Spike Presents an Inside Look at the Life and Career of the Unforgettable and Widely Celebrated Comedic Performer, Chris Farley

July 1st, 2015 by leungm

SPIKE PRESENTS AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE LIFE AND CAREER

OF THE UNFORGETTABLE AND WIDELY CELEBRATED COMEDIC PERFORMER,

CHRIS FARLEY

Documentary Features  Christina Applegate, Tom Arnold, Dan Aykroyd, Bo Derek, Jon Lovitz, Lorne Michaels, Jay Mohr, Mike Myers, Bob Odenkirk, Bob Saget, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Among Others

“I Am Chris Farley” Premieres On Spike Monday, August 10 at 9:00pm (ET/PT)

New York, NY, July 1, 2015 – Spike TV, in association with Network Entertainment, presents the definitive look at one of America’s hilariously distinctive comedic performers, Chris Farley, in the original documentary “I Am Chris Farley.”  The film will open theatrically in New York and Los Angeles on July 31st, 2015 and will debut on Spike Monday, August 10 at 9:00pm ET/PT, followed by DVD, Blu Ray and Video-On-Demand availability. 

 Chris Farley lived his life full speed and committed to making everyone around him laugh out loud, and “I Am Chris Farley tells his hilarious, touching and wildly entertaining story for the first time ever – from his early days in Madison, Wisconsin, and at Marquette University, through his work at the legendary Second City to his rapid rise to the top of the comedy world on “Saturday Night Live” and in hit films like Tommy Boy and Black Sheep.

 The film showcases the performer’s most memorable characters and skits from television and film, paired with iconic photographs, home movies and family snapshots, to fully round out the story of this comedy legend – a bear of a man who nevertheless had remarkable grace and physicality.  Clips from Farley’s most unforgettable performances fill the documentary, from his breathtaking Chippendales audition alongside Patrick Swayze, to his comically ill-fated salesman in Tommy Boy, to his diatribes as Matt Foley, the motivational speaker who “lives in a van down by the river!”

I Am Chris Farley Preview

 Sharing insights into the beloved funnyman are such co-stars and colleagues such as Christina Applegate, Tom Arnold, Dan Aykroyd, Bo Derek, Pat Finn, Jon Lovitz, Lorne Michaels, Jay Mohr, Mike Myers, Bob Odenkirk, Bob Saget, Adam Sandler, Will Sasso, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Brian Stack and Fred Wolf, and family members including his brother Kevin, a comedian and actor, and his brothers Tom Jr. and Johnny, with sister Barbara.

“I Am Chris Farley” is Directed and Produced by Derik Murray (“I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen,” “I Am Bruce Lee”) and Co-Directed by Brent Hodge (“A Brony Tale”), along with Executive Producers Paul Gertz (“I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen,” “I Am Bruce Lee”), Kent Wingerak (“I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen,” “I Am Bruce Lee”) and Robert Pirooz (“I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen”).  Spike’s Kevin Kay, Jon Slusser, and Jaimee Kosanke also serve as Executive Producers.  The documentary is the latest in Spike TV’s original “I Am” series. The network debuted the critically acclaimed “I Am Dale Earnhardt” earlier this year along with “I Am Steve McQueen” and “I Am Evel Knievel” in 2014 and “I Am Bruce Lee” in 2012.

 Theater information and other details about the film can be found at www.iamchrisfarley.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 Contacts:

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

Melissa Sugiura           Spike TV                310-407-4729            melissa.sugiura@spike.com

Bellator MMA Press Release – Dy-na-Mite! History will be made September 19

June 25th, 2015 by SPIKE Press

 

BELLATOR MMA ANNOUNCES A LANDMARK EVENT IN COMBAT SPORTS HISTORY

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN AMERICA: MMA AND KICKBOXING APARATUS IN THE SAME ARENA, ON THE SAME NIGHT, FROM THE SAP CENTER IN SAN JOSE, CA. ON SEPTEMBER 19 ON SPIKE

 

Tito Ortiz Battles Liam McGeary for the Bellator Light Heavyweight Title

 

Four-Man, One-Night Light Heavyweight No. 1 Contender Tournament Featuring Phil Davis, Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal, Emanuel Newton, and Linton Vassell

 

In Addition, World-Class Kickboxing Action Featuring Bellator & Glory Fighters Joe Schilling and Paul Daley

 

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Bellator MMA will present a landmark event in American combat sports history on September 19 from the SAP Center in San Jose, which will air live on Spike. An event so big it will include two fields of battle – a Bellator cage and a Glory kickboxing ring.

“I’m so proud and honored to bring this truly amazing event to my hometown of San Jose,” said Scott Coker, President of Bellator MMA. “This mega-card will feature something for every combat sports fan- MMA legends, rising stars, a stacked tournament, plus many of the world’s best kickboxers. It will be an unforgettable night for the thousands in attendance and the millions watching at home.”

In the main event, MMA legend Tito Ortiz (18-11) will take on Bellator’s reigning light heavyweight king, Liam McGeary (10-0). This will mark McGeary’s first defense of his coveted title.

The epic evening will also showcase a four-man, one-night light heavyweight tournament to determine the No. 1 contender in the division. The participants include the return ofMuhammed “King Mo” Lawal (15-4, 1 NC), former champion Emanuel Newton (25-8-1), the always dangerous Linton Vassell (15-4-1) and Phil Davis (13-3), who makes his highly anticipated Bellator Debut.

First round pairings for the tournament, as well as further details on the tournament format will be announced shortly.

The event will also feature Glory Kickboxing bouts that will feature many of the best fighters in the world. Namely, Bellator MMA competitors Joe Schilling and Paul “Semtex” Daley. Opponents for Schilling and Daley, as well as additional kickboxing matchups will be announced shortly.

Tickets for “Bellator MMA: Dynamite” will go on sale Friday, June 26 with an exclusive presale taking place on Thursday, June 25th. With the announcement of “Bellator MMA: Dynamite!!!,” Coker is making his triumphant return to Northern California, a region where he pioneered the sport of mixed martial arts as owner of Strikeforce.

About Bellator MMA

Bellator MMA is a leading Mixed Martial Arts organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide in over 140 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike TV, the MMA television leader.  Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.  Bellator is based in Santa Monica, California and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.

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.

 

 

Ink Master 6/23 – “Meet Your Maker” Photos

June 15th, 2015 by faziod



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June 8th, 2015 by SPIKE Press

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Seven Bucks Productions And Spike TV Announce “Rock The Troops” Global Event

June 7th, 2015 by leungm
SEVEN BUCKS PRODUCTIONS AND SPIKE TV ANNOUNCE
“ROCK THE TROOPS” GLOBAL EVENT
New York, NY, June 6, 2015 – Seven Bucks Productions, co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, has joined forces with Spike TV and Casey Patterson Entertainment to create “ROCK THE TROOPS,” a grand scale music and entertainment event to celebrate and entertain deployed US Troops serving overseas. The Spike Original Special will be filmed at a Military Base overseas, location to be announced in the coming months. “ROCK THE TROOPS” will bow on Veterans Day 2016. 
 
The star-studded event will feature live performances from headliners from the worlds of music, movies, comedy, sports and more. 
 
“Dwayne Johnson has always made supporting the brave men and women serving overseas a priority throughout his career. Our Mission is to honor, inspire and entertain in an epic way, as only The Rock can. He’ll bring all the heart, humor and big-bad energy that the world loves him for, to this show. I couldn’t have more dedicated partners than Dwayne, Dany and the Seven Bucks team for this very worthy event,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer. 
 
“Supporting troops and veterans is part of Spike’s DNA,” said Spike TV’s President Kevin Kay. Spike has actively supported America’s heroes throughout the last decade from helping to build a hospital for troops with brain injuries, to the “Hire A Vet” campaign, to the VOW initiative focusing on veterans’ health and wellness.
 
“The Seven Bucks team and I are honored to help create this special project that is going to give back to our troops and thank them for all their dedication, bravery and sacrifice,” said Johnson. “We are going to make something truly monumental,” added Garcia.
 
Spike and Seven Bucks Productions announced a development deal at the Spike Upfront presentation to advertisers and press in March. This is the first special event announced as part of the deal.
 
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About Seven Bucks Productions:
Co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and producing partner Dany Garcia, Seven Bucks Productions is a multi-platform production company pioneering original content for television, film, and emerging technologies. Crossing all entertainment verticals, Seven Bucks Productions creates innovative content rooted in authenticity, strong storytelling, and passion.
 
Seven Bucks Productions has an ever-expanding slate including tent-pole movies such as Universal’s The Janson Directive, Relativity Media’s Not Without Hope, New Line Cinema’s Shazam, and DreamWorks’ Alpha Squad Seven. The company also produces original television programming including TNT’s Wake Up Call, HBO’s highly anticipated Ballers (June 2015) and HBO Documentaries’ Rock and a Hard Place (2016). With a longstanding history in film and television, Seven Bucks Productions currently has development deals with USA Network and Spike TV.
 
In 1995, Johnson started his career in entertainment with just $7 in his pocket and has since become one of the world’s top-grossing actors with global box office revenue exceeding $5 billion. Garcia began her career in finance with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith before founding a private wealth management firm and most recently, her talent and media firm, The Garcia Companies.  Garcia and Johnson combine their creativity and experience to develop high quality entertainment to inspire audiences around the world.
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 Casey Patterson Entertainment:
Casey Patterson Entertainment is a full service production company producing premium content, live events, and talent-driven series and specials.  Patterson is a critically-acclaimed executive producer who has created an array of groundbreaking programming during her 17-year tenure at Viacom. Patterson’s current projects include the breakout hit-series “Lip Sync Battle,” the highest-rated series in Spike history; “Guys Choice;” Spike’s “One Night Only;” “The TV Land Awards;” and “Rock the Troops” with Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions. Patterson is an Emmy®-nominated producer whose credits includes such high-profile events as “The Concert for New York City;” “The Concert of the Century at the White House;” “Saturday Night Live 25th Anniversary Special;” “The Video Game Awards;” “Scream;” “GQ Men of the Year Awards;” “VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards;” “VH1 Divas Live;” “FOX’s “Billboard Music Awards;” “NBC’s “Concert for America;” and “CMT’s “Flameworthy Awards.”
Press Contacts:
Stephanie Jones
JONESWORKS
212-839-0111
 
David Schwarz  
Spike TV                
212-767-8639           

Spike Partners With Acclaimed Film Screenwriter Kurt Wimmer to Develop New Scripted Series

June 2nd, 2015 by leungm

SPIKE PARTNERS WITH ACCLAIMED FILM SCREENWRITER KURT WIMMER TO

DEVELOP NEW SCRIPTED SERIES

“When The Levee Breaks” Is Wimmer’s

First-Ever Scripted Television Project 

New York, NY, June 2, 2015 –World-renowned film screenwriter Kurt Wimmer is developing his first ever television project with Spike. The scripted series, “When The Levee Breaks,” reflects a number of hot-button issues that are culturally relevant today including race and law enforcement. Wimmer’s impressive resume includes “Law Abiding Citizen,” “Salt,” and the upcoming “Point Break.”

“We are thrilled to partner with such an incredibly innovative and creative film visionary such as Kurt Wimmer,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV. “Kurt is the perfect example of the big and bold voices with an edge that we are looking for to further our mission to create distinctive original programming.”

“When The Levee Breaks” concerns events that take place when an illegal strike by the LAPD threatens chaos in America’s second largest city.  An African-American cop, the series’ central character, is the only officer with the courage to cross the strike-line to investigate the true motivations behind the murders of the two racist cops whose deaths provoked the strike – and whose murders he himself may be linked to.

Wimmer is represented by CAA.

Levy, 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,” starring Sir Ben Kingsley and Avan Jogia, on July 19.  The network recently announced script options for “Harvest,” from film/television producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Warner Horizon Television; “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:

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

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

 

 

New Episodes of “Bar Rescue” Return to Spike – Sunday June, 21 at 9/8c

May 29th, 2015 by SPIKE Press

Spike TV Inks Season Seven of “Ink Master” And Creates Spin-Off Series “Ink Master: Redemption”

May 27th, 2015 by faziod

Spike TV Inks Season Seven of “Ink Master” And

Creates Spin-Off Series “Ink Master: Redemption”

“Ink Master’s” 16-Episode Seventh Season to Air Spring 2016

“Ink Master: Redemption” Premieres In September with Six Half-Hour Episodes

New York, NY, May 27, 2015 – Coming off its most-watched season to date, Spike TV has picked up a seventh season of “Ink Master,” the network’s hit, original tattoo-competition series. Season seven will feature 16 one-hour episodes, slated to debut in spring 2016. In addition, the network has announced a spin-off series, “Ink Master: Redemption,” which offers disgruntled former human canvases of “Ink Master” a chance to receive a new tattoo that leaves them happier than their last. The announcement was made by Chachi Senior, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Spike TV.

The network will launch the newest installment of “Ink Master” – season six – on Tuesday, June 23 at 10pm ET/PT.

In “Ink Master: Redemption,” human canvases from previous “Ink Master” seasons, who left unhappy with their tattoos, return to the shop for a chance at new ink. The spinoff series, featuring six half-hour episodes, will debut in September.

Season 5 of “Ink Master,” which delivered an average 2.2 million viewers, was the show’s highest-rated season among Adults and Women 18-49. In its Tuesday 10-11 PM ET/PT slot, the series ranked in the top five among Persons 18-49, Men 18-49 and Men 18-34, and is currently one of Spike’s most gender-balanced programs. “Ink Master” generated 11.8 million total cross platform video views during the season, and the LIVE finale was ranked #1 on cable based on twitter activity.

“With Americans spending more than $1Billion annually on tattoos, ‘Ink Master’ has definitely hit a chord with viewers and has continued to grow as one of our most gender-balanced original series,” said Senior. “The show’s viewers are not only fans of the amazing artwork displayed, they are also invested in the human canvases and what happens when a client leaves unhappy with their tattoo. We have created ‘Ink Master: Redemption’ to help answer those questions.”

Each week, “Ink Master” puts artists through a series of tattoo challenges that are not only designed to test the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, as they must create and execute an original tattoo by command on a ‘human canvas.’ Each episode focuses on a different and distinct style of tattooing. The masterpieces these artists create will last a lifetime – but so will their mistakes. The series is hosted by Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), and the series judges are world-renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Original Media (“Swamp People,” “Comic Book Men,” “Dual Survival”) with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh and Andrea Richter serving as Executive Producers. Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chachi Senior is Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and oversees production of “Ink Master” and Tori Socha serves as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.

About Original Media:

Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America and is run by Emmy award-winning producers Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock. Producing hundreds of hours of programming across unscripted and scripted television, digital media and feature film, Original Media has built a strong reputation for cutting-edge content and quality production. Hit series include “Swamp People,” “Dual Survival,” “Ink Master,” “Comic Book Men” and “The Pool Master.” Original Media also produced the Academy Award-nominated films “The Squid and the Whale” and “Half Nelson.”

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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Contact:

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

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

 

Lip Sync Battle – Stephen Merchant vs. Malin Akerman

May 4th, 2015 by faziod

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Tut – First Look Trailer, Premieres July 19

April 27th, 2015 by faziod