Spike TV Partners with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Warner Horizon Television to Develop Family Drama “Harvest”

April 17th, 2015 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV PARTNERS WITH JERRY BRUCKHEIMER

TELEVISION AND WARNER HORIZON TELEVISION

TO DEVELOP FAMILY DRAMA “HARVEST”

 

New York, NY, April 17, 2015 – Spike TV is joining forces with legendary film/television producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Warner Horizon Television to develop the original scripted drama series “Harvest.” Centering on a father who turns to a life of crime to protect a dark family secret, “Harvest” marks Spike’s first scripted deal with a major studio and is the network’s latest venture in creating big and bold entertainment for a gender-balanced audience.

“Harvest” centers on a mild-mannered cemetery caretaker who finds his small town life in jeopardy when his estranged, criminal father tracks him down. In order to protect his teenage daughter from the dark secret of her past, the caretaker teams up with his sworn paternal enemy to deal in the illegal tissue trade.

“Harvest” is written by Ian Sobel & Matt Morgan (“12 Monkeys,” “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series”). Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman are executive producers, and KristieAnne Reed is co-executive producer. Sobel & Morgan are supervising producers on “Harvest,” from Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Horizon Television.

Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV, Ted Gold, Senior Vice President, Scripted Original Series, and Justin Lacob, Vice President, Original Series, will oversee the project.

Spike TV will premiere its first scripted event series in eight years, “Tut,” this summer. The network recently announced script options for “The Crusaders” from Pierce Brosnan’s Irish DreamTime, Sennet Entertainment, Michael Finch and Academy Award®-winning writer David Franzoni; “Deep Web” with producer/director/writer Tony Krantz of Flame Ventures; “The Chairman,” based on the Stephen Frey best-seller; “Red Mars” from Vince Gerardis, Co-Executive Producer of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” based on Kim Stanley Robinson’s “Mars Trilogy;” “Emergency Broadcast” from Legendary Pictures and Thomas Tull; and “War at the Shore” based on Richard D. “Skip” Bronson’s book.

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 Contacts:

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

Tammy Golihew
Warner Horizon Television
818-954-4855
tammy.golihew@warnerbros.com

Chachi Senior – Senior Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV

April 8th, 2015 by SPIKE Press

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Chachi Senior Named Senior Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV

April 8th, 2015 by SPIKE Press

 

CHACHI SENIOR NAMED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT,

ORIGINAL SERIES, SPIKE TV

Los Angeles, CA, April 8, 2015 – Chachi Senior has been named Senior Vice President, Spike TV, Original Series, it was announced today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series to whom he will report.

In his new position, Senior will lead Spike TV’s non-scripted development team and will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day department activities that will further broaden and expand Spike’s growing audience.

“Chachi is a respected veteran in this industry, with a proven track record of leading talented teams to success,” said Levy.  “Chachi joins Spike at an exciting time as the network continues to attract a gender-balanced audience with hit non-scripted series.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the Spike team.  As the ever-evolving cable TV network landscape jockeys its way into the future, Spike is perfectly positioned to provide the winning vantage point for viewers,” said Senior.

Senior previously served as CEO of Ardaban, a dedicated entertainment format company whose development is produced in conjunction with Shine America and distributed globally via Shine International.  As Ardaban’s top executive, Senior led NY and LA based teams dedicated to creating and developing new formats for both the US and International marketplace.

Senior is one of the leading reality content producers in the TV industry, having sold and produced programming around the world to such networks and companies as TV Asahi, BBC America, Bravo, CMT, E!, Endemol, Fremantle, Fuji TV, Comedy Central, Planet Green, Oxygen, Food Network, Shine, Travel, and Tru TV, among others.

An Emmy® Award-winning executive producer and director, Senior has launched numerous successful formats including “Chopped,” “Momentum,” “Randy Jackson presents Lovesong,” “Winsanity” and “No Kitchen Required.”  Additionally, Senior has won two Emmys for the digital series “Book Obsessed” which he directed and executive produced in 2009.

Before launching Ardaban, Senior served as Co-president of IAC’s Notional, where he spearheaded the creation, sale and content production of numerous formats for global distribution.

Prior to helping launch Notional, Senior spent three years at City Lights Media, building out its television and digital departments.  He created and produced content for brands and networks such as ABC Family, Barnes & Noble, Glamour, Hearst, Kohler, Lifetime, MTV, MySpace, Reader’s Digest, SITV, Walmart, TLC and WEtv.

Senior began his career as a principal at First Motionless Pictures before moving on to AMC Networks. He has produced several music videos, commercials and independent films including: Los Angeles Film Festival winner and Independent Spirit Award nominee Unknown Soldier, and South-by-Southwest Audience Award winner Blackballed – the Bobby Dukes Story.

In 2001, (after 9/11) Senior placed his production career on hold for one year and volunteered to teach film production to juniors and seniors at NYC’s High School of Art & Design.

Senior currently resides in Santa Monica, California with his wife Adriana, and their two daughters Ava and Chloe Belle.

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 Contacts:

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

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

Lip Sync Battle – Anne Hathaway vs. Emily Blunt

April 6th, 2015 by faziod

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Dwayne Johnson – Spike TV Upfront 3/3/15

March 3rd, 2015 by faziod

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SPIKE TV PARTNERS WITH DWAYNE JOHNSON FOR EVENT PROGRAMMING DEVELOPMENT DEAL

March 3rd, 2015 by leungm

 SPIKE TV PARTNERS WITH DWAYNE JOHNSON FOR

EVENT PROGRAMMING DEVELOPMENT DEAL

New York, NY, March 3, 2015 – Spike TV has partnered with world-renowned entertainer, Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia’s $7 Bucks Productions, for a development deal to create and produce compelling and impactful programming for the network.

Johnson and Garcia will executive produce shows ranging from big live events, specials, sports and initiatives surrounding our troops and veterans. The goal is to tap into people’s humanity and touch lives, inspiring the audience while entertaining them.

“We’re thrilled to be in business with Spike as they build a brand with universal appeal,” said Johnson. “Over the next year and beyond we’re going to deliver compelling and powerful programming to entertain, inspire and provide just the right amount of shock and awe to its growing audience base. It’s an exciting partnership, $7 Bucks Productions and Spike are coming to win.”

“Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and $7 Bucks Productions personify Spike’s direction to be BIG and BOLD with original programming that speaks to a broader audience,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer/Executive Vice President Talent Development and Production, Viacom Entertainment Group.

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 $7 Bucks Productions:

$7 Bucks Productions, co-founded by global superstar Dwayne Johnson and producing partner Dany Garcia, is a full service production company with a diverse collection of original content for both television and film.  The company boasts an impressive roster of projects for television including HBO’s highly anticipated series Ballers, TNT’s Wake Up Call (2014), and a recent development deal with Spike TV where they will produce shows ranging from live events, specials, and initiatives surrounding our troops and veterans. Film projects currently in development include Universal’s “The Janson Directive” and Relativity’s “Not Without Hope.” In 1997, Johnson started his career in entertainment with just $7 in his pocket and has since become one of the industry’s highest grossing actors. Johnson and Garcia combine creativity and experience to produce high quality entertainment for all audiences and form industry-changing partnerships.

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Press Contacts:

David Schwarz

Spike TV

212-767-8639

david.schwarz@spike.com

 

Stephanie Jones

JONESWORKS

212-839-0111

stephanie@jonesworksinc.com

SPIKE: THE ONES TO WATCH

March 3rd, 2015 by leungm

SPIKE: THE ONES TO WATCH

 

Network Launches New Logo and Tagline; Announces New Programming And Development Deals at Upfront Event

Upfront All Star Line Up Includes Ben Kingsley, Dwayne Johnson, Jillian Michaels, Adam Carolla, Jon Taffer, Dave Navarro, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, LL Cool J & Chrissy Teigen

 

New York, NY, March 3, 2015 – With a series of announcements including a new tagline and logo at an Upfront presentation to advertisers this afternoon in New York City, Spike took a giant step further toward its mission of attracting a broader, gender-balanced audience.

“We have successfully transformed Spike from a hyper-fueled network for young guys into a distinctive entertainment destination that’s inclusive and female friendly,” said Kevin Kay, President, Spike. “We built that foundation with gender-balanced original hits like “Bar Rescue” and “Ink Master, ” Now those hits are paving  the way for the next step in our development with shows like “Tut” and “Lip Sync Battle.” The new Spike has got it all: big talent, engaging shows, and hits that get people talking. We are the ones to watch.”

The tagline “Spike: The Ones To Watch” encompasses the network’s strategic shift to a general entertainment network delivering compelling original entertainment with an edge and a distinctive point of view. It speaks to the network’s bold personalities and a brand pushing the boundaries of the unexpected. With a dynamic multi-platform redesign, Spike’s on-air look will reflect the brand’s evolution.

Among the announcements Spike made today include:

Sweat Inc.

Jillian Michaels, one of the nation’s leading health and wellness experts, is partnering with Spike TV to find the next big fitness craze in the non-scripted original series, “Sweat Inc.” Over the last decade, the fitness industry has exploded with over 30,000 fitness clubs around the country and over 58 million memberships.  Fitness enthusiasts are always on the lookout for next big thing. Whoever creates the next Soul Cycle®, Zumba®, or Crossfit® could be sitting on new billion dollar idea.   In the new Spike reality-competition series “Sweat Inc,” twelve aspiring fitness entrepreneurs compete to prove they’ve developed the next groundbreaking exercise program.  Michaels serves as host and judge for “Sweat Inc,” utilizing her vast knowledge of the fitness industry along with her keen business sense, in deciding which workout program might very well be the next new phenomenon.

Legendary Pictures development deal

Spike TV has partnered with Legendary Pictures to develop an original scripted series, “Emergency Broadcast,” that features a group of government first responders who confront the planet’s most fantastic crises and disasters. Based on an original idea by Thomas Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary, the project reteams Legendary with longtime collaborator Max Brooks, the best-selling and critically-acclaimed author (“World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War,” “Zombie Survival Guide”), who serves as a Consultant on the project.

Dwayne Johnson development deal

Spike TV has partnered with global superstar Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia’s $7 Bucks Productions, for a development deal to create and produce compelling and impactful programming for the network.  Johnson and Garcia will executive produce shows ranging from big live events, specials, sports and initiatives surrounding our troops and veterans.  The goal is to tap into people’s humanity and touch lives, inspiring the audience while entertaining them.

Lip Sync Battle- New episodes/Big Names

Spike TV has green lit an additional eight episodes of the highly-anticipated new, original series, “Lip Sync Battle.” The series is based on the cultural phenomenon of lip sync battling seen by millions on television and online. Featured performers for the new eight episodes include Emily Blunt, Anne Hathaway, Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Queen Latifah, Justin Bieber, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Mike Tyson, and Terry Crews.

 

Spike TV’s Upfront presentation featured a bevy of the network’s talent including the cast of the network’s most ambitious project to date, the event series “Tut” including Ben Kingsley, Avan Jorgia, Sibylla Deen, and Kylie Bunbury; Dwayne Johnson, who announced his development deal; Jillian Michaels, who announced her new non-scripted series, “Sweat Inc;” Jon Taffer from the network’s hit series, “Bar Rescue;” Dave Navarro, the host of the highly-rated “Ink Master;” Adam Carolla, the host of “Catch A Contractor” and LL Cool J, Chrissy Teigen, John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant from the network’s highly-anticipated upcoming series, “Lip Sync Battle.”

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

Nicole Platt         Spike TV        212-767-8855    nicole.platt@spiketv.com

SPIKE TV PARTNERS WITH LEGENDARY PICTURES TO DEVELOP ORIGINAL SCRIPTED SERIES, “EMERGENCY BROADCAST”

March 3rd, 2015 by leungm

 SPIKE TV PARTNERS WITH LEGENDARY PICTURES TO DEVELOP ORIGINAL SCRIPTED SERIES,

“EMERGENCY BROADCAST”

 

New York, NY, March 3, 2015 – Spike TV has partnered with Legendary Pictures to develop an original scripted series, “Emergency Broadcast,” that features a group of government first responders who confront the planet’s most fantastic crises and disasters. Based on an original idea by Thomas Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary, the project reteams Legendary with longtime collaborator Max Brooks, the best-selling and critically-acclaimed author (“World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War,” “Zombie Survival Guide”), who serves as a consultant on the project.

“Emergency Broadcast” is a format-breaking series about everyday heroes who tirelessly work together to combat national and global catastrophes.  With expertise in the fields of diplomacy and military intelligence – they face daunting hazards, including everything from apocalyptic meteor showers to alien invasions.  Consulting the most preeminent crises leaders in the country, the creators of “Emergency Broadcast” aim to a give a more realistic, never-before-seen take on how America would actually contend with such extraordinary encounters.

Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV, Ted Gold, Senior Vice President, Scripted Original Series, and Justin Lacob, Vice President, Original Series, will oversee the project.

Spike TV will premiere its first scripted event series in eight years, “Tut,” this summer. The network recently announced script options for “The Crusaders” from Pierce Brosnan’s Irish DreamTime, Sennet Entertainment, Michael Finch and Academy Award®-winning writer David Franzoni; “Deep Web” from Flying Studio Pictures, the production partnership of the world renowned actor and critically-acclaimed, award-winning filmmaking team Gary Oldman and producer Douglas Urbanski along with producer/director/writer Tony Krantz of Flame Ventures; “The Chairman,” based on the Stephen Frey best-seller; “Red Mars” from Vince Gerardis, Co-Executive Producer of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” based on Kim Stanley Robinson’s “Mars Trilogy;” and “War at the Shore” based on Richard D. “Skip” Bronson’s book.

About Legendary Entertainment:

Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television and digital (Legendary Television and Digital Media) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to mainstream audiences with a targeted focus on the powerful fandom demographic. Through complete or joint ownership, Legendary has built a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world’s most popular intellectual property. In aggregate, Legendary Pictures-associated productions have realized grosses of more than $10 billion worldwide at the box office. To learn more visit: www.legendary.com

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:

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