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Antonio Tarver and Jimmy Smith Named Color Analysts for “Premier Boxing Champions” Series on Spike TV

February 19th, 2015 by SPIKE Press

ANTONIO TARVER AND JIMMY SMITH NAMED COLOR ANALYSTS FOR “PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS” SERIES ON SPIKE TV

New York, NY, February 19, 2015 – Spike TV has added some serious punch to their “Premier Boxing Champions” series announce-team. Five-time, two-division world champion boxer Antonio Tarver and popular Bellator announcer and former professional MMA fighter, Jimmy Smith, will serve as color analysts for Spike TV’s inaugural season of “Premier Boxing Champions.”

Spike TV’s first “Premier Boxing Champions” event will take place on Friday, March 13 at 9:00pm ET/PT from the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. The event will showcase two marquee match-ups including Andre Berto vs. Josesito Lopez and Shawn Porter vs. Robert Garcia.

Tarver and Smith complete Spike’s “Premier Boxing Champions” announce team which includes Dana Jacobson as host and Scott Hansen as play-by-play announcer.

“We are thrilled to add two dynamic and knowledgeable voices who each possess their own unique perspectives of combat sports,” said Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, Sports and Branded Entertainment. “Antonio delivers a huge personality with a championship pedigree and Jimmy will bring his incredible insight and energy that he has for MMA to boxing.”

Antonio “The Magic Man” Tarver, from Tampa Fla, had one of the sport’s most-decorated amateur careers. In 1995, he became the only fighter to have won the Pan American, U.S. National Championships, and World Championships in the same year. After winning the bronze medal in 1996 Olympics, he turned pro and ascended the ranks of light heavyweight division. In 2003, Tarver defeated Montell Griffin in the biggest win in his career up to that point to claim the IBF and WBC title belts. After a tough 12-round decision loss to Roy Jones Jr, Tarver avenged that bitter defeat with an incredible 2nd round knockout of Jones Jr., shocking and amazing boxing fans worldwide. After splitting two fights with Glen Johnson, Tarver topped Jones Jr. with a 12-round decision victory in the third fight of their memorable trilogy. The 46-year-old Tarver (31-6, 22 KOs) is on a mission to become the oldest heavyweight champion of the world. He is currently world-rated in the heavyweight division at No. 5 by the IBO and No. 9 by the WBA. His last fight (Dec. 11, 2014) resulted in an impressive seventh-round knockout of 29-2-1 Johnathon Banks. He has also served as a color commentator for Showtime Championship Boxing and starred opposite Sylvester Stallone in the feature film “Rocky Balboa” as the character “Mason Dixon.”

Jimmy Smith is currently the color analyst for Bellator MMA on Spike TV. Smith began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in in 2000 while at UCLA and became a professional MMA fighter in 2003. Smith compiled a 5-1 record before retiring in 2006 to focus on a television career. Smith starred in the Discovery Channel show, “Fight Quest,” where he traveled the world learning different fight disciplines. He joined Bellator in 2010 and has served as its lead color analyst ever since, partnering with blow-by-blow announcer, Sean Wheelock.

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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New Spike TV Series Helps Families in Financial Crisis – “Family Takeover”

January 28th, 2015 by SPIKE Press

 NEW SPIKE TV SERIES HELPS FAMILIES IN FINANCIAL CRISIS

“Family Takeover” Showcases Renowned Business Strategist Victor Antonio Who Leads Families Out of Economic Adversity With Expert Advice And Tough Love

New York, NY, January 28, 2015 – Financial troubles can affect any family, from the wealthy to the blue-collar middle class, to the young family just starting out. But so often these monetary issues can be solved with some expert guidance and some tough love. That’s where Victor Antonio, a Fortune 500 business strategist, comes in.

In the new series, “Family Takeover,” Spike TV has partnered with Ugly Brother Studios and Victor to help families pull themselves out from the economic abyss. Victor believes that the family finances should be run like a major corporation and that by streamlining operations, families can avoid financial ruin.

In each episode, Victor will meet a different family who is facing a fiscal calamity. Using his proven methods from years of experience, Victor will work tirelessly to help the family out of their monetary pit. Victor’s guidance and supervision often reveals that money troubles are just a symptom of a family’s deeper issues.

Spike TV has greenlit 10 one-hour episodes of “Family Takeover.” Production begins in Los Angeles this spring and will debut on Spike TV in the fall. The series was created by Ugly Brother Studios, a Sky Vision partner, with Tim Duffy and Mike Duffy serving as Executive Producers.

“Family Takeover is extremely relevant to our growing gender-balanced audience as financial distress can happen to any family,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV.

“This is a compelling and timely issue that touches the entire country,” jointly said by Tim and Mike Duffy. “By teaching these families to run like a business, Victor has found an innovative solution that yields potentially life-changing takeaway for the average viewer.”

“Family Takeover” is the latest Spike original non-scripted series that targets a broad audience joining network hits such as “Bar Rescue,” “Ink Master,” “Catch A Contractor,” and the upcoming “Coaching Bad.” Chris Rantamaki is Spike TV’s Senior Vice President, Original Series, Hayley Lozitsky is Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV and Jeff Savaiano will serve as the Executive in Charge of Production.

About Victor Antonio:

Fortune 500 strategist Victor Antonio rose up from the streets of Chicago to become one of America’s most celebrated Hispanic executives. As CEO of Force, Inc, President of Global Sales and Marketing for the $420M New World Network and Vice President of International Sales for the $3B Fortune 500 company ADC Telecommunications, he developed a reputation as a shrewd executive and a strong family man.

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 UBS:

Ugly Brother Studios is a full-service TV production and content creation company based in Culver City, Ca.  Ugly Brother’s catalog is distributed by their international co-production partner, Sky Vision.  Founded by veteran TV producers Mike and Tim Duffy in 2013, the company specializes in non-scripted content.    Co-founder Mike previously ran development at Zodiak USA where he created and produced some of their biggest hits including TruTV’s smash Hardcore Pawn.  He also ran Branded Content for Ben Silverman’s Electus where he worked with some of the world’s largest advertisers like Walmart and P&G.  Co-Founder Tim was SVP, Development for Spike TV spearheading hits like Bar Rescue, D.E.A., Deadliest Warrior, Pros Vs. Joes, among others.  Ugly Brother’s most recent series, House of Food, aired on MTV last summer.

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

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January 28th, 2015 by SPIKE Press

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Spike TV Gets Into The Ring With Monthly Premier Boxing Champions Series

January 22nd, 2015 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV GETS INTO THE RING WITH MONTHLY

PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS SERIES

Premier Boxing Champions Series to Launch on SPIKE TV on Friday, March 13 at 9:00pm ET/PT

Andre Berto vs. Josesito Lopez and Shawn Porter vs. Roberto Garcia Co-Headline First Event

New York, NY, Jan. 22, 2015 – For the past decade, Spike TV has been a prime destination for combat sports on cable, most recently with Bellator MMA and GLORY kickboxing. Now, Spike is expanding its combat sports roster and is getting into the ring with a monthly primetime boxing series “Premier Boxing Champions.”  The new series will debut Friday, March 13 at 9:00pm ET/PT. 

Spike TV has entered into a multi-year agreement to present the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series each month for free on Fridays. The network will create compelling monthly shoulder programming for each fight that will help showcase the next generation of boxing stars and energize the sport’s fan base.

The first Premier Boxing Champions series event on Spike will showcase two high-octane matchups, Andre Berto vs. Josesito Lopez and Shawn Porter vs. Roberto Garcia.

“We share the vision of the Premier Boxing Champions series to put the fighters first,” said Kevin Kay, President, Spike TV. “The fighters are the stars, and we will give them a platform to demonstrate why they are among greatest and most exciting athletes in the world.”

Spike’s on-air team will be announced at a later date.  The Executive Producers for PBC on Spike include Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, Sports and Multiplatform Programming, Scott Fishman, and Kay.

Enclosed is more information on the first PBC series event on Spike.  PBC on Spike TV is created for television by Haymon Boxing Management and will feature top-level fights starring the sport’s biggest names.

 

Friday, March 13 at 9:00pm ET/PT

 

Andre Berto vs. Josesito Lopez

Andre Berto of Winter Haven, Fla., is an electrifying welterweight with an outstanding record of 29-3 with 22 knockouts. It doesn’t matter who he is facing, Berto always comes to fight. He has been in several “fight of the year” battles against Victor Ortiz, Robert Guerrero and Luis Collazo.  Josesito Lopez is a battle-tested ring veteran from Riverside, Cal., with a record of 33-6 with 19 knockouts. Lopez blends tenacity with superb boxing skills to give opponents fits in the ring as he did in epic battles against Victor Ortiz, Saul (Canelo) Alvarez and Marcos Maidana. Berto-Lopez shapes up as a no-holds barred ring war.

Shawn Porter vs. Roberto Garcia

Shawn Porter of Akron, Ohio is a perpetual motion machine in the ring, drawing comparisons to the great Aaron Pryor. Heavy-handed with power in both hands, Porter has a record of 24-1-1 with 15 knockouts and that record includes some impressive victories over Devon Alexander and Paulie Malignaggi. Roberto Garcia, a tough veteran from Houston, Texas with a record of 33-3, 22 knockouts, has the kind of ring savvy that comes with experience and superb boxing skills. He has won eight straight matches and will ride that momentum into his fight against Porter, who is coming off the first loss of his professional career. Both Porter and Garcia have something to prove, which always makes for an exciting match.

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 Haymon Boxing Management:

Haymon Boxing Management is based in Las Vegas, NV, and manages and advises more than 150 professional fighters.

For more information, please visit:

premierboxingchampions.comfacebook.com/premierboxingchampions or twitter.com/premierboxing

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Press Contacts:  

Spike TV                

David Schwarz

212-767-8639

david.schwarz@spike.com

Haymon Boxing

Michael Donahue

630-441-8080

michael@haymonboxing.com

 

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