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Spike TV’s “Lip Sync Battle” Coming To Carnival Cruise Line

August 30th, 2016 by faziod

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SPIKE TV’S “LIP SYNC BATTLE” COMING TO CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE

 Sea-Going Version of Hit TV Show Scheduled To Launch on

Carnival Vista This December

            MIAMI (Aug. 30, 2016) – Fans of Spike TV’s award-winning hit show “Lip Sync Battle” will soon be able to channel their inner rock star at sea as the pop culture phenomenon has been added to the diverse entertainment lineup aboard Carnival Cruise Line.

An exclusive partnership between Spike TV and Carnival Cruise Line, Lip Sync Battle Carnival is an authentic recreation of the popular show where contestants can live out their music-star fantasies, facing off in a head-to-head competition to create the most unforgettable lip sync performances to iconic and popular songs.  The experience is enhanced by elaborate props and costumes, high-tech lighting and sound effects, and talented back-up dancers from Carnival’s popular Playlist Productions shows, along with an authentic backdrop featuring the “Lip Sync Battle” signature marquee and DJ booth.

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            “We’re delighted to offer this exciting new entertainment activity to our guests,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Lip Sync Battle Carnival takes the brand’s participatory fun to the next level, providing our guests with a chance to showcase their talents and demonstrate their creativity with their fellow guests cheering them on.”

“Lip Sync Battle has proven to be a huge worldwide hit with families and we are thrilled to bring our unique and distinctive format to the world’s most popular cruise line,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer, Lip Sync Battle.  “It’s the perfect extension of our global brand, as now with Lip Sync Battle Carnival, our fans can join the party and show off their lip sync battling skills.”

“Lip Sync Battle has a footprint in over 150 countries worldwide – so now it’s time to hit the oceans as well,” remarked Dan Yang, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Products, Viacom Media Networks. “Our multiplatform hit is an international phenomenon and yet another example how Viacom is able to extend its brands to legions of fans off of linear television.”

The contestants will be chosen at the beginning of their cruise following rounds of competitions on the Lido Deck to see who has what it takes to be a star. Two finalists will be selected based on their enthusiasm, originality and creativity and they will each have an opportunity to fine tune their performance working with Carnival’s on-board entertainment experts to map out choreography, and select their sets, props and accessories.

Then, it’s showtime!  Following a custom video by “Lip Sync Battle” hosts and a rousing introduction from the ship’s cruise director, finalists are asked to showcase their lip sync skills, selecting from a list of more than 200 songs – from pop to rock and just about everything in between.  The second round takes lip syncing to a whole new level with a full-scale production – costumes, sets and lighting — during which the finalists recreate a scenes from an iconic music video offering their own unique interpretation of the popular song which can be chosen from a variety of music genres.  After the performance, the winner will be selected by an audience vote and receive a special prize unique to the reality show.

            Lip Sync Battle Carnival will debut on the new Carnival Vista in December with rollout on select ships in 2017.  Lip Sync Battle Carnival further expands on the already wide range of entertainment options onboard which includes Carnival Live, Playlist Productions, The Punchliner Comedy Club and Hasbro, The Game Show.  To check out a welcome video by “Lip Sync Battle” hosts and more information on the program, visit https://www.carnival.com/lip-sync-battle.

For additional information and reservations for Carnival Cruise Line, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.  Carnival can also be found on:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/carnivalcruise

Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/carnival

YouTube: www.youtube.com/carnival

Instagram: www.instagram.com/carnival

Journalists also can visit Carnival’s media site, www.carnival-news.com or follow the line’s PR department on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CarnivalPR.

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About Carnival Cruise Line:

Carnival, a unit of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is “The World’s Most Popular Cruise Line®” with 25 ships operating three- to 16-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.  The company newest ship, the 133,500-ton Carnival Horizon, is set to debut in 2018.

About Lip Sync Battle:

Based on the pop culture phenomenon of lip sync battling, the Spike original series features celebrities going head to head – lip-syncing the song of their choice – battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet.  The series is a ratings and multiplatform global superstar for Spike and is the most-watched original series in network history. The EMMY-nominated “Lip Sync Battle” is executive produced by Casey Patterson, Jay Peterson of Matador Content, John KrasinskiStephen Merchant, and Eight Million Plus Productions.

About Spike TV:

Spike TV is available in 91.4 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 Viacom Music & Entertainment Group Consumer Products:

The Viacom M&E Consumer Products manages games, home entertainment, audio, live events, and licensing for a diverse slate of television brands and series from Comedy Central, Spike, MTV, VH1, and Logo. This includes programming merchandise for South Park Digital Studios, Lip Sync Battle, Love & Hip Hop, and Bellator MMA.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

For Carnival Cruise Line

Vance Gulliksen/Robyn Fink

305-406-5464

media@carnival.com

For Spike TV

David Schwarz

212-767-8639

David.schwarz@spike.com

David Boyd Joins “The Mist” as Producer/Director

August 29th, 2016 by faziod

DAVID BOYD JOINS AS PRODUCER/DIRECTOR ON

SPIKE & TWC-DIMENSION TELEVISION SERIES “THE MIST”

 

New York, NY, August 29, 2016 – David Boyd has been hired as Producer/Director on the Spike and TWC-Dimension Television (TV) new scripted series “The Mist.” Based on the classic Stephen King novella, “The Mist” is currently in production in Nova Scotia.  The series will premiere on Spike in 2017.

“The Mist” tells the story of a foreboding mist that arrives in one small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents, putting their humanity to the test.  What will people do to survive when blinded by fear?  The cast includes Morgan Spector, Frances Conroy, Alyssa Sutherland, Gus Birney, Dan Butler, Luke Cosgrove, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Darren Pettie, Russell Posner and Isiah Whitlock, Jr.

Boyd transitioned as a prominent Director of Photography to one of the most sought after directors around.   He just directed his eighth episode of “The Walking Dead” and has directed shows such as “Friday Night Lights”, “Longmire”, “Sleepy Hollow”, “Queen of the South” and” Aquarius.”  He is repped by Thruline Entertainment and the Kaplan/Stahler Agency.

“I’m honored to be working alongside Christian Torpe and all his incisive talent, and all the focused people at Spike and Dimension,” said Boyd.

Christian Torpe and Amanda Segel are Executive Producers of “The Mist.”

Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser are Executive Producers for TWC-Dimension Television with Megan Spanjian, Matthew Signer and Keith Levine as Producers.

Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series Programming and Development; Ted Gold, Senior Vice President, Scripted Original Series; and Lauren Ruggiero, Vice President, Scripted Programming will oversee the project for Spike with Vlad Wolynetz serving as Co-Executive Producer.

Spike TV is available in 91.4 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:

Debra Fazio             Spike TV                        (212) 767-8649   debra.fazio@spike.com

Pantea Ghaderi        TWC-Dimension TV      (424) 204-4715   pantea.ghaderi@weinsteinco.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spike’s “Lip Sync Battle” Goes Live For The First Time Ever

August 24th, 2016 by faziod

SPIKE’S “LIP SYNC BATTLE” GOES LIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER

“LIP SYNC BATTLE: ALL STARS LIVE”  SPECIAL TO FEATURE A STAR-STUDDED CAST OF LIP SYNC BATTLE ALUMS INCLUDING JOHN LEGEND, OLIVIA MUNN, TERRY CREWS AND MORE

LIVE Telecast Sunday, September 11 at 8:00pm

Season 3 Debuts Wednesday, October 12 at 9:00pm ET/PT

New York, NY, August 24, 2016 – Spike’s EMMY®-nominated “Lip Sync Battle” is going LIVE for the first time ever on Sunday, September 11 at 8:00pm with a must-see show featuring big-name celebrity Lip Sync Battle alums including John Legend, Olivia Munn, Terry Crews and more. “Lip Sync Battle: All-Stars LIVE” will be a one-hour special showcasing some of the show’s most   Popular and memorable past performers who will return for another chance at glory and the coveted Lip Sync Battle championship belt.  The winners will be decided by fans voting at home.

“Our show is always wild, but for this show, the returning champs already know how to play and win and are focused on giving an over-the-top performance,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer. “Being LIVE for first time ever means anything can happen and we are so excited that our fans at home will be voting LIVE for the winner.”

The global multiplatform hit series, “Lip Sync Battle,” is hosted by entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY Award-winner LL COOL J and television personality, #1 NY Times Best Selling author, and model, Chrissy Teigen.

The highly-anticipated season 3 of “Lip Sync Battle” premieres on Wednesday, October 12 at 9:00pm ET/PT (new day and timeslot). Details on the new season will be announced shortly.

“Lip Sync Battle” is the highest-rated original series in network history and can now be seen in over 150 countries and territories worldwide.

Based on the pop culture phenomenon of lip sync battling, the Spike original series features celebrities going head to head – lip-syncing the song of their choice – battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet.  The series is a ratings and multiplatform superstar for Spike and is the most-watched original series in network history. The award-winning and EMMY-NOMINATED “Lip Sync Battle” is executive produced by Casey Patterson, Jay Peterson of Matador Content, John KrasinskiStephen Merchant, and Eight Million Plus Productions.

Spike TV is available in 91.4 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

Nicole Platt                 Spike               212-767-8855              nicole.platt@spiketv.com

“Ink Master” Season 8 – Contestant Photos

August 24th, 2016 by faziod

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Ink Master Season 8 Contestant Biographies

August 24th, 2016 by faziod

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Season 8: Contestant Biographies

(in alphabetical order)

 ”Ink Master” Season 8 Premieres on Spike TV Starting Tuesday, August 23 at 10 PM, ET/PT

Anwon “Boneface” Johnson

Pensacola, FL

Owner/ Artist Boneface Ink Tattoos

Twitter: @bonefaceink

17 Years’ Experience

As one of ten kids being raised by a single mom in the projects, Anwon “Boneface” Johnson feels ready for whatever the competition throws at him.  He says his plan is to strategically and artistically plot his way to the top, and he doesn’t care if he makes friends or enemies along the way.  After tattooing for 17 years, Johnson feels he’ll finally get the recognition he deserves and win the title of Ink Master.

 

Carolyn Elaine

Chicago, IL

Artist, MayDay! Tattoo

Twitter: @MsCarolynElaine

6 Years’ Experience

Carolyn Elaine doesn’t want her petite size to fool you, get in her way and she says she will put you in your place. She describes herself as a sarcastic quick-witted tomboy that prides herself on her ability to embrace all tattoo styles to take down the other competitors. Her favorite style is color realism because she likes to make her work look like its moving. Carolyn’s two children are her driving force in life and even in competition. She feels motherhood has pushed her to be a strong independent woman so she can show her kids how to “not be a dumb punk trying to weasel their way through life.” She is confident she has what it takes to be the first female Ink Master.

 

Dave Robinowitz

Boynton Beach, FL

Artist, A Stroke of Genius

Twitter: @david_robinowitz

11 Years’ Experience

While David Robinowitz sometimes describes himself as wild and brash, beneath that life-of-the-party demeanor is a self-described serious artist who is quite competitive. Robinowitz feels the combination of his BFA in Fine Arts plus his years of experience as a walk in tattoo artist gives him the ability to adapt to any situation and will help him dominate the competition. He wants to prove to the Jewish community and the community at large that tattooing is a legitimate art.

 

Eric Gonzalez

Lynwood, CA

Co-Owner/ Artist, Deer’s Eye Studio

Twitter: @Nspired1art

18 Years’ Experience

 

Eric Gonzalez describes himself as a decisive businessman. At age 37, he is the co-owner of his own shop, Deer’s Eye Studio and has even gotten recognition for his work from Lady Gaga. He grew up in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles and feels that if it weren’t for art & music, he would have joined a gang and eventually ended up in jail. Gonzalez admits he has little patience for people’s drama and won’t let himself be distracted by head games during the competition. He is confident in his talent & skills and knows that he has what it takes to be Ink Master.

 

Geary Morrill

Richmond, VA

Artist, Unkindness Art

Twitter: @gearytattoo

17 Years’ Experience

 

Geary Morrill describes his life as a real life cartoon.  Self-described as competitive and confident, he feels he broke away from traditional and invented his own style of tattooing that he calls “psycho-traditional.” Geary believes his explosive pop art with clean lines and bright colors bring something unique to the competition and feels it is important to push positivity in designs into the industry.   After being diagnosed with Lyme disease, Geary feels there’s no more tip toe-ing around what he wants in life.

 

Gia Rose

Philadelphia, PA

Owner/Artist, Ceremony Tattoo Society

Twitter: @giarose

13 Years’ Experience

 

As a girl who left home at 16, lived on freight trains, and survived cancer, Gia Rose says she isn’t intimidated by anything.  Gia feels she knows who she is both as a person and an artist, and doesn’t let any negativity affect her career. Gia prides herself on her neo-traditional work, which has an emphasis on wildlife and women. Gia says she is bringing her eye for detail, color combinations, and composition to the competition. She’s feels like this is truly her year to become an Ink Master winner.

 

Gian Karle Cruz

Puerto Rico & Boston, MA

Traveling Tattoo Artist

Twitter: @giankarle

7 Years’ Experience

 

While Gian Karle Cruz is often associated with chill island vibes, he says he is super competitive and likes to win. Even though he has only been in the industry for a few years and knows he has a lot to learn, he believes that he’s just as good as other artists who have been in the industry for longer than him. When it comes to styles of tattoos, Gian says he can do a little bit of everything. This “Island Guy” is ready to compete and become the first Puerto Rican Ink Master!

 

John Collins

Atlanta, GA

Artist, Cap Szumskis Timeless Tattoo

Twitter: @john_collins84

14 Years’ Experience

 

John Collins describes himself as a straightforward tattooer who doesn’t shy away when it comes to saying what he thinks, and is not afraid to offend. . He prides himself in being a salesman with the ability to make his clients feel comfortable with his creative visions.  He prides himself as an expert in Traditional American and Japanese but also thinks he has mastered the craft of taking traditional tattoo rules and applying them into not-so-traditional designs.

 

Kelly Doty

Salem, MA

Owner/Artist, Helheim Gallery

Twitter: @kellydotytattoo

8 Years’ Experience

 

Kelly Doty describes her spooky, illustrative, cartoonish style work as “grim but cute” and herself as endearingly awkward yet confident. She is sick of women in the industry being partially judged on their gender. She believes that her OCD becomes a strength when tattooing, making her incredibly organized and detailed. Throw her in the mix and she’s hoping to come in to the competition strong and become the first female Ink Master title.

 

Kevin Laroy

Dallas, TX

Artist, Perception Fine Body Art

Twitter: @kevinthelaroy

10 Years’ Experience

 

With his “keep it real attitude,” Kevin Laroy attended art school but got a degree in fashion design. Although he admits to being having a strong personality, he knows there is a fine line between constructive criticism and being disrespectful. Kevin mostly tattoos portraits but is also skilled in bright colors and bold lines to make his photorealism stand out. This artist has big dreams to open a shop and build a clothing, accessories and lifestyle empire, but first he’s ready to conquer the competition.

 

Matt Murray

Beverly, MA

Co-Owner, The Black Veil

Twitter: @blackveiltattoo

4 Years’ Experience

 

Matt Murray does just about everything with his identical twin brother Ryan – they co-own a tattoo shop, share an apartment, car and have identical twin cats. But Matt is approaching the Ink Master competition solo. Matt focuses on creating black and grey portraits and prides himself in bringing precise lines to each tattoo. While Matt only has 3 years of experience, he believes he’s ready for any challenge the competition will bring his way.

 

 

Mike McAskill

Riverside, CA

Artist, Elizabeth St. Tattoo

Twitter: @mikestat2

8 Years’ Experience

 

Mike takes pride in every tattoo he designs. After getting a tattoo kit at 17, Mike worked hard on his skills, first completing a proper apprenticeship, until he started tattooing at a popular shop in Riverside, California. His believes his lines and shading are strong and is confident that he always gives 100%. Last year, Mike suffered a back injury and couldn’t tattoo for six months. Now he’s feeling ready to get back to work and compete on Ink Master and win $100K for his family.

 

Nate Beavers

Houston, TX

Owner, Figurehead Tattoo

Twitter: @natebeavers13

23 Years’ Experience

 

After 21 years of tattooing, Nate feels he has more talent than anyone else out there and recently released DVD tutorials to teach younger artists proper techniques. Over the years, Nate has not only continued to grow as an artist, but also as a person – he lost 100lbs and defeated arachnophobia. Nate is ready to show his talent to the rest of the world on this season of Inkmaster

 

Nikki Simpson

Los Angeles, CA

Artist, Generation 8

Twitter: @Nsimpsontattoos

5 Years’ Experience

 

Nikki may only be 24, but she feels she is already making a name for herself in the tattoo industry. She describes herself as confident, feisty and passionate and feels nothing can get in the way of her success.. Nikki is known for illustrative realism and prides herself on the texture, depth and dimension of her work. Nikki is ready to show what true female tattooers are all about – strong and tough competitors who are capable of doing the best no matter what.

 

 

Ryan Ashley Malarkey

Kingston, PA

Owner/ Artist, The Strange & Unusual Oddities Parlor

Twitter: @ryanashleym

4 Years’ Experience

 

Ryan Ashley has described herself as a modern woman whose success is due to hard work and sheer determination.  She feels her previous fashion career has helped influence her work which includes attention to intricate detail and tiny embellishments in her romantic black and grey style.  Along with tattooing, Ryan Ashley owns two oddities stores in Pennsylvania.  She may not have the decades of experience as some of her competitors, but feels she’s proved herself as a well-rounded competitor.  Ryan says she is out to prove that you can be both sultry and talented and is hoping to become the first female Ink Master.

 

 

 

 

Sirvone Smith

Fredericksburg, VA

Artist, Sorry Mom Tattoo

Twitter: @sirvonetattoos

6 Years’ Experience

Sirvone Smith says he attacks all areas of his life with passion and fire. He describes himself as a charmer and a confident tattooer that stands by his work.  Having tattooed for 6 years, Sirvone’s knowledge base comes from traditional tattooing, but loves to do realistic pieces. He is a chameleon to any environment he is in, and is ready to tackle anything that the competition throws at him! He plans to bring the heat to Ink Master, and is confident he will never lose focus during the competition.

 

Sketchy Lawyer

Senoia, GA

Owner/Artist, Cornerstone Tattoo Gallery

Twitter: @sketchylawyer

9 Years’ Experience

 

Sketchy Lawyer describes himself as the type of guy who always tells it exactly how it is. Sketchy puts a twist on everything he does and doesn’t take anyone’s direction when it comes to tattooing. A high school dropout at 14, he took his passion for drawing and set his goal on becoming an entrepreneur. Lawyer spends his days giving his clients his “neo-school” style tattoos, which is his own spin on “neo-traditional” and “new school.”

His strategy on Ink Master is to show America what a real tattoo artist looks like and he plans to treat everyone with the respect they give him.

 

 

Tito “Tuff Tito” Velez

Belleair, FL

Owner/Artist, Euphoria Ink

Twitter: @tuff_tito

22 Years’ Experience

 

Tito Velez prides himself on his leadership qualities and perfectionism. He was born and raised in Puerto Rico and in1998 decided to move to New York to expand and perfect his tattooing craft. With two shops of his own (one in New Jersey and one in Florida), Tito says he enjoys leading and teaching techniques to his employees.   . Although there were struggles along the way, Tito believes the hardships made him sharp and strong, and now he’s more than ready to show his style and skills to the world.

Spike Press Release – Christina Aguilera Takes Over Spike on September 1

August 17th, 2016 by SPIKE Press

 

CHRISTINA AGUILERA TAKES OVER SPIKE ON SEPTEMBER 1 

Superstar Entertainer, Musical Icon and Series Executive Producer Debuts

New Music-Based Game Show “Tracks,”

Following Her Appearance on “Lip Sync Battle: TMI”

Shad Moss, a.k.a. Bow Wow Set to Host “Tracks”

 

New York, NY, August 17, 2016 – Musical icon and superstar entertainer Christina Aguilera (“The Voice”) takes over Spike on September 1st with the debut of “Tracks,” a new music-based game show hosted by rapper, actor and television host Shad Moss a.k.a. Bow Wow.  The two half-hour specials of “Tracks” premiere back-to-back on Thursday, September 1 starting at 10:30 PM, ET/PT following Spike’s popular “Lip Sync Battle: TMI” featuring Aguilera’s appearance during the epic Hayden Panettiere vs. Eva Longoria “Lip Sync Battle.”

Produced by Mission Control Media and MX Productions in association with Lionsgate, “Tracks” is an innovative musical game show where teams of two must guess the name of a song title, with only the song’s individual tracks (e.g. guitar, bass, drums, etc.) as a clue.  The show will also feature surprise celebrity musical guests performances.  One episode features Tommy Lee performing the drum track during game play.  Special performances by Aguilera will be featured in both episodes.

Bow Wow brings his nearly 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry (Film, TV, and Music) to his hosting duties on “Tracks,” having most recently starred as Brody Nelson in the hit CBS show “CSI: Cyber.”  Prior to that Moss co-hosted the iconic hip hop and R&B music video show “106 & Park” on BET. Originally discovered by hip-hop star Snoop Dogg, Moss’s solo debut release “Beware of Dog” set off a string of platinum and gold albums that led to six No. 1 singles for the young entertainer. Moss has released five albums and has sold more than 10 million albums to date.  His new album, “Underrated,” is due out later this year. No stranger to film and television, Moss made his lead role feature film debut in “Like Mike” and has since added “Lottery Ticket,” “Johnson Family Vacation,” “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” and “Hurricane Season” to his list of film credits. Additionally, Moss starred as Charlie in “Entourage” for three seasons  and held guest-starring roles in “Moesha,” “The Steve Harvey Show,” “Brothers Garcia,” “Smallville” and “Ugly Betty.”

Aguilera serves as executive producer along with MX Productions founder Matthew Rutler (“Chef Without Borders,” “MasterClass”), Michael Agbabian and Dwight D. Smith (“Hollywood Game Night,” “Face Off”) and Jeff Boggs (“Can You Duet?,” “Nashville Star”).   “Tracks” is produced by Mission Control Media and MX Productions in association with Lionsgate. Neal Tabachnick and Michael Aubry are co-executive producers, and developed the series with Mission Control Media.

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chachi Senior is Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and Tori Socha is Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and will oversee “Tracks.”  Jennifer O’Connell, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Lionsgate Television and Brian Tannenbaum, Vice President, Lionsgate Television will oversee on behalf of the studio.

About Spike TV

Spike TV is available in 91.4 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 Lionsgate

Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, international distribution and sales, branded channel platforms, interactive ventures and games, and location-based entertainment.  The Company has nearly 80 television shows on 40 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses.  These include the ground-breaking hit series Orange is the New Black, the beloved drama series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show, the breakout series The Royals and the Golden Globe-nominated dramedy Casual.

The Company’s feature film business spans eight labels and includes the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the Now You See Me, Divergent and John Wick series, SicarioThe Age of Adaline, Roadside Attractions’ Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Codeblack Films’ Addicted and breakout concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates.  Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as a foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com

About Mission Control Media

Named by RealScreen in 2015 as one of the top non-scripted production companies in the world, Mission Control Media, Inc. was formed by veteran television producers Michael Agbabian and Dwight D. Smith in 2008 with an eye on producing premium content.  The duo has amassed an impressive array of credits spanning network, cable and syndication outlets while successfully tackling virtually every form of alternative programming including competition-elimination, docuseries, music, live, variety, hidden camera, talk shows and game shows. Mission Control’s critically-acclaimed series distinguish themselves with a unique vision that includes a strong sense of character, story and style.  Signature projects for the company include the multiple Emmy Award-winning NBC game show “Hollywood Game Night” featuring Jane Lynch, as well as “Face Off,” the Critics Choice Award-winning competition about special effects make-up, currently in its 10th season on Syfy.

About MX

MX is a Los Angeles based production and investment company founded in 2015 by Grammy-Award winning artist Christina Aguilera and her fiancée, producer, businessman Matthew Rutler. Currently, MX has a first look television deal with Lionsgate. Together, they are producing “Tracks” for Spike TV as well as a digital series entitled “Chef Without Borders.”

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Press Contacts:

Shana Tepper             Spike TV                     310-407-4728              shana.tepper@spike.com

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