Spike TV Announces All-star Comedy Tribute “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only”

August 23rd, 2012 by gulatis


“Eddie Murphy: One Night Only” Tapes on Saturday, November 3 at the Saban Theatre In Los Angeles and Premieres Wednesday, November 14 on Spike TV

New York, NY – August 23, 2012 – Spike TV, in conjunction with Don Mischer Productions, will celebrate the career of Eddie Murphy with the first-ever televised tribute to the comedic icon, “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only.”  Vernon Lynch will serve as an Executive Producer on the project.  The event will tape on Saturday, November 3 at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles and will air on Wednesday, November 14 on Spike TV.

The exclusive Spike TV special event marks 30 years since the release of the groundbreaking stand-up concert film “Delirious,” and the classic film“48 Hrs.,” which featured the breakout performances that made him one of the biggest superstars in the world.

“Eddie Murphy: One Night Only” will pay homage to Murphy’s journey from a 15-year-old aspiring comedian, to the record-breaking “Raw,” which remains the highest grossing stand-up film of all time, to his indelible characters and impressions from “Saturday Night Live” such as Buckwheat, Gumby, Mr. Robinson and James Brown.

Murphy’s friends and co-stars from many of his unforgettable films including “48 Hrs.,” “Trading Places,” “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Coming To America,” “The Nutty Professor,” “Shrek,” and his Golden Globe winning and Academy Award nominated performance in “Dreamgirls,” among others, will be featured.  The two-hour show will also include short films, musical performances, sketch comedy and will culminate in an appearance by Murphy.

“Eddie’s impact on comedy is immeasurable,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Vice President of Event Production for Viacom Media Networks Entertainment Group.  “At 19, he changed the face of sketch comedy forever on ‘Saturday Night Live’ and within four years released “48 Hrs,” “Delirious,” and “Beverly Hills Cop” making him one of the biggest stand-up and movie stars in the world, all before the age of 24 and he’s never stopped evolving, innovating and entertaining.”

Spike TV has been an industry leader in original event programming honoring male icons and heroes from the worlds of comedy, sports and entertainment.   Recent honorees at various signature events include Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Robert DeNiro, Clint Eastwood, Chris Rock, Will Ferrell, Robert Downey Jr, LeBron James, Adam Sandler, Kobe Bryant and more.

Don Mischer, Casey Patterson, Charlie Haykel, and Vernon Lynch serve as Executive Producers for “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only” with Juliane Hare as Producer.

For more information and photo highlights from the groundbreaking career of Eddie Murphy, fans can go to the event site at eddie.spike.com

Don Mischer is an internationally acclaimed producer and director of television and live events.  He has been honored with 15 Emmy® Awards, a record 10 Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, 2 NAACP Image Awards, a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting and Europe’s prestigious Golden Rose of Montreux.  This past January, Mischer was also honored by the Producers Guild of America when he received the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.

Vernon Lynch is a creative consultant for Eddie Murphy Productions whose credits include  “The Making Of Delirious” special, “Eddie Murphy Delirious 25th Anniversary DVD,” and “Eddie Murphy’s Greatest Comedy Hits.” Lynch and his producing partner Jeff Dyson recently founded the production company Lynch-Dyson Entertainment. Together they are the creators and Executive Producers of “Hollywood Exes” on VH1.

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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Spike TV Orders Another Round Of Episodes Of “Bar Rescue”

August 22nd, 2012 by gulatis


Season 3 of Network’s Hit Series Will Consist of 20 Episodes and Will Debut in First Quarter 2013

 New York, NY, August 22, 2012 – Spike TV has greenlit a third season of 20 episodes of the network’s popular original series, “Bar Rescue.” From the producers of “The Biggest Loser,” “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” and “Flying Wild Alaska,” 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.

“Bar Rescue” is among the recent crop of original series that have successfully managed to expand and broaden the network’s audience base.  The second season, premiering on Sunday, July 29 has averaged a robust 1.3 million viewers and improved the timeslot by 100% with Men 18-49 and 89% with Persons 18-34.

For Season 3, Taffer will visit a different failing establishment in cities all around the country.  His 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.

“Bar Rescue” is produced by Eyeworks USA and Executive Producers JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson 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, Director 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.


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Spike TV And K-1, World’s Premier Kickboxing Promotion, Agree To Multi-Platform Partnership

August 20th, 2012 by gulatis


New York, NY, August 20, 2012 – Spike TV and K-1, the world’s premier kickboxing organization, have agreed to a strategic partnership that will begin this fall with live fights streamed on Spike.com beginning Saturday, September 8 at the U.S. World Grand Prix Championships in Los Angeles.  There will be a total of four events that will be streamed live in 2012.  In 2013, the K-1 events will move from Spike.com to Spike TV to coincide with the network’s extensive coverage of Bellator Fighting Championships.

“We are thrilled to be in business with the world’s preeminent kickboxing organization,” said Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, Sports and Multiplatform Events, Spike TV. “Spike has the most passionate and knowledgeable fans of combat sports and we are confident that they will enjoy the high-action of K-1, which serves as the perfect complement to our Bellator coverage next year.”

“K-1 is excited to join forces with Spike TV, a powerful and highly experienced cable network known nationally for its combat sports programming, presenting our live K-1 events,” said Doug Kaplan, CEO, K-1. “Spike is the perfect television home and stage to introduce our K-1 warriors and the fast-paced, aggressive style of K-1 fighting to fight fans across America.”

Spike.com’s 2012 coverage will include unprecedented access to K-1 events, from live streaming of the weigh-ins the day before the bouts, to locker room interviews, to live coverage of every fight on the card, including all the prelims.

The four K-1 events in 2012 include:

September 8 – Los Angeles – U.S. Grand Prix Championship

October 14 – Tokyo, Japan – World Grand Prix Final

December 8 – Athens, Greece – MAX Final

December 26 – New York – World Grand Prix Final

The addition of K-1 to Spike TV’s lineup next year further establishes the network as the premier television destination for combat sports. Spike TV will debut Bellator Fighting Championships in January 2013 with a weekly live fight card featuring some of the best rising stars in the mixed martial arts world.

K-1 is the largest kickboxing promotion in history. Since 1993, K-1 has presented professional live martial arts events in 38 countries, featuring the best and most accomplished athletes in the sport.

World Grand Prix Champions of K-1 include Alistair Overeem, Mark Hunt, Ernesto Hoost, Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky and Semmy Schilt.  K-1 returned to the world stage on May 26, 2012 in Madrid, Spain, drawing a packed stadium and hundreds of thousands of views on the K-1 Live Stream.

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

Jen Wenk, APR           K-1                  702.635.0995                        Jen.wenk@k-1.hk

Trailer for “Joe Schmo: The Full Bounty”

August 14th, 2012 by SPIKE Press
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JOE SCHMO RETURNS!!!!! Set To Debut In First Quarter, 2013

August 14th, 2012 by SPIKE Press


Spike TV Brings Back The Audacious Faux Reality Show

Where Only One Contestant Is Real

“Joe Schmo: The Full Bounty” Set To Debut In First Quarter, 2013

New York, NY, August 14, 2012 – Spike TV has once again turned the tables on the reality show genre with “Joe Schmo: The Full Bounty.”  The one-hour, 10-episode series features one real guy who believes he is on a new, over-the-top reality show looking for America’s next bounty hunter, but is actually surrounded entirely by actors.  His cast-mates are a motley crew of reality show clichés including Lorenzo Lamas, playing himself, who must do their best under these unusual circumstances to follow a pre-determined outline.

One of television’s biggest and riskiest experiments once again looks to discover how would a reality contestant react to encountering a show filled with every outlandish element reality television has showcased.  How far can producers push this ‘reality,’ and the ensuing ridiculous competitions? And of course, will the actors be convincing enough or will the unsuspecting “contestant” figure it all out? 

The true hero of the show undoubtedly is the “Joe,” who demonstrates a keen sense of integrity and humanity, even under duress from the absurd predicaments he finds himself in. 

In this installment, the “Joe” believes he has been cast as one of several contestants in a new reality-competition series where the winner will become a bounty hunter.   The “Joe” will face an assortment of bounty hunting-related challenges from learning how to defuse a bomb to interrogating a hostile witness, totally oblivious to the fact that all the crazy situations he is placed in are scripted. Ralph Garman reprises his role from the first two “Joe Schmo” seasons as the show “host” along with a cast that showcases stereotypical reality show participants, ranging from the ditsy model to the self-absorbed, attention-grabbing jerk.

The original season of “Joe Schmo” debuted on Spike in September 2003 and was among television’s first faux reality series.  One of the highest rated series in the history of Spike TV, the finale drew 3.4 million viewers.

Spike TV will reveal further details of the show, including the identity of the Joe in the coming months.  The series taped over two weeks in July in Los Angeles.

Click the following link to watch the “Joe Schmo: The Full Bounty” trailer: http://www.spike.com/video-clips/41ec1d and for additional updates on the series in the coming weeks, please visit : http://www.spike.com/shows/joe-schmo-the-full-bounty.  Fans are encouraged to join in the “Joe Schmo” conversation by following @SPIKETV on Twitter and using #JoeSchmo.

“Joe Schmo: The Full Bounty” is created and produced by Barry Poznick and John Stevens of Zoo Productions, an All3 media company. J. Holland Moore serves as Executive Producer.

Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series and Jeff Savaiano serves as Executive in Charge of Production, Spike TV.

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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Ink Master Season 2 – Contestant Biographies

August 14th, 2012 by faziod

Spike TV “Ink Master” Season 2 Premieres Tuesday, October 9 at 10 PM, ET/PT– Contestant Biographies

(in alphabetical order)


Tray “Big Daddy” Benham
Brandenburg, KY
Owner/Artist at Big Daddy’s Tattoo (www.bigdaddystattoo.com)
20 years experience

With southern charm and the gift of gab, “Big Daddy” Tray is an outgoing tattoo artist from the small town of Brandenburg, KY and he’s not afraid to say what is on his mind.  Tray prides himself on super clean lines, smooth shading and extensive use of color.  Tray is the owner of two Big Daddy’s Tattoo shops in Kentucky. His fresh and new style of tattooing was like nothing ever seen before in his home state and he has helped to inspire a new generation of artists.  Tray’s work has been featured on numerous covers of national and international magazines and  won numerous awards at tattoo conventions held across the country.

Clint Cummings
Dallas, TX
Owner/Artist at Sparrows Tattoo Company (www.sparrowstattoo.com)
16 years experience

Growing up Clint was a bit of a troublemaker.  His dad bought him his first tattoo machine at age 15 so he could keep himself out of trouble and do something constructive.  He’s been passionate about tattooing ever since.  For Clint, tattooing is the ultimate form of self-expression.   Clint describes himself as someone who is aggressive and passionate and wears his emotions on his sleeve and is not afraid to “let it be known” to anyone how he feels.  Clint’s not here to make friends, but to prove to the judges that he is the best tattoo artist on the show.   A self-taught artist, Clint’s specializes in new school and realism tattoos.

Nick D’Angelo
Buffalo, NY
Owner and Artist at The Black Pearl (www.DAngeloArt.com)
4 years experience

Nick has always had a love for drawing, and in school each year, he would always sign up for as many art classes as he could.  In high school, he worked at a local sign shop that made New Orleans replica street signs and that’s when he fell in love with both the city and its pirates lore. He loves pirates so much that his tattoo studio is pirate-themed.  Nick toyed with the idea of enrolling in art school, but when he got a tattoo apprenticeship right outside of high school, his fate was sealed and he’s been tattooing ever since.   Nick is clearly the “young gun” in this competition, but he says he doesn’t have a message for his competition; rather he’ll let his work speak for itself. Nick specializes in realism and portrait tattoos.

Jamie Davies
Redding, CA
Owner/ Artist at Tattooz Ink (www.tattoozink.com)
17 years experience

A self-described obsessive-compulsive workaholic,  Jamie says he’s too busy focusing on his clients’ tattoos rather than designing and getting one himself.  Though he may ink others for a living, Jamie himself has only one tattoo, a black light piece located on the side of his neck. Starting out as a comic book artist, Jamie quickly grew bored with its repetitiveness and transitioned into the world of tattooing, which he feels is a perfect fit for his artistic skill set.   He specializes in photo realism, featuring bold tattoo designs with lots of dimension, drama and contrast.  A married father of two young daughters, Jamie opened his own shop eight years ago and has won several awards in nearly every tattoo genre.

Katherine “Tatu Baby” Flores
Miami, FL
Self-employed tattoo artist
6 years experience

Tatu Baby isn’t shy when it comes to her looks and admits to have used her sex appeal to her advantage, but don’t judge this book by its cover, she’s got talent to back her up.  She has been tattooing professionally since she was 19 and proved herself right of the gate by taking home a “best of day” trophy at a tattoo convention.  Tatu Baby got her first ink at the age of 14 – a tribal tattoo that she got alongside with her mother.  She believes that your body is your temple and should be able to decorate it any way you want.  Tatu Baby specializes in black and grey and realism tattoos.

La Ron “Ron” Givens
Dallas, TX
Tattoo artist at Cat Tattoo’s Elite Studio (www.cattattoo.com)
7 years experience

Ron first became interested in tattooing after receiving a bad tattoo.  Inspired by art since childhood, his work is heavily influenced by Japanese Anime and features lots of color. After impressing tattoo artists at a local shop, Ron was invited to come back and learn the trade step by step.  He can always be found with a smile on his face and considers himself an eternal optimist.  Don’t let that smile fool you though, Ron is super-competitive and is often his own toughest critic who demands perfection in his work every day.  Ron specializes in new school, Japanese and color realism.

Steven “Kay Kutta” Givens
Fayetteville, NC
Owner/Artist at Kutthouse Tattoos (www.kaykutta.com)
3 years experience

Kay Kutta did his first tattoo on himself at the age of 12 with a sewing needle wrapped in thread and Indian Ink. To say that he’s come a long way is an understatement.  After an eight-year stint in prison, Kay Kutta chose not to return to a life of crime, and credits tattooing with being able to re-invent himself and lead a life on the straight and narrow.  Kay Kutta says that people either love him or hate him because he’s not afraid to speak his mind and stand up for what he believes in.   He specializes in photo realism tattoos and his shop has been voted the best place to get tattooed in his hometown.

Thomas “TJ Hal” Halvorsen
St. Petersburg, FL
Co-Owner/Artist at Foolish Pride Tattoo Co (www.foolishpridetattoos.com & www.tjhal.com)   
7 years experience

TJ is a no-nonsense kind of guy and requires those around him to “fall in line” because he believes he knows best.  Serving in the US Army as a sniper for five years instilled in TJ a strong sense of leadership which he says has helped him in running and owning his own tattoo shop.  Before he started tattooing, TJ began his career as a professional comic book artist for both Marvel and DC Comics and his love of comics definitely comes through in both his tattoo style and designs.  TJ says that tattooing is the hardest art form out there since the canvas moves, screams, bleeds and sometimes even cries.   He specializes in both color and realism tattoos.

Cee Jay “Inky” Jones
Detroit, MI
Tattoo artist at Suicide Kings Tattoo Parlor (www.artbyceejay.com)
15 years experience

From the time she was a little girl, Cee Jay wanted to be an artist.  She began tattooing at the age of 24, not long after getting her first tattoo.  To Cee Jay, having a good foundation as a tattoo artist is the key to success.  She knows that fact all too well since she repairs many bad tattoos and considers herself an expert in cover-up tattoos.  Cee Jay has a passion for using color in her work and says she can never get enough of tattooing pin up girls.   This badass mom’s passions outside of tattooing include her family (she has seven kids) and roller derby, a sport she’s been involved with for the past four years.

Mark Matthews
San Francisco, CA
Self-employed tattoo a (www.manifestmark.com)
14 years experience

Mark has had a passion for art ever since he was a child.  He channeled that passion into the world of tattooing when he was introduced to the medium when he was seventeen.   Mark learned tattooing the hard way.  A self-taught artist, he considers himself lucky to have had the opportunity to work alongside a number of great artists who have motivated, inspired and taught him how to become a better artist.  Aside from tattooing, Mark is also a professional mixed martial arts fighter, who competes several times a year.  He’s a true family man who counts his wife and two kids as his biggest supporters both in and out of the ring.   Mark specializes in black and gray and is also experienced in traditional Japanese and Americana styles.

Sarah Miller
Pittsburgh, PA
Owner/Tattoo Artist at Wyld Chyld Tattoo (www.sarahjmiller.com)
6 years experience

Sarah has a background in and a passion for classical art.  Before tattooing took over her life in 2009, she had a thriving career in graphic design and illustration, working with numerous design firms on product branding campaigns.  Sarah considers herself to be very competitive and says she definitely has what it takes to win this competition.  Not a fan of traditional styles because to her they don’t look realistic enough, Sarah specializes in portraits and pin-ups.  She says that what she enjoys more than anything is illustrating through her tattoo work, expanding the medium and pushing the boundaries of what is considered tattoo art.

Sebastian Murphy
Detroit, MI
Tattoo Artist at Detroit Ink
15 years experience

Sebastian is a self-made man.  Growing up with very little, Sebastian knew at a young age that he would be responsible for his own future. Always artistic, he became an airbrush artist as a teenager to earn his keep.  As the airbrush fad faded, he began hanging out at a friend’s tattoo shop drawing designs and selling them to customers who would get them tattooed.  His designs became so popular that the shop offered him an apprenticeship, which Sebastian parlayed into a career. Though Sebastian prefers working in black, gray and photo realism, he describes himself as a “ninja duplicator,” meaning he can duplicate any style of tattooing.

Jesse Smith
Richmond, VA
Owner/Artist at Loose Screw Tattoo (www.jessesmithtattoos.com & www.loosescrewtattoo.com)
15 years experience

Jesse discovered his love of art while living in Germany as an “army brat” teen.  He quickly became interested in urban culture and graffiti art.  After returning to the States, he enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University to help round out his own artistic style.  One of his first jobs was drawing caricatures at Busch Gardens in VA and found himself among a circle of artists who introduced him to the world of tattooing, eventually learning how to make his own homemade tattoo gun.  Jesse developed his signature style of quirky cartoon style designs and use of color working in numerous tattoo shops in the US as well as overseas in Europe and China before opening up his own shop last year.

“Little Mike”
White Plains, NY
Co-Owner/Artist at Addicted to Ink (www.addictedtoinktattoos.com)
14 years experience

Despite his physical size, everything about “Little Mike” is big.  He’s funny and sarcastic and his friends affectionately refer to him as BLB (Belligerent Little Bastard).   After watching the artwork he specially designed get tattooed on his friends, Mike knew that being a tattoo artist would someday be his career.  Mike prefers working on big and bold tattoo designs, where he can utilize thick sculpted lines, color, exaggerated highlights so his art seems to “pop off” the skin. People’s underestimation of him in the tattoo world, because of his size, has stoked a fire in him professionally.  Mike is ready to show viewers that a person’s size is in no way an indicator of one’s talent.

Steve Tefft
Groton, CT
Owner/Artist at 12 Tattoos (www.12tattoos.com)
17 years experience

A self-confessed “party guy,” Steve is renowned for his personal sense of style including a wardrobe of designer shirts.   Interested in both art and tattoos since he was a teenager, Steve began his career “scratching” out of his house before getting an apprenticeship and has worked hard ever since to perfect his craft.  He believes his confidence, working well under pressure and the ability to quickly adapt to any situation gives him an edge versus the competition on the show.  Steve specializes in black and grey tattoos and is best known for his realistic portraits and horror imagery and prides himself on being able to complete his work extremely fast.

Lalo Yunda
Brooklyn, NY
Tattoo Artist at Sacred Tattoo (www.lalotattoos.com)
20 years experience

Lalo grew up in Colombia, South America and instead of focusing on his schoolwork in class, he would mischievously cut his skin and fill the open wounds with ink.  It wasn’t until an Italian tattoo artist showed him how to make his own homemade tattoo machine with the motor of a tape recorder, a spoon and pen that he was officially in business.  Entirely self-taught, he is one of the first generation of tattoo artists in his native country. Lalo believes that communication is the cornerstone of being a great tattoo artist.  He works closely with his clients in creating his designs and specializes in what he calls “magical realism,” a specific style of tattooing which blends magical elements with the real world.

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



Spike’s “Ink Master” Returns For Season 2 Tuesday, October 9 At 10 PM, ET/PT

August 14th, 2012 by faziod



 Dave Navarro, Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck Return for Season Two

Of Spike’s Highest-Rated Original Series


Top Tattoo Artists Battle It Out For $100,000, An Editorial Feature

In Inked Magazine And The Title Of ‘Ink Master’

New York, NY, August 14, 2012 – Spike has more skin in the game going into season two of its highest-rated original series “Ink Master,” which returns Tuesday, October 9 at 10 PM, ET/PT, with back-to-back one-hour episodes.  This season the ante is raised, now with 16 top tattoo artists from around the country battling it out in permanent ink for a $100,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in the preeminent tattoo magazine Inked and the bragging rights title of ‘Ink Master.’  Following the “Ink Master” double episode premiere, new episodes will telecast Tuesdays at 10 PM, ET/PT and culminate with a LIVE season finale in December.

Each week, the artists 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 a ‘human canvas.’  These ‘human canvases’ range from tattoo virgins to connoisseurs to those who want to cover up a prior tattoo misstep.  The challenges focus on different tattooing techniques such as contrast, adaptability, balance and dimension as well as  styles including New School, photorealism, American traditional and pin-up.

After every challenge the contestants face a tough panel made up of Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo) and a roster of guest judges.  Each individual artists’ work is critiqued and one contestant is sent home.   The masterpieces these artists create will last forever, but so will their mistakes.

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

  • Tray “Big Daddy” Benham – Owner and artist at Big Daddy’s Tattoo in Radcliff & Elizabethtown, KY
  • Clint Cummings  – Owner and artist at Sparrows Tattoo Company in Mansfield, TX
  • Nick D’Angelo Owner and artist at The Black Pearl in Buffalo, NY
  • Jamie Davies – Owner and artist at Tattooz Ink in Redding, CA
  • Katherine “Tatu Baby” Flores – Self-employed tattoo artist in Miami, FL
  • La Ron “Ron” Givens Tattoo artist at Cat Tattoo’s Elite Studio in Addison, TX
  • Steven “Kay Kutta” Givens – Owner and artist at Kutthouse Tattoos in Fayetteville, NC
  • Thomas “TJ” Halvorsen – Co-owner and artist at Foolish Pride Tattoo Co. in St. Petersburg, FL
  • Cee Jay “Inky” Jones – Tattoo artist at Suicide Kings Tattoo Parlor in Canton, MI
  • Mark Matthews – Self-employed tattoo artist in San Francisco, CA
  • Sarah Miller – Owner and tattoo artist at Wyld Chyld Tattoo in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Sebastian Murphy – Tattoo artist at Detroit Ink in Mt. Clemens, MI
  • Jesse Smith – Owner and artist at Loose Screw Tattoo in Richmond, VA
  • Little Mike – Owner and artist at Addicted to Ink in White Plains, NY
  • Steven Tefft – Owner and artist at 12 Tattoos in Groton, CT
  • Lalo Yunda – Tattoo artist at Sacred Tattoo in New York, NY

Fans are encouraged to ‘like’ the official “Ink Master” Facebook page and join in the “Ink Master” conversation by following @SPIKETV on Twitter and using #InkMaster. Biographies, photo gallery portfolios videos introducing the contestants can be found on Spike’s dedicated “Ink Master” destination online, inkmaster.spike.com. There users can also find full episodes, video clips and blog posts, which will be updated throughout the season. The latest in tattoo culture and show news can be found on the “Ink Master” Tumblr and Pinterest pages. For behind-the-scenes “Ink Master” photos, follow @spiketv on Instagram.

“Ink Master” is the highest-rated original series on Spike.  Season One averaged 1.8 million viewers and dramatically broadened the audience in its timeslot, posting a +177% increase with Men 18-49 and +203% with Persons 18-49 compared to last year.

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Original Media, with Charlie Corwin, Jay Peterson, and Andrea Richter as Executive Producers of the series.  Original Media currently has seventeen television series on air including the hit shows “NY Ink,” “Comic Book Men,” “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “Swamp People,” “BBQ Pitmasters,” “Dual Survival” and “Mudcats.”  Headquartered in New York, Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol USA.

Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series and Chris Rantamaki and is Vice President of Original Programming for Spike TV and oversees production of “Ink Master.”

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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Spike TV Orders New Seasons Of “Auction Hunters” and “American Digger”

August 7th, 2012 by SPIKE Press



New York, NY, August 7, 2012Spike TV has ordered new seasons of two of the network’s highest-rated non-scripted series that have successfully broadened and expanded the channel’s audience.  Spike has picked up a fourth season of 26 episodes of “Auction Hunters,” starring the two best prospectors in the business, Allen Haff and Ton Jones. The network also ordered 13 episodes of “American Digger,” following the American Savage team, led by former professional wrestler-turned-modern-day relic hunter Ric Savage. The announcement was made today by Sharon Levy, Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series.

The recently completed season three of “Auction Hunters” (March 21-June 6) delivered 1.9 million viewers and improved the timeslot with Men 18-49 by +102% and Men 35-49 by +121%.  The debut season of “American Digger” (March 6-June 6) delivered 1.2 million viewers and upped the timeslot with Men 35-49 by +36% and +11% with Men 18-49.

“We are thrilled to bring back new episodes of two of our most popular shows that speak to the network’s mission of delivering bold, non-scripted entertainment with real stakes,” said Levy.

Both “Auction Hunters” and “American Digger” will go into production this fall and new seasons will air in 2013.

“Auction Hunters” and “American Digger” are produced by Gurney Productions and executive produced by Scott Gurney and Deirdre Gurney.

About “Auction Hunters”:

Every year in America, 50,000 storage facilities hold auctions for abandoned storage units and, at these auctions, over $1 billion worth of goods changes hands.  Each unit has the potential to be a goldmine or a bust for those who make their living hunting unclaimed property.  “Auction Hunters” cuts the lock and opens the door into the high stakes, financial risks and potential rewards where the right purchase can bring in serious cash.  The series follows Haff and Jones in their quest to win auctions, dig for abandoned historical treasure and sell them for a profit.

About “American Digger”:

In the US, there are millions of historical relics buried in backyards just waiting to be discovered and turned into profit.  “American Digger” hopes to claim a piece of that pie as the series travels to a different city each week searching for high-value artifacts and relics, some of which have been untouched for centuries.  After pinpointing historical locations such as Civil War and Revolutionary War battlefields, Savage’s first task is to convince reluctant homeowners to let his team dig up their property using state-of-the-art metal detectors and heavy-duty excavation equipment.  The team will then sell any artifacts found for a substantial profit by consulting experts and scouring the antique and collectible markets, but not before negotiating a deal to divide the revenue with the property owners.

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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Shana Tepper               Spike TV         212-767-4275             shana.tepper@mtvstaff.com

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