Spike TV Announces Third Season Of “Auction Hunters”

June 20th, 2011 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV ORDERS 26 ADDITIONAL EPISODES OF “AUCTION HUNTERS” INCLUDING FIRST EVER LIVE TELECAST

New Season Will Travel To Seven Different Locations From Brooklyn To Alaska

One Special Episode In 2012 Will Be LIVE

New York, NY, June 20, 2011Spike TV has ordered a third season of 26 episodes of its highest-rated non-scripted original entertainment series, “Auction Hunters,”  it was announced today by Sharon Levy, Spike TV’s  executive vice president, original series and animation.  From Brooklyn to Anchorage, from New Orleans to Hawaii, “Auction Hunters” once again follows Allen Haff and Ton Jones as they traverse the country in search of treasure hidden in storage units.  The new season will include one special LIVE episode in early 2012, the first time ever for the network’s popular franchise.  In this momentous event, Ton and Allen will open up a special pod live in primetime.

“We are thrilled to take the series to all different corners of the country, from New York City to Alaska, to uncover rare and extraordinary items unique to that area,” said Levy.

The markets for season three include Anchorage, Alaska, New Orleans, Washington D.C., New York City, New Jersey, Hawaii, Denver and Los Angeles.  Details for the LIVE episode will come at a later date.

The second season (April 5-May 31) featured episodes in Los Angeles, Miami, Boston, Las Vegas and Chicago.  The show averaged 1.7 million viewers and routinely ranked in the top 5 of shows on cable with Men 18-49 in its timeslot.  “Auction Hunters” also improved the timeslot for Spike (Tuesdays at 10pm) by 53% in total viewers compared to last year.

Every year in America, 50,000 storage facilities hold auctions for abandoned storage units and, at these auctions, over $1 billion worth of goods changes hands.  Each unit has the potential to be a goldmine or a bust for those who make their living hunting unclaimed property.  “Auction Hunters” cuts the lock and opens the door into the high stakes, financial risks and potential rewards where the right purchase can bring in serious cash.  The series follows Haff and Jones in their quest to win auctions, dig for abandoned historical treasure and sell them for a profit.

“Auction Hunters” is produced by Gurney Productions and executive produced by Scott Gurney and Deirdre Gurney.  Levy is Spike TV’s executive vice president, original series and animation, Tim Duffy is senior vice president of original programming for Spike TV.

Allen Haff is a second generation antiques dealer and collector with over 20 years of experience in the field.  By the age of 24, he owned his first antique business in Houston, TX and was one of the earliest eBay sellers of vintage collectibles online.  He moved to Los Angeles ten years ago and immediately began hunting in storage unit auctions, Hollywood thrift stores, estate sales and swap meets and earned a living buying and selling antiques and collectibles.  In 2008, Haff started Hollywood & Vintage, a high volume liquidation company specializing in movie memorabilia and vintage collectibles that he operates from his office and warehouse in Los Angeles.

Ton Jones is a self-described hobbyist who has spent years hunting and fishing, as well as collecting knives, swords, guns, old currency and jewelry.  Jones was introduced to storage unit auctions more than seven years ago when he was looking for old cars to take into the desert to wreck for fun, but what he found was a world specifically tailored to his unique skills.  Jones, an imposing figure standing over 6’0”, 300lbs., is a renowned auction hunter in the Southern California area.  Jones’ expertise lays in rare coins and weaponry, such as medieval swords, daggers and armor.

Spike TV is available in 99.6 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV 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 Contact:             Shana Tepper                Spike TV                   212-767-4275

SPIKE TV’S HIT SERIES “AUCTION HUNTERS” RETURNS FOR A SECOND SEASON TUESDAY, APRIL 5 AT 10:00 PM, ET/PT

March 21st, 2011 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV’S HIT SERIES “AUCTION HUNTERS”

RETURNS FOR A SECOND SEASON

TUESDAY, APRIL 5 AT 10:00 PM, ET/PT

The Network’s Popular Original Unscripted Show Goes Coast-To-Coast

Delving Into The Intriguing World Of Storage-Unit Auctions

New York, NY, March 3, 2011Spike TV’s hit original series “Auction Hunters” returns for a second season with 20 new episodes starting Tuesday, April 5 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT.  Season two, which continues to follow two of the best prospectors in the business, Allen Haff and Clinton “Ton” Jones, kicks off in Miami with back-to-back episodes featuring the intense drama of highly competitive storage auctions in South Florida.  The new season will travel across the country showcasing the lucrative and often cutthroat world of storage-unit auctions through the eyes of the renowned auction-hunting duo.

Season one of “Auction Hunters” averaged a robust 1.5 million viewers, with the finale in late December delivering 2.3 million viewers.  The series also drew new viewers to Spike and expanded the network’s fan base with Men 35+.

Every year in America, 50,000 storage facilities hold auctions for abandoned storage units and, at these auctions, over $1 billion worth of goods changes hands.  Each unit has the potential to be a goldmine or a bust for those who make their living hunting unclaimed property.  “Auction Hunters” cuts the lock and opens the door into the high stakes, financial risks and potential rewards where the right purchase can bring in serious cash.  The series follows Haff and Jones in their quest to win auctions, dig for abandoned historical treasure and sell them for a profit.  This season they uncover high-valued items including a Winchester model 1912 shotgun valued at $1,500 and the exact scale remote control replica of a $3,000,000 luxury Viper Fan Jet plane valued at $11,500.     

Allowed only a brief glimpse inside the unit before each fast-paced auction begins, skill and strategy are paramount as Haff and Jones have only seconds to estimate the value and determine how high they’re willing to bid to beat out the completion.  Each episode will also feature “the dig,” a process by which our hunters literally dig into the contents of the unit and assess every item within as well as “the sell” where they consult experts, establish value and negotiate a sale with collectors and dealers.

Spike.com will also get into all the behind-the-scenes auction action with “Auction Hunters.”  In addition to featuring weekly preview clips and highlight segments from each episode once the season starts, auctionhunters.spike.com currently features the entire first season of full episodes.  Fans can also connect to the series via the official Auction Hunters Facebook page.

“Auction Hunters” is produced by Gurney Productions and executive produced by Scott Gurney, Deirdre Gurney and Philip Lott.  Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s executive vice president, original series and animation, Tim Duffy is senior vice president of original programming for Spike TV and Joe Weinstock is senior director, original programming.

Allen Haff is a second generation antiques dealer and collector with over 20 years of experience in the field.  By the age of 24, he owned his first antique business in Houston, TX and was one of the earliest eBay sellers of vintage collectibles online.  He moved to Los Angeles ten years ago and immediately began hunting in storage unit auctions, Hollywood thrift stores, estate sales and swap meets and earned a living buying and selling antiques and collectibles.  In 2008, Haff started Hollywood & Vintage, a high volume liquidation company specializing in movie memorabilia and vintage collectibles that he operates from his office and warehouse in Los Angeles.

Ton Jones is a self-described hobbyist who has spent years hunting and fishing, as well as collecting knives, swords, guns, old currency and jewelry.  Jones was introduced to storage unit auctions more than seven years ago when he was looking for old cars to take into the desert to wreck for fun, but what he found was a world specifically tailored to his unique skills.  Jones, an imposing figure standing over 6’0”, 300lbs., is a renowned auction hunter in the Southern California area.  Jones’ expertise lays in rare coins and weaponry, such as medieval swords, daggers and armor.

Spike TV is available in 99.4 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV 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 Contact:             Shana Tepper                Spike TV                   212-767-4275

Auction Hunters

March 18th, 2011 by Craig Tinsley

Spike TV Goes Auction Hunting For A New Season

December 20th, 2010 by schutzl

SPIKE TV GOES AUCTION HUNTING FOR A NEW SEASON

Network Picks Up 20 More Episodes Of Successful Original Series

Largest Order For A Second Series In Spike TV History

New York, NY, December 1, 2010 – Spike TV has ordered a second season of 20 episodes of its successful original series, “Auction Hunters,” it was announced today by Sharon Levy, Spike TV’s  executive vice president, original series and animation.  This marks the largest order ever for a second season of a Spike original series.  Premiering on November 9, the weekly series has averaged a robust 1.1 million viewers, increasing in viewership each week. (The most recent episode on November 23 drew 1.3 million viewers).  The first season consists of eight episodes with the season finale on Tuesday, December 21.  No date has been announced for the new season.

“Auction Hunters” is among the new crop of Spike original series aimed at broadening the network’s audience.   The show’s current median age is 39, five years older than the network’s current average age in 2010 for original series.  The series is also bringing in new viewers to the channel as 49% of the “Auction Hunters” audience hadn’t watched Spike TV the week before.   Overall, the show has delivered 58% more viewers and 30% more Men 25-34 in the time period versus last year.

“Ton and Allen are the very best in the storage-unit auction business and our audience has embraced their ingenuity and unique personalities,” noted Levy.

“Auction Hunters” explores the cutthroat world of storage-unit auctions with two of the best prospectors in the business, Clinton “Ton” Jones and Allen Haff.  Every day in America, there are over ten thousand abandoned storage units that are put up for public auction.  Each unit has the potential to be a goldmine or a bust for those who make their living hunting unclaimed property.  The series offers viewers a rare look into the high stakes, financial risks and potential rewards where the right purchase can bring in serious cash.

“Auction Hunters” is produced by Gurney Productions and executive produced by Scott Gurney, Deirdre Gurney and Philip Lott.  Levy is Spike TV’s executive vice president, original series and animation, Tim Duffy is vice president of original programming for Spike TV and Joe Weinstock is director, original programming.

Allen Haff is a second generation antiques dealer and collector with over 20 years of experience in the field.  By the age of 24, he owned his first antique business in Houston, TX and was one of the earliest eBay sellers of vintage collectibles online.  He moved to Los Angeles ten years ago and immediately began hunting in storage unit auctions, Hollywood thrift stores, estate sales and swap meets and earned a living buying and selling antiques and collectibles.  In 2008, Haff started Hollywood & Vintage, a high volume liquidation company specializing in movie memorabilia and vintage collectibles that he operates from his office and warehouse in Los Angeles.

Ton Jones is a self-described hobbyist who has spent years hunting and fishing, as well as collecting knives, swords, guns, old currency and jewelry.  Jones was introduced to storage unit auctions more than seven years ago when he was looking for old cars to take into the desert to wreck for fun, but what he found was a world specifically tailored to his unique skills.  Jones, an imposing figure standing over 6’0”, 300lbs., is a renowned auction hunter in the Southern California area.  Jones’ expertise lays in rare coins and weaponry, such as medieval swords, daggers and armor.

Spike TV is available in 99.4 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV 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.

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Press Contact:       Shana Tepper                Spike TV             212-767-4275

Spike TV Goes Auction Hunting For A New Season

December 1st, 2010 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV GOES AUCTION HUNTING FOR A NEW SEASON

Network Picks Up 20 More Episodes Of Successful Original Series

Largest Order For A Second Series In Spike TV History

 

New York, NY, December 1, 2010 – Spike TV has ordered a second season of 20 episodes of its successful original series, “Auction Hunters,” it was announced today by Sharon Levy, Spike TV’s  executive vice president, original series and animation.  This marks the largest order ever for a second season of a Spike original series.  Premiering on November 9, the weekly series has averaged a robust 1.1 million viewers, increasing in viewership each week. (The most recent episode on November 23 drew 1.3 million viewers).  The first season consists of eight episodes with the season finale on Tuesday, December 21.  No date has been announced for the new season.

“Auction Hunters” is among the new crop of Spike original series aimed at broadening the network’s audience.   The show’s current median age is 39, five years older than the network’s current average age in 2010 for original series.  The series is also bringing in new viewers to the channel as 49% of the “Auction Hunters” audience hadn’t watched Spike TV the week before.   Overall, the show has delivered 58% more viewers and 30% more Men 25-34 in the time period versus last year.  

“Ton and Allen are the very best in the storage-unit auction business and our audience has embraced their ingenuity and unique personalities,” noted Levy. 

“Auction Hunters” explores the cutthroat world of storage-unit auctions with two of the best prospectors in the business, Clinton “Ton” Jones and Allen Haff.  Every day in America, there are over ten thousand abandoned storage units that are put up for public auction.  Each unit has the potential to be a goldmine or a bust for those who make their living hunting unclaimed property.  The series offers viewers a rare look into the high stakes, financial risks and potential rewards where the right purchase can bring in serious cash. 

“Auction Hunters” is produced by Gurney Productions and executive produced by Scott Gurney, Deirdre Gurney and Philip Lott.  Levy is Spike TV’s executive vice president, original series and animation, Tim Duffy is vice president of original programming for Spike TV and Joe Weinstock is director, original programming.

Allen Haff is a second generation antiques dealer and collector with over 20 years of experience in the field.  By the age of 24, he owned his first antique business in Houston, TX and was one of the earliest eBay sellers of vintage collectibles online.  He moved to Los Angeles ten years ago and immediately began hunting in storage unit auctions, Hollywood thrift stores, estate sales and swap meets and earned a living buying and selling antiques and collectibles.  In 2008, Haff started Hollywood & Vintage, a high volume liquidation company specializing in movie memorabilia and vintage collectibles that he operates from his office and warehouse in Los Angeles.

Ton Jones is a self-described hobbyist who has spent years hunting and fishing, as well as collecting knives, swords, guns, old currency and jewelry.  Jones was introduced to storage unit auctions more than seven years ago when he was looking for old cars to take into the desert to wreck for fun, but what he found was a world specifically tailored to his unique skills.  Jones, an imposing figure standing over 6’0”, 300lbs., is a renowned auction hunter in the Southern California area.  Jones’ expertise lays in rare coins and weaponry, such as medieval swords, daggers and armor.

Spike TV is available in 99.4 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV 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.

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Press Contact:       Shana Tepper                Spike TV             212-767-4275

 

Spike TV Uncovers A Hidden Treasure With New Original Series “Auction Hunters”

August 25th, 2010 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV UNCOVERS A HIDDEN TREASURE
WITH NEW ORIGINAL SERIES “AUCTION HUNTERS”

Unscripted Show Delves Into The Competitive World Of Storage-Unit Auctions

Series Following Two Expert Auction Hunters Premieres
Tuesday, November 9 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT

New York, NY, August 25, 2010 – Spike TV explores the cutthroat world of storage-unit auctions in the new unscripted original series, “Auction Hunters,” premiering Tuesday, November 9 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT.  Every day in America, there are over ten thousand abandoned storage units that are put up for public auction.  Each unit has the potential to be a goldmine or a bust for those who make their living hunting unclaimed property.

Amidst a struggling economy, the business of auction hunting has emerged as a thriving trade for many Americans.  “Auction Hunters” follows two of the best prospectors in the business, Clinton “Ton” Jones and Allen Haff, in their quest to win auctions, acquire abandoned treasure and sell it for a profit.  The series offers viewers a rare look into the high stakes, financial risks and potential rewards where the right purchase can bring in serious cash.

Allowed only a brief glimpse inside the units before each fast-paced auction begins, skill and strategy are paramount as our hunters have only seconds to estimate the value of the unit and determine how high they’re willing to bid to beat out the competition.  Once an auction is won, the story and true monetary worth of the unit emerges as Haff, a second generation antiques dealer and Jones, a gun, knife, sword and military paraphernalia expert, begin “the dig,” a process by which they literally dig into the contents of the unit and assess every single item within.  Sometimes, they find nothing but at other times, they score big, bringing home a trove of items for which prospective buyers around the country will pay top dollar.

“Auction Hunters” also follows our prospectors during “the sell” as they consult experts, establish value and ultimately scour the antique and collectible markets in search of buyers.  The show will focus mainly on items with great historical and cultural significance such as America’s first black powder revolver and a depression era slot machine.

“Auction Hunters” is an eight half-hour episode series produced by Gurney Productions, owned by Scott and Deirdre Gurney.  Credits include Animal Planet’s “I’m Alive” and Discovery Channel’s “I Was Bitten.”  Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s executive vice president, original series and animation, Tim Duffy is vice president of original programming for Spike TV and Joe Weinstock is director, original programming.

Spike TV is available in 98.6 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV 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.

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Press Contact:

Shana Tepper     Spike TV-NY    212/767-4275      shana.tepper@spiketv.com