Spike TV Creating “Caraoke Showdown” Hosted by Craig Robinson

February 9th, 2016 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV CREATING “CARAOKE SHOWDOWN”

HOSTED BY CRAIG ROBINSON

New Original Special Executive Produced By Howie Mandel’s Alevy Productions

New York, NY, February 4, 2016 – Spike is partnering with Howie Mandel’s Alevy Productions to create a fun new game show, “Caraoke Showdown,” hosted and executive produced by television and film star Craig Robinson.

“Caraoke Showdown” will debut as a half-hour special later this year.

The premise of “Caraoke Showdown” features Robinson posing as a driver, picking up unsuspecting contestants who are along for a very unique ride upon realizing they are on a karaoke-inspired game show.  During various rounds of game play, contestants must belt out their favorite tunes, finish the lyrics or act out songs for cash.  Celebrity guest appearances add to the surprise as the contestants never know what’s going to happen next.

Craig Robinson is best known for his role as acerbic Dunder-Mifflin employee Darryl Philbin on NBC’s Emmy-winning “The Office.” He also just recently won the Sundance Actor Award for his standout performance in the Award-winning entry, “Morris From America.” The renowned actor and comedian’s credits include NBC’s “Mr. Robinson,” HBO’s “Eastbound and Down,” and feature films “Pineapple Express,” “Hot Tub Machine,” “Zack and Miri Make A Porno,” “This Is The End,” and “Peeples.”

Mandel will serve as Executive Producer with Mike Marks of Alevy Productions along with Core Media.

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chachi Senior is Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and will oversee “Caraoke Showdown” and Tori Socha serves as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.

Spike TV is available in 91.4 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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

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

Spike Joins Forces with Paramount Television, Universal Cable Productions and “The Walking Dead’s” Gale Anne Hurd to Develop New Scripted Series

February 9th, 2016 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV JOINS FORCES WITH PARAMOUNT TELEVISION, UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS AND “THE WALKING DEAD’S” GALE ANNE HURD TO DEVELOP NEW SCRIPTED SERIES

Dramatic Series “Pendergast” Based on Best-Selling Novels

By Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

New York, NY, February 1, 2016 – Spike has teamed up with Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions to develop a scripted dramatic series, “Pendergast.” Award-winning and critically-acclaimed producer Gale Anne Hurd of Valhalla Entertainment (“The Walking Dead”) serves as Executive Producer, with John McLaughlin (“Black Swan”) set as the writer and Executive Producer.

Based on the bestselling novels “Relic” and “Cabinet of Curiosities” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, the series centers around Aloysius Pendergast, an eccentric special agent with the FBI. Set in a contemporary version of gothic New York City, the first season finds Pendergast investigating a present day crime mimicking a century old mystery — which links to his own family’s dark past.

“Pendergast” represents the first collaboration between Spike and Paramount Television, both Viacom properties. It’s also the second co-production between Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions with the first being the pilot “Shooter.”

Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Ted Gold, Senior Vice President, Scripted Original Series, and Lauren Ruggiero, Senior Director, Scripted Original Series will oversee the project for Spike.

Spike TV debuted its first scripted event series in eight years, “Tut,” last July to strong ratings and has recently ordered to series, “Red Mars” based on Kim Stanley Robinson’s award-winning “Mars Trilogy.”

About Spike TV:

Spike TV is available in 91.4 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 Paramount Television:

Paramount Television develops and finances a wide range of creative television programming across all media platforms.  Paramount Television is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a global content company with premier television, film and digital entertainment brands.

About Universal Cable Productions:

Universal Cable Productions (UCP) creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across media platforms for domestic and international distribution. In the U.S., UCP’s programming can be seen across various networks including the Golden Globe award-winning drama “Mr. Robot,” “Colony,” “Playing House,” “Royal Pains” and “Suits” on USA Network; “The Magicians,” “12 Monkeys,” “Hunters” and “Killjoys” on Syfy; “Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce” on Bravo; “The Royals,” on E!; “Difficult People,” on Hulu; and “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome” on Machinima Prime/YouTube and Syfy. UCP’s content library includes critic and fan favorites such as the Emmy-award winning “Monk” as well as “Psych” and “Battlestar Galactica.” Universal Cable Productions is a part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. Follow us @UCPisTV.

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Press Contacts:

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

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

Spike Sets Out To Aid Families On The Verge Of Financial Disaster When “Life Or Debt” Premieres Sunday, March 13 At 10PM ET/PT

February 2nd, 2016 by leungm

SPIKE SETS OUT TO AID FAMILIES ON THE VERGE OF

FINANCIAL DISASTER WHEN “LIFE OR DEBT”

PREMIERES SUNDAY, MARCH 13 AT 10 PM ET/PT

 

Series Follows Renowned Business Strategist and Personal Finance Consultant

Victor Antonio As He Works With Families To Get Out Of Debt

New York, NY, February 2, 2016 – Three quarters of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck with no cushion for the unexpected.  And according to a recent survey, one in five Americans believes they will die in debt.  Spike and former Fortune 500 business strategist Victor Antonio are on a mission to chip away at these staggering statistics by knocking on the doors of families on the verge of financial ruin and giving them a much needed wakeup call.  Antonio will not only help these families face the facts and the bleak future that awaits them if they continue down this path, he will also pinpoint the underlying issues and ultimately supply the tools needed to empower them to get back in the black. Ten one-hour episodes of “Life Or Debt” debut starting Sunday, March 13 at 10PM ET/PT on Spike.

Financial troubles can affect any family, from the affluent to the blue-collar middle class, to a young family just starting out.  But oftentimes these monetary issues can be solved with some expert guidance, tough love and a change in approach.  That’s where Antonio, a personal finance consultant and former CEO, comes in with an innovative solution.  Antonio believes family finances should be run like a business and that by streamlining operations, identifying hard line goals and executing reasonable action plans, families can avoid financial ruin.

“Life or Debt” follows Antonio as he sets out each week to help a different family facing a fiscal calamity, including an outdated wedding DJ following his dreams at the cost of his family’s finances, a talented single mother working eight different jobs around her custody arrangement and a failing small business owner who falls deeper in debt while his wife spends money on plastic surgery and binge shops.  In each episode, Antonio does his initial assessment and reality check, pointing out the significant disparity between money coming in and money going out.  He charges families with the task of taking a hard look at their numbers, before putting them through a series of challenges and driving them to make hard choices. During this time, Antonio gets a better sense of the family, often uncovering the underlying issues and dark secrets of each family’s financial situation to flush out the realities of how they got to this point.  Then comes the restructure, where Antonio lays out an actionable plan, assigning specific responsibilities to each family member that plays to their strengths and reveals the “magic number,” or the number they need to hit each month to reach financial stability.   He returns 90 days later to check in on their progress with the hope they have turned their situation around.

Business strategist Antonio rose up from the streets of Chicago to become one of America’s most celebrated Hispanic executives. As CEO of Force, Inc, President of Global Sales and Marketing for the $420M New World Network and Vice President of International Sales for the $3B Fortune 500 company ADC Telecommunications, he developed a reputation as a shrewd executive and a strong family man.  Now a personal finance consultant, author and business speaker, Antonio has made it his mission to help families reach financial stability.

Fans of “Life or Debt” can join in the conversation about the show by following @SPIKE on Twitter and using #LifeOrDebt.  Sneak peeks of upcoming episodes, blog posts, full episodes, biographies and more can be found on Spike.com’s dedicated “Life or Debt” destination, spike.com/shows/life-or-debt, where content will be updated throughout the season.  For additional series updates, follow Spike on Facebook and on Instagram.

“Life or Debt” is an original concept developed by Ugly Brother Studios, with Tim Duffy, Mike Duffy and Tim Warren serving as Executive Producers.  The series is also directed by Warren.  Meredith Prunkard is Co-Executive Producer.  Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series and Chachi Senior is Senior Vice President, Original Series. Hayley Lozitsky, Vice President of Original Series and Jeff Savaiano serve as the network’s Executives in Charge of Production.

About Spike TV:

Spike TV is available in 91.4 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 Contact:

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

SPIKE TV RENEWS “LIP SYNC BATTLE” FOR A THIRD SEASON

January 19th, 2016 by faziod

SPIKE TV RENEWS “LIP SYNC BATTLE”

FOR A THIRD SEASON 

Most Watched Original Series in Spike History

“Lip Sync Battle” Has Delivered Over Half A Billion

Cross-Platform Streams Since Launch

Currently Ranks #1 In Timeslot With Adults 18-49 

 

New York, NY, January 19, 2016 – Spike’s multiplatform megastar, “Lip Sync Battle,” has been renewed for a third season consisting of 20 half-hour episodes, it was announced today by Kevin Kay, Spike President.

“Lip Sync Battle is a multiplatform pop-culture phenomenon that has played an integral role in delivering a new and broader audience to Spike,” said Kevin Kay, Spike President.

The new season will tape later this year. A premiere date for season three will be announced in the near future.

“Lip Sync Battle” is the most-watched original series in Spike’s history and continually delivers a big and broad audience to the channel. Season two launched on January 7 and through the first two episodes, “Lip Sync Battle” is averaging 4.4 million viewers and is the top-ranked series in its timeslot with a 3.1 rating in the coveted demographic of Adults 18-49 in all of television.

The series is a digital hit as well, amassing over half a billion video streams since launch last April, with over 50 million alone for the season 2 premiere featuring Channing Tatum vs. Jenna Dewan-Tatum with special appearances by Beyoncé and Paula Abdul.

“Lip Sync Battle” is hosted by music legend LL Cool J with Chrissy Teigen serving as the colorful commentator. LL COOL J will be honored this week with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“Lip Sync Battle” can be seen in over 130 countries and territories worldwide. The UK version launched January 9 on Viacom’s Channel 5 and was the top-rated show in the 16-34 demographic in the time period.

The critically-acclaimed and award-nominated “Lip Sync Battle” features celebrities going head to head – lip-syncing the song of their choice – battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet.  The series is a ratings and multiplatform superstar for Spike and is the most-watched original series in network history. “Lip Sync Battle” is executive produced by Casey Patterson of Casey Patterson Entertainment, Jay Peterson of Matador Content, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant and 8 Million Plus Productions.

Enclosed is a trailer for Lip Sync Battle season 2 which airs Thursday nights at 10pm ET/PT.

 

Lip Sync Battle Season Two Trailer

 

Spike TV is available in 91.4 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

 

 

 

Only One Artist Will Be Left Standing When The Ink Dries On The New Season Of “Ink Master”

January 19th, 2016 by faziod

ONLY ONE ARTIST WILL BE LEFT STANDING WHEN THE INK DRIES ON THE NEW SEASON OF “INK MASTER”

PREMIERING TUESDAY, MARCH 1 AT 10 PM ET/PT

Season Seven Introduces Eight New Contestants

Plus Eight Returning Veteran Artists

In The Quest To Win The Title Of ‘Ink Master’

 

New York, NY, January 19, 2016 – Spike TV’s hit original reality-competition series “Ink Master,” produced by Original Media, returns for a “lucky” seventh season, premiering Tuesday, March 1 at 10 pm ET/PT. In addition to new contestants, this season brings back eight of the series’ favorite artists from previous seasons to battle it out in permanent ink for a $100,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked and, of course, the bragging rights title of ‘Ink Master.’

This season comes with a new twist, as each week, a veteran artist – and former ‘Ink Master’ contestant – will be introduced to the group prior to the elimination challenge. The artists will be put through a series of tattoo challenges that are not only designed to test the their technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, as they must create and execute an original tattoo on a ‘Human Canvas.’ Each episode will focus on a different and distinct style of tattooing, and while the masterpieces these artists create will last a lifetime… so will their mistakes.

After every challenge, the contestants face a tough panel made up of musician, filmmaker and artist Dave Navarro, as well as world renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).

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 Seven tattoo artists are (listed in alphabetical order):

New Artists:

  • Christian Buckingham (@christiantat2) – Artist at Revolt Tattoo in Henderson, NV
  • Corey Davis (@whoiscoreydavis) – Artist at City of Ink in Atlanta, GA
  • Picasso Dular (@25footphantom) – Artist at The Vatican Studios in Los Angeles, CA
  • Cris Gherman (@crisgherman13) – Owner/artist at 13 Fat Catz  in New York, NY
  • Anthony Michaels (@antmikes) – Artist at Metro Tattoo in Tucson, AZ
  • Megan Jean Morris (@meganjeanmorris) – Owner/artist at Painted Soul in Wallingford, CT
  • Alex Rockoff (@alexaceshigh) – Artist at Aces High Tattoo in West Palm Beach, FL
  • Ashley Velazquez (@showoff_tattoos) – Artist at Forever Custom Tattoos in New Haven, CT

Veteran Artists:

  • Matti Hixson (@mattihixson) – Artist at Otzi Tattoo Agency in Virginia Beach, VA
  • Jime Litwalk (@jimelitwalk) – Artist at Ascension Tattoo in Orlando, FL
  • Sausage (@sausagekingtat) – Co-owner/artist at Revolt Tattoo in Las Vegas, NV
  • St. Marq (@saintmarqtattoo) – Owner/artist at New Breed in West Lafayette, IN
  • Sarah Miller (@valkyriesbard) – Owner/artist at Wyld Chyld in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Cleen Rock One (@cleen_rock_one) – Owner/artist at Chrome Gypsy Tattoo in Las Vegas, NV
  • Jesse Smith (@jesse_smith) – Owner/artist at Loose Screw Tattoo in Richmond, VA
  • James Vaughn (@mrjamesvaughn) – Owner/artist at Tidewater Designs in Mt. Pleasant, SC

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.

“Ink Master” completed its 6th season on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 with a LIVE 90-minute finale that delivered 2.4 million viewers. The record-breaking 16-episode season averaged 2.4 million viewers and was the #1 ranked show on cable in Adults 18-49 in its Tuesday timeslot (10:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT). The Spike original series also tallied triple-digit gains this season in the timeslot for Adults 18-49 (+178%) and Adults 18-34 (+133%). “Ink Master” is 44% male, demonstrating the network’s ongoing plan to deliver gender-balanced original hit series.

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Original Media (Ink Master: Redemption, Swamp People,  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 Ink Master and Ink Master: Redemption for Spike; Swamp People for History; Dual Survival and Pacific Warriors for Discovery; Comic Book Men for AMC; Road Spill for TruTV; and I Love You… But I Lied for LMN. 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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Interviews with cast & judges available upon request.

Contact:

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

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

 

Ink Master Season 7 Contestant Biographies

January 19th, 2016 by faziod

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Season 7: Contestant Biographies

(in alphabetical order)

 ”Ink Master” Season 7 Premieres on Spike TV Starting Tuesday, March 1 at 10 PM, ET/PT

Christian Buckingham
Henderson, NV
Artist, Revolt Tattoo
Twitter: @ChristianTat2
13 Years’ Experience

Christian Buckingham comes from a conservative family of Air Force officers including his brother, father and grandfather. Buckingham always felt like the “black sheep” before he discovered tattooing, but once he did, he knew he had found his place in society. Buckingham describes himself as “that guy” – an alpha male and a pack leader. He has a strong personality, voices his opinions and is always up for a challenge. He is looking forward to competing on “Ink Master” and is hoping to win decisively.  He believes the public will enjoy watching him destroy the competition. With past “Ink Master” contestants working around him, Buckingham feels he is ready to take home the title for himself and help support his “badass” wife, children and grandchildren.

 

Corey Davis
Atlanta, GA
Artist, City of Ink (http://www.iamcoreydavis.com/; instagram.com/whoiscoreydavis)
Twitter: @Whoiscoreydavis
10 years’ experience

Corey Davis might be considered young, but he is not new to the tattoo industry. Davis has been tattooing for 10 years and currently works in the Atlanta-based tattoo shop, City of Ink, where his specialty is neo-traditional. While Davis enjoys his social life, he is serious about his career. He’s been featured in numerous tattoo publications and won awards for his work. Growing up in a less privileged community has influenced Davis artistically and has made him extremely grateful in his career. He attributes tattooing to saving his life and has never been more ready to fight for the “Ink Master” title.

 

Picasso Dular
Los Angeles, CA
Artist, The Vatican Studios (http://picassodular.com/)
Twitter: @25footPhantom
16 years’ experience

Picasso Dular has survived being street smart. Having left home at just 12 years old, he has been living and figuring out life all on his own Dular knows what it takes to survive and plans to apply his “ninja” tactics to the competition, methodically preying on the weaknesses of his fellow artists.. Intense and relentless, he does not plan to keep his opinions to himself during judging. Dular refuses to pigeonhole himself as an artist specializing in one particular style. He hopes coming home with the “Ink Master” title will grant him the ability to open up his own shop and allowing this nomad to finally plant roots.

 

Walter “Sausage” Frank
Las Vegas, NV
Co-Owner/Artist, Revolt Tattoos (http://revolttattoos.com/)
Twitter: @Sausagekingtat
14 years’ experience
Season 4 Veteran

Walter “Sausage” Frank isn’t just a tattoo artist; he’s a true entertainer whose stage is the tattoo studio. Sausage enjoys making people laugh and having fun in the tattoo chair.  He is a sought after, worldwide, for his meticulous tattoo work.. But don’t let his humorous ways fool you, he’s a solid and fierce competitor. Not only has Sausage worked alongside season 3 winner, Joey “Hollywood” Hamilton, but he almost grabbed the Ink Master crown for himself during season 4.   Although he didn’t win the title then, he quickly won the hearts of his fans.  This season he’s back with a vengeance and this time intends to come back to Las Vegas with the title of “Ink Master.”

 

Cris Gherman
New York, NY
Owner, 13 Fat Catz (crisgherman.com; instagram.com/crisgherman)
Twitter: @crisgherman13
15 years’ experience

Cris Gherman is a Transylvanian rebel who doesn’t play by anyone’s rules but his own.  Gherman has been featured in numerous international magazines and has won awards at various tattoo conventions worldwide. He thinks there is no competition when it comes to his art and believes that this is his time. He hopes that winning the “Ink Master” title will bust his career wide open and turn him into to the household name he believes he deserves to be.

 

Matti Hixson
Virginia Beach, VA
Artist, Otzi Tatttoo Agency (http://otzi-tattoo.com/mattihixson/)
Twitter: @mattihixson
11 years’ experience
Season 4 Veteran

Matti Hixson speaks bluntly, but he claims it’s all in the name of artistic passion. A self-taught artist, his devotion and respect for his craft sometimes can come off as abrasive, but he really isn’t interested in what anyone else thinks. Well known on the convention circuit, Hixson is a an artist who thrives in color realism and likes tattoos with a dark twist. He was featured on season 4 of “Ink Master” and placed third overall. . With a second chance,  Hixon no longer plans to come into the game sincerely. This time around he’ll do whatever it takes to bring home the $100,000prize and title of “Ink Master.”

 

Jime Litwalk
Orlando, FL
22 years’ experience
Artist, Ascension Tattoo (http://www.jimelitwalk.com/)
Twitter: @JIMELITWALK
Season 3 Veteran

With over 20 years in the tattoo industry, Jime Litwalk does his best to pass on his experience and knowledge to the other competitors. Fast-paced and precise, Litwalk has built up a solid clientele from his years of travel on the international tattoo circuit. His tattoo and illustration career has brought him numerous awards, magazine mentions and feature articles. While he is comfortable tattooing in almost any genre, Litwalk’s passion is in his signature animated “classic new skool” style. This married father of two is a true perfectionist and is returning from season 3 and this time he has no intentions of allowing the first place title slip away.

 

St. Marq
West Lafayette, IN
Owner, New Breed
Website: (http://www.soulpowertrippin.com/)
Twitter: @saintmarqtattoo
26 years’ experience
Season 6 Veteran

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 has a background of experience in many styles of tattooing  including Black and Grey, Realism, Large Conceptual and Epic Multi-Surface tattoos..  During season 6 he was known as one of the cockiest contestants ever in the competition.  But St. Marq was eliminated early on in the competition, and has felt his elimination was biased ever since. With his years of experience St. Marq plans to dominate this competition the second time around and plans to have thought out strategies to win the Ink Master title.

 

Anthony Michaels
Tucson, AZ
Artist, Metro Tattoo
Twitter: @Antmikes
5 years’ experience

Anthony Michaels is proud that he doesn’t carry himself like a stereotypical tattoo artist. He thinks it’s what sets him apart from the pack. While he describes himself as a well-dressed and put together family man, that doesn’t mean he won’t get his hands dirty. The former professional basketball player knows a thing or two about thriving under pressure and using criticism as a personal motivation. Nothing about the competition scares him. In fact, he predicts it will be the other contestants losing sleep once they see what he can do. Inspired by his sister, who persevered through brain damage and is now a Special Olympics gold medal winner, he’s not going to stop until he’s Ink Master.

 

Sarah Miller
Pittsburgh, PA
Owner/Artist, Wyld Chyld Tattoo Pittsburgh (www.sarahmillertattoos.com; instagram.com/ sarahmillertattoo )
Twitter: @valkyriesbard
10 years’ experience
Season 2 Veteran

Season 2 runner-up Sarah Miller is a versatile artist; specializing in photo realism, she enjoys other styles as well, including but not limited to New School, Japanese, and Black and Gray. She likes to mix them to make her own, unique style that can be recognized in every piece she does. Tattooing since 2006, she has traveled the world, competing and exploring the different aspects of the tattoo art form. Tattooing became her life since she gave up a promising career in Graphic Design to pursue her dream, and opened Wyld Chyld Tattoo in 2012. Not just limited to tattooing, she still pushes her boundaries in fine art. Miller considers herself to be very competitive and says she definitely has what it takes to win this and be the first female ”Ink Master.”
Megan Jean Morris
Wallingford, CT
Owner/Artist, Painted Soul Tattoo/ Part Time Artist at Last Rites in NYC
(http://www.paintedsoultattoo.com/ )
Twitter: @MeganJeanMorris
7 years’ experience

Megan Jean Morris is aware that her personality can come off as arrogant, but she feels that that is because she is straight forward. A tomboy with a feminine side, Morris tends to wear her emotions on her sleeve. Early in her career, she found it difficult for her to be taken seriously within the tattoo community, so she’s worked extra  hard to earn respect. Morris studied realism in college, and uses her art background to create vibrant and detailed surrealistic pieces.

 

Cleen Rock One                                                                                                            
Las Vegas, NV
Owner/Artist, Chrome Gypsy Tattoo& Golden Skull Tattoo
Website: (www.cleenrockone.com)
Twitter: @Cleen_Rock_One
20 years’ experience

Season 5 Veteran

Season 5 runner up, Cleen Rock One started as Illinois shop owner whose neo-traditional and new school approaches to ink landed him guest spots in studios nationwide and features in several tattoo magazines. Years later, the artist and entrepreneur moved out West, opening up his own shop, Chrome Gypsy Tattoo and striving to leave a permanent mark on the Las Vegas circuit. Cleen Rock didn’t expect  to make it as far as he did during season 5, but now that he’s aware of exceptional skills, he’s confident to quickly take over this competition.

 

Alex Rockoff
West Palm Beach, FL
Artist, Aces High Tattoo (www.aceshightattooshop.com )
Twitter: @AlexAcesHigh
9 years’ experience

Alex Rockoff is a ball of nervous, manic energy and he bottles it all up inside of him until it bursts. Rivals have called him   flamboyant and “a little bit nuts.” Usually it’s all fun and games for Rockoff, but he has been known to cross the line and takes things  just a bit to far which he’s typically unapologetic for, especially when it comes to his career. An art kid who fell in love with tattoos, Rockoff believes his lines, shading, and color gradients are his strong points.

 

Jesse Smith
Richmond, VA 
Owner/Artist, Loose Screw Tattoo (www.jessesmithtattoo.com; www.loosescrewtattoo.com; instagram.com/jessesmithtattoos)
18 years’ experience
Twitter: @Jesse__Smith
Season 2 Veteran

Jesse Smith discovered his love of art while living in Germany as an “army brat” teen. It was there that he became interested in urban culture and graffiti art. After returning to the States, Smith enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University to help round out his artistic style. One of his first jobs was drawing caricatures at Busch Gardens in VA and found himself among a circle of artists who introduced him to the world of tattooing, eventually learning how to make his own homemade tattoo machine. Smith developed his signature style of quirky cartoon style designs and use of color working in numerous tattoo shops. Being eliminated in season 2 hasn’t slowed Smith down. He says it has helped him grow as an artist at his shop, Loose Screw Tattoos in Richmond, VA. He’s ready to use his eccentric distinctive style of art to take home the Ink Master title.

 

James Vaughn
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Owner/ Artist, Tidewater Designs
(http://www.mrjamesvaughn.com/; instagram.com/mrjamesvaughn)
26 years’ experience
Twitter: @Mrjamesvaughn
Season 1 Veteran

With talent and a wicked sense of humor coupled with southern charm, James Vaughn believes he is the ultimate triple threat. Vaughn got his first tattoo when he was just 12. It was a cross that he still has on his hand. From that moment, he was hooked on tattoos and the art of tattooing. Vaughn specializes in neo Japanese and old school traditional tattooing styles. He’s won over 300 awards and has been published more than 20 times for his work. In the tattoo world, he considered a rare breed because he still draws all his designs “free hand” on his client’s skin with a black Sharpie. Not only has Vaughn has been tattooing for more than 20 years, but he also made it to the final three on season one of “Ink Master.” But leaving without the title did not stop him.  He now owns two tattoo parlors in North Carolina, Straight A tattoo in Asheboro, Emerald City Tattoo & Piercing in Greensboro and has no intentions of returning back to the south without the “Ink Master” title in hand.

 

Ashley “Show Off” Velazquez
New Haven, CT
Artist, Forever Custom Tattoos (instagram.com/showoff_forevertats)
Twitter: @ShowOff_Tattoos
5 years’ experience

With the nickname “Show Off,” Ashley Velazquez lives for the spot light. Velazquez doesn’t bite her tongue; she speaks her mind, which can sometimes get her into trouble. A former art major in college, she began drawing tattoos before she even was a tattoo artist. She learned quickly from the other artists around her and taught herself when no one would apprentice her. Now, five years later she is the most requested artist at the shop she works at. Hungry for this opportunity, Velazquez feels competing on “Ink Master” is validation to her doubting father that she has made the right career choice

“LIP SYNC BATTLE” DROPS THE MIC – SHATTERS RATINGS RECORDS FOR SPIKE

January 12th, 2016 by faziod

“LIP SYNC BATTLE” DROPS THE MIC – SHATTERS RATINGS RECORDS FOR SPIKE

4.7 Million Viewers Tune In To Season Two Premiere Episode Featuring

Channing Tatum vs. Jenna Dewan Tatum 

Most Watched Episode Of An Original Series In Network History 

Ranked #1 In All Of Television

With A 3.4 Rating For Adults 18-49 In Timeslot 

Episode Peaked at 6.4 million Viewers For

Channing And Beyonce Performance

New York, NY, January 12, 2016 – First it broke the internet – then it broke ratings records.

The star-studded and highly-anticipated season two premiere of Spike’s multiplatform hit “Lip Sync Battle” on Thursday, January 7 at 10:00pm ET/PT shattered ratings and digital records for the network.

The one-hour special episode featuring an epic showdown between Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum with special appearances by Beyonce and Paula Abdul drew 4.7 million viewers (with +3 day DVR playback), making it the most watched original series episode in Spike history. The telecast peaked with 6.4 million viewers for Channing’s performance of Beyoncé’s “Run The World (Girls).”  Content for the Season 2 premiere has been viewed over 55 million times on various digital platforms.

The “Lip Sync Battle” season two debut was the #1 ranked show with Adults 18-49 (3.45), Adults 18-34 (3.43), Women 18-34 (4.6), Women 18-49 (4.34) in all of television in the timeslot.

“Lip Sync Battle is a driving force behind the network’s successful shift to deliver a broad, gender-balanced audience,” said Kevin Kay, President, Spike TV. “The incredible popularity of this cultural phenomenon is a direct result of the creativity and hard work of the exceptionally talented producers and talent.”

Enclosed are some other ratings/ social media notes for the “Lip Sync Battle” season two premiere:

  • - The episode had the highest female viewership in network history – 3 million.
  • - To date, “Lip Sync Battle” content has secured half a billion views across all platforms.
  • - “Lip Sync Battle” was the #1 ranked show in all of cable with Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34, Women 18-34, Women 18-49, and Men 18-49 last Thursday.
  • - The Lip Sync Battle YouTube Channel has over 50 million views since the premiere.
  • - 3 of the top 5 most-viewed new videos on YouTube year-to-date were from the “Lip Sync Battle” premiere.
  • - The Channing Tatum and Beyonce’s “Run The World (Girls)” vs. Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s “Pony” video on YouTube has over 18 million views.
  • - #LipSyncBattle was a top trend on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook around the premiere last Thursday.
  • - 8 million people sampled at least 1 minute of the “Lip Sync Battle” Season 2 premiere on Spike.
  • - “Lip Sync Battle” drew the most social media mentions for a non-sports television program for January 7
  • - The Season 2 premiere was the most watched episode in Spike Android App history.
  • - “Lip Sync Battle” can now be seen in 110 countries and territories worldwide.

Channing Tatum vs. Jenna Dewan-Tatum on Lip Sync Battle

Based on the pop culture phenomenon of lip sync battling, the Spike original series features celebrities going head to head – lip-syncing the song of their choice – battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet.  The series is a ratings and multiplatform superstar for Spike and is the most-watched original series in network history. The award-nominated “Lip Sync Battle” is executive produced by Casey Patterson, Jay Peterson of Matador Content, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant and 8 Million Plus Productions.

Spike TV is available in 91.4 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@spike.com

SPIKE LANDS ON MARS

December 8th, 2015 by faziod

SPIKE LANDS ON MARS

Skydance Television Serves As Studio On New Original Scripted Series Written And Executive Produced By J. Michael Straczynski With Vince Gerardis and David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Marcy Ross

New York, NY, December 8, 2015Spike is bringing Kim Stanley Robinson’s award-winning “Mars Trilogy” to television with Skydance Television serving as the studio on the original one-hour scripted series, titled “Red Mars.”

The books, “Red Mars,” “Green Mars,” and “Blue Mars,” chronicles mankind’s colonization and transformation of the red planet, have been adapted in 21 languages and are regarded as the best novels ever written on the subject.

“Red Mars” will be Executive Produced and written by J. Michael Straczynski whose works include “Sense8,” “Babylon Five” and “Changeling.” The straight-to-series project will be Executive Produced by Emmy®-Award winner Vince Gerardis (“Game of Thrones, “Flash Forward”) who brought the project to Spike and has shepherded development, along with Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross (Skydance’s 2015 feature films are “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” and “Terminator Genisys” and current television series include “Grace and Frankie” and “Manhattan”).

“The heart and soul of Red Mars is about humanity,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike. “This group of strangers must find a way to live together and survive under the most daunting conditions mankind has ever faced to become the first living generation of Martians. They will be each other’s greatest source of strength – and if they can’t coexist- the greatest reason for failure.”

“We are thrilled to join forces with Spike to bring Kim Stanley Robinson’s dynamic world of the Mars trilogy to television audiences for the first time ever, particularly in the brilliant creative voice of science fiction legend J. Michael Straczynski,” added Marcy Ross, President of Skydance Television.

“The Mars Trilogy” won several awards including the prestigious Nebula® and Hugo® Awards. Robinson, a New York Times best-selling author, will consult on the series. “I look forward to being a part of bringing my long time client’s literary achievement to the screen,” said Gerardis. “Its themes are important to the future we are creating.”

Spike has ordered 10 one-hour episodes of “Red Mars,” the most ambitious project in network history. Spike’s first scripted original dramatic series in nine years will go into production next summer and will debut on Spike in January 2017. This past July, Spike premiered “Tut,” its first original scripted miniseries in almost a decade to strong ratings, averaging 2.2 million viewers over three nights.

“Red Mars” follows the first settlers charged with terraforming a mysterious planet, all of whom have competed to be a part of the mission. The series delves into the lives of these relative strangers, cut off from everything they’ve ever known and living in the harshest environment imaginable. Over time, viewers will witness the mind-blowing evolution of humans and technology as they learn to adapt in their inhospitable new home.

Levy, Ted Gold, Senior Vice President, Scripted Original Series, Justin Lacob, Vice President, Original Series, and Lauren Ruggiero, Senior Director, Scripted Programming will oversee the project for Spike. Vlad Wolynetz will serve as Co-Executive Producer.

Skydance Media’s rapidly growing television division launched in May of 2013. The Company’s first original series, the Emmy-award winning Manhattan, has been met with great critical acclaim and airs on WGN America and Hulu. Season two launched on October 13, 2015. Skydance’s second critically acclaimed show, the Emmy-nominated Grace and Frankie, stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the title roles and streams on Netflix. Season two debuts in 2016.

“Red Mars” is produced in association with Straczynski’s Studio JMS, a multi-platform independent studio generating content for film, TV and comics. Studio JMS is also producing “Sense8” for Netflix and publishes/owns Joe’s Comics.

Spike TV is available in 91.4 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.

Skydance is a diversified media company founded by David Ellison in 2010 to create elevated, event-level entertainment for global audiences. The Company brings to life stories of immersive worlds across platforms, including feature film, television, gaming and digital. Among Skydance Media’s commercially and critically successful feature films are Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Terminator Genisys, World War Z, Jack Reacher, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Star Trek Into Darkness and True Grit. Its 2015 feature films, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Terminator Genisys, together grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Skydance’s future feature film slate includes Star Trek Beyond, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and Geostorm. The Company’s current television series are the Emmy-nominated Grace and Frankie on Netflix and the Emmy-winning Manhattan on WGN America.

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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

Spike TV Unwraps Big Ratings For “Lip Sync Battle” Holiday Special

November 24th, 2015 by faziod

SPIKE TV UNWRAPS BIG RATINGS FOR

“LIP SYNC BATTLE” HOLIDAY SPECIAL

 

New York, NY, November 24, 2015 – Spike’s first ever “Lip Sync Battle” holiday special was a ratings gift for the network. Featuring the cast of the hit film “The Night Before” including Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Anthony Mackie, and a cameo appearance from the legendary group Run DMC, the telecast delivered 1.8 million viewers and was the ranked #1 entertainment show on cable with Adults 18-49, Women 18-49, and Women 18-34. The one-hour original special was 57% female, delivering on Spike’s mission to broaden its audience.

The “Lip Sync Battle” holiday special was a digital hit as well. Joseph Gordon Levitt’s unforgettable performance of “Rhythm Nation” alone garnered 6 million YouTube views to date and counting.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Preview Janet Jackson

Joseph Gordon-Levitt vs. Anthony Mackie on Lip Sync Battle

The new season of “Lip Sync Battle” debuts on Spike on January 7, 2016 with a special episode with Channing Tatum and  Jenna Dewan-Tatum featuring amazing performances,  unbelievable sets, outrageous costumes, and the queen of all surprise guests.

“Lip Sync Battle” is hosted by entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY Award-winner LL COOL J and television personality, author, and model, Chrissy Teigen.

Based on the pop culture phenomenon of lip sync battling, the Spike original series features celebrities going head to head – lip-syncing the song of their choice – battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet.  The series is a ratings and multiplatform superstar for Spike and is the most-watched original series in network history. The award-nominated “Lip Sync Battle” is executive produced by Casey Patterson, Jay Peterson of Matador Content, John KrasinskiStephen Merchant, and Eight Million Plus Productions.

Spike TV is available in 91.4 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@mtvstaff.com

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

 

 

 

Spike TV Inks Season Eight of “Ink Master”

October 19th, 2015 by leungm

 SPIKE TV INKS SEASON EIGHT OF “INK MASTER”

 New Season of 16 Episodes Slated for Summer 2016

 Season 6 Scores Highest Ratings In Franchise History, Ranking #1 In Its Timeslot On

Cable With Adults 18-49

Season 7 Debuts Spring 2016, Featuring Returning Show Favorites

New York, NY, October 19, 2015 – On the heels of its highest rated season of “Ink Master” to date, Spike has greenlit a new season of the hit original tattoo-competition series.  Season 8 will consist of 15 one-hour episodes plus a LIVE finale and will go into production in March 2016, with a premiere slated for next summer.  The announcement was made today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike.

“Ink Master” completed its 6th season on Tuesday, October 13 with a LIVE 90-minute finale that delivered 2.4 million viewers. The record-breaking 16-episode season averaged 2.4 million viewers and was the #1 ranked show on cable in Adults 18-49 in its Tuesday timeslot (10:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT).  The Spike original series also tallied triple-digit gains this season in the timeslot for Adults 18-49 (+178%) and Adults 18-34 (+133%). “Ink Master” is 44% male, demonstrating the network’s ongoing plan to deliver gender-balanced original hit series.

Season 7 of “Ink Master” debuts next spring and will feature returning show favorite contestants.

“Ink Master delivered yet again a compelling and entertaining season packed with incredible artistic expression and creativity mixed in with big drama,” said Levy. “The record ratings are a testament to our partners at Original Media and our phenomenal hosting/judging trio of Dave Navarro, Oliver Peck, and Chris Nunez. We are thrilled to this great team back for Season 8.”

Each week “Ink Master” puts artist through a series of tattoo challenges that not only test the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, as they must create and execute an original tattoo on a “human canvas.”  Each episode focuses on a different and distinct style of tattooing such as realism, black and gray, and American traditional.  The masterpieces the artists create will last a lifetime – and so will their mistakes.  After every challenge, the contestants face a tough panel made up of series host Dave Navarro and world renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).

“Ink Master” has also been a hit in social media. Last week’s LIVE finale was ranked #1 among reality shows across all networks based on unique authors on Twitter.

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Original Media (“Swamp People,” “Comic Book Men,” “I Love You But I Lied”) with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock 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.

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,” “Ink Master,” “Comic Book Men” and “I Love You But I Lied.” Original Media also produced the Academy Award-nominated films “The Squid and the Whale” and “Half Nelson.”

Spike TV is available in 91.4 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 Contact:

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