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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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 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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Press Contacts:

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

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

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

 

SPIKE TV PARTNERS WITH LEGENDARY PICTURES TO DEVELOP ORIGINAL SCRIPTED SERIES, “EMERGENCY BROADCAST”

March 3rd, 2015 by leungm

 SPIKE TV PARTNERS WITH LEGENDARY PICTURES TO DEVELOP ORIGINAL SCRIPTED SERIES,

“EMERGENCY BROADCAST”

 

New York, NY, March 3, 2015 – 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.

“Emergency Broadcast” is a format-breaking series about everyday heroes who tirelessly work together to combat national and global catastrophes.  With expertise in the fields of diplomacy and military intelligence – they face daunting hazards, including everything from apocalyptic meteor showers to alien invasions.  Consulting the most preeminent crises leaders in the country, the creators of “Emergency Broadcast” aim to a give a more realistic, never-before-seen take on how America would actually contend with such extraordinary encounters.

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” from Flying Studio Pictures, the production partnership of the world renowned actor and critically-acclaimed, award-winning filmmaking team Gary Oldman and producer Douglas Urbanski along 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;” and “War at the Shore” based on Richard D. “Skip” Bronson’s book.

About Legendary Entertainment:

Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television and digital (Legendary Television and Digital Media) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to mainstream audiences with a targeted focus on the powerful fandom demographic. Through complete or joint ownership, Legendary has built a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world’s most popular intellectual property. In aggregate, Legendary Pictures-associated productions have realized grosses of more than $10 billion worldwide at the box office. To learn more visit: www.legendary.com

About Spike TV:

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

 

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Press Contact:

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

JILLIAN MICHAELS TO STAR IN NEW SPIKE TV SERIES “SWEAT INC.”

March 3rd, 2015 by leungm

 JILLIAN MICHAELS TO STAR IN NEW SPIKE TV SERIES “SWEAT INC.”

 

New York, NY, March 3, 2015 – Jillian Michaels, one of the nation’s leading health and wellness experts, is partnering with Spike TV to find the next big fitness phenomenon in the new non-scripted original series, “Sweat Inc.”

Spike TV has ordered 10 one-hour episodes. The series, produced by 3 Ball Entertainment, goes into production this summer and will premiere this Fall.

Over the last decade, the fitness industry has exploded: there are currently more than 30,000 fitness clubs around the country and over 58 million memberships.  Fitness enthusiasts are always on the lookout for the next big thing. Whoever creates the next Soul Cycle®, Zumba®, or Crossfit® could be sitting on a billion dollar idea.  In the new Spike reality-competition series “Sweat Inc.,” 12 aspiring fitness entrepreneurs compete to prove they’ve developed the newest groundbreaking exercise program.

Michaels will serve as host and judge for “Sweat Inc.,” utilizing her vast knowledge of the fitness industry and her keen business sense to decide which undiscovered workout is best suited to be the next new phenomenon.  Two other successful fitness industry experts will join Michaels at the judges’ table.

“Like the gold rush or tech boom, the fitness business has evolved into a high-stakes, billion dollar industry, with a huge fortune awaiting the next amazing idea,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV.  “Jillian Michaels is the perfect host and judge to lend her expertise to determine a victor.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Spike family and ‘reteam’ with 3 Ball to make another hugely entertaining and successful show,” said Michaels. “‘Sweat Inc.’ is a competition elimination show that has elements of today’s most compelling and engaging shows.  It explores the savvy, grit, guts and glory to make it big in business while unleashing and exposing the most cutting edge, innovative, underground workouts to the masses.  Ultimately, ‘Sweat Inc.’s’ appeal is universal because at its core it’s about getting that one shot at making your dreams a reality.  Who can’t relate to that?”

 

The 12 fitness entrepreneurs will have varied backgrounds and come from all around the country. In each episode, the contestants will put their innovative workout regimens to the test. Michaels and the other judges will then decide which entrepreneur is eliminated. After 10 weeks, the victorious fitness program that possesses the highest level of business savvy and innovation will win a major cash prize and a partnership with a national gym chain to develop their fitness brand.

 

“Sweat Inc.” is created and produced by 3 Ball Entertainment (“Extreme Weight Loss,” “Bar Rescue”) with Todd Nelson, JD Roth, DJ Nurre and Brant Pinvidic serving as Executive Producers.  Jillian Michaels and Giancarlo Chersich from Empowered Media will also serve as Executive Producers.  Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, and Hayley Lozitsky, Vice President of Original Series will serve as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.

About Empowered Media:

Empowered Media Empowered Media, LLC operates the Jillian Michaels wellness brand. Co-founded by Jillian Michaels and her business partner, Giancarlo Chersich, the company operates as life architects whose sole mission is to inspire individuals to empower themselves to seek healthier, active lives. The products marketed are part of the total life solution platform created by the Jillian Michaels philosophy. America’s premier health and wellness coach, Michaels is a New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur and popular television personality. Michaels is also a passionate advocate, fighting to invoke important changes in all aspects of health and wellness. Michaels’ newest book, SLIM FOR LIFE: MY INSIDER SECRETS TO SIMPLE, FAST, AND LASTING WEIGHT LOSS is available now wherever books are sold. For more information about Jillian Michaels, please visit jillianmichaels.com.

 

About 3 Ball Entertainment:
3 Ball Entertainment is one of television’s most prolific producers of reality and non-fiction programming, both for broadcast and cable. Fully independent, the company is run by CEOs Todd A. Nelson and Ross Weintraub, with Brant Pinvidic serving as chief creative officer. 3 Ball’s hit series include Extreme Weight Loss, which premieres its fifth season on ABC this summer (the show also airs as Obese in 130 countries); Bar Rescue, in season four for Spike; My Cat from Hell for Animal Planet; LA Hair for WEtv; Catch a Contractor also for Spike; Kitten Bowl II for Hallmark Channel; and Funniest Wins for TBS. 3 Ball has additional series in production and development with networks including Discovery, Spike, Travel, A+E, FYI, Food, E!, Oxygen and WEtv.

 

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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Antonio Tarver and Jimmy Smith Named Color Analysts for “Premier Boxing Champions” Series on Spike TV

February 19th, 2015 by SPIKE Press

ANTONIO TARVER AND JIMMY SMITH NAMED COLOR ANALYSTS FOR “PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS” SERIES ON SPIKE TV

New York, NY, February 19, 2015 – Spike TV has added some serious punch to their “Premier Boxing Champions” series announce-team. Five-time, two-division world champion boxer Antonio Tarver and popular Bellator announcer and former professional MMA fighter, Jimmy Smith, will serve as color analysts for Spike TV’s inaugural season of “Premier Boxing Champions.”

Spike TV’s first “Premier Boxing Champions” event will take place on Friday, March 13 at 9:00pm ET/PT from the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. The event will showcase two marquee match-ups including Andre Berto vs. Josesito Lopez and Shawn Porter vs. Robert Garcia.

Tarver and Smith complete Spike’s “Premier Boxing Champions” announce team which includes Dana Jacobson as host and Scott Hansen as play-by-play announcer.

“We are thrilled to add two dynamic and knowledgeable voices who each possess their own unique perspectives of combat sports,” said Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, Sports and Branded Entertainment. “Antonio delivers a huge personality with a championship pedigree and Jimmy will bring his incredible insight and energy that he has for MMA to boxing.”

Antonio “The Magic Man” Tarver, from Tampa Fla, had one of the sport’s most-decorated amateur careers. In 1995, he became the only fighter to have won the Pan American, U.S. National Championships, and World Championships in the same year. After winning the bronze medal in 1996 Olympics, he turned pro and ascended the ranks of light heavyweight division. In 2003, Tarver defeated Montell Griffin in the biggest win in his career up to that point to claim the IBF and WBC title belts. After a tough 12-round decision loss to Roy Jones Jr, Tarver avenged that bitter defeat with an incredible 2nd round knockout of Jones Jr., shocking and amazing boxing fans worldwide. After splitting two fights with Glen Johnson, Tarver topped Jones Jr. with a 12-round decision victory in the third fight of their memorable trilogy. The 46-year-old Tarver (31-6, 22 KOs) is on a mission to become the oldest heavyweight champion of the world. He is currently world-rated in the heavyweight division at No. 5 by the IBO and No. 9 by the WBA. His last fight (Dec. 11, 2014) resulted in an impressive seventh-round knockout of 29-2-1 Johnathon Banks. He has also served as a color commentator for Showtime Championship Boxing and starred opposite Sylvester Stallone in the feature film “Rocky Balboa” as the character “Mason Dixon.”

Jimmy Smith is currently the color analyst for Bellator MMA on Spike TV. Smith began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in in 2000 while at UCLA and became a professional MMA fighter in 2003. Smith compiled a 5-1 record before retiring in 2006 to focus on a television career. Smith starred in the Discovery Channel show, “Fight Quest,” where he traveled the world learning different fight disciplines. He joined Bellator in 2010 and has served as its lead color analyst ever since, partnering with blow-by-blow announcer, Sean Wheelock.

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

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