Spike Press Release – Spike TV Orders “The Mist” Production Pilot From Dimension Television

February 25th, 2016 by SPIKE Press

 SPIKE TV ORDERS “THE MIST”

PRODUCTION PILOT FROM DIMENSION TELEVISION

Series Based On Classic Stephen King Novella

New York, NY, February 25, 2016 – Spike has ordered a production pilot from Dimension Television based on the classic Stephen King novella, “The Mist.”

The Spike original scripted series tells a harrowing story about a seemingly innocuous mist that seeps into a small town and creates immense havoc. This will be the first production pilot for a Spike scripted dramatic series since the network’s shift towards general entertainment.

Christian Torpe serves as the Executive Producer for Spike’s “The Mist.” Torpe created the successful show RITA in Denmark, now finishing its fourth season, and has developed programming for both Showtime and AMC.

“We are thrilled to join forces with the incredibly creative Christian Torpe and Dimension Films to develop Stephen King’s enthralling novella to a compelling series unlike anything else on television,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike.

“We are excited to be in business with Spike on their first scripted production pilot and working with the very talented Christian Torpe to further explore Stephen King’s classic novella and bring this riveting series to television audiences,” said Bob Weinstein, Co-Chariman The Weinstein Company.

Megan Spanjian, VP of Scripted TV, was instrumental in finding and bringing Torpe to the table and will oversee the project for Dimension TV along with Matthew Signer, EVP of Production and Creative Affairs, and Keith Levine, SVP of Production and Development.  Torpe is repped by ICM.

Levy, Ted Gold, Senior Vice President, Scripted Original Series, and Lauren Ruggiero, Senior Director, Scripted Programming will oversee the project.

Spike TV debuted its first scripted event series in eight years, “Tut,” last July to strong ratings and has recently ordered to series, “Red Mars” based on Kim Stanley Robinson’s award-winning “Mars Trilogy.”

Dimension TV debuted its first scripted series SCREAM, which was an adaptation of the hit horror film franchise, with MTV.  With a successful first season, SCREAM TV was picked up for Season 2 and is in production.

Spike TV is available in 91.4 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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Pantea Ghaderi            Dimension TV          (424) 204-4715              pantea.ghaderi@weinsteinco.com

Spike Press Release – Spike and Nickelodeon Developing “Lip Sync Battle Jr.” with Casey Patterson Entertainment and Matador

February 22nd, 2016 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE AND NICKELODEON DEVELOPING “LIP SYNC BATTLE JR.” WITH CASEY PATTERSON ENTERTAINMENT AND MATADOR

New York, NY, February 22, 2016 – Spike and Nickelodeon are joining forces with the hit-makers behind “Lip Sync Battle,” Casey Patterson Entertainment and Matador, to develop “Lip Sync Battle Jr.” a spinoff of Spike’s breakthrough original series.

“Lip Sync Battle” is a multiplatform juggernaut that has garnered record ratings for Spike and over half a billion views online.

Spike has ordered a “Lip Sync Battle Jr.” special that will telecast later this year on both Spike and Nickelodeon. In addition, sister Viacom brands are also developing special editions of “Lip Sync Battle” events.

“Lip Sync Battle Jr.” will celebrate kids’ love of music and comedy featuring the battles viewers have come to know and love with new variety elements designed to let the little ones shine.  The series will be a fresh take on Spike’s star-studded series.

“On the long list of wonderful surprises about Lip Sync Battle is our family co-viewing.  Lip Sync Battle’s multigenerational appeal is our favorite part of the show and the whole Lip Sync Battle family is very excited about developing a new music based, comedy variety format to showcase how much our Lip Sync Battle kids rock!  It’s all the fun of Lip Sync Battle, only smaller,” said Executive Producers Casey Patterson and Jay Peterson in a joint statement.

“Lip Sync Battle” is the most-watched original series in Spike’s history and is currently averaging over 4 million viewers on Thursdays at 10:00pm ET/PT.

About Lip Sync Battle:

The critically-acclaimed and award-nominated “Lip Sync Battle” features celebrities going head to head – lip-syncing the song of their choice – battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet.  The series is a ratings and multiplatform superstar for Spike and is the most-watched original series in network history. “Lip Sync Battle” is executive produced by Casey Patterson of Casey Patterson Entertainment, Jay Peterson of Matador, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant and 8 Million Plus Productions.

“Lip Sync Battle” can be seen in over 130 countries and territories worldwide. The UK version launched January 9 on Viacom’s Channel 5 and was the top-rated show in the 16-34 demographic in the time period.

Spike TV is available in 91.4 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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Spike’s “Bar Rescue” Celebrates 100th Episode – Sunday, March 6 at 9/8c

February 11th, 2016 by SPIKE Press

Spike TV Creating “Caraoke Showdown” Hosted by Craig Robinson

February 9th, 2016 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV CREATING “CARAOKE SHOWDOWN”

HOSTED BY CRAIG ROBINSON

New Original Special Executive Produced By Howie Mandel’s Alevy Productions

New York, NY, February 4, 2016 – Spike is partnering with Howie Mandel’s Alevy Productions to create a fun new game show, “Caraoke Showdown,” hosted and executive produced by television and film star Craig Robinson.

“Caraoke Showdown” will debut as a half-hour special later this year.

The premise of “Caraoke Showdown” features Robinson posing as a driver, picking up unsuspecting contestants who are along for a very unique ride upon realizing they are on a karaoke-inspired game show.  During various rounds of game play, contestants must belt out their favorite tunes, finish the lyrics or act out songs for cash.  Celebrity guest appearances add to the surprise as the contestants never know what’s going to happen next.

Craig Robinson is best known for his role as acerbic Dunder-Mifflin employee Darryl Philbin on NBC’s Emmy-winning “The Office.” He also just recently won the Sundance Actor Award for his standout performance in the Award-winning entry, “Morris From America.” The renowned actor and comedian’s credits include NBC’s “Mr. Robinson,” HBO’s “Eastbound and Down,” and feature films “Pineapple Express,” “Hot Tub Machine,” “Zack and Miri Make A Porno,” “This Is The End,” and “Peeples.”

Mandel will serve as Executive Producer with Mike Marks of Alevy Productions along with Core Media.

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chachi Senior is Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and will oversee “Caraoke Showdown” and Tori Socha serves as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.

Spike TV is available in 91.4 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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Spike Joins Forces with Paramount Television, Universal Cable Productions and “The Walking Dead’s” Gale Anne Hurd to Develop New Scripted Series

February 9th, 2016 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV JOINS FORCES WITH PARAMOUNT TELEVISION, UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS AND “THE WALKING DEAD’S” GALE ANNE HURD TO DEVELOP NEW SCRIPTED SERIES

Dramatic Series “Pendergast” Based on Best-Selling Novels

By Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

New York, NY, February 1, 2016 – Spike has teamed up with Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions to develop a scripted dramatic series, “Pendergast.” Award-winning and critically-acclaimed producer Gale Anne Hurd of Valhalla Entertainment (“The Walking Dead”) serves as Executive Producer, with John McLaughlin (“Black Swan”) set as the writer and Executive Producer.

Based on the bestselling novels “Relic” and “Cabinet of Curiosities” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, the series centers around Aloysius Pendergast, an eccentric special agent with the FBI. Set in a contemporary version of gothic New York City, the first season finds Pendergast investigating a present day crime mimicking a century old mystery — which links to his own family’s dark past.

“Pendergast” represents the first collaboration between Spike and Paramount Television, both Viacom properties. It’s also the second co-production between Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions with the first being the pilot “Shooter.”

Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Ted Gold, Senior Vice President, Scripted Original Series, and Lauren Ruggiero, Senior Director, Scripted Original Series will oversee the project for Spike.

Spike TV debuted its first scripted event series in eight years, “Tut,” last July to strong ratings and has recently ordered to series, “Red Mars” based on Kim Stanley Robinson’s award-winning “Mars Trilogy.”

About Spike TV:

Spike TV is available in 91.4 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 Paramount Television:

Paramount Television develops and finances a wide range of creative television programming across all media platforms.  Paramount Television is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a global content company with premier television, film and digital entertainment brands.

About Universal Cable Productions:

Universal Cable Productions (UCP) creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across media platforms for domestic and international distribution. In the U.S., UCP’s programming can be seen across various networks including the Golden Globe award-winning drama “Mr. Robot,” “Colony,” “Playing House,” “Royal Pains” and “Suits” on USA Network; “The Magicians,” “12 Monkeys,” “Hunters” and “Killjoys” on Syfy; “Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce” on Bravo; “The Royals,” on E!; “Difficult People,” on Hulu; and “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome” on Machinima Prime/YouTube and Syfy. UCP’s content library includes critic and fan favorites such as the Emmy-award winning “Monk” as well as “Psych” and “Battlestar Galactica.” Universal Cable Productions is a part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. Follow us @UCPisTV.

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

Ink Master Season 7 Contestant Biographies

January 19th, 2016 by faziod

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Season 7: Contestant Biographies

(in alphabetical order)

 ”Ink Master” Season 7 Premieres on Spike TV Starting Tuesday, March 1 at 10 PM, ET/PT

Christian Buckingham
Henderson, NV
Artist, Revolt Tattoo
Twitter: @ChristianTat2
13 Years’ Experience

Christian Buckingham comes from a conservative family of Air Force officers including his brother, father and grandfather. Buckingham always felt like the “black sheep” before he discovered tattooing, but once he did, he knew he had found his place in society. Buckingham describes himself as “that guy” – an alpha male and a pack leader. He has a strong personality, voices his opinions and is always up for a challenge. He is looking forward to competing on “Ink Master” and is hoping to win decisively.  He believes the public will enjoy watching him destroy the competition. With past “Ink Master” contestants working around him, Buckingham feels he is ready to take home the title for himself and help support his “badass” wife, children and grandchildren.

 

Corey Davis
Atlanta, GA
Artist, City of Ink (http://www.iamcoreydavis.com/; instagram.com/whoiscoreydavis)
Twitter: @Whoiscoreydavis
10 years’ experience

Corey Davis might be considered young, but he is not new to the tattoo industry. Davis has been tattooing for 10 years and currently works in the Atlanta-based tattoo shop, City of Ink, where his specialty is neo-traditional. While Davis enjoys his social life, he is serious about his career. He’s been featured in numerous tattoo publications and won awards for his work. Growing up in a less privileged community has influenced Davis artistically and has made him extremely grateful in his career. He attributes tattooing to saving his life and has never been more ready to fight for the “Ink Master” title.

 

Picasso Dular
Los Angeles, CA
Artist, The Vatican Studios (http://picassodular.com/)
Twitter: @25footPhantom
16 years’ experience

Picasso Dular has survived being street smart. Having left home at just 12 years old, he has been living and figuring out life all on his own Dular knows what it takes to survive and plans to apply his “ninja” tactics to the competition, methodically preying on the weaknesses of his fellow artists.. Intense and relentless, he does not plan to keep his opinions to himself during judging. Dular refuses to pigeonhole himself as an artist specializing in one particular style. He hopes coming home with the “Ink Master” title will grant him the ability to open up his own shop and allowing this nomad to finally plant roots.

 

Walter “Sausage” Frank
Las Vegas, NV
Co-Owner/Artist, Revolt Tattoos (http://revolttattoos.com/)
Twitter: @Sausagekingtat
14 years’ experience
Season 4 Veteran

Walter “Sausage” Frank isn’t just a tattoo artist; he’s a true entertainer whose stage is the tattoo studio. Sausage enjoys making people laugh and having fun in the tattoo chair.  He is a sought after, worldwide, for his meticulous tattoo work.. But don’t let his humorous ways fool you, he’s a solid and fierce competitor. Not only has Sausage worked alongside season 3 winner, Joey “Hollywood” Hamilton, but he almost grabbed the Ink Master crown for himself during season 4.   Although he didn’t win the title then, he quickly won the hearts of his fans.  This season he’s back with a vengeance and this time intends to come back to Las Vegas with the title of “Ink Master.”

 

Cris Gherman
New York, NY
Owner, 13 Fat Catz (crisgherman.com; instagram.com/crisgherman)
Twitter: @crisgherman13
15 years’ experience

Cris Gherman is a Transylvanian rebel who doesn’t play by anyone’s rules but his own.  Gherman has been featured in numerous international magazines and has won awards at various tattoo conventions worldwide. He thinks there is no competition when it comes to his art and believes that this is his time. He hopes that winning the “Ink Master” title will bust his career wide open and turn him into to the household name he believes he deserves to be.

 

Matti Hixson
Virginia Beach, VA
Artist, Otzi Tatttoo Agency (http://otzi-tattoo.com/mattihixson/)
Twitter: @mattihixson
11 years’ experience
Season 4 Veteran

Matti Hixson speaks bluntly, but he claims it’s all in the name of artistic passion. A self-taught artist, his devotion and respect for his craft sometimes can come off as abrasive, but he really isn’t interested in what anyone else thinks. Well known on the convention circuit, Hixson is a an artist who thrives in color realism and likes tattoos with a dark twist. He was featured on season 4 of “Ink Master” and placed third overall. . With a second chance,  Hixon no longer plans to come into the game sincerely. This time around he’ll do whatever it takes to bring home the $100,000prize and title of “Ink Master.”

 

Jime Litwalk
Orlando, FL
22 years’ experience
Artist, Ascension Tattoo (http://www.jimelitwalk.com/)
Twitter: @JIMELITWALK
Season 3 Veteran

With over 20 years in the tattoo industry, Jime Litwalk does his best to pass on his experience and knowledge to the other competitors. Fast-paced and precise, Litwalk has built up a solid clientele from his years of travel on the international tattoo circuit. His tattoo and illustration career has brought him numerous awards, magazine mentions and feature articles. While he is comfortable tattooing in almost any genre, Litwalk’s passion is in his signature animated “classic new skool” style. This married father of two is a true perfectionist and is returning from season 3 and this time he has no intentions of allowing the first place title slip away.

 

St. Marq
West Lafayette, IN
Owner, New Breed
Website: (http://www.soulpowertrippin.com/)
Twitter: @saintmarqtattoo
26 years’ experience
Season 6 Veteran

St. Marq has been tattooing for more than 25 years. As the owner of New Breed Tattoo, he has been featured in various publications including National Geographic and The New York Times. St. Marq has a background of experience in many styles of tattooing  including Black and Grey, Realism, Large Conceptual and Epic Multi-Surface tattoos..  During season 6 he was known as one of the cockiest contestants ever in the competition.  But St. Marq was eliminated early on in the competition, and has felt his elimination was biased ever since. With his years of experience St. Marq plans to dominate this competition the second time around and plans to have thought out strategies to win the Ink Master title.

 

Anthony Michaels
Tucson, AZ
Artist, Metro Tattoo
Twitter: @Antmikes
5 years’ experience

Anthony Michaels is proud that he doesn’t carry himself like a stereotypical tattoo artist. He thinks it’s what sets him apart from the pack. While he describes himself as a well-dressed and put together family man, that doesn’t mean he won’t get his hands dirty. The former professional basketball player knows a thing or two about thriving under pressure and using criticism as a personal motivation. Nothing about the competition scares him. In fact, he predicts it will be the other contestants losing sleep once they see what he can do. Inspired by his sister, who persevered through brain damage and is now a Special Olympics gold medal winner, he’s not going to stop until he’s Ink Master.

 

Sarah Miller
Pittsburgh, PA
Owner/Artist, Wyld Chyld Tattoo Pittsburgh (www.sarahmillertattoos.com; instagram.com/ sarahmillertattoo )
Twitter: @valkyriesbard
10 years’ experience
Season 2 Veteran

Season 2 runner-up Sarah Miller is a versatile artist; specializing in photo realism, she enjoys other styles as well, including but not limited to New School, Japanese, and Black and Gray. She likes to mix them to make her own, unique style that can be recognized in every piece she does. Tattooing since 2006, she has traveled the world, competing and exploring the different aspects of the tattoo art form. Tattooing became her life since she gave up a promising career in Graphic Design to pursue her dream, and opened Wyld Chyld Tattoo in 2012. Not just limited to tattooing, she still pushes her boundaries in fine art. Miller considers herself to be very competitive and says she definitely has what it takes to win this and be the first female ”Ink Master.”
Megan Jean Morris
Wallingford, CT
Owner/Artist, Painted Soul Tattoo/ Part Time Artist at Last Rites in NYC
(http://www.paintedsoultattoo.com/ )
Twitter: @MeganJeanMorris
7 years’ experience

Megan Jean Morris is aware that her personality can come off as arrogant, but she feels that that is because she is straight forward. A tomboy with a feminine side, Morris tends to wear her emotions on her sleeve. Early in her career, she found it difficult for her to be taken seriously within the tattoo community, so she’s worked extra  hard to earn respect. Morris studied realism in college, and uses her art background to create vibrant and detailed surrealistic pieces.

 

Cleen Rock One                                                                                                            
Las Vegas, NV
Owner/Artist, Chrome Gypsy Tattoo& Golden Skull Tattoo
Website: (www.cleenrockone.com)
Twitter: @Cleen_Rock_One
20 years’ experience

Season 5 Veteran

Season 5 runner up, Cleen Rock One started as Illinois shop owner whose neo-traditional and new school approaches to ink landed him guest spots in studios nationwide and features in several tattoo magazines. Years later, the artist and entrepreneur moved out West, opening up his own shop, Chrome Gypsy Tattoo and striving to leave a permanent mark on the Las Vegas circuit. Cleen Rock didn’t expect  to make it as far as he did during season 5, but now that he’s aware of exceptional skills, he’s confident to quickly take over this competition.

 

Alex Rockoff
West Palm Beach, FL
Artist, Aces High Tattoo (www.aceshightattooshop.com )
Twitter: @AlexAcesHigh
9 years’ experience

Alex Rockoff is a ball of nervous, manic energy and he bottles it all up inside of him until it bursts. Rivals have called him   flamboyant and “a little bit nuts.” Usually it’s all fun and games for Rockoff, but he has been known to cross the line and takes things  just a bit to far which he’s typically unapologetic for, especially when it comes to his career. An art kid who fell in love with tattoos, Rockoff believes his lines, shading, and color gradients are his strong points.

 

Jesse Smith
Richmond, VA 
Owner/Artist, Loose Screw Tattoo (www.jessesmithtattoo.com; www.loosescrewtattoo.com; instagram.com/jessesmithtattoos)
18 years’ experience
Twitter: @Jesse__Smith
Season 2 Veteran

Jesse Smith discovered his love of art while living in Germany as an “army brat” teen. It was there that he became interested in urban culture and graffiti art. After returning to the States, Smith enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University to help round out his artistic style. One of his first jobs was drawing caricatures at Busch Gardens in VA and found himself among a circle of artists who introduced him to the world of tattooing, eventually learning how to make his own homemade tattoo machine. Smith developed his signature style of quirky cartoon style designs and use of color working in numerous tattoo shops. Being eliminated in season 2 hasn’t slowed Smith down. He says it has helped him grow as an artist at his shop, Loose Screw Tattoos in Richmond, VA. He’s ready to use his eccentric distinctive style of art to take home the Ink Master title.

 

James Vaughn
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Owner/ Artist, Tidewater Designs
(http://www.mrjamesvaughn.com/; instagram.com/mrjamesvaughn)
26 years’ experience
Twitter: @Mrjamesvaughn
Season 1 Veteran

With talent and a wicked sense of humor coupled with southern charm, James Vaughn believes he is the ultimate triple threat. Vaughn got his first tattoo when he was just 12. It was a cross that he still has on his hand. From that moment, he was hooked on tattoos and the art of tattooing. Vaughn specializes in neo Japanese and old school traditional tattooing styles. He’s won over 300 awards and has been published more than 20 times for his work. In the tattoo world, he considered a rare breed because he still draws all his designs “free hand” on his client’s skin with a black Sharpie. Not only has Vaughn has been tattooing for more than 20 years, but he also made it to the final three on season one of “Ink Master.” But leaving without the title did not stop him.  He now owns two tattoo parlors in North Carolina, Straight A tattoo in Asheboro, Emerald City Tattoo & Piercing in Greensboro and has no intentions of returning back to the south without the “Ink Master” title in hand.

 

Ashley “Show Off” Velazquez
New Haven, CT
Artist, Forever Custom Tattoos (instagram.com/showoff_forevertats)
Twitter: @ShowOff_Tattoos
5 years’ experience

With the nickname “Show Off,” Ashley Velazquez lives for the spot light. Velazquez doesn’t bite her tongue; she speaks her mind, which can sometimes get her into trouble. A former art major in college, she began drawing tattoos before she even was a tattoo artist. She learned quickly from the other artists around her and taught herself when no one would apprentice her. Now, five years later she is the most requested artist at the shop she works at. Hungry for this opportunity, Velazquez feels competing on “Ink Master” is validation to her doubting father that she has made the right career choice

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Spike Greenlights A New Season of “Ink Master: Redemption”

October 14th, 2015 by leungm

 SPIKE GREENLIGHTS A NEW SEASON OF “INK MASTER: REDEMPTION”

Highly-Rated Series To Return Next Spring With 13 New Episodes

Currently Ranks #1 In Its Timeslot With Adults 18-49

New York, NY, October 14, 2015 – Spike’s sleeper-hit series, “Ink Master: Redemption,” which is averaging 1.8 million viewers and ranks #1 in its timeslot with Adults 18-49 in its debut season, has been picked up for a second season of 13 episodes. The announcement was made today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike.

The new season launches next spring coinciding with Season 7 of “Ink Master.”

Since premiering on Spike on Tuesday, September 8 at 11:00pm ET/PT, “Ink Master: Redemption” is averaging a 1.3 rating with the key demographic of Adults 18-49, ranking it #1 in all of television in its Tuesday timeslot.  The half-hour Spike original, which has expanded the “Ink Master” franchise, has also improved the timeslot (versus last year) by a staggering +162% with Adults 18-49, +150% with Men 18-49, +174% with Women 18-49, and +156% in total viewership.

The series is among the crop of original series such as “Bar Rescue,” “Lip Sync Battle,” and “Ink Master” that deliver on the network’s mission to attract a gender-balanced audience to the channel.

“Ink Master: Redemption” offers disgruntled former human canvases of “Ink Master” a chance to receive a new tattoo that leaves them happier than their last. The spinoff series is hosted by Dave Navarro.

“Ink Master: Redemption” is produced for Spike by Original Media (“Swamp People,” “Comic Book Men,” “Dual Survival”) with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh, Andrea Richter, and Dave Navarro 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: Redemption” and Tori Socha serves as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.

About Spike TV:

Spike TV is available in 91.4 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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David Schwarz   Spike TV                212-767-8639          david.schwarz@spike.com