Lip Sync Battle – John Legend vs. Common

March 30th, 2015 by faziod

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March 10th, 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

JILLIAN MICHAELS TO STAR IN NEW SPIKE TV SERIES “SWEAT INC.”

March 3rd, 2015 by leungm

 JILLIAN MICHAELS TO STAR IN NEW SPIKE TV SERIES “SWEAT INC.”

 

New York, NY, March 3, 2015 – Jillian Michaels, one of the nation’s leading health and wellness experts, is partnering with Spike TV to find the next big fitness phenomenon in the new non-scripted original series, “Sweat Inc.”

Spike TV has ordered 10 one-hour episodes. The series, produced by 3 Ball Entertainment, goes into production this summer and will premiere this Fall.

Over the last decade, the fitness industry has exploded: there are currently more than 30,000 fitness clubs around the country and over 58 million memberships.  Fitness enthusiasts are always on the lookout for the next big thing. Whoever creates the next Soul Cycle®, Zumba®, or Crossfit® could be sitting on a billion dollar idea.  In the new Spike reality-competition series “Sweat Inc.,” 12 aspiring fitness entrepreneurs compete to prove they’ve developed the newest groundbreaking exercise program.

Michaels will serve as host and judge for “Sweat Inc.,” utilizing her vast knowledge of the fitness industry and her keen business sense to decide which undiscovered workout is best suited to be the next new phenomenon.  Two other successful fitness industry experts will join Michaels at the judges’ table.

“Like the gold rush or tech boom, the fitness business has evolved into a high-stakes, billion dollar industry, with a huge fortune awaiting the next amazing idea,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV.  “Jillian Michaels is the perfect host and judge to lend her expertise to determine a victor.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Spike family and ‘reteam’ with 3 Ball to make another hugely entertaining and successful show,” said Michaels. “‘Sweat Inc.’ is a competition elimination show that has elements of today’s most compelling and engaging shows.  It explores the savvy, grit, guts and glory to make it big in business while unleashing and exposing the most cutting edge, innovative, underground workouts to the masses.  Ultimately, ‘Sweat Inc.’s’ appeal is universal because at its core it’s about getting that one shot at making your dreams a reality.  Who can’t relate to that?”

 

The 12 fitness entrepreneurs will have varied backgrounds and come from all around the country. In each episode, the contestants will put their innovative workout regimens to the test. Michaels and the other judges will then decide which entrepreneur is eliminated. After 10 weeks, the victorious fitness program that possesses the highest level of business savvy and innovation will win a major cash prize and a partnership with a national gym chain to develop their fitness brand.

 

“Sweat Inc.” is created and produced by 3 Ball Entertainment (“Extreme Weight Loss,” “Bar Rescue”) with Todd Nelson, JD Roth, DJ Nurre and Brant Pinvidic serving as Executive Producers.  Jillian Michaels and Giancarlo Chersich from Empowered Media will also serve as Executive Producers.  Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, and Hayley Lozitsky, Vice President of Original Series will serve as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.

About Empowered Media:

Empowered Media Empowered Media, LLC operates the Jillian Michaels wellness brand. Co-founded by Jillian Michaels and her business partner, Giancarlo Chersich, the company operates as life architects whose sole mission is to inspire individuals to empower themselves to seek healthier, active lives. The products marketed are part of the total life solution platform created by the Jillian Michaels philosophy. America’s premier health and wellness coach, Michaels is a New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur and popular television personality. Michaels is also a passionate advocate, fighting to invoke important changes in all aspects of health and wellness. Michaels’ newest book, SLIM FOR LIFE: MY INSIDER SECRETS TO SIMPLE, FAST, AND LASTING WEIGHT LOSS is available now wherever books are sold. For more information about Jillian Michaels, please visit jillianmichaels.com.

 

About 3 Ball Entertainment:
3 Ball Entertainment is one of television’s most prolific producers of reality and non-fiction programming, both for broadcast and cable. Fully independent, the company is run by CEOs Todd A. Nelson and Ross Weintraub, with Brant Pinvidic serving as chief creative officer. 3 Ball’s hit series include Extreme Weight Loss, which premieres its fifth season on ABC this summer (the show also airs as Obese in 130 countries); Bar Rescue, in season four for Spike; My Cat from Hell for Animal Planet; LA Hair for WEtv; Catch a Contractor also for Spike; Kitten Bowl II for Hallmark Channel; and Funniest Wins for TBS. 3 Ball has additional series in production and development with networks including Discovery, Spike, Travel, A+E, FYI, Food, E!, Oxygen and WEtv.

 

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

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

“TUT” Sneak Peek: Fate Is What You Take

March 3rd, 2015 by leungm

Tut

New “Bar Rescue” This Sunday, February 22 at 9/8c

February 19th, 2015 by SPIKE Press

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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Press Contacts:

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