PRODUCTION BEGINS ON “AMERICAN WOMAN” STARRING ALICIA SILVERSTONE AND MENA SUVARI

April 20th, 2017 by faziod

 

Scripted Series from Executive Producers John Wells, John Riggi, and Warner

Horizon Scripted Television, Set to Premiere

on Paramount Network in 2018

 

Los Angeles, CA, April 20, 2017 – “American Woman,” a new half-hour scripted dramedy starring Alicia Silverstone (“Clueless,” “Suburgatory”), Mena Suvari (“American Beauty,” “Chicago Fire”) and Jennifer Bartels (“Broken”), starts production this week in Los Angeles, CA.  The 12-episode series from John Wells Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television will premiere on Paramount Network in the first quarter of 2018.
Inspired by the real-life upbringing of Kyle Richards (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”) who also serves as a co-executive producer, “American Woman” follows Bonnie (Silverstone), an unconventional mother struggling to raise her two daughters after leaving her husband amid the rise of second-wave feminism in 1970s Los Angeles.  Bonnie also comes to rely on the help of her two best friends, Kathleen (Suvari) and Diana (Bartels), and these three women each discover their own brand of independence in a glamorous and ever-changing world reluctant to give it.

 

“American Woman” is written and executive produced by Emmy® winner John Riggi (“30 Rock,” “The Comeback”), executive produced by Emmy® winner John Wells (“Shameless,” “ER,” “The West Wing”) and co-executive produced by Kyle Richards. The series is produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television.

 

Brad Gardner, Senior Vice President, Development and Original Programming, Paramount Network and TV Land, will serve as the executive in charge of production and will oversee the project for the network.

 

About Warner Horizon Scripted Television

A division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, Warner Horizon Scripted Television was founded in 2006 and is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of dramatic and comedic programming for the cable and subscription/on-demand marketplace. Series produced by Warner Horizon Scripted Television include Animal Kingdom and Claws for TNT, People of Earth for TBS, Pretty Little Liars and Famous in Love for Freeform, Longmire and Fuller House for Netflix, Queen Sugar for OWN and the forthcoming American Woman for the Paramount Network.

 

About Viacom

Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, apps, games, consumer products, social media experiences, and other entertainment content for audiences in more than 180 countries. Viacom’s media networks, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Logo, Nicktoons, TeenNick, Channel 5 (UK), Telefe (Argentina) and Paramount Channel, reach over 3.9 billion cumulative television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com. Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom’s blog at blog.viacom.com and Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/viacom.

 

 

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Melissa Armstrong      WHSTV          818-954-7361    melissa.armstrong@warnerbros.com

WHO WILL BE CROWNED AMERICA’S “MASTER SHOP” ON THE NEW SEASON OF “INK MASTER” PREMIERING TUESDAY, JUNE 6 AT 10 PM ET/PT

April 20th, 2017 by faziod

WHO WILL BE CROWNED AMERICA’S “MASTER SHOP” ON THE NEW SEASON OF “INK MASTER”

PREMIERING TUESDAY, JUNE 6 AT 10 PM ET/PT

Season 9 Introduces Nine Pairs Of Contestants Who Battle For The Largest Grand Prize in Series History And, For The First Time, The Title Of “Master Shop”

New York, NY, April 20, 2017 – Spike TV’s hit original reality-competition series “Ink Master” returns for a ninth season on Tuesday, June 6 at 10pm ET/PT, with the highest stakes yet and twice as much prize money on the line.  This season, shops from all around the country are sending two of their strongest artists to compete for a $200,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked and, for the first time in “Ink Master” history, the title of “Master Shop.” The series is produced by Truly Original.

This season comes with a new twist, as artists will be competing in pairs and representing their hometown shops.  Throughout the competition, the artists are not only tested on their technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, as they must conceive and execute original tattoos on “human canvases.” Each episode will focus on a different and distinct style of tattooing, and as always, while the artists’ masterpieces will last a lifetime…so will their mistakes.

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

You can watch the “Ink Master” “Meet The Contestant” video by clicking here or below:

You can watch the “Ink Master” promo featuring Dave Navarro performing an original rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner by clicking here or below:

The “Ink Master” Season Nine tattoo artists are (listed by shop, in alphabetical order):

  • Allegory Arts – Florence, AL
    • Ulyss Blair (@Ulyss_Blair) – Co-owner/Artist
    • Eva Huber (@eva_jean) – Co-owner/Artist
  • Artistic Skin Designs – Indianapolis, IN
    • April Nicole (@aprilnicoletattoos) – Artist
    • Dane Smith (@danesmithtattoo) – Artist
  • Black Anchor Collective – Hesperia, CA
    • Carlos Rojas (@Crojasart) – Artist
    • Aric Taylor (@Aric_Taylor) – Artist
  • Classic Trilogy Tattoo – Syracuse, NY
    • Thom Bulman (@Bulman_Tattoos) – Owner/Artist
    • Derek Zielinski (@derek_zielinski_artist) – Artist
  • Pinz and Needles – Baltimore, MD
    • Jessy Knuckles (@jessyknuckles) – Artist
    • Allisin Riot (@allisintattoos) – Artist
  • The Marked Society Tattoo – McDonough, GA
    • Wes Hogan (@awesomehogan) – Artist
    • Mike P (@tattoosbymikep) – Co-Owner/Artist
  • Thicker Than Blood – White Plains, NY
    • Jhon Campuzano (@jhoncampuzanotattoo) – Artist
    • Babiery Hernandez (@babierytattoo) – Artist
  • Tri-Cities Tattoo – Atlanta, GA
    • Bang (@chabangna) – Artist
    • Danger Dave (@dangerdaveink) – Artist
  • Unkindness Art – Richmond, VA
    • Erin Chance (@ErinChanceTattoo) – Owner/Artist
    • Doom Kitten (@doomkitten) – Artist

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 @spikeinkmasterPinterest, Tumblr and on Instagram @spikeinkmaster.

“Ink Master” completed its 8th season on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 with a LIVE 90-minute finale that delivered 2.2 million viewers.  Season 8 averaged 2.1 million viewers and was the 2nd highest rated in series history among W18-49.  For the full season, 57% of the audience was female, the most in series history, demonstrating the network’s ongoing plan to deliver gender-balanced original hit series.

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Truly Original (“Swamp People,” “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Vanity Fair Confidential”) with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock and Andrea Richter serving as executive producers. Truly Original is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.

Chachi Senior is Spike’s Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Chaz Gray, Executive Producer of Current, Original Series, Spike, oversees production of “Ink Master” for the network and Tori Socha Vice President, Development, Spike, oversees production of “Ink Master Angels” for the network.

Truly Original creates a broad range of scripted and unscripted programming for television and digital platforms. Run by Emmy award-winning producers Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock, who serve as Truly Original’s co-presidents and CEOs, the company is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America. Truly Original’s hit series include Ink Master and Ink Master: Redemption for Spike; The Real Housewives of AtlantaThe Real Housewives of PotomacDon’t Be TardyShahs of SunsetSummer House and the upcoming Stripped, for Bravo; Vanity Fair Confidential for ID; Swamp People for History; Comic Book Men for AMC; Hack My Life for truTV; I Love You… But I Lied for Lifetime; The Horn for Red Bull TV, and many others. Truly Original is headquartered in New York City.

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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Ink Master Season 9 Contestant Biographies

April 20th, 2017 by faziod

Season 9: Contestant Biographies

(in alphabetical order)

 ”Ink Master” Season 9 Premieres on Spike TV Starting Tuesday, June 6 at 10 PM, ET/PT

 

Bang –
Atlanta, GA
Artist, Tri-Cities Tattoo
Website: chavonnarhodes.com
Instagram: @chabangna
4 years’ experience

Bang began tattooing out of her dorm room in college before becoming an apprentice. After graduating college and commissioning as an Army Officer, she says she stuck with art and tattooing to continue on a positive path in life. The Georgia artist, whose styles include photorealism, portraits, sci-fi and surrealism, is on a mission to prove that artists of color are a force to be reckoned with in the industry. Bang is confident that she can take on anyone in the competition.

Ulyss Blair –
Florence, AL
Co-owner/Artist, Allegory Arts
Website: allegorytattoos.com
Instagram: @Ulyss_Blair
12 years’ experience

Ulyss Blair is the first to admit that his bold personality and competitive nature can be a turn-off to many. The Alabama based artist, whose favorite tattoo styles include traditional and realism, comes into the competition with his wife Eva, who co-owns Allegory Arts with him and feels the two of them together are a force to be reckoned with. Blair warns others that he has a few tricks up his sleeve and isn’t afraid to use them to his advantage.

Thom Bulman –
Cortland, NY
Owner/Artist, Classic Trilogy Tattoo
Website: Instagram.com/classictrilogytattoos/
Instagram: @Bulman_Tattoos
10 years’ experience
While Thom Bulman knows he looks tough on the outside, he describes himself as a big softy. Bulman, whose favorite styles include new school and cartoony tattoos, prides himself in his social following and is ready to prove his worth. He is confident that his talent and skills has what it takes to be ‘Ink Master.’
Jhon Campuzano –
White Plains, NY
Artist, Thicker Than Blood
Website: www.Jhoncampuzanotattoos.com
Instagram: @Jhoncampuzanotattoo
8 years’ experience

Jhon Campuzano feels the rough times he faced growing up have helped to mold him into a strong person and better tattoo artist. While he says he is well-versed in all types of tattoos, his go-to style is black and grey. Campuzano, who has dreamed of competing on ‘Ink Master,’ plans to use his patience and ability to work well under pressure to help push him through the competition and bring home the win to his wife and daughter.

Erin Chance –
Richmond, VA
Owner/Artist, Unkindness Art
Website: unkindnessart.com
Instagram: @ErinChanceTattoo
10 years’ experience

Erin Chance moved across the world in hopes of broadening her art and career. She is passionate about tattooing and plans to let her work speak for itself in the competition.
Danger Dave –
Atlanta, GA
Artist, Tri-Cities Tattoo
Website: d-morris.como
Instagram: @dangerdaveink
9 years’ experience

As a son of a preacher, Danger Dave grew up in a conservative family before rebelling and becoming a tattoo artist. While he describes himself as laid-back, he is not afraid to get loud if needed. The Georgia based artist, whose signature style is sculpture and draws inspiration from African themes, wants to prove that people of color are known for more than “urban tattoos.”

Babiery Hernandez –
White Plains, NY
Artist, Thicker Than Blood
Website: thickerthanblood.tumblr.com
Instagram: @babierytattoo
6 years’ experience

Babiery Hernandez has always loved art and is confident that he has great tattooing skills. He is very passionate about drawing and feels his artistry will help put him above the rest. Hernandez is coming into the competition to represent his family, who he credits as his inspiration to be a great artist.

Wes Hogan –
McDonough, GA
Artist, The Marked Society Tattoo
Website: facebook.com/markedsociety
Instagram: @awesomehogan
17 years’ experience

Wes Hogan describes himself as kind, wise and knowledgeable with a big beard that you can spot from a mile away. He describes his style as diverse and is confident that he will excel at any style thrown his way. Hogan plans to let artists self-destruct before taking the rest out one at a time until he is the only one standing.

Eva Huber –
Florence, AL
Co-owner/Artist, Allegory Arts
Website: allegorytattoos.com
Instagram: @Eva_Jean
13 years’ experience

Eva Huber, who describes herself as a gypsy spirit, says she’s great at reading people and will be able to analyze her competition. The Alabama based artist, whose favorite styles include traditional with an illustrative flair, comes into the competition with her husband Ulyss, with whom she co-owns Allegory Arts. Huber takes pride in her hometown and is hoping competing on Ink Master will help put Alabama tattooing on the map.

Doom Kitten –
Richmond, VA
Artist, Unkindness Art
Website: doomkittenart.com
Instagram: @Doomkitten
6 years’ experience

Though Doom Kitten hasn’t been tattooing very long, he feels confident that his neo-traditional style will blow the competition out of the water. The artist, who is a self-professed gamer, plans to come into the competition with a well thought out strategy and will take down the strong artists one by one.

Jessy Knuckles –
Baltimore, MD
Artist, Pinz and Needlez
Website: Jessyknuckles.com
Instagram: @JessyKnuckles
5 years’ experience

Jessy Knuckles says she is known as the “Cover-up Queen” in the Baltimore tattooing scene. In addition to cover up tattoos, Knuckles favorite tatoo styles includes black and grey and color realism but she feels she can outperform the competition in any style thrown her way. As a mother of one, the self-described “fun loving bad ass chick” is motivated to fight till the bitter end till she takes home the title of “Ink Master.”

April Nicole –
Indianapolis, IN
Artist, Artistic Skin Designs
Website: www.fountainsquaretattoo.com
Instagram: @aprilnicoletattoos
8 years’ experience

April Nicole describes herself as a headstrong artist with loud opinions. The Long Island born artist, who specializes in feminine and colorful tattoo styles, says she sticks to her beliefs and won’t let anyone call her out on something that she doesn’t believe in. April Nicole considers herself a well-rounded artist and is ready to prove that she has what it takes to claim the title of “Ink Master.”

Mike P –
McDonough, GA
Co-Owner/Artist, The Marked Society Tattoo
Website: facebook.com/markedsociety
Instagram: @Tattoosbymikep
5 years’ experience

Mike P describes himself as laid back and funny but warns others that he loses his charm the second anyone crosses him. The Georgia based artist, who describes his work as well rounded, is confident that the judges will never find a messy line in any of his art.

Allisin Riot –
Baltimore, MD
Artist, Pinz and Needlez
Website: AllisinTattoos.com
Instagram: @AllisinTattoos
4 years’ experience

Allisin Riot feels confident that she and her best friend Jessy Knuckles will be “the” team to beat this season because between the two of them they are ready to get the recognition they believe their work deserves. Her tattoo style consists of new school, geometric, realism and watercolor and while she hasn’t been in the industry too long, she feels she is ready to take on any artist and any style of tattooing.
Carlos Rojas –
Hesperia, CA
Artist, Black Anchor Collective
Website: blackanchorcollective.com
Instagram: @Crojasart
15 years’ experience

Carlos Rojas prides himself in his attention to detail in his tattoo work and considers himself to be one of the best realism artists in the country. The Black Anchor Collective artist describes himself as a bulldog who tells it like he sees it. Rojas says he is not going to let anyone bully him through the competition and plans to get to the finish line.
Dane Smith –
Indianapolis, IN
Artist, Artistic Skin Designs
Website: www.fountainsquaretattoo.com
Instagram: @danesmithtattoo
6 years’ experience

Dane Smith says he thrives in competitive settings and enjoys creating tattoos that flow and fit well on his client’s bodies. While he prides himself in his tattoo art, he has expanded his portfolio to other works of art including designing the 2012 Olympic synchronized swim teams’ uniforms.

Aric Taylor –
Hesperia, CA
Artist, Black Anchor Collective
Website: ARICTAYLORTATTOO.COM
Instagram: @Aric_Taylor
25 years’ experience

Aric Taylor describes himself as very humble and admits he is his own worst critic. The Black Anchor Collective artist, whose favorite tattoo styles include realism with his own twist, says he has picked up many styles over the years and plans to let his art speak for itself.

Derek Zielinski –
Plains, PA
Artist, Classic Trilogy Tattoo
Website: derektheartist.blogspot.com
Instagram: @derek_zielinski_artist
12 years’ experience
Derek Zielinski says he’s pretty sure he’ll get under people’s skin in the competition. Zielinski, who is into a holistic and vegan living, says that just because his lifestyle is clean doesn’t mean he won’t fight dirty to win it all. The Classic Trilogy Tattoo artist, whose styles include traditional, portrait, new school and realism, is confident that his work will do all the talking.

LAUREL WEIR NAMED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, RESEARCH, PARAMOUNT NETWORK, TV LAND, CMT

April 13th, 2017 by faziod

LAUREL WEIR NAMED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, RESEARCH, PARAMOUNT NETWORK, TV LAND, CMT

New York, NY, April 13, 2017 – Laurel Weir has been named Senior Vice President, Research, Paramount Network, TV Land, CMT. In her new role, Weir will be critical in shaping the strategic rebrand of Spike into Paramount Network, launching next January. She will oversee all research efforts — including consumer insights, trend forecasting, and multiplatform measurement — to inform development, programming, marketing and more for Paramount Network, TV Land, and CMT.

Weir will report to Colleen Fahey Rush, Executive Vice President, Insights & Audience Science, and Chief Research Officer of Viacom Media Networks and partner closely with Kevin Kay, President of Paramount Network, TV Land, CMT. The announcement was made today by Rush.

“Laurel possesses an astute sense of the competitive adult marketplace and television landscape that will be invaluable in our rebrand of Spike into Paramount Network,” said Rush.  “She is a bold forward-thinker and we are thrilled to have her in this vital role.”

Weir previously served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Insights and Research for MTV.  While at MTV, she initiated a comprehensive study of young Millennials and Gen Z to inform the reinvention of the brand.  Weir joined MTV from the Viacom Kids and Family Group, where she served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Insights and Research, overseeing research for adult-focused networks TV Land, CMT, and Nick At Nite.

Weir joined Viacom in 2002 and served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Insights and Research at TV Land.  During her tenure at the network, Weir made her mark as a lead strategist behind its rebrand and pivot to original programming.  She was critical in developing audience targets for the network’s current slate of comedies, including “Younger” and “Teachers.”  Her work at TV Land earned her several industry recognitions, including a David Ogilvy Award for Excellence in Advertising Research.

About Viacom

Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, apps, games, consumer products, social media experiences, and other entertainment content for audiences in more than 180 countries. Viacom’s media networks, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Logo, Nicktoons, TeenNick, Channel 5 (UK), Telefe (Argentina) and Paramount Channel, reach over 3.9 billion cumulative television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com. Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom’s blog at blog.viacom.com and Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/viacom.

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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

The Mist, Based on a Story by Stephen King

April 11th, 2017 by faziod

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Kevin Copeland (Morgan Spector) ventures out into the mist in order to get to his wife and daughter who are stranded at the local mall. Based on a story by Stephen King, Spike TV's THE MIST premieres on Thursday, June 22 at 10 PM, ET/PT>

Kevin Copeland (Morgan Spector) ventures out into the mist in order to get to his wife and daughter who are stranded at the local mall. Based on a story by Stephen King, Spike TV’s THE MIST premieres on Thursday, June 22 at 10 PM, ET/PT.

Frances Conroy stars as ‘Nathalie Raven’a modern day ecological martyr and prophet with a little knowledge and a lot of faith in Spike TVs original scripted series THE MIST, based on a story by Stephen King premieres on Thursday, June 22 at 10 PM, ET/PT.

Frances Conroy stars as ‘Nathalie Raven’ a modern day ecological martyr and prophet with a little knowledge and a lot of faith in Spike TVs original scripted series THE MIST, based on a story by Stephen King premieres on Thursday, June 22 at 10 PM, ET/PT.

Eve Copeland (Alyssa Sutherland) will stop at nothing to protect her daughter from the mist and anyone who stands in her way. Based on a story by Stephen King, Spike TV's THE MIST premieres on Thursday, June 22 at 10 PM, ET/PT.

Eve Copeland (Alyssa Sutherland) will stop at nothing to protect her daughter from the mist and anyone who stands in her way. Based on a story by Stephen King, Spike TV’s THE MIST premieres on Thursday, June 22 at 10 PM, ET/PT.

From l to r Alex Copeland (Gus Birney) and her mother Eve Copeland (Alyssa Sutherland) get stranded at the mall when foreboding mist that arrives in one small town ushering in a new reality for their residents, putting their humanity to the test. Based on a story by Stephen King, Spike TV's THE MIST premieres on Thursday, June 22 at 10 pm ET/PT.

From l to r Alex Copeland (Gus Birney) and her mother Eve Copeland (Alyssa Sutherland) get stranded at the mall when foreboding mist that arrives in one small town ushering in a new reality for their residents, putting their humanity to the test. Based on a story by Stephen King, Spike TV’s THE MIST premieres on Thursday, June 22 at 10 pm ET/PT.

Amnesiac military solider Bryan Hunt (l – Okezie Morro) and Mia Lambert (r-Danica Curcic) become unlikely allies as they battle a mysterious mist and its threats other in Spike TV’s original scripted series THE MIST, based on a story by Stephen King, the series premieres on Thursday, June 22 at 10 PM, ET/PT.

Amnesiac military soldier Bryan Hunt (l – Okezie Morro) and Mia Lambert (r-Danica Curcic) become unlikely allies as they battle a mysterious mist and its threats other in Spike TV’s original scripted series THE MIST, based on a story by Stephen King, the series premieres on Thursday, June 22 at 10 PM, ET/PT.

From l to r Bryan Hunt (Okezie Morro) tries to comfort Mia Lambert (Danica Curcic) after a foreboding mist arrives in a small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents, putting their humanity to the test. Based on a story by Stephen King, Spike TV's THE MIST premieres on Thursday, June 22 at 10 PM, ET/PT.

From l to r Bryan Hunt (Okezie Morro) tries to comfort Mia Lambert (Danica Curcic) after a foreboding mist arrives in a small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents, putting their humanity to the test. Based on a story by Stephen King, Spike TV’s THE MIST premieres on Thursday, June 22 at 10 PM, ET/PT.

Adrian Garf (Russell Posner) stares out into the mist that arrives in one small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents. Based on a story by Stephen King, Spike TV's orginal scripted series THE MIST premieres on Thursday, June 22 at 10 PM, ET/PT.

Adrian Garf (Russell Posner) stares out into the mist that arrives in one small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents. Based on a story by Stephen King, Spike TV’s original scripted series THE MIST premieres on Thursday, June 22 at 10 PM, ET/PT.

Police Chief Connor Heisel struggles to maintain order in an increasingly chaotic and dangerous situation, but the arrival of the mist forces him to confront everything he believes in. Based on a story by Stephen King, Spike TV's original scripted series THE MIST premieres on Thursday, June 22 at 10 PM, ET/PT.

Police Chief Connor Heisel struggles to maintain order in an increasingly chaotic and dangerous situation, but the arrival of the mist forces him to confront everything he believes in. Based on a story by Stephen King, Spike TV’s original scripted series THE MIST premieres on Thursday, June 22 at 10 PM, ET/PT.

From l to r: Bryan Hunt (Okezie Morro), Kevin Copeland (Morgan Spector), Adrian Garf (Russell Posner) and Mia Lambert (Danica Curcic) band together when a foreboding mist arrives in one small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents, putting their humanity to the test. Based on a story by Stephen King, Spike TV's orginal scripted series THE MIST premieres on Thursday, June 22 at 10 PM, ET/PT.

From l to r: Bryan Hunt (Okezie Morro), Kevin Copeland (Morgan Spector), Adrian Garf (Russell Posner) and Mia Lambert (Danica Curcic) band together when a foreboding mist arrives in one small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents, putting their humanity to the test. Based on a story by Stephen King, Spike TV’s original scripted series THE MIST premieres on Thursday, June 22 at 10 PM, ET/PT.

From l to r: Kevin Copeland (Morgan Spector) reaches a local hospital for his friend Bryan Hunt (Okezie Morro) along with Mia Lambert (Danica Curcic) and Adrian Garf (Russell Posner) as they try to cope with the mist. Based on a story by Stephen King, Spike TV's THE MIST premieres on Thursday, June 22 at 10 PM, ET/PT.

From l to r: Kevin Copeland (Morgan Spector) reaches a local hospital for his friend Bryan Hunt (Okezie Morro) along with Mia Lambert (Danica Curcic) and Adrian Garf (Russell Posner) as they try to cope with the mist. Based on a story by Stephen King, Spike TV’s THE MIST premieres on Thursday, June 22 at 10 PM, ET/PT.

PARAMOUNT NETWORK JOINS FORCES WITH SHAWN CARTER AND THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY FOR A GROUNDBREAKING DOCUMENTARY SERIES, “REST IN POWER: THE TRAYVON MARTIN STORY”

April 6th, 2017 by faziod

New York, NY, April 6, 2017 – Paramount Network, launching in January 2018, has teamed up with Shawn Carter and The Weinstein Company, for a landmark television event, “Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story,” based on the life and legacy of Trayvon Martin.

The six-part event series will go into production later this year and premiere on Paramount Network in 2018.  This marks the first new non-scripted series for Paramount Network, which is rebranding from its current name, Spike TV, next year.

This is the second partnership between Shawn Carter, The Weinstein Company and Paramount Network/Spike TV and The Cinemart as they teamed up for the critically-acclaimed and influential series, “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story,” that concluded last night.

Martin was an unarmed 17-year old high school student shot and killed by a neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman, in the Florida community where they both lived. Zimmerman was acquitted on a second-degree murder charge after claiming he shot Martin in self-defense, sparking protests and outrage worldwide.

“We are humbled and excited to embark upon this new beginning with Shawn Carter, Harvey, and Paramount. We know this means a lot to this country. We continue to tell our story in order to unite people. We are very hopeful that this project will bring about a healthy and helpful conversation on the injustices that have divided society. That is also why we started the Trayvon Martin Foundation. We know as parents, that the third act of our son’s legacy is hope,” said Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin.

“This is an important American story. We’re honored that Trayvon’s family has entrusted us to share the truth with the world,” said Shawn Carter. Thank you, again, to Paramount Network/Spike TV for being brave enough to partner with us and tell these complex narratives. It’s through these conversations that we can begin to heal.”

“From two brilliant books come an incredible portrait of another American injustice,” said TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein. “Having this opportunity to reunite with Shawn Carter and Kevin Kay of Paramount Network is a career highlight for me.”

“I am thrilled to once again partner with the incredibly talented team of The Weinstein Company and Shawn Carter to take a comprehensive look beyond the headlines at the circumstances that caused Trayvon’s senseless death and the movement born out of this tragedy,” said Kevin Kay, President, Spike TV (soon to be Paramount Network), TV Land, and CMT.

“I am proud to help get these extremely important stories out there,” said Chachi Senior, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Spike TV (soon to be Paramount Network). “Our hope is to continue to inspire change and reform the way we are doing with Kalief’s story.”

“Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” will be based on two books – Lisa Bloom’s “Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It” and “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin,” by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin

In “Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It,” bestselling author, trial attorney, and NBC News analyst Lisa Bloom, who covered the murder trial, exposes the injustice and outlines the biggest mistakes made by the state of Florida that guaranteed it would lose this “winnable case,” and the laws and biases that created the conditions for this tragedy.

In “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin,” Trayvon Martin’s parents take readers beyond the news cycle with an account only they could give, the intimate story of a life tragically cut short and the rise of a movement to end similar injustices.

Executive Producers for the series include Shawn Carter, Harvey Weinstein, David C. Glasser, Chachi Senior, Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin, Jenner Furst, Nick Sandow, Julia Willoughby Nason, and Michael Gasparro.

 

About Viacom:

Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, apps, games, consumer products, social media experiences, and other entertainment content for audiences in more than 180 countries. Viacom’s media networks, including NickelodeonComedy CentralMTVVH1SpikeBETCMTTV LandNick at NiteNick Jr.LogoNicktoonsTeenNickChannel 5 (UK), Telefe (Argentina) and Paramount Channel, reach over 3.9 billion cumulative television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com. Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom’s blog at blog.viacom.com and Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/viacom.

 

About Roc Nation:

Since its founding in 2008, Roc Nation has grown into the world’s preeminent entertainment company.  We work in every aspect of modern entertainment—with recording artists and producers, songwriters and athletes. Our client list includes some of the world’s most recognizable names: from Rihanna, Shakira, J. Cole, and Big Sean to Yoenis Cespedes, Kevin Durant, Dez Bryant, and Robinson Cano. We are a full service organization, supporting our diverse roster of talent via artist management, music publishing, touring, production, strategic brand development and beyond. We’ve forged strong partnerships with the world’s leading experts in management, technology, fashion, and philanthropy, and are redefining the business of entertainment.

 

About Weinstein Television:

The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein. During Harvey and Bob’s tenure at Miramax and TWC, they have received 357 Oscar nominations and won 82 Academy Awards.

 

Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; SCRE4M; SPY KIDS: THE KING’S SPEECH; UNDEFEATED; THE ARTIST; THE MASTER; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; DJANGO UNCHAINED; SCARY MOVIE 5; LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER; PHILOMENA; THE IMITATION GAME; PADDINGTON; WOMAN IN GOLD; SOUTHPAW, CAROL; THE HATEFUL EIGHT; SING STREET, and HANDS OF STONE. Upcoming releases include LION, GOLD, and THE FOUNDER.

 

Weinstein Television boasts an active television production division which garnered twelve Emmy nominations in 2015. Weinstein Television produces the reality powerhouse Project Runway, with its spin-off series Project Runway All Stars, hosted by Alyssa Milano, Project Runway Jr, featuring supermodel Hannah Jeter and fashion critic Kelly Osbourne. Current new series include the business focused Fashion Inc. which premiered this fall on Lifetime, and the late night AMC talk show Geeking Out.

 

Scripted series include critically acclaimed miniseries War & Peace, which debuted on Lifetime, A&E and HISTORY in 2016, Scream with MTV, which premiered its second season in May 2016, Peaky Blinders with Netflix just aired its third season, and Julian Fellowes’ Doctor Thorne with Amazon.  Upcoming series include Stephen King’s The Mist (a straight-to-series 10 episode order) for Spike TV, military drama Six (a straight-to-series 8 episode order) for HISTORY and animated series Spy Kids for Netflix (a multi season commitment).

 

Television projects in development explore a range of arenas and are not exclusive to drama or comedy, minis or continuing series, live action or animated. An active slate of more than 60 projects include soon to be sold reality competition show Incubator, Mario Puzo’s Omerta with Antoine Fuqua and Sylvester Stallone, Stephen King’s The Breathing Method with Blumhouse, Scott Teems and Scott Derrickson, and UK series SS-GB and Love, Nina.  For more information on The Weinstein Company, please visit:

 

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About The Cinemart:

The Cinemart is a Full-Service Production Company and Creative Firm founded by Award-Winning Filmmakers Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason. After spending a decade producing seminal Docuseries Events like Brick City and Chicagoland, and working for industry luminaries like Robert Redford, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese; The Cinemart now produces Independent Films, Groundbreaking Television and disruptive Commercial Content for some of the world’s most influential Brands and Musicians. Recent Projects include the award-winning Sundance favorite Welcome to Leith and Sprite’s Obey Your Thirst Campaign starring Drake and Nas. The company is currently producing “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story,” a six-part Docuseries Event for Spike TV, Executive Produced by Jay Z, Harvey Weinstein, Nick Sandow and Michael Gasparro. The Cinemart’s studio and post facility are located in Downtown Brooklyn, New York.

 

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

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

Nicole Quenqua    The Weinstein Company    212-845-8627 nicole.quenqua@weinsteinco.com

Jana Fleishman      Roc Nation                         212 292 7539     janaf@rocnation.com

Omar Gonzales      The Cinemart                     212-373-0116    omar.gonzales@pmkbnc.com

Jodie Magid           The Cinemart                     212-373-0122    jodie.magid@pmkbnc.com

Spike TV And Network Entertainment Present “I Am Heath Ledger”

April 4th, 2017 by faziod

“I like to do something I fear. I like to set up obstacles and defeat them. I like to be afraid of the project. I always am.”

– Heath Ledger

SPIKE TV AND NETWORK ENTERTAINMENT PRESENT

“I AM HEATH LEDGER”

New Documentary Exploring The Life Of Heath Ledger Premieres Wednesday, May 17 At 10:00pm ET/PT On SPIKE TV 

Limited Theatrical Release On May 3 With Digital/DVD Release On May 23

New York, NY, April 4, 2017 – Heath Ledger was one of his generation’s brightest young actors. An immense and generous talent who burst upon the Hollywood scene, he quickly rose to the heights of fame before his tragic death.

Critically-acclaimed filmmaker Derik Murray, Network Entertainment, and Spike TV present the definitive look at the life and work of this unforgettable actor and artist in “I Am Heath Ledger.” The 90-minute documentary premieres on Spike on Wednesday, May 17 at 10:00pm ET/PT, following its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23.

The film will receive a limited theatrical nationwide release on May 3 with Fathom Events. Tickets and more information are available at www.FathomEvents.com. “I Am Heath Ledger” will also have a Digital/DVD release from Virgil Films on May 23.

“I Am Heath Ledger” provides an intimate look at Heath through the lens of his own camera, with a treasure trove of never-before-seen footage, as he films and often performs in his own personal journey – extravagant in gesture and in action. Through these personal home movies, we get a rare glimpse into his true character – demonstrating his creative energy and unshakable willingness to take risks that instilled such an extraordinarily deep love and affection in the people that entered his life.

The film features interviews from those who knew Heath best including close friends, family members, and industry peers, such as actors Naomi Watts, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, and Emile Hirsch, directors Ang Lee and Catherine Hardwicke, musicians Ben Harper, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), N’fa, and Grace Woodroofe, and the Ledger family.  “I Am Heath Ledger” recounts his fabled rise to the pinnacle of the Hollywood dream and the indelible mark he left.  Not only did he cut a path for himself, but Heath often championed other talents and artists whose voices he thought deserved to be heard. The documentary also showcases his most memorable moments on screen from his beginnings in Australia to the heights of his Hollywood achievements.

From his early hit films such as “10 Things I Hate About You,” to “The Patriot,” to “Monster’s Ball,” to his award-winning and critically-acclaimed role as Ennis in “Brokeback Mountain,” Heath was a remarkable talent whose work ethic, ambition, and integrity catapulted him to Hollywood’s elite. But his most iconic role, his Academy-Award® winning performance, The Joker in “The Dark Knight,” truly speaks to his profound talent as an actor. The documentary goes behind-the scenes of the shooting of “The Dark Knight,” as Heath morphed into the psychotic criminal-mastermind that will live in cinematic lore forever.

I AM Heath Ledger Trailer

The film is the latest from producer-director Murray, who has previously brought to the screen the lives of such iconic figures as JFK Jr, Steve McQueen, Chris Farley, Johnny Cash, Bruce Lee and Evel Knievel. “I Am Heath Ledger.” joins that gallery of indelible biographical portraits.

Along with Murray, “I Am Heath Ledger” is Executive Produced by Paul Gertz (“I Am Chris Farley,” “I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen,” “I Am Bruce Lee”), Kent Wingerak (“I Am Chris Farley,” “I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen,” “I Am Bruce Lee”) and Robert Pirooz (“I Am Chris Farley,” “I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen”) and Spike’s Kevin Kay, Jon Slusser,  Jaimee Kosanke also serve as Executive Producers.

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

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

 

 

 

 

Paramount Network Announces Big, Bold, And Ambitious Premium Programming Lineup For First Quarter Of 2018

March 30th, 2017 by faziod

PARAMOUNT NETWORK ANNOUNCES BIG, BOLD, AND AMBITIOUS PREMIUM PROGRAMMING LINEUP FOR

FIRST QUARTER OF 2018 

“American Woman,” “Waco,” “Heathers,” “I Am Martin Luther King Jr.”

Premiere Alongside Returning Favorites “Lip Sync Battle” and More  

New York, NY, March 30, 2017 Paramount Network’s highly-anticipated launch in 2018 will kick-off with a programming lineup featuring a mix of new, high-quality, premium entertainment scripted series, non-scripted returning pop-culture favorites, and original sports and specials for a broad audience. The original shows debuting during the first three months of 2018 will demonstrate the rebranded network’s commitment to reaching a wide viewership with provocative, compelling storytelling featuring top notch talent both in front and behind the camera.  

“Our mission is to establish Paramount Network as a prime destination for premium storytelling,” said Kevin Kay, President, Paramount Network, TV Land, and CMT. “From Alicia Silverstone as a trailblazing independent working mother in the 1970’s to Michael Shannon as an FBI negotiator during the Branch Davidians dramatic standoff and siege, Paramount Network will be the home to compelling stories, unforgettable characters, and high quality production with a distinctive global appeal.”  

Paramount Network will showcase the following in the first quarter of 2018:  

AMERICAN WOMAN  

Starring Alicia Silverstone and Mena Suvari, this new half-hour series is inspired by the real-life upbringing of co-executive producer Kyle Richards (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”). “American Woman” follows Bonnie (Silverstone) an unconventional mother struggling to raise her two daughters after leaving her husband amid the rise of second-wave feminism in the 70s.  With the help of her two best friends, Kathleen (Suvari) and Diana (Jennifer Bartels), these three women each discover their own brand of independence in a glamorous and ever-changing world reluctant to give it.

WACO 

The six-part event series “Waco” will reveal untold story exploring the true life details leading up to and chronicling the 51- day siege between the FBI, AFT and David Koresh’s spiritual sect, The Branch Davidians.  Told from several perspectives of those most intimately involved from both sides of the conflict, including surviving Branch Davidians which has never been shared on television before, is surprising in its stark contrast to the media narrative at the time and what is remembered of Waco almost 25 years later. The impressive cast includes Michael Shannon starring as lead FBI negotiator, Gary Noesner with the role of the infamous cult leader, David Koresh, to be played by Taylor Kitsch.   John Leguizamo, Paul Sparks, Rory Culkin and Andrea Riseborough round out the “Waco” cast.

HEATHERS 

Based on the 1988 cult classic film of the same name, “Heathers” is an hour-long pitch-black comedy anthology set in the present day, as heroine Veronica Sawyer (Grace Victoria Cox, “Under the Dome”) deals with a very different but equally vicious group of ‘Heathers.’ Also starring are James Scully as JD, Melanie Field (“Wicked” National Tour) as Heather Chandler, Brendan Scannell (“Funny or Die”) as Heather Duke, and Jasmine Mathews as Heather McNamara. Original “Heathers” cast member Shannen Doherty will guest star as a pivotal, unnamed character as well. 

I AM MARTIN LUTHER KING JR

The latest installment in the critically-acclaimed “I Am” series from filmmaker Derik Murray focuses on the legendary American icon, Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrating the life and achievements of our country’s foremost civil rights leader, the two-hour documentary gives an insightful contemporary perspective of Dr. King structured around seminal events of the Civil Rights movement.  

Returning Favorites  

LIP SYNC BATTLE

The worldwide hit franchise, “Lip Sync Battle” returns for a fourth season, hosted by entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY® Award-winner LL COOL J and television personality, #1 NY Times Best Selling author, and model, Chrissy Teigen. Based on the pop culture phenomenon of lip sync battling, the series features celebrities going head to head – lip-syncing the song of their choice – battling for the coveted “winner’s belt.” “Lip Sync Battle” content has delivered close to one billion cross-platform views since launch

New season premieres in January 2018                

Among the other returning favorites that will premiere new seasons in the first quarter of 2018 include “Ink Master,” “Bar Rescue,” and Bellator MMA.

About Viacom

Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, apps, games, consumer products, social media experiences, and other entertainment content for audiences in more than 180 countries. Viacom’s media networks, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Logo, Nicktoons, TeenNick, Channel 5 (UK), Telefe (Argentina) and Paramount Channel, reach over 3.9 billion cumulative television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com. Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom’s blog at blog.viacom.com and Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/viacom.

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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

 

 

 

Mic Drop! Paramount Network Renews “Lip Sync Battle” For Season Four

March 30th, 2017 by faziod

MIC DROP! 

PARAMOUNT NETWORK RENEWS

“LIP SYNC BATTLE” FOR SEASON FOUR  

The Global and Multiplatform Superstar Franchise Renewed For 18 New Episodes 

New Season To Launch In January On Paramount Network with LIVE Star-Studded Episode From The Paramount Lot 

New York, NY, March 30, 2017 – The worldwide hit franchise, “Lip Sync Battle” is returning for a fourth season consisting of 18 half-hour episodes, it was announced today by Kevin Kay, President, Spike (soon to be the Paramount Network), TV Land, CMT. The new season will launch on Paramount Network in January 2018 with a special star-studded LIVE episode emanating from the Paramount lot.

The Emmy®-nominated, critically-acclaimed, multiplatform megastar for the network has delivered close to one billion cross-platform views since launch, over two million YouTube Channel subscribers, over two million fans on Facebook, and is the most watched original series in network history.

Season three of “Lip Sync Battle” is in production now with new episodes debuting on Spike Thursday, April 20 at 10:00pm ET/PT.

“Lip Sync Battle has evolved into a premium global franchise with a nearly a billion platforms views in less than two years,” said Kay. “With our amazing hosts, incredible participating talent, and creative and forward-thinking producers, Lip Sync Battle will be a cornerstone franchise for the rebranded Paramount Network launching next January.”

“The entire Lip Sync Battle family is so honored and over the moon to have a home on the new Paramount Network! We’re already planning our LIVE Season 4 Synctacular Event on the fabled Paramount backlot. They may never be the same!” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer.

The “Lip Sync Battle” brand grew exponentially over the past year. Spike’s sister network Nickelodeon recently greenlit the new original series, “Lip Sync Battle Shorties” featuring real-life kids lip-syncing pop songs in celebration of their favorite artists. Also this year, a groundbreaking new “Lip Sync Battle” app was launched to rave reviews and a partnership with Carnival Cruise Lines was created for an on-board experiential experience.

In addition, the “Lip Sync Battle” franchise is taking over the world airing in 110 territories spread out over six continents and original format versions in in 14 countries as wide ranging as Israel, Poland, Vietnam, South Africa and Indonesia and Viacom’s Channel 5 in the UK where it has been a huge ratings success.

The global multiplatform hit series, “Lip Sync Battle,” is hosted by entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY Award-winner LL COOL J and television personality, #1 NY Times Best Selling author, and model, Chrissy Teigen.

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.  “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.

About Viacom:

Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, apps, games, consumer products, social media experiences, and other entertainment content for audiences in more than 180 countries. Viacom’s media networks, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Logo, Nicktoons, TeenNick, Channel 5 (UK), Telefe (Argentina) and Paramount Channel, reach over 3.9 billion cumulative television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com. Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom’s blog at blog.viacom.com and Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/viacom.

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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

 

JOHN LEGUIZAMO JOINS THE CAST OF WACO

March 27th, 2017 by faziod

JOHN LEGUIZAMO JOINS THE CAST OF WACO

Six-Part Event Series Produced by Weinstein Television
Goes Into Production Next Month

Premieres on Paramount Network in 2018

New York, NY, March 24, 2017 – Multifaceted performer and Emmy® Award-winner John Leguizamo has joined the cast of “Waco,” a  six-part event series based on the gripping true story of the 51-day standoff that began with an ATF raid of a religious sect in Waco, Texas and resulted in a deadly fire.  The series will be produced by Weinstein Television and will air on Paramount Network in 2018.  The series is also set to begin production on location in Santa Fe, NM next month.

John Leguizamo joins the cast as ATF agent Robert Rodriguez.  Rodriguez was sent into Koresh’s Mount Carmel to gather evidence and build a federal case against the Branch Davidians but forged a bond with the people inside.

“We are thrilled to have John in this part. He brings phenomenal range and authenticity to everything he does,” says Ted Gold, Senior Vice President, Scripted Original Series for Paramount. “The role of Robert Rodriguez is little known, but utterly fascinating as he was the only undercover agent to infiltrate David Koresh’s compound.”

Leguizamo has appeared in more than 75 films, starred on Broadway winning several awards, and has numerous television series.   Leguizamo recently co-starred on the Netflix drama series Bloodline and reprised his roles in the latest installments of the John Wick and Ice Age movie franchises.  He was recently signed to co-star in the ABC drama pilot Salamander.   He is represented by UTA, Silver Lining Entertainment and attorneys Jason Sloane and Jim Gilio.

“Waco” will reveal the untold story exploring the true life details leading up to and chronicling the 1993 standoff between the FBI, ATF and David Koresh’s spiritual sect, The Branch Davidians.  Told from several perspectives of those most intimately involved in both sides of the conflict, this story has never been shared on television before – and is surprising in its stark contrast to the media narrative at the time and what is remembered of Waco almost 25 years later.

Leguizamo joins an impressive cast for “Waco” that has been previously announced including Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch.

“Waco” is written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle (“No Escape”) and will be directed by John Erick Dowdle.

Shannon, Kitsch, the Dowdle brothers and Salvatore Stabile will executive produce the series along with TWC Co-Chairmen Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein, President and COO David Glasser, Co-head of Production Jennifer Malloy, and Head of Scripted Television Megan Spanjian of Weinstein Television.

Gold and Lauren Ruggiero, Vice President, Scripted Programming, will oversee the project for Paramount.

About Weinstein Television:

The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein. During Harvey and Bob’s tenure at Miramax and TWC, they have received 357 Oscar nominations and won 82 Academy Awards.

Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; SCRE4M; SPY KIDS: THE KING’S SPEECH; UNDEFEATED; THE ARTIST; THE MASTER; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; DJANGO UNCHAINED; SCARY MOVIE 5; LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER; PHILOMENA; THE IMITATION GAME; PADDINGTON; WOMAN IN GOLD; SOUTHPAW, CAROL; THE HATEFUL EIGHT; SING STREET, HANDS OF STONE, . LION, GOLD, and THE FOUNDER.

Weinstein Television boasts an active television production division which garnered twelve Emmy nominations in 2015. Weinstein Television produces the reality powerhouse Project Runway, with its spin-off series Project Runway All Stars, hosted by Alyssa Milano, Project Runway Jr, featuring supermodel Hannah Jeter and fashion critic Kelly Osbourne. Current new series include the business focused Fashion Inc. which premiered this fall on Lifetime, and the late night AMC talk show Geeking Out.

Scripted series include critically acclaimed miniseries War & Peace, which debuted on Lifetime, A&E and HISTORY in 2016, Scream with MTV, which premiered its second season in May 2016, Peaky Blinders with Netflix just aired its third season, and Julian Fellowes’ Doctor Thorne with Amazon.  Upcoming series include Stephen King’s The Mist (a straight-to-series 10 episode order) for Spike TV, military drama Six (a straight-to-series 8 episode order) for HISTORY and animated series Spy Kids for Netflix (a multi season commitment).

Television projects in development explore a range of arenas and are not exclusive to drama or comedy, minis or continuing series, live action or animated. An active slate of more than 60 projects include soon to be sold reality competition show Incubator, Mario Puzo’s Omerta with Antoine Fuqua and Sylvester Stallone, Stephen King’s The Breathing Method with Blumhouse, Scott Teems and Scott Derrickson, and UK series SS-GB and Love, Nina.  For more information on The Weinstein Company, please visit:

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About Viacom

Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, apps, games, consumer products, social media experiences, and other entertainment content for audiences in more than 180 countries. Viacom’s media networks, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Logo, Nicktoons, TeenNick, Channel 5 (UK), Telefe (Argentina) and Paramount Channel, reach over 3.9 billion cumulative television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com. Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom’s blog at blog.viacom.com and Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/viacom.

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Press Contacts:

 

Debra Fazio-Rutt                                            Shana Tepper
Spike/Paramount Network                          Spike/Paramount Network
212-767-8649                                                  310-407-4728
debra.fazio@spike.com                                 shana.tepper@spike.com