Spike’s “I Am Chris Farley” Is Most-Watched Documentary In Network History

August 17th, 2015 by leungm

SPIKE’S “I AM CHRIS FARLEY” IS MOST-WATCHED DOCUMENTARY IN NETWORK HISTORY

 1.5 Million Viewers Tune In To The Critically-Acclaimed Homage To

Comedic Great Chris Farley

 New York, NY, August 17, 2015 –Spike’s original documentary, “I Am Chris Farley” delivered record ratings for the network on Monday, August 10 9:00-11:00pm ET/PT).  With 3-day playback, the 2-hour tribute to the beloved comedic actor drew 1.5 million viewers, establishing it as the most watched documentary in Spike’s history.

“I Am Chris Farley” is Directed and Produced by Derik Murray (“I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen,” “I Am Bruce Lee”) and Co-Directed by Brent Hodge (“A Brony Tale”).

“The record ratings are a testament to this incredible film that was the definitive look at the hilarious yet complicated life of one of our generation’s most beloved comedic voices,” said Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, Sports and Specials, Spike TV.  “We were thrilled to partner with Derik Murray’s Network Entertainment and Kevin Farley to create such a wonderful tribute to such an unforgettable personality.”

“I Am Chris Farley” drew a 1.0 rating with Adults 18-49, also the highest for a Spike documentary and further evidence of Spike’s shift to attract a more gender-balanced audience.  Recently, Spike delivered an average of 2.5 million viewers for its event series, “Tut.”

Along with Murray and Farley, “I Am Chris Farley was Executive Produced by Paul Gertz (“I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen,” “I Am Bruce Lee”), Kent Wingerak (“I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen,” “I Am Bruce Lee”) and Robert Pirooz (“I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen”).  Spike’s Kevin Kay, Jon Slusser, and Jaimee Kosanke also serve as Executive Producers.  The documentary is the latest in Spike TV’s original “I Am” series.  The network debuted the critically acclaimed “I Am Dale Earnhardt” earlier this year, along with “I Am Steve McQueen” and “I Am Evel Knievel” in 2014 and “I Am Bruce Lee” in 2012.

Spike TV is available in 92.2 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:

 

Melissa Sugiura           Spike TV                    310-407-4729            melissa.sugiura@spike.com

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

Spike TV Picks Up 10 Episodes of “Harvest” From Jerry Bruckheimer and Warner Horizon Television

August 13th, 2015 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV PICKS UP 10 EPISODES OF “HARVEST”

FROM JERRY BRUCKHEIMER AND

WARNER HORIZON TELEVISION

First One-Hour Scripted Dramatic Series On Spike In Nine Years

To Debut In 2016

New York, NY, August 13, 2015 – On the heels of the successful scripted event-series “Tut,” Spike has greenlit its first dramatic scripted series in nine years. Spike has partnered with legendary film/television producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Warner Horizon Television for the original scripted one-hour drama series “Harvest.”

The 10-episode series will go into production this fall and will debut on Spike in 2016.

“We are thrilled to partner with the incredibly creative and innovative visionary Jerry Bruckheimer and Warner Horizon Television for our first scripted dramatic series in almost a decade,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV. “We are confident that Harvest will build off the success of Tut which delivered strong ratings and new viewers to the channel.”

“It is very exciting to have the opportunity to be the first scripted series on Spike,” said Bruckheimer. “This network is the perfect place to push the envelope with edgy characters and unique material. Sharon Levy and her team have supported and nurtured this great concept.”

“Harvest” centers on a dedicated father, working two jobs to support his teenage daughter and give her the life he never had.  By day, he’s a cemetery caretaker, by night he attends nursing school.   However, when his own estranged father tracks him down and threatens to expose a terrible secret — he is compelled to partner with him in a black-market tissue and body parts trade.

“Harvest” is written by Ian Sobel & Matt Morgan (“12 Monkeys,” “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series”). Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman are executive producers, and KristieAnne Reed is co-executive producer. Sobel & Morgan are co-executive producers on “Harvest,” from Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Horizon Television.

Levy, Ted Gold, Senior Vice President, Scripted Original Series, and Justin Lacob, Vice President, Original Series, will oversee the project.

Spike TV debuted its first scripted event series in eight years, “Tut” in late July to strong ratings. Other projects in development include “When The Levee Breaks” from renowned film screenwriter Kurt Wimmer; “The Crusaders” from Pierce Brosnan’s Irish DreamTime, Sennet Entertainment, Michael Finch and Academy Award®-winning writer David Franzoni; “Deep Web” with producer/director/writer Tony Krantz of Flame Ventures; “The Chairman,” based on the Stephen Frey best-seller; “Red Mars” from Vince Gerardis, Co-Executive Producer of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” based on Kim Stanley Robinson’s “Mars Trilogy;” “Emergency Broadcast” from Legendary Pictures and Thomas Tull; and “War at the Shore” based on Richard D. “Skip” Bronson’s book.

 

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 Warner Horizon Television:

Warner Horizon Television (WHTV) is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of scripted series for the cable marketplace and primetime reality series for both network and cable. A division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, WHTV was founded in 2006. Its current scripted programs are Rizzoli & Isles for TNT, Clipped for TBS, Pretty Little Liars for ABC Family, Longmire for Netflix and Harvest for Spike TV. WHTV’s unscripted series are The Voice and the upcoming Little Big Shots for NBC, The Bachelor franchise — which also includes The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise — as well as 500 Questions for ABC, America’s Best Dance Crew for MTV and Love at First Kiss for VH-1.

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Press Contacts:

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

Tammy Golihew     Warner Bros.         818-954-4855         tammy.golihew@warnerbros.com

Melissa Armstrong  Warner Bros.        818-954-7361       melissa.armstrong@warnerbros.com

Spike Celebrates “Chris Farley Day” On Monday, August 10

August 6th, 2015 by leungm

 SPIKE CELEBRATES “CHRIS FARLEY DAY” ON MONDAY, AUGUST 10

 

New York, NY, August 6, 2015 – To celebrate the career of comedic great Chris Farley, Spike is declaring Monday, August 10 “Chris Farley Day” featuring two of his classic movies, leading into the television premiere of the Spike original documentary, “I Am Chris Farley.” Farley’s hometown of Madison, Wisconsin will also declare it “Chris Farley Day” to celebrate their native son.

Spike TV, in association with Network Entertainment, presents the definitive look at one of America’s hilariously distinctive comedic performers, Chris Farley, in the original documentary “I Am Chris Farley.”

The film debuts on Spike Monday, August 10 at 9:00pm ET/PT, followed by DVD, Blu Ray and Video-On-Demand availability.  The network will also air two of Farley’s most memorable films, “Tommy Boy” and “Black Sheep” throughout the day.

Chris Farley lived his life full speed and committed to making everyone around him laugh out loud, and “I Am Chris Farley tells his hilarious, touching and wildly entertaining story for the first time ever – from his early days in Madison, Wisconsin, and at Marquette University, through his work at the legendary Second City to his rapid rise to the top of the comedy world on “Saturday Night Live” and in hit films like Tommy Boy and Black Sheep.

The film showcases the performer’s most memorable characters and skits from television and film, paired with iconic photographs, home movies and family snapshots, to fully round out the story of this comedy legend – a bear of a man who nevertheless had remarkable grace and physicality. Clips from Farley’s most unforgettable performances fill the documentary, from his breathtaking Chippendales audition alongside Patrick Swayze, to his comically ill-fated salesman in Tommy Boy, to his diatribes as Matt Foley, the motivational speaker who “lives in a van down by the river!”

Sharing insights into the beloved funnyman are such co-stars and colleagues such as Christina Applegate, Tom Arnold, Dan Aykroyd, Bo Derek, Pat Finn, Jon Lovitz, Lorne Michaels, Jay Mohr, Mike Myers, Bob Odenkirk, Bob Saget, Adam Sandler, Will Sasso, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Brian Stack and Fred Wolf, and family members including his brother Kevin, a comedian and actor, and his brothers Tom Jr. and Johnny, with sister Barbara.

 “I Am Chris Farley” is Directed and Produced by Derik Murray (“I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen,” “I Am Bruce Lee”) and Co-Directed by Brent Hodge (“A Brony Tale”), along with Executive Producers Paul Gertz (“I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen,” “I Am Bruce Lee”), Kent Wingerak (“I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen,” “I Am Bruce Lee”) and Robert Pirooz (“I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen”). Spike’s Kevin Kay, Jon Slusser, and Jaimee Kosanke also serve as Executive Producers. The documentary is the latest in Spike TV’s original “I Am” series. The network debuted the critically acclaimed “I Am Dale Earnhardt” earlier this year along with “I Am Steve McQueen” and “I Am Evel Knievel” in 2014 and “I Am Bruce Lee” in 2012.

 Theater information and other details about the film can be found at www.iamchrisfarley.com.

 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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Melissa Sugiura Spike TV                310-407-4729            melissa.sugiura@spike.com

 

“Tut” Averages 2.2 Million Viewers – Largest Viewership in Timeslot in 8 Years

July 27th, 2015 by SPIKE Press

“TUT” AVERAGES 2.2 MILLION VIEWERS – LARGEST VIEWERSHIP IN TIMESLOT IN 8 YEARS 

11.4 Million Total Viewers Over 3 Nights 

27.2 Million Viewers Consumed “Tut” Content Across Digital Platforms

 

New York, NY, July 27, 2015 – Spike unearthed ratings royalty for “Tut,” the network’s most ambitious project in channel history. The 3-night event series delivered an average of 2.2 million viewers, the largest average viewership in the timeslot (Sun-Tues 9pm-11pm) in 8 years. Over 3 nights (including encore presentations), “Tut” delivered 11.4 million total viewers and 27.2 million consumed “Tut” content across all digital platforms.

“Tut,” Spike’s first scripted event series in 8 years, also delivered on the network’s goal of attracting a more gender balanced-audience, delivering a 0.9 with Women 18-49 and an aggregate of 6 million female viewers (including all telecasts).

“Our investment in premium scripted programming is paying off in a big way as we delivered a broad and diverse audience with a remarkable 81% new viewers to the network,” said Kevin Kay, President, Spike.  “We will look to build off of Tut’s momentum and will have an announcement of a scripted series pick-up shortly.”

Other notable “Tut” multiplatform highlights:

 

  • Highest viewership in the timeslot for an original series in network history.

 

  • 7 million viewers, including 6.6 million Adults 18-49 including all telecasts (1 minute qualifier).

 

    • “Tut” delivered 6.8 million new viewers over the 3 nights including 3.4 million female viewers and 2.6 million Adults 18-49.

 

    • 27.2 million viewers consumed “Tut” content across digital platforms including Spike.com, YouTube, Facebook, Spike VOD, and Spike app.

 

    • #1 scripted Spike VOD transaction in channel history.

“Tut” is produced for Spike 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/Executive Producer David Von Ancken (“Hell on Wheels”) and written by Michael Vickerman, Peter Paige & Bradley Bredeweg (“The Fosters”). Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series at Spike also serves as an Executive Producer. Producers are Irene Litinsky (“Being Human”) and Guy Louthan (“The Call”) and Vlad Wolynetz is Co-Executive Producer.

 

Spike TV is available in 92.2 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

History’s Most Notorious Warriors Go Into Battle in “Deadliest Warrior: Battlegrounds” On Xbox LIVE ARCADE

July 22nd, 2015 by faziod

History’s Most Notorious Warriors Go Into Battle

in “Deadliest Warrior: Battlegrounds”

 On Xbox LIVE ARCADE

NEW YORK, N.Y., July 22, 2015 – 345 Games and Spike’s  hit gaming franchise “Deadliest Warrior” returns to console today with ““Deadliest Warrior: Battlegrounds””. The newest title in the series brings the action-packed multiplayer madness of the hit first-person slasher, “Chivalry: Deadliest Warrior,” to Xbox 360. The game launches today on Xbox LIVE and retails for $14.99.

“Deadliest Warrior: Battlegrounds” features six of the notorious warriors from the Deadliest Warrior series and pits them against one another in all-out war. It is the first title in the series on console to feature multiplayer gameplay, allowing up to 12 warriors per battle, six game modes and the ability to customize every element of battle to determine which warrior is deadliest.

“We are excited to continue building out the Deadliest Warrior universe,” said Dan Yang, General Manager of 345 Games. “Fans of the series have always been vocal about wanting to test every battle scenario, and now they really can with the addition of the multiplayer experience on console.”

The game features six warriors, each with a unique combat style and weapons set.

  • Spartan: A shielded warrior that excels when fighting in teams
  • Ninja: A swift stealth warrior with good crowd control abilities
  • Samurai: A versatile fighter with a broad arsenal of long range and melee weapons
  • Pirate: An effective skirmisher with access to gunpowder weapons
  • Viking: An all-out berserker that excels at overwhelming opponents at close range
  • Knight: A tank with superior armor with high-impact weapons

Players go to war in six authentic environments with interactive elements.

  • Acropolis: An Ancient Greek Temple City
  • Bamboo Forest: A dark ninja village shrouded in mist
  • Fortress Garden: Traditional samurai stronghold
  • Ducat Isle: A pirate’s paradise complete with hidden treasure trove
  • Fjord: A frigid Norse fishing port
  • Fertile Valley: Medieval castle with siege weaponry

With extensive statistics, players can finally determine which warrior is deadliest. Battles can take place across six new game modes, which feature one-on-one combat, free for all, and capture the flag matches. Teams and warriors can be customized based on appearance, match types, customizable servers, taunts, and emblems – with some weapons and accessories only accessible after mastering a particular warrior’s technique.

“Deadliest Warrior Battlegrounds” is now available on XBOX 360 LIVE ARCADE for $14.99.

About 345 Games

345 Games is the video gaming arm of the Viacom Music and Entertainment Group, which includes Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, and Spike. Franchises include Deadliest Warrior, Ugly Americans, South Park, and Bellator.

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.

 

 

 

Spike Announces New Projects to its Ever-Growing Scripted Slate for the Network’s Broadening Audience

July 14th, 2015 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE ANNOUNCES NEW PROJECTS TO ITS EVER-GROWING SCRIPTED SLATE FOR THE NETWORK’S BROADENING AUDIENCE

New York, NY, July 14, 2015 – Spike has partnered with some of the most creative minds in Hollywood to bolster its ever growing slate of scripted projects that aim to further the network’s mission to broaden its audience with big and bold original series.

The scripted drama projects span a wide range of genres and periods, all of it character driven material set in unique, compelling worlds.   These include series about an Occupied American heartland during World War III, a family living in a world without privacy, the Gilded Age pioneers of criminal defense law, and medical researchers pushing the boundaries of ethics and legality.

Spike’s aggressive approach has yielded projects from major studio players, as well as independents.  It is also developing several projects in-house.

“Our slate is indicative of our goal to be a network that creates high-quality and dynamic scripted entertainment with a distinctive edge and point of view,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike.

BAD MEDICINE: This psychological horror series centers on a man in pain who is miraculously cured by a brilliant but unconventional doctor who specializes in clinical trials. The man goes all out to help this doctor find more breakthrough cures, only to realize that there are deadly consequences to the work the doctor does.  Aaron Mendelsohn serves as writer, Nick Hamm as Executive Producer and Momentum TV as producers.

HUMMEL & HOWE: Set in the late 19th century Gilded Age in New York City, this series showcases the wild cases and lives of William Howe and Abraham Hummel — two criminals desperate to escape their past who become the greatest criminal defense attorneys in American history.  “Hummel & Howe” is written by Andy Bellin, and produced by Scott Aversano and Tom Gormican of Additional Dialogue and Endemol Shine Studios.

MR. IN BETWEEN: Based on a short story by acclaimed novelist Walter Mosley, this series focuses on a high-stakes courier who traffics sensitive information between people for whom privacy is a matter of life and death. Diane Houslin and Walter Mosley serve as producers.

SECRET AMERICA: Set in the near future, this series explores a society where the threat of terrorism has turned the US government into an autocratic state.  The show will chronicle the lives of one family as they fight for survival in a world where everyone is watched and no one can be fully trusted, and where patriotism is demanded, not earned.  Alcon Television group President, Sharon Hall serves as Executive Producer, Josh Goldin and Rachel Abramowitz as writers and Jaume Collet-Serra as director.  Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson also serve as Executive Producers on this series.

WORLD WAR III: As the world’s geopolitical balance shifts and the next global conflict explodes, America’s Heartland will become Occupied Territory.  One man with a troubled past will galvanize a Resistance movement, calling upon ordinary citizens to become the extraordinary heroes of WWIII. Series is produced by Benay Bros. and Bad Hat Harry.  Series is Executive Produced by Bryan Singer and written by creators Aaron & Matthew Benay.

Spike TV is set to premiere its first scripted event series in eight years, “Tut,” starring Sir Ben Kingsley and Avan Jogia, on July 19.  In addition to the above slate, Spike TV recently announced script options for “When The Levee Breaks,” from acclaimed film screenwriter Kurt Wimmer; “Harvest,” from film/television producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Warner Horizon Television; “The Crusaders” from Pierce Brosnan’s Irish DreamTime, Sennet Entertainment, Michael Finch and Academy Award®-winning writer David Franzoni; “Deep Web” with producer/director/writer Tony Krantz of Flame Ventures; “The Chairman,” based on the Stephen Frey best-seller; “Red Mars” from Vince Gerardis, Co-Executive Producer of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” based on Kim Stanley Robinson’s “Mars Trilogy;” “Emergency Broadcast” from Legendary Pictures and Thomas Tull; and “War at the Shore” based on Richard D. “Skip” Bronson’s book.

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                     310-407-4728              shana.tepper@spike.com

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

Spike Presents a Landmark Television Event That Will Shed Light on the Truth Behind the Complex Story of John McAfee and an International Murder Mystery

July 8th, 2015 by SPIKE Press

New York, NY, July 8, 2015 – Spike presents a six-part television event, “The McAfee Project,*” that will shed light on the brilliant yet complicated tech pioneer John McAfee, viewed by some as the godfather of online security and by others as the master manipulator of fear whose the key figure in a  shocking international murder mystery.

Directed and Executive Produced by Billy Corben (“Cocaine Cowboys”), the docuseries will be centered around McAfee’s first-person interviews and will reveal unanswered questions about his life ranging from drug-fueled college days in Virginia, to learning to battle computer viruses early in his career at Lockheed in the 1980’s, to starting McAfee and Associates in 1987, to the 2012 murder investigation in Belize.

“The incredibly twisted, complicated yet utterly fascinating story of John McAfee has never been told on television,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series. “It’s more than just a murder mystery, but a story of the man who invented modern day paranoia and injected his manufactured paranoia into the cultural zeitgeist.

“The McAfee Project” is produced by the critically-acclaimed and Emmy-winning rakontur (“Cocaine Cowboys,” “VH1’s The Tanning of America,” “Dawg Fight”) with Alfred Spellman and Corben as Executive Producers and Impact Future Media with Francois Garcia and Kimberley Berlin as Executive Producers.

The series will also feature first-person interviews with those close to McAfee along with reenactments featuring pivotal seasons in his life. “The McAfee Project” will be shot this summer and air on Spike in 2016.

In April, 2012, John McAfee, a world-renowned billionaire computer anti-virus pioneer, found himself at the center of Central America’s hottest manhunt in recent history. McAfee was named a “person of interest,” but not a suspect, by police officials in Belize following the murder of his neighbor. McAfee went on the run for three weeks before crossing the border into Guatemala. He was detained by Guatemalan authorities soon after entry, and was soon fighting against deportation to Belize.

McAfee claims the police and drug cartels in Belize were out to kill him thus the escape to Guatemala. He also reportedly faked a series of heart attacks to prevent deportation to Belize and aid safe passage back to the United States. Following a lengthy legal battle, he was deported to the United States while his home in Belize mysteriously burned to the ground.

Was this celebrated tech genius really involved in the murder of a neighbor?  Or does he have nefarious enemies out to destroy him and crumble his empire?  Or is the man who earned enormous success and wealth based on the public’s online security fears and paranoia playing another mind-game?

McAfee continues to be a prophet of internet protection.  In 2010, the company he founded (McAfee Associates) was sold to Intel for an incredible $7.8 billion and four years later they announced they would be changing their name from McAfee to Intel Security.  Recently, McAfee launched Future Tense Central, a security and privacy company offering innovative mobile and web applications with the highest degree of security, empowering the user with the knowledge and awareness to make informed decisions about their personal information. Is this another tech game-changer or another example of McAfee manipulating the public’s fear and paranoia?

Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chachi Senior is Senior Vice President of Original Series for Spike TV, and Justin Lacob is Vice President, Original Series.

*”The McAfee Project” is a working title

About Spike TV:

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

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Press Contacts:

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

Shana Tepper     Spike TV                  310-407-4728         shana.tepper@spike.com

 

Spike Presents an Inside Look at the Life and Career of the Unforgettable and Widely Celebrated Comedic Performer, Chris Farley

July 1st, 2015 by leungm

SPIKE PRESENTS AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE LIFE AND CAREER

OF THE UNFORGETTABLE AND WIDELY CELEBRATED COMEDIC PERFORMER,

CHRIS FARLEY

Documentary Features  Christina Applegate, Tom Arnold, Dan Aykroyd, Bo Derek, Jon Lovitz, Lorne Michaels, Jay Mohr, Mike Myers, Bob Odenkirk, Bob Saget, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Among Others

“I Am Chris Farley” Premieres On Spike Monday, August 10 at 9:00pm (ET/PT)

New York, NY, July 1, 2015 – Spike TV, in association with Network Entertainment, presents the definitive look at one of America’s hilariously distinctive comedic performers, Chris Farley, in the original documentary “I Am Chris Farley.”  The film will open theatrically in New York and Los Angeles on July 31st, 2015 and will debut on Spike Monday, August 10 at 9:00pm ET/PT, followed by DVD, Blu Ray and Video-On-Demand availability. 

 Chris Farley lived his life full speed and committed to making everyone around him laugh out loud, and “I Am Chris Farley tells his hilarious, touching and wildly entertaining story for the first time ever – from his early days in Madison, Wisconsin, and at Marquette University, through his work at the legendary Second City to his rapid rise to the top of the comedy world on “Saturday Night Live” and in hit films like Tommy Boy and Black Sheep.

 The film showcases the performer’s most memorable characters and skits from television and film, paired with iconic photographs, home movies and family snapshots, to fully round out the story of this comedy legend – a bear of a man who nevertheless had remarkable grace and physicality.  Clips from Farley’s most unforgettable performances fill the documentary, from his breathtaking Chippendales audition alongside Patrick Swayze, to his comically ill-fated salesman in Tommy Boy, to his diatribes as Matt Foley, the motivational speaker who “lives in a van down by the river!”

I Am Chris Farley Preview

 Sharing insights into the beloved funnyman are such co-stars and colleagues such as Christina Applegate, Tom Arnold, Dan Aykroyd, Bo Derek, Pat Finn, Jon Lovitz, Lorne Michaels, Jay Mohr, Mike Myers, Bob Odenkirk, Bob Saget, Adam Sandler, Will Sasso, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Brian Stack and Fred Wolf, and family members including his brother Kevin, a comedian and actor, and his brothers Tom Jr. and Johnny, with sister Barbara.

“I Am Chris Farley” is Directed and Produced by Derik Murray (“I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen,” “I Am Bruce Lee”) and Co-Directed by Brent Hodge (“A Brony Tale”), along with Executive Producers Paul Gertz (“I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen,” “I Am Bruce Lee”), Kent Wingerak (“I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen,” “I Am Bruce Lee”) and Robert Pirooz (“I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen”).  Spike’s Kevin Kay, Jon Slusser, and Jaimee Kosanke also serve as Executive Producers.  The documentary is the latest in Spike TV’s original “I Am” series. The network debuted the critically acclaimed “I Am Dale Earnhardt” earlier this year along with “I Am Steve McQueen” and “I Am Evel Knievel” in 2014 and “I Am Bruce Lee” in 2012.

 Theater information and other details about the film can be found at www.iamchrisfarley.com.

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

Melissa Sugiura           Spike TV                310-407-4729            melissa.sugiura@spike.com

Guys Choice Premieres June 18 at 9:00 p.m. on Spike, Salma Hayek and Chris Pratt Accept Top Honors

June 17th, 2015 by SPIKE Press

AT SPIKE’S GUYS CHOICE 2015
HOSTED BY TARAJI P. HENSON AND TERRENCE HOWARD
SALMA HAYEK ACCEPTS “DECADE OF HOTNESS” HONOR,
CHRIS PRATT NAMED “GUY OF THE YEAR”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Receives Special “Hero” Award from Troops in Attendance,
Announces “ROCK THE TROOPS” Music and Entertainment Event
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LL COOL J Receives G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time) Award,
Brings Down the House with Epic Performance of Hits Spanning 30 Years in Entertainment
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Sir Ben Kingsley, Star of Spike TV’s Scripted Original Limited Series “Tut,”
Receives “Brass Balls” Honor from Joseph Gordon-Levitt
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Additional Award Recipients include “Guys Choice” Co-Host Taraji P. Henson
Jake Gyllenhaal, Liam Neeson, Chelsea Handler, Hannah Davis, and More
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“Guys Choice 2015” Premieres on Spike TV Thursday, June 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

New York, NY, June 17, 2015 – “Guys Choice 2015,” co-hosted by Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, saw Salma Hayek and Chris Pratt taking home top honors at its June 6 taping. The Academy Award®-nominated Hayek accepted the “Decade of Hotness” honor with a heartfelt speech while Hollywood leading-man Pratt took home the “Guy of the Year” award with a series of hilarious and energetic thank-yous. “Guys Choice” premieres Thursday, June 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Spike.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson accepted the special “Hero” tribute from the servicemen and servicewomen in the audience, who joined him on stage in a touching moment of mutual admiration. Johnson then announced that he had joined forces with Spike TV and Casey Patterson Entertainment to create the “ROCK THE TROOPS” music and entertainment event to celebrate and entertain deployed US Troops serving overseas. “ROCK THE TROOPS” will bow on Veterans Day 2016.

Jam-packed with mantastic moments, “Guys Choice” also featured “G.O.A.T.” (Greatest Of All Time) award-winner LL COOL J electrifying the crowd with a performance of his most memorable hits from 30 years at the pinnacle of hip hop, the undeniable chemistry of co-hosts Taraji P.  Henson and Terrence Howard, a humbled Sir Ben Kingsley kissing his coveted “Brass Balls” trophy, and myriad appearances from A-list celebrities including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zoe Saldana, Robert De Niro, David Spade, Rachel McAdams, Mary J. Blige, and many more.

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For the full run of “Guys Choice” honors, speeches, performances, and unpredictable must-watch insanity, tune in to Spike June 18th at 9 p.m. ET/PT. For the full list of “Guys Choice” honorees, see below.

Decade of Hotness
Salma Hayek 

Guy of the Year
Chris Pratt

Jean Claude Gahd Damn
Taraji P. Henson

G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time)
LL COOL J

Hero
Dwayne Johnson

Guycon
Jake Gyllenhaal

Brass Balls
Sir Ben Kingsley

Our New Girlfriend
Hannah Davis

Funniest M.F.
Chelsea Handler

Biggest Ass Kicker
Liam Neeson

TBE (The Best Ever)
Floyd Mayweather

Top Fantasy Leaguer
Russell Westbrook

The official sponsors of Spike TV’s “Guys Choice” include AT&T, AXE®, Bacardi®, Burger King®, GEICO®, Kia Motors, and Mountain Dew®.

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

About Casey Patterson Entertainment:

Casey Patterson Entertainment is a full service production company producing premium content, live events, and talent-driven series and specials.  Patterson is a critically-acclaimed executive producer who has created an array of groundbreaking programming during her 17-year tenure at Viacom. Patterson’s current projects include the breakout hit-series “Lip Sync Battle,” the highest-rated series in Spike history; “Guys Choice;” Spike’s “One Night Only;” “The TV Land Awards;” and “Rock the Troops” with Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions. Patterson is an Emmy®-nominated producer whose credits includes such high-profile events as “The Concert for New York City;” “The Concert of the Century at the White House;” “Saturday Night Live 25th Anniversary Special;” “The Video Game Awards;” “Scream;” “GQ Men of the Year Awards;” “VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards;” “VH1 Divas Live;” “FOX’s “Billboard Music Awards;” “NBC’s “Concert for America;” and “CMT’s “Flameworthy Awards.”

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Press Contacts:

Aileen Budow                   212.767.3952                   aileen.budow@spiketv.com

Matt Conte                         212.767.4091                   matt.conte@spiketv.com

Live From New York…It’s “Lip Sync Battle!!”

June 10th, 2015 by faziod

Summer Stage with Spike

 

LIVE FROM NEW YORK…IT’S “LIP SYNC BATTLE!!” 

Spike Will Create A LIVE Lip Sync Battle In New York City’s Central Park on July 13

City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage Event Will Be Hosted By LL COOL J With

Chrissy Teigen Providing Color Commentary

 Performers To Be Announced Shortly

New York, NY, June 10, 2015 – Spike’s wildly popular breakout hit series, “Lip Sync Battle” is going LIVE in New York City on Monday, July 13, as part of the City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage festival.

LL COOL J, a proud native New Yorker will host the LIVE event and New York City resident Chrissy Teigen will provide the color commentary.

“Lip Sync Battle was born and raised in New York City,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer.  “We’re honored to be doing our first-ever LIVE show from New York in Central Park. The event will be free for our amazing fans. Central Park is a magical setting with an incredible music legacy, and we can’t wait to rock it!”

Based on the pop culture phenomenon of lip sync battling, the Spike original series features celebrities going head to head – lip-syncing the song of their choice – battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet.  The series is a ratings and multiplatform superstar for Spike and is the most-watched original series in network history, averaging 3 million viewers.

The competitors for Spike’s first-ever outdoor “Lip Sync Battle” will be announced shortly. The event will be produced by Casey Patterson Entertainment and held rain or shine (gates open at 7:00 p.m.) at the SummerStage venue in mid-Central Park (Fifth Avenue at 69th Street). The event will not be televised and is free to fans.

“Lip Sync Battle” airs on Spike on Thursdays at 10pm ET/PT.

“Lip Sync Battle” is directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller (“Saturday Night Live,” “30 Rock”) and   executive produced by Casey Patterson, Jay Peterson of Matador Content, John KrasinskiStephen Merchant, Rick Schwartz, and Eight Million Plus Productions.

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 SummerStage:

SummerStage is the largest free performing arts festival in New York City. The festival presents work in all performing arts disciplines, with a focus on New York’s unique neighborhoods. Celebrating 30 years in 2015, SummerStage will present more than 140 shows in 16 parks across New York City. Showcasing nearly 200 unique artists from the iconic to the avant-garde, from opera to hip-hop, film to circus–and everything in between–this is what makes SummerStage a trulyNew York City festival. SummerStage is produced by the independent nonprofit City Parks Foundation. To learn more visit www.SummerStage.org.

About Casey Patterson Entertainment:

Casey Patterson Entertainment is a full service production company producing premium content, live events, and talent-driven series and specials.  Patterson is a critically-acclaimed executive producer who has created an array of groundbreaking programming during her 17-year tenure at Viacom. Patterson’s current projects include the breakout hit-series “Lip Sync Battle,” the highest-rated series in Spike history; “Guys Choice;” Spike’s “One Night Only;” “The TV Land Awards;” and “Rock the Troops” with Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions. Patterson is an Emmy®-nominated producer whose credits includes such high-profile events as “The Concert for New York City;” “The Concert of the Century at the White House;” “Saturday Night Live 25th Anniversary Special;” “The Video Game Awards;” “Scream;” “GQ Men of the Year Awards;” “VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards;” “VH1 Divas Live;” “FOX’s “Billboard Music Awards;” “NBC’s “Concert for America;” and “CMT’s “Flameworthy Awards.”

 

 

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Press Contacts:

 

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

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