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Chris Rantamaki

Senior Vice President, Original Series

Rantamaki oversees the day-to-day department activities relating to development and production. Rantamaki joined Spike in April 2011 as Vice President, Original Series and was instrumental in developing the highest-rated series on the channel, “Ink Master,” which delivered nearly three million viewers for its most recent season finale. Rantamaki also oversees the successful “Tattoo Nightmares” and an upcoming slate of new series in 2014 including “Hungry Investors,” “Catch A Contractor,” and “Frankenfood.”

Before joining Spike, Rantamaki spent four years at the Discovery Channel, where he was vice president of production.  There, he oversaw a slew of marquee shows, including “Auction Kings,” “The Colony,” “Howe & Howe Tech,” “Gang Wars,” “Construction Intervention,” “Cook County Jail,” and “Expedition Alaska,” among others.  Prior to his stint at Discovery, Rantamaki served as executive producer and producer for more than ten years on a wide variety of reality staples, including TLC’s hit docu drama “Miami Ink,” Fox’s “Ambush Makeover,” E!’s “#1 Single,” “Shipmates” and TLC’s “A Dating Story.”  He also has extensive experience in the talk show arena, serving as producer on “Queen Latifah,” “Dr. Joy Browne,” and “Jerry Springer.”