SPIKE TV SCORES ANOTHER 13 EPISODES OF “BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE”

April 27th, 2011 by faziod

SPIKE TV SCORES ANOTHER 13 EPISODES OF ORIGINAL SCRIPTED COMEDY “BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE”

PRODUCED BY VARSITY PICTURES AND LIONSGATE


New York, NY, April 27, 2011 – Spike TV has picked up a third season of 13 episodes of its first original scripted comedy series, “Blue Mountain State,” it was announced today by Larry Sullivan, director of original scripted series, Spike TV. Produced by Varsity Pictures’ Brian Robbins and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), “Blue Mountain State” experienced significant ratings growth in season 2 compared to season 1, delivering a +33% increase in Men 18-34, +50% in Men 18-24, and +14% in Men 18-49.

“Blue Mountain State” follows the on and off-field antics of college football powerhouse, Blue Mountain State.  Former NFL running back and veteran actor, Ed Marinaro (“Hill Street Blues”), stars as no-nonsense Coach Daniels. In season 3, Coach Daniels will have his authority challenged when the boosters force him to hire a hotshot offensive coordinator/head coach-in-waiting.  Alex, played by Emmy Award®-winner Darin Brooks (“Blue Crush”), will have to step up in season 3 from being a fun-loving second-string to the starting QB. The cast also includes Thad, played by Alan Ritchson (“Smallville”), the team’s over-the-top team captain and Sammy, the team’s mascot, played by Romanski (“The Sarah Silverman Program”).

Denise Richards will return for a second season as Coach Daniels sexy, sharp-tongued ex-wife, Debra.

Brian Robbins and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett are executive producers.  Romanski, who also stars as Sammy, and Eric Falconer (“The Sarah Silverman Program,” “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”) also serve as executive producers and writers.

Spike TV is available in 99.4 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.   Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Press Contacts:

 

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

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

SPIKE TV HIRES CHRIS RANTAMAKI AS VICE PRESIDENT, ORIGINAL SERIES

April 19th, 2011 by leungm

SPIKE TV HIRES CHRIS RANTAMAKI AS

VICE PRESIDENT, ORIGINAL SERIES

 

NEW YORK, April 19, 2011 – Spike TV has named Chris Rantamaki vice president, original series, it was announced today by Sharon Levy, executive vice president, original series and animation.   Rantamaki is based in the network’s California offices and comes to Spike TV from Discovery Channel, where he was vice president of production.

In this newly created position, Rantamaki will report to Levy and be responsible for overseeing the development of non-scripted series that will further broaden and expand Spike TV’s growing audience.

“We’re thrilled to add someone of Chris’ caliber to our team,” said Levy.  “With such extensive experience in the reality television world, we look forward to him playing an instrumental part in developing programming that resonates with our viewers.”    

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

Spike TV is available in 99.4 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.   Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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CONTACT:

David Schwarz     212.767.8639        david.schwarz@mtvstaff.com  

Melissa Sugiura     310.407.4729        melissa.sugiura@mtvstaff.com