TIME: The Kalief Browder Story Six-Part Event Series Premieres 3/1 at 10 PM, ET/PT

February 8th, 2017 by faziod

SHAWN “JAY Z” CARTER AND WEINSTEIN TELEVISION PARTNER WITH SPIKE TV FOR
A LANDMARK TELEVISION EVENT

Six-Part Event Series Tackles The Story Of Kalief Browder And His Legacy That Shines A Light On The Extensive Inequality Within The Criminal Justice System

“TIME: The Kalief Browder Story”

Premieres on Spike Wednesday, March 1 at 10:00pm ET/PT

New York, NY, February 8, 2017 – Weinstein Television and Shawn “JAY Z” Carter have teamed up with Spike TV for a groundbreaking event series that will forever change the way we look at the criminal justice system in this country.

“TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” a compelling, six-part documentary event series tells the story of Kalief Browder, a young African-American student who spent three years on Rikers Island without ever being convicted of a crime. The series premieres Wednesday, March 1 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT.

Browder was a 16-year old high school student from the Bronx walking home from a party when he was arrested for allegedly stealing a backpack. He spent an unthinkable three years in jail awaiting trial; two of those years in solitary confinement. The case never went to trial and the chargers were ultimately dropped. After his release from Rikers Island, he took his own life. His story and the challenges it poses to our understanding of American freedoms are at the heart of the event series.

“TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” will be an important television event that takes a comprehensive look at Browder’s story using first-person accounts, archival footage, and cinematic recreations of key scenes from Browder’s life to present a definitive narrative of the shocking story that became a symbolic touchstone for criminal justice activism and reform. “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” will feature exclusive interviews from a wide range of those connected to the story, from politicians to close friends and family members to social reformers.

“Kalief Browder is a modern day prophet; his story a failure of the judicial process,” said Carter.  “A young man, and I emphasize young man, who lost his life because of a broken system.  His tragedy has brought atrocities to light and now we must confront the issues and events that occurred so other young men can have a chance at justice.”

“JAY Z, Kevin Kay, Sharon Levy and the entire team at Spike have been incredible partners on this project. What happened to Kalief is heartbreaking, but sadly, in reality, not the first of its kind. This series will take an important look at why Kalief’s life was cut so short, the flaws in our justice system and hopefully will continue some powerful conversations and movements for some much needed reform,” said TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein.

“Kalief’s story should endure and inspire much-needed change in the criminal justice system,” said Sharon Levy, Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series. “When  Weinstein Television brought us this project, we immediately knew it was a story that had to be told.”

“The story on the evening news created a lot of attention and action around Kalief Browder, but it wasn’t the whole story. If Kalief Browder’s life matters then his whole life matters, and that’s how we have been approaching this project,” said Jenner Furst, the director of this six-part series, from his Brooklyn-based company The Cinemart.

Executive Producers for “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” include Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, Harvey Weinstein, David C. Glasser, Sharon Levy, Chachi Senior,  Jenner Furst, Nick Sandow, Julia Willoughby Nason, and Michael Gasparro.

About Spike TV:
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About Roc Nation:
Founded in 2008, Roc Nation is a full-service entertainment company, inclusive of artist, songwriter, producer and engineer management; music publishing; touring & merchandising; film & television; new business ventures; and a music label. It is home to a diverse roster of critically acclaimed recording artists, writers and producers including Rihanna, Shakira, J. Cole, Santigold, HAIM, Meek Mill, Big Sean and more. Roc Nation also has partnerships with global management companies Three Six Zero and Philymack.

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

TIME: The Kalief Browder Story – Production Credits

February 8th, 2017 by faziod

PRODUCTION CREDITS

 

JENNER FURST
Director, Executive Producer

At the age of 23, Jenner Furst was on the ground floor of “Brick City” producing the acclaimed 11-part docuseries for Sundance Channel. He went on to win a Peabody Award with veteran filmmakers Marc Levin, Mark Benjamin and Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker. The team then developed “Chicagoland” an 8-part docuseries for CNN, which Furst served as senior producer under executive producer Robert Redford.

After years of making groundbreaking work with some of the industry’s leading voices, Furst founded the New York-based production company and creative firm The Cinemart with Julia Willoughby Nason. Furst and Nason began a creative partnership with Nick Sandow, the award-winning actor from “Orange is the New Black” creating the independent feature narrative “Houses” produced by Nason, directed by Furst, and written by Furst and Sandow, who also starred alongside Michael Imperioli. Furst would later consult on “The Wannabe” directed by Sandow with executive producer Martin Scorsese.

In 2015 The Cinemart produced “Welcome to Leith” an award-winning Feature Documentary which premiered in Competition at Sundance. Later that year; Furst, Nason and Sandow embarked on “Time: The Kalief Browder Story” a searing look at our criminal justice system. The team formed a partnership with executive producers Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Harvey Weinstein to create a 6-part docuseries event for Spike TV. The production was run out of the Cinemart’s Brooklyn Office, directed by Furst and executive produced by Furst, Nason and Sandow with Producer Mike Gasparro. The series will have a special presentation at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Furst currently resides in New York City.

NICK SANDOW
Director and Executive Producer

Nick Sandow is a versatile actor whose career spans across film, television and theater. Sandow currently can be seen as Joe Caputo in the Emmy nominated, hit Netflix original series  “Orange Is The New Black”, which returned for its fourth season this June and is currently in production for its fifth season. He recently starred opposite Olivia Wild, Juno Temple and Luke Wilson, in the role of Garza in Meadowland, a film directed by Reed Morano. Sandow wrote and directed The Wannabe, a feature film starring Patricia Arquette and Vincent Piazza, executive produced by Martin Scorsese. The film premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and was released in December 2015 by eOne and Momentum Pictures.

Sandow is currently working on TIME: The Kalief Browder Story a six-part Docuseries Event for Spike TV on behalf of his production company, The Cinemart.  Shawn “JAY Z” Carter and the Weinstein Company have teamed up with Spike TV for this compelling and groundbreaking television event, set to premiere in late January 2017.

Sandow’s acting credits include The Fitzgerald Family Christmas alongside Connie Britton, The Sitter, The Accidental Husband, Living Out Loud, Swimfan, Return to Paradise, Connie and Carla, and Resurrecting the Champ on the big screen and he has been featured in recurring television roles on “Boardwalk Empire” as Waxy Gordon, “Blue Bloods,” “How to Make It in America,” and “Third Watch.” Other television highlights include roles on critically acclaimed series “CSI: Miami,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Mercy,” “Six Degrees,” “Law & Order,” “NYPD Blue,” as well as the made for television movies “Mitch Albom’s For One More Day” produced by Oprah Winfrey, and Sidney Lumet’s “Strip Search” for HBO. Sandow’s theater credits include Late Fragment and Baptism By Fire.

In addition to his performing career, Sandow has directed the plays Henry Flamethrowa, Dark Yellow, Chicken, and From Riverdale to Riverhead. His feature film directorial debut, Ponies, premiered in the summer of 2012, with Neil Genzlinger of the New York Times calling it “…a riveting piece of work.”

Nick is an active SAG and DGA member, and resides in New York City.

 

JULIA WILLOUGHBY NASON
Executive Producer

Julia Nason grew up below Canal Street in a time when New York still pulsed with unbridled edge and creativity. Nason found her voice behind the camera as a fine art photographer, studying at ICP and going on to assist and style on commercial sets. As a native New Yorker, artist and entrepreneur, Nason formed the New York-based production company and creative firm The Cinemart with award-winning filmmaker Jenner Furst. Under the company banner, Nason directed visible commercial content for influential brands such as American Eagle Outfitters, H&M, producing the signature documentary campaign “Obey Your Thirst” for Sprite, starring Drake and Nas.  With a rarified sensibility and a cultured eye, Nason began to produce and shoot films; beginning with her original work as a producer and cinematographer on “Dirty Old Town”, an independent narrative presented by Abel Ferrara and “Here Comes The Neighborhood”, an acclaimed digital series. Following these projects, Nason and Furst began a creative partnership with Nick Sandow, the award-winning actor from “Orange is the New Black” creating the independent feature narrative “Houses” produced by Nason, directed by Furst, and written by Furst and Sandow, who also starred alongside Michael Imperioli. Using The Cinemart to foster brave projects, Nason executive produced the award-winning documentary “Welcome to Leith” an unflinching look at racial extremism in America’s Heartland. The Film premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival.  As executive producer, Nason created “Time: The Kalief Browder Story” a searing look at the criminal justice system. The project is directed by Jenner Furst with executive producer Nick Sandow and producer Mike Gasparro. The team formed a partnership with executive producers Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Harvey Weinstein to launch a 6-part docuseries event for Spike TV. The production was run out of Nason’s Cinemart Office and will have a special presentation at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

 

SHAWN “JAY Z“ CARTER
Executive Producer

Since 1996, 21-time GRAMMY award-winner, Shawn “JAY Z” Carter has been a dominant force in popular culture.  With multiple businesses and accolades across the recording industry and strong relationships with global investment leaders like Warren Buffet, JAY Z personifies the “American Dream.”  Among his achievements, Carter has served as President of Def Jam Recordings, launched the successful “Made In America” festival, acquired luxury spirits brand Armand De Brignac and maintains his role as majority owner in the 40/40 sports clubs. In 2013, Carter launched Roc Nation Sports, whose roster includes three-time NBA scoring champion and Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant and MLB All-Star Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano.  Carter became co-owner in global streaming service, TIDAL, in 2015.

Carter is active in giving back to the community, most notably through his philanthropic work through the Shawn Carter Foundation. The Foundation, founded in 2002, is dedicated to helping individuals facing socio-economic hardships further their education, encouraging them to tap into their potential.  Since the foundation launched, Shawn Carter Scholars are studying at over 100 institutions of higher education throughout the nation.

 

HARVEY WEINSTEIN, Co-Chairman, The Weinstein Company
Executive Producer

Harvey Weinstein launched The Weinstein Company (TWC), a multi-media company, with his brother Bob on October 1st, 2005. Since its inception, TWC has released such acclaimed films as THE KING’S SPEECH; THE ARTIST; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; DJANGO UNCHAINED and THE IMITATION GAME. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes. During Harvey and Bob’s tenure at Miramax and TWC, they have received 357 Oscar nominations and won 82 Academy Awards. TWC’s recent major releases included CAROL, THE HATEFUL EIGHT, HANDS OF STONE, THE FOUNDER and Academy Award nominee for Best Picture: LION.

TWC boasts an active television production division which garnered twelve Emmy nominations in 2015. Weinstein Television produces such reality powerhouses as PROJECT RUNWAY and its spin off series PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS and PROJECT RUNWAY JR, as well as scripted series that include PEAKY BLINDERS with Netflix, which premiered its third season in May, SCREAM with MTV, and critically acclaimed miniseries WAR & PEACE, which premiered on A&E, Lifetime and HISTORY in January 2016. Projects currently in development include Mario Puzo’s OMERTA with Antoine Fuqua and Sylvester Stallone, Stephen King’s THE BREATHING METHOD, UK series SS-GB, and military drama SIX.

Weinstein Books, a partnership between TWC and The Perseus Books Group, publishes titles from the most important and influential authors and personalities including New York Times bestsellers FINDING ME by Michelle Knight and OBSESSED by Mika Brzezinski. In 2015, Weinstein founded the Weinstein Live Entertainment, an independent faction that produces and invests in theatrical productions, including the Broadway musical FINDING NEVERLAND, directed by Diane Paulus; Radio City’s NEW YORK SPRING SPECTACULAR STARRING THE ROCKETTES, FUN HOME, THE ELEPHANT MAN, WOLF HALL, and THE AUDIENCE.

Weinstein and his brother founded Miramax Films in 1979, naming the company after their parents, Miriam and Max. Under their leadership, Miramax Films released some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful independent feature films in modern cinema, including sixteen Best Picture nominations over a span of sixteen years. The outstanding quality of Miramax’s films under the Weinsteins was represented in the company’s success in the annual Academy Awards race.

MICHAEL GASPARRO
Executive Producer

Michael Gasparro is a talent manager and film producer with 18 years’ experience in film and television development and production in New York City.

After early stints on projects including Tadpole, the 2002 Sundance Film Festival breakout hit and numerous music videos including Jay-Z’s ‘Can I Get a…’, Gasparro transitioned to TalentWorks, cultivating an impressive roster of film and television actors as an agent.

In 2005 Gasparro moved to TMT Entertainment, expanding into talent management and production. There he’s developed and produced projects including the 2012 Tropfest finalist short film Ben to the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival finalist The Wannabe starring Patricia Arquette and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. Gasparro is currently producing Time: The Kalief Browder Story, a six-part docuseries for Spike Networks with The Weinstein Company and Jay-Z. In development is Memory of Loss starring Nick Sandow of Orange Is The New Black, and written and directed by Frank Pugliese of House of Cards, slated for production in January of 2017.

Michael is an active member of PGA, and resides in New York City.

 

DAVID GLASSER
Executive Producer

David C. Glasser currently serves as Chief Operating Officer and President for The Weinstein Company (TWC) and

Weinstein Television.  Glasser is a key member of TWC’s management committee, and has been instrumental in the success of the company alongside Co-Chairmen Harvey and Bob Weinstein and other executives.

As COO of TWC, Glasser is responsible for the company’s day-to-day management and the development of its growing portfolio of businesses, which include motion pictures, television, live theatrical productions, home entertainment, library, and international film sales and distribution.  He oversees all production/sales/finance deals for motion pictures originated with TWC and its genre division, Dimension Films. These include such releases as THE ARTIST and THE KING’S SPEECH, both of which won several Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. Glasser also oversaw DJANGO UNCHAINED and IRON LADY, which each won two Academy Awards®, as well as SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, which won the Academy Award® for Best Actress, UNDEFEATED, which won an Academy Award® for Best Documentary and PHILOMENA which was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Picture. Most recently, Glasser oversaw the box office success SOUTHPAW, as well as THE HATEFUL 8 and CAROL—both of which received nominations at last year’s Academy Awards.

Glasser also oversees all acquisition deals, the most recent of which include Antoine Fuqua’s THE MAN WHO MADE IT SNOW starring Jake Gyllenhaal, McDonald’s Biopic THE FOUNDER starring Michael Keaton, CAROL, HANDS OF STONE, THE EICHMANN SHOW (Berlin 2015), as well as the Sundance Festival hit SING STREET, THE IMITATION GAME (Berlin 2014) which won the Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2014, FRUITVALE STATION (Sundance 2013), THE BUTLER (Berlin 2013), MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, THE GRANDMASTER, SALINGER, KON TIKI, SNOWPEIRCER, YVES SAINT LAURENT, and upcoming film LION starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. He played a key role in the domestic distribution of, and awards campaigns for, the Oscar®-winning films SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, THE ARTIST, THE KING’S SPEECH and Quentin Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED and INGLORIOUS BASTERDS. Since joining TWC in September 2008, Glasser has overseen the foreign sales of dozens of films, including Academy Award®-winning and nominated titles THE KING’S SPEECH, THE FIGHTER, THE READER and NINE; and the Dimension Films genre titles DARK SKIES, APOLLO 18, SPY KIDS 4, PIRANHA 3D and SCRE4M.

In addition to the film division at TWC, Weinstein Television, a subsidiary of The Weinstein Company, has become one of the leading independent television production companies in the world.  With its highly successful scripted television operation and evergreen franchise properties within unscripted, including the PROJECT RUNWAY family of shows, Weinstein Television has grown rapidly in the last few years. In addition to the nearly 20 scripted shows and over 15 unscripted in production and development, Glasser oversees the entire division which encompasses premium original series such as MARCO POLO and SCREAM, as well as numerous projects in production including: GOMORRAH for Sundance TV, JULIAN FELLOWES PRESENTS for Amazon and ITV, PEAKY BLINDERS and THE EICHMANN SHOW for the BBC and Netflix, SIX for History, and WACO, THE MIST, and documentary series TIME: THE KALIEF BROWDER STORY produced in partnership with music mogul Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, for SpikeTV.
Prior to joining The Weinstein Company, Glasser served as Chief Creative Officer of Yari Film Group and President of Los Angeles-based Syndicate Films International, LLC, the foreign sales and production division of Yari Film Group.  Glasser was responsible for the overseas box office success of numerous films, among them the police thriller HOSTAGE; the Academy Award-winning drama CRASH; the offbeat comedy THUMBSUCKER, 2005 Sundance Film Festival award winner; the romantic comedy PRIME; and the romantic thriller THE ILLUSIONIST.

Glasser entered the foreign sales business in the international marketplace with representation of small feature films.  In 1993, he founded Cutting Edge Entertainment, which produced and distributed over twenty films.  In February 2003, Glasser formed a strategic partnership with Splendid Media AG of Cologne, Germany.  During his tenure with Splendid, he sold and produced such projects as the critically acclaimed NARC, and the box office hits AGENT CODY BANKS and AGENT CODY BANKS 2: DESTINATION LONDON, starring Frankie Muniz.

Executive Producers/ Spike: Sharon Levy and Chachi Senior
Co-Producer / Writer: Rose Schlossberg
Senior Producer / Writer: Mark Konkol
Edited: Jenner Furst
Senior Editor: Chris Passig
Director of Photography: James Adolphus
Original Score: Khari Mateen and Danielle Furst 

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TIME: THE KALIEF BROWDER STORY – Notable Interviews & By The Numbers

February 8th, 2017 by faziod

TIME:  The Kalief Browder Story

NOTABLE INTERVIEW LIST

  • Shawn “JAY Z” Carter – Entrepreneur, Executive Producer, Philanthropist and Recording Artist
  • Governor Andrew Cuomo – Governor of New York State
  • Mayor Bill DeBlasio – Mayor of New York City
  • Reverend Al Sharpton – Civil Rights Activist
  • Eric Holder – Former U.S. Attorney General
  • Bernard Kerik – Former New York City Police Commissioner
  • Van Jones – Author and Activist
  • Michelle Alexander – Author of “The New Jim Crow” and Activist
  • Honrable Shira Scheidlin – Retired U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York
  • Donna Lieberman – Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Jeffrey Robinson – ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director ACLU Center for Justice
  • Jumaane Williams – NYC City Councilman
  • Shaun King – Journalist and Civil Rights Activist
  • Marc Lamont Hill – Professor, journalist, activist, author, and host of “VH1 Live”
  • Ritchie Torres – NYC City Councilman
  • Senator Daniel Squadron – NY State Senator
  • Michael Winerip and Michael Schwirtz – New York Times journalists

 

 

KALIEF BROWDER IN NUMBERS

 Arrested on May 10, 2010 in the Belmont section of the Bronx, NY for stealing a backpack and charged with robbery, grand larceny, and assault.

  • Unable to make bail of $3,000, Browder was sent to Rikers Island on May 16, 2010.
  • Number of court dates: 28
  • Number of appearances before the court: 15
  • Number of Corrections failed to produce him before the court: 8
  • Number of District Attorney of New York City representatives who handled his case: 16
  • Number of times the DA stated he was not ready for trial: 14
  • Number of suicide attempts in jail: 4
  • Number of hospitalizations while in jail: 1
  • Number of days spent in solitary: 700-800
  • Number of days spent in jail:  1,117
  • Number of birthdays spent in jail: 3
  • Number of Christmas’ Days spent in jail: 3
  • Key numbers of Venida’s visits to Rikers: 1 hour 45 mins. each way; 2 buses, 2 subways, 12.5 miles
  • Browder was released on June 5, 2013.  The man who accused Browder returned to Mexico and the case was dropped. The New York City District Attorney’s office noted “Without the Complainant, we are unable to meet our burden of proof at trial.”

 

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Spike TV Names Red Fabbri Vice President, Fan Engagement And Editorial

December 14th, 2016 by faziod

SPIKE TV NAMES RED FABBRI

VICE PRESIDENT, FAN ENGAGEMENT AND EDITORIAL

NEW YORK – December 14, 2016 – Red Fabbri has been named to the newly created position of Vice President, Fan Engagement and Editorial, Spike TV. The announcement was made today by Cedric Foster, Senior Vice President, Brand Marketing, Digital and Fan Engagement Strategy, Spike TV, to whom he will report. In his new role, Fabbri will oversee the growth of multiplatform audience, engagement and content consumption for the Spike brand and will manage initiatives on social media platforms, App and Site editorial and develop original content for distinct platforms.

“Red brings a tremendous amount of experience growing and engaging audiences,” said Foster. “We are excited for him to take the fan engagement reigns and continue to grow our portfolio of Spike franchises, fueled by his passion for putting the audience first on every platform.”

Fabbri previously served as Head of Audience, Elite Daily, where he set and oversaw the strategy behind audience development and growth for the organization.

Prior to Elite Daily, Fabbri spent three years at Condé Nast as Director of Digital where he led digital strategy, social media execution and multichannel communications. Working across the Condé Nast portfolio of brands, Fabbri helped reach a comScore audience of over 100m monthly unique viewers, launched the social-first “Creativity” marketing campaign and won a Webby award.

Fabbri started his career at NBCUniversal and earned a Bachelor degree in Communications and Economics from Boston College.

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 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:  

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

 

Record Number Of Women Tune In To Spike’s Hit Series, “Ink Master”

December 13th, 2016 by faziod

RECORD NUMBER OF WOMEN TUNE IN TO SPIKE’S HIT SERIES, “INK MASTER”

Recently-Completed Season 8 Delivers A 57% Female Audience

Spin-off “Ink Master: Redemption” Picked Up For Season 4

New York, NY, December 13, 2016 – Tuesday night has become “Ladies Night” on Spike as a record number of women tuned-in to the most recent season of the network’s hit series, “Ink Master.”  Season 8, which concluded on December 6, delivered a 57% female audience, the highest in franchise history. The season, which featured its first female winner, was also the second-most watched in franchise history, demonstrating the ever-increasing popularity of one of the network’s signature shows.

“Ink Master” Season 8 ranked #1 in its timeslot in all of cable (10:00 -11:00 PM, ET/PT) with Adults 18-49, Women 18-49 and Women 18-34.

The “Ink Master” LIVE Finale delivered big numbers for the network as well.  The nail-biting culmination to the dramatic Season 8 netted 2.1 million viewers last Tuesday night, December 6.

This season of “Ink Master” was all about the females, as four of the top 18 contestants teamed up to form an alliance which helped propel two female artists to the finale.  Ryan Ashley, owner and artist at The Strange & Unusual Oddities Parlor in Kingston, PA was victorious and has become the first ever female winner of “Ink Master.”

“I’m so proud that after eight seasons’ we finally have our first female winner of Ink Master,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike. “The show continues to keep fans on the edge of their seats and remains a major ratings driver for the network, especially with women.  I can’t wait to see what twists the series brings next season.”

The “Ink Master” finale was the #1 social show in all of cable TV on Tuesday and #2 in all of TV (excluding sports), generating almost a quarter million total social interactions. On Twitter, both #InkMaster and #InkRyan led the trending topics and over 100k votes via tweet were submitted to help choose the finalists.

As the “Ink Master” franchise continues to thrive, the network has greenlit a new season of its spin-off series “Ink Master: Redemption,” with 10 additional episodes.

Season 4 of the spin-off series, which offers unsatisfied former “human canvases” of “Ink Master” a chance to receive a new tattoo that leaves them happier than their last, will debut in 2017 in conjunction with “Ink Master” Season 9.

“Ink Master” and “Ink Master: Redemption” are produced for Spike by Original Media (“Swamp People,” “Comic Book Men,” “The Horn”) with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock and Andrea Richter serving as executive producers. Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.

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

Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America and is run by Emmy award-winning producers Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock. Producing hundreds of hours of programming across unscripted and scripted television, digital media and feature film, Original Media has built a strong reputation for cutting-edge content and quality production. Hit series include Ink Master and Ink Master: Redemption for Spike; Swamp People for History; Dual Survival for Discovery; Comic Book Men for AMC; I Love You… But I Lied for Lifetime; and The Horn for Red Bull 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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Nicole Platt                 Spike               212-767-8855              nicole.platt@spiketv.com

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

Spike Press Release – Spike Sets “Caraoke Showdown” for January 12

December 8th, 2016 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE SETS “CARAOKE SHOWDOWN” FOR JANUARY 12

New Series Hosted by Craig Robinson and

Executive Produced by Howie Mandel

 

New York, NY, December 8, 2016 – Spike is gearing up for a wild ride with the premiere of “Caraoke Showdown” on Thursday, January 12 at 10:30 PM, ET/PT following a new episode of “Lip Sync Battle.” This party-on-wheels has the ultimate emcee in host, actor, and comedian Craig Robinson who literally drives the fun-filled ride that gives unsuspecting passengers the trip of their lives.

“Caraoke Showdown” takes groups of passengers on a musical journey to win money by competing in a variety of karaoke-style challenges. Throughout various rounds of game play, contestants compete for cash by belting out their favorite tunes, finishing lyrics or acting out songs. Also adding to the “anything can happen” atmosphere of “Caraoke Showdown,” special guests hop in from time to time and help our singers win big.

This musical trip isn’t just confined to inside the “caraoke.”  Gameplay can take contestants on to the street recruiting pedestrians (and total strangers!) in a variety of music-related challenges.  Each episode ends when the two teams with the most prize money ‘crash’ an event at surprise locations. The finalists then must perform karaoke in front of a crowd that ultimately gets to determine the grand prize winner.

Click here to see new trailer for “Caraoke Showdown”

Howie Mandel serves as Executive Producer along with Alice Dickens-Koblin, Peter Herschko, Brian Veskosky and CORE Media Group serves as the production company.  Craig Robinson also serves as Executive Producer on “Caraoke Showdown.”

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

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chachi Senior is Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Spike, and Tori Socha, Vice President of Original Series, oversees “Caraoke Showdown.”

For more updates on “Caraoke Showdown” go to CaraokeShowdown.Spike.com.

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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Spike Crowns First Ever Female Winner Ryan Ashley As “Ink Master”

December 6th, 2016 by faziod

SPIKE CROWNS FIRST EVER FEMALE WINNER

RYAN ASHLEY AS “INK MASTER” 

Ashley Wins A Cash Prize Of $100,000, A Feature Article In Inked,

A Guest Spot At Oliver Peck’s Shop Elm Street Tattoo,

And A Dodge Charger

New York, NY, December 6, 2016 – For the first time in “Ink Master” history, the show has a female winner.  Ryan Ashley was named winner of Ink Master Season 8, earning a cash prize of $100,000, a feature article in the premiere tattoo publication Inked, the ultimate bragging rights title of ‘Ink Master’ and a guest spot at Oliver Peck’s  Elm Street Tattoo.  In addition to these winnings, Ashley won a brand new Dodge Charger.

This season it was Peck vs. Núñez as the judges picked their own teams of tattoo artists to advise throughout the competition.  Thirty of the top tattoo artists from around the country were whittled down to two teams of nine, who battled it out all season in permanent ink in various tattoo challenges that not only tested the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, with competitors creating and executing original tattoos on “human canvases.”

Each week’s challenges focused on a different tattoo technique and style. After every challenge, the contestants faced a tough panel made up of musician, filmmaker and artist Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) as well as world-renowned tattoo artists Chris Núñez (Hand Crafted Tattoo) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).

The final three contestants – Kelly Doty, owner and artist at Helheim Gallery in Salem, MA; Gian Karle, traveling tattoo artist from Puerto Rico; and Ryan Ashley, owner and artist at The Strange & Unusual Oddities Parlor in Kingston, PA – were each assigned a master canvas and sent back to their home bases to complete a 24-hour chest-piece tattoo.

In addition, the three finalists also completed seven-hour tattoos leading into the live finale.  During the finale, fans voted to determine who completed this challenge the best, with the most votes earning a spot in the top two.  After thousands of tweets, it was determined that Ryan Ashley had the best live tattoo of the evening, which secured her spot in the final two.  After the judges reviewed the artwork, Gian Karle earned the second spot in the final two.

As Ashley and Karle revealed their master canvases to the judges – and America – in the end, Ryan Ashley was named the season 8 winner of “Ink Master.”

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

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chachi Senior is Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and Tori Socha, Vice President, Original Series oversees production of “Ink Master” for the network

Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America and is run by Emmy award-winning producers Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock. Producing hundreds of hours of programming across unscripted and scripted television, digital media and feature film, Original Media has built a strong reputation for cutting-edge content and quality production. Hit series include Ink Master and Ink Master: Redemption for Spike; Swamp People for History; Dual Survival for Discovery; Comic Book Men for AMC; I Love You… But I Lied for Lifetime; and The Horn for Red Bull 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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Nicole Platt                 Spike               212-767-8855              nicole.platt@spiketv.com

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

 

 

Spike Adds Executive Producer of Current, Chaz Gray to Original Series Team

November 29th, 2016 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE ADDS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF CURRENT,

CHAZ GRAY TO ORIGINAL SERIES TEAM

 

November 29, 2016 – Spike announced today the addition of Chaz Gray to its Original Series team as the network’s Executive Producer of Current. In this newly formed role, Gray will report to Chachi Senior, Senior Vice President Original Series, and will oversee the production of several current network series including “Bar Rescue,” “Back to the Bar,” “Ink Master” and “Ink Master: Redemption,” in addition to contributing to the network’s forthcoming series launches.

“Chaz is a seasoned producer in the non-fiction reality television world and we are excited for him to bring his experienced hand to our stable of series,” said Senior. “As Spike continues to grow and expand its audience, Chaz will be an integral part of our continued success.”

Previously, Gray has served as an Executive Producer on a variety of non-fiction reality programming including “Top Chef,” “36 Hours,” and “The Real Housewives of Orange County 100th Episode Special,” and earned producing credits on “The Amazing Race,” “Last Comic Standing,” “Out of Egypt,” “Junkyard Wars,” and “The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliot.”

In addition to his experience producing a wide variety of shows for broadcast and cable networks, Gray previously served as an Executive Producer and Director of Development at Discovery Channel.

Gray will be based in Spike’s Los Angeles offices.

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 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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Alex McQuiston        Spike TV        310-407-4745     alex.mcquiston@spike.com

 

Spike Press Release – Spike TV Announces New Docuseries Initiative “Spike Serialized”

November 10th, 2016 by SPIKE Press

 SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES NEW DOCUSERIES INITIATIVE

“Spike Serialized” To Showcase Multi-Episode Series That Take A Compelling Look At Fascinating And Often-Controversial Subjects Or Individuals

Network Announces New Project, “It Was Him,” On The Shocking Investigation Of Ed Edwards And His Ties To Many Of The Most High Profile Murders Over The Last Few Decades

Recently Announced “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” And “The John McAFee Project” To Fall Under The “Spike Serialized” Banner

 

New York, NY, November 10, 2016 – Spike TV is launching a new docuseries initiative, “Spike Serialized” that will consist of multi-episode series that take a provocative, in-depth look into subjects or individuals that will be both eye-opening and thought-provoking.

The topics and characters explored will run the gamut from hot-button areas such as crime and race to never-before-seen look at some of society’s most intriguing individuals.

“The Spike Serialized initiative will showcase topics or individuals that are not only relevant and entertaining, but will also be impactful and create a national dialogue,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series.

On the heels of the “Spike Serialized” announcement the network has greenlit the six-episode docuseries, “It Was Him.” The new series examines the infamous cold-blooded murderer Ed Edwards through the lens of the astonishing investigation led by his grandson, Wayne Wolfe and veteran police detective John Cameron. Spike’s six-part documentary series will be produced by Objective Films.

Recently, Spike announced “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story,” from Executive Producer Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Weinstein Television, which will fall under the “Spike Serialized” banner.

“TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” is a compelling, six-part documentary event series tells the story of Kalief Browder, a young African-American student who spent three years on Rikers Island without ever being convicted of a crime. Executive Producers for “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” include Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Harvey Weinstein, David Glasser, Jenner Furst, Nick Sandow, Julia Willoughby Nason, and Michael Gasparro.

The previously announced “John McAfee Project” will now fall under the “Spike Serialized” umbrella as well. Both projects are slated to air in 2017.

“The John McAfee Project” explores the life of virus software creator John McAfee and will reveal unanswered questions about his life ranging from drug-fueled college days in England to learning to battle computer viruses early in his career at Lockeed in the 1980’s, to starting McAfee and Associates in 1987, to a 2012 murder investigation in Belize. But it’s more than just a murder mystery, it’s a story of the man who invented modern day paranoia and injected his manufactured paranoia into the cultural zeitgeist. Is he certifiably insane or insanely credible? Has the security software guru become a gun-toting, paranoid killer who has lost touch with reality? Or does he have nefarious enemies out to destroy him and crumble his empire? Or is the man who earned enormous success and wealth based on the public’s online security fears and paranoia playing another mind-game? “The John McAfee Project” will consist of six episodes and is directed and executive produced by Billy Corben.

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chachi Senior is Senior Vice President of Original Series for Spike and Justin Lacob, Vice President, Original Series will oversee “It Was Him” and “The John McAfee Project” for the network.

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

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

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

 

Spike Press Release – Spike TV and Objective Media Group Present a Six-Part Documentary Series, “It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards”

November 10th, 2016 by SPIKE Press

WAS IT HIM?

IS ED EDWARDS THE MOST INFAMOUS SERIAL KILLER IN AMERICAN HISTORY?

HIS GRANDSON IS OUT TO FIND THE TRUTH WITH THE HELP OF VETERAN COLD CASE INVESTIGATOR DET. JOHN CAMERON

Spike TV and Objective Media Group Present a Six-Part Documentary Series,

“It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards,” on the Shocking Investigation That Connects the Convicted Killer to Many of the Most Publicized Murders of the 20th Century

New York, NY, November 10, 2016 – Wayne Wolfe has a shocking and terrible family secret. Less than a year ago, he discovered that his real grandfather was the deceased, convicted killer Ed Edwards. Possibly the most notorious serial killer in American history, he was convicted of five cold cases in his 70s, but had potentially embarked on a decades-long murder spree. Spike TV examines the infamous cold-blooded murderer through the lens of the astonishing investigation led by Wolfe and veteran police detective John Cameron in the new documentary series “It Was Him.”

Spike’s si-part documentary series was developed by Jimmy Fox of Objective Media Group, who will executive produce, along with the show-running team Jackson Nguyen and Todd Crites of Turn Left Productions. It began production in the fall of 2016.

Shortly after determining that Edwards was his grandfather, Wolfe learned of the incredibly compelling link between him and a string of astonishingly high-profile murders. In an attempt to shed light on his family history and find closure for his father, Wolfe joined forces with the investigator John Cameron. Cameron, a cold-case expert and retired detective based in Great Falls, Montana, has been investigating the infamous mass murderer Edwards for almost a decade.

Cameron met Edwards in 2008 while working on the parole board in Montana. In this position, he was able to access undisclosed information that points to the fact that Edwards could be responsible for some of the most high-profile crimes of our generation.

The search for the truth has haunted the seasoned detective and drives him to seek answers. Cameron’s meticulously compiled evidence has Edwards as the ultimate suspect in some of the most well-known murder cases, including the Zodiac Killer, Laci Peterson and many more.

Edwards was arrested in 2009 and found guilty of five grisly murders over 20 years, all of which involved kidnapping, shootings, stabbings, torture, auto theft, all under an assumed identity. He died of natural causes in prison in 2011, four months before his execution.

Objective Media Group, the All3 based company, currently produces the Emmy-nominated CNN series “United Shades of America” and CNBC’s “Make Me a Millionaire Inventor,” as well as upcoming series “Hard Evidence: O.J. Is Innocent,” for Investigation Discovery, “Hollywood Darlings” for POP and scripted drama “The Arrangement” for E!. Executive Producers for Objective Media Group/All3Media America include Jimmy Fox, Layla Smith and Greg Lipstone. Wayne Wolfe, Leonid Leonov and Kenny Dale Borill will also serve as Executive Producers.

“It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards” will be part of the network’s new Spike Serialized series of non-scripted projects, along with the previously announced, “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” and “The John McAfee Project.” Spike Serialized series take a compelling, in-depth look into fascinating and often controversial subjects or individuals.

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chachi Senior is Senior Vice President of Original Series for Spike and Justin Lacob, Vice President, Original Series will oversee “It Was Him” for the network.

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

 

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Press Contacts:

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

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