Spike TV Orders 10 Episodes of “Tattoo Nightmares Miami”

May 9th, 2014 by faziod

SPIKE TV ORDERS 10 EPISODES OF “TATTOO NIGHTMARES MIAMI” 

Miami Expansion Builds Upon “Tattoo Nightmares” Success
From SallyAnn Salsano & 495 Productions

New York, NY, May 9, 2014 – Spike TV is franchising its successful “Tattoo Nightmares” series to Miami, where three new tattoo artists are set to tackle the most difficult clients and tattoos America has to offer. The network has ordered 10 half-hour episodes of “Tattoo Nightmares Miami” from series producer 495 Productions.  “Tattoo Nightmares Miami” is slated to go into production this Spring and join the network’s highly-rated Tuesday night tattoo-themed programming block this Fall.

In addition to the jaw-dropping cover-ups that “Tattoo Nightmares” is already well-known for, this new series will have the added twist of taking on some of the craziest requests for original tattoos.   Whether it is tattooing someone’s head, palms of their hands or a major surgery scar, these tattoos are so difficult that the client’s only hope to make them a reality are the artists at Tattoo Nightmares: Miami.

“Tattoo Nightmares Miami” brings together three new artists with diverse backgrounds.  The three started this new shop to service the growing needs of extreme clients where the more bizarre the tattoo and story behind them, the better.  The shop’s artists are Clint Cummings, a former contestant on “Ink Master” season 2; local artist Samuel Suarez, better known to his clients as High Noon and female fine artist and tattooist, Reese Hilburn from Southern California. Together, these three artists will turn tattoo disaster pieces into masterpieces and translate difficult tattoos into stunning works of art.

“Tattoo Nightmares” is among the new crop of Spike original series that deliver a gender-balanced audience. The current season is averaging 1.1 million viewers has improved the time period by +147% in Adults 18-49 and 82% in average audience.   Among all ad-supported cable channels in the Tuesday 10-11:30 PM time period, Spike TV’s tattoo-themed programming block “Ink Master” and “Tattoo Nightmares” ranks in the Top 5 among Adults, Men and Women 18-49 and 18-34.

“Tattoo Nightmares” and “Tattoo Nightmares Miami” are produced by 495 Productions with Founder and President SallyAnn Salsano serving as Executive Producer along with Joel Zimmer of 495 Productions.

Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series and Chris Rantamaki is Senior Vice President of Original Series for Spike TV. Hayley Lozitsky, Vice President of Original Series and Tony Nguyen, Manager of Original Series serves as the Executives in Charge of Production for “Tattoo Nightmares Miami.”

About 495 Productions

SallyAnn Salsano is the founder and creative force behind the 495 Productions team. Since its launch in 2006, 495′s creative team has specialized in developing programs that entertain viewers while keeping them glued to their screens. 495 became known throughout the world thanks to its record breaking, “Jersey Shore” which premiered on MTV in December of 2009.

Some of 495′s other notable credits include: CMT’s highest-rated series ever, “Party Down South,”  ”The Ex and the Why” (MTV), “Jerks with Cameras” (MTV), “Tattoos After Dark” (Oxygen) “Tattoo Nightmares” (Spike), “Friendzone” (MTV), Repo Games (Spike) “Snooki & JWOWW” (MTV), The Show With Vinny” (MTV), TV Guide’s #1 award-winning “Nail Files,” “A Shot At Love” (MTV),  “Tool Academy” (VH1), Season 6 of NBC’s “Nashville Star,” “Tanisha Gets Married” (Oxygen), and many others.

495, along with Telepictures produce the hit daytime talk show “The Real,” which was picked up for fall 2014 after a very successful test run. Salsano serves as Executive Producer.

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.

 

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Press Contact:

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

 

Amanda K. Ruisi
AKR Public Relations (for 495 Productions)
917-445-2371
Amanda@akrpr.com

 

Samantha Goldstein
AKR Public Relations (for 495 Productions)
203-339-1296
samantha@akrpr.com

 

 

Tattoo Nightmares Returns May 28 With More Horrible Tattoos

May 9th, 2013 by faziod

Tattoo Nightmares Returns For Season 2 Starting May 28

May 9th, 2013 by faziod

SPIKE TV TURNS DISASTER PIECES INTO MASTERPIECES WITH A

BRAND NEW SEASON OF “TATTOO NIGHTMARES”

 

Back-to-Back Premiere Episodes Ink-Off Season Two Starting

Tuesday, May 28 at 10:00 & 10:30 PM, ET/PT

 

 New York, NY, May 9, 2013 – Crazy ex-relationships, drunken dares and college nights are just some of the many instances where a fleeting decision can haunt you for the rest of your life, especially if it’s made permanent in ink.  Spike is inking up for a new season of “Tattoo Nightmares” where real people with crazy, heartbreaking and sometimes hilarious stories behind their really bad tattoos seek out the help of some of the best tattoo cover-up artists in the business to fix them.  Season two of “Tattoo Nightmares” kicks off on Tuesday, May 28 with back-to-back premiere episodes at 10:00 and 10:30 PM, ET/PT.

The stakes are high as regretful clients go under the needle a second time to see if one of the three expert artists at Tattoo Nightmares — Big Gus, Tommy Helm and Jasmin Rodriguez — can work a miracle and turn their disaster pieces into masterpieces. Through re-enactments, clients reveal the stories behind how their dreadful ink came to be.

Here are some of the tattoo nightmares our experts attempt to help this season:

• A suburban dad who woke up in the emergency ward in a bloody gown with no recollection of how he got “Thug Life” tattooed across his entire stomach.
• A Catholic schoolgirl who mistakenly got a satanic symbol inked on her.
• A middle-aged man with a tattoo of a topless woman that’s a painful reminder of a young gold-digger who conned him into paying for breast augmentation, only to dump him the day after surgery.
• A woman so blinded by love that she let her legally blind boyfriend tattoo her.
• A husband who admits to his wife that the tattoo he wants covered commemorates another woman.
• A man who paid for a lost bet by getting six nipples tattooed down his stomach, making him look like a female dog.
• A naïve college student who tried to make a quick $10K by getting a friend’s portrait tattooed on him, only to find out his friend wouldn’t pay up.

Fans are invited to join in the conversation on social media by following @SPIKETV on Twitter and use the hashtags #tattoonightmares and #tattoosday.

“Tattoo Nightmares” is produced by 495 Productions (“Jersey Shore,” “Friendzone,” “Nail Files,”  “Repo Games,” “Snooki & JWOWW,” “The Show With Vinny”). SallyAnn Salsano and Joel Zimmer serve as Executive Producers.   Chris Rantamaki is Spike’s Vice President of Original Programming and Jeff Savaiano is Director of Series Development for Spike and oversees production of “Tattoo Nightmares.”

Since its launch in 2006, 495 Productions has emerged as one of the television industry’s foremost production powerhouses. The company specializes in developing innovative, character driven non-fiction programming for network and cable. Veteran producer, SallyAnn Salsano is the founder and creative force behind 495 Productions. 495 became a globally recognized brand with the blockbuster hit series “Jersey Shore” – the highest rated series in MTV history.  Additionally, the company currently produces “Fandemonium” (Syfy), “Friendzone” (MTV), “Snooki & JWOWW” (MTV), “Taboo” (National Geographic), “The Dirty South” (CMT), “The Show With Vinny” (MTV) among other projects.

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 Contact:

 

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