Spike TV Orders 5th Season of “Auction Hunters”

April 11th, 2014 by SPIKE Press

 

SPIKE TV ORDERS 20 EPISODES OF “AUCTION HUNTERS,” THE NETWORK’S LONGEST RUNNING ORIGINAL NON-SCRIPTED SERIES

New York, NY, April 11, 2014 –– Spike TV has ordered a new season of 20 episodes of “Auction Hunters,” the network’s longest-running non-scripted original series that has successfully broadened and expanded the channel’s audience.  The fifth season of “Auction Hunters” will go into production this summer and debut this fall.

For the new season, the show’s stars, Allen Haff and Ton Jones, will expand their horizons to more than just storage unit auctions. This dynamic duo will traverse the country in search of the best deals, from cattle auctions to police auctions to, of course, their favorite storage auctions – all in the goal of finding fortune.    

The current season of “Auction Hunters” (January 18-April 5) has averaged 1.5 million viewers and has improved the timeslot on Saturdays at 9pm in the key demographic of Adults 18-34 by 25%.

“We are thrilled to bring back another season of ‘Auction Hunters’ which after four years, continues to resonate with our growing gender-balanced audience,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV.   

About “Auction Hunters:”

Launched in 2010, “Auction Hunters” stars the two best prospectors in the business, Allen Haff and Ton Jones. The series cuts the lock and opens the door into high stakes, financial risks and potential rewards, where the right purchase can bring in serious cash. 

“Auction Hunters” is produced by Gurney Productions and executive produced by Scott Gurney and Deirdre Gurney.  Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President of Original Series and Chris Rantamaki is Senior Vice president, Original Series. Dallas Dunn serves as Executive in Charge of Production for Spike.

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 Contact:             Shana Tepper                Spike TV                   310-407-4728

*Information provided by Nielsen Media Research (based +7 DVR ratings)

 

 

Spike TV’s “Auction Hunters” and “Savage Family Diggers” Move to a New Night!

March 1st, 2013 by SPIKE Press

Spike TV’s “Auction Hunters” and “Savage Family Diggers” Move to a New Night!

Please be advised that Spike TV’s original series “Auction Hunters” and “Savage Family Diggers” are moving to Saturday evenings beginning March 2nd.

Auction Hunters

Spike TV’s “Auction Hunters” will now telecast Saturdays at 9:00 PM, ET/PT starting March 2nd.

Savage Family Diggers

Spike TV’s “Savage Family Diggers” will now telecast Saturdays at 10:00 PM, ET/PT starting March 2nd.

Artwork for both series is still available for immediate download by visiting www.spike.com/press.

Press Contacts:

Salil Gulati
212-767-8705
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Shana Tepper
310-407-4728
shana.tepper@spiketv.com

“Auction Hunters: Pawnshop Edition” Premieres Wednesday, January 30 at 9:00 PM, ET/PT

January 8th, 2013 by SPIKE Press

ALLEN HAFF AND TON JONES TO OPEN THEIR OWN STOREFRONT IN

“AUCTION HUNTERS: PAWNSHOP EDITION”

Series’ Fourth Season to Focus on Both Auctions and Newly Opened

Haff-Ton Pawn Shop and Premieres Wednesday, January 30 at 9:00 PM, ET/PT

New York, NY, January 8, 2013 – Allen Haff and Ton Jones are back in business on Spike TV on Wednesday, January 30 at 9:00 PM, ET/PT with back-to-back new episodes, and this time they have a surprise in store in the season premiere of “Auction Hunters:  Pawnshop Edition.”  The fourth season of Spike TV’s hit series will once again follow two of the best prospectors in the storage unit auction business, Allen Haff and Ton Jones, but this season the stakes are raised, as the two try to keep their newly opened Haff-Ton Pawn storefront in business. 

This season also introduces a new face, “Big Sis,” who manages Haff-Ton Pawn store while Haff and Jones are away.  A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Big Sis has bought, sold and collected vintage goods her entire life.

Haff and Jones uncover high-valued items this season, including a collection of century-old leather head football helmets worth over $10,000 and a desert land racing yacht worth $3,000.  The duo also discover rarities such as a 1800s Japanese Tonto Sword used for Seppuku ritual suicide worth $3,500 and a rigged 1930s mafia slot machine valued at $2,500.

Every year in America, 50,000 storage facilities hold auctions for abandoned storage units and, at these auctions, over $1 billion worth of goods changes hands.  Each unit has the potential to be a goldmine or a bust for those who make their living hunting unclaimed property.  “Auction Hunters:  Pawnshop Edition” cuts the lock and opens the door into the high stakes, financial risks and potential rewards where the right purchase can bring in serious cash, and also examines the dynamic at the storefront where Haff and Jones sell their discoveries. 

Spike.com will also get into the behind-the-scenes action of “Auction Hunters:  Pawnshop Edition.”  In addition to featuring weekly preview clips and highlight segments from each episode once the season starts, auctionhunters.spike.com currently features full episodes of the first three seasons.  Fans can also connect to the series via the official Auction Hunters Facebook page and join in on the conversation on Twitter using @SPIKETV and #AuctionHunters.

Haff is a second generation antiques dealer and collector with over 20 years of experience in the field.  By the age of 24, he owned his first antique business in Houston, TX and was one of the earliest eBay sellers of vintage collectibles online.  He moved to Los Angeles ten years ago and immediately began hunting in storage unit auctions, Hollywood thrift stores, estate sales and swap meets and earned a living buying and selling antiques and collectibles.  In 2008, Haff started Hollywood & Vintage, a high volume liquidation company specializing in movie memorabilia and vintage collectibles that he operates from his office and warehouse in Los Angeles.

Jones is a self-described hobbyist who has spent years hunting and fishing, as well as collecting knives, swords, guns, old currency and jewelry.  Jones was introduced to storage unit auctions more than seven years ago when he was looking for old cars to take into the desert to wreck for fun, but what he found was a world specifically tailored to his unique skills.  Jones, an imposing figure standing over 6’0”, 400 lbs., is a renowned auction hunter in the Southern California area.  Jones’ expertise lays in rare coins and weaponry, such as medieval swords, daggers and armor.

“Auction Hunters” is produced by Gurney Productions and executive produced by Scott Gurney and Deirdre Gurney.  Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Tim Duffy is Senior Vice President of Original Series for Spike TV and Alex Eastburg, Vice President of Original Series for Spike TV, 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 Contact:             Shana Tepper                Spike TV                   310-407-4728

 

 

Spike TV Orders New Seasons Of “Auction Hunters” and “American Digger”

August 7th, 2012 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV ORDERS 26 ADDITIONAL EPISODES OF

“AUCTION HUNTERS” AND 13 EPISODES OF “AMERICAN DIGGER”      

New York, NY, August 7, 2012Spike TV has ordered new seasons of two of the network’s highest-rated non-scripted series that have successfully broadened and expanded the channel’s audience.  Spike has picked up a fourth season of 26 episodes of “Auction Hunters,” starring the two best prospectors in the business, Allen Haff and Ton Jones. The network also ordered 13 episodes of “American Digger,” following the American Savage team, led by former professional wrestler-turned-modern-day relic hunter Ric Savage. The announcement was made today by Sharon Levy, Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series.

The recently completed season three of “Auction Hunters” (March 21-June 6) delivered 1.9 million viewers and improved the timeslot with Men 18-49 by +102% and Men 35-49 by +121%.  The debut season of “American Digger” (March 6-June 6) delivered 1.2 million viewers and upped the timeslot with Men 35-49 by +36% and +11% with Men 18-49.

“We are thrilled to bring back new episodes of two of our most popular shows that speak to the network’s mission of delivering bold, non-scripted entertainment with real stakes,” said Levy.

Both “Auction Hunters” and “American Digger” will go into production this fall and new seasons will air in 2013.

“Auction Hunters” and “American Digger” are produced by Gurney Productions and executive produced by Scott Gurney and Deirdre Gurney.

About “Auction Hunters”:

Every year in America, 50,000 storage facilities hold auctions for abandoned storage units and, at these auctions, over $1 billion worth of goods changes hands.  Each unit has the potential to be a goldmine or a bust for those who make their living hunting unclaimed property.  “Auction Hunters” cuts the lock and opens the door into the high stakes, financial risks and potential rewards where the right purchase can bring in serious cash.  The series follows Haff and Jones in their quest to win auctions, dig for abandoned historical treasure and sell them for a profit.

About “American Digger”:

In the US, there are millions of historical relics buried in backyards just waiting to be discovered and turned into profit.  “American Digger” hopes to claim a piece of that pie as the series travels to a different city each week searching for high-value artifacts and relics, some of which have been untouched for centuries.  After pinpointing historical locations such as Civil War and Revolutionary War battlefields, Savage’s first task is to convince reluctant homeowners to let his team dig up their property using state-of-the-art metal detectors and heavy-duty excavation equipment.  The team will then sell any artifacts found for a substantial profit by consulting experts and scouring the antique and collectible markets, but not before negotiating a deal to divide the revenue with the property owners.

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:

Shana Tepper               Spike TV         212-767-4275             shana.tepper@mtvstaff.com

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

 

 

 

 

New episodes of “Auction Hunters” premiere Tuesday, July 19

July 19th, 2011 by SPIKE Press

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“Auction Hunters” Returns With New Episodes On July 19

July 7th, 2011 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV’S HIT SERIES “AUCTION HUNTERS” RETURNS WITH NEW EPISODES

OF SEASON 2 ON TUESDAY, JULY 19 at 10:00 PM 

The Network’s Popular Original Unscripted Series Delves Into The Intriguing World  

Of Storage-Unit Auctions

New York, NY, July 7, 2011 – Spike TV’s highest-rated non-scripted original entertainment series, “Auction Hunters,” returns with brand new episodes of season 2 starting Tuesday, July 19 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT.  A special new New England-area-based episode will air Sunday, July 17 at 9:30 PM as a lead in to the premiere of Spike TV’s new series, “Bar Rescue.”  

“Auction Hunters” explores the cutthroat world of storage-unit auctions with two of the best prospectors in the business, Allen Haff and Ton Jones.  Every day in America, there are over ten thousand abandoned storage units that are put up for public auction.  Each unit has the potential to be a goldmine or a bust for those who make their living hunting unclaimed property.  The series offers viewers a rare look into the high stakes, financial risks and potential rewards where the right purchase can bring in serious cash.

In the new upcoming episodes, Haff and Jones uncover high-valued items including a 1990s military-grade Tomahawk cruise missile jet engine valued at $15,000 and an 1800s naval cane sword with hidden telescope valued at $25,000.  The duo will also discover rarities such as a late 1970s Z-Flex Jimmy Plumer Poolrider skateboard with original artwork by Doug Smith valued at $4,000 and an 1870s French Dolne “Apache” knuckle-duster revolver valued at $3,600.

Allen Haff is a second generation antiques dealer and collector with over 20 years of experience in the field.  By the age of 24, he owned his first antique business in Houston, TX and was one of the earliest eBay sellers of vintage collectibles online.  He moved to Los Angeles ten years ago and immediately began hunting in storage unit auctions, Hollywood thrift stores, estate sales and swap meets and earned a living buying and selling antiques and collectibles.  In 2008, Haff started Hollywood & Vintage, a high volume liquidation company specializing in movie memorabilia and vintage collectibles that he operates from his office and warehouse in Los Angeles.

Ton Jones is a self-described hobbyist who has spent years hunting and fishing, as well as collecting knives, swords, guns, old currency and jewelry.  Jones was introduced to storage unit auctions more than seven years ago when he was looking for old cars to take into the desert to wreck for fun, but what he found was a world specifically tailored to his unique skills.  Jones, an imposing figure standing over 6’0”, 300lbs., is a renowned auction hunter in the Southern California area.  Jones’ expertise lays in rare coins and weaponry, such as medieval swords, daggers and armor.

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.   Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Press Contact:                   Shana Tepper                    Spike TV               212-767-4275

“Auction Hunters” Father’s Day Colt Peacemaker

June 20th, 2011 by SPIKE Press

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SPIKE TV’S HIT SERIES “AUCTION HUNTERS” RETURNS FOR A SECOND SEASON TUESDAY, APRIL 5 AT 10:00 PM, ET/PT

March 21st, 2011 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV’S HIT SERIES “AUCTION HUNTERS”

RETURNS FOR A SECOND SEASON

TUESDAY, APRIL 5 AT 10:00 PM, ET/PT

The Network’s Popular Original Unscripted Show Goes Coast-To-Coast

Delving Into The Intriguing World Of Storage-Unit Auctions

New York, NY, March 3, 2011Spike TV’s hit original series “Auction Hunters” returns for a second season with 20 new episodes starting Tuesday, April 5 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT.  Season two, which continues to follow two of the best prospectors in the business, Allen Haff and Clinton “Ton” Jones, kicks off in Miami with back-to-back episodes featuring the intense drama of highly competitive storage auctions in South Florida.  The new season will travel across the country showcasing the lucrative and often cutthroat world of storage-unit auctions through the eyes of the renowned auction-hunting duo.

Season one of “Auction Hunters” averaged a robust 1.5 million viewers, with the finale in late December delivering 2.3 million viewers.  The series also drew new viewers to Spike and expanded the network’s fan base with Men 35+.

Every year in America, 50,000 storage facilities hold auctions for abandoned storage units and, at these auctions, over $1 billion worth of goods changes hands.  Each unit has the potential to be a goldmine or a bust for those who make their living hunting unclaimed property.  “Auction Hunters” cuts the lock and opens the door into the high stakes, financial risks and potential rewards where the right purchase can bring in serious cash.  The series follows Haff and Jones in their quest to win auctions, dig for abandoned historical treasure and sell them for a profit.  This season they uncover high-valued items including a Winchester model 1912 shotgun valued at $1,500 and the exact scale remote control replica of a $3,000,000 luxury Viper Fan Jet plane valued at $11,500.     

Allowed only a brief glimpse inside the unit before each fast-paced auction begins, skill and strategy are paramount as Haff and Jones have only seconds to estimate the value and determine how high they’re willing to bid to beat out the completion.  Each episode will also feature “the dig,” a process by which our hunters literally dig into the contents of the unit and assess every item within as well as “the sell” where they consult experts, establish value and negotiate a sale with collectors and dealers.

Spike.com will also get into all the behind-the-scenes auction action with “Auction Hunters.”  In addition to featuring weekly preview clips and highlight segments from each episode once the season starts, auctionhunters.spike.com currently features the entire first season of full episodes.  Fans can also connect to the series via the official Auction Hunters Facebook page.

“Auction Hunters” is produced by Gurney Productions and executive produced by Scott Gurney, Deirdre Gurney and Philip Lott.  Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s executive vice president, original series and animation, Tim Duffy is senior vice president of original programming for Spike TV and Joe Weinstock is senior director, original programming.

Allen Haff is a second generation antiques dealer and collector with over 20 years of experience in the field.  By the age of 24, he owned his first antique business in Houston, TX and was one of the earliest eBay sellers of vintage collectibles online.  He moved to Los Angeles ten years ago and immediately began hunting in storage unit auctions, Hollywood thrift stores, estate sales and swap meets and earned a living buying and selling antiques and collectibles.  In 2008, Haff started Hollywood & Vintage, a high volume liquidation company specializing in movie memorabilia and vintage collectibles that he operates from his office and warehouse in Los Angeles.

Ton Jones is a self-described hobbyist who has spent years hunting and fishing, as well as collecting knives, swords, guns, old currency and jewelry.  Jones was introduced to storage unit auctions more than seven years ago when he was looking for old cars to take into the desert to wreck for fun, but what he found was a world specifically tailored to his unique skills.  Jones, an imposing figure standing over 6’0”, 300lbs., is a renowned auction hunter in the Southern California area.  Jones’ expertise lays in rare coins and weaponry, such as medieval swords, daggers and armor.

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.   Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Press Contact:             Shana Tepper                Spike TV                   212-767-4275

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March 18th, 2011 by Craig Tinsley