Sneak Peek Video – Criss Angel BeLIEve: Randy Couture Puts Criss Out

November 25th, 2013 by faziod

Statement Regarding “Bar Rescue”

November 25th, 2013 by faziod

In our last minute effort over the weekend to pull the “Bar Rescue” episode featuring the Pit and Barrel, we regretfully did not remove a late-night telecast of the episode. We apologize to all those affected by the terrible tragedy over the weekend and to Jon Taffer, the production team, and our advertisers for our unfortunate human error.

VGX Nominees Announced As Part of Multi-Platform Gaming Event

November 18th, 2013 by faziod

 

 VGX NOMINEES ANNOUNCED AS PART OF MULTI-PLATFORM GAMING EVENT

 “GRAND THEFT AUTO V” LEADS ALL NOMINEES WITH NINE NODS
INCLUDING GAME OF THE YEAR, BEST XBOX GAME, BEST PLAYSTATION GAME AND A STUDIO OF THE YEAR NOMINATION FOR ROCKSTAR NORTH

SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT LEADS ALL PUBLISHERS
WITH 11 NOMINATIONS

VIACOM MEDIA NETWORKS LEVEL UP WITH THE LAUNCH OF MULTI-PLATFORM VGX THE NEXT GENERATION OF THE “VIDEO GAME AWARDS”

 AWARDS ARE ONLY A PIECE OF NEW VGX, AN ALL-DAY ALL-DIGITAL BINGE FOR GAMERS FOCUSED ON WORLD PREMIERES AND BREAKING NEWS

VGX to Live Stream Across All Screens and Gaming Devices Worldwide Including Xbox One, Xbox 360®, Playstation®3, Twitch, Hulu, Yahoo, And Viacom Properties Spike.com, ComedyCentral.com, MTV.com, MTV2.com, BET.com and GameTrailers.com on Saturday, December 7 at 6:00 PM ET / 3:00 PM PT on VGXLIVE.com

New York, NY, November 18, 2013 –  The slate of nominees for VGX, the new live digital multi-platform gaming event, was announced today.  Close to 50 video game franchises from more than 20 publishers were nominated.  At the head of the franchise pack is “Grand Theft Auto V” (Rockstar Games), which nabbed nine nominations including Game of the Year, Best Action Adventure Game and Best Soundtrack.  “BioShock Infinite” (2K Games) scored eight nominations, while “The Last of Us” (Sony Computer Entertainment) pulled in seven nods.  All titles join “Tomb Raider” (Square Enix) and “Super Mario 3D World” (Nintendo) to round out the nominee list for Game of the Year.

With a total of 11 nominations for four different games, Sony Computer Entertainment is up for more awards than any publisher with the “The Last of Us” bringing in seven nominations of its own including Game of the Year, Best Action Adventure Game, Best PlayStation Game and four other categories.  Next up are Nintendo and 2K Games, tied for a total of 10 nominations each.  Nintendo’s “Super Mario 3D World” (Game of the Year; Best Nintendo Game) and “Animal Crossing: New Leaf” (Best Handheld Game; Best Casual Game) titles both scored multiple nominations.  2K Games nominated titles include “BioShock Infinite” (Game of the Year; Best Shooter; and six other nominations) and NBA 2K14 (Best Sports Game.)  Studio of the Year nominees include Rockstar North (“Grand Theft Auto V”), The Fullbright Company (“Gone Home”), Irrational Games (“BioShock Infinite”), and Naughty Dog (“The Last of Us.”)

While its roots lie in the Video Game Awards, VGX will abandon the traditional Hollywood style award show to feature more world premiere game trailers than ever before, plus extended deep dives into the next generation of games, new looks at gaming culture, one-on-one interviews with the industry’s most visionary creatives and expert panels digging into what’s coming to consoles in 2014 and beyond.  The new format features more games, less fame, in an intimate studio setting.

VGX Nominees are determined by the VGX Advisory Council, which is made up of a group of some of the most well-respected video game journalists from media outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, Game Informer, Joystiq, Kotaku, Polygon, IGN, GameTrailers, Gamespot, Wired.com, USA Today and Associated Press.

Below are several of the nominees and categories for VGX. For a full list, please go to VGXLIVE.COM.

Game of the Year

“BioShock Infinite”

“Grand Theft Auto V”

“Super Mario 3D World”

“The Last of Us”

“Tomb Raider”

 

Studio of the Year

Irrational Games

Naughty Dog

Rockstar North

The Fullbright Company

 

Most Anticipated Game

“Destiny”

“Titanfall”

“South Park: The Stick of Truth”

“The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt”

“Watch Dogs”

 

Best Shooter

“Battlefield 4”

“BioShock Infinite”

“Call of Duty: Ghosts”

“Metro: Last Light”

 

Best Independent Game

“Gone Home”

“Kentucky Route Zero”

“Papers, Please”

“The Stanley Parable”

VGX is an all-day gaming experience and the next generation of Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards” franchise.  With the potential to reach over 100 million households across all screens and gaming devices worldwide—including Xbox One, Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3 (PS3™), Twitch, iOS and Android devices, and available globally on VGXLIVE.com, Hulu,  Yahoo Screen, the Yahoo Screen app and Viacom Media Networks properties Spike.com, ComedyCentral.com, MTV.com, MTV2.com, BET.com and GameTrailers.com—it will be the most widely distributed live gaming event of all time.  VGX will continue the Video Game Awards’ legacy of showcasing world-premiere game trailers, but will now offer extended demos of next-gen games, 1-on-1 interviews, and an unrivaled interactive experience through exclusive social-media partner Twitter.  The VGX-Twitter partnership will give viewers a direct impact on the stream by allowing them to vote on show order, unlock additional content, and participate in live Twitter-powered Q&A interviews with talent and developers.

VGX streaming begins Saturday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m. ET / 3:00 p.m.  PT.

For the Full List of VGX Nominees, Go To VGXLive.com

CONTACTS:
Aileen Budow
212.767.3952
aileen.budow@spiketv.com

Matt Conte
212.767.4091
matt.conte@spiketv.com

FOLLOW SPIKE TV PR ON TWITTER @SPIKETVPR

 

Viacom Media Networks Level Up With The Launch Of Multi-Platform VGX

November 15th, 2013 by faziod

VIACOM MEDIA NETWORKS LEVEL UP WITH THE LAUNCH OF MULTI-PLATFORM VGX

THE NEXT GENERATION OF THE “VIDEO GAME AWARDS”

SPIKE, COMEDY CENTRAL, MTV AND BET COMING TOGETHER TO STREAM A LIVE THREE-HOUR CELEBRATION OF VIDEO GAMES 

VGX TO LIVE STREAM ACROSS ALL SCREENS AND GAMING DEVICES WORLDWIDE

INCLUDING XBOX ONE, XBOX 360, PLAYSTATION®3, TWITCH, HULU AND YAHOO

TWITTER TO SERVE AS EXCLUSIVE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM FOR VGX

VGX TO SHOWCASE MORE LIVE WORLD PREMIERES THAN EVER BEFORE AND OTHER SURPRISE GAME ANNOUNCEMENTS, GAME DEMOS, AWARDS AND MORE

 VGX Will be LIVE Streamed on Saturday, December 7 at 6:00 PM ET / 3:00 PM PT
on
VGXLIVE.com

New York, NY, November 15, 2013 – Spike TV announced today the launch of VGX, a brand new live digital multi-platform event that is a binge-viewers dream for gamers.  This all-day gaming experience is the next generation of Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards” franchise and will be the most widely distributed live gaming event of all time with the potential reach of over 100 million households.

VGX will be streamed across Xbox One, Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3 (PS3™), Twitch, iOS and Android devices, and available globally on VGXLIVE.com, Hulu,  Yahoo Screen, the Yahoo Screen app and Viacom Media Networks properties Spike.com, ComedyCentral.com, MTV.com, MTV2.com, BET.com and GameTrailers.com.   VGX will be live streamed for three-hours on Saturday, December 7, beginning at 6:00 PM ET / 3:00 PM PT.   Spike TV will also air highlights of the show as “VGX Replay” on Monday, December 9 at midnight.

VGX will continue the tradition of showcasing world premiere game trailers but for the first time ever, the show will offer extended demos of the next generation of games, 1-on-1 interviews and panels. The new format allows VGX to dive deeper into the world of gaming and extend its coverage beyond award presentations in a more intimate studio setting.

VGX will be an interactive experience with Twitter as the exclusive social media platform enabling viewers to have a direct impact on the stream by voting on show order and unlocking additional content.  Fans will also have unprecedented access to the industry’s top developers and talent with LIVE Q&A interviews powered by Twitter.

“Spike TV was the first network to embrace the gaming industry.  For the last 10 years, the VGAs have honored its creative community and fans,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Vice President, Event Production, Talent Development & Studio Relations, Viacom Entertainment Group.  “Until now, we have been limited to TV and a one way conversation with gamers.  With the birth of new consoles and other emerging technology, VGX can interact with our audience like never before.  This is an organic and exciting step for this franchise.”

“Over the last few years, we’ve seen digital audiences grow to scale for our video game events,” said Erik Flannigan, EVP, Multi-Platform Strategy & Development, Viacom Entertainment Group. “So while the VGX format might be viewed as revolutionary, from the perspective of an audience who is already playing and watching on digital screens, it is actually an organic evolution to make a show for them first.”

Fans can start voting today for Most Anticipated Game on VGXLIVE.com while the rest of the nominees for VGX will be announced next week.  Nominees are determined by the VGX Advisory Council, made up of a group of some of the most well-respected video game journalists from media outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, Game Informer, Joystiq, Kotaku, Polygon, IGN, GameTrailers, Gamespot, Wired.com, USA Today and Associated Press.

Casey Patterson, Carol Donovan, Geoff Keighley and Pete DiObilda will serve as executive producers of VGX.  Julie Kellerman Reading is co-executive producer. Erik Flannigan will serve as Executive in Charge for Viacom Media Networks Group and Tim Bruno will serve as Executive In Charge for Spike.

Spike TV is available in 98.8 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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Contacts:
Aileen Budow                                                                   Matt Conte
212.767.3952                                                                   212.767.4091
aileen.budow@spiketv.com                                      matt.conte@spiketv.com

 

The World’s Best Warriors Collide As Torn Banner And 345 Games Launch Chivalry: Deadliest Warrior On Steam

November 14th, 2013 by faziod

THE WORLD’S BEST WARRIORS COLLIDE
AS TORN BANNER AND 345 GAMES LAUNCH
CHIVALRY: DEADLIEST WARRIOR ON STEAM

Spike TV’s “Deadliest Warrior” Joins Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
For The Ultimate in Virtual Combat

NEW YORK, N.Y., November 14, 2013 – The highly anticipated expansion pack for the hit PC game Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is now available. CHIVALRY: DEADLIEST WARRIOR launched today on Steam and retails for $14.99. Based on the Spike TV series “Deadliest Warrior,” the new expansion adds the lethal combat skills of the Samurai, Pirate, Spartan, Viking and Ninja to Chivalry’s iconic Knight.

“We want to thank everyone who participated in the beta and provided their feedback, resulting in great new content for Chivalry: Medieval Warfare,” said Steve Piggott, President of Torn Banner Studios. “We worked extremely hard to incorporate and balance the diverse play styles of the new warriors, and to create exciting new game modes and environments. I think this expansion offers a refreshing change of pace and style from the base game and believe that Chivalry owners will be pleasantly surprised by how unique Chivalry: Deadliest Warrior is as a separate experience. ”

Dan Yang, General Manager of 345 Games adds: “Chivalry: Deadliest Warrior enhances the exceptional first-person combat style of Chivalry that is enjoyed by over a million players, by speeding up and broadening the gameplay. It also takes the Deadliest Warrior franchise from one-on-one combat to the battlefield.”

The new expansion pack features six warriors from the Deadliest Warrior universe, each with a unique play style and weapons set.
• Spartan: A shielded warrior that excels when fighting in teams
• Ninja: A swift stealth warrior with good crowd control abilities
• Samurai: A versatile fighter with a broad arsenal of long range and melee weapons
• Pirate: An effective skirmisher with access to gunpowder weapons
• Viking: An all-out berserker that excels at overwhelming opponents at close range
• Knight: A tank with superior armor with high-impact weapons

In addition, players go to war in six all-new environments, authentic to each of the warriors.
• Acropolis: An Ancient Greek Temple City
• Bamboo Forest: A dark ninja village shrouded in mist
• Fortress Garden: Traditional samurai stronghold
• Ducat Isle: A pirate’s paradise complete with hidden treasure trove
• Fjord: A frigid Norse fishing port
• Fertile Valley: Medieval castle with siege weaponry
With extensive statistics, players can finally determine which warrior is deadliest. Battles can take place across six new game modes, which feature one-on-one combat, free for all, and capture the flag matches. Teams and warriors can be customized based on appearance, match types, customizable servers, taunts, and emblems – with some weapons and accessories only accessible after mastering a particular warrior’s technique.

CHIVALRY: DEADLIEST WARRIOR is now available on Steam for $14.99. The base game is required to play and is available for $24.99. Players can also purchase the game and expansion pack as a bundle.

About Torn Banner
Torn Banner Studios is an exciting independent video-game company located in Toronto, Canada. Passion and innovation are the core elements of everything that we do. We are people that truly love games and are lucky enough to be following our dreams, thanks to the incredible support from our community. To find out more about us and our projects, visit us at www.Tornbanner.com .

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.

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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Contact:

Matt Schlosberg

HighWater Group

(212) 338-0077

matt@highwatergroup.com

Sneak Peek Video – Criss Angel BeLIEve 11/12 Ep – Salt ‘n Pepper

November 11th, 2013 by faziod

Record Ratings for Bellator’s “Chandler-Alvarez II” on Spike TV

November 5th, 2013 by faziod

RECORD RATINGS FOR BELLATOR’S

“CHANDLER-ALVAREZ II” ON SPIKE TV 

1.1 Million Viewers Tune In To “Chandler Alvarez II” 

The Most Watched Mixed Martial Arts Event On Television This Fall

New York, NY, November 5, 2013 – The highly-anticipated rematch of two of the best lightweights in the world, Bellator MMA’s Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez, delivered  record  ratings on Spike TV. The telecast delivered 1.1 million viewers (9:00pm-12:45am), the most-watched in Bellator event history and the most watched mixed martial arts show on television this fall.

The “Chandler-Alvarez II” fight card peaked at 1.4 million viewers at 11:17pm and reached its high mark with Men 18-49 with a 1.1 rating for the Alvarez-Chandler bout.  The telecast also ranked #2 in cable in its timeslot with Men 18-49.

For fans who missed the fight, or who recorded it but the end was cut off due to the extraordinary length of the event, Spike TV will replay the Chandler-Alvarez II main event bout on Friday, November 8 at 8:00pm ET/PT. The replay will lead into a live Bellator event featuring heavyweights Cheick Kongo vs. Peter Graham and a co-feature with bantamweight contenders Joe Warren and Travis Marx.

Spike TV is available in 98.8 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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Press Contacts:

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

Anthony Mazzuca     Bellator MMA  949-222-3400             anthony@bellator.com