Record Ratings for Bellator’s “Chandler-Alvarez II” on Spike TV

November 5th, 2013 by faziod

RECORD RATINGS FOR BELLATOR’S

“CHANDLER-ALVAREZ II” ON SPIKE TV 

1.1 Million Viewers Tune In To “Chandler Alvarez II” 

The Most Watched Mixed Martial Arts Event On Television This Fall

New York, NY, November 5, 2013 – The highly-anticipated rematch of two of the best lightweights in the world, Bellator MMA’s Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez, delivered  record  ratings on Spike TV. The telecast delivered 1.1 million viewers (9:00pm-12:45am), the most-watched in Bellator event history and the most watched mixed martial arts show on television this fall.

The “Chandler-Alvarez II” fight card peaked at 1.4 million viewers at 11:17pm and reached its high mark with Men 18-49 with a 1.1 rating for the Alvarez-Chandler bout.  The telecast also ranked #2 in cable in its timeslot with Men 18-49.

For fans who missed the fight, or who recorded it but the end was cut off due to the extraordinary length of the event, Spike TV will replay the Chandler-Alvarez II main event bout on Friday, November 8 at 8:00pm ET/PT. The replay will lead into a live Bellator event featuring heavyweights Cheick Kongo vs. Peter Graham and a co-feature with bantamweight contenders Joe Warren and Travis Marx.

Spike TV is available in 98.8 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

Anthony Mazzuca     Bellator MMA  949-222-3400             anthony@bellator.com

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson Joins Forces with Bellator MMA, TNA Wrestling and Spike TV

June 4th, 2013 by SPIKE Press

 

QUINTON “RAMPAGE” JACKSON JOINS FORCES WITH BELLATOR MMA, TNA WRESTLING AND SPIKE TV FOR LANDMARK PARTNERSHIP

Los Angeles, CA – June 4, 2013 – Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, the mixed martial arts icon and action-movie star has agreed to a monumental, multi-year partnership with Spike TV, Bellator MMA, and TNA Wrestling  it was jointly announced today by Kevin Kay, Spike TV President, Bjorn Rebney, Bellator CEO, and Dixie Carter, TNA Wrestling President.

The landmark partnership includes Jackson competing in Bellator MMA, along with joining the superstars of TNA’s “Impact Wrestling,” which includes fellow Bellator fighter “King Mo” Lawal.

Spike TV will also create a special reality series featuring Rampage that will lead into his debut with Bellator, along with other entertainment initiatives.

“Rampage is a true superstar both inside and outside the MMA cage” Bellator CEO & Chairman Bjorn Rebney said. “The partnership that we’ve created with Quinton is unlike anything that’s ever been done in the sports & entertainment arena and Rampage is the perfect athlete/entertainer to carry it off.”

“Rampage is one of the best known MMA fighters competing today,” said Carter. “He is a true cross-over star and his talent, big personality and popularity among a wide range of fans make him an extraordinary fit for our company,”

“We are thrilled to create this opportunity for one of the greatest athletes and personalities in MMA,” said Kevin Kay, Spike TV President. “Rampage is a proven ratings driver who brings incredible star power to both Bellator and TNA.”

Jackson (32-11) joins Bellator as a former Pride and UFC champion, having last fought on Spike TV in September 2007, in a fight vs. Dan Henderson that drew nearly 6 million viewers, making it one of the most watched fights in the sport’s history.  In 2009, Jackson served as a coach on Spike’s “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights,” the highest-rated season by far in franchise history, delivering over 3 million viewers per week.  Rampage joins a Bellator Light Heavyweight division that features “King Mo,” Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Emanuel Newton, Attila Vegh and Vladimir Matyushenko.

The charismatic fighter from Memphis, TN began his professional MMA career in 1999 and established his legacy across the globe through epic battles with MMA titans including Wanderlei Silva, Chuck Liddell, Jon Jones and Dan Henderson among others.

Jackson starred in the 2010 blockbuster film, “The A-Team,” as “B.A. Baracus,” the character made famous by Mr. T in the television series.  Jackson’s other film credits include “Confessions of a Pit Fighter,” “Fire With Fire,” “Never Surrender,” and “Miss March.”

More information regarding this signing will be made available at Wednesday’s press conference. Details on the press conference will be released shortly.

Press Contacts: 

Anthony Mazzuca     Bellator      (949) 222-3400             Anthony@Bellator.com

David Schwarz          Spike          (212) 767-8639             David.Schwarz@mtvstaff.com

Beth Gebhard             TNA           (615) 244-5577             Bgebhard@tnawrestling.com

About Bellator MMA

Bellator MMA is the world’s largest tournament based Mixed Martial Arts organization. Televised to nearly 500 Million homes worldwide in over 107 countries, Bellator’s majority owner is entertainment giant Viacom.  In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike TV, the MMA television leader. With over 150 world-class athletes under contract, Bellator is home to many of the sport’s top mixed martial artists. Bellator’s founder & CEO, Bjorn Rebney, is an experienced fighting sports and entertainment executive with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes.  Bellator’s core philosophy is that title shots should be earned, not given. This belief gave rise to Bellator’s real sport, tournament-based format, which gives Bellator’s tournaments a true playoff feel that keeps the sport true and distances itself from the subjective side of fighting sports found in organizations that utilize a matchmaking/casting formula.  Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.  Bellator is based in Newport Beach, California.

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BellatorMMA

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.

Please visit: Twitter @IMPACTWRESTLING, @TNADixie and @TNAPR and on Facebook at www.fb.com/IMPACTWRESTLING.

About TNA ENTERTAINMENT, LLC

TNA Entertainment, LLC is a privately held sports entertainment company based in Nashville, Tenn. that specializes in events, products, numerous TV properties, merchandise and music, as well as, the management and promotion of professional wrestlers. The roster features such greats as Hulk Hogan, Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle, Sting, James Storm, Bobby Roode, Velvet Sky, Brooke Hogan, the lovely and lethal Knockouts and many more through its highly successful TNA IMPACT WRESTLING weekly broadcasts on SPIKE TV. In addition, TNA produces four major Pay-Per-View events and more than 100 live shows every year. The product is the world’s most innovative experience in professional wrestling and is broadcast in more than 120 countries. For more information, please visit www.impactwrestling.com or follow us at @IMPACTWRESTLING, @TNADixie and @TNAPR and on Facebook at www.fb.com/IMPACTWRESTLING.

Spike TV Launches Groundbreaking Co-Viewing App For Bellator MMA

February 28th, 2013 by gulatis

SPIKE TV LAUNCHES GROUNDBREAKING CO-VIEWING APP FOR BELLATOR MMA

 Bellator MMA for iPad and iPhone Gives Fans a New Way to Experience MMA 

New York, NY – February 28, 2013 Spike TV today launched “Bellator MMA” for iPad and iPhone, giving fans the chance to experience mixed martial arts like never before with the world’s most advanced co-viewing MMA app.

The app is available on the App Store today free on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.AppStore.com/BellatorMMA.

When the Bellator cage door closes and the gloves touch, the innovative app works in concert with the live Spike broadcast to supply fans with real-time fight data only available through the app.  Developed from the ground up to make watching live fights more immersive, viewers will have the unique ability to track expansive fighter analytics and participate in the on-air broadcast.  As “The 4th Judge,” fans can score rounds with the help of real-time statistics powered by CompuStrike, a service providing data in 26 categories from arm strikes to submission attempts.

“The Bellator app is truly the first of its kind.  It allows our passionate fans to experience the fight as a virtual fourth judge – creating a level of immersion that’s unparalleled in any sport,” said Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, Sports and Multiplatform Events, Spike TV.  “We see this second-screen as a game-changer.  The results from the app will actually become part of the on-air discussion.  There’s nothing like that in all of sports television.”

“At Bellator, we continually look for new ways to connect with our fans in a more meaningful way,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “This innovative app will resonate with our first-adopter audience, who will feel closer to the action than ever before.”

As “The 4th Judge,” viewers will be able to have their opinions known during the live telecast.  The Bellator broadcast team of Jimmy Smith and Sean Wheelock will announce the results of viewers’ polling to see how fan opinion compares to their own as well as the official cageside judges. (“The 4th Judge” voting will not factor in the actual judges’ decisions).

The app features historical statistics for every fighter, pre-fight fan picks, and “Favorite Fight of the Night” polling, which will be sharable via social networks. The Bellator MMA app also gives fans the opportunity to watch exclusive videos, and dig deep into fighter biographies.  “Bellator MMA” airs live on Spike TV Thursday nights at 10:00pm ET/PT from venues all across North America, featuring many of the world’s best mixed martial arts fighters.

Spike TV partnered with award-winning Omnigon Communications, a digital solutions company specializing in the sports, media and entertainment industries, to create the app.

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BellatorMMA.

About Bellator MMA

Bellator MMA is the world’s largest tournament based Mixed Martial Arts organization. Televised to nearly 500 Million homes worldwide in over 107 countries, Bellator’s majority owner is entertainment giant Viacom.  In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike TV, the MMA television leader. With over 150 world-class athletes under contract, Bellator is home to many of the sport’s top mixed martial artists. Bellator’s founder & CEO, Bjorn Rebney, is an experienced fighting sports and entertainment executive with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes.  Bellator’s core philosophy is that title shots should be earned, not given. This belief gave rise to Bellator’s real sport, tournament-based format, which gives Bellator’s tournaments a true playoff feel that keeps the sport true and distances itself from the subjective side of fighting sports found in organizations that utilize a matchmaking/casting formula.  Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.  Bellator is based in Newport Beach, California.

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.

About mun2

mun2 is the leading Hispanic cable network for young millennial adults 18-34.  From reality to music, on-air to digital, mun2 creates original content that resonates across a multi-screen platform.  Young, vibrant and unabashedly Latino, mun2 has a distribution to over 38 million households. The network is part of Telemundo Media, a division of NBCUniversal.

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:                                     

 

David Schwarz

(212) 767-8639

David.Schwarz@MTVStaff.com

 

Anthony Mazzuca    

(949) 222-3400

Anthony@Bellator.com

Spike TV Announces “Fight Master: Bellator MMA” Competitive Reality Show

February 5th, 2013 by gulatis

RANDY COUTURE, GREG JACKSON, FRANK SHAMROCK AND JOE WARREN TO TRAIN UP-AND-COMING MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FIGHTERS IN “FIGHT MASTER: BELLATOR MMA”

 New Spike Series Showcases the Quest of 32 Fighters in Pursuit of a Slot  In a Bellator MMA Tournament

New York, NY, February 5, 2013 – Spike TV and Bellator MMA have gathered together some of the biggest names in the sport of mixed martial arts to serve as coaches and trainers for the new reality series, “Fight Master: Bellator MMA,” premiering this summer.  Randy Couture, Greg Jackson, Frank Shamrock, and Joe Warren will helm four separate fight camps for 32 up-and-coming fighters looking to fight their way into the Bellator tournament and a $100,000 cash prize.

The announcement was made today at a press conference in Los Angeles by Spike President Kevin Kay and Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney.

The 32 fighters, competing for a spot in the welterweight (170lb) tournament in the Fall of 2013, will live and train together in four camps led by the aforementioned legendary coaches.  This series is much more than just a tournament, as it will capture the reality of the competitors and the grueling training regimen it takes to become a world-class MMA fighter.

The concept of “Fight Master: Bellator MMA” is unprecedented in that the fighters control their own destiny.  They will choose which camp to train with and which opponent they want to fight next.  The premiere will feature 8 qualifying fights with each subsequent episode showcasing at least one fight.  The finale will be telecast live on Spike with the winner moving on to an upcoming tournament.  Bellator announcer Jimmy Smith will serve as host.

“As the fighters’ control their own destiny, they will need to utilize strategy in and out of the cage if they want to succeed and advance each week,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV.  “The stakes are high and the wrong decision, whether it is picking an opponent you don’t match up well against or a coach and fight camp that you don’t work well with, can mean all the difference.”

The series will delve into the fighters’ personal stories for a glimpse into the often arduous journey that led them to “Fight Master.”  Viewers will get to know the man behind the fighter, and follow them on their quest for victory.  These determined contestants come from all parts of the country with a wide variety of ethnic and economic backgrounds.  However, they all share the same goal – to learn from the sport’s finest trainers and earn a spot in the Bellator tournament.

Spike TV will telecast 10 one-hour episodes of “Fight Master: Bellator MMA.” Production begins in early February in Louisiana.  Two of television’s most acclaimed producers, eight-time Emmy® Award winner Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri of Profiles Television Productions, the visionaries behind “The Amazing Race,” serve as Executive Producers.  Andrea Richter serves as Executive Producer as well and Levy and Tim Duffy, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Spike TV, will oversee the project for the network.

About Spike:

Spike 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’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike’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         212-767-8639              david.schwarz@mtvstaff.com

Spike TV, Bellator and 345 Games Bring the Fight to E3 2012 with ‘Bellator: MMA Onslaught’

May 31st, 2012 by gulatis

SPIKE TV, BELLATOR AND 345 GAMES BRING THE FIGHT TO E3 2012 WITH ‘BELLATOR: MMA ONSLAUGHT’

Entire Roster of Fighters Revealed and Available for Play in Los Angeles Next Week

NEW YORK, N.Y. – May 30, 2012 – Players eager to step into the cage and test out their virtual MMA skills will get their chance next week when 345 Games showcases their new arcade style video game, Bellator: MMA Onslaught during the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, June 5-7.  In advance of the event, 345 Games has unveiled its roster of world-class fighters, all of whom will be playable at E3 2012 in Concourse Hall Booth #8505.

 

The final Bellator fighter roster includes:

Based on Bellator Fighting Championships, Bellator: MMA Onslaught is a new breed of arcade-style fighting game that combines the quick tempo of actual combat with cerebral strategy found in real life MMA. Players are able to replicate the most electrifying moves through a straightforward pick-up-and-play control scheme which transitions seamlessly from striking to the ground fighting.

345 Games collaborated closely with Bellator Fighting Championships to create Bellator: MMA Onslaught, ensuring the arcade style gaming experience mirrors the organization’s format, styles, graphics and music.

“We have worked closely with 345 Games to deliver an authentic Bellator experience and we are developing a variety of ways to integrate live Bellator events with our game in the coming seasons. ” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said.

The game will also feature a robust fighter creation and customization engine with hundreds of individual moves that players can mix and match after choosing a base style. As players level up their fighter, they will earn the ability to buy and select new skills and moves, which they can then invest to augment their abilities in striking, ground, throws, defense and fitness.

The thought is that players will take their specialized fighter online where they can compete in player-versus-player ranked fights to secure their place atop of the “Onslaught Leader Board” and earn the chance to be immortalized in upcoming Bellator events live on-air.

The game will release on the Microsoft Xbox Live Arcade and Sony PlayStation Network platforms and will be available for download in summer 2012 for $15. “We made a conscious decision to select an optimal fighting game platform that had an endemic online player base and that would enable us to continuously service the game either through improvements in existing gameplay or through additional features, such as new moves, clothing options, venues, and weight classes,” said Dan Yang, General Manager of 345 Games. The publisher plans to be listening closely to the players through the games website, social network sites and game boards to decide the best ways to expand the game.

For those players who like to compete locally, players can take advantage of different gameplay modes including “Super Fight” mode, where gamers can choose their own fighter or pick one of Bellator’s established elite to play against a friend or CPU; “Create a Fighter” where players can modify their fighters looks, skill and moves as well as participate in training challenges and access the ‘Fight Lab’ to assign boosts; and “Championship Road”, where gamers can go up against the toughest Bellator fighters in feature fights and a single elimination tournaments inspired by Bellator’s Tournaments to earn a shot at the title.

For more information, visit BellatorTheGame.com and Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Bellator.

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About 345 Games

345 Games, the video gaming arm of COMEDY CENTRAL and Spike TV, develops products based on the Viacom Entertainment Group’s franchises and brands. The first two titles released under this label included COMEDY CENTRAL’s hit animated show “Ugly Americans” and Spike TV’s successful multi-platform series “Deadliest Warrior.”

About Bellator Fighting Championships

Bellator Fighting Championships is a Mixed Martial Arts promotional company headquartered in Chicago. Bellator’s founder/CEO, Bjorn Rebney, is an experienced fighting sports and entertainment professional with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes. Bellator Fighting Championships’ executive team is comprised of top industry professionals in the areas of live event production, television production, fighter relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.

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.

 

Contact:

Selena Rodriguez

HighWater Group For 345 Games

(212) 338-0077 x. 105

Selena@highwatergroup.com

 

Joe Fernandez

Bellator Fighting Championships

(312) 329-1199

joe@bellator.com

Spike TV, Bellator and 345 Games Bring the Fight to E3 2012 with ‘Bellator: MMA Onslaught’

May 31st, 2012 by gulatis
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KING MO, BELLATOR AND TNA WRESTLING JOIN FORCES FOR UNPRECEDENTED ALLIANCE ON SPIKE TV

May 10th, 2012 by gulatis

KING MO, BELLATOR AND TNA WRESTLING JOIN FORCES FOR UNPRECEDENTED ALLIANCE ON SPIKE TV

 Former Light Heavyweight Champ to Fight for Bellator in 2013 And Join the Stars of TNA Wrestling This Summer

 New York, NY, May 10, 2012 – In an unprecedented move, one of the biggest names in mixed martial arts, “King Mo” Lawal, has signed a deal to compete in Spike TV’s two major sports properties, Bellator Fighting Championships and TNA’s IMPACT Wrestling. “King Mo” will join the stars of TNA this summer and resume his mixed martial arts career next year when Bellator Fighting Championships moves to Spike TV from its current television home, MTV2.  The deal was jointly announced today by Kevin Kay, President, Spike TV along with Bjorn Rebney, Chairman & CEO, Bellator Fighting Championships and Dixie Carter, President, TNA Entertainment.

“‘King Mo’ is an incredible athlete and a great addition to the Bellator family.  He immediately adds prominence and star-power to our light heavyweight division,” said Rebney.

“‘King Mo’ is the perfect athlete for this type of alliance.  He is the real deal in MMA, and his bold personality and world class wrestling accomplishments are unparalleled.  I’m confident he will have a major impact in both sports,” stated Carter.

Lawal (10-1-1) launched his mixed martial arts career in 2008, and after four straight wins, he faced off against his toughest challenge, renowned fighter Mark Kerr.  “King Mo” knocked out Kerr in the first round, and eight months later he defeated Gegard Mousasi in a Light Heavyweight world title fight.  Lawal also holds an impressive KO victory against multiple Brazilian jiu-jitsu world championship winner Roger Gracie in September 2011.

“This deal is a dream come true for me,” Lawal said. “Bjorn and Dixie have given me the opportunity to engage in my two great loves, mixed martial arts and professional wrestling, at the same time.  And, to have it all on Spike TV is really buttercream icing on a big ol’ cake – not that whipped cream stuff either!”

Lawal rose to grappling acclaim as a NCAA Division I All-American wrestler at Oklahoma State University in 2003 and a three-time U.S. National Champion (2005, 2006, and 2008) in the 84 kilogram division.  In 2007, as a member of the US National team, he brought home a gold medal at the Pan American Games and a silver medal at the World Cup.

A native of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Lawal lives in San Jose, Calif. and trains with the prominent American Kickboxing Academy.

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.

About Bellator Fighting Championships:

Bellator Fighting Championships is a Mixed Martial Arts promotional company headquartered in Chicago.  Bellator’s founder/CEO, Bjorn Rebney, is an experienced fighting sports and entertainment professional with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes.  Bellator Fighting Championships’ executive team is comprised of top industry professionals in the areas of live event production, television production, fighter relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.

About TNA Entertainment:

TNA Entertainment, LLC is a privately held sports entertainment company based in Nashville, Tennessee that specializes in events, products, numerous TV properties, merchandise, music, as well as the management and promotion of professional wrestlers.  In addition, TNA produces monthly PPV events and more than 100 non-televised live events around the globe a year.  TNA Wrestling is the world’s most innovative experience in professional wrestling and is broadcast in over 120 countries.  For more information, please visit www.impactwrestling.com.

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Press Contacts:

David Schwarz           Spike TV         212-767-8639           david.schwarz@mtvstaff.com

Joe Fernandez           Bellator          312-329-1199           joe@bellator.com

Jules Wortman          TNA                615-244-5557            jwortman@tnawrestling.com

Spike TV Teams Up With Bertram van Munster, Co-Creator Of “The Amazing Race,” For a New Bellator Fighting Championships Reality Show

April 3rd, 2012 by gulatis

SPIKE TV TEAMS UP WITH BERTRAM VAN MUNSTER, CO-CREATOR OF “THE AMAZING RACE,” FOR A NEW BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS REALITY SHOW

New York, NY, April 3, 2012 -  Spike TV and Bellator Fighting Championships are partnering with one of television’s most acclaimed producers, eight-time Emmy® Award winner Bertram van Munster, the visionary behind “The Amazing Race,” to create a cutting-edge new unscripted reality show.  The one-hour original Spike series will premiere in 2013 and will showcase the fighters from the emerging mixed martial arts league, Bellator Fighting Championships. Details of the show will be kept closely under wraps until later this year.

“Some of the most physically-gifted and fascinating athletes in the world fight in Bellator, and I believe they make ideal subjects for an innovative new non-scripted series,” noted van Munster.

“We are thrilled to partner with an industry legend such as van Munster, whose creativity and ingenuity will help expose Bellator to an expanded new audience next year on Spike,” said Bjorn Rebney, CEO and Founder of Bellator.

“The concept of this ground-breaking new series will broadly appeal to not only mixed martial arts fans, but to reality show enthusiasts as well,” said Sharon Levy, Spike TV’s Executive Vice President of Original Programming.

van Munster and Elise Doganieri will serve as Executive Producers for the new series.  Levy and Tim Duffy, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Spike TV, will oversee the project for the network.

Profiles Television Productions, LLC was founded in March of 2003 and is the parent company of both World Race Productions and Earthview, Inc.  Owned by eight-time Emmy® Award- winning Producers Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri, Profiles Television is a full service production company focused on creating, developing and producing high quality television programming for the worldwide marketplace.

Profiles Television has produced such shows as “Profiles From the Front Line,” “Oprah’s Big Give,” “Focus Rally America” and most recently, “Take The Money & Run.”  Currently, Profiles Television is producing (in association with Imagine Television and Fox TV) “The Great Escape.”  Also in current production is “Escape Routes” for NBC.  Profiles Television division (World Race Productions) is responsible for the ground-breaking, Emmy® Award-winning TV series, “The Amazing Race,” which airs in primetime on the CBS network as well as some 80 countries worldwide.  Profiles Television is also involved in producing local versions of “The Amazing Race” series in Asia, Australia, South America and Israel.  In addition to offices in Los Angeles, Profiles Television has offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Buenos Aires and New Delhi.

Bellator Fighting Championships is a Mixed Martial Arts promotional company headquartered in Chicago.  Bellator, translated as Warrior in Latin, is partnered with entertainment industry leaders Viacom and Fremantle Entertainment, and is the world’s leading tournament-based mixed martial arts organization.  Bellator showcases many of the most exciting fighters in the world and currently airs Friday nights at 8:00pm ET on MTV2 and Epix with prelims on Spike.com. This season’s tournament features an action-packed eight-man tournament in the middleweight, welterweight, lightweight, and featherweight divisions with the winners in each weight class securing a large cash prize and a shot at the coveted world title.  Next year, Bellator Fighting Championships will move to Spike TV.

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.

Press Contacts:

Viacom Media Networks:

David Schwarz

212-767-8639

david.schwarz@mtvstaff.com

 

Bellator:

Joe Fernandez

312-329-1199

joe@bellator.com