Ink Master Season 6 Contestant Biographies

May 12th, 2015 by faziod

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Season 6: Contestant Biographies

(in alphabetical order)

 ”Ink Master” Season 6 Premieres on Spike TV Starting Tuesday, June 23 at 10 PM, ET/PT

Chris Blinston
Coral Springs, FL
Owner/Artist, No Hard Feelings Tattoo Gallery
Website: (http://bigbrain2.com/)
Twitter: @ChrisBlinston
18 years’ experience
Mentor to Tyler Nolan

Chris Blinston started his tattoo career while in the Marine Corps, getting his first job at a tattoo shop a year later.  After apprenticing for three years, he was able to open his own studio where he feels he is a goal-oriented leaded who is committed to his own success as well as those around him.  Chris comes into the competition with Tyler Nolan, the 26 year-old that he mentored for five years.  Chris feels his passion for artwork, which has led him to the pursuit of perfection, will also lead him to the title of ‘Ink Master.’

 

Miami Burgess
Carrollton, GA
Artist, Skin Werks
Website: (http://www.facebook.com/miamiburgesscutstoms)
Twitter: @miami_burgess
23 years’ experience
Mentor to Craig Foster

Miami boasts 23 years’ experience in this industry and is ready to solidify his reputation as an accomplished artist. Garnering national exposure due to his tattoo of Michael Jackson on rapper Da Brat, Miami asserts he has what it takes to be a figurehead in the industry. This season he is challenged by Season 3 contestant and employee, Craig Foster. Miami’s on a mission to prove a point: that mentors always come out on top.

 

Erik Campbell
Grand Junction, CO
Owner/Artist, Black Pearl Tattoo
Website: (www.blackpearltattooinc.com)
Twitter: @erikcampbelltat
13 years’ experience
Mentor to Marisa LaRen

Erik views other artists’ self-promotion meaningless unless the tattoo work actually measures up. After a two-year apprenticeship, this Colorado native opened his own shop in a competitive tattoo community. He is unafraid to take risks, especially when it rewards well. His competition this season is Marisa LaRen, a rookie artist whom he hired following her apprenticeship with him. The two have spent almost every day together for the past four years and are constantly at each other’s throats. Erik believes he does not receive the respect he deserves from Marisa for building, what he believes to be, her entire career.

 

Big Ceeze
Anaheim, CA
Owner/Artist, Mi Familia Tattoo
Website: www.mifamiliatattoostudio.com
Twitter: @biggceeze
17 years’ experience
Mentor to Kito

Big Ceeze is an artist and entrepreneur whose work focuses on black and grey realism who believes his 17 years of tattooing experience will propel him through this season’s competition. He is challenged this season by Kito, his apprentice with whom he feels should retain his “student” status while he transforms his teacher title to the ‘Ink Master’ title. Big Ceeze carries himself with a sure-fire confidence and views this competition as a vital ingredient to solidify his ink reputation and once and for all, prove to Kito that he will remain on top.

 

Dave Clarke
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Artist, Sacred-X-Pression
Website: (www.daveclarktattoo.com)
Twitter: @daveclarkestach
11 years’ experience
Apprentice of Earl Noble

Dave Clarke spent two years as an apprentice while in the army stationed in Germany before transitioning to a full-time career in tattooing.  A tattoo artist with a military background, he’s not one to shy away from a fight and asserts that his aggressive personality is what defines his work. Clarke takes great pride in himself on beating his mentor, Earl Noble, in the past three tattoo conventions he has partaken in, making the claim that “the student is always better than the teacher.” Clarke does partially credits his career to Noble, but relishes in the fact that he knows his teacher’s tricks and how to make them even better. This season, he is looking to show Noble once and for all that he has surpassed his skills in ink.

 

Duffy Fortner
Prince Frederick, MD
Artist, Red Octopus Tattoos
Website: (http://www.redoctopustattoos.com/duffyfortner)
Twitter: @duffyfortner
12 years’ experience
Apprentice to Kruseman

Duffy dubs herself a tattoo brat since the age of six. Coming from a whole family of tattoo artists, she claims that the art of tattooing is in her blood. With a 10-month old at home, she asserts that is her passion and knowledge of this industry that drives her in this competition. She wants nothing more than for her child to look up to her success. Duffy is challenged this season by Kruseman, the Maryland tattoo shop owner a former mentor of hers. She is determined to outperform him this season and claim the title as the first female Ink Master.

 

Craig Foster
Carrollton, GA
Owner, Skinwerks Tattoo
Website: (http://www.skinwerks.com)
Twitter: @skinwerks
20 years’ experience
Apprentice of Miami Burgess

A fan favorite from “Ink Master” Season 3, Foster landed himself a second shot at winning the ‘Ink Master’ title.  A “working class” artist, Foster prides himself in his ability to relate to his clients and to never forget a face or tattoo he has worked on. Although he is primarily a new skool artist, Foster knows that his talents are balanced and can handle any challenge the judges give to him. This season, Foster goes head to head with his mentor, Miami Burgess, to prove his worthiness as an independent tattoo artist.

 

Ryan Hadley
Fort Wayne, IN
Owner/artist, Ryan Hadley Studio
Website: (http://www.ryanhadley.com)
Twitter: @ryanhadleyink
15 years’ experience
Apprentice to St. Marq

Ryan Hadley has focused on realism, hyperrealism, black and white and Japanese during his fifteen years of tattooing.  Hadley, a proud father of 6, feels tattooing should be taken more serious as an art form rather than something taken for granted since it is a lifelong commitment.    Hadley’s challenged this season by his mentor, St. Marq, whom he criticizes for maintaining an old-school tattooing style. He believes St. Marq is way outdated in the tattoo industry and is ready to prove that he has the necessary skills and fresh outlook to win the title of ‘Ink Master.’ As someone who knows his mentor’s work, he has full confidence that he can outperform it.

 

Kito
Tulsa, OK
Owner/artist, Fidolo Tattoo
Website: (http://www.tattoosbykito.com)
Twitter: @TattooKito
10 Years’ experience
Apprentice of Big Ceeze

Kito has an incredible passion for tattooing, specializing in black and grey and lettering.  He sees this competition as his outlet to display his talent to a worldwide audience. After practicing as a self-taught artist followed by apprenticing for two years, Kito mobilized his career as an artist and shop owner in Oklahoma. He has absolutely no problem telling it like it is, especially when it comes to tattooing. He claims he owes his success in part to his keen observance of his mentor’s “strengths and weaknesses.” He’s in it to win it, discrediting the level of expertise that comes with years of experience, something his former mentor and rival this season, Big Ceeze, holds over him.

 

Kruseman
Hagerstown, MD
Owner/Artist, Oldeline Tattoo
Website: (http://oldeline.com)
Twitter: @davekruseman
20 years’ experience
Mentor to Duffy Fortner

Kruseman boasts 20 years in the tattoo industry and argues that knowing how to actually draw is what that elevates him above other artists. This studio owner apprenticed for two years before becoming a full-time artist focusing on the traditional style. Kruseman finds a rival in Duffy Fortner, his former apprentice, who comes from an entire family of tattoo artists. Although he believes Duffy has produced decent work to back up her cockiness, he has no doubt in his mind that she does not have what it takes to beat him in this competition.

 

Marisa LaRen
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Artist, Vatican Tattoos
Website: www.blackpearltattooinc.com
Twitter: @marisalaren
3 years’ experience
Apprentice of Erik Campbell

Marisa has more than just a passion for tattooing; she’s also a star fitness fanatic who ranked third in the 2014 Colorado State’s Fitness Competition. This goes to show her competitive, “I go and get what I want” persona. With just three years of tattooing under her belt, she claims her quick progressio” in tattooing levels the playing field among her competitors. Marisa goes head-to-head this season with her mentor, Erik Campbell, with whom she has been working with nearly every day for the past four years. Feeling like Erik still treats her like a rookie in the industry, she enters this competition ready to prove her worth as an artist.

 

St. Marq
West Lafayette, IN
Owner, New Breed
Website: (http://www.soulpowertrippin.com/)
Twitter: @saintmarqtattoo
25 years’ experience
Mentor to Ryan Hadley

St. Marq has been tattooing for more than 25 years. As the owner of New Breed Tattoo, he has been featured in various publications including National Geographic and the New York Times.  St Marq National Tattoo Associations’ Best International Tattooist. While specializing in Black and Grey, Realism, Large Conceptual and Epic Multi-Surface tattoos, St. Marq has a background of experience with many styles.  His main competitor is Ryan Hadley, a Fort Wayne shop owner whom he formerly mentored. He believes his rival has a big ego without the experience to back it up.

 

 

Katie McGowan
Sherwood, AR
Artist, Black Cobra Tattoos
Website: (www.tattoosbykatie.com)
Twitter: @KatieTattoos
5 years’ experience
Apprentice of Matt O’Baugh

Katie has been tattooing for five years in central Arkansas.  Her style is bold and colorful with a traditional influence and has won numerous awards at tattoo conventions around the U.S.  McGowan comes into the competition with her mentor, Matt O’Baugh, whom she works with in Arkansas.  She feels her confident and competitive personality will help her strive in the competition and hopes to prove that women have an important role in the tattoo industry by being the first female to win the title of ‘Ink Master.’

 

MV
El Paso, TX
Owner/Artist, Blue Panda Tattoo
Website: www.facebook.com/tattoosbymat
Twitter: @tat2bymat
6 years’ experience
Mentor to Brian Stephens

MV comes in full steam to this competition, expecting to be the last one standing among lesser artists. He’s got a string of tattoo convention awards to back up his reputation.  He specializes in Black and Grey and realism and has been feature in tattoo publications in the past. This season, MV finds a rival in Brian Stephens, his former apprentice who thinks he’s amassed the skills necessary to beat his mentor.

 

Earl Noble
St. Petersburg, FL
Artist, Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery
Twitter: @theearlnoble
10 years’ experience
Mentor to Dave Clarke

Earl Noble apprenticed for six months prior to starting his career as a professional tattoo artist. Specializing in stylized realism, the New Orleans native is challenged by Florida tattoo artist, Dave Clarke, whom he firmly believes would be nothing in the industry without him. Noble isn’t remotely pleased with Clarke’s lack of respect for the guidance he received and is determined to prove that the teacher will always come out victorious.

 

Tyler Nolan
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Artist, Vatican Tattoos
Website: (www.tylernolantattoos.com)
Twitter: @_tylernolan
10 years’ experience
Apprentice of Chris Blinston

Tyler Nolan has always had a reputation for pushing the limits as witnessed via his hobby of venomous snake handler. He was previously mentored by Chris Blinston whom he left for an opportunity at another shop. This departure left unresolved tension between the two which Tyler plans to clear up during the competition by producing, what he thinks will be, better tattoos.

 

 

 

Matt O’Baugh
Sherwood, AR
Owner, Black Cobra Tattoos
Website: (www.blackcobratattoos.com; www.mattobaugh.com)
Twitter: @mattobaugh
14 years’ experience
Mentor to Katie McGowan

Matt O’Baugh has been tattooing for 14 years. After apprenticing for 1 year, the next 10 years of his career were spent working for various tattoo shops before opening his own, Black Cobra in Sherwood, Arkansas. Matt has been featured in many industry publications and has won many awards for his skill. Matt comes from a family of artists and attended art school where he majored in Sculpture. Matt also has experience in blacksmithing and knife making. In tattooing, Matt prides himself on his versatility and being able to dominate any style that comes his way.  Matt comes into the competition with Katie McGowan, an employee of his, who prides herself on keeping up to date on what is relevant in the tattoo culture.  Matt is determined to put the other contestant’s skills to the test as he battles for the title of ‘Ink Master.’

 

Brian Stephens
El Paso, TX
Artist, Dapper Ink Tattoo
Website: http://instagram.com/tat2bybry
Twitter: @tat2bybry
3 years’ experience
Apprentice of MV

Brian Stephens has been tattooing for a total of three years with a focus on traditional and realism. Despite his relatively short experience compared to others’ in the competition, Brian has already collected his share of awards in traditional and color categories. His main competitor this season is MV, the El Paso shop owner who formerly apprenticed him. Brian is setting out to prove to his rival that he isn’t the new kid on the block any more and hopes winning the coveted title of ‘Ink Master’ will give him the same respect as more experienced artists.

Spike Releases Key Art For Tut – Premieres Sunday, July 19

April 29th, 2015 by faziod

SPIKE RELEASES KEY ART FOR “TUT”

Spike Original Limited Series Event Starring Sir Ben Kingsley
Premieres Sunday, July 19

New York, NY, April 29, 2015 –Spike released key art today for the Spike original limited series event Tut, with the tagline – “Boy.Rebel.King.” Spike’s Tut recounts the astounding saga of one of history’s most extraordinary rulers, Tutankhamun aka King Tut, his rise to power and his struggle to lead Egypt to glory, while his closest advisors, friends and lovers scheme for their own nefarious interests. This six hour, three night ambitious original scripted limited series event premieres on Spike Sunday – Tuesday, July 19-21 (9:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT).

One of the story’s central plot points is the complex relationship of King Tut, played by Avan Jogia, and his closest advisor, Vizer Ay, played by Academy Award®-winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley. Using a cross process technique, the key art captures their dynamic, as both characters are merged together, depicting their struggle for power. The effect of the key art create layers of intrigue, that mirror the layers of complexity in the characters. The art features the iconic Egyptian colors of blue and gold that evoke a sense of warmth and coldness, of life and death.

The bold and dramatic composition captures the tone of Tut’s epic story, and is a reflection of Spike’s new look and brand promise, delivering faces with tremendous star power who truly are “the ones to watch.” Created in collaboration with 30Sixty Advertising, the key art was shot on location in Morocco by photographer Mattias Clamer.

Thrust into power after the murder of his father, Tut (Jogia) is forced to marry his strong willed, ambitious half-sister (Sibylla Deen) in order to maintain the dynasty. In love with a commoner (Kylie Bunbury), he struggles to protect her from the jealous queen. And although Tut rules as Pharaoh, he is exploited by a shrewd Prime Minister (Kingsley), a ruthless military General (Nonso Anozie) and a scheming High Priest (Alexander Siddig) who look down on him as someone they can control. But through unexpected twists and turns, Tut strives to overcome the odds, rising from a manipulated prince into an unlikely hero who triumphs over his enemies both from within and without leading his kingdom to glory.

For more information about Tut, visit the website at tut.spike.com. Join in the conversation with #Tut and #Spike.

“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 (Salem, 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.

About Muse Entertainment
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 CEO is Executive Producer Michael Prupas. Muse U.S.A. President is Executive Producer Joel S. Rice.

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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It’s Best To ‘Know Your Enemy’ On The New Season Of “Ink Master”

April 28th, 2015 by faziod

IT’S BEST TO ‘KNOW YOUR ENEMY’ ON THE NEW SEASON OF “INK MASTER”

STARTING TUESDAY, JUNE 23 AT 10 PM, ET/PT

Season Six Pits Masters vs. Apprentices In Their Quest To Win
$100,000, Editorial Feature In Inked Magazine &
Title Of ‘Ink Master’

New York, NY, April 28, 2015 – Spike TV’s hit original reality-competition series “Ink Master” returns for a sixth season starting Tuesday, June 23 at 10 pm ET/PT, and this time it’s best to  ‘know your enemy.’  Eighteen tattoo artists from around the country will battle it out 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’s not just about the rivalries the artists create during the competition, each contestant comes with their own personal tattoo rival – their master or apprentice.

Each week “Ink Master” puts artists 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 American traditional, Japanese, trash polka, anatomical and Victorian, 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 stars including Avan Jogia (“Tut”), Khaseem Greene (Chicago Bears), Tony Jefferson (Arizona Cardinals), Keith Pough (Cleveland Browns), Allen Robinson (Jacksonville Jaguars), Darius Slay (Detroit Lions) and Kamerion Wimbley (Tennessee Titans).

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.

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

  • Chris Blinston (@ChrisBlinston) – Owner/artist at No Hard Feelings in Coral Springs, FL
  • Miami Burgess (@miami_burgess) – Artist at Skin Werks in Carrollton, GA
  • Erik Campbell (@erikcampbelltat) – Owner/artist at Black Pearl Tattoo in Grand Junction, CO
  • Big Ceeze (@biggceeze) – Owner/artist at Mi Familia Tattoo in Anaheim, CA
  • Dave Clarke (@daveclarkestach) – Artist at Sacred-X-Pression in Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Duffy Fortner (@duffyfortner) – Artist at Red Octopus Tattoos in Prince Frederick, MD
  • Craig Foster (@skinwerks) – Owner at Skinwerks Tattoo in Carrollton, GA
  • Ryan Hadley (@ryanhadleyink) – Owner/artist at Ryan Hadley Studio in Fort Wayne, IN
  • Kito (@TattooKIto) — Owner/artist at Fidolo Tattoo in Tulsa, OK
  • Kruseman (@davekruseman) – Owner at Oldeline Tattoo in Hagerstown, MD
  • Marisa LaRen (@marisalaren) – Artist at Vatican Tattoos in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Marq (@saintmarqtattoo) – Owner/artist at New Breed in West Lafayette, IN
  • Katie McGowan (@TattoosbyKatie) – Artist at Black Cobra Tattoo in Sherwood, AR
  • MV (@tat2bymat) – Owner/artist at Blue Panda Tattoo in El Paso, TX
  • Earl Noble (@theearlnoble) – Artist at Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery in Saint Petersburg, FL
  • Tyler Nolan (@_tylernolan) – Artist at Vatican Tattoos in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Matt O’Baugh (@mattobaugh) – Owner at Black Cobra Tattoos in Sherwood, AR
  • Brian Stephens (@tat2bybry) –Artist at Dapper Ink Tatttoo in El Paso, TX

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 using #InkMaster.  The latest in tattoo culture and series news can be found on the official “Ink Master” Facebook page, on Twitter @spikeinkmasterTumblr and on Instagram @spikeinkmaster.
Last season was the most watched season of “Ink Master” to date, as well as the highest-rated among Adult and Women 18-49.   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 11.8 million total Cross Platform Video Views during the season and the LIVE finale was ranked #1 on cable based on twitter activity.

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Original Media (“Swamp People,” “Comic Book Men,” “Dual Survival”) with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh and Andrea Richter serving as Executive Producers. Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chachi Senior is Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and oversees production of “Ink Master” and Tori Socha serves as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.
About Original Media:

Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America and is run by Emmy award-winning producers Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock. Producing hundreds of hours of programming across unscripted and scripted television, digital media and feature film, Original Media has built a strong reputation for cutting-edge content and quality production. Hit series include “Swamp People,” “Dual Survival,” “Inkmaster,” “Comic Book Men” and “The Pool Master.” Original Media also produced the Academy Award-nominated films “The Squid and the Whale” and “Half Nelson.”

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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Spike TV Renews Lip Sync Battle For 20 New Episodes

April 22nd, 2015 by faziod

SPIKE TV RENEWS LIP SYNC BATTLE FOR 20 NEW EPISODES

Ranks #1 In Timeslot With Adults 18-49 In All of Cable

Most Watched Original Series in Spike History

Delivered Over 107 Million Cross-Platform Streams in 3 Weeks

 

New York, NY, April 22, 2015 – “Lip Sync Battle” is a ratings and multiplatform superstar for Spike TV. As a result, the network has announced it will pick up another 20 episodes of the highly-rated critically-acclaimed series, debuting in 2016.

“Lip Sync Battle is a television and viral rock star for Spike,” proclaimed Kevin Kay, President, Spike.  “We are thrilled to be renewing Lip Sync Battle whose success is a direct result of the brilliance and creativity of our producers, the brave performers, and of course the coolest new duo on television,  LL COOL J and Chrissy Teigen.”

Through four episodes, “Lip Sync Battle” is the most-watched original series in network history, averaging 3 million viewers, and is the top-rated series in its timeslot in the coveted demographic of Adults 18-49 in all of cable. The series is a digital hit as well, amassing over 107 million video streams in three weeks, with the Anne Hathaway “Wrecking Ball” clip securing 14 million views alone.

Other ratings highlights include:

  • Across 50 airings (Spike, MTV & BET) between 4/2 and 4/19, “Lip Sync Battle” reached 33.1 million viewers (including 16.5 million women)
  • The highest rated series in network history with Adults 18-49
  • The most watched program of any kind in network history with women in all demos

Production details, location, and talent participating will be announced at a later date.

Spike TV’s “Lip Sync Battle” is hosted by LL COOL J and directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller (“Saturday Night Live,” “30 Rock”), is executive produced by Casey Patterson, Jay Peterson of Matador Content, John KrasinskiStephen Merchant, 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.

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Spike TV Partners with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Warner Horizon Television to Develop Family Drama “Harvest”

April 17th, 2015 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV PARTNERS WITH JERRY BRUCKHEIMER

TELEVISION AND WARNER HORIZON TELEVISION

TO DEVELOP FAMILY DRAMA “HARVEST”

 

New York, NY, April 17, 2015 – Spike TV is joining forces with legendary film/television producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Warner Horizon Television to develop the original scripted drama series “Harvest.” Centering on a father who turns to a life of crime to protect a dark family secret, “Harvest” marks Spike’s first scripted deal with a major studio and is the network’s latest venture in creating big and bold entertainment for a gender-balanced audience.

“Harvest” centers on a mild-mannered cemetery caretaker who finds his small town life in jeopardy when his estranged, criminal father tracks him down. In order to protect his teenage daughter from the dark secret of her past, the caretaker teams up with his sworn paternal enemy to deal in the illegal tissue 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 supervising producers on “Harvest,” from Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Horizon Television.

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

Spike TV will premiere its first scripted event series in eight years, “Tut,” this summer. The network recently announced script options for “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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Chachi Senior Named Senior Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV

April 8th, 2015 by SPIKE Press

 

CHACHI SENIOR NAMED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT,

ORIGINAL SERIES, SPIKE TV

Los Angeles, CA, April 8, 2015 – Chachi Senior has been named Senior Vice President, Spike TV, Original Series, it was announced today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series to whom he will report.

In his new position, Senior will lead Spike TV’s non-scripted development team and will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day department activities that will further broaden and expand Spike’s growing audience.

“Chachi is a respected veteran in this industry, with a proven track record of leading talented teams to success,” said Levy.  “Chachi joins Spike at an exciting time as the network continues to attract a gender-balanced audience with hit non-scripted series.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the Spike team.  As the ever-evolving cable TV network landscape jockeys its way into the future, Spike is perfectly positioned to provide the winning vantage point for viewers,” said Senior.

Senior previously served as CEO of Ardaban, a dedicated entertainment format company whose development is produced in conjunction with Shine America and distributed globally via Shine International.  As Ardaban’s top executive, Senior led NY and LA based teams dedicated to creating and developing new formats for both the US and International marketplace.

Senior is one of the leading reality content producers in the TV industry, having sold and produced programming around the world to such networks and companies as TV Asahi, BBC America, Bravo, CMT, E!, Endemol, Fremantle, Fuji TV, Comedy Central, Planet Green, Oxygen, Food Network, Shine, Travel, and Tru TV, among others.

An Emmy® Award-winning executive producer and director, Senior has launched numerous successful formats including “Chopped,” “Momentum,” “Randy Jackson presents Lovesong,” “Winsanity” and “No Kitchen Required.”  Additionally, Senior has won two Emmys for the digital series “Book Obsessed” which he directed and executive produced in 2009.

Before launching Ardaban, Senior served as Co-president of IAC’s Notional, where he spearheaded the creation, sale and content production of numerous formats for global distribution.

Prior to helping launch Notional, Senior spent three years at City Lights Media, building out its television and digital departments.  He created and produced content for brands and networks such as ABC Family, Barnes & Noble, Glamour, Hearst, Kohler, Lifetime, MTV, MySpace, Reader’s Digest, SITV, Walmart, TLC and WEtv.

Senior began his career as a principal at First Motionless Pictures before moving on to AMC Networks. He has produced several music videos, commercials and independent films including: Los Angeles Film Festival winner and Independent Spirit Award nominee Unknown Soldier, and South-by-Southwest Audience Award winner Blackballed – the Bobby Dukes Story.

In 2001, (after 9/11) Senior placed his production career on hold for one year and volunteered to teach film production to juniors and seniors at NYC’s High School of Art & Design.

Senior currently resides in Santa Monica, California with his wife Adriana, and their two daughters Ava and Chloe Belle.

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

LIP SYNC BATTLE DELIVERS RECORD RATINGS FOR SPIKE

April 3rd, 2015 by faziod

LIP SYNC BATTLE DELIVERS RECORD RATINGS FOR SPIKE 

2.2 MILLION TUNE-IN TO PREMIERE

Most Watched Debut For A Non-Scripted Series

In Network History

New York, NY, April 3, 2015 – Spike’s premiere of “Lip Sync Battle” on Thursday, April 2 at 10:00pm ET/PT drew record ratings for the network. The half-hour original series delivered 2.2 million viewers, making it the most-watched non-scripted series debut in network history. “Lip Sync Battle” also delivered the highest rating with Adults 18-49 in network history for a non-scripted series debut (1.3 Adults 18-49).

“The record ratings are indicative of the incredible talent and creativity of the producers and participants who delivered in so many ways,” said Kevin Kay, President, Spike. “We are incredibly encouraged by the balanced audience of the premiere as we continue our mission to target a broad viewership.”

Enclosed are some other key ratings/ social media notes from Lip Sync Battle’s debut:

- This was the highest rated series premiere in Spike history among W18-49  (1.5) and W18-34 (1.4)

- Spike has never had higher W18-49 and W18-34 ratings in this time period

- This was Spike’s highest P18-49 rating and largest average audience in the time period in over 8 years.

- The 18-49 audience was 56% female

- The new episode at 10:30pm ET/PT delivered 2 million viewers and 1.2 with Adults 18-49.

- Total Video Views: Lip Sync Battle content has generated 15 million Video Views across Spike’s Owned & Operated properties as well as Facebook and YouTube.

- Twitter Ranking  Ranked #1 series on cable and ranked #2 series across all networks with  #LipSyncBattle trending in the  US and Worldwide during both East and West coast airings.

Spike TV’s “Lip Sync Battle” is executive produced by Eight Million Plus Productions, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, Casey Patterson, Jay Peterson of Matador and Rick Schwartz of Eight Million Plus.  Emmy®-award nominee Beth McCarthy-Miller (“Saturday Night Live,” “30-Rock,” “The Sound of Music Live,” “Modern Family”) serves as Director. LL COOL J serves as a Producer on the show.

 

*Spike’s highest rated debut was Blade: The Series – 2.5 million viewers in 2006.

 

About Spike TV:

Spike TV is available in 93.6 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

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

 

SPIKE TV PARTNERS WITH DWAYNE JOHNSON FOR EVENT PROGRAMMING DEVELOPMENT DEAL

March 3rd, 2015 by leungm

 SPIKE TV PARTNERS WITH DWAYNE JOHNSON FOR

EVENT PROGRAMMING DEVELOPMENT DEAL

New York, NY, March 3, 2015 – Spike TV has partnered with world-renowned entertainer, Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia’s $7 Bucks Productions, for a development deal to create and produce compelling and impactful programming for the network.

Johnson and Garcia will executive produce shows ranging from big live events, specials, sports and initiatives surrounding our troops and veterans. The goal is to tap into people’s humanity and touch lives, inspiring the audience while entertaining them.

“We’re thrilled to be in business with Spike as they build a brand with universal appeal,” said Johnson. “Over the next year and beyond we’re going to deliver compelling and powerful programming to entertain, inspire and provide just the right amount of shock and awe to its growing audience base. It’s an exciting partnership, $7 Bucks Productions and Spike are coming to win.”

“Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and $7 Bucks Productions personify Spike’s direction to be BIG and BOLD with original programming that speaks to a broader audience,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer/Executive Vice President Talent Development and Production, Viacom Entertainment Group.

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 $7 Bucks Productions:

$7 Bucks Productions, co-founded by global superstar Dwayne Johnson and producing partner Dany Garcia, is a full service production company with a diverse collection of original content for both television and film.  The company boasts an impressive roster of projects for television including HBO’s highly anticipated series Ballers, TNT’s Wake Up Call (2014), and a recent development deal with Spike TV where they will produce shows ranging from live events, specials, and initiatives surrounding our troops and veterans. Film projects currently in development include Universal’s “The Janson Directive” and Relativity’s “Not Without Hope.” In 1997, Johnson started his career in entertainment with just $7 in his pocket and has since become one of the industry’s highest grossing actors. Johnson and Garcia combine creativity and experience to produce high quality entertainment for all audiences and form industry-changing partnerships.

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Press Contacts:

David Schwarz

Spike TV

212-767-8639

david.schwarz@spike.com

 

Stephanie Jones

JONESWORKS

212-839-0111

stephanie@jonesworksinc.com

SPIKE: THE ONES TO WATCH

March 3rd, 2015 by leungm

SPIKE: THE ONES TO WATCH

 

Network Launches New Logo and Tagline; Announces New Programming And Development Deals at Upfront Event

Upfront All Star Line Up Includes Ben Kingsley, Dwayne Johnson, Jillian Michaels, Adam Carolla, Jon Taffer, Dave Navarro, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, LL Cool J & Chrissy Teigen

 

New York, NY, March 3, 2015 – With a series of announcements including a new tagline and logo at an Upfront presentation to advertisers this afternoon in New York City, Spike took a giant step further toward its mission of attracting a broader, gender-balanced audience.

“We have successfully transformed Spike from a hyper-fueled network for young guys into a distinctive entertainment destination that’s inclusive and female friendly,” said Kevin Kay, President, Spike. “We built that foundation with gender-balanced original hits like “Bar Rescue” and “Ink Master, ” Now those hits are paving  the way for the next step in our development with shows like “Tut” and “Lip Sync Battle.” The new Spike has got it all: big talent, engaging shows, and hits that get people talking. We are the ones to watch.”

The tagline “Spike: The Ones To Watch” encompasses the network’s strategic shift to a general entertainment network delivering compelling original entertainment with an edge and a distinctive point of view. It speaks to the network’s bold personalities and a brand pushing the boundaries of the unexpected. With a dynamic multi-platform redesign, Spike’s on-air look will reflect the brand’s evolution.

Among the announcements Spike made today include:

Sweat Inc.

Jillian Michaels, one of the nation’s leading health and wellness experts, is partnering with Spike TV to find the next big fitness craze in the non-scripted original series, “Sweat Inc.” Over the last decade, the fitness industry has exploded with over 30,000 fitness clubs around the country and over 58 million memberships.  Fitness enthusiasts are always on the lookout for next big thing. Whoever creates the next Soul Cycle®, Zumba®, or Crossfit® could be sitting on new billion dollar idea.   In the new Spike reality-competition series “Sweat Inc,” twelve aspiring fitness entrepreneurs compete to prove they’ve developed the next groundbreaking exercise program.  Michaels serves as host and judge for “Sweat Inc,” utilizing her vast knowledge of the fitness industry along with her keen business sense, in deciding which workout program might very well be the next new phenomenon.

Legendary Pictures development deal

Spike TV has partnered with Legendary Pictures to develop an original scripted series, “Emergency Broadcast,” that features a group of government first responders who confront the planet’s most fantastic crises and disasters. Based on an original idea by Thomas Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary, the project reteams Legendary with longtime collaborator Max Brooks, the best-selling and critically-acclaimed author (“World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War,” “Zombie Survival Guide”), who serves as a Consultant on the project.

Dwayne Johnson development deal

Spike TV has partnered with global superstar Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia’s $7 Bucks Productions, for a development deal to create and produce compelling and impactful programming for the network.  Johnson and Garcia will executive produce shows ranging from big live events, specials, sports and initiatives surrounding our troops and veterans.  The goal is to tap into people’s humanity and touch lives, inspiring the audience while entertaining them.

Lip Sync Battle- New episodes/Big Names

Spike TV has green lit an additional eight episodes of the highly-anticipated new, original series, “Lip Sync Battle.” The series is based on the cultural phenomenon of lip sync battling seen by millions on television and online. Featured performers for the new eight episodes include Emily Blunt, Anne Hathaway, Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Queen Latifah, Justin Bieber, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Mike Tyson, and Terry Crews.

 

Spike TV’s Upfront presentation featured a bevy of the network’s talent including the cast of the network’s most ambitious project to date, the event series “Tut” including Ben Kingsley, Avan Jorgia, Sibylla Deen, and Kylie Bunbury; Dwayne Johnson, who announced his development deal; Jillian Michaels, who announced her new non-scripted series, “Sweat Inc;” Jon Taffer from the network’s hit series, “Bar Rescue;” Dave Navarro, the host of the highly-rated “Ink Master;” Adam Carolla, the host of “Catch A Contractor” and LL Cool J, Chrissy Teigen, John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant from the network’s highly-anticipated upcoming series, “Lip Sync Battle.”

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

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

SPIKE TV ORDERS EIGHT MORE EPISODES OF “LIP SYNC BATTLE”

March 3rd, 2015 by leungm

SPIKE TV ORDERS EIGHT MORE EPISODES OF

“LIP SYNC BATTLE”

 

Emily Blunt, Anne Hathaway, Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Justin Bieber, Queen Latifah, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Mike Tyson, and Terry Crews Among Those Featured

 

New York, NY, March 3, 2015 – “Lip Sync Battle” fans have a reason to rejoice! Spike TV has greenlit eight more episodes of highly-anticipated new, original series, “Lip Sync Battle.” The series is based on the cultural phenomenon of lip sync battling seen by millions on television and online.

“Lip Sync Battle” debuts on Thursday, April 2 at 10:00pm ET/PT and features celebrities going head to head – lip-syncing the song of their choice – battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet.

The featured performers for the new eight episodes include Emily Blunt, Anne Hathaway, Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Justin Bieber, Queen Latifah, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Mike Tyson, and Terry Crews among others to be announced shortly.

Spike TV taped 10 episodes of “Lip Sync Battle” last month in New York showcasing the lip syncing skills of many of the biggest names in entertainment including Jimmy Fallon, Dwayne Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, John Krasinski, Meghan Trainor, Common and more.  The new eight battles will be taped in Los Angeles this month.

“Lip Sync Battle” is hosted by entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY Award-winner LL COOL J with pop culture sensation Chrissy Teigen serving in the role of a color commentator.

“10 wasn’t enough! We’re riding the wave of Lip Sync Mania and the performances are getting bigger and more epic with every show,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer/Executive Vice President Talent Development and Production, Viacom Entertainment Group. “We can’t wait to for the fans to see what all of our superstars have in store for them.”

Spike TV’s “Lip Sync Battle” will be executive produced by Eight Million Plus Productions, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, Casey Patterson, Jay Peterson of Matador and Rick Schwartz of Eight Million Plus.  Emmy®-award nominee Beth McCarthy-Miller (“Saturday Night Live,” “30-Rock,” “The Sound of Music Live,” “Modern Family”) will serve as Director. LL COOL J will also serve as a Producer on the show.

SMIRNOFF® Vodka, SONIC® Drive-In, Modelo Especial, and Dodge are the sponsors for the first 10 episodes of “Lip Sync Battle.”

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.

For more information on “Lip Sync Battle”: http://www.spike.com/shows/lip-sync-battle

Production Company Credits: Eight Million Plus Productions, John Krasinski’s Sunday Night Productions, Stephen Merchant’s Four Eyes Productions, and Jay Peterson’s Matador.

 

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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

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