“Tut” Averages 2.2 Million Viewers – Largest Viewership in Timeslot in 8 Years

July 27th, 2015 by SPIKE Press

“TUT” AVERAGES 2.2 MILLION VIEWERS – LARGEST VIEWERSHIP IN TIMESLOT IN 8 YEARS 

11.4 Million Total Viewers Over 3 Nights 

27.2 Million Viewers Consumed “Tut” Content Across Digital Platforms

 

New York, NY, July 27, 2015 – Spike unearthed ratings royalty for “Tut,” the network’s most ambitious project in channel history. The 3-night event series delivered an average of 2.2 million viewers, the largest average viewership in the timeslot (Sun-Tues 9pm-11pm) in 8 years. Over 3 nights (including encore presentations), “Tut” delivered 11.4 million total viewers and 27.2 million consumed “Tut” content across all digital platforms.

“Tut,” Spike’s first scripted event series in 8 years, also delivered on the network’s goal of attracting a more gender balanced-audience, delivering a 0.9 with Women 18-49 and an aggregate of 6 million female viewers (including all telecasts).

“Our investment in premium scripted programming is paying off in a big way as we delivered a broad and diverse audience with a remarkable 81% new viewers to the network,” said Kevin Kay, President, Spike.  “We will look to build off of Tut’s momentum and will have an announcement of a scripted series pick-up shortly.”

Other notable “Tut” multiplatform highlights:

 

  • Highest viewership in the timeslot for an original series in network history.

 

  • 7 million viewers, including 6.6 million Adults 18-49 including all telecasts (1 minute qualifier).

 

    • “Tut” delivered 6.8 million new viewers over the 3 nights including 3.4 million female viewers and 2.6 million Adults 18-49.

 

    • 27.2 million viewers consumed “Tut” content across digital platforms including Spike.com, YouTube, Facebook, Spike VOD, and Spike app.

 

    • #1 scripted Spike VOD transaction in channel history.

“Tut” is produced for Spike by Muse Entertainment (“The Kennedys,” “Being Human,” “The Pillars of the Earth,” “Bomb Girls”) with Joel S. Rice and Michael Prupas as Executive Producers from Muse. The project is also executive produced by Greg Gugliotta (“The Fosters”), Michael Vickerman (“Impact”), Elice Island Entertainment’s Jeremy Elice, Angela Mancuso (“Spartacus”), and Director/Executive Producer David Von Ancken (“Hell on Wheels”) and written by Michael Vickerman, Peter Paige & Bradley Bredeweg (“The Fosters”). Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series at Spike also serves as an Executive Producer. Producers are Irene Litinsky (“Being Human”) and Guy Louthan (“The Call”) and Vlad Wolynetz is Co-Executive Producer.

 

Spike TV is available in 92.2 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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David Schwarz     Spike TV     212-767-8639                  david.schwarz@spike.com

TUT Premieres This Sunday, July 19 at 9 PM – Stars Sir Ben Kingsley & Avan Jogia – New Trailer

July 14th, 2015 by faziod

Behind The Scenes Look at TUT – Premieres Sunday, July 19 at 9 PM, ET/PT

June 22nd, 2015 by faziod

Spike Releases 2nd Trailer for “Tut” – Premieres Sunday, July 19 at 9 PM, ET/PT

June 3rd, 2015 by faziod

Spike Releases Key Art For Tut – Premieres Sunday, July 19

April 29th, 2015 by faziod

SPIKE RELEASES KEY ART FOR “TUT”

Spike Original Limited Series Event Starring Sir Ben Kingsley
Premieres Sunday, July 19

New York, NY, April 29, 2015 –Spike released key art today for the Spike original limited series event Tut, with the tagline – “Boy.Rebel.King.” Spike’s Tut recounts the astounding saga of one of history’s most extraordinary rulers, Tutankhamun aka King Tut, his rise to power and his struggle to lead Egypt to glory, while his closest advisors, friends and lovers scheme for their own nefarious interests. This six hour, three night ambitious original scripted limited series event premieres on Spike Sunday – Tuesday, July 19-21 (9:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT).

One of the story’s central plot points is the complex relationship of King Tut, played by Avan Jogia, and his closest advisor, Vizer Ay, played by Academy Award®-winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley. Using a cross process technique, the key art captures their dynamic, as both characters are merged together, depicting their struggle for power. The effect of the key art create layers of intrigue, that mirror the layers of complexity in the characters. The art features the iconic Egyptian colors of blue and gold that evoke a sense of warmth and coldness, of life and death.

The bold and dramatic composition captures the tone of Tut’s epic story, and is a reflection of Spike’s new look and brand promise, delivering faces with tremendous star power who truly are “the ones to watch.” Created in collaboration with 30Sixty Advertising, the key art was shot on location in Morocco by photographer Mattias Clamer.

Thrust into power after the murder of his father, Tut (Jogia) is forced to marry his strong willed, ambitious half-sister (Sibylla Deen) in order to maintain the dynasty. In love with a commoner (Kylie Bunbury), he struggles to protect her from the jealous queen. And although Tut rules as Pharaoh, he is exploited by a shrewd Prime Minister (Kingsley), a ruthless military General (Nonso Anozie) and a scheming High Priest (Alexander Siddig) who look down on him as someone they can control. But through unexpected twists and turns, Tut strives to overcome the odds, rising from a manipulated prince into an unlikely hero who triumphs over his enemies both from within and without leading his kingdom to glory.

For more information about Tut, visit the website at tut.spike.com. Join in the conversation with #Tut and #Spike.

“Tut” is produced for Spike by Muse Entertainment (The Kennedys, Being Human, The Pillars of the Earth, Bomb Girls“) with Joel S. Rice and Michael Prupas as Executive Producers from Muse. The project is also executive produced by Greg Gugliotta (The Fosters), Michael Vickerman (Impact), Elice Island Entertainment’s Jeremy Elice, Angela Mancuso (Spartacus), and Director/Executive Producer David Von Ancken (Salem, Hell on Wheels) and written by Michael Vickerman, Peter Paige & Bradley Bredeweg (The Fosters). Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series at Spike also serves as an Executive Producer. Producers are Irene Litinsky (Being Human) and Guy Louthan (The Call) and Vlad Wolynetz is Co-Executive Producer.

About Muse Entertainment
Muse Entertainment is a leading film and television production and international distribution company known for its well-crafted and high-quality productions. Since its founding in 1998, Muse has won over 100 awards and garnered over 300 award nominations. Muse Entertainment’s 8-hr. historical drama The Kennedys, which was sold to networks around the world by Muse Distribution International, earned 10 Emmy Award nominations, winning four, as well winning the DGA award for best director. Its Pillars of the Earth also won an Emmy and many other awards. Muse’s most recent television series are Being Human, Bomb Girls and Signed, Sealed, Delivered. Muse Entertainment CEO is Executive Producer Michael Prupas. Muse U.S.A. President is Executive Producer Joel S. Rice.

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 Contact:

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

 

Tut – Images & Key Art

April 28th, 2015 by faziod

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Tut – First Look Trailer, Premieres July 19

April 27th, 2015 by faziod

“TUT” Sneak Peek: Fate Is What You Take

March 3rd, 2015 by leungm

Tut

Tut Cast

August 21st, 2014 by SPIKE Press

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Spike TV Announces More Leading Characters for “Tut” Event Series

August 21st, 2014 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES MORE LEADING CHARACTERS FOR “TUT”

EVENT SERIES   

New York, NY and Montreal, Canada – August 21, 2014 – Six crucial roles in Spike TV’s upcoming event series have been cast, it was announced today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV.

Nonso Anozie will play the savvy military, yet power hungry, strategist General Horemheb. Anozie is an accomplished and acclaimed British film, stage, and television actor, having recently starred as Renfield in NBC’s “Dracula” and as Xaro Xhoan Daxos in HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones.” He was also recently seen in the Blockbuster features “Ender’s Game” and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.” Anozie’s stage credits in the UK include the title role in William Shakespeare’s King Lear and the title role in Othello, for which he won the prestigious Ian Charleson Award.

Sibylla Deen plays Ankhe, the calculating and conniving sister-wife of King Tutankhamun. Deen is an up-and-coming Australian actress who is a breakout star in FX’s critically-acclaimed new hit series, “Tyrant,” portraying the character of Nusrat Al Fayeed.

Kylie Bunbury portrays Suhad, the beautiful and endearing girl of Mitanni descent who develops a strong bond with the young Egyptian king, despite the fact she is not of royal bloodlines. The Canadian-born Bunbury is best known for her portrayal of Lacey Porter in the ABC Family series, “Twisted,” as well as her co-starring role opposite Jonah Hill in “The Sitter” for FOX.

Alexander Siddig is a highly accomplished stage and screen actor who plays High Priest Amun, a major political figure who holds great influence in King Tutankhamun’s inner sanctum. Siddig’s impressive resume includes “Da Vinci’s Demons” (Starz) “24” (FOX), “Hannibal” (FOX), “Atlantis” (BBC); and films “The Fifth Estate,” “Cairo Time,” and “May in the Summer.”  He is currently on stage at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in the new play “Holy Warriors.” In July, HBO announced Siddig has been cast in “Game of Thrones” as Doran Martell for the hit series’ fifth season.

Peter Gadiot plays Ka, King Tutankhamun’s close confidant and seemingly loyal friend from childhood who harbors a secret love for Ankhe, Tut’s wife. Gadiot is best known for his portrayal of Cyrus, the mysterious genie in the ABC’s series, “Once Upon A Time in Wonderland.” Gadiot currently plays the recurring character Caesar in the El Rey original series, “Matador.”

Iddo Goldberg plays Lagus, an Egyptian soldier who develops a special bond with King Tutankhamun. Goldberg’s television credits include “Salem” (WGN America), “Mob City” (TNT), “Secret Diary of A Call Girl” (ITV2), “Peaky Blinders” (BBC Two); along with appearances in “The Mentalist” (CBS) and “NCIS” (CBS).  His film credits include “While We Were Here”, “The Tourist,” “Last Passenger,” and “Defiance.”  Iddo is represented by Silver Lining Entertainment (US) and Gordon & French (UK).

Recently, Spike TV announced that legendary actor Ben Kingsley will star in the key role of Ay, the Grand Vizier to King Tutankhamun, who wields tremendous power and influence as the top advisor to the young Egyptian ruler.  The role of King Tutankhamun will be played by one of Hollywood’s up-and-coming young actors, Avan Jogia.

“Tut” will be shot entirely on location in Morocco this fall and will debut on the network in 2015.  This will be Spike TV’s first scripted event series in eight years and is another step in the network’s move to reaching a more gender-balanced audience.

“Tut” is being produced for Spike TV by Muse Entertainment (“The Kennedys,” “Being Human,” “The Pillars of the Earth,” “Bomb Girls”) with Joel S. Rice and Michael Prupas as Executive Producers from Muse. The project is also executive produced by Greg Gugliotta (“The Fosters”), Michael Vickerman (“Impact”), Elice Island Entertainment’s Jeremy Elice, Angela Mancuso (“Spartacus”), and Director/Executive Producer David Von Ancken (“Hell on Wheels”) and written by Michael Vickerman, Peter Paige & Bradley Bredeweg (“The Fosters”). Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV will also serve as an Executive Producer. Producers are Irene Litinsky (“Being Human”) and Guy Louthan (“The Call”) and Vlad Wolynetz is Co-Executive Producer.

Muse Entertainment is a leading film and television production and international distribution company known for its well-crafted and high-quality productions. Since its founding in 1998, Muse has won over 100 awards and garnered over 300 award nominations. Muse Entertainment’s 8-hr. historical drama “The Kennedys,” which was sold to networks around the world by Muse Distribution International, earned 10 Emmy Award nominations, winning four, as well winning the DGA award for best director. Its “Pillars of the Earth” also won an Emmy and many other awards.  Muse’s most recent television series are “Being Human,” “Bomb Girls” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” Muse Entertainment CEO is Executive Producer Michael Prupas. Muse U.S.A. President is Executive Producer Joel S. Rice.

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 Contacts:

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

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

Shana Tepper     Spike TV        310-407-4728     shana.tepper@spike.com