SPIKE TV OPTIONS SCRIPT FOR CARL HIAASEN’S BEST-SELLING NOVEL, “BASKET CASE”
Emmy-Award Winner Rob Reiner to Direct Series and Develop Script
New York, NY, December 11, 2013 – Spike TV and FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) in association with Random House Television Productions and Castle Rock Entertainment, have joined forces to develop a script for a new original series based on the best-selling novel “Basket Case” by prominent author and journalist Carl Hiaasen.
Legendary Emmy® Award-winning director, producer, actor Rob Reiner is set to direct and develop the script. Peter Gethers (“The Cat Who Went To Paris,” “Old Jews Telling Jokes”) and Jeffrey Levine (“Too Big to Fail”) will serve as executive producers and Alex Taub (“Hart of Dixie,” “Drop Dead Diva”) will write the series. UTA represents both Random House Television and Taub. Thom Beers, Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk serve as executive producers for FremantleMedia North America. Reiner and Liz Glotzer are executive producers for Castle Rock Entertainment.
“Corruption, murder, and laughs. I can’t think of a more satisfying combination. Carl Hiaasen strikes the perfect balance. I’m so looking forward to entering his twisted world,” said Reiner.
“It’s very cool to have Rob Reiner involved with ‘Basket Case,’” said Hiaasen. “Among writers of satire, ‘Spinal Tap’ stands as a work of genius. I’m excited to see what Rob will do with my twisted little novel.”
“We are thrilled to have sold our first scripted series to Spike,” said Gethers. “What makes it particularly gratifying is that, not only is the show based on the work of one of Alfred A. Knopf’s most beloved authors, we get to partner with Rob Reiner and Castle Rock. It’s a dream combination for us.”
The plot of “Basket Case” focuses on a great investigative reporter who has trouble dealing with authority, change, women, success, and most of all, corruption. The family-run newspaper he works for is sold to a giant, international conglomerate and after he savages the new and very powerful owner in a video on the paper’s website, he is demoted to the lowest position on the paper, the obituary desk. Obits, however, provide a new perspective into crime-ridden Miami and he soon learns that they are a unique window into suspicious deaths and weird goings on. Using an unusual team of friends, relatives, an ex-wife, newspaper misfits, and his beautiful new boss, he strives to regain his investigative credibility and a saner life.
A critically acclaimed novelist whose works have major staying power on national bestseller lists, Carl Hiaasen has penned 13 novels for adults, including most recently “Star Island” in 2010 and “Bad Monkey” in 2013. Hiaasen also authored four books for young adults most notably “Hoot” in 2002, which was made into a movie four years later. He has sold nearly 13 million copies of his books in the U.S in hardcover, paperback, audio, and e-book editions, which have been. translated into 34 languages worldwide. “Basket Case” has sold 700,000 copies in the U.S., and has been published in 13 foreign countries.
Hiaasen has received numerous awards for his work including the Damon Runyon Award from the Denver Press Club. His work has also appeared in many well-known magazines, including Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Time, Life, Esquire and, Gourmet.
About Spike TV:
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About FremantleMedia North America:
About FremantleMedia North America: FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is the U.S. arm of global media giant FremantleMedia, which includes a distribution arm, FremantleMedia International, a digital and branded entertainment division and a kids & family entertainment business. As the world’s largest independent studio, FremantleMedia’s comprehensive global network has operations in 25 countries, creating over 9100 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 60 formats and managing over 400 individual titles. FMNA and its portfolio of companies produce entertaining and innovative scripted and alternative programs for network, cable, syndicated and online platforms. Their slate includes a diverse range of both critically-acclaimed and award-winning successes including “American Idol” (FOX), “The X Factor” (FOX), “America’s Got Talent” (NBC), “Family Feud” (SYN), “Let’s Make A Deal” (CBS), “The Price Is Right” (CBS), “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” (ABC), “The Tomorrow People” (The CW), “Deadliest Catch” (Discovery), “Married to Medicine” (Bravo), “Ice Road Truckers” (HISTORY), “Storage Wars” (A&E), “The Pet Collective” (blip.tv), and the upcoming “Celebrity Name Game” (SYN), among others.
About Random House Studio:
Random House Television is part of Random House Studio, the filmed-entertainment division of Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade-book publisher. Under Peter Gethers, President, Random House Studio works with Random House’s editors and publishers, and their authors’ agents, to identify and acquire performance rights for the full range of broadcast network, cable, and premium television scripted formats. In 2012, Random House Television and FremantleMedia formed a partnership to produce scripted- television programming based on books published by Random House’s imprints. Random House Television also creates and produces unscripted television programming. Its current weekly series is “Heartland Table,” which airs Saturday mornings on The Food Network, starring Amy Thielen, author of THE NEW MIDWESTERN TABLE, which is the inspiration for the program.
The Random House Films division of Random House Studio, co-produced 2011’s theatrical release “One Day” starring Anne Hathaway, with Focus Features, part of NBC Universal, with whom they have an ongoing co-production and distribution deal.
About Penguin Random House:
Penguin Random House (http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com) is the world’s first truly global trade book publisher. It was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent companies owning 53% and 47%, respectively. Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India, Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and South Africa; DK worldwide; and Random House’s companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.
About The Castle Rock Entertainment:
Castle Rock Entertainment has produced over 100 movies, including acclaimed films such as WHEN HARY MET SALLY, A FEW GOOD MEN, IN THE LINE OF FIRE, MISS CONGENIALITY, MICHAEL CLAYTON, FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS, and most recently BEFORE MIDNIGHT, as well as the hit television show SEINFELD.
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THE EPIC HUNT FOR THE EVER-ELUSIVE SASQUATCH KICKS OFF WHEN
“10 MILLION DOLLAR BIGFOOT BOUNTY”
PREMIERES FRIDAY, JANUARY 10 AT 10 PM ET/PT ON SPIKE TV
Dean Cain Hosts and Leads The Ambitious Expedition
World Respected Scientist Dr. Todd Disotell and Primatologist Natalia Reagan
Serve as Scientific Experts
New York, NY, December 4, 2013 – Bigfoot sightings have been reported for centuries, but concrete evidence of the creature’s existence has yet to reveal itself. Spike TV is raising the stakes by not only putting a massive $10 million incentive on the line for irrefutable proof, but by hand-selecting the strongest competitors, securing top scientists, providing state-of-the-art technology and taking the hunt to the most remote corners of the Pacific Northwest, where Sasquatch sightings are most prevalent. “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty” debuts on Friday, January 10 at 10PM ET/PT on Spike TV.
“10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty” is a unique competition series following nine determined teams comprised of lifelong Bigfoot hunters and big game hunters as they set out to capture Bigfoot himself or provide definitive visual and DNA proof of its existence. The “squatchers” must ply their extensive research and presumed knowledge of the legendary creature to earn their place, all while battling nature’s inhospitable weather conditions, rough terrain and combative clashing personalities. The $10 million cash prize, underwritten by Lloyd’s of London, is one of the largest cash prizes ever offered in television history.
Avid outdoorsman and hunter Dean Cain (“Hit the Floor”) will serve as the expedition leader, helping the teams utilize their skills to the best of their ability. Serving as scientific experts are Dr. Todd Disotell and Natalia Reagan. Disotell holds a PhD from Harvard and is a biological anthropologist who runs New York University’s molecular primatology lab. He has been a part of research teams that have discovered several new species and subspecies of primates. Reagan is a primatologist with a Master’s degree in anthropology. She specializes in primate conservation and has a wealth of experience tracking monkeys in the wild.
Each week, teams are put to the test, competing in two grueling challenges: a field test and a lengthy hunt in a famous and active Bigfoot hot zone to collect incontrovertible DNA and visual evidence of Bigfoot.
Teams will then present what they’ve gathered and their theories to a judges’ panel made up of Cain, Disotell and Reagan, who will consider and hold all evidence to the highest scientific standards. DNA evidence will be processed utilizing Disotell’s state-of-the-art mobile DNA lab that can obtain DNA results in the most remote locations within a day – science that will forever alter the landscape of Bigfoot hunting. In the case proof is not found, the team that presented the most compelling evidence and theory will be given a $100,000 research grant to continue their search.
Fans of “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty” can join in the conversation about the show by following @SPIKETV on Twitter and using #BigfootBounty. Sneak peeks of upcoming episodes, blog posts, full episodes, biographies and more can be found on Spike.com’s dedicated “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty” destination, bigfoot.spike.com, where content will be updated throughout the season. For additional series updates, follow Spike on Facebook and on Instagram.
“10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty” is produced by Charlie Corwin’s Original Media (“Swamp People,” “Ink Master”) with Corwin, Mike Riley and Emmy® Award-winner Jon Kroll (“The Amazing Race,” “Big Brother”) as Executive Producers.
Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series and Chris Rantamaki, Senior Vice President, Original Series and Kevin Bartel serve as the network’s Executives 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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VGX TO FEATURE A SPECIAL ONE NIGHT ONLY PERFORMANCE
OF THE MUSIC OF “GRAND THEFT AUTO V”
“SOUTH PARK” CREATORS TREY PARKER AND MATT STONE CONFIRMED TO APPEAR ALONG WITH AN EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK OF “SOUTH PARK: THE STICK OF TRUTH”
VGX REVEALS FIRST WAVE OF EXCLUSIVE CONTENT TO BE STREAMED
DURING LIVE MULTI-PLATFORM GAMING BINGE FOCUSED ON
WORLD PREMIERES AND BREAKING NEWS
“VGX’ To Showcase the Most-Ever Exclusive World-Premieres Including “Titanfall,” “Quantum Break,” “Broken Age,” “Dying Light,” “Tom Clancy’s The Division,” “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” and An Upcoming Wii U title from Nintendo
VGX to Live Stream Across All Screens and Gaming Devices Worldwide Including Xbox One,
Xbox 360®, Playstation®3, Twitch, Hulu, Yahoo, Steam 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, December 3, 2013 – VGX, the inaugural all-day live multi-platform gaming event, revealed today that it will include a special one-night only performance of the music of “Grand Theft Auto V,” featuring a host of artists from the game’s soundtrack and score, and streamed on VGXLIVE.com and across all screens and gaming devices worldwide.
VGX (#VGX) also announced that “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone will be on hand along with an exclusive sneak peek of the highly anticipated game “South Park: The Stick of Truth.” Additionally, VGX unveiled its first wave of exclusive world premieres that will be debuted during the three-hour live stream on Saturday, December 7, beginning at 6:00 PM ET / 3:00 PM PT.
The new VGX format dives deeper into the world of gaming and extends its coverage beyond awards presentations. Fans will have unprecedented access to the industry’s top developers and talent and more exclusive world premieres than ever including exclusive new looks at “Titanfall,” “Quantum Break,” “South Park: The Stick of Truth,” “Broken Age,” “Dying Light,” “Tom Clancy’s The Division,” and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.” VGX will also feature Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime presenting a new look at an upcoming Wii U game. Additional exclusives to be revealed shortly.
“For years gamers have been telling us to focus on content over celebrity,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Vice President, Event Production, Talent Development & Studio Relations, Viacom Entertainment Group. “We are stripping away anything that takes time away from world premieres and interviews with the community of game developers that the fans want to hear from. We are also thrilled to be working with Rockstar Games to present the music of Grand Theft Auto V in a performance you won’t see anywhere else.”
While its roots lie in the Video Game Awards, VGX ‘s brand new studio format will do away with the “Hollywood award show” in favor of a gamer focused studio show, that will feature interviews, more world premieres and game demos. The new format features more games, less fame, in an intimate studio setting.
VGX (#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, Steam 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
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