Spike TV Inks New Seasons of “Ink Master” and “Tattoo Nightmares”

September 30th, 2013 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV INKS NEW SEASONS OF “INK MASTER” AND “TATTOO NIGHTMARES”

“Ink Master” Returns For A Fourth Season In 2014 and

Network Orders 26 New Episodes of “Tattoo Nightmares”

“Ink Master” and “Tattoo Nightmares” Drive Network’s Highest

Rated Quarter With Adults 18-49 In Four Years

 

New York, NY, September 30, 2013 – As Spike TV continues to deliver on its mission to reach a more gender-balanced, adult audience, the network has green-lit new seasons of its highly-rated original series, “Ink Master” and “Tattoo Nightmares.” Season four of “Ink Master” will debut in 2014 with 13 one-hour episodes and 26 new episodes of “Tattoo Nightmares” will debut in 2014 as well.

“Ink Master and Tattoo Nightmares have been great performers for Spike TV and have helped propel the network to its highest rated quarter with adults in four years,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV. “These two series showcase tattooing as the incredible art form it has evolved into and are emblematic of Spike’s new direction as we’re appealing to a broader audience with compelling original programming.”

In third quarter, buoyed by the strength of its originals, including the aforementioned series and “Bar Rescue,” Spike TV delivered its highest ratings in primetime with Adults in prime in four years.

Adults 18-49 in Prime:

  • Spike was up +26% (0.49 rating), the highest since 4th qtr of 2009
  • Spike delivered more growth in 3rd qtr than any other Top 25 basic cable network.

Adults 18-49 in Total Day:

  • Spike was up +17% (0.27), the highest since 4th qtr of 2010

About Ink Master

“Ink Master” is hosted by music legend Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) and judged by renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).  Sixteen contestants from around the country battle it out each week in permanent ink for a $100,000 cash prize, an editorial feature in Inked magazine and the bragging rights title of ‘Ink Master. ’The show is produced for Spike TV by Original Media (“Swamp People,” “NY Ink,” “Comic Book Men,” “The Rachel Zoe Project,”) with Charlie Corwin and Andrea Richter serving as Executive Producers.

Season three (through Sept 24) of “Ink Master,” pacing to have its most watched season ever, is averaging 2.1 million viewers and has improved the timeslot with Persons 18-34 by a remarkable 267% and 18-49 by 177%.

About Tattoo Nightmares

“Tattoo Nightmares” is produced by 495 Productions (“Jersey Shore,” “FriendZone,” “Snooki & JWOWW”) with SallyAnn Salsano and Joel Zimmer as Executive Producers.  The series showcases real people with really bad tattoos who seek the help of some of the best cover-up artists in the business to fix them.

Season two of “Tattoo Nightmares” (through Sept. 24) is averaging 1.2 million viewers and has improved the timeslot with Persons 18-49 by 169%.

Chris Rantamaki is Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Spike TV and oversees production of “Ink Master” and “Tattoo Nightmares.”

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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Press Contacts:

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

*Information provided by Nielsen Media Research

Criss Angel BeLIEve Premieres Tuesday, Oct 15 at 10 PM, ET/PT

September 30th, 2013 by faziod

 

WITNESS THE METHOD TO CRISS ANGEL’S MAGIC WITH HIS NEW WEEKLY SERIES STARTING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15 AT 10 PM ET/PT

Eleven Weeks, Eleven Epic Illusions That Get Viewers To “BeLIEve” 

Guest Appearances by Shaquille O’Neal, Ice T, Ludacris, Randy Couture, Michael Strahan and More

New York, NY, Sept 30, 2013 – Criss Angel sets out to confirm that he is the greatest magician of all time in his new weekly series “Criss Angel BeLIEve” which premieres on Spike starting Tuesday, October 15 at 10 PM, ET/PT.  Over the course of 11 weeks, Angel will perform epic demonstrations that will feature incredible acts of magic, death-defying escapes, fearless exhibitions and astonishing physical feats that challenge the very laws of nature.

For more than a decade Criss Angel has been revolutionizing the art of magic, and in his new series Angel will take his performance and magic to a whole new level.   Each episode will focus on Angel’s quest to perform a fresh, bold and mind-blowing demonstration.   For the first time in any magic programming, Angel will take viewers “behind the curtain” for an intimate and revealing look at the creative process behind his magic.  Viewers will get unprecedented access to Angel’s “think tank” where his team brainstorms, debates, constructs and helps him execute the most spectacular magic, illusions and escapes in history.

Angel’s career, and in some cases his life, are on the line as he attempts to perform demonstrations never contemplated or successfully attempted, by any magician in history including a real “Bullet Catch,” “Cement Grave,” “Blindfolded Beam Walk,” “Double Straight Jacket Escape” and his most controversial demonstration ever, “Raising the Dead.”

Throughout the season Angel will be joined by a number of his friends including Randy Couture, Ice T, Ludacris, Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Strahan as they witness the impossible, forever questioning their perception of reality.

Fans are encouraged to join in the “Criss Angel BeLIEve” conversation by following @SPIKETV and @CRISSANGEL on Twitter and using #CrissAngelBeLIEve. Biographies on Criss and his team, photo galleries and highlight videos can be found on Spike’s dedicated “Criss Angel BeLIEve” destination online, believe.spike.com and on CrissAngel.com. There users can also find full episodes and blog posts, which will be updated throughout the season.  For additional series updates, follow Spike on Facebook and on Instagram.

“Criss Angel BeLIEve” created, executive produced and directed by Criss Angel for APWI, Inc., David Baram and Erich Recker for LBI Entertainment.  Sharon Levy is Executive Vice President of Original Series, Chris Rantamaki is Senior Vice President of Original Series and Hayley Lozitsky serves as the Executive in Charge of Production for 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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Press Contact:

Debra Fazio-Rutt        Spike TV         212-767-8649              debra.fazio@spiketv.com

Criss Angel BeLIEve Premieres 10/15 – Sneak Peek Video

September 30th, 2013 by faziod

Spike TV Options “Tut,” A Scripted Limited Event Series

September 19th, 2013 by SPIKE Press

New York, NY, September 19, 2013 – Spike TV has optioned a limited event series script that takes an illuminating, new look at the extraordinary story of Tutankhamun, based on recently discovered historical evidence.  Tutankhamun (King Tut, 1333 to 1323 BC) was the youngest Pharaoh to rule Ancient Egypt.

“Tut” was brought to Spike TV by MUSE Entertainment (“The Kennedys,” “Pillars of the Earth,” “Last Templar”) with Joel S. Rice and Michael Prupas from Muse along with Greg Gugliotta (“The Fosters”) as Executive Producers, Michael Vickerman (“Impact”) as Writer/ Executive Producer, and Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige (Creators and Executive Producers, “The Fosters”) as Writers.

If greenlit, “Tut” will be a ground-breaking, six-part, action-packed series combining the drama of power, political backstabbing, war and murder.   Based on historical fact from DNA evidence recently unearthed, this dramatic scripted series will capture King Tut’s fascinating rise to glory, his efforts to rule a chaotic empire and the enigma surrounding his untimely death.

With a backdrop of ancient Egypt in the opulent palace of the Pharaoh, dripping with gold and untold riches, a young Tut is thrust into power after the murder of his father.  The neophyte ruler is forced to marry his sister in order to maintain the dynasty.  Although Tut rules as Pharaoh, he is controlled like a puppet by three formidable men who plot against him and vie for the throne themselves.

Against all odds, Tut grows from an insecure and manipulated prince to a hero on the battlefield, leading his kingdom into war and victory.  Just as he takes control of his nation and his destiny, he is betrayed.

Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series.

MUSE ENTERTAINMENT is a leading film and television production company known for its well-crafted and high-quality productions. Since its founding in 1998, Muse has produced, co-produced or provided production services on more than 170 TV movies and mini-series, television series and feature films and has won over 100 awards and garnered over 300 award nominations. Muse Entertainment’s 8-hr. historical drama The Kennedys earned 10 Emmy Award nominations, winning four, as well winning the DGA award for best director. Its Pillars of the Earth also won an Emmy and many other awards. Muse’s other award-winning event programming include Ben Hur, The Last Templar, and Human Trafficking. Muse’s most recent television series are Being Human (Syfy), Bomb Girls (Reelz) and the animated series Bounty Hunters (CMT). Muse Entertainment President is Executive Producer MICHAEL PRUPAS. Muse U.S.A. President is Executive Producer JOEL S. RICE.

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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Press Contacts:

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

“Bar Rescue” – First Look at New Episode Debuting 9/15

September 11th, 2013 by SPIKE Press

“Ink Master” First Look At DC Comics Villains Challenge Premieres 9/10 at 10 PM, ET/PT

September 4th, 2013 by faziod