chandler and other surprise guests.

– Renowned industry insiders to provide additional gaming insights and commentary featuring legendary video game designer, Sir Peter Molyneux, video game analyst, Michael Pachter and industry veteran, Adam Sessler.

“Fans will be blown away as we’ve got more than 50 exclusive gaming reveals, world premieres and interviews with the biggest names in entertainment and gaming,” said Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, Sports and Multi-platform Programming, Spike TV.  “‘E3 All Access Live’ will be the biggest E3 coverage ever and we’re excited to bring it to our fans on which ever platform they choose.”

Spike TV and GameTrailers will also treat fans to a pre-E3 episode of “GTTV with Geoff Keighley,” airing tomorrow, May 31 at 1:00am ET/10:00pm PT, which will offer a first look into select elements from Konami’s “Pre-E3 show,” featuring “Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance” as well as exclusive E3 gameplay reveal trailers of Square Enix’s “Tomb Raider,” Bethesda’s “Dishonored” and other anticipated titles to be announced.

As a part of the network’s “All Access” offerings, “E3 All Access Live” will feature an upgraded interactive social media experience using Twitter (#GTE3) and Facebook to engage audience participation and provide up-to-the-minute feedback.  Viewers will be encouraged to interact with show hosts in real time by sharing thoughts on new products, participate in opinion polls, view the social conversation surrounding E3 live on-air and ask questions directly to hosts and special guests.  They will then be able to receive answers from hosts and guests, view poll results, track the E3 conversation live or see their comments pop up on screen instantaneously.

Spike’s E3 expert team, Geoff Keighley, Amanda Mackay, Daniel Kayser, Justine Ezarik and Katie Linendoll, will broadcast all of the top E3 news and announcements from its own E3 studio overlooking the Los Angeles Convention Center and will also be joined by Zac Levi’s Nerd Machine to provide viewers with entertaining segments highlighting their adventures throughout Spike TV’s coverage of E3.  From the E3 show floor, Nerd Machine’s Zac Levi, David Coleman and Alison Haislip will give fans at home an exclusive look at what it is like to be on location at the video game industry’s most-anticipated event of the year with visits to the top press events, the hottest parties and most exciting areas of E3.

“E3 All Access Live” will be supported on Spike TV through “GTTV with Geoff Keighley,” “All Access Weekly” and “Playbook 360;” online on Spike.com and GameTrailers.com; socially through its Facebook and Twitter feed @SpikeTV; on popular gaming blog, Kotaku; and through mobile phones and tablets including iPhone®, iPad™ and Android™ devices, as well as on the big screen in New York City’s Times Square.  Spike will also partner with sister Viacom Media Networks, including MTV2; MTVU; MTV.com; VH1; Tr3s: Música y Más and others to provide additional programming coverage.

Gil Colon, Kevin Kay, Geoff Keighley and Jon Slusser serve as Executive Producers for Spike TV’s “E3 All Access Live featuring Nerd Machine.”  Samsung Mobile will serve as the presenting broadcast and digital sponsor for “E3 All Access Live.”

For a more information about Spike TV’s live E3 multi-platform special, please visit www.gametrailers.com/e3 or click on the following link for a sneak peek into what to expect next week, www.gametrailers.com/video/e3-2012-e3-2012/730567.

Considered to be the biggest event in the video game industry, the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo runs June 5-7, 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Spike TV is available in 98.7 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.

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.

 

Contacts:      

Claire Delacruz          Claire.Delacruz@mtvn.com              310.907.2379

Aileen Budow            Aileen.Budow@mtvn.com                212.767.3952

Spike TV Launches Into Hyperspace With The World Premire Of The Next Big “Star Wars” Game Franchise

May 25th, 2012 by gulatis

RETURN TO A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY AS SPIKE TV LAUNCHES INTO HYPERSPACE WITH THE WORLD PREMIRE OF THE NEXT BIG “STAR WARSTM” GAME FRANCHISE

 Experience Every Thrill of the Saga Leading Up to the World Premiere with the “Star Wars” Movie Marathon This Weekend

 New York, NY – May 25, 2012 – Calling all Jedi, Sith lords and Bounty Hunters!  Spike TV and Lucasfilm today announced that the network will be airing all six of the “Star Wars” movies throughout Memorial Day weekend beginning tonight, Friday May 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  The movie marathon airs just days before Spike TV’s plans to exclusively unveil the newest game franchise in the “Star Wars” universe, which will debut at the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo.  A first look at this top secret project will be revealed on Thursday, May 31, as a part of the pre-E3 episode of Spike’s hit video game show “GTTV,” followed by the live world gameplay premiere of this new “Star Wars” franchise during the network’s “E3 All Access Live” primetime special on June 4 at 10:00 pm ET/7:00 pm PT.

“I am blown away by both the caliber of the team on this project and their bold vision for this new ‘Star Wars’ title,” said Geoff Keighley, Host and Executive Producer, Spike TV’s “E3 All Access Live” special.  “I can’t wait to introduce our viewers to this game and show off the footage that left my jaw on the floor when I first saw it.”

During the GTTV pre-E3 episode, Geoff Keighley travels to San Francisco for exclusive behind-the-scenes access into the LucasArts studio.  GTTV also meets with the LucasArts’ development team to reveal the name and concept behind this game and introduces viewers to the talented artists who are bringing the E3 demo to life.

On June 4, the eve of E3 2012, viewers will get to enjoy the live world gameplay premiere of the new “Star Wars” property during Spike’s “E3 All Access Live” primetime special beginning at 10:00 pm ET/7:00 pm PT.  The project’s creative director will join the “All Access” team live in-studio to debut footage of the game and will answer questions from fans in real-time through the show’s interactive and social media hub operated by social media correspondent, Justine Ezarik.

Spike’s “E3 All Access Live” multi-platform special will provide gamers with over 40 gaming exclusives and special guest interviews with more than 17 hours of coverage across multiple platforms, including TV, online, mobile social and more. The live program will feature the industry’s top press conference events, breaking gaming news and announcements, never-before-seen trailers and gameplay footage, exclusive interviews with the biggest names in gaming and entertainment and more.

“GTTV with Geoff Keighley” on Spike TV is a weekly, entertaining and informative magazine-style show that provides viewers with expanded editorial content and an all-new level of interaction online at GameTrailers.com.  Each week, the full high-definition episode is immediately posted to GameTrailers.com and available for download on Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Network following the on-air broadcast.

Spike TV is available in 98.7 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.

Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm logo, STAR WARS™ and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd.  All rights reserved.  All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

Contacts:         

Claire Delacruz                Claire.Delacruz@mtvn.com                      310.907.2379

Aileen Budow                   Aileen.Budow@mtvn.com                         212.767.3952

Spike TV and Zac Levi’s Nerd Machine Join Forces For “All Access Live” Events

May 24th, 2012 by gulatis

SPIKE TV AND ZAC LEVI’S NERD MACHINE JOIN FORCES FOR THE NETWORK’S “ALL ACCESS LIVE” SPECIAL EVENTS

Partnership Will Tap Nerd Machine For On Location Commentary at E3 2012  as a Part of Spike’s “E3 All Access Live” Multi-platform Coverage 

New York, NY, May 24, 2012Spike TV and Zac Levi’s Nerd Machine announced today a joint partnership for the network’s “All Access Live” multi-platform franchise covering the biggest events in gaming, pop culture and technology – Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Comic-Con, and the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).  The partnership begins next month with Spike’s “E3 All Access Live featuring Nerd Machine” coverage, in which the network will offer more than 17 hours of multi-platform coverage from the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo, and will continue with the network’s “Comic-Con All Access Live” special later this summer in San Diego.

“Zac Levi’s Nerd Machine was a great part of our ‘CES All Access Live’ program, so we’re excited to expand our relationship further,” said Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, Sports and Multi-platform Programming, Spike TV.   “With this partnership, our viewers will get to enjoy the fun and witty perspectives of Nerd Machine as they navigate through E3, Comic Con and beyond.”

The “All Access Live” team will document the Nerd Machine’s Zac Levi, David Coleman and Alison Haislip as they provide viewers with entertaining segments highlighting their adventures throughout Spike TV’s coverage of the world’s biggest cultural events.  During E3, Nerd Machine will give fans at home an exclusive look at what it is like to be on location at the video game industry’s most-anticipated event of the year with visits to the top press events, the hottest parties and most exciting areas of the E3 show floor.

“The Nerd Machine is here to give fans a front row seat to all the action from E3, Comic Con, and especially our flagship event Nerd HQ this year,” said David Coleman, co-founder of the Nerd Machine.  “We are thrilled to partner with Spike’s ‘All Access’ specials to help showcase everything we love about the world of gaming and pop culture.”

“E3 All Access Live” will kick-off its multi-platform and multi-channel coverage on Spike TV, in HD, from Los Angeles one day before the event is open to the public on Monday, June 4 (Noon-5:30pm ET/9:00am-2:30pm PT) and a wrap-up special that night at 10:00-11:00pm ET/7:00-8:00pm PT.  Spike TV will telecast four more live hours on Tuesday, June 5 (Noon-4:00pm ET/9:00am-1:00pm PT).  The live special will also be supported through additional digital pre and post shows as well as through online simulcasts.

As a part of the network’s overall “All Access” program offering, Spike’s “E3 All Access Live” will feature gaming exclusives from its state of the art HD studio overlooking the Los Angeles Convention Center.  The E3 multi-platform special will unveil exclusives from the biggest event in the gaming industry before any other network with breaking news, live demonstrations, world premiere trailers, in-depth interviews and expert analysis.  Spike’s 2011 live E3 multi-platform special was the number one destination for E3 coverage last year*, garnering more than 10 million combined online and on-air viewers, and was also the largest live streaming event in Viacom history.

“E3 All Access Live” will be supported on Spike TV through “GTTV with Geoff Keighley,” “All Access Weekly” and “Playbook 360;” online on Spike.com and GameTrailers.com; socially through its Facebook and Twitter feed @SpikeTV; on popular gaming blog, Kotaku; and through mobile phones and tablets including iPhone, iPad and Android devices, as well as on the big screens in New York City’s Times Square.  Also, for the first time ever, Spike will partner with sister Viacom Media Networks, including MTV2; MTVU; VH1; Tr3s: Música y Más and others to provide additional programming coverage.

Spike TV is available in 98.7 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.

*Spike TV was #1 on cable and broadcast TV for men 12-34 throughout E3 2011 (source: MultiTrak Live Same Day #1 among M12-34 in the 12-5 p time period)

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Press Contacts:   

FOR SPIKE TV

Claire Delacruz                      Claire.Delacruz@mtvn.com              310.907.2379

Aileen Budow                        Aileen.Budow@mtvn.com                212.767.3952

 

FOR NERD MACHINE

Tej Herring                            THerring@rogersandcowan.com   310.854.8263

Spike Presents Live Coverage of EA’s “The Download: EA 2012 Preview” As Part of “E3 All Access Live” Special

May 22nd, 2012 by gulatis

SPIKE TV TO PRESENT LIVE COVERAGE OF EA’S “THE DOWNLOAD: EA 2012 PREVIEW” AS A PART OF THE NETWORK’S “E3 ALL ACCESS LIVE” MULTI-PLATFORM SPECIAL

The One-Hour Exclusive Will Telecast Commercial-Free on Monday, June 4 on Spike TV at 4:00 PM ET/1:00 PM PT and on MTV2 at 4:00 PM ET/PT

New York, NY, May 22, 2012Spike TV is partnering with top game publisher Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA), for a live, commercial-free telecast of the company’s press briefing at the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the game industry’s leading trade show on Monday, June 4 at 4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT.  “The Download: EA 2012 Preview” will provide viewers with a first-look at EA’s upcoming titles, what to watch for in 2012, and much more.  The special event will telecast on Spike and MTV2 as part of the Spike’s “E3 All Access Live” live program, which features more than 17 hours of multi-platform coverage from the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo.

“Spike will be the gamers’ go-to destination for all things E3 this year,” said Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, Sports and Multi-platform Programming, Spike TV.  “We’re working closely with top gaming companies, like EA, to bring our viewers exclusive, breaking and behind-the-scenes news from the biggest event in gaming with ‘E3 All Access Live.’”

“The Download: EA 2012 Preview,” hosted by “GTTV’s” Geoff Keighley, will telecast live from the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles.  During the special event, EA will offer never-before-seen footage and world premieres of highly-anticipated games like SimCityTM, Crysis® 3, Battlefield 3TM, Medal of HonorTM Warfighter, Madden NFL 13, FIFA 13 and other unannounced projects currently under development at EA.

“Our fans should tune into Spike TV on June 4 to see us unveil exclusive news and content for our biggest titles of the year,” said Peter Moore, Chief Operating Officer, EA.  “We look forward to this event every year as a chance to wow our fans with our latest blockbuster games and groundbreaking content, and ‘The Download: EA 2012 Preview’ will be no different.”

“The Download: EA 2012 Preview” will air as a part of Spike’s “E3 All Access Live” live coverage on Monday, June 4.  Spike’s multi-platform special will feature gaming exclusives from its state of the art HD studio overlooking the Los Angeles Convention Center.  Spike’s “E3 All Access Live” will unveil the biggest games from E3 before any other network with breaking news, live demonstrations, world premiere trailers, in-depth interviews and expert analysis.  Spike’s 2011 live E3 multi-platform special was the number one destination for E3 coverage last year*, garnering more than 10 million combined online and on-air viewers, and was also the largest live streaming event in Viacom history.

“E3 All Access Live” will be supported on Spike TV through “GTTV with Geoff Keighley,” “All Access Weekly” and “Playbook 360;” online on Spike.com and GameTrailers.com; socially through its Facebook and Twitter feed @SpikeTV; on popular gaming blog, Kotaku; through through mobile phones and tablets including iPhone®, iPad™ and Android™ devices, as well as on the big screens in New York City’s Times Square.  Also, for the first time ever, Spike will partner with sister Viacom Media Networks, including MTV2; MTVU; VH1; Tr3s: Música y Más and others to provide additional programming coverage.

Spike TV is available in 98.7 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.

SimCity and Medal of Honor are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc.  Battlefield 3 is a trademark of EA Digital Illusions CE AB.  Crysis is a registered trademark of Crytek GmbH.  John Madden, NFL and FIFA are the property of their respective owners and used with permission.  iPhone and iPad are trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. Android is a trademark of Google.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

*Spike TV was #1 on cable and broadcast TV for men 12-34 throughout E3 2011 (source: MultiTrak Live Same Day #1 among M12-34 in the 12-5 p time period)

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Contacts:      

For Spike TV

Claire Delacruz                      Claire.Delacruz@mtvn.com              310.907.2379

Aileen Budow                        Aileen.Budow@mtvn.com                212.767.3952

 

For Electronic Arts Inc.

Sandy Goldberg                     SGoldberg@ea.com                           650.628.7814

Nyla Comisso                         NComisso@ea.com                           650.628.7049

Spike TV to Exclusively Broadcast Nintendo’s E3 Presentation as Part of “E3 All Access Live” Multiplatform Special

May 21st, 2012 by gulatis

SPIKE TV TO BROADCAST NINTENDO’S E3 PRESENTATION LIVE AS A PART OF THE NETWORK’S “E3 ALL ACCESS LIVE” MULTI-PLATFORM SPECIAL

The One-Hour Exclusive Will Telecast Commercial-Free on Tuesday, June 5 on Spike TV at 12:00 PM ET/9:00 AM PT and on MTV2 at 12:00 PM ET/PT


New York, NY, May 21, 2012Spike TV is partnering with Nintendo of America for a live, commercial-free broadcast of the company’s presentation during the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the game industry’s leading trade show, on Tuesday, June 5 at 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT.  The presentation, shown live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, will provide viewers with an inside look at Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games, exclusive trailers, and more.  The special event will telecast on Spike TV and MTV2 as part of the Spike TV’s “E3 All Access Live” live program, which features more than 17 hours of multi-platform coverage from the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo.

“This year’s E3 will be one of the most anticipated in history and we’re looking forward to delivering the network’s biggest coverage ever by working with industry titans like Nintendo,” said Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, Sports and Multi-platform Programming, Spike TV.  “We are excited to give viewers an exclusive look at the great Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games coming from Nintendo.”

“Partnering with Spike TV to showcase our newest products enables millions of people across the country to join in the fun of the show,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing.  “It’s a great way to find out all the latest Nintendo news from our presentation as it happens live on stage.”

Nintendo’s event, the Nintendo All-Access Presentation @ E3, is one element of Nintendo All-Access programming, a weeklong series of announcements, activities and coverage. Nintendo will be using a mix of online, broadcast and social platforms to provide a steady stream of breaking news and announcements during the show.

Nintendo’s presentation on the morning of June 5 will air on Spike TV’s “E3 All Access Live” coverage, which will feature gaming exclusives from Spike TV’s state of the art HD studio overlooking the Los Angeles Convention Center.  Spike TV’s “E3 All Access Live” will unveil the biggest games from E3 before any other network with breaking news, live demonstrations, world premiere trailers, in-depth interviews and expert analysis.  Spike TV’s 2011 live E3 multi-platform special was the number one destination for E3 coverage last year*, garnering more than 10 million combined online and on-air viewers, and was also the largest live streaming event in Viacom history.

“E3 All Access Live” will be supported on Spike TV through “GTTV with Geoff Keighley,” “All Access Weekly” and “Playbook 360;” online on Spike.com and GameTrailers.com; socially through its Facebook and Twitter feed @SpikeTV; and through mobile phones and tablets including iPhone, iPad and Android devices, as well as on the big screens in New York City’s Times Square.  Also, for the first time ever, Spike TV will partner with sister Viacom Media Networks, including MTV2; MTVU; VH1; Tr3s: Música y Más and others to provide additional programming coverage.

Spike TV is available in 98.7 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.

*Spike TV was #1 on cable and broadcast TV for men 12-34 throughout E3 2011 (source: MultiTrak Live Same Day #1 among M12-34 in the 12-5 p time period)

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Contacts:      

For Spike TV

Claire Delacruz                      Claire.Delacruz@mtvn.com              310.907.2379

Aileen Budow                        Aileen.Budow@mtvn.com                212.767.3952

 

For Nintendo of America

Andrew Kelly                         ankelly@golinharris.com                 415.318.4373

Brooke Hogan Joins “Impact Wrestling” on May 31st

May 18th, 2012 by gulatis

BROOKE HOGAN TO JOIN TNA’S “IMPACT WRESTLING” ON SPIKE TV STARTING THURSDAY, MAY 31

New York, NY, May 17, 2012 – Television personality and recording artist Brooke Hogan is joining the cast of the highly-rated weekly wrestling program, TNA’s “IMPACT WRESTLING” starting Thursday, May 31 on Spike TV.  Brooke’s role will be as the Executive in Charge of the female wrestling division, The Knockouts.  Brooke will join a star-studded cast of the biggest names in professional wrestling, including her father, wrestling legend Hulk Hogan. TNA’s flagship series, “IMPACT WRESTLING,” telecasts on Spike TV and is one of the network’s top-rated series on Thursday nights with young men and currently ranks among the top shows on cable in its timeslot with Men 18-34.

In addition to overseeing the traditional duties of the Knockouts Division, Brooke will bring a new energy and direction to the role, working with the girls in a variety of capacities.

“I have really gotten to know Brooke by working with her on her music career this past year and a half,” said Dixie Carter, President of TNA Wrestling. “When we did talk wrestling, I not only loved her passion and knowledge of it, but the fresh, creative ideas she would come up with.  She is very savvy. I asked if she would consider teaming up with me in this capacity while she also worked on her music, and I was thrilled when she said ‘yes.’  A big personality runs in her genes, obviously, and I know she is going to take an already exciting division of Impact Wrestling to another level.”

Brooke is heading to New York next week for a media tour to promote her addition to the IMPACT WRESTLING team.  Brooke will also promote “IMPACT WRESTLING’s” move to 8 PM and that the series will telecast LIVE for the summer starting Thursday, May 31.   TNA’s 10th anniversary SLAMMIVERSARY pay-per-view-event is set for June 10th in Dallas, Texas.

The TNA roster features many of the top names in wrestling, including the aforementioned Hulk Hogan, Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle, Bobby Roode, Sting, James Storm, Rob Van Dam, and the lovely and lethal Knockouts.

Brooke Hogan, a native of Tampa, Fl, is a successful television personality, singer and songwriter.  Brooke starred in two acclaimed non-scripted shows on Spike’s sister network, VH1, including “Hogan Knows Best” and the spinoff, “Brooke Knows Best.”  Both were #1 rated shows for the network.  Brooke has also released two albums, “Undiscovered” in 2006, which peaked at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “The Redemption” in 2009.  Her song, “Everything To Me,” peaked at #1 twice on Billboard’s Top Single Chart.  Hogan’s film credits include “Little Hercules in 3D,” “Sand Sharks,” and “Devour.”

About Spike TV:

Spike TV is available in 98.7 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 TNA Entertainment:

TNA Entertainment, LLC is a privately held sports entertainment company based in Nashville, Tennessee that specializes in events, products, numerous TV properties, merchandise and music, as well as, the management and promotion of professional wrestlers.  In addition, TNA produces monthly PPV events and over 100 live shows a year.  The product is the world’s most innovative experience in professional wrestling and is broadcast in over 120 countries.  For more information, please visit www.impactwrestling.com.

 

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Press Contacts:

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

Jules Wortman     TNA              615-244-5557            jwortman@tnawrestling.com

Diamond Divers

May 16th, 2012 by gulatis

 

Diamond Divers – Bios

May 16th, 2012 by leungm

CAPTAIN JOHN AYDELOTTE

 Born in Denver, CO, Captain John M. Aydelotte, 64, spent his high school years in Germany, due to his father’s employment as a chief engineer at Boeing.  After graduating high school in Munich, Germany, Captain John relocated to Washington, where he got a seasonal job fixing boats at the marina.  In 1978, he founded his own boatyard, salvage and rescue boat operation, assisting the Coast Guard in helping out vessels in distress.

Now a Master Mariner with 35 years of experience, Captain John is a boat builder, salvage master, mechanic, diver and welder.  His vessel assist water rescue program annually saves countless lives and boats from loss at sea.  His team has received awards from the Boat US, WA State Patrol and the US Coast Guard, and has twice been bestowed the esteem of the Vessel Assist Woody Pollak Memorial Award.

 Several years ago, Captain John caught the treasure fever, diving for treasure in the Caribbean and building equipment for underwater gold mining in Alaska.  His role in this South African adventure is captain of the crew and to operate a diamond mining vessel.   He is going to South Africa for the adventure and to strike it rich, but he also hopes to improve his turbulent relationship with his son, Jason, who will be working as a deck hand and 2nd officer.   Finding diamonds will help support his family and his crew, hopefully allowing him to “keep on fishing until the money’s gone.” 

 Captain John currently resides in Cornet Bay, WA with his wife, Trish.  In his spare time, he enjoys riding his Harley, hunting big game and restoring hot rods and antique cars.  

 

JASON AYDELOTTE

Jason Aydelotte, 34, is Captain John’s son, and by all accounts a younger version of the Captain himself, which often leads to a clashing of too similar temperaments.

Raised in Cornet Bay, WA, Aydelotte grew up learning the family business from his father, who has been grooming him to eventually taking over.  After graduating from Oak Harbor high school in ‘96, Aydelotte went into full training mode, becoming a licensed salvage and rescue diver and professional welder.  He is currently on his way to becoming certified ship captain and frequently helps manage the salvage yard and work alongside his father in his vessel assist water rescue program.  

Working together has always been a source of great tension between Aydelotte and his father, as their stubborn and hot head personalities are more alike than is beneficial for their relationship.  Captain John hopes for his son include taking over the family business, but he is concerned his son is not disciplined enough, fighting him at every turn.  Aydelotte, on the other hand, feels his father is controlling and doesn’t trust him enough to take charge.  Though reluctant at first, Captain John has agreed to let his son come to South Africa to serve as a deckhand and able-bodied seaman.   Aydelotte hopes for success in South Africa to prove himself to his father or get rich enough to get out of the family business. 

Aydelotte currently resides in Anacortes, WA and spends his free time hiking, tinkering with machinery, riding motorcycles, fishing and lazing on the couch.  

The crew is led by Captain John, a big-game hunting, Harley-Davidson riding, hardscrabble, financially-ambitious boat captain.  The other crew members include Jason, the captain’s son and able-bodied seaman, whose hot headed temper is a constant source of tension and infighting with his similarly tempered father; J.R., the master mechanic and ex-Marine who can build anything and serves as the first mate; Marty, the high-energy, mohawked-expert diver who has problems with authority; Sam, Marty’s best friend and fellow expert diver; and Doc, the oldest and wildest member of the group, who will serve as ship medic and cook.       

 

J.R. ALLEN

 J.R. Allen, 50, was born in Springfield, OR, but spent most of his life on Whidbey Island, WA. After graduating from Oak Harbor high school in 1979, Allen joined the Marine Corps, where he studied diesel truck mechanics and graduated at the top of his class.  From there, he spent the next several years working towards getting his Captain’s license, while doing machine work in the shop, fixing autos and boats.  

10 years ago, Allen was involved in a serious accident, crashing his motorcycle into a motor home.  His leg was shattered and he was told he would never walk again.  Severe depression set in and he spent months unable and unmotivated to get off the couch, until Captain John came along and gave him a job restoring boats for him.  To this day, Allen credits him for saving his life, acknowledging that if Captain John hadn’t come along; he wouldn’t be alive, much less walking.  He is now one of the most respected boat mechanics in the entire Northwest. 

On this journey, Allen serves as the first mate and is the “grease monkey” Master Mechanic in crew.  He is a master welder who will work on fixing the machinery, the underwater pumps and any other mechanical problems with the boat.  He’s heading to South Africa primarily because his captain asked him to, but he’s also looking forward to the adventure and the potential riches. With the money, he hopes to finally gain financial independence.

Allen still lives on Whidbey Island, WA and spends his free time hunting, fishing, camping, restoring antique cars and panning for gold. 

 

MARTY HOUSE  

 Born and raised in Forks, WA, Marty House, 28, has always known he was going to become a commercial diver. 

 Growing up, House was shy kid up until he joined his high school football team, after which he became known for his boisterous voice and high energy.  As a child, he watched a fascinating documentary on commercial diving, deciding right then and there he wanted to be a commercial diver.  In order to start saving up for dive school, House began working in a restaurant while he was still in high school.  After graduating from Forks High School, class of ’02, he began logging and continued this for nearly five years.  During this stint, he lived briefly in Bellingham, WA, where he began working a higher paying job in hazardous tree removal.  After several years of saving up, House finally reached his goal and enrolled himself in a Seattle, WA dive school, earning his certification in commercial diving and rescue diving.  It was a journey that took him “from the top of the trees to the bottom of the seas.”     

From there, House moved to Houston, TX, where more work in his field is located.  His first year was a difficult one, as jobs were hard to come by.  During this time, he worked inland, mostly on dams, marinas and lakes, fixing sailboats.  Soon after, he landed a steady job working in the oil field offshore, where he spent 10 consecutive months at sea and excelled quickly. 

House serves as one of the two principle divers on this South African adventure, the other being his best friend Sammy, whom he met in dive school.  He is responsible for ensuring the underwater pumps are working properly at the bottom of the ocean and scouting diamond hot spots.  He and Sammy are the young, fun, troublemakers of the crew, often rebelling against Captain John’s authority.  House hopes to find diamonds so he can use the money to travel and provide for his mother, who is a single parent. 

House currently lives in Houston, TX and enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing, sky diving, scuba diving, snowboarding, wake boarding and any other extreme sport in his spare time. 

 

SAM SIMPSON

Sam Simpson, 34, has always had the sea in his blood, coming from a long line of fisherman.  Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Simpson grew up learning the family trade of commercial fishing alongside his four brothers.  Even to this day, three of his siblings are still crab fishermen, including his brother Ryan, who crabbed on the Cornelia Maria on “Deadliest Catch.” 

Simpson moved around quite a bit in his formative years, including a few years in Anacortes, WA.  It was here Simpson learned how to folk dance at the age of 14, later traveling to Croatia to participate in a folk dancing troupe called the Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble.  From Anacortes, he moved to Canby, OR, where he attended Canby High School, class of ’96.  Realizing his natural abilities for dance, Simpson went on to study dance at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, one of the top performing arts colleges in the nation.  After serving an apprenticeship with The Oregon Ballet Theater in Portland, OR and performing at Seattle’s well-known Can Can Cabaret, Simpson realized the financial strain of being a dancer would be too much to bear and decided to move on.  After spending a few years working in construction, he decided to attend dive school.  He’s now a certified commercial diver, welder and rescue diver.  This new line of work took him to Houston, TX, where he has now lived for the past three years. 

Simpson’s main role on this diamond diving adventure is diving, fixing pumps and looking for diamond hot spots.  His welding and carpentry skills have also proven to be highly beneficial on the boat.  He and Marty are the young, fun, troublemakers of the crew, oftentimes clashing with Captain John’s authority.  Though he agreed to go to South Africa for the adventure, finding diamonds would mean some serious cash, and exactly what he needs to get out of debt. 

Simpson currently lives with his girlfriend in Seabrook, TX.  In his spare time he enjoys surfing, barbecuing and building. 

 

WILLIAM “DOC” SLETTEVOLD

Doc, 67, is not only the oldest member of the Washington crew, but the wildest.   Few things eclipse his love of adventure, and his “anything goes” attitude makes any journey an interesting one.     

Born in Bremerton, WA, Doc grew up in Seattle, WA.  He was raised in a family of construction workers and learned the ins and outs of building houses early on.  His family also owned a boat, which prompted Doc to become an adept seaman, even spending some time as a skipper on a landing craft in the service.  Though most of his career was spent in construction, he has also tried his hand in sales and trading; trading cars, boats and hot rods. 

Doc first met Captain John years ago at a local fisherman’s bar.  Though their first meeting almost ended in fisticuffs, they soon became fast friends and have been ever since. Now retired, Doc still helps Captain John here and there when he needs an extra pair of hands.  On this South African adventure, he will serve as the ship’s cook, medic and deckhand.   Doc is more interested in the adventure and facing down sharks then he is in getting rich, but if he were to hit it big, he would buy himself a resort in the Philippines.   

After retiring, Doc bought an apple orchard in eastern Washington, where he spends much of his time.  The rest of his time is split between Quartzsite, AZ and the Philippines.   He enjoys traveling and working on hot rods and boats.