Meet the Contestants of “Ink Master” Season 5 – Premieres Tues., Sep 2

July 29th, 2014 by faziod

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DOES BAD BLOOD BREED BETTER ART? FIND OUT ON THE NEW SEASON OF “INK MASTER” STARTING TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 AT 10 PM, ET/PT

Season Five Pits Tattoo Rivals Against One Another In Their Quest To Win
$100,000, Editorial Feature In Inked Magazine &
The Bragging Rights Title Of ‘Ink Master’

 

New York, NY, July 29, 2014 – Spike TV’s hit original and the first tattoo reality-competition series “Ink Master” returns for a fifth season starting Tuesday, September 2 at 10 pm ET/PT, and this time there’s bad blood in the water.  Tattoo artists from around the country will battle it out to defeat their rival and the other 16 artists in permanent ink and sometimes with each other for a $100,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked and, of course, the bragging rights title of ‘Ink Master.’  This season it is not just about the rivalries you create on the show, each contestant is coming into this competition with a personal tattoo rival.  From convention circuit foes, a former boss vs former employee, brothers and even two of the most infamous rivals in “Ink Master” history, this season’s competition is more personal than ever.

Each week “Ink Master” puts artist through a series of tattoo challenges that are not only designed to test the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, where they must create and execute an original tattoo by command on a ‘Human Canvas.’  Each episode focuses on a different and distinct style of tattooing including realism, black and gray, geometric, neo-traditional, Asian and cover-up, among others.   The masterpieces these artists create will last a lifetime, but so will their mistakes.

After every challenge, the contestants face a tough panel made up of series host Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) and world renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo) who are joined by a roster of guest judges including Joe Manganiello, Tommy Montoya and DeAngelo Williams.

Once again the Human Canvases, who volunteer their bodies to be tattooed by the “Ink Master” contestants, will have a say in who gets sent home.  The Canvases will form their own jury, deliberate as a group and pick one artist per episode who will be up for elimination.  In the jury room, viewers get an inside look at the heated arguments and wicked emotions as the Canvases defend or abandon their new ink and artist.

In the season opener the artists put ink-to-skin right from the get-go.  There are eighteen artists standing, including season three rivals Joshua Hibbard and Jason Clay Dunn, and each of them are forced to collaborate with their biggest rival in a tag team tattoo challenge (right away as they are challenged to tattoo as a tag team).

The “Ink Master” Season Five tattoo artists are (listed in alphabetical order):

  • Angel (@Angel_Bauta) –Owner/artist at Puncture Tattoo Studio in Brooklyn, NY
  • Julia Carlson (@julzcarlsontat2) – Artist at Ink Obsession in Brown Mills, NJ
  • LT (@lt_doart3) – Artist at East Providence Tattoo in Providence, RI
  • Jason Clay Dunn (@JasonClayDunn) – Owner/artist at Tattoo Alchemy in Montclair, CA
  • Emily Elegado (@EmilyElegado) – Artist at Roses & Ruins Tattoo in Summerville, SC
  • Cris Element (@CrisElement) – Artist at Leathernecks and Bullseye in Brooklyn, NY
  • Caroline Evans (@tatugirl) – Artist at Ink Obsession in Cookstown, NJ
  • Ryan Eternal (@Ryan_Eternal) – Artist at Hart & Huntington in Orlando, FL
  • Joshua Hibbard (@_JoshuaHibbard) – Artist at Inspired Tattoo in Portland, OR
  • Tim Lees (@Timstat2)  - Artist at Propaganda Tattoo in San Diego, CA
  • Mark Longenecker (@longnecktattoo) – Owner/artist at Endless Summer in Cocoa Beach, FL
  • Aaron Is (@AaronIsTattoo) – Co-Owner/artist at Bloodline Tattoo in Tampa, FL
  • Cleen Rock One (@Cleen_Rock_One) – Owner/artist at Chrome Gypsy Tattoo in Las Vegas, NV
  • Don Peddicord (@DonPeddicordArt) – Co-Owner/artist at Tattoo Dynasty in Baltimore, MD
  • Ty’Esha Reels (@Ty_Tattoos) – Artist at 401 Ink Tattoo in Providence, RI
  • Robbie Ripoll (@RobbieRipoll) – Owner/artist at Chapel of Love Tattoo in Melbourne, FL
  • Jayvo Scott (@JayvoScott) – Owner/Artist at Ink Doctors Tattoo Studio in Melbourne, FL
  • Erik Siuda (@ErikSiuda) – Owner/Artist at Ghost Gallery Tattoo in Bethpage, NY

Viewers can find more on each artist including biographies, photo galleries, artwork portfolios and artist introduction videos by visiting inkmaster.spike.com.  Throughout the season fans can watch full episodes and video clips, and are encouraged to join the conversation on social media.  Each week fans can interact with the show by using #InkMaster for the chance to have their tweets featured on-air, and by participating in real-time polling through custom hashtag battles.  The latest in tattoo culture and series news can be found on the official “Ink Master” Facebook page, on Twitter @spikeinkmaster, Tumblr and on Instagram @spiketv.

Coming off its highest rated season with Men 18-49 and Persons 18-34, “Ink Master” season four saw triple digit increases vs.  all time period averages with Persons 18-49, Men 18-49, Women 18-49 and total viewers.  In its Tuesday 10-11 PM ET/PT slot, “Ink Master” ranked among the top 5 among Persons 18-49 Men 18-49 and Men 18-34 and is currently one of Spike’s most gender-balanced programs.  The series generated 4.6 million total Cross Platform Video Views during season four and the LIVE finale was ranked #1 on cable based on twitter activity, its highest ranking ever.

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Original Media (“Swamp People,” “Comic Book Men,” “BBQ Pitmasters,” “Grilled,” “Dual Survival,” and “NY Ink”) with Charlie Corwin, Daniel Laikind and Andrea Richter serving as Executive Producers. Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol USA.

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chris Rantamaki is Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and oversees production of “Ink Master” and Kevin Bartel serves as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.

Founded in 2002, Charlie Corwin’s Original Media has built a strong reputation for cutting-edge content and quality production. Original Media produces hundreds of hours of award-winning content across multiple media formats including Academy Award nominated feature films, reality television, scripted television and digital programming and currently has fifteen television series on air. Some of Original Media’s hit television series shows “NY Ink,” “LA Ink,” “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “Swamp People,” “Storm Chasers,” “Dual Survival” and “BBQ Pitmasters.”  Original Media produced the Academy Award nominated films The Squid and the Whale and Half Nelson. The company, headquarters in New York, is a subsidiary of Endemol USA.

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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Interviews with cast & judges available upon request.

Contact:

Nicole Platt                 Spike TV         212-767-8855              nicole.platt@spiketv.com

Debra Fazio                 Spike TV         212-767-8649              debra.fazio@spiketv.com

Ink Master Season 5 Contestant Biographies

July 29th, 2014 by faziod

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Season 5: Contestant Biographies

(in alphabetical order)

 ”Ink Master” Season 5 Premieres on Spike TV Starting Tuesday, September 2 at 10 PM, ET/PT

 

Angel
Brooklyn, NY
Owner/Artist, Puncture Tattoo Studio
Twitter: @Angel_Bauta
18 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “The Brooklyn Boys,” versus Cris Element

Angel is an artist and entrepreneur who focuses on many styles of color and grey wash tattoos.  He believes that not specializing in one specific style distinguishes him as a well-rounded tattooist.  This season, Angel finds a rival in Cris Element, the Brooklyn artist who once worked for him before quitting unexpectedly. While Element thinks he has surpassed the skills of his former mentor, Angel is furious at the lack of respect shown by Element and is determined to show him who’s really the boss.

 

Julia Carlson
Browns Mills, NJ
Artist, Ink Obsession
Website: (http://instagram.com/juliacarlsontattoo)
Twitter: @julzcarlsontat2
5 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “The Rookie versus the Veteran,” versus Caroline Evans

Julia Carlson apprenticed for six months and has been tattooing ever since with a focus in color and grey wash tattoos.  Although she may appear to be small and sweet, Carlson sees herself as a tough and versatile competitor, and is setting out to gain the respect she feels she deserves in the industry.  Carlson is challenged this season by Caroline Evans, veteran tattoo artist and fellow co-worker at Ink Obsession.  While Evans claims that she’s pushing Carlson to become the best artist possible, Carlson feels that Evans’ feigned guidance is really rooted in jealousy and is tired of being targeted and disrespected by her.

 

LT
Providence, RI
Artist, East Providence Tattoo
Website: (http://instagram.com/lt_doart3)
Twitter: @lt_doart3
3 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “Vying for the Top Dog in Rhode Island,” versus Ty’Esha Reels

LT is a tattoo artist who specializes in realism and black and gray.  LT believes that he is overlooked and underrated, and covets the recognition reaped by his contemporaries.  LT is challenged this season by Ty’Esha Reels, who is furious about having lost to him at a Rhode Island expo despite having twice the experience.  Reels believes that LT has yet to pay his dues in the industry and is determined to redeem herself, but LT believes he has.

 

Jason Clay Dunn
Montclair, CA
Owner/Artist at Tattoo Alchemy
Website: (www.jasonclaydunn.com; www.jasondunntattoo.com; www.tattooalchemy.com)
Twitter: @JasonClayDunn
20 years’ experience
Rivals Match-Up: “Season Three Returners,” versus Joshua Hibbard

Born with an innate passion for creation, Jason Clay Dunn completed a traditional apprenticeship by nineteen and set out to become a leading artist in the Neo-Asian style.  Dunn competed on season three, tattooing through his personal battles with panic disorder and anxiety, but the shop owner fell short and ended up in sixth place.  Now he’s back to battle Josh Hibbard, season three’s infamous instigator.  Hibbard’s scheming tactics and penchant for drama didn’t sit well with Dunn, and their feud is sure to pick right back up this season as he clashes with Dunn’s no-nonsense personality.

 

Emily Elegado
Goose Creek, SC
Artist, Roses & Ruins Tattoo
Website: (www.emilyelegado.com)
Twitter: @EmilyElegado
6 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “He Disrespected Her on Her Home Turf,” versus Aaron Is

Emily Elegado spent three years completing a traditional tattoo apprenticeship before taking on her own clients.  Other than her work in realism, Elegado considers herself infamous for having an in-your-face attitude.  She enters the competition with a distaste for Aaron Is, the Tampa tattooist she first met when he did a guest spot at her shop.  Elegado felt that Is had absolutely no respect for the industry, and matters were only made worse by his dating Elegado’s co-worker.

 

Cris Element
Brooklyn, NY
Artist, Leathernecks and Bullseye
Website: (www.criselement.com; http://instagram.com/cris_element)
Twitter: @CrisElement
8 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “The Brooklyn Boys,” versus Angel

Cris Element is a self-taught tattoo artist.  Element does not believe in the traditional route; he openly regards old school tattoos as “outdated” and longtime artists as arrogant.  His main competitor this season is Angel, the Brooklyn shop owner who once employed him before Element severed the relationship by quitting without notice.  While Angel thinks that Element’s cockiness has gotten the better of him, his former employee thinks it’s time he demonstrated his artistic superiority. 

 

Ryan Eternal
Orlando, FL
Artist, Hart & Huntington
Website: (http://instagram.com/ryaneternal)
Twitter: @Ryan_Eternal
9 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “He Wants to Be Me,” versus Mark Longenecker

Ryan Eternal is a military veteran who picked up on the tattoo trade while stationed in South Korea.  Originally from Stockton, one of the roughest cities in California, Eternal’s dreams of a career in ink were almost ruined when a car accident left his hand severely damaged, but the new school artist has recovered and feels ready to battle for ink’s ultimate title.  Eternal’s competition is Mark Longenecker, the Cocoa Beach Surfer and artist whom he used to idolize.  Despite looking up to him in the past, Eternal is out for Longenecker’s crown and his clients, establishing himself as a Florida circuit legend.

 

Caroline Evans
Bradley Beach, NJ
Artist, Ink Obsession
Website: (www.tattoosbycaroline.com)
Twitter: @tatugirl
15 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “The Rookie versus the Veteran,” versus Julia Carlson

Caroline Evans has been a mainstay in a male-dominated industry.  Besides her versatility in color and black and grey styles, Evans enjoys the challenge that a cover-up provides and has won awards for her corrections in ink.  This season, Evans is challenged by newcomer Julia Carlson, a co-worker at Ink Obsession.  Carlson believes that Evans is jealous of her talents and is out to prove that her experience is no match for the new kid on the block, but Evans thinks that Carlson still has a lot to learn and many years to go before she can ever reach her level of expertise.

 

Joshua Hibbard
Portland, OR
Artist at Inspired Tattoo
Website: (www.joshuahibbard.com)
Twitter: @_JoshuaHibbard
10 years’ experience
Rivals Match-Up: “Season Three Returners,” versus Jason Clay Dunn

Formerly homeless, Joshua Hibbard believes that some tattoo artists are making a mockery of the craft that saved his life and thinks that the industry needs to improve its professional standards.  He frequently criticizes others’ work and in doing so creates controversy, a tactic that cemented him early on as season three’s most notorious competitor.  Back for another chance at the title, Hibbard is challenged by fellow season three competitor Jason Clay Dunn, who sees him as a flip-flopping instigator with a trace-and-tattoo technique that is less than legitimate. Hibbard remained in the competition just one round longer than Dunn, clinching the number five spot, and their feud is sure to pick right back up where it left off on this season.

 

Tim Lees
San Diego, CA
Artist, Propaganda Tattoo
Website: (www.timleestattoo.com; www.4everutat2.com; www.propagandatattoo.com)
Twitter: @timstat2
17 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “The Pride War,” versus Cleen Rock One

Despite having been homeless for two years as a teen, Tim Lees persevered through his hardships and became a self-taught artist.  He specializes in surrealism and portraiture, and has won many awards on the convention circuit over the past two decades.  Lees has a huge score to settle with competitor Cleen Rock One, the artist whose shop he helped to build.  Shortly after the studio’s opening, the two had a falling out that resulted in Lees leaving the shop.  Left feeling backstabbed and bitter, Lees is now out for vengeance.

 

Mark Longenecker
Cocoa Beach, FL
Owner/Artist, Endless Summer
Website: (www.endlesssummertattoo.com; www.marklongenecker.com)
Twitter: @longnecktattoo
20 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “He Wants to Be Me,” versus Ryan Eternal

Mark Longenecker is a surfer and tattoo artist whose works have been exhibited in conventions on the world stage.  Specializing in vibrant colors, the studio owner’s tattoos range in style from tropical to Japanese, and his artistic accomplishments have earned him what he describes as a “room full of trophies.”  The Florida native is challenged by Dania Beach tattoo artist Ryan Eternal, whom he feels is trying to steal his customers and fame despite having only half his experience. Longenecker is furious that Eternal is encroaching on his territory, and is determined to do whatever it takes to defend it.

 

Aaron Is
Tampa, FL
Co-Owner/Artist, Bloodline Tattoo
Website: (http://instagram.com/aaronistattoo)
Twitter: @AaronIsTattoo
16 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “He Disrespected Her on Her Home Turf,” versus Emily Elegado

Originally an artist focused on watercolor portraits, Aaron Is spent two years as a tattoo apprentice before transitioning into a full-time career in ink.  Is’ experience in photorealism, dotwork, and sacred geometry has landed him features in several tattoo publications, which has added to the notoriety he craves as an artist.  Is enters with an enemy in Emily Elegado, the South Carolina artist he first met when doing a guest spot at her shop. The two were immediately at odds, and tensions were only made worse by the fact that Is was dating her co-worker.

 

Cleen Rock One
Las Vegas, NV
Owner/Artist, Chrome Gypsy Tattoo
Website: (www.cleenrockone.com)
Twitter: @Cleen_Rock_One
19 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “The Pride War,” versus Tim Lees

Cleen Rock One was an Illinois shop owner whose neo-traditional and new school approaches to ink landed him guest spots in studios nationwide and features in several tattoo magazines.  Years later, the artist and entrepreneur moved out West, opening a new studio and striving to leave a permanent mark on the Las Vegas circuit.  Cleen finds competition in Tim Lees, the self-taught artist who helped him build and open his Vegas tattoo shop.  The two had a falling out that resulted in Lees leaving Cleen’s shop a month after opening.  Cleen feels that Lees didn’t meet his business’ professional standards, but Lees is outraged and determined to avenge himself against what he sees as a bold injustice.

 

Don Peddicord
Baltimore, MD
Co-Owner/Artist, Tattoo Dynasty
Website: (http://instagram.com/donpeddicordart)
Twitter: @DonPeddicordArt
8 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “Ink Master Fight Full Circle,” versus Erik Siuda

Don Peddicord is a self-made man who has learned to turn struggle into triumph, going from an unsuccessful apprenticeship to co-owning his own tattoo shop, where he specializes in neo-traditional, portraiture and realism styles.  After a motorcycle accident left Peddicord severely injured, doctors estimated that he would not be able to walk again for over six months, but Peddicord persevered and proved the doctors wrong, doing so in less than three.  Peddicord is challenged by Erik Siuda, the versatile New York shop owner he met during casting for season two.  Neither man was able to stand the other’s arrogance over what each perceives to be subpar work.

 

Ty’Esha Reels
Providence, RI
Artist, 401 Ink Tattoo
Website: (http://instagram.com/Ty_Tattoos)
Twitter: Ty_Tattoo
6 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “Vying for the Top Dog in Rhode Island,” versus LT

Ty’Esha Reels is a Native American tattoo artist who specializes in color tattoos. After realizing her love of tattoos at a young age, Reels focused all of her time on becoming a better artist.  She enters this season with competition from LT, the Rhode Island native who beat her for best black and grey tattoo at an expo despite having half the experience.  Reels believes that LT has yet to pay his dues in the industry, and seeks to turn embarrassment into redemption.

 

Robbie Ripoll
Viera, FL
Owner/Artist, Chapel of Love Tattoo
Website: (www.chapeloflovetattoo.com)
Twitter: @ RobbieRipoll
18 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “Absolutely No Brotherly Love Here,” versus Jayvo Scott

Robbie Ripoll got his start apprenticing at his father’s tattoo shop at the age of twelve, and was tattooing professionally long before graduating high school. After several years of working at the family business, the new school artist opened his own studio.  Ripoll’s competition is his older brother, Jayvo Scott.  Although they were close as kids, the two have grown apart due to jealousy.  Scott’s struggling to catch up to his younger brother’s success and Ripoll is getting territorial about the turf he acquired long ago.  The feud has gotten physical in the past, but both ultimately seek to impress their dad, from whom they both learned the art of tattooing.

 

Jayvo Scott
Melbourne, FL
Self-employed tattoo artist
Website: (www.jayvoscott.com)
Twitter: @JayvoScott
13 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “Absolutely No Brotherly Love Here,” versus Robbie Ripoll

Although he was always around his father’s tattoo shop as a kid, Jayvo Scott didn’t get to working with ink until he was twenty-three.  Now, after learning the ropes, Scott has become the owner of the family business.  Scott’s main competition is a sibling rivalry with his brother, Robbie Ripoll.  Although they were close as kids, the two have grown apart.  Scott feels he deserves Ripoll’s respect and Ripoll gets territorial about the trade he’s worked since childhood.  The feud has gotten physical in the past, but both ultimately seek to impress their father, from whom they learned the tricks of the trade.

 

Erik Siuda
Brooklyn, NY
Owner/Artist, Ghost Gallery Tattoo
Website: (http://instagram.com/ErikSiuda; www.facebook/GhostGallery)
Twitter: @ErikSiuda
18 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “Ink Master Fight Full Circle,” versus Don Peddicord

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Erik Siuda began his career as a graffiti artist before studying at the School of Visual Arts and apprenticing in New York City.  Siuda prides himself on his versatility as an artist, focusing his work on pseudo traditional, new school, realism and Japanese styles.  In addition to owning his own studio, Siuda also sells custom tattoo machines that he builds himself.  Siuda’s rival is Don Peddicord, a Maryland shop owner that he met during casting for season two.  The two didn’t get along from the start, unable to stand the other’s arrogance over what each perceives to be subpar work.

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Spike TV’s “Comic-Con All Access” To Be Programmed and Controlled by Fans via Social Media

July 22nd, 2014 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV’S “COMIC-CON ALL ACCESS”
TO BE PROGRAMMED AND CONTROLLED BY FANS
VIA SOCIAL MEDIA

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Network To Cater Coverage Based on Fans Requests Using #ControlTheCon
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Spike To Present 3rd Annual Award for “Comic-Con All Access Game Changer”
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Famed Comic Artist and Toy Designer Todd McFarlane Designed This Year’s “Game Changer of the Year” Award
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New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA – July 22, 2014 – ”Don’t just control the remote… #ControlTheCon!”  Spike TV announced today that it will once again give fans an inside look at the biggest event in pop culture and comics with “Comic-Con All Access.” This year, the show will be totally controlled by fans via social media. Using the hashtag #ControlTheCon, Spike will program all of its Comic-Con coverage catering to what fans request.  Additionally, Spike will celebrate the industries “Game Changer of the Year,” as voted by the fans – previous winners include Norman Reedus and Robert Kirkman. Famed comic artist Todd McFarlane has designed this year’s award. Spike’s coverage kicks off on Saturday, July 26 with interstitials from the San Diego Convention Center leading up to an hour-long special which airs on Spike TV on Thursday, July 31 at 11:00p.m. ET/PT.

“Comic-Con All Access” will feature a new team of correspondents including comedians and hosts Jeff Dye, Mark Ellis, Kristian Harloff and YouTube personality Akilah Hughes.  The All Access hosts will be the conduit for fan questions for celebrity talent, booth visits, panel coverage and party access.  During Comic-Con weekend July 26th and 27th Spike will unlock show content early based on fan response using #ControlTheCon.

Featured content and interviews will include:

 

  • A special segment on the 75th Anniversary of DC Comics Batman including interviews with Jim Lee, Scott Snyder
  • The Cast of “Into The Storm” (Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh and director Steven Quale)
  • The Cast of “Hannibal” (Caroline Dhavernas, Scott Thompson, Aaron Abrams) and show runner Bryan Fuller and EP Martha DeLaurentiis
  • Nerd Machine’s Zachary Levi
  • The Cast of “Let’s Be Cops”
  • Bellator’s Quinton “Rampage” Jackson

 

In celebration of the revolutionary work in the comics, movies and sci-fi industry throughout the past year, viewers will have the opportunity to vote on the “Comic-Con All Access Game Changer” which will be awarded during the special.

Fans can vote for this year’s honors at comicon.spike.com. Among the notable nominees this year include:

Comic-Con All Access Game Changer:

  • Nic Pizzolatto, True Detective Creator / Writer – Courageously doubling down on the anti-hero, elevating and transforming the mini-series format, all while making his bones as a show runner.
  • Jeph Loeb / Kevin Feige, Marvel – Creating the ultra-crossover project; tying in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Thor, Avengers, Captain America, One Shot
  • Mike Judge, Silicon Valley – I smell a come-back… from both ends. Very smart comedy.
  • Bryan Fuller, Hannibal Showrunner – Re-imagining one of horror’s most nefarious players with “Hannibal,” one of TV’s best thrillers.
  • Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones – Representing the remaining House of Stark proud as Arya Stark, and being one bad ass social-media-ite.
  • Scott Snyder, Writer – Taking on and re-establishing the origin of Batman in Zero Year, and further bending the mythology of Batman in the current mega-series, “Batman Eternal”.

 

Gil Colon, Jaimee Kosanke and Jon Slusser serve as Executive Producers and Andrea Christensen as Producer for “Comic-Con All Access.”  For more information about “Comic-Con All Access,” please visit comicon.spike.com.

Sponsors for “Comic-Con All Access” include GEICO®, Taco Bell®, and Slim Jim®.

Considered to be the home of the largest comic book and popular arts event in the world, Comic-Con 2014 will run from July 24-27, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center.

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.

Contacts:

Aileen Budow            Aileen.Budow@viacom345.com        212.767.3952

Matt Conte                 Matt.Conte@viacom345.com             212.767.4091

 

Spike TV Develops Original Event-Series Based On The Crusades

July 15th, 2014 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV DEVELOPS ORIGINAL EVENT-SERIES BASED ON THE CRUSADES

 

Spike TV’s “The Crusaders” Will be Produced by Pierce Brosnan’s Irish DreamTime and Mark Sennet Entertainment

 

Michael Finch and Academy Award-Winning Writer David Franzoni will

Executive Produce and Write “The Crusaders”

 

New York, NY, July 15, 2014 - Spike TV is teaming up with Pierce Brosnan’s Irish DreamTime, Mark Sennet Entertainment, Michael Finch and Academy Award®-winning writer David Franzoni to develop a script for an event series based on the one of the seminal events in world history, the Crusades.

Spike TV’s event-series, “The Crusaders” will be Executive Produced by Brosnan and Beau St. Clair from Irish DreamTime, Mark Sennet (“Bag of Bones”), Brian Gary (“Jefferson Davis: An American President”), and Craig Sheftell from Sennet Entertainment.  Michael Finch (“Predators”) and David Franzoni will Executive Produce and write “The Crusaders.” Franzoni won an Oscar in 2000 for “Gladiator” (Best Picture).

The event-series takes place during the Third Crusade, after the fall of Jerusalem to Saladin’s armies, and centers on two very different knights who journey from Scotland to the Holy Land for very different reasons.  There, bound together in the crucible that is war, politics and betrayal, they will encounter and be forced to overcome, among others, Richard the Lionheart, Saladin, the Hashshashin and ultimately their own personal demons.

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

Spike TV will premiere its first scripted event series in seven years, “Tut,” in 2015. The network recently announced script options for “The Chairman,” based on the Stephen Frey best-seller “War at the Shore” based on Richard D. “Skip” Bronson’s book, and “Basket Case” by prominent author and journalist Carl Hiaasen.

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.

About Irish DreamTime:

Irish DreamTime was founded by Pierce Brosnan and Beau St. Clair in 1996, with the goal of fostering new talent and producing both independent and studio films. Over the past decade and a half, the company has produced 10 films including the critically acclaimed independent feature THE MATADOR, as well the studio blockbuster THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR.  In addition to THE NOVEMBER MAN which is awaiting release in the fall of this year, Irish Dreamtime is in post-production on the romantic comedy HOW TO MAKE LOVE LIKE AN ENGLISHMAN.  Irish DreamTime has recently moved into dramatic television, setting up multiple scripted series as executive producers.

About Sennet Entertainment:

Mark Sennet, renowned Time Life photojournalist and photographer, formed Sennet Entertainment in 1992 to produce world class television and feature films. Since opening its doors, Sennet Entertainment has produced multiple acclaimed television series, Emmy nominated television movies and mini-series:

K STREET (HBO) in partnership with George Clooney & Stephen Soderbergh; DR. VEGAS (CBS) starring Amy Adams & Rob Lowe; feature film LOCAL COLOR which opened Tribecca Film Festival – starring Ray Liotta & Armin Mueller-Stahl; Stephen King mini-series including: DESPERATION (ABC) starring Ron Perlman, BAG OF BONES (A&E) starring Pierce Brosnan; TOUCH THE TOP OF THE WORLD (A&E) based on the best selling book; MARTIN & LEWIS (CBS) based on the iconic comedy team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis; Emmy nominated SWITCHED AT BIRTH (NBC); IN LINE OF DUTY: THE FBI MURDERS (NBC)’s longest running anthology lasting ten years.

Sennet Entertainment’s multi-platform development slate includes: the feature film version of James Elroy’s CLANDESTINE which is the prequel to LA CONFIDENTIAL; feature film REYKJAVIK with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions, Headline Pictures, based on the 1986 summit between Reagan and Gorbachev starring Michael Douglas (Reagan) & Christoph Waltz (Gorbachev); the international series THE DRIVERS written by Michael Hirst in partnership with Scott Free Productions, Headline Pictures, and Fremantle Media; limited series CAPA based on the life of famed war photographer Robert Capa by Jonathan Feldman with director Paul McGuigan and Jessica Biel (Ingrid Bergman) attached to star with Irish Dreamtime; limited series SPACE RACE written by James Manos Jr. the creator of Dexter.

 

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Press Contacts:

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

 

BEN KINGSLEY TO STAR IN SPIKE TV’S EVENT SERIES “TUT”

July 14th, 2014 by faziod

BEN KINGSLEY TO STAR IN SPIKE TV’S EVENT SERIES “TUT”

“Tut” Set To Begin Production This Fall In Morocco and Canada

Premieres On Spike In 2015

New York, NY and Montreal, Canada – July 14, 2014 - Legendary actor Ben Kingsley will star in Spike TV’s event series “Tut,” it was announced today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV.  Kingsley will bring his wealth of cinematic experience to the key role of “Ay,” the Grand Vizier to King Tutankhamun who wields tremendous power and influence as the top advisor to the young Egyptian ruler.

“Tut is the biggest and most ambitious project in Spike’s history.  Who better to lead the cast than one of the greatest actors of our generation — Ben Kingsley,” said Levy. “The character he plays, Ay, is the true power behind the Tutankhamun throne.  We are so fortunate to have an actor of Ben Kingsley’s stature bring this character to life for Spike.”

“We are confident that Ben Kingsley’s talents will help elevate this fascinating six hour limited series to the highest international levels,” says Michael Prupas, CEO of Muse Entertainment.  “Kingsley’s acting experience will enhance this drama about Tutankhamen, the boy-king of Ancient Egypt, in a way that has never been told before.”

Ben Kingsley has earned an Academy Award®, two Golden Globes and two BAFTA Awards for his riveting portrayal of Indian social leader Mahatma and three additional Academy Award nominations for his roles in “Bugsy,” “Sexy Beast,” and “House of Sand and Fog.”   Kingsley’s film roles include “Schindler’s List,” “Gandhi,” “Bugsy,” “Sexy Beast,” “House of Sand and Fog,” “Shutter Island,” and the recent films “Hugo,” “Enders Game,” and “Iron Man 3.”  His upcoming films scheduled for release include “The Walk,” “Autobahn,” “Night at the Museum 3,” “Exodus,” and “Selfless.”

“Tut” will be shot entirely on location in Morocco and Canada this fall and will debut on the network in 2015.  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.

“Tut” will be produced for Spike TV by Muse Entertainment (“The Kennedys,” “Being Human,” “The Pillars of the Earth,” “Bomb Girls”) with Joel S. Rice and Michael Prupas as Executive Producers from Muse. The project is also  executive produced by Greg Gugliotta (“The Fosters”), Michael Vickerman (“Impact”), Elice Island Entertainment’s Jeremy Elice, Angela Mancuso (“Spartacus”), and Director David Von Ancken (“Hell on Wheels”) and written by Michael Vickerman, Peter Paige & Bradley Bredeweg (“The Fosters”). Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV will also serve as an Executive Producer. Producers are Irene Litinsky (“Being Human”), Guy Louthan (“The Call”) and Gilles Perrault (“Being Human”).

Muse Entertainment is a leading film and television production and international distribution company known for its well-crafted and high-quality productions. Since its founding in 1998, Muse has won over 100 awards and garnered over 300 award nominations. Muse Entertainment’s 8-hr. historical drama “The Kennedys”; which was sold to networks around the world by Muse Distribution International, 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 most recent television series are “Being Human”, “Bomb Girls” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”. 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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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

SPIKE TV ORDERS SEASON 2 OF “THRIFT HUNTERS”

July 7th, 2014 by faziod

SPIKE TV ORDERS SEASON 2 OF “THRIFT HUNTERS”

New York, NY, July 7, 2014 – Spike TV has ordered a second season of 10 episodes of “Thrift Hunters,” the half-hour non-scripted series following the shopping adventures of thrifting gurus Jason T. Smith and Bryan Goodman.  The new episodes will air on Sunday nights this fall at 9:30pm ET/PT, following Spike’s hit original series, “Auction Hunters” at 9:00pm ET/PT.

“Thrift Hunters” is produced by Pixcom Productions. The new season of “Thrift Hunters” goes into production across the country this summer. The series delivered a robust 1 million viewers in its debut season on Spike and improved the timeslot by 23% in the key demographic of Adults 18-34.

Thrifting isn’t just a hobby for the hosts, Jason and Bryan, it’s a modern day treasure hunt. They target the biggest and best garage sales, thrift stores, and flea markets across the country, holding to their mantra to always “buy low and sell high.” When the shopping haul ends, the real drama just begins as they put their strategically-purchased items are put up for auction. With the demands for rare items in constant cycle and new trends evolve by the minute, there are no guaranteed scores anymore. Each time they auction of their goods, they are at the whimsical mercy of unknown buyers.

With a sixth-sense for bargain hunting, Jason and Bryan manage to turn second-hand goods in to first-rate profit.

Jacquelin Bouchard and Sylvie Desrochers of Pixcom Productions serve as Executive Producers with Nicola Merola and Cara Volchoff as Producers.  Tom Zappala, Executive Vice President of Programming and Scheduling, Spike TV and Matt Califano, Vice President, Program Scheduling, Spike TV, oversee the series for the network.

About Spike:

Spike 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’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike’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:

Nicole Platt          Spike         212-767-8855              nicole.platt@spiketv.com

 

Spike TV Develops Script for Original Series Based on Stephen Frey’s Best-Selling Novel, “The Chairman”

June 10th, 2014 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV DEVELOPS SCRIPT FOR ORIGINAL SERIES BASED ON STEPHEN FREY’S BEST-SELLING NOVEL, “THE CHAIRMAN”

Ben Silverman’s Electus To Executive Produce

 Actor/Producer Julian McMahon, David Schiff, Greg Suess of ROAR, Jeremy Elice of Elice Island, and Dana Vachon To Serve As Executive Producers

 

New York, NY, June 10, 2014 –Spike TV has joined forces with Ben Silverman’s Electus to develop a script for an original series, “The Chairman,” based on the best-selling novel by acclaimed author Stephen Frey.

Award-winning producer Ben Silverman (“The Office, “The Tudors,” “Ugly Betty,” “The Biggest Loser”) of Electus, Jeremy Elice of Elice Island, renowned actor Julian McMahon (“Nip/Tuck”), and David Schiff are the Executive Producers for “The Chairman” with Sean Canino of Electus as Co-Executive Producer.  Dana Vachon, “Mergers & Acquisitions” author and Vanity Fair contributor, serves as Executive Producer and Writer. Greg Suess from ROAR will serve as Executive Producer as well.

“When Julian McMahon and Greg Suess brought us this great book series, we knew it could be the basis of a stylized, smart, aggressive, character-driven story in the financial world unlike anything that has previously been on television,” says Silverman. “We’re collectively so thrilled to both be a part of Spike’s emerging scripted brand and make talked-about TV with our fantastic writer, Dana Vachon.”

“The Chairman” is the story of Christian Gillette, a Gulf War veteran who is charismatic, powerful, cool under fire, and tremendously connected. Gillette takes over a billion dollar private equity fund after its founder’s mysterious death. As his new powers open secret doors he realizes that the world of apparently gentrified Manhattan finance is closely tied to the brutal realm of war that still haunts him — and that some of its most dangerous players are now his inherited enemies.

“The Chairman” is a suspense thriller following Christian’s odyssey through worlds of ill-gotten riches in an age of extreme inequality; a tale of money, exile and murder playing out in the blackened heart of the American dream.

Stephen Frey is a New York Times best-selling author.  Since 1995, he’s had 20 novels published with Penguin, Putnam, Random House, Simon & Schuster and Amazon Publishing. His latest work, “Red Cell 7,” the sequel to “Arctic Fire,” was published in January.  Frey’s next novel, “Kodiak Sky,” will be published in November 2014 by Amazon Publishing.  He is represented by the Cynthia Manson Literary Agency and Steve Fisher at APA.

Julian McMahon is represented by Paradigm and The Schiff Company.

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

Spike TV will premiere its first scripted event series in seven years, “Tut,” in 2015. The network recently announced script options for “War At the Shore” based on Richard D. “Skip” Bronson’s book and “Basket Case” by prominent author and journalist Carl Hiaasen.

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.

About Electus:

Electus is the first integrated multimedia entertainment studio to unite producers, creators, advertisers and distributors under one roof and produce all forms of content for distribution across a variety of platforms around the world, including: broadcast, cable, digital, OTT and various emerging technologies. The company connects advertisers, distributors and content creators early on in the development process, enabling marketers and advertisers to be true partners in campaigns and content creation.

About ROAR:

ROAR is a talent, music, and brand management firm with expertise in career & business development, strategic partnerships, and marketing solutions. The ROAR team comes from diverse, yet complementary backgrounds in music, motion picture, television, publishing, concert & event production, branded entertainment, digital marketing, media strategy, corporate partnerships, retail, finance and legal, offering a true 360 degree approach to client service. ROAR clients include leading musicians, actors, writers, directors, comedians, entertainment & lifestyle companies, experts & icons, and family offices engaged in entertainment and lifestyle initiatives.  www.roar.la

 

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Press Contacts:

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

Sandra Bullock Accepts “Decade of Hotness” Honor From Matthew McConaughey, Hugh Grant and Keanu Reeves at Spike TV’s 2014 “Guys Choice”

June 10th, 2014 by SPIKE Press

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SANDRA BULLOCK ACCEPTS “DECADE OF HOTNESS” HONOR
FROM MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, HUGH GRANT AND KEANU REEVES
AT SPIKE TV’S 2014 “GUYS CHOICE”

Mark Wahlberg Honored with “Troops Choice” Entertainer of the Year
While Surrounded by Members of the United States Armed Forces

Rihanna Presented with “Most Desirable Woman” Award
by 
“King of Comedy” Winner Kevin Hart

Other Winners Include Andy Samberg, Norman Reedus, Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge, Lauran Cohan, Emily Ratajkowski and Chrissy Teigen

“Guys Choice” Premieres Wednesday, June 11 at 9:00 PM ET/PT

LOS ANGELES, CA, June 10, 2014 – Spike TV’s “Guys Choice,” the unfiltered, unpredictable and can’t-miss event for Hollywood’s elite, took place Saturday night at the Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles with many unforgettable moments. The two-hour event premieres on Spike TV Wednesday, June 11 (9:00 PM – 11:00 PM ET/PT).

Matthew McConaughey took home the night’s top honors, as the Academy Award®-winning actor was presented his prize by longtime friend and “Dazed and Confused” castmate, Cole Hauser. Upon receiving the award, Hollywood’s reigning man attributed his success to the leading women in his life and challenged his fellow brothers to always strive to be the good guys.

“Decade of Hotness” honoree and Academy Award®-winning actress, Sandra Bullock, became teary-eyed after a surprise reunion with her former co-stars Matthew McConaughey, Hugh Grant and Keanu Reeves, who all celebrated, reminisced and toasted Bullock on her “hotness.”

Funnyman Kevin Hart presented international superstar, Rihanna, with the “Most Desirable” award while also being crowned “King of Comedy” by “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For” cast, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson and Jaime King. 

Norman Reedus was named this year’s “Biggest Ass Kicker,” accepting his award from fellow bad ass, “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul. Contesting his title, Reedus admitted he’s nothing like his ass-kicking alter ego and has been known to run from spiders.

Mark Wahlberg was brought onstage by the United States Armed Forces to accept this year’s “Troops Choice” Entertainer of the Year award for his portrayal of former Navy SEAL, Marcus Luttrell, in “Lone Survivor.” Wahlberg humbly thanked the American men and women who so bravely fight for their country and presented Luttrell, himself, with an award on behalf of the troops.

Chris Hardwick proved he deserved his “Smartacus” award by reciting the hundred digits of pi and “Sports Illustrated” cover models Chrissy Teigen, Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge were presented the “Holy Grail of Hot” award by “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington.

Other celebrities appearing at “Guys Choice” include: Chuy, Josh Capon, Lauren Cohan, Cheech & Chong, Cameron Diaz, Chris Hardwick, Charlie Hunnam, Jake Johnson, Olivia Munn, Key & Peele, Emily Ratajkowski, Rob Riggle, Jeff Ross, Raphael Saadiq, Andy Samberg, Jason Segel, Damon Wayans Jr., and Scott Wilson.

The list of “Guys Choice” winners included the following:

Guy of the Year

Matthew McConaughey

Decade of Hotness

Sandra Bullock

Most Desirable Woman

Rihanna

King of Comedy

Kevin Hart

Biggest Ass Kicker

Norman Reedus

Troops Choice Entertainer of the Year

Mark Wahlberg

Smartacus

Chris Hardwick

Primetime

Andy Samberg

Guycon

Johnny Knoxville

Hottest Couple

Key & Peele

Our New Girlfriend

Emily Ratajkowski

Holy Grail of Hot

Chrissy Teigen, Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge

Jean-Claude Gahd Dam

Lauren Cohan

Most Dangerous Man

Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus)

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rihanna   andysamberg

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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.

 

Press Contacts:

Aileen Budow                212.767.3952                 aileen.budow@spiketv.com

Matt Conte                    212.767.4091                 matt.conte@spiketv.com

 

International Superstar Rihanna to be Honored with “Most Desirable Woman” at Spike TV’s “Guys Choice

June 5th, 2014 by SPIKE Press

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INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR RIHANNA
TO BE HONORED WITH “MOST DESIRABLE WOMAN”
AT SPIKE TV’S “GUYS CHOICE”
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Hollywood’s Hottest Talent Added to Star-Studded Line Up
Presenters Include: Keanu Reeves, Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Aaron Paul,
Jessica Alba, Jaime King, Rosario Dawson, Kit Harington, Olivia Munn,
Lauren Cohan, Damon Wayans Jr., Jake Johnson, Rob Riggle, and Cheech & Chong
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House Band Headlined by Grammy Award® Winning Singer, Songwriter and Producer Raphael Saadiq
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NEW YORK, June 5, 2014 – Spike TV’s “Guys Choice” (#GuysChoice) announced today that Rihanna will be adding Mantlers to her impressive trophy case as she is to receive the first-ever “Most Desirable Woman” honor. The event will also feature an all-star roster of presenters as Keanu Reeves, Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Aaron Paul, Jessica Alba, Jaime King, Rosario Dawson, Kit Harington, Olivia Munn, Lauren Cohan, Damon Wayans Jr., Jake Johnson, Rob Riggle, Cheech & Chong have been added to this year’s line-up. Additionally, fans will be treated to the Hipster Soul sounds of the Grammy Award®-winning Raphael Saadiq as he headlines the “Guys Choice” house band. The 2014 “Guys Choice” Awards tapes on Saturday, June 7 at the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA, and premieres on Wednesday, June 11 at 9:00 PM, ET/PT on Spike TV.

Previously announced A-list attendees being honored with the coveted mantlers include: Matthew McConaughey (“Guy of the Year”), Sandra Bullock (“Decade of Hotness”), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Hot and Funny”), Kevin Hart (“King of Comedy”), Mark Wahlberg (“Troops Choice”), Andy Samberg (“Primetime”), Norman Reedus (“Biggest Ass-Kicker”), Emily Ratajkowski (“Our New Girlfriend”), Key & Peele (“Hottest Couple”), Chris Hardwick (“Smartacus”), Johnny Knoxville (“Guycon”), and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover models Chrissy Teigen, Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge (“Holy Grail of Hot”).

The full list of categories and nominees can be found at guyschoice.spike.com.

Attendees will include MTV’s “Awkward” cast members Jillian Rose Reed & Nikki DeLoach, Scott Wilson, Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors and Ty Lawson of the Denver Nuggets with more to be announced.

The official sponsors of Spike TV’s “Guys Choice” are Captain Morgan® White Rum, AT&T, SNICKERS® Brand, GEICO, BURGER KING®, AXE Peace, Kia Motors and Dr Pepper, a brand of Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS).

Casey Patterson and Carol Donovan will serve as Executive Producers. Ryan Polito is Director and Tim Bruno serves as Executive in Charge for SPIKE.

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:
Aileen Budow 212.767.3952 aileen.budow@spiketv.com
Matt Conte 212.767.4091 matt.conte@spiketv.com

Spike TV to Premiere New Documentary Celebrating the Life and Work of Hollywood Legend Steve McQueen

June 3rd, 2014 by SPIKE Press

 

SPIKE TV TO PREMIERE NEW DOCUMENTARY CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND WORK OF HOLLYWOOD LEGEND STEVE McQUEEN

 

“I Am Steve McQueen” Debuts Tuesday, June 24 Featuring Compelling Interviews With McQueen’s Close Group Of Friends And Family And An All-Star Cast

 

New York, NY, June 3, 2014 – Spike TV pays homage to one of Hollywood’s iconic movie stars, Steve McQueen, in the original Spike TV documentary “I Am Steve McQueen.” The 90-minute special, narrated by Robert Downey Jr., will premiere on Spike TV, Tuesday, June 24 at 9:00pm ET/PT.

“I Am Steve McQueen” tells the incredible life story of this legendary actor, racer, and cultural icon. Extensive interviews, movie clips, archival footage and sound bites chronicle his extraordinary career while focusing on the correlation between his on-screen and off-screen experiences.  The film is produced by Derik Murray and directed by Jeff Renroe.

“I Am Steve McQueen” is told through the eyes of the people that knew him best including much of his family that followed his path into acting including son Chad, (“Karate Kid”), his grandson Steven (“Vampire Diaries”), granddaughter Molly (“Carjacked”) and former wives Neile Adams McQueen (“This Could Be The Night”), Ali MacGraw (“Love Story”), and his widow former model Barbara Minty McQueen.  Also featured will be an array of luminaries from Hollywood including Gary Oldman, Pierce Brosnan, Marisa Miller, Robert Vaughn, Randy Couture, John Gilmore, Zoe Bell, Norman Jewison, Kristin Kreuk, and Ben Mankiewicz.

Known as the “King of Cool,” McQueen will forever be known in cinematic lore by his rugged good looks, bad-boy persona, and searing charisma. He grew from a small-town thug to become the highest paid and most sought-after actor of his generation. McQueen’s credits include “The Sand Pebbles” (for which he was nominated for an Academy Award), “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “The Getaway,” “Papillon,” “The Magnificent Seven,” and “The Towering “Inferno.”

McQueen lived fast and drove faster, channeling his passion for racing cars and motorcycles into seminal stunts and chase scenes in classic movies like “The Great Escape” and “Bullitt.”

“In a time of social upheaval, McQueen’s art imitated his life through the cinematic expression of his own true essence,” said Derik Murray, Executive Producer.  “McQueen became a symbol of American freedom and individuality and this documentary truly captures his unforgettable spirit.”

Spike TV’s Kevin Kay, Christopher Martello, and Jaimee Kosanke serve as Executive Producers along with Chad McQueen, and Dave Green from McQueen Racing LLC; Tim Gamble from Thunderbird, and Derik Murray, Paul Gertz, Kent Wingerak, Robert Pirooz, David Reeder, and Ali Pejman from Network Entertainment.

The documentary is the latest in Spike TV’s original “I Am” series. The network debuted the critically-acclaimed ‘I Am Bruce Lee” in 2012, also produced by Derik Murray.

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