Spike TV Presents a Compelling Inside Look at the Life of America’s Greatest Daredevil, Evel Knievel

September 2nd, 2014 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV PRESENTS A COMPELLING INSIDE LOOK AT THE LIFE OF AMERICA’S GREATEST DAREDEVIL,

EVEL KNIEVEL

“I AM EVEL KNIEVEL” Premieres Wednesday, September 10 at 11:00pm ET/PT Featuring Interviews With Matthew McConaughey, Kid Rock, Robbie Maddison, Guy Fieri, Michelle Rodriguez, Among Others

New York, NY, September 2, 2014 – Spike TV presents a revealing look at America’s most infamous daredevil, Evel Knievel, in the original Spike TV documentary “I Am Evel Knievel.”  The 90-minute special will premiere on Spike TV Wednesday, September 10 at 11:00pm ET/PT.

“I Am Evel Knievel” will combine original exclusive interviews with archival footage of this larger- than-life character to tell Knievel’s incredible story. Featured interviews include Matthew McConaughey, Kid Rock, Michelle Rodriguez, Guy Fieri, Robbie Maddison, and family members including sons Kelly and Robbie, and former wives Linda Knievel and Krystal Kennedy-Knievel.

The enduring legacy of Evel Knievel is the unforgettable death-defying jumps. The documentary will feature footage of Evel’s greatest jumps, including the seminal Snake River Canyon and Caesars Palace jumps. The film also showcases Knievel’s rise from a small town rebel in Butte, Montana, to a cultural icon whose rise to superstardom was built on nerves of steel and the ability to get up and do it again no matter the severity of the fall. He lived life like every day was his last, which led to a tumultuous life filled with stunts no man would ever dream of, encompassing meteoric success, wild hubris, egomaniacal mistakes and ultimately redemption.

“I Am Evel Knievel” is a journey of discovery, led by those who knew him best and were inspired to achieve greatness of their own. It is the untold story of this legendary figure who gave birth to the culture and the meaning of the word “extreme.” “My dad proceeded through life as if limitations of his own imagination, courage and abilities did not exist – it was really something to grow up with,” stated Kelly Knievel.

Spike is broadcasting “I Am Evel Knievel” honoring the 40 year anniversary of the famous Snake River Canyon jump, where Knievel miraculously survived an attempt to clear the canyon in a rocket-powered cycle, the Skycycle X-2.

“When Evel hit the ground hard, he hit the bullseye in an America that was hungry for heroes, hungry for men who scoffed at danger and walked away from death,” said Director/Producer Derik Murray. “Evel Knievel was the first, the original, the craziest daredevil that ever lived.  He did it on heavier bikes, and he did it without the technology and experience that comes with today’s action sports heroes.”

Spike TV’s Kevin Kay, Jaimee Kosanke and Christopher Martello serve as Executive Producers along with Murray, Paul Gertz, Kent Wingerak, and Robert Pirooz, as well as Kelly Knievel and Ron DiNicola. The documentary is the latest in Spike TV’s original “I Am” series. The network debuted the critically acclaimed “I Am Steve McQueen” earlier this year and ‘I Am Bruce Lee” in 2012, also produced by Murray.

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

Ted Gold Named Senior Vice President, Scripted Original Series, Spike TV

September 2nd, 2014 by SPIKE Press

TED GOLD NAMED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT,

SCRIPTED ORIGINAL SERIES, SPIKE TV

 

Los Angeles, CA, September 2, 2014 - Ted Gold has been named to the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Scripted Original Series, Spike TV, it was announced today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, to whom he will report.

In his new position Gold will lead a newly-created scripted development team and will oversee all scripted programming for Spike, from development through production.   Gold’s responsibilities will include devising a competitive and creative strategy to further Spike as a home for compelling scripted programming.

“Ted’s eye for great material, strong relationships and competitive tenacity, makes him perfectly suited to lead our new scripted development team,” said Levy. “Ted will play an integral role on my team as we continue to create programming for our ever-broadening audience.”

Justin Lacob, Vice President, Original Series, will now be reporting to Gold as part of the newly-formed scripted development team. Lacob joined Spike in June 2011 and has overseen the development and production of one of Spike’s highest rated original series, “Bar Rescue.” He will continue to work on non-scripted projects as well, overseen by Chris Rantamaki, Senior Vice President, Original Series.

Gold previously served as President of Television and Executive Producer at Parkes +Macdonald/Universal Television, under an overall deal with NBCUniversal, where he developed projects for HBO, Showtime, Amazon, ABC, USA, and NBC and produced the Neil Cross/John Malkovich series, “Crossbones” for NBC.

Prior to that, Gold was Head of Television for Deuce Three Productions/CBS Paramount Television where he spearheaded all television business and development for Academy Award winning filmmaker, Curtis Hanson. Gold also served as Senior Vice President, Series Development at FOX where he oversaw all dramatic programming including “Bones,” “Prison Break,” and “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”

Gold’s previous stints in television include serving as Senior Vice President, Series Development for Spelling Television; Vice President, Creative Affairs, Alliance/Atlantis; and Director of Development, Drama & Longform for New World Entertainment.

Spike TV will premiere its first scripted event series in seven years, “Tut,” in 2015. The network recently announced script options for “The Crusaders” from Pierce Brosnan’s Irish DreamTime, Mark Sennet Entertainment, Michael Finch and Academy Award®-winning writer David Franzoni; “The Chairman,” based on the Stephen Frey best-seller; “War at the Shore” based on Richard D. “Skip” Bronson’s book; and “Basket Case” by prominent author and journalist Carl Hiaasen. 

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

Ted Gold – Senior Vice President, Scripted Original Series

September 2nd, 2014 by SPIKE Press

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Justin Lacob – Vice President, Original Series

September 2nd, 2014 by SPIKE Press

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Tut Cast

August 21st, 2014 by SPIKE Press

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NY Pizza Showdown – New “Hungry Investors” Sunday August, 24 at 9/8c

August 20th, 2014 by SPIKE Press

“Tattoo Nightmares Miami” Takes On The Tattoos That No Other Artists Would Dare

August 19th, 2014 by faziod

Brand New City, All New Cast…

 “TATTOO NIGHTMARES MIAMI” TAKES ON THE TATTOOS THAT NO OTHER ARTISTS WOULD DARE 

Series Premieres Tuesday, September 2 at 11 PM, ET/PT As Part of Spike’s

#Tattoosday Programming Block 

New York, NY, August 19, 2014 –  It’s a brand new city and three brand new hot-shot artists who feel the Miami heat as they take on impossible tattoo challenges and the most exasperating clients yet with the series premiere of “Tattoo Nightmares Miami” on Tuesday, September 2 at 11 PM, ET/PT on Spike.   The show is a spinoff of the network’s successful “Tattoo Nightmares” original series, which is based in an LA shop.

In addition to the jaw-dropping cover-ups that “Tattoo Nightmares” is already well-known for, the Miami shop tackles nightmare tattoos other shops have turned away. For example, tattoo placement over a horrific scar, an entire head, a giant mole or an elbow or knee, as well as using materials such as glow-in-the-dark ink or new techniques like water color style tattoos. It’s up to three brand new artists to translate all these problematic and difficult tattoos into stunning works of art.

The three new artists of “Tattoo Nightmares Miami” come together with diverse backgrounds.  The three started this new shop to service the growing needs of extreme clients where the more bizarre the tattoo and story behind them, the better.  The shop’s artists are Clint Cummings, a former contestant on “Ink Master” season 2; local artist Samuel Suarez, better known to his clients as High Noon and female fine artist and tattooist, Reese Hilburn.

“Tattoo Nightmares” is among the new crop of Spike original series that deliver a gender-balanced audience. The current season is averaging 1.1 million viewers has improved the time period by +147% in Adults 18-49 and 82% in average audience.   Among all ad-supported cable channels in the Tuesday 10-11:30 PM time period, Spike TV’s tattoo-themed programming block “Ink Master” and “Tattoo Nightmares” ranks in the Top 5 among Adults, Men and Women 18-49 and 18-34.

Both “Tattoo Nightmares Miami” and “Tattoo Nightmares” are produced by 495 Productions with Founder and President SallyAnn Salsano serving as Executive Producer along with Joel Zimmer of 495 Productions.

Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series and Chris Rantamaki is Senior Vice President of Original Series for Spike TV. Hayley Lozitsky, Vice President of Original Series and Tony Nguyen, Manager of Original Series serves as the Executives in Charge of Production for “Tattoo Nightmares Miami.”

About 495 Productions

SallyAnn Salsano is the founder and creative force behind the 495 Productions team. Since its launch in 2006, 495′s creative team has specialized in developing programs that entertain viewers while keeping them glued to their screens. 495 became known throughout the world thanks to its record breaking, “Jersey Shore” which premiered on MTV in December of 2009.

Some of 495′s other notable credits include: CMT’s highest-rated series ever, “Party Down South,”  ”The Ex and the Why” (MTV), “Jerks with Cameras” (MTV), “Tattoos After Dark” (Oxygen) “Tattoo Nightmares” (Spike), “Friendzone” (MTV), Repo Games (Spike) “Snooki & JWOWW” (MTV), The Show With Vinny” (MTV), TV Guide’s #1 award-winning “Nail Files,” “A Shot At Love” (MTV),  “Tool Academy” (VH1), Season 6 of NBC’s “Nashville Star,” “Tanisha Gets Married” (Oxygen), and many others.

495, along with Telepictures produce the hit daytime talk show “The Real,” which will return on September 15, 2014 on Fox Television Stations and in national syndication, with a rebroadcast in primetime on BET. Salsano serves as Executive Producer.

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:

 

Debra Fazio

Spike TV

212-767-8649

debra.fazio@spiketv.com

Amanda K. Ruisi

AKR Public Relations (for 495 Productions)

917-445-2371

Amanda@akrpr.com

 

Samantha Goldstein

AKR Public Relations (for 495 Productions)

203-339-1296

samantha@akrpr.com

 

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Avan Jogia to Play King Tutankhamun in Spike TV’s Event Series “Tut”

August 5th, 2014 by SPIKE Press

AVAN JOGIA TO PLAY KING TUTANKHAMUN IN SPIKE TV’S EVENT SERIES “TUT”

“Tut” Set To Begin Production This Fall In Morocco and Canada

Premieres On Spike In 2015

New York, NY and Montreal, Canada – August 5, 2014 -  Avan Jogia will play the young renowned Egyptian ruler, King Tutankhamun, in Spike TV’s event series “Tut,” it was announced today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV.

“We are thrilled to work with such an incredibly gifted young actor who is perfectly suited to take on the immensely complex character of King Tutankhamun,” said Levy.

“Vancouver born actor Avan Jogia will be an outstanding addition to the cast of Tut,” says Michael Prupas, CEO of Muse Entertainment. “Jogia is a hot young talent with a loyal following who has already made a name for himself in film and television.”

Jogia, one of Hollywood’s emerging young actors, will next be seen in Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s “Ten Thousand Saints” with Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch, Asa Butterfield, Ethan Hawke, and Emily Mortimer. Also coming soon will be Eddie O’Keefe’s “Shangri-La Suite” with Emily Browning, Ashley Greene, and Luke Grimes.  He is currently shooting one of the leads of “Outskirts” opposite Ashley Rickards, Eden Sher, and Victoria Justice.  Jogia continues to be represented by ICM Partners and LINK. Tyman Stewart at Characters represents Jogia in Canada.

Last month, Spike announced that legendary actor Ben Kingsley will star in Spike TV’s event series 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.

“Tut” will be shot entirely on location in Morocco 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”), Guy Louthan (“The Call”) and Gilles Perreault (“Being Human”) and Vlad Wolynetz is Co-Executive Producer.

Jogia’s has also starred in ABC Family’s hit series “Twisted.”

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 President 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