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05 May 2014

Spike TV Greenlights Epic Six-Hour Scripted Event Series Based on King Tut

SPIKE TV GREENLIGHTS EPIC SIX-HOUR SCRIPTED EVENT SERIES BASED ON THE LEGENDARY EGYPTIAN PHARAOH 

“Tut” Set To Begin Production This Fall In Morocco and Canada

Premieres On Spike In 2015

New York, NY, May 5, 2014 – Spike TV is bringing the astounding saga of one of history’s most extraordinary rulers, Tutankhamun (King Tut), to television in a new landmark six-hour scripted event series.

“Tut” reveals, for the first time on television, the story of the Egyptian Pharaoh, one of the most renowned leaders in human history.  This ambitious special-event series tells the story of Tut’s rise to power and his struggle to lead Egypt to glory, while his closest advisors, friends and lovers scheme for their own nefarious interests. “Tut” opens up a fascinating window into a world filled with heart-breaking romance, epic battles, political backstabbing, conspiracy, jealousy, and even murder — proving his world was not far removed from our own — and that his reign as the youngest Egyptian king played out as a real-life drama for the ages.

This will be Spike TV’s first scripted event series in eight years and is another step in the network’s move to reaching a more gender-balanced audience.

“We are thrilled to join forces with MUSE Entertainment and this incredible writing team to bring the amazing story of one of history’s legendary leaders to life,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV. “Tut is the perfect addition to our slate of distinctive originals that appeal to a broad audience.”

“Tut” will be shot entirely on location in Morocco and will debut on the network in 2015.

“Tut” will be produced for Spike TV by MUSE Entertainment (“The Kennedys,” “Being Human,” “Pillars of the Earth,” “Bomb Girls”) with Joel S. Rice and Michael Prupas from Muse. The project is executive produced by Greg Gugliotta (“The Fosters”), Michael Vickerman (“Impact”), Elice Island Entertainment’s Jeremy Elice, and Angela Mancuso (“Spartacus,” “Helen of Troy”), and written by Michael Vickerman along with Peter Paige & Bradley Bredeweg (“The Fosters”). Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV will also serve as an Executive Producer.  Irene Litinsky (“Being Human”) serves as a producer.

Join the conversation about the show by following @SPIKETV on twitter or by visiting Spike.com’s dedicated “Tut” destination, spike.com/shows/tut.  For additional series updates, follow Spike on Facebook and on Instagram.

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 “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” (Hallmark). Muse Entertainment President is Executive Producer MICHAEL PRUPAS. Muse U.S.A. President is Executive Producer JOEL S. RICE.

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