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 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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Press Contacts:

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

 

Spike TV Gets into Shape with “Gym Rescue”

June 2nd, 2014 by SPIKE Press

 SPIKE TV GETS INTO SHAPE WITH “GYM RESCUE”

New York, NY, June 2, 2014 – Spike TV is getting in shape for summer with “Gym Rescue” hosted by MMA legends Randy Couture and Frank Shamrock. The 3-episode series premieres Sunday, August 10 at 9:00pm ET/PT.

More and more Americans every year are joining gyms to stay in shape and live healthier and more productive lives. However, running a successful gym is fraught with economic peril as many end up closing due to grievous mismanagement.

MMA legends Randy Couture and Frank Shamrock use their years of expertise in the business of mixed martial arts to help turn struggling gyms into thriving enterprises.  Couture currently owns a successful chain of gyms, Xtreme Couture MMA while Shamrock runs the acclaimed Shamrock MMA.  Together this dynamic duo has the know-how and track record to help take a failing gym on the ropes and turn it into a champion.

From traditional gyms to military-style boot-camps to yoga studios, Couture and Shamrock will do whatever it takes to whip the failing gyms into shape. From re-defining the gym’s identity, to renovating the outdated workout equipment to revising their marketing strategies, no problem is too big for this team of heavyweights. The hosts will also confront the gym owners with their assessment and plan of attack. No detail will go unnoticed as they scour the facility’s procedures from top to bottom. At the end of every episode, the new gym is revealed and it’s determined if the once failing gym has become a winning success.

The series was shot on location in Florida and Colorado.

“Gym Rescue” is produced by Kinetic Content with Chris Coelen, Couture and Samuel Spira as Executive Producers.

Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chris Rantamaki is Spike TV’s Senior Vice President, Original Series and Jeff Savaiano serves as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.

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

 

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Press Contacts:

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

 

 

Hollywood Icon Sandra Bullock to be Honored with “Decade of Hotness” Award at “Guys Choice”

May 28th, 2014 by SPIKE Press

HOLLYWOOD ICON SANDRA BULLOCK TO BE HONORED WITH
“DECADE OF HOTNESS” AWARD AT SPIKE TV’S “GUYS CHOICE”

#GuysChoice To Premiere Wednesday, June 11 At 9 PM, ET/PT

NEW YORK, May 28, 2014Spike TV has announced that it will crown Sandra Bullock with the “Decade of Hotness” award, one of the night’s highest honors, during the eighth annual “Guys Choice” celebration taping Saturday, June 7th at the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA.  The Academy Award® winning actress joins past winners including Halle Berry, Charlize Theron and Jennifer Aniston as extraordinary leading ladies whose world-class talent is matched only by their iconic beauty.  #GuysChoice premieres Wednesday, June 11 at 9 PM ET/PT on Spike TV.

“We’ve been courting Sandra so long for this award that she was eventually going to say yes or take out a restraining order,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer and Executive Vice President, Event Production & Talent Development, Viacom Entertainment Group. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be honoring Sandra Bullock with our Decade of Hotness award.   She is as ridiculously talented as she is beautiful and our audience adores her.”

Bullock, one of Hollywood’s most sought after leading ladies, this year received her second nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Dr. Ryan Stone in the critically acclaimed sci-fi thriller Gravity, opposite George Clooney. Gravity is Bullock’s highest grossing film, earning $716 million worldwide, and also her most critically acknowledged, winning seven Academy Awards. In 2010, Bullock won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in The Blind Side, where she portrays the matriarch of a conservative suburban household. The film is based on the true story of Michael Oher.

Previously announced A-list attendees being honored with the coveted mantlers include: Matthew McConaughey (“Guy of the Year”), 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

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

“One Night Only” Premieres Wednesday, May 28 at 9 p.m. on Spike

May 27th, 2014 by SPIKE Press

“ONE NIGHT ONLY: AN ALL-STAR COMEDY TRIBUTE TO DON RICKLES”
PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 AT 9 P.M. ET/PT ON SPIKE TV

Special Features Hilarious and Heartfelt Performances from Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jerry Seinfeld, David Letterman, Jon Stewart, Tracy Morgan, Robert De Niro,
Martin Scorsese and Many More

New York, NY – May 27, 2014 – Top luminaries from the world of comedy, film and television came together to celebrate the legendary career of one of their most beloved icons – Don Rickles. “One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles” (#OneNightOnly) premieres Wednesday, May 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The two-hour event, which took place at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY, will treat fans to performances by Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jerry Seinfeld, David Letterman, Jon Stewart, Tracy Morgan, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Regis Philbin, Brian Williams, and Johnny Depp, along with toasts from Bob Newhart, Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy, Ray Romano and Jimmy Kimmel.

Highlights include an opening monologue from Seinfeld, a stand-up legend himself, introducing the guest of honor as one of the four faces on the “Mount Rushmore of stand-up comedy”; a surprisingly heartfelt tribute from Tracy Morgan, which alternated between touching moments and side-splitting punchlines; and a set by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler that brought down the house, turning Rickles’ signature biting style around on him.  And in a rare appearance, David Letterman closed out the evening and introduced the man of the hour, Don Rickles.

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Spike TV’s “One Night Only” is an annual original franchise that celebrates the true legends of comedy who have shaped generations with their groundbreaking styles. It is a truly memorable event – a night of nonstop comedy, untold stories and heartfelt admiration.  The inaugural show, “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only,” paid homage to Eddie Murphy, and was the highest rated event program in the network’s history.

Spike TV has been an industry leader in original event programming honoring male icons and heroes from the worlds of comedy, sports and entertainment.   Recent honorees at various signature events include Eddie Murphy, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Chris Rock, Will Ferrell, Robert Downey Jr, LeBron James, Adam Sandler, Kobe Bryant and more.

Casey Patterson, Don Mischer, Charlie Haykel, serve as Executive Producers for “One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles” with Juliane Hare as Producer.   Tim Bruno serves as EIC for the network. Vernon Lynch serves as a consultant.

Sponsors include Burger King, the 2014 Dodge Dart, and DISH.

For more information and photo highlights from the groundbreaking career of Don Rickles, fans can go to the event site at onenightonly.spike.com

Don Mischer is an internationally acclaimed producer and director of television and live events.  He has been honored with 15 Emmy® Awards, a record 10 Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, 2 NAACP Image Awards, a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting and Europe’s prestigious Golden Rose of Montreux. Mischer was also honored by the Producers Guild of America when he received the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.

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