Spike TV’s Top Real Estate Duo Is Back At It When An All-New Second Season Of “Flip Men” Kicks Off On July 22

June 27th, 2012 by gulatis

SPIKE TV’S TOP REAL ESTATE DUO IS BACK AT IT WHEN AN ALL-NEW SECOND SEASON OF “FLIP MEN” KICKS OFF ON JULY 22

 Hit Original Series Follows Two Real Estate Investors Who Hope to Turn Foreclosed Property into Profit 

New York, NY, June 27, 2012 – Spike TV’s hit original unscripted series “Flip Men” is back for a new season, following Doug Clark and Mike Baird, Utah-based entrepreneurial partners and real estate gurus, as they gamble their financial fates week-after-week by buying and flipping foreclosed properties.  The stakes are higher than ever this season, as the pair encounters a myriad of bizarre developments, including a house infested with bees, a drive-thru meth lab, a horrific crime (or potential murder) scene, a drug den and a hoarder’s haven.  Ten all-new half-hour episodes of “Flip Men” premiere starting Sunday, July 22 at 10PM ET/PT on Spike TV.

In the premiere episode, Mike and Doug find themselves in unfamiliar, dangerous territory when they realize the house they’ve just purchased has been ransacked by thieves and stripped of all its valuable copper wiring and plumbing. It’s an incredibly expensive job to replace the copper and the guys find themselves running a sting operation and coming face-to-face with the returning thieves in a late night showdown.

Nearly 3,000 homes go into foreclosure every day in America and banks auction off hundreds of them daily.  “Flip Men” spotlights the fierce, daily bidding war at housing auctions, where Doug and Mike stake large sums of money to acquire foreclosed homes, often sight unseen.  The high-risk decisions are made under intense circumstances, where there is no time for second thoughts, no guarantees and no turning back.  Following the purchase, cameras follow them as they enter a newly-purchased house and discover what or who is lurking behind the door.  Time is of the essence as they clean up the place, renovate it, stage it, put it on the market and flip it.  It’s a race against time, because every passing day means thousands of dollars out of their pocket.  Along the way, the hosts take viewers step-by-step through the demanding process, providing useful tips, facts and analysis.

Viewers can join in the conversation about “Flip Men” by following @SPIKE_TV on Twitter and using #FlipMen.  Biographies, photo galleries, sneak peeks of upcoming episodes and more can be found on Spike.com’s dedicated “Flip Men” destination, flipmen.spike.com.  Content will be updated regularly throughout the season, including full episodes, video clips and blog posts.

“Flip Men” is executive produced and created by Dave Broome (“Biggest Loser”) and 25/7 Productions and is shot on location in Salt Lake City.  Rob Fox, Yong Yam and Suzy Unger also serve as Executive Producers.  Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President of Original Programming.  Alex Eastburg, Vice President of Original Series, serves as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.

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 25/7 Productions

25/7 Productions is a leading independent production company launched in 2003 by Dave Broome. The company produces innovative entertainment programming in television, online and full-length documentaries for national and prime cable networks. The company maintains its full-service production facility in Los Angeles.

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“Bar Rescue” Returns On Sunday, July 29th At 9:00 PM, ET/PT

June 13th, 2012 by gulatis

SPIKE TV’S HIT ORIGINAL SERIES “BAR RESCUE” RETURNS FOR A SECOND ROUND ON SUNDAY, JULY 29

 Renowned Bar and Nightclub Consultant Jon Taffer Puts His Reputation On The Line As He Brings His No-Nonsense Brand Of Expertise and Attitude to Failing Drinking Establishments Nationwide

New York, NY, June 13, 2012 – Spike TV’s hit reality series “Bar Rescue” returns for another round on Sunday, July 29 at 9:00 PM, ET/PT.  From the producers of “The Biggest Loser” and “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition,” the series follows one of the country’s top nightlife consultants, Jon Taffer, wielding his nearly three decades of experience in the food and beverage, hotel and hospitality industries to help give failing establishments one last chance to transform themselves into vibrant, profitable businesses.

Over the course of the new season, Taffer will visit a different failing establishment in cities all around the country, including Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.  His brash approach may ruffle feathers along the way, but Taffer pulls no punches and values bottom lines above hurt feelings.  Owners and employees he believes are standing in the way of success are urged to check their egos at the door, as he employs a proven scientific approach to solving the problems befalling bars.

From aligning furniture to encourage more eye contact and social interaction, to analyzing the rate of alcohol consumption in relation to tempo of music, to devising menu layouts that steer customers to the most profitable items, Taffer leaves no stone unturned in his mission to reinvigorate bars that are struggling.

The debut episode features Taffer and his crew of experts trying to save the Piratz Tavern in Silver Spring, MD from sinking.  Opened with the intention of providing its patrons an escape from reality, the employees at Piratz Tavern have begun to take its theme too seriously – a waiter even lost an eye during a swordfight with a fellow employee.  Years of mismanagement have cost owner Tracy Rebelo her life savings, and she and her daughter have been forced to move into her parents’ basement.  To dig herself out of her financial hole, Taffer must find a way to convince Rebelo to abandon the theme she holds so dear in order to appeal to the neighborhood’s primarily corporate clientele.

“Bar Rescue” will also feature Taffer’s wife, Nicole, and daughter, Samantha, along with a rotating group of experts, including executive chef Josh Capon of Burger and Barrel and the Lure Fishbar in New York, Diageo brands’ chief mixologist Elayne Duke, chef Brian Duffy of CBD Solution, hospitality consultant Jesse Barnes, and official DJ and musical director for Eminem, Nas, and Jay-Z, DJ Green Lantern.

For additional information about “Bar Rescue,” fans can log onto barrescue.spike.com to view full episodes, check out before and after photo galleries of the rescued bars, and watch video previews of new episodes.  Fans can also get updates via Twitter @SPIKETV and/or the hashtag #BarRescue, and join in on the conversation at the official Bar Rescue Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/BarRescue.

“Bar Rescue” is a 10 one-hour episode series produced by 3 Ball Productions/Eyeworks US and Executive Producers JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson (“The Biggest Loser,” “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition,” “Flying Wild Alaska”) and DJ Nurre.  Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Tim Duffy is Senior Vice President of Original Series for Spike TV, and Justin Lacob is Executive in Charge of Production, Spike TV.

About Jon Taffer:

A virtual fixture in the restaurant, bar and nightclub business, Taffer is an internationally recognized, award-winning restaurant operator, owner and concept developer. He’s a respected industry “voice” with nearly 30 years of hands-on experience in over 800 establishments worldwide and delivers expertise in the creation, development and management of casual restaurants, entertainment venues, nightclubs, bars, stadium/arena food service, resort facilities and large theme restaurants.  In January 2010, he was appointed by Questex Media Group LLC the President of its Nightclub & Bar Media Group, which includes the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show, Nightclub & Bar magazine and related digital media products.   Later this year, he will be launching On the Rocks Las Vegas, a three day entertainment and beverage festival taking place November 9–11, 2012.

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.

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Bar Rescue Premieres July 29th at 9:00 PM ET/PT

June 13th, 2012 by gulatis
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June 7th, 2012 by gulatis

SPIKE TV’S 2012 “GUYS CHOICE” PREMIERES ON SATURDAY, JUNE 9 AT 9:00 PM ET

June 7th, 2012 by gulatis

SPIKE TV’S 2012 “GUYS CHOICE” PREMIERES ON SATURDAY, JUNE 9 AT 9:00 PM ET

Justin Timberlake Honored with “Troops Choice” Entertainer of the Year While Surrounded by Members of Both the United States Army and Air Force

“The Dark Knight Rises” Named “Most Manticipated” Movie with Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan on Hand to Accept

John C. Reilly Presents Guy Movie Hall of Fame Honors to Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson and Todd Phillips for 2012 Inductee “Old School”

 Other Winners Include Kate Beckinsale, Kobe Bryant, Zooey Deschanel, Tina Fey, Kyrie Irving, Scarlett Johansson, Eric LeGrand, Eli Manning,

Seth MacFarlane, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Matthew McConaughey, Liam Neeson, Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler, Aaron Rodgers, Emma Stone, Kate Upton and Mark Wahlberg

 To View Exclusive Footage from “Guys Choice” Log-On to guyschoice.spike.com

LOS ANGELES, CA, June 7, 2012 – Spike TV’s “Guys Choice,” the star-studded sixth annual tribute to the lords of guydom, took place Saturday night at the Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles with a cadre of unforgettable moments.   The only celebration of its kind, gathering the biggest names in music, movies, sports and entertainment, premieres on Spike TV Saturday, June 9 (9:00 PM – 11:00 PM ET/PT).

Justin Timberlake was surrounded by members of the United States Armed Forces onstage while accepting the “Troops Choice” Entertainer of the Year award.

“The Dark Knight Rises,” the epic conclusion to director Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” trilogy, was named the year’s “Most Manticipated” movie, with Nolan and the Caped Crusader himself, Christian Bale, accepting the award from Mark Wahlberg on the film’s behalf.

Reuniting for the first time since its release in 2003, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson and director Todd Phillips were on hand for the induction of “Old School” to the Guy Movie Hall of Fame.  The honor was bestowed upon them after a rousing introduction from John C. Reilly.  “Old School” is the sixth movie to receive the coveted award, joining the elite company of “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “GoodFellas,” “Swingers,” “There’s Something About Mary” and “Fight Club.”

Adam Sandler joined previous winners Keith Richards, Clint Eastwood and Harrison Ford as a recipient of the “Brass Balls” award, while “Ted” director, writer, and star Seth MacFarlane was named “Funniest M.F.”.  Matthew McConaughey received the “Guycon” award from his “Magic Mike” costar Channing Tatum for nearly two decades of memorable characters he has brought to life, from “Dazed and Confused” to “Tropic Thunder” to “Eastbound & Down.”

In one of the night’s most memorable moments, former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand was bestowed the 2012 Guysman Trophy for his courage and determination in his efforts to recover from a spinal cord injury suffered on the field.  LeGrand’s continued defiance of his doctors’ expectations was honored after an introduction by New Jersey native Ray Liotta.

Additionally, five-time NBA champion and living basketball legend Kobe Bryant received the “Choice Baller Award” for his record setting achievements on the hardwood.

Other megastars appearing at “Guys Choice” include: Malin Akerman, Blake Anderson, Kate Beckinsale, Kristen Bell, Laura Linda Bradley, Adam
Devine, Donald Faison, Kit
 Harington, Ed Helms, Anders
Holm, Julianne Hough, Mila Kunis, Nick Offerman, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Rodgers, Andy Samberg, Dax Shepard, Robert Smigel, Emma Stone, Channing Tatum, and Jean‐Claude Van Damme.

The list of “Guys Choice” winners included the following:

Biggest Ass Kicker
Liam Neeson

Most Dangerous Man
Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Holy Grail of Hot
Scarlett Johansson

Unstoppable Jock
Eli Manning

Our New Girlfriend
Kate Upton

Guy of the Year
Brad Pitt

Top Fantasy Leaguer
Aaron Rodgers

Comedy MVP
Will Ferrell

Hot and Funny
Emma Stone

Outstanding Literary Achievement
Tina Fey: “Bossypants”

Jean-Claude Gahd Dam
Kate Beckinsale

Rookie Of The Year
Kyrie Irving

Hottest Zo(o)e(y)
Zooey Deschanel

Best Fight Scene
Mark Wahlberg (Ted)

To view exclusive footage, interviews, behind-the-scenes access and more from “Guys Choice,” log-on to www.spike.com

The official sponsors of Spike TV’s “Guys Choice” are SNICKERS® Brand, AT&T, AXE, Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum, freecreditscore.com™, Kia Motors and Pep Boys.

Casey Patterson and Carol Donovan are Executive Producers.

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.

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June 6th, 2012 by gulatis

Samuel L. Jackson To Host “VGA TEN”

June 4th, 2012 by gulatis

SAMUEL L. JACKSON TO HOST “VGA TEN” -THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF SPIKE TV’S “VIDEO GAME AWARDS”

EMMY® AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER MARK BURNETT RETURNS AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

 “VGA TEN” Premieres LIVE on Friday, December 7 at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT

New York, NY, June 4, 2012 – Samuel L. Jackson will return to Spike TV to host “VGA TEN,” the tenth anniversary of the “Video Game Awards” live on Friday, December 7 at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT.  The acclaimed international film, stage and video game star, most recently featured in the summer blockbuster, “The Avengers,” has hosted the “VGAs” three times from 2005-2007.

The biggest night in the gaming universe will feature world premieres of the most anticipated games of the future and once again simultaneously air LIVE on both Spike TV and Spike.com. “VGA Ten” will also air in over 100 countries and territories around the world.

“I’m thrilled to once again preside over the biggest night of gaming,” said Jackson.  “And to all the gamers out there – you better circle the date right now and not make any plans that night – you don’t want to be that one guy among your friends who misses this show.”

“Sam is a gamer, an icon and one badass host,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer and Executive Vice President, Event Production, Talent & Studio Relations for Viacom Entertainment Group. “We are thrilled to have him back at the controls for ‘VGA Ten’ as we celebrate a decade in the gaming universe.”

Also returning to the “VGAs” is Executive Producer Mark Burnett, the multi-Emmy Award-winning acclaimed producer of “Survivor,” “The Voice,” “The Apprentice,” the “63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards,” the “MTV Movie Awards” and the “People’s Choice Awards.”

“The combination of Samuel L. Jackson and the Tenth Anniversary of the ‘Video Game Awards’ are already making this year’s show a must-see event for gamers all around the world,” said Burnett, “and we haven’t even started talking about all of the World Premieres yet!”

“I’m a huge Samuel L. Jackson fan and literally can’t get enough of him,” Burnett continued.  “What an amazing opportunity to work with Spike for the second time and with him for the first time.”

In January, Jackson was cited by Guinness Book of World Records as the highest-grossing actor of all time, bringing in over seven billion dollars in revenue.  Jackson next stars in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, “Django Unchained,” which comes to theaters this December.

Since 2003, Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards,” has paid tribute to the year’s absolute best in gaming and featured exclusive world premieres of the most anticipated games of the future. The “VGAs” have gained the reputation of being the place for the world’s top video publishers to premiere their titles, and this year, “VGA Ten” will provide a sneak peak of the next generation of gaming.

Dubbed the “Oscars for Videos Games” by The Los Angeles Times & The Washington Post, the show has featured appearances by Hugh Jackman, Charlize Theron, Jack Black, Tiger Woods, Foo Fighters, Kiefer Sutherland, Dwayne Johnson, Stevie Wonder, Neil Patrick Harris, Zac Levi, Jake Gyllenhaal, Weezer, Eva Mendes, Kevin James, Tony Hawk, 50 Cent, Mike Tyson, Vin Diesel, Snoop Dogg and many more.

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.

Mark Burnett, Casey Patterson and Carol Donovan will serve as Executive Producers of Spike TV’s “VGA Ten.”

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.

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