SPIKE TV ORDERS SEASON 2 OF “THRIFT HUNTERS”

July 7th, 2014 by faziod

SPIKE TV ORDERS SEASON 2 OF “THRIFT HUNTERS”

New York, NY, July 7, 2014 – Spike TV has ordered a second season of 10 episodes of “Thrift Hunters,” the half-hour non-scripted series following the shopping adventures of thrifting gurus Jason T. Smith and Bryan Goodman.  The new episodes will air on Sunday nights this fall at 9:30pm ET/PT, following Spike’s hit original series, “Auction Hunters” at 9:00pm ET/PT.

“Thrift Hunters” is produced by Pixcom Productions. The new season of “Thrift Hunters” goes into production across the country this summer. The series delivered a robust 1 million viewers in its debut season on Spike and improved the timeslot by 23% in the key demographic of Adults 18-34.

Thrifting isn’t just a hobby for the hosts, Jason and Bryan, it’s a modern day treasure hunt. They target the biggest and best garage sales, thrift stores, and flea markets across the country, holding to their mantra to always “buy low and sell high.” When the shopping haul ends, the real drama just begins as they put their strategically-purchased items are put up for auction. With the demands for rare items in constant cycle and new trends evolve by the minute, there are no guaranteed scores anymore. Each time they auction of their goods, they are at the whimsical mercy of unknown buyers.

With a sixth-sense for bargain hunting, Jason and Bryan manage to turn second-hand goods in to first-rate profit.

Jacquelin Bouchard and Sylvie Desrochers of Pixcom Productions serve as Executive Producers with Nicola Merola and Cara Volchoff as Producers.  Tom Zappala, Executive Vice President of Programming and Scheduling, Spike TV and Matt Califano, Vice President, Program Scheduling, Spike TV, oversee the series for the network.

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.

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Press Contacts:

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

 

Andy Samberg Takes Home Mantlers for Primetime Award – Guys Choice 2014 airs June 11th at 9/8c

June 10th, 2014 by SPIKE Press

Spike TV Develops Script for Original Series Based on Stephen Frey’s Best-Selling Novel, “The Chairman”

June 10th, 2014 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV DEVELOPS SCRIPT FOR ORIGINAL SERIES BASED ON STEPHEN FREY’S BEST-SELLING NOVEL, “THE CHAIRMAN”

Ben Silverman’s Electus To Executive Produce

 Actor/Producer Julian McMahon, David Schiff, Greg Suess of ROAR, Jeremy Elice of Elice Island, and Dana Vachon To Serve As Executive Producers

 

New York, NY, June 10, 2014 –Spike TV has joined forces with Ben Silverman’s Electus to develop a script for an original series, “The Chairman,” based on the best-selling novel by acclaimed author Stephen Frey.

Award-winning producer Ben Silverman (“The Office, “The Tudors,” “Ugly Betty,” “The Biggest Loser”) of Electus, Jeremy Elice of Elice Island, renowned actor Julian McMahon (“Nip/Tuck”), and David Schiff are the Executive Producers for “The Chairman” with Sean Canino of Electus as Co-Executive Producer.  Dana Vachon, “Mergers & Acquisitions” author and Vanity Fair contributor, serves as Executive Producer and Writer. Greg Suess from ROAR will serve as Executive Producer as well.

“When Julian McMahon and Greg Suess brought us this great book series, we knew it could be the basis of a stylized, smart, aggressive, character-driven story in the financial world unlike anything that has previously been on television,” says Silverman. “We’re collectively so thrilled to both be a part of Spike’s emerging scripted brand and make talked-about TV with our fantastic writer, Dana Vachon.”

“The Chairman” is the story of Christian Gillette, a Gulf War veteran who is charismatic, powerful, cool under fire, and tremendously connected. Gillette takes over a billion dollar private equity fund after its founder’s mysterious death. As his new powers open secret doors he realizes that the world of apparently gentrified Manhattan finance is closely tied to the brutal realm of war that still haunts him — and that some of its most dangerous players are now his inherited enemies.

“The Chairman” is a suspense thriller following Christian’s odyssey through worlds of ill-gotten riches in an age of extreme inequality; a tale of money, exile and murder playing out in the blackened heart of the American dream.

Stephen Frey is a New York Times best-selling author.  Since 1995, he’s had 20 novels published with Penguin, Putnam, Random House, Simon & Schuster and Amazon Publishing. His latest work, “Red Cell 7,” the sequel to “Arctic Fire,” was published in January.  Frey’s next novel, “Kodiak Sky,” will be published in November 2014 by Amazon Publishing.  He is represented by the Cynthia Manson Literary Agency and Steve Fisher at APA.

Julian McMahon is represented by Paradigm and The Schiff Company.

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

Spike TV will premiere its first scripted event series in seven years, “Tut,” in 2015. The network recently announced script options for “War At the Shore” based on Richard D. “Skip” Bronson’s book and “Basket Case” by prominent author and journalist Carl Hiaasen.

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 Electus:

Electus is the first integrated multimedia entertainment studio to unite producers, creators, advertisers and distributors under one roof and produce all forms of content for distribution across a variety of platforms around the world, including: broadcast, cable, digital, OTT and various emerging technologies. The company connects advertisers, distributors and content creators early on in the development process, enabling marketers and advertisers to be true partners in campaigns and content creation.

About ROAR:

ROAR is a talent, music, and brand management firm with expertise in career & business development, strategic partnerships, and marketing solutions. The ROAR team comes from diverse, yet complementary backgrounds in music, motion picture, television, publishing, concert & event production, branded entertainment, digital marketing, media strategy, corporate partnerships, retail, finance and legal, offering a true 360 degree approach to client service. ROAR clients include leading musicians, actors, writers, directors, comedians, entertainment & lifestyle companies, experts & icons, and family offices engaged in entertainment and lifestyle initiatives.  www.roar.la

 

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Press Contacts:

David Schwarz      Spike TV           (212) 767-8639              david.schwarz@mtvstaff.com

Spike TV to Premiere New Documentary Celebrating the Life and Work of Hollywood Legend Steve McQueen

June 3rd, 2014 by SPIKE Press

 

SPIKE TV TO PREMIERE NEW DOCUMENTARY CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND WORK OF HOLLYWOOD LEGEND STEVE McQUEEN

 

“I Am Steve McQueen” Debuts Tuesday, June 24 Featuring Compelling Interviews With McQueen’s Close Group Of Friends And Family And An All-Star Cast

 

New York, NY, June 3, 2014 – Spike TV pays homage to one of Hollywood’s iconic movie stars, Steve McQueen, in the original Spike TV documentary “I Am Steve McQueen.” The 90-minute special, narrated by Robert Downey Jr., will premiere on Spike TV, Tuesday, June 24 at 9:00pm ET/PT.

“I Am Steve McQueen” tells the incredible life story of this legendary actor, racer, and cultural icon. Extensive interviews, movie clips, archival footage and sound bites chronicle his extraordinary career while focusing on the correlation between his on-screen and off-screen experiences.  The film is produced by Derik Murray and directed by Jeff Renroe.

“I Am Steve McQueen” is told through the eyes of the people that knew him best including much of his family that followed his path into acting including son Chad, (“Karate Kid”), his grandson Steven (“Vampire Diaries”), granddaughter Molly (“Carjacked”) and former wives Neile Adams McQueen (“This Could Be The Night”), Ali MacGraw (“Love Story”), and his widow former model Barbara Minty McQueen.  Also featured will be an array of luminaries from Hollywood including Gary Oldman, Pierce Brosnan, Marisa Miller, Robert Vaughn, Randy Couture, John Gilmore, Zoe Bell, Norman Jewison, Kristin Kreuk, and Ben Mankiewicz.

Known as the “King of Cool,” McQueen will forever be known in cinematic lore by his rugged good looks, bad-boy persona, and searing charisma. He grew from a small-town thug to become the highest paid and most sought-after actor of his generation. McQueen’s credits include “The Sand Pebbles” (for which he was nominated for an Academy Award), “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “The Getaway,” “Papillon,” “The Magnificent Seven,” and “The Towering “Inferno.”

McQueen lived fast and drove faster, channeling his passion for racing cars and motorcycles into seminal stunts and chase scenes in classic movies like “The Great Escape” and “Bullitt.”

“In a time of social upheaval, McQueen’s art imitated his life through the cinematic expression of his own true essence,” said Derik Murray, Executive Producer.  “McQueen became a symbol of American freedom and individuality and this documentary truly captures his unforgettable spirit.”

Spike TV’s Kevin Kay, Christopher Martello, and Jaimee Kosanke serve as Executive Producers along with Chad McQueen, and Dave Green from McQueen Racing LLC; Tim Gamble from Thunderbird, and Derik Murray, Paul Gertz, Kent Wingerak, Robert Pirooz, David Reeder, and Ali Pejman from Network Entertainment.

The documentary is the latest in Spike TV’s original “I Am” series. The network debuted the critically-acclaimed ‘I Am Bruce Lee” in 2012, also produced by Derik 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

 

Spike TV Gets into Shape with “Gym Rescue”

June 2nd, 2014 by SPIKE Press

 SPIKE TV GETS INTO SHAPE WITH “GYM RESCUE”

New York, NY, June 2, 2014 – Spike TV is getting in shape for summer with “Gym Rescue” hosted by MMA legends Randy Couture and Frank Shamrock. The 3-episode series premieres Sunday, August 10 at 9:00pm ET/PT.

More and more Americans every year are joining gyms to stay in shape and live healthier and more productive lives. However, running a successful gym is fraught with economic peril as many end up closing due to grievous mismanagement.

MMA legends Randy Couture and Frank Shamrock use their years of expertise in the business of mixed martial arts to help turn struggling gyms into thriving enterprises.  Couture currently owns a successful chain of gyms, Xtreme Couture MMA while Shamrock runs the acclaimed Shamrock MMA.  Together this dynamic duo has the know-how and track record to help take a failing gym on the ropes and turn it into a champion.

From traditional gyms to military-style boot-camps to yoga studios, Couture and Shamrock will do whatever it takes to whip the failing gyms into shape. From re-defining the gym’s identity, to renovating the outdated workout equipment to revising their marketing strategies, no problem is too big for this team of heavyweights. The hosts will also confront the gym owners with their assessment and plan of attack. No detail will go unnoticed as they scour the facility’s procedures from top to bottom. At the end of every episode, the new gym is revealed and it’s determined if the once failing gym has become a winning success.

The series was shot on location in Florida and Colorado.

“Gym Rescue” is produced by Kinetic Content with Chris Coelen, Couture and Samuel Spira as Executive Producers.

Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chris Rantamaki is Spike TV’s Senior Vice President, Original Series and Jeff Savaiano serves as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.

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

 

 

Season Finale of “Bar Rescue” – Sunday, May 11 at 9/8c

May 8th, 2014 by SPIKE Press

Spike TV Greenlights Epic Six-Hour Scripted Event Series Based on King Tut

May 5th, 2014 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV GREENLIGHTS EPIC SIX-HOUR SCRIPTED EVENT SERIES BASED ON THE LEGENDARY EGYPTIAN PHARAOH 

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

Premieres On Spike In 2015

New York, NY, May 5, 2014 – Spike TV is bringing the astounding saga of one of history’s most extraordinary rulers, Tutankhamun (King Tut), to television in a new landmark six-hour scripted event series.

“Tut” reveals, for the first time on television, the story of the Egyptian Pharaoh, one of the most renowned leaders in human history.  This ambitious special-event series tells the story of Tut’s rise to power and his struggle to lead Egypt to glory, while his closest advisors, friends and lovers scheme for their own nefarious interests. “Tut” opens up a fascinating window into a world filled with heart-breaking romance, epic battles, political backstabbing, conspiracy, jealousy, and even murder — proving his world was not far removed from our own — and that his reign as the youngest Egyptian king played out as a real-life drama for the ages.

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.

“We are thrilled to join forces with MUSE Entertainment and this incredible writing team to bring the amazing story of one of history’s legendary leaders to life,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV. “Tut is the perfect addition to our slate of distinctive originals that appeal to a broad audience.”

“Tut” will be shot entirely on location in Morocco and will debut on the network in 2015.

“Tut” will be produced for Spike TV by MUSE Entertainment (“The Kennedys,” “Being Human,” “Pillars of the Earth,” “Bomb Girls”) with Joel S. Rice and Michael Prupas from Muse. The project is executive produced by Greg Gugliotta (“The Fosters”), Michael Vickerman (“Impact”), Elice Island Entertainment’s Jeremy Elice, and Angela Mancuso (“Spartacus,” “Helen of Troy”), and written by Michael Vickerman along with Peter Paige & Bradley Bredeweg (“The Fosters”). Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV will also serve as an Executive Producer.  Irene Litinsky (“Being Human”) serves as a producer.

Join the conversation about the show by following @SPIKETV on twitter or by visiting Spike.com’s dedicated “Tut” destination, spike.com/shows/tut.  For additional series updates, follow Spike on Facebook and on Instagram.

MUSE ENTERTAINMENT is a leading film and television production company known for its well-crafted and high-quality productions. Since its founding in 1998, Muse has produced, co-produced or provided production services on more than 170 TV movies and mini-series, television series and feature films and has won over 100 awards and garnered over 300 award nominations. Muse Entertainment’s 8-hr. historical drama “The Kennedys” 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 other award-winning event programming include “Ben Hur,” “The Last Templar,” and “Human Trafficking.” Muse’s most recent television series are “Being Human” (Syfy), “Bomb Girls” (Reelz), and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” (Hallmark). 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

INESS PLEUS PROMOTED TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS, BRAND MARKETING & CREATIVE, SPIKE TV

April 29th, 2014 by faziod

INESS PLEUS PROMOTED TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS, BRAND MARKETING & CREATIVE, SPIKE TV

New York, NY, April 29, 2014 – Iness Pleus has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Operations, Brand Marketing & Creative, it was announced today by Frank Tanki, EVP, Brand Marketing & Creative, Spike TV, to whom she will continue to report.  In her new role, Pleus will be responsible for leading the day-to-day operations across the creative and marketing groups at Spike including project management, staffing, and all support technologies.  Pleus previously served as Vice President, Operations, Creative Group, Spike TV.

Pleus joined Viacom in 1992 as a production assistant at Nickelodeon. After stints at Lee Hunt Associates, a global entertainment branding and promotion boutique, and Razorfish, Inc., a global broadband and broadcast agency, Pleus returned to Viacom in 2002 as an operations consultant at TNN.

In 2003, Pleus served an integral role as a member of the Operations Team that launched Spike TV. Pleus was promoted one year later to Senior Director, On Air Promotions for Spike TV’s Creative Group, where she has coordinated all on-air operations for the network.

Pleus holds an associate’s degree from Fashion Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree from the College of Staten Island in Communications.  She currently resides in Cranford, NJ, with her husband and two children.

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

 

“Hungry Investors” Premieres May 4 at 10pm ET/PT

April 28th, 2014 by SPIKE Press

Sneak Peek – New “Bar Rescue” Sunday, April 27th at 9pm ET/PT

April 24th, 2014 by SPIKE Press