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10 Nov 2016

Spike Press Release – Spike TV Announces New Docuseries Initiative “Spike Serialized”


“Spike Serialized” To Showcase Multi-Episode Series That Take A Compelling Look At Fascinating And Often-Controversial Subjects Or Individuals

Network Announces New Project, “It Was Him,” On The Shocking Investigation Of Ed Edwards And His Ties To Many Of The Most High Profile Murders Over The Last Few Decades

Recently Announced “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” And “The John McAFee Project” To Fall Under The “Spike Serialized” Banner


New York, NY, November 10, 2016 – Spike TV is launching a new docuseries initiative, “Spike Serialized” that will consist of multi-episode series that take a provocative, in-depth look into subjects or individuals that will be both eye-opening and thought-provoking.

The topics and characters explored will run the gamut from hot-button areas such as crime and race to never-before-seen look at some of society’s most intriguing individuals.

“The Spike Serialized initiative will showcase topics or individuals that are not only relevant and entertaining, but will also be impactful and create a national dialogue,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series.

On the heels of the “Spike Serialized” announcement the network has greenlit the six-episode docuseries, “It Was Him.” The new series examines the infamous cold-blooded murderer Ed Edwards through the lens of the astonishing investigation led by his grandson, Wayne Wolfe and veteran police detective John Cameron. Spike’s six-part documentary series will be produced by Objective Films.

Recently, Spike announced “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story,” from Executive Producer Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Weinstein Television, which will fall under the “Spike Serialized” banner.

“TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” is a compelling, six-part documentary event series tells the story of Kalief Browder, a young African-American student who spent three years on Rikers Island without ever being convicted of a crime. Executive Producers for “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” include Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Harvey Weinstein, David Glasser, Jenner Furst, Nick Sandow, Julia Willoughby Nason, and Michael Gasparro.

The previously announced “John McAfee Project” will now fall under the “Spike Serialized” umbrella as well. Both projects are slated to air in 2017.

“The John McAfee Project” explores the life of virus software creator John McAfee and will reveal unanswered questions about his life ranging from drug-fueled college days in England to learning to battle computer viruses early in his career at Lockeed in the 1980’s, to starting McAfee and Associates in 1987, to a 2012 murder investigation in Belize. But it’s more than just a murder mystery, it’s a story of the man who invented modern day paranoia and injected his manufactured paranoia into the cultural zeitgeist. Is he certifiably insane or insanely credible? Has the security software guru become a gun-toting, paranoid killer who has lost touch with reality? Or does he have nefarious enemies out to destroy him and crumble his empire? Or is the man who earned enormous success and wealth based on the public’s online security fears and paranoia playing another mind-game? “The John McAfee Project” will consist of six episodes and is directed and executive produced by Billy Corben.

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chachi Senior is Senior Vice President of Original Series for Spike and Justin Lacob, Vice President, Original Series will oversee “It Was Him” and “The John McAfee Project” for the network.

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