“Ink Master” Season 3 Returns July 16 – Contestants Revealed

June 5th, 2013 by faziod

 

THE STAKES ARE HIGH AND THE MISTAKES ARE PERMANENT WHEN

“INK MASTER” RETURNS STARTING TUESDAY, JULY 16 AT 10 PM, ET/PT

 This Season Human Canvases Have a Vote in Elimination of Artists

Sixteen Artists Battle It Out For $100,000, Editorial Feature In Inked Magazine & Title Of ‘Ink Master’

New York, NY, June 5, 2013 – Spike returns with more skin in the game going into season three of its hit original series “Ink Master,” which returns Tuesday, July 16 at 10 PM, ET/PT and will culminate with a LIVE finale in October.  Sixteen of top tattoo artists will battle it out in permanent ink for a $100,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked and, of course, the bragging rights title of ‘Ink Master.’  For the first time this season, the show’s Human Canvases will have a vote in the Elimination Tattoo, helping to determine which artist is ultimately sent home.

Each episode puts the artist through their paces, competing in various tattoo challenges that are not only designed to test the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, where they must create and execute an original tattoo by command on a ‘Human Canvas.’  Artists will be asked to tattoo in a number of distinct styles including black and gray, realism, pin-up, cover-up and Asian, among others.   The masterpieces these artists create will last forever, but so will their mistakes.

After every challenge, the contestants face a tough panel made up of Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo) and a roster of guest judges.  Also this season, the Human Canvases will have their say in who gets sent home.  The Canvases will form their own jury, deliberate as a group and pick one artist per episode who will be up for elimination.  In the jury room, expect to witness heated arguments and wicked emotions as the Canvases defend their new ink and protect their artist.

In the season opener the artists are literally put behind bars the moment they arrive when they must create a prison-style, single-needle fine line tattoo on actual convict Canvases in a prison cell.  The artists are further challenged during the Elimination Tattoo to perform a cover-up tattoo on their human ex-con, looking for redemption and a new life “on the outside.”

The “Ink Master” Season Three tattoo artists are (listed in alphabetical order):

  •  E.S.  – Artist at Forever Custom Tattoos in Bridgeport, CT
  • Mystical Mike – Artist at Red Dragon in Bronx, NY
  • James Danger – Owner and artists at Skin Gallery Tattoo in Sacramento, CA
  • Kyle Dunbar – Owner and artist at Almighty Tattoo in Flint, MI
  • Jason Clay Dunn – Owner and artist at Tattoo Alchemy in Montclair, CA
  • Katherine “Tatu Baby” Flores – Self-employed tattoo artist in Miami, FL
  • Craig Foster – Owner and artist at Skinwerks in Carolton, GA
  • Joey “Hollywood” Hamilton – Artist at Club Tattoo Las Vegas in Henderson, NV
  • Joshua Hibbard – Artist at No Hope, No Fear Tattoo in Portland, OR
  • Jackie Jennings – Artist at Tru Blu in Philadelphia, PA
  • Ally Lee – Owner and artist at Hot Rod alley Tattoo in Santa Cruz, CA
  • Jime Litwalk – Artist at Hart & Huntington Co. and Steadfast Brand in Orlando, FL
  • Madison “Maddie la Belle” Loftis – Artist at Corrupted Arts Studio in Greensboro, NC
  • Chris May – Owner and artist at Proton Tattoo in Creston, IL
  • Frank McManus – Artist at Bryan Campbell Tattoo Studio in New Cumberland, PA
  • Richard “Made Rich” Parker – Owner and artist at Think Before You Ink in Corona, NY

Fans are encouraged to ‘like’ the official “Ink Master” Facebook page and join in the “Ink Master” conversation by following @SPIKETV on Twitter and using #InkMaster. Biographies, photo galleries,  portfolios and videos introducing the contestants can be found on Spike’s dedicated “Ink Master” destination online, inkmaster.spike.com.  There users can also find full episodes, video clips and blog posts, which will be updated throughout the season.  Viewers can also take part in weekly voting for their favorite artist and tattoo design which will help to determine the winner of this season’s competition.  The latest in tattoo culture and show news can be found on the “Ink Master” Tumblr, Pinterest and on Instagram @spiketv.

“Ink Master” was Spike’s highest rated original series in 2012.  Season two averaged 2  million viewers and dramatically broadened the audience in its timeslot, posting a +113% increase with Men 18-49 and +161% with Persons 18-49 compared to the prior year.  In its Tuesday 10-11 PM, ET/PT “Ink Master” ranked among the top 5 in all key demos and the LIVE finale was the #1 original program on all cable that day among P 18-49 and in its time slot won its time period on cable among M 18-49, M 18-34 and P 18-34.

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Charlie Corwin’s Original Media, with Charlie Corwin and Andrea Richter as Executive Producers of the series.  Original Media currently has seventeen television series on air including the hit shows “NY Ink,” “Comic Book Men,” “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “Swamp People,” “BBQ Pitmasters,” “Dual Survival” and “Mudcats.”  Headquartered in New York, Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol USA.

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series and Chris Rantamaki and is Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and oversees production of “Ink Master.”

Founded in 2002, Charlie Corwin’s Original Media has built a strong reputation for cutting-edge content and quality production. Original Media produces hundreds of hours of award-winning content across multiple media formats including Academy Award nominated feature films, reality television, scripted television and digital programming and currently has fifteen television series on air. Some of Original Media’s hit television series shows “NY Ink,” “LA Ink,” “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “Swamp People,” “Storm Chasers,” “Dual Survival” and “BBQ Pitmasters.”  Original Media produced the Academy Award nominated films The Squid and the Whale and Half Nelson. The company, headquarters in New York, is a subsidiary of Endemol USA.

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.

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Photos & Cast Biographies Are Available For Immediate Download at:

http://www.spike.com/press/shows/ink-master/

Interviews with cast & judges available upon request.

Contact:

Debra Fazio
Spike TV
212-767-8649
debra.fazio@spiketv.com

 

 

 

 

Manswers

February 12th, 2011 by Craig Tinsley

New One-Hour Block With the Return of “1000 Ways to Die” and “MANswers”

November 9th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV SATISFIES THE UNCONVENTIONAL CURIOSITY OF MEN
IN A NEW ONE-HOUR BLOCK WITH THE RETURN OF  
“1000 WAYS TO DIE” AND “MANSWERS”

12 Episodes of “1000 Ways To Die” And
10 Episodes Of “MANswers” Premiere Back-To-Back
With A Special Sneak Peek On Saturday, December 5

New York, NY, November 9, 2009 – Can one be cooked to death in a malfunctioning jacuzzi?  Can you actually rip out an eye with your bare hands?  Spike TV delves into the comical irony, the morbid, the sexy and the outrageous in a new one-hour block of returning, original hit series, “1000 Ways To Die” from renowned producer Thom Beers’ Original Productions, a FremantleMedia company, and “MANswers” from Fujisankei and Super Delicious.  The two series will premiere back-to-back with a special sneak peek right at 12:00am midnight on Saturday, December 5 after the live “The Ultimate Fighter 10” finale.  The original series block will then move to regularly scheduled time slots on Wednesday, December 9 at 10:00pm ET/PT and 10:30pm ET/PT on Spike TV.  

 “1000 Ways to Die” showcases some of the most outrageous true stories about those who succumbed to the grim reaper in the most unorthodox of styles.  Each case takes viewers through a fast-paced full reenactment interlaced with dramatic witness testimonials, fun historical tidbits, scientific expert explanations and vibrant CGI effects reminiscent of classic comic books.  Playing off the commonly misconceived notion, “that could never happen to me,” “1000 Ways to Die” works to dispel the myth in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, highlighting the comedic irony in all the crazy ways people can get themselves killed.  

The second season of “1000 Ways to Die” will feature more of the bizarre ways these unfortunates have met their maker, including suffocating in a Murphy bed, exploding breast implants and choking to death on edible panties.  

“MANswers” is trivia for men delivering real answers that guys need to know.  In each episode, “MANswers” features re-enactments, expert one-on-ones and man-on-the-street interviews to educate Spike viewers on the taboo topics in terms only guys can relate to.  The barrage of guy-oriented trivia is presented in a fast-paced, irreverent manner and is fodder for settling barroom bets and water-cooler arguments.     

The third season of “MANswers” will get to the bottom of all the taboo topics men really want to know about, including how to survive an elephant attack, whether drug sniffing dogs can get high and what the record number is for having sex in one day.  Each episode will also include viewer-submitted MANswers and updates from previous MANSwers in which new information has been unearthed.

In the build-up to season two of “1000 Ways to Die” and season three of “MANswers,” Spike.com will be pulling the best clips from its extensive archives on a daily basis to prepare visitors for the madness to come.  The site will also debut sneak peeks before and during the new season to whet the appetites of fans who have been clamoring for new content since the previous seasons wrapped up.  Both series are bona fide digital hits on Spike.com.  The series premiere of “1000 Ways to Die” drove traffic up 127% in weekly unique visitors and was the most-watched video content during its premiere month.  New episodes of “MANswers” consistently ranked as the most viewed original show on Spike.com, drawing 1.5 million page views.  

Acclaimed producer Thom Beers (“Deadliest Catch,” “Ice Road Truckers” and “Ax Men”), Philip D. Segal and Tom McMahon of Original Productions serve as executive producers for “1000 Ways to Die.”  “MANswers” is executive produced by Fujisankei Communications International with Michael Schelp and Kunio Kiyohara serving as executive producers, in conjunction with Super Delicious LLC where Adam Cohen, Cara Tapper and Joanna Vernetti are the executive producers, along with Michael J. Miller, executive producer.  Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s senior vice president of original series, Tim Duffy is vice president of original programming for Spike TV and Joe Weinstock is director of original series for Spike TV.    

Founded by Thom Beers in 1997, Original Productions produces authentic non-fiction programming featuring everyday heroes in extraordinary situations. Beers’ steadfast focus on top-notch storytelling with engaging personalities in high risk circumstances has produced more than 1,000 hours of original programming since the company’s inception. In 2009, a record 101 hours of new shows just for Discovery and History alone are currently in production.  In February 2009, a majority stake in the company was purchased by FremantleMedia, one of the leading creators and producers of entertainment brands in the world. FremantleMedia is part of the RTL Group, Europe’s largest television and radio broadcast company, which is in turn 90 percent owned by Bertelsmann AG, one of the world’s major media and entertainment companies.  

Spike TV is available in 98 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 Contacts: 

For Spike TV:
Melissa Leung Sugiura                             310-407-4729         

For Original Productions:
Elizabeth Vendely and Maggie Nye             818-783-3707

 

 

Spike TV Orders New Seasons of 1000 Ways To Die & Manswers

April 23rd, 2009 by SPIKE Press

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SPIKE TV ORDERS NEW SEASONS OF
 “1000 WAYS TO DIE” AND “MANSWERS”

Order Includes Pilot of New Series
“1000 Ways To Lie” From Thom Beers

New York, NY, April 23, 2009 – Spike TV has ordered a new season of 13 episodes of its original hit series, “1000 Ways To Die” from renowned producer Thom Beers’ Original Productions, and a third season of 10 episodes of its late-night series, “MANswers,” it was announced today by Sharon Levy, senior vice president, original programming, Spike TV.   The telecast dates for the new seasons will be announced at a later date. 

The 13-episode order for “1000 Ways To Die” includes the pilot for “1000 Ways To Lie” that features the most outrageous lies ever told in a fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek manner.

“Our audience has spoken – and they love how Spike delivers funny and irreverent factual entertainment like no one else on television,” said Levy. “We are also excited for a new pilot from the twisted genius mind of Thom Beers.”

Airing at 10pm on Sundays, the first full season of “1000 Ways To Die” (Feb 8-April 5) averaged a robust 1.5 million viewers with a 1.1 rating in Men 18-49 and 1.1 in Men 18-34.  The season finale drew an impressive 1.8 million viewers, its largest ever audience.  The series is also a hit on Spike.com as it was the most-watched video content in February and the show’s premiere drove traffic up 127% in weekly unique visitors. 

“1000 Ways to Die” showcases some of the most outrageously true stories about those who succumbed to the grim reaper in the most unorthodox styles.  Each case takes you through a fast-paced full reenactment interlaced with dramatic witness testimonials, fun historical tidbits, scientific expert explanations and vibrant CGI effects reminiscent of classic comic books.  Playing off the commonly misconceived notion, “that could never happen to me,” “1000 Ways to Die” works to dispel that myth in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, highlighting the comedic irony in all the crazy ways people can get themselves killed. 

Season 2 of Spike’s original series, “MANswers,” tallied 925,000 viewers in its Tuesday 11pm timeslot (Sept-Dec 2008).  During its run of new episodes, the show was also successful online, as it consistently ranked as the most viewed original show on Spike.com drawing 1.5 million page views.

“MANswers” is trivia for men delivering real answers that guys need to know.  In each episode, “MANswers” features re-enactments, expert one-on-ones and man-on-the-street interviews to educate Spike viewers on the taboo topics in terms only guys can relate to.  The barrage of guy-oriented trivia is presented in a fast-paced, irreverent manner and is fodder for settling barroom bets and water-cooler arguments.    

Acclaimed producer Thom Beers (“Deadliest Catch,” “Ice Road Truckers” and “Ax Men”) and Philip Segal of Original Productions serve as executive producers for “1000 Ways to Die.”  “MANswers” is executive produced by Fujisankei Communications International with Akifumi Takuma and Michael Schelp serving as executive producers, in conjunction with Super Delicious LLC with Adam Cohen, Cara Tapper and Joanna Vernetti serving as executive producers, along with Michael J. Miller, executive producer.  Levy is Spike TV’s senior vice president of original series and Tim Duffy is vice president of original programming for Spike TV. 

Spike TV is available in 98 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 Contacts:   David Schwarz                Spike TV                 212-767-8639

MANswers Comes to DVD!

July 15th, 2008 by SPIKE Press

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WHAT’S THE KEY TO GETTING DRUNK FASTER?  IS THE DEATH TOUCH FOR REAL?
YOU’VE GOT QUESTIONS?  WE’VE GOT “MANSWERS.”

 “MANSWERS: THE BEST OF SEASON ONE”
HITS STORES ON TUESDAY, JULY 15

NEW YORK, July 15, 2008 – In its first season, Spike TV’s breakout hit “MANswers” boldly set out to find the answers to the questions no man dared to ask out loud. Released by Spike TV Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment, “MANswers: The Best of Season One” DVD showcases the top 25 moments from its debut season and arrives in stores nationwide on Tuesday, July 15.

“MANswers” is trivia for men that delivers real answers to the burning questions guys have always contemplated.  The series features re-enactments, expert one-on-ones and man-on-the-street interviews to educate Spike viewers on the taboo topics in terms only guys can relate to.  The barrage of guy-oriented trivia is presented in a fast-paced, irreverent manner and is fodder for settling barroom bets and water-cooler arguments.

The first season of “MANswers” was a ratings juggernaut, finishing with an average audience of 1.1 million viewers and ranking #2 with Men 25-34 and #3 with Men 18-34 in its 11:00pm timeslot on Wednesdays (airing from Sept-November).   The second season of “MANswers” is set to premiere on Wednesday, September 17 at 11p.m. ET/PT.

“MANswers” is executive produced by Fujisankei Communications International with Akifumi Takuma and Michael Schelp serving as executive producers, in conjunction with Super Delicious LLP with Adam Cohen, Cara Tapper and Joanna Vernetti serving as executive producers, along with Mike J. Miller, executive producer.  Sharon Levy, Tim Duffy, and Wayne Sampson are executives in charge of production for Spike TV.

Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA, VIA.B), a global entertainment company that produces and distributes filmed entertainment through the Paramount Motion Picture Group.  PHE is responsible for the worldwide sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of various parties including: Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS, PBS and Hasbro and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.

Spike TV is available in 96.1 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.

For SPIKE TV:                            For Paramount Home Entertainment:
Melissa Leung                            Susan Wright    
(310) 407-4729                         (323) 956-8067
melissa.leung@spiketv.com         susan_wright@paramount.com