Lip Sync Battle – Laverne Cox vs. Samira Wiley

October 24th, 2016 by faziod

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Dwayne Johnson’s “Rock The Troops” Star-Studded Event Comes To Spike In December

October 11th, 2016 by faziod

 DWAYNE JOHNSON’S “ROCK THE TROOPS”

STAR-STUDDED EVENT COMES TO SPIKE IN DECEMBER

 

New Momentous Holiday Special to Honor America’s Heroes

 

Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Keegan Michael-Key, Rob Riggle,

Scott Eastwood, Terry Crews and More Set to Appear

 

Musical Performances by Nick Jonas, Flo Rida, Tenacious D, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aaron Lewis

with Additional Talent to Be Announced Soon

 

Epic Night of Entertainment For Our Nation’s Military to Be Taped At

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam In Hawaii

 

Los Angeles, CA October 11, 2016 – Entertainment icon Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is partnering with Spike TV, Casey Patterson Entertainment and Don Mischer Productions to create a monumental holiday event, “Rock the Troops,” a music and entertainment experience created to honor, inspire and captivate the brave men and women of America’s Armed Services. This compelling and modern tribute will emanate from the historical Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and bring together A-list headliners from the worlds of music, comedy and film to debut this December on Spike.

“My respect for our troops is boundless. This December we will honor the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and given that I have military in my family, vets and Navy SEALs, the goal was to create an event that honors our troops and their families in epic fashion. Seven Bucks Productions and I are privileged to have this opportunity to salute America’s finest and thank them from the bottom of our hearts for all their dedication, bravery, sacrifice and loyalty to our country,” says Johnson.

“Rock the Troops is a passion project for CPE and our partners at Seven Bucks and Don Mischer Productions,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer. “We’re thrilled to be bringing entertainment and inspiration to our servicemen and servicewomen and to have so much support from our talented friends.”

“Honoring those who have made a commitment to serve our country, our citizens and the free world is of the upmost importance to all of us at Seven Bucks Productions,” says Dany Garcia, co-founder of Seven Bucks Productions. “We are honored to dedicate a night of entertainment to these amazing men and women.”

“Entertaining our men and women in uniform, who are stationed around the world, is a long cherished tradition in our country,” said Don Mischer, Executive Producer. “As we approach the Holiday season, we are especially proud to help carry that tradition into the future.”

The growing list of Hollywood heavyweights set to take part includes Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Rob Riggle, Scott Eastwood, Terry Crews, and surfing superstar Laird Hamilton. George Clooney will be featured in a taped segment.

Musical performances will include Nick Jonas, Flo Rida, Tenacious D, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aaron Lewis, along with stand-up performances from Jeff Ross and J.B. Smoove.

“Rock the Troops,” gives back to our nation’s heroes for their dedication, bravery and sacrifice with a night of epic entertainment, big stars, and incredible moments.

This inaugural event will also showcase Spike’s pro social campaign, Veterans Operation Wellness, whose mission is to inspire veterans to make the same commitment to their health and wellness that they made to their country. Spike has a long history honoring our country’s heroes through programs such as “Hire A Vet” and “Fight For The Troops” as well as celebrated moments in the annual “Guys Choice Awards.”

Casey Patterson, Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia are Executive Producers alongside Don Mischer, Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare for Don Mischer Productions. Hiram Garcia and Brian Gewirtz of Seven Bucks will serve as Co-Executive Producers. Glenn Weiss is Director and Jon Slusser, Spike’s Senior Vice President, Sports and Specials serves as the network’s Executive in Charge.

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, emerging technologies, and digital networks. 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 Paramount’s Baywatch, New Line’s Shazam, Universal’s The Janson Directive and Dreamworks’ Alpha Squad Seven. The company also produces original television programming including HBO’s “Ballers,” Spike TV’s “Rock the Troops” and HBO Documentary Films “Rock and a Hard Place.”

About Casey Patterson Entertainment

Casey Patterson Entertainment is a full service production company producing premium content, live events, and talent-driven series and specials with offices in New York City and Los Angeles. Patterson is an Emmy®-nominated, critically-acclaimed executive producer who has created an array of groundbreaking programming during her 20 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’s credits include 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 Comedy Awards;” “Between Two Ferns- A Fairy Tale of New York;” “The Video Game Awards;” “Scream;” “GQ Men of the Year Awards;” “VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards;” “VH1 Divas Live;” “FOX’s “Billboard Music Awards;” and “NBC’s “Concert for America.”

About Don Mischer Productions

Don Mischer Productions (DMP) is an internationally acclaimed and universally respected producer of television and live events. Led by Don Mischer and Charlie Haykel, along with Juliane Hare, DMP has consistently produced programs that share the best of the human experience, whether it be the work of our most acclaimed artists or the celebration of our most cherished monuments and greatest international events. They are at the forefront of their craft, with an eye to innovate and advance the art form.

Some of their marquee productions include:  We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, the Kennedy Center Honors, 14 Primetime Emmy Awards, Super Bowl halftime shows (Prince, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen, among others), the Opening Ceremonies of both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games (Atlanta and Salt Lake City), and the 83rd, 84th and 85th Academy Awards. Other productions include the Billboard Music Awards, the groundbreaking Breakthrough Prize ceremony and specials featuring Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Bono, Prince, Lady Gaga, Rhianna, Stevie Wonder and Barbra Streisand, among many others.

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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Press Contacts:

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

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

Shawn “Jay Z” Carter And Weinstein Television Partner With Spike TV For A Landmark Television Event

October 6th, 2016 by faziod

SHAWN “JAY Z” CARTER AND WEINSTEIN TELEVISION PARTNER WITH SPIKE TV FOR A LANDMARK TELEVISION EVENT 

Six-Part Event Series Tackles The Story Of Kalief Browder And His Legacy That Shines A Light On The Extensive Inequality Within The Criminal Justice System 

“TIME: The Kalief Browder Story”

Premieres on Spike in January 2017

 

New York, NY, October 6, 2016 – Weinstein Television and Shawn “Jay Z” Carter have teamed up with Spike TV for a groundbreaking event series that will forever change the way we look at the criminal justice system in this country.

 

“TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” a compelling, six-part documentary event series tells the story of Kalief Browder, a young African-American student who spent three years on Rikers Island without ever being convicted of a crime.

 

Browder was a 16-year old high school student from the Bronx walking home from a party when he was arrested for allegedly stealing a backpack. He spent an unthinkable three years in jail awaiting trial; two of those years in solitary confinement. The case never went to trial and the chargers were ultimately dropped. After his release from Rikers Island, he took his own life. His story and the challenges it poses to our understanding of American freedoms are at the heart of the event series.

 

“TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” set to debut on Spike in January 2017, will be an important television event that takes a comprehensive look at Browder’s story using first-person accounts, archival footage, and cinematic recreations of key scenes from Browder’s life to present a definitive narrative of the shocking story that became a symbolic touchstone for criminal justice activism and reform. “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” will feature exclusive interviews from a wide range of those connected to the story, from politicians to close friends and family members to social reformers.

 

“Kalief Browder is a modern day prophet; his story a failure of the judicial process,” said Carter.  “A young man, and I emphasize young man, who lost his life because of a broken system.  His tragedy has brought atrocities to light and now we must confront the issues and events that occurred so other young men can have a chance at justice.”

 

“JAY Z, Kevin Kay, Sharon Levy and the entire team at Spike have been incredible partners on this project. What happened to Kalief is heartbreaking, but sadly, in reality, not the first of its kind. This series will take an important look at why Kalief’s life was cut so short, the flaws in our justice system and hopefully will continue some powerful conversations and movements for some much needed reform,” said TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein.

 

“Kalief’s story should endure and inspire much-needed change in the criminal justice system,” said Sharon Levy, Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series. “When  Weinstein Television brought us this project, we immediately knew it was a story that had to be told.”

 

“The story on the evening news created a lot of attention and action around Kalief Browder, but it wasn’t the whole story. If Kalief Browder’s life matters then his whole life matters, and that’s how we have been approaching this project,” said Jenner Furst, the director of this six-part series, from his Brooklyn-based company The Cinemart.

 

Executive Producers for “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” include Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Harvey Weinstein, David Glasser, Jenner Furst, Nick Sandow, Julia Willoughby Nason, and Michael Gasparro. Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chachi Senior is Senior Vice President of Original Series for Spike and will oversee the documentary series for the network.

 

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 Roc Nation:

Founded in 2008, Roc Nation is a full-service entertainment company, inclusive of artist, songwriter, producer and engineer management; music publishing; touring & merchandising; film & television; new business ventures; and a music label. It is home to a diverse roster of critically acclaimed recording artists, writers and producers including Rihanna, Shakira, J. Cole, Santigold, HAIM, Meek Mill, Big Sean and more. Roc Nation also has partnerships with global management companies Three Six Zero and Philymack.

 

About Weinstein Television:

 

The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein. During Harvey and Bob’s tenure at Miramax and TWC, they have received 351 Oscar nominations and won 82 Academy Awards.

 

Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; SCRE4M; SPY KIDS: THE KING’S SPEECH; UNDEFEATED; THE ARTIST; THE MASTER; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; DJANGO UNCHAINED; SCARY MOVIE 5; LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER; PHILOMENA; THE IMITATION GAME; PADDINGTON; WOMAN IN GOLD; SOUTHPAW, CAROL and THE HATEFUL EIGHT. Upcoming releases include HANDS OF STONE, THE FOUNDER, and LION.

 

Weinstein Television boasts an active television production division which garnered twelve Emmy nominations in 2015. Weinstein Television produces the reality powerhouse Project Runway, with its spin-off series Project Runway All Stars, hosted by Alyssa Milano, Project Runway Jr, featuring supermodel Hannah Jeter and fashion critic Kelly Osbourne. Upcoming series include the business focused Fashion Inc. which premieres later this year on Lifetime, and the late night AMC talk show Geeking Out.

 

Scripted series include John Fusco’s Marco Polo with Netflix, which premiered its second season in July 2016, critically acclaimed miniseries War & Peace, which debuted on Lifetime, A&E and HISTORY in 2016, Scream with MTV, which premiered its second season in May 2016, Peaky Blinders with Netflix just aired its third season, and Julian Fellowes’ Doctor Thorne with Amazon.  Upcoming series include Stephen King’s The Mist (a straight-to-series 10 episode order) for Spike TV, military drama Six (a straight-to-series 8 episode order) for HISTORY and animated series Spy Kids for Netflix (a multi season commitment).

 

Television projects in development explore a range of arenas and are not exclusive to drama or comedy, minis or continuing series, live action or animated. An active slate of more than 60 projects include soon to be sold reality competition show Incubator, Mario Puzo’s Omerta with Antoine Fuqua and Sylvester Stallone, Stephen King’s The Breathing Method with Blumhouse, Scott Teems and Scott Derrickson, and UK series SS-GB and Love, Nina.

 

About The Cinemart:

The Cinemart is a Full-Service Production Company and Creative Firm founded by Award-Winning Filmmakers Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason. After spending a decade producing seminal Docuseries Events like Brick City and Chicagoland, and working for industry luminaries like Robert Redford, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese; The Cinemart now produces Independent Films, Groundbreaking Television and disruptive Commercial Content for some of the world’s most influential Brands and Musicians. Recent Projects include the award-winning Sundance favorite Welcome to Leith and Sprite’s Obey Your Thirst Campaign starring Drake and Nas. The company is currently producing “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story,” a six-part Docuseries Event for Spike TV, Executive Produced by Jay Z, Harvey Weinstein, Nick Sandow and Michael Gasparro. The Cinemart’s studio and post facility are located in Downtown Brooklyn, New York.

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Press Contacts:

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

Jana Fleishman         Roc Nation                       212 292 7539      janaf@rocnation.com

Brad Thompson      The Weinstein Company 212 590-7890     brad.thompson@weinsteinco.com

Omar Gonzales       The Cinemart                    212-373-0116     Omar.Gonzales@pmkbnc.com

Jodie Magid            The Cinemart                   212-373-0122     Jodie.Magid@pmkbnc.com

 

 

“That Awkward Game Show” Premieres on Spike – Wednesday, October 12 at 10pm ET/PT

September 12th, 2016 by SPIKE Press

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“Ink Master” Season 8 – Contestant Photos

August 24th, 2016 by faziod

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Spike Press Release – Christina Aguilera Takes Over Spike on September 1

August 17th, 2016 by SPIKE Press

 

CHRISTINA AGUILERA TAKES OVER SPIKE ON SEPTEMBER 1 

Superstar Entertainer, Musical Icon and Series Executive Producer Debuts

New Music-Based Game Show “Tracks,”

Following Her Appearance on “Lip Sync Battle: TMI”

Shad Moss, a.k.a. Bow Wow Set to Host “Tracks”

 

New York, NY, August 17, 2016 – Musical icon and superstar entertainer Christina Aguilera (“The Voice”) takes over Spike on September 1st with the debut of “Tracks,” a new music-based game show hosted by rapper, actor and television host Shad Moss a.k.a. Bow Wow.  The two half-hour specials of “Tracks” premiere back-to-back on Thursday, September 1 starting at 10:30 PM, ET/PT following Spike’s popular “Lip Sync Battle: TMI” featuring Aguilera’s appearance during the epic Hayden Panettiere vs. Eva Longoria “Lip Sync Battle.”

Produced by Mission Control Media and MX Productions in association with Lionsgate, “Tracks” is an innovative musical game show where teams of two must guess the name of a song title, with only the song’s individual tracks (e.g. guitar, bass, drums, etc.) as a clue.  The show will also feature surprise celebrity musical guests performances.  One episode features Tommy Lee performing the drum track during game play.  Special performances by Aguilera will be featured in both episodes.

Bow Wow brings his nearly 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry (Film, TV, and Music) to his hosting duties on “Tracks,” having most recently starred as Brody Nelson in the hit CBS show “CSI: Cyber.”  Prior to that Moss co-hosted the iconic hip hop and R&B music video show “106 & Park” on BET. Originally discovered by hip-hop star Snoop Dogg, Moss’s solo debut release “Beware of Dog” set off a string of platinum and gold albums that led to six No. 1 singles for the young entertainer. Moss has released five albums and has sold more than 10 million albums to date.  His new album, “Underrated,” is due out later this year. No stranger to film and television, Moss made his lead role feature film debut in “Like Mike” and has since added “Lottery Ticket,” “Johnson Family Vacation,” “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” and “Hurricane Season” to his list of film credits. Additionally, Moss starred as Charlie in “Entourage” for three seasons  and held guest-starring roles in “Moesha,” “The Steve Harvey Show,” “Brothers Garcia,” “Smallville” and “Ugly Betty.”

Aguilera serves as executive producer along with MX Productions founder Matthew Rutler (“Chef Without Borders,” “MasterClass”), Michael Agbabian and Dwight D. Smith (“Hollywood Game Night,” “Face Off”) and Jeff Boggs (“Can You Duet?,” “Nashville Star”).   “Tracks” is produced by Mission Control Media and MX Productions in association with Lionsgate. Neal Tabachnick and Michael Aubry are co-executive producers, and developed the series with Mission Control Media.

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chachi Senior is Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and Tori Socha is Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and will oversee “Tracks.”  Jennifer O’Connell, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Lionsgate Television and Brian Tannenbaum, Vice President, Lionsgate Television will oversee on behalf of the studio.

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 Lionsgate

Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, international distribution and sales, branded channel platforms, interactive ventures and games, and location-based entertainment.  The Company has nearly 80 television shows on 40 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses.  These include the ground-breaking hit series Orange is the New Black, the beloved drama series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show, the breakout series The Royals and the Golden Globe-nominated dramedy Casual.

The Company’s feature film business spans eight labels and includes the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the Now You See Me, Divergent and John Wick series, SicarioThe Age of Adaline, Roadside Attractions’ Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Codeblack Films’ Addicted and breakout concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates.  Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as a foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com

About Mission Control Media

Named by RealScreen in 2015 as one of the top non-scripted production companies in the world, Mission Control Media, Inc. was formed by veteran television producers Michael Agbabian and Dwight D. Smith in 2008 with an eye on producing premium content.  The duo has amassed an impressive array of credits spanning network, cable and syndication outlets while successfully tackling virtually every form of alternative programming including competition-elimination, docuseries, music, live, variety, hidden camera, talk shows and game shows. Mission Control’s critically-acclaimed series distinguish themselves with a unique vision that includes a strong sense of character, story and style.  Signature projects for the company include the multiple Emmy Award-winning NBC game show “Hollywood Game Night” featuring Jane Lynch, as well as “Face Off,” the Critics Choice Award-winning competition about special effects make-up, currently in its 10th season on Syfy.

About MX

MX is a Los Angeles based production and investment company founded in 2015 by Grammy-Award winning artist Christina Aguilera and her fiancée, producer, businessman Matthew Rutler. Currently, MX has a first look television deal with Lionsgate. Together, they are producing “Tracks” for Spike TV as well as a digital series entitled “Chef Without Borders.”

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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

 

David Gardner           The Lippin Group for LIONSGATE

323-965-1990              dgardner@lippingroup.com

Tori Socha Promoted to Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV

July 28th, 2016 by SPIKE Press

TORI SOCHA PROMOTED TO VICE PRESIDENT, ORIGINAL SERIES, SPIKE TV

 Los Angeles, CA, July 28, 2016 – Tori Socha has been promoted to Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV, it was announced today by Chachi Senior, Senior Vice President, Original Series, to whom she will continue to report.

In her new position, Socha will continue to oversee both current series and original concepts for the network, with an aim to broaden and expand Spike’s successful non-scripted slate.

“Tori’s immense dedication and innovative spirit has proven to be a tremendous resource for our team,” says Senior.  “We look forward to her creative contributions as the network continues to broaden out.”

Since joining Spike as Senior Director, Socha has been responsible for overseeing both current series and original concepts for the channel.  She currently serves as executive in charge of the network’s hit series “Ink Master,” where she helped grow the franchise by developing the spinoff series “Ink Master: Redemption,” now in its third season.  She is also the executive in charge of development on upcoming series “Caraoke Showdown” and special “Tracks.”  Prior to joining Spike, Socha served as Director of Alternative Programming at Syfy where she developed unscripted series, including “Ghost Mine” and “Heroes of Cosplay” and served as Manager of Development for TLC.  Socha started her career at William Morris Agency, CBS and Discovery Studios.

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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 Press Contact:

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

Lauren Ruggiero Promoted To Vice President, Scripted Original Series, Spike TV

July 19th, 2016 by leungm

LAUREN RUGGIERO PROMOTED TO VICE PRESIDENT,

SCRIPTED ORIGINAL SERIES, SPIKE TV

 

Los Angeles, CA, July 19, 2016– Lauren Ruggiero has been promoted to Vice President, Scripted Original Series, Spike TV, it was announced today by Ted Gold, Senior Vice President, of Scripted Original Series, to whom she will continue to report.

In her new position, Ruggiero will continue to expand the development slate and co-manage scripted show production, including the highly anticipated upcoming series, “The Mist.”

“Lauren has excellent creative instincts and is a terrific asset to our team,” says Gold.  “She’s been instrumental in developing our ever-growing slate of scripted dramas and will continue to work tirelessly towards Spike’s mission to deliver bold and original series.”

Ruggiero first worked closely with Spike as a co-producer on the hit limited event series, “Tut,” when she was a working for Elice Island Entertainment.  Since joining Spike, Ruggiero has been involved in all scripted projects in various stages of development, including projects from major studio players, independents and several developed in-house.  She started her career in entertainment at the William Morris Agency as an agent trainee in their television literary department.   After a year in the agency trenches, she moved on to become a coordinator of original programming at AMC, where she worked on various hit series, including “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Killing” and “The Walking Dead.”

Spike TV debuted its first scripted event series in eight years, “Tut,” last July to strong ratings and has recently ordered to series “The Mist,” from TWC-Dimension Television (TV) based on the classic Stephen King novella and “Red Mars” based on Kim Stanley Robinson’s award-winning “Mars Trilogy.”

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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Press Contact:

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