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 Canada this fall 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

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

April 21st, 2014 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV PROMOTES MATT CALIFANO TO VICE PRESIDENT, PROGRAMMING SCHEDULING

April 21st, 2014 by faziod

SPIKE TV PROMOTES MATT CALIFANO TO VICE PRESIDENT, PROGRAMMING SCHEDULING

 

New York, NY, April 21, 2014 – Matt Califano has been promoted to Vice President, Program Scheduling, it was announced today by Tom Zappala, Executive Vice President, Programming and Scheduling, to whom he will continue to report.  In his new role, Califano will plan and execute the program scheduling and acquisitions strategy for Spike TV along with supervising the day-to-day operations supporting new distribution models (HD, VOD, DTO, and 3D) and implementing new systems. Califano most recently served as Senior Director of Program Scheduling for Spike TV.

Califano is a ten year veteran at Viacom, launching his career in television in 2006 as Supervisor, Commercial Operations, for Nick at Nite. He later joined Spike TV as Manager, Commercial Operations in 2007.

Califano earned a B.A. from Albright College where he majored in Political Science and was a standout member of the tennis team.  Califano currently lives in New Jersey with his fiancé.

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Press Contact:

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

“Hungry Investors” Hits Spike TV May 11th

April 2nd, 2014 by SPIKE Press

Sneak Peek – New “Bar Rescue” Sunday, March 16th at 9pm ET/PT

March 13th, 2014 by SPIKE Press

Spike TV Options Script for Richard D. “Skip” Bronson’s Best-Selling Book “The War at the Shore”

February 20th, 2014 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV OPTIONS SCRIPT FOR RICHARD D. “SKIP” BRONSON’S BEST- SELLING BOOK “THE WAR AT THE SHORE”

Trigger Street Productions and Giant Pirates Entertainment

To Develop Special Event Series Chronicles The Epic Atlantic City Battle Between

Donald Trump and Steve Wynn

New York, NY, February 20, 2014 – Spike TV has joined forces with Kevin Spacey’s Trigger Street Productions and Giant Pirates Entertainment to develop a script for an original special-event series based on the best-selling book “The War At The Shore” by Richard D. “Skip” Bronson. The book chronicles the high-stakes battle between Donald Trump and Steve Wynn over the future of one of America’s most popular vacation and gambling meccas, Atlantic City.

Dana Brunetti from Trigger Street Productions is the Executive Producer for “The War At The Shore.” Brunetti, who served as Producer for “The Social Network” and “Captain Phillips,” both nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Picture, is currently producing the highly-anticipated “50 Shades of Grey.”  He is also an Executive Producer on the critically-acclaimed series “House of Cards.”

Troy Searer (“Breaking Bonaduce,” “Obsessed”) and Ross Jacobson (“In A World,” “Big Sur”) from Giant Pirates Entertainment also serve as Executive Producers for “The War At The Shore.”

The script focuses on the epic five-year (1995-2000) battle between two of the most outspoken and dynamic businessmen of our time, Trump and Wynn, who fought a bare-knuckled brawl with billions of dollars on the line and the very future of the seaside resort community at stake.

Bronson, the author of “The War At The Shore,” is a renowned businessman and developer, who was Wynn’s point man in Atlantic City, as they tried to develop a new resort complex there against huge odds.  He reveals the inside story of this titanic rumble and presents a rare look at the world of casino development and the essential modern chapter in the history of America’s “Boardwalk Empire.” The book was published by Overlook Hardcover and distributed by Penguin.

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

Kevin Spacey is the founder of Trigger Street Productions, and Artistic Director of The Old Vic Theatre Company in London.  Films include “The Usual Suspects” (Academy Award, Best Supporting Actor),  “American Beauty” (Academy Award, Best Actor), “Swimming with Sharks,” “Se7en,” “LA Confidential,” “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “The Negotiator,” “K-Pax,” “The Shipping News,” “Superman Returns,” “Beyond the Sea,” “Shrink,” “The Men Who Stare at Goats,” “Casino Jack,” “Horrible Bosses” and “Margin Call.”

About Spike TV:

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Press Contacts:

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

 

 

 

FRANK TANKI NAMED EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, BRAND MARKETING AND CREATIVE, SPIKE TV

January 8th, 2014 by faziod

FRANK TANKI NAMED EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, BRAND MARKETING AND CREATIVE, SPIKE TV


New York, NY – January 8, 2014
Frank Tanki, a 12-year veteran of Nickelodeon, has been named Executive Vice President, Brand Marketing and Creative, Spike TV.  The announcement was made by Kevin Kay, President, Spike TV, to whom he will report.

“Frank is a proven brand-builder and his ability to strategically connect with viewers will be vital as Spike continues to broaden its audience through distinctive original programming,” said Kay.

In his new role at Spike, Tanki is responsible for leading all consumer marketing and creative development for the brand, including consumer and trade advertising, digital and social marketing, partnership marketing, and on and off-air creative along with property messaging for all cross-business initiatives.

Previously, Tanki served as Senior Vice President, Nickelodeon Strategic Property Planning & Marketing where he was responsible for the strategic planning and marketing of many of Nickelodeon’s key hits such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dora The Explorer. He was also responsible for marketing Nick’s Live and Recreation platforms and partnership marketing, where he forged strategic marketing partnerships with the NFL, NASCAR, and various MLB and NBA Teams, as well as helping lead the brand’s annual presence at COMICON and the Licensing Show.  Prior to that, Tanki was Nickelodeon’s Senior Vice President of Partnership Marketing and Operations where he worked with partners such as Sony Music to launch Nick’s newest live-action series, “Big Time Rush,” which set a  record as the highest-rated and most-watched live-action Nick series premiere with kids, tweens and total viewers.

Tanki began his Nickelodeon career as the marketing project manager for “The Rugrats Movie,” coordinating strategic marketing plans among all of Nickelodeon’s divisions and Paramount Pictures.  He worked on the launch of “SpongeBob SquarePants” before moving on to Cartoon Network and Adult Swim as Director, Promotions Marketing. He returned to Nickelodeon as Senior Director, Brand Marketing, where he managed several successful marketing campaigns like “SpongeBob SquarePants,” ‘Best Day Ever’ marathon, which earned Nickelodeon its most-watched and highest-rated total programming day in history.  He also served as Vice President, Nickelodeon Brand Marketing, where Tanki directed the launch campaigns and off-air marketing for many of Nick’s most successful properties including “iCarly,” “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” and “The Penguins of Madagascar” and “The Kids’ Choice Awards.”

Tanki graduated from Boston College and earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Bernard M. Baruch College Executive MBA program.

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Press Contact:

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