EMMY® AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER MARK BURNETT SIGNS ON AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR SPIKE TV’S 2011 “VIDEO GAME AWARDS

November 3rd, 2011 by gulatis

EMMY® AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER MARK BURNETT
SIGNS ON AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR
SPIKE TV’S 2011 “VIDEO GAME AWARDS”

Renowned Producer Signs On For 9th Annual “VGAs” Which Promises To Reveal Epic World Premieres And Information On The Most Anticipated Games Of 2012 And Beyond, Including The Truth About “Metal Gear Solid: Rising,” The Return Of Alan Wake, And A New Project From BioWare

Nominees For Game Of The Year And Most Anticipated Game Announced, With Additional Nominations To Be Announced Shortly

The 2011 “VGAs” Will Air LIVE On Saturday, December 10 On Spike TV, MTV2 And Spike.com

New York, NY, November 3, 2011 – This December, put your game on pause and prepare for an out-of-this-world glimpse at the future of gaming when Spike TV presents the 2011 “Video Game Awards” (#VGA). Today, Spike TV announced that Mark Burnett, the acclaimed producer of “Survivor,” “The Voice,” “The Apprentice,” the “63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards,” the “MTV Movie Awards” and the “People’s Choice Awards,” will serve as executive producer of the 2011 “VGAs” telecast.  The “VGAs” will recognize the best games of the year and present exclusive world premieres of what’s next when the show premieres LIVE, coast-to-coast on Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on Spike TV in high-definition.

“We’re thrilled that Mark Burnett has signed on to lead the ‘VGAs,’” said Casey Patterson, executive producer of the “VGAs” and executive vice president of event production for Viacom Media Networks Entertainment Group.  “Mark’s bold producing style is a perfect fit for gamers, and his tremendous vision and unparalleled energy will take the show to a new level.”

“I am so excited to be working with Spike on the ‘VGAs,’” said Mark Burnett. “I have teenage boys so video games are already a part of my life.  They kick my butt in ‘Black Ops’ on a regular basis, but now are letting me win in hopes of seeing some of the world premieres before the show.  We are going to have a lot of fun.”

This year’s show will once again deliver on its promise of exclusive world premieres and information from the most anticipated games of 2012 and beyond.  Guests include legendary game designer Hideo Kojima who will reveal the truth about “Metal Gear Solid: Rising” with a spectacular world premiere, the announcement of a new project and new studio from BioWare, creators of Most Anticipated Game of the Year nominee “Mass Effect 3” and the return of XBOX hero “Alan Wake” in an all-new adventure.  Additional information and the first visuals from some of these world premieres can be found exclusively in the December issue of “Game Informer” magazine.

Additionally, Spike TV is proud to announce the nominees for two of the night’s most prestigious categories, Game of the Year and Most Anticipated Game, with a comprehensive list of nominees to be revealed in the coming weeks.  They are as follows:

GAME OF THE YEAR

Batman: Arkham City

Portal 2

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

 

MOST ANTICIPATED GAME

BioShock Infinite

Diablo III

Halo 4

Mass Effect 3

The Last Guardian

Fans can cast their vote for Most Anticipated Game starting today at VGA.Spike.com.

For the first time, Viacom Media Networks will broaden the reach and impact of the 2011 “VGAs” by simultaneously airing the show LIVE on both Spike TV and MTV2, as well as on Spike.com.  Internationally, the “VGAs” will air in over 100 countries and territories around the world.  In addition, the show will include unique interactive opportunities only available to viewers during the initial live broadcast.  Further details will be announced in the weeks to come.

Mark Burnett, Casey Patterson and Carol Donovan will serve as executive producers of Spike TV’s 2011 “Video Game Awards.”

The presenting sponsors for the 2011 “Video Game Awards” are the all-new Chevy Sonic, Dr Pepper TEN and KFC Hot Wings.  Energizer® Ultimate Lithium is the associate sponsor, with AXE and Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol serving as digital sponsors.

Spike TV is available in 99.8 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.   A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is http://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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Video Game Awards 2011

November 3rd, 2011 by gulatis

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February 12th, 2011 by Craig Tinsley

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Neil Patrick Harris To Host Spike TV’s 2010 “Video Game Awards”

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EMMY AWARD-WINNER AND STAR OF
“SPIDER-MAN: SHATTERED DIMENSIONS” VIDEO GAME
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS
TO HOST SPIKE TV’S 2010 “VIDEO GAME AWARDS”

Presenters And Attendees Include Cast Members Of “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” Danny Devito, Kaitlin Olson, Rob McElhenney, Academy Award Nominated Director Guillermo Del Toro, “Halo: Reach” Star And VGA Nominee Nathan Fillion,  “Thor: God of Thunder” Star Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Munn, Annalynne McCord
And Tony Hawk, Among Others

Musical Performance By My Chemical Romance

Spike TV’s 8th Annual “Video Game Awards 2010” Premiere
LIVE ON Saturday, December 11 At 8:00 P.M. ET / 5:00 P.M. PT

New York, NY, December 6, 2010 – Acclaimed television, film, stage and video game star Neil Patrick Harris has been handed over the controller and will host Spike TV’s 2010 “Video Game Awards.”  Broadcasting in over 175 territories worldwide from Los Angeles, the “VGAs” will celebrate the best in gaming on Saturday, December 11 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
“Neil is a big gamer and a brilliant host,” said Casey Patterson, executive producer Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards.”  “Video games are taking over the world and Neil is perfect to lead the ‘VGA’s’ in celebrating the best of the year and the future of gaming.”

Some of the biggest names from the world of video games, Hollywood and music will gather to pay tribute to the outstanding achievements within the video game industry during the past year at Spike TV’s 2010 “Video Game Awards.”  Among the star-studded list of presenters, attendees and nominees include Annalynne McCord, “Thor: God of Thunder” video game star Chris Hemsworth, Dane Cook, Olivia Munn, Denise Richards, Academy Award nominated film director Guillermo Del Toro, Halo: Reach” star and VGA 2010 nominee Nathan Fillion, Nick Swardson, Tony Hawk and cast members from the hit series “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” Danny Devito, Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney.  Additional guest appearances will be announced shortly.    

Additionally, Grammy Award-winning rock band and “Gran Turismo 5” soundtrack contributors My Chemical Romance will be performing at this year’s live event.

The show will feature 13 world premieres of the most anticipated games of 2011 and beyond. World premiere titles confirmed so far include “Batman: Arkham City,” “Resistance 3” and “Thor: God of Thunder,” as well as the next game from Studio of the Year nominee BioWare, the debut of Guillermo del Toro’s video game and a special “Gears of War” announcement.  More titles will be confirmed shortly.

Director Hamish Hamilton (“The 82nd Annual Academy Awards,” “Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show,” “2010 MTV Video Music Awards”), Ian Stewart (“The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show,” “Laureus World Sports Awards”) and Casey Patterson, senior vice president, event production and talent development for Spike TV, will serve as executive producers of Spike TV’s 2010 “Video Game Awards.”  The 2010 “Video Game Awards” are produced by Done and Dusted Inc.

The official sponsors of Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards 2010” are Burger King Corporation, Dell Alienware M11x, Dr Pepper, Energizer® Ultimate Lithium, GameStop Corp., Jeep®, STRIDE® Gum and U.S. Army.

Spike TV is available in 99.4 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV 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.

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Spike TV Announces the 2010 “Video Game Awards”

November 17th, 2010 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES THE WORLD’S BIGGEST GLOBAL
VIDEO GAME EVENT: THE 2010 “VIDEO GAME AWARDS”
8TH ANNUAL EVENT TO BE BROADCAST IN OVER 175 TERRITORIES WORLDWIDE FROM LOS ANGELES

Two-Hour Event Premieres LIVE To Both Coasts On Saturday, December 11
At 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT

Worldwide Event Will Include More Exclusive World Premieres Than Ever Before
Of The Most Anticipated Titles Of 2011 And Beyond, Including “Batman: Arkham City,”
BioWare’s Next Blockbuster Title And Academy Award-Nominated
Director Guillermo del Toro’s First Gaming Franchise From THQ

Show To Be Directed By Hamish Hamilton And Produced By Done and Dusted Inc.

Nominees And Categories Honoring The Best In Video Games Announced With
BioWare’s “Mass Effect 2” Topping The List With 10 Nominations,
Rockstar San Diego’s “Red Dead Redemption” With Nine Nominations And
Bungie Studios’ “Halo Reach” And Treyarch’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops”
Both With Seven Nominations Each

New York, NY, November 17, 2010 – Spike TV today announced the nominees, categories and two world premieres for the 2010 “Video Game Awards” – the network’s annual live televised event to celebrate the best in games.  The eighth annual “VGAs” will be a global event, broadcasting in over 175 territories and countries around the world and gathering some of the most notable names in video games, Hollywood, music, sports and more to honor the outstanding achievements within the video game industry over the past year.  The two-hour event, taking place in Los Angeles, CA, will premiere LIVE on Spike TV Saturday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

The 2010 “Video Game Awards” will feature global premieres of some of the most anticipated upcoming games, as well as unannounced titles, from some of the industry’s leading publishers.  This year, viewers will get an exclusive preview of “Batman: Arkham City,” where one of Batman’s deepest secrets will be revealed.  “Batman: Arkham City,” also a nominee for Most Anticipated Game, is the sequel to 2009 multiplatform blockbuster action-adventure hit “Batman: Arkham Asylum.”  Additionally, the next blockbuster title from acclaimed developer and Studio of the Year nominee, BioWare, will be unveiled at the show.  Acclaimed film director and Academy Award-Nominee Guillermo del Toro will unveil his upcoming video game franchise from THQ.

“This year more than ever, video games dominate the brave new world of entertainment.  We’ll honor the year’s best in gaming, as well as give gamers a look into their future with more world premieres than ever before,” said Casey Patterson, executive producer and senior vice president, event production, Spike TV.  “We’re incredibly excited about our partnership with Done and Dusted and Hamish Hamilton.  They have a bold vision for the show and how to use technology to present the games in a way we’ve never seen before on TV.”

For additional information about other “VGA” world exclusives and announcements, fans can log onto VGA.Spike.Com and get updates via Twitter @SPIKE_TV as well as the hashtag #VGA. 

Leading the way with ten nominations is BioWare’s epic sci-fi RPG “Mass Effect 2,” including nods for Game of the Year, Best Xbox 360 Game, Best PC Game and Best RPG.  Rockstar Games’ Wild West action-adventure title “Red Dead Redemption” racked up nine nominations, including Game of the Year, Best Action Adventure Game, Best Graphics and Best Original Score.  Both Bungie Studios’ smash hit first-person shooter “Halo: Reach” and Activision’s blockbuster “Call of Duty: Black Ops” received seven nominations each, including Game of the Year, Best Shooter and Best Multi-Player.

Nominees for Spike TV’s 2010 “Video Game Awards” were determined by the VGA Advisory Council, made up of a group of some of the most well-respected video game journalists from media outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Kotaku, GameSpot, IGN, Game Informer Magazine, Penny Arcade, Joystiq and WIRED.  Games released between November 25, 2009 and November 23, 2010 were eligible for nomination.

Following are several of the nominees and categories for Spike TV’s 2010 “Video Game Awards.”  For a full list, please go to VGA.Spike.Com.

GAME OF THE YEAR
“Call of Duty: Black Ops” (Activision/Treyarch)
“God of War III” (Sony Computer Entertainment/SCE Studios Santa Monica)
“Halo: Reach” (Microsoft/Bungie Studios)
“Mass Effect 2” (Electronic Arts/BioWare)
“Red Dead Redemption” (Rockstar Games/Rockstar San Diego)

STUDIO OF THE YEAR
BioWare
Blizzard Entertainment
Bungie Studios
Rockstar San Diego

BEST SHOOTER
“Battlefield: Bad Company 2” (Electronic Arts / DICE)
“BioShock 2” (2K Games / 2K Marin)
“Call of Duty: Black Ops” (Activision / Treyarch)
“Halo: Reach” (Microsoft / Bungie Studios)

BEST INDIVIDUAL SPORTS GAME
“EA Sports MMA” (Electronic Arts / EA Tiburon)
“Shaun White Skateboarding” (Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal)
“Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11” (Electronic Arts / EA Tiburon)
“UFC Undisputed 2010” (THQ / Yuke’s Media Creations)

Acclaimed director Hamish Hamilton (“The 82nd Annual Academy Awards,” “Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show,” “2010 MTV Video Music Awards”), Ian Stewart (“The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show,” “Laureus World Sports Awards”) and Casey Patterson, senior vice president, event production and talent development for Spike TV, will serve as executive producers of Spike TV’s 2010 “Video Game Awards.”  The 2010 “Video Game Awards” are produced by Done and Dusted inc.

The official sponsors of Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards 2010” are Burger King Corporation, Dell Alienware M11x, Dr Pepper, Energizer® Ultimate Lithium, GameStop Corp., Jeep®, STRIDE® Gum and U.S. Army.

Done and Dusted Inc. is one of the world’s premiere festival, awards, music and events staging and filming specialists.  With offices in London, New York and Los Angeles, their teams have created highly original, compelling events and programming from all corners of the globe.  The company was founded by Hamish Hamilton, Ian Stewart and Simon Pizey, who have been involved in some of the world’s biggest television events including “The Oscars,” “Super Bowl Halftime Show,” “The MTV VMA’s” and “EMA’s,” “The Brit Awards,” “The Laureus World Sports Awards” and “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.”

Spike TV is available in 98.6 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV 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.

BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY software © 2010 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.  Developed by Rocksteady Studios Ltd. All rights reserved.   BATMAN and all characters, their distinctive likenesses, and related elements are trademarks of DC Comics © 2010.  All Rights Reserved.
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Spike TV Announces 2009 “Video Game Awards” Winners

December 14th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

 

SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES 2009 “VIDEO GAME AWARDS” WINNERS

“UNCHARTED 2: AMONG THIEVES” CROWNED
GAME OF THE YEAR

Legendary Musician Stevie Wonder On Hand To Pronounce
The Beatles: Rock Band As Best Music Game of 2009

LIVE Show Unveils World Premiere Footage From Twelve Of The Industry’s Most Anticipated Titles

Los Angeles, CA, Satuday, December 12, 2009 – Featuring world premiere footage from twelve of the gaming world’s most hotly anticipated releases and a slew of unbelievable moments, Spike TV’s seventh annual “Video Game Awards” was a night to remember as the network celebrated the outstanding artistic and technical achievements in the gaming industry over the past year. The two-hour event premiered LIVE on Spike TV Saturday, December 12 at 8:00 PM, ET (tape delay west coast) from The Event Deck @ LA Live in downtown Los Angeles.

The night’s most memorable moment belonged to 25 time Grammy® Award winner Stevie Wonder, who was on hand to present The Beatles: Rock Band as Best Music Game of 2009.  After being welcomed to the stage by a three minute standing ovation from the adoring crowd, the icon challenged the gaming industry to create video games specifically designed for those with disabilities. 

Another of the night’s signature moments occurred when former heavyweight boxing champion “Iron” Mike Tyson teamed up with another Mike, “The Situation,” and his “Jersey Shore” castmates to present Best Shooter to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
 
The gaming industry’s most influential developers as well as luminaries from the world of entertainment were on hand as Sony Computer Entertainment and Naughty Dog moved into “Uncharted” territory, as their smash hit UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves, was named Game of the Year. The title also took home awards for Best PS3 Game and Best Graphics, nothing a total of three Vector Monkeys, making it the year’s winningest game.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 tied with X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncgaged Edition in taking home the second most honors, with the former netting a pair of awards for Best Shooter and Best Multi-Player Game, and the latter winning Best Cast and Best Performance ByA Human Male due to Hugh Jackman’s outstanding work.
 
Viewers were treated to performances by Snoop Dogg as he stirred the crowd with his latest single, “I Want to Rock” and The Bravery, who rocked the house with “Slow Poison,” the first single from their new album, “Stir The Blood” and closed the show out with “I Have Seen the Future.”

The 2009 “VGAs” featured twelve exclusive world premieres, the highest number in the show’s seven year history. First look world premieres included Halo: Reach, UFC Undisputed 2010, Tron: Evolution, Medal of Honor, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, Crackdown 2, The Sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum, Spec Ops: The Line, Green Day Rock Band, Deadliest Warrior: The Game, True Crime and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2.

The “VGAs” pays tribute to the outstanding achievements of games, designers, animation, breakthrough technology, music and performances of the past year in the world of video games. The awards also provide a glimpse of the future of gaming – including exclusive sneak peeks and world premiere footage of some of the hottest and most anticipated games of 2010 and beyond.

A full list of winners is included below:
GAME OF THE YEAR
UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves (Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog)

STUDIO OF THE YEAR
Rocksteady Studios

BEST SHOOTER
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision Publishing / Infinity Ward)

BEST RPG
Dragon Age: Origins (Electronic Arts / BioWare)

BEST FIGHTING GAME
Street Fighter IV (Capcom / Capcom/Dimps)

BEST INDIVIDUAL SPORTS GAME
UFC 2009 Undisputed (THQ / Yuke’s Media Creations)

BEST HANDHELD GAME
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (Rockstar Games / Rockstar Leeds)

BEST GRAPHICS
UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves (Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog)

BEST MUSIC GAME
The Beatles: Rock Band (MTV Games / Harmonix)

BEST DRIVING GAME
Forza Motorsport 3 (Microsoft Game Studios / Turn 10)

BEST ACTION ADVENTURE GAME
Assassin’s Creed II (Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal)

BEST TEAM SPORTS GAME
NHL 10 (Electronic Arts / EA Canada)

BEST SOUNDTRACK
DJ Hero (Activision Publishing / FreeStyleGames)

BEST XBOX 360 GAME
Left 4 Dead 2 (Valve)

BEST Wii GAME
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo)

BEST PS3 GAME
UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves (Sony Computer Entertainment /
Naughty Dog)

BEST PC GAME
Dragon Age: Origins (Electronic Arts / BioWare)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Halo 3: ODST (Microsoft Game Studios / Bungie)

BEST MULTI-PLAYER GAME
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision Publishing / Infinity Ward)

BEST GAME BASED ON A MOVIE OR TV SHOW
South Park Let’s Go Tower Defense Play! (Microsoft / DoubleSix)

BEST CAST
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged Edition (Activision Publishing /
Raven Software)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN MALE
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged
Edition (Activision Publishing)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN FEMALE
Megan Fox as Mikaela Banes (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen /
Activision Publishing)

BEST VOICE
Jack Black as Eddie Riggs (Brütal Legend / Electronic Arts)

BEST DOWNLOADABLE GAME
Shadow Complex (Microsoft Game Studios / Chair Entertainment)

BEST COMEDY GAME
Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard (D3Publisher / Vicious Cycle)

BEST DLC
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony (Rockstar Games /
Rockstar North)

BEST INDEPENDENT GAME FUELED BY DEW
Flower (ThatGameCompany)

MOST ANTICIPATED GAME
God of War III (Sony Computer Entertainment / SCE Studios Santa
Monica)

The official sponsors of Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards 2009” are Burger King, Mountain Dew, Verizon Wireless, GameStop, Energizer and U.S. Army.

Albie Hecht, Oscar®-nominated producer and Casey Patterson, senior vice president, event production & talent development for Spike TV will serve as executive producers of Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards 2009.” Beth McCarthy will direct. Greg Sills is supervising producer.

Spike TV is available in 98.6 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV 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.

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Press Contacts:
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212.767.8705                212.767.3952
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BIG NAMES IN GAMES COME OUT FOR SPIKE TV’S “VIDEO GAME AWARDS 2009″

December 7th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

 

Academy Award™-Nominated Actor Jake Gyllenhaal, Green Day, Snoop Dogg,
 Olivia Wilde And Zachary Quinto Kick-Off All-Star Line Up

Spike TV’s 7th Annual “Video Game Awards 2009” Premiere LIVE On
Saturday, December 12 At 8:00 PM ET

New York, NY, December 7, 2009 – Megastars from the worlds of video games, Hollywood, music, sports and more will gather to pay tribute to the outstanding achievements within the video game industry during the past year at Spike TV’s 7th Annual “Video Game Awards 2009.”  Broadcasting in over 180 territories and countries, the VGAs will be a global celebration of all things gaming as it premieres LIVE on Spike TV Saturday, December 12 at 8:00 PM, ET (tape delay west coast). 

Academy Award™ nominated Actor Jake Gyllenhaal will be on hand to dole out the night’s most prestigious honor, Game of the Year, as well as to present  a special look at his upcoming Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, future blockbuster “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.”

Grammy Nominated rapper and gamer Snoop Dogg will be performing at this year’s live event.

Also scheduled to appear at the “VGAs” are Kristen Bell, Felicia Day, Green Day, Tony Hawk, Tricia Helfer, Forrest Griffin, Alyssa Milano, Zachary Quinto, Mike Tyson, Olivia Wilde and the stars of Spike TV’s forthcoming original comedy series “Blue Mountain State” – Alan Ritchson, Darin Brooks and Chris Romano.  Additional guest appearances will be announced shortly.            

The official sponsors of Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards 2009” are Burger King, Mountain Dew, Verizon Wireless, GameStop, Energizer and U.S. Army.

Albie Hecht, Oscar®-nominated producer and Casey Patterson, senior vice president, event production & talent development for Spike TV will serve as executive producers of Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards 2009.”  Beth McCarthy will direct.  Greg Sills is supervising producer.

Spike TV is available in 98.6 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV 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.

Press Contacts:

Salil Gulati                                                                               Aileen Budow              212.767.8705                                                                         212.767.3952
salil.gulati@spiketv.com                                                       aileen.budow@spiketv.com