Spike TV Launches Groundbreaking Co-Viewing App For Bellator MMA

February 28th, 2013 by gulatis

SPIKE TV LAUNCHES GROUNDBREAKING CO-VIEWING APP FOR BELLATOR MMA

 Bellator MMA for iPad and iPhone Gives Fans a New Way to Experience MMA 

New York, NY – February 28, 2013 Spike TV today launched “Bellator MMA” for iPad and iPhone, giving fans the chance to experience mixed martial arts like never before with the world’s most advanced co-viewing MMA app.

The app is available on the App Store today free on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.AppStore.com/BellatorMMA.

When the Bellator cage door closes and the gloves touch, the innovative app works in concert with the live Spike broadcast to supply fans with real-time fight data only available through the app.  Developed from the ground up to make watching live fights more immersive, viewers will have the unique ability to track expansive fighter analytics and participate in the on-air broadcast.  As “The 4th Judge,” fans can score rounds with the help of real-time statistics powered by CompuStrike, a service providing data in 26 categories from arm strikes to submission attempts.

“The Bellator app is truly the first of its kind.  It allows our passionate fans to experience the fight as a virtual fourth judge – creating a level of immersion that’s unparalleled in any sport,” said Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, Sports and Multiplatform Events, Spike TV.  “We see this second-screen as a game-changer.  The results from the app will actually become part of the on-air discussion.  There’s nothing like that in all of sports television.”

“At Bellator, we continually look for new ways to connect with our fans in a more meaningful way,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “This innovative app will resonate with our first-adopter audience, who will feel closer to the action than ever before.”

As “The 4th Judge,” viewers will be able to have their opinions known during the live telecast.  The Bellator broadcast team of Jimmy Smith and Sean Wheelock will announce the results of viewers’ polling to see how fan opinion compares to their own as well as the official cageside judges. (“The 4th Judge” voting will not factor in the actual judges’ decisions).

The app features historical statistics for every fighter, pre-fight fan picks, and “Favorite Fight of the Night” polling, which will be sharable via social networks. The Bellator MMA app also gives fans the opportunity to watch exclusive videos, and dig deep into fighter biographies.  “Bellator MMA” airs live on Spike TV Thursday nights at 10:00pm ET/PT from venues all across North America, featuring many of the world’s best mixed martial arts fighters.

Spike TV partnered with award-winning Omnigon Communications, a digital solutions company specializing in the sports, media and entertainment industries, to create the app.

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BellatorMMA.

About Bellator MMA

Bellator MMA is the world’s largest tournament based Mixed Martial Arts organization. Televised to nearly 500 Million homes worldwide in over 107 countries, Bellator’s majority owner is entertainment giant Viacom.  In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike TV, the MMA television leader. With over 150 world-class athletes under contract, Bellator is home to many of the sport’s top mixed martial artists. Bellator’s founder & CEO, Bjorn Rebney, is an experienced fighting sports and entertainment executive with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes.  Bellator’s core philosophy is that title shots should be earned, not given. This belief gave rise to Bellator’s real sport, tournament-based format, which gives Bellator’s tournaments a true playoff feel that keeps the sport true and distances itself from the subjective side of fighting sports found in organizations that utilize a matchmaking/casting formula.  Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.  Bellator is based in Newport Beach, California.

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 mun2

mun2 is the leading Hispanic cable network for young millennial adults 18-34.  From reality to music, on-air to digital, mun2 creates original content that resonates across a multi-screen platform.  Young, vibrant and unabashedly Latino, mun2 has a distribution to over 38 million households. The network is part of Telemundo Media, a division of NBCUniversal.

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:                                     

 

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“Urban Tarzan” Swings His Way Onto The Spike TV Schedule in 2013

February 26th, 2013 by SPIKE Press

“URBAN TARZAN” SWINGS HIS WAY ONTO THE SPIKE TV SCHEDULE IN 2013

Network Picks Up 10 Episodes of Series Featuring the Perilous Adventures of Legendary Extreme Animal Handler, URBANTARZAN

New York, NY – September 20, 2012Spike TV has announced the pick-up of ten episodes of the half-hour show, “Urban Tarzan,” which follows the country’s preeminent extreme animal handler known as URBANTARZAN (formerly John Brennan who legally changed his name to the one word URBANTARZAN) who rescues, captures, and relocates dangerous and exotic animals.

The series showcases the unpredictable world of URBANTARZAN as he runs the Urban Tarzan Animal Relocation team, a privately-owned exotic and dangerous animal relocation service whose hazardous missions runs the gamut from capturing a deadly python on the loose in a residential neighborhood to tracking down a lion who escaped from an animal sanctuary.

URBANTARZAN sees himself as someone who is not just protecting people, but protecting the animal.  He is constantly challenged with delicate task of keeping the public safe along with making sure the animal isn’t harmed in the process.  Bitten or stung by seemingly every creature in existence, URBANTARZAN relies on his intuitive sense of even the most intimidating animal. He also leans on the assistance of Jay “The Caveman” Cassidy, his right-hand man in each tumultuous situation. 

“Urban Tarzan” is produced by Asylum Entertainment and will debut on Spike in the spring of 2013.   Steve Michaels and Jonathan Koch from Asylum Entertainment serve as executive producers.  The original concept for the show was created by URBANTARZAN, Lorraine Yarde and Mark Basile.

The series will be shot in various locations throughout the country.

Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Tim Duffy is Senior Vice President of Original Series for Spike TV, and Jeff Savaiano and Chris Rantamaki serve as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.

 

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

Shana Tepper             Spike TV         212-767-5639              shana.tepper@mtvstaff.com

Bar Rescue – Season 3 – New Orleans – TJ Quill’s

February 21st, 2013 by gulatis
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Bar Rescue – Sneak Peek of New Episode Debuting Feb. 17 at 10 PM, ET/PT

February 15th, 2013 by SPIKE Press
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Bar Rescue Season 3 – Austin, TX – Headhunters

February 14th, 2013 by gulatis
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“Bar Rescue” Season 3 Sneak Peek – Premieres Feb. 10th at 10pm ET/PT

February 5th, 2013 by SPIKE Press
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Spike TV and Randy Couture Ink Multi-Year Partnership

February 5th, 2013 by gulatis

SPIKE TV AND RANDY COUTURE INK MULTI-YEAR PARTNERSHIP

 Deal Between Network and Mixed Martial Arts Legend Includes Upcoming “Fight Master: Bellator MMA” Reality Show and “MMA Rescue”

New York, NY, February 5, 2013 – Randy Couture, a legend in the sport of mixed martial arts and rising film star, has agreed to a multi-year creative partnership with Spike TV.  The deal includes multiple non-scripted projects, two of which have been greenlit to air.

“We are thrilled to partner with such an emerging star in entertainment and an absolute icon in the sport of mixed martial arts,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV.

The upcoming greenlit projects include:

Fight Master: Bellator MMA – Couture joins some of the biggest names in the sport of mixed martial arts as coaches and trainers for the new reality series, premiering this summer. Couture, Greg Jackson, Frank Shamrock, and Joe Warren will helm four separate fight camps for 32 up-and-coming fighters looking to fight their way into the Bellator tournament and a $100,000 cash prize. Spike will telecast 10 one-hour episodes of “Fight Master: Bellator MMA.” Two of television’s most acclaimed producers, eight-time Emmy® Award winner Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri of Profiles Television Productions, the visionaries behind “The Amazing Race,” serve as Executive Producers.

MMA Rescue – Mixed martial arts is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. Consequently, MMA gyms are opening up all over looking to tap into the surge in popularity. MMA legend Couture uses his years of expertise in the business of mixed martial arts to help turn struggling gyms into thriving enterprises.  Couture currently owns a successful chain of gyms, Xtreme Couture MMA, and has the know-how and track record to help take a failing gym on the ropes and turn it into a champion.  Spike will pilot the series with three one-hour episodes, with the opportunity to do more.  Production details and airdates will be announced at a later time.  The show is produced by Kinetic Content with Chris Coelen, Couture and Samuel Spira as Executive Producers.

Other projects will also be announced at a later date.

Couture is returning home to the network which telecast his first starring role in a weekly series, “The Ultimate Fighter,” in 2005.  He is a 6-time MMA World Champion and Hall of Famer in the fastest growing sport in the world.  In addition to his stellar standing in combat sports, Couture is also a successful business man, best-selling author and actor on the rise. His credits include the hit films “The Expendables,” “The Expendables 2,” “The Scorpion King: The Akkadian,” and “The Set Up.” He also runs his own chain of gyms, Xtreme Couture MMA; a thriving clothing line, Xtreme Couture Clothing; men’s cologne, through Xtreme Couture Accessories and a supplement company, Xtreme Couture Pharmaceuticals (XCAP). Additionally, Couture created MMAthletics with television personality Jay Glazer, a company focused on training professional athletes from various sports in the ways of Mixed Martial Arts and teaching them how that training can be applied to their respective sport’s discipline.

About Spike:

Spike 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’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

 

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Press Contacts:

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

Spike TV Announces “Fight Master: Bellator MMA” Competitive Reality Show

February 5th, 2013 by gulatis

RANDY COUTURE, GREG JACKSON, FRANK SHAMROCK AND JOE WARREN TO TRAIN UP-AND-COMING MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FIGHTERS IN “FIGHT MASTER: BELLATOR MMA”

 New Spike Series Showcases the Quest of 32 Fighters in Pursuit of a Slot  In a Bellator MMA Tournament

New York, NY, February 5, 2013 – Spike TV and Bellator MMA have gathered together some of the biggest names in the sport of mixed martial arts to serve as coaches and trainers for the new reality series, “Fight Master: Bellator MMA,” premiering this summer.  Randy Couture, Greg Jackson, Frank Shamrock, and Joe Warren will helm four separate fight camps for 32 up-and-coming fighters looking to fight their way into the Bellator tournament and a $100,000 cash prize.

The announcement was made today at a press conference in Los Angeles by Spike President Kevin Kay and Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney.

The 32 fighters, competing for a spot in the welterweight (170lb) tournament in the Fall of 2013, will live and train together in four camps led by the aforementioned legendary coaches.  This series is much more than just a tournament, as it will capture the reality of the competitors and the grueling training regimen it takes to become a world-class MMA fighter.

The concept of “Fight Master: Bellator MMA” is unprecedented in that the fighters control their own destiny.  They will choose which camp to train with and which opponent they want to fight next.  The premiere will feature 8 qualifying fights with each subsequent episode showcasing at least one fight.  The finale will be telecast live on Spike with the winner moving on to an upcoming tournament.  Bellator announcer Jimmy Smith will serve as host.

“As the fighters’ control their own destiny, they will need to utilize strategy in and out of the cage if they want to succeed and advance each week,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV.  “The stakes are high and the wrong decision, whether it is picking an opponent you don’t match up well against or a coach and fight camp that you don’t work well with, can mean all the difference.”

The series will delve into the fighters’ personal stories for a glimpse into the often arduous journey that led them to “Fight Master.”  Viewers will get to know the man behind the fighter, and follow them on their quest for victory.  These determined contestants come from all parts of the country with a wide variety of ethnic and economic backgrounds.  However, they all share the same goal – to learn from the sport’s finest trainers and earn a spot in the Bellator tournament.

Spike TV will telecast 10 one-hour episodes of “Fight Master: Bellator MMA.” Production begins in early February in Louisiana.  Two of television’s most acclaimed producers, eight-time Emmy® Award winner Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri of Profiles Television Productions, the visionaries behind “The Amazing Race,” serve as Executive Producers.  Andrea Richter serves as Executive Producer as well and Levy and Tim Duffy, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Spike TV, will oversee the project for the network.

About Spike:

Spike 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’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Press Contacts:

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

Bar Rescue Season 3 – New Orleans – Turtle Bay

February 4th, 2013 by gulatis
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