Spike TV and ACE Hardware Announce Major Partnership for the Network’s Innovative New Series, “Framework”

December 18th, 2014 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV AND ACE HARDWARE ANNOUNCE MAJOR PARTNERSHIP FOR THE NETWORK’S INNOVATIVE NEW SERIES, “FRAMEWORK”

New York, NY, December 18, 2014 – Ace Hardware, the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world, will have a prominent role in the upcoming Spike TV new original franchise, “Framework,” the first-ever furniture design competition series.

Hosted by renowned hip-hop artist, actor, and author, Common, and premiering Tuesday, January 6 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT, “Framework” will showcase the nation’s best emerging furniture designers as they compete for a $100,000 cash prize and the opportunity to launch their furniture nationally. The winner will also receive $20,000 in gift cards from Ace Hardware.

In addition, a key component of the series will be the Ace Supply Station, a large hub located in the “Framework” workshop that will provide contestants with the tools and products they need to complete the furniture design challenges. From power tools to painting supplies, the Ace Supply Station will be a helpful resource as the contestants craft their custom furniture pieces.

“This exciting partnership gives us an opportunity to showcase that each neighborhood Ace store has a wide assortment of products and the best brands, such as Craftsman and Clark+Kensington paint+primer in one, which help homeowners tackle their home maintenance projects,” said Jeff Gooding, Senior Director of Consumer Marketing, Ace Hardware Corporation. “Whether you are building a piece of custom furniture or completing a project at home, the helpful folks at Ace can provide the right products and neighborly advice to help you get the job done right.”

Over the course of ten weeks, 13 innovative and inspiring builders will put their artistry and skill to the test in a series of challenges. The competitors will be pushed to the brink of their physical and creative limits with challenges that ask them to reconsider everything they know about designing and building furniture. The builders will use unconventional materials, rethink classic furniture pieces, and incorporate a variety of techniques and disciplines to demonstrate their mastery of furniture creation.

In each episode, a contestant will be eliminated by a panel of judges led by host Common. Throughout his career as an artist, Common has been on the cutting edge of trends and brings his keen eye for style and understanding of consumer desire to the competition. He will be joined by two of the most influential names in the furniture world today; Nolen Niu and Brandon Gore.

“Framework” is a ten one-hour episode series created by Dwight D. Smith and Michael Agbabian of Mission Control Media (“Hollywood Game Night,” “Face Off”) who serve as Executive Producers. Andrea Richter (“Ink Master”) and Common also serve as Executive Producers.

Sharon Levy is Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV and Chris Rantamaki is Spike TV’s Senior Vice President, Original Series. Kevin Bartel, Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV serves as the Executive in Charge of Production.

About Ace Hardware

For 90 years, Ace Hardware has been known as the place with the helpful hardware folks in thousands of neighborhoods across America, providing customers with a more personal kind of helpful. In 2014, Ace ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores, Eight Years in a Row,” according to J.D. Power. With more than 4,900 hardware stores locally owned and operated across the globe, Ace is the largest hardware cooperative in the world. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries currently operate 14 distribution centers in the U.S. and also have distribution capabilities in Shanghai, China; Panama City, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its retailers’ stores are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 60 countries. For more information on Ace, visit www.acehardware.com.

About Spike TV

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

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Press Contacts:

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

 

Jenny Stephen           Ace Hardware         630-990-6643                 jestep@acehardware.com

Decorate The Tree And Ring In The New Year With Some Of Your Favorite ‘Ink Master’ Alumni On ‘Merry Ink’ And ‘New Year’s Ink’ Specials

December 17th, 2014 by faziod

DECORATE THE TREE AND RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE ‘INK MASTER’ ALUMNI ON ‘MERRY INK’ AND ‘NEW YEAR’S INK’ SPECIALS

Spike to Air Two Holiday-Themed ‘Ink Master’ Episodes
on Tuesday, December 23 and Tuesday, December 30 at 10 PM ET/PT

New York, NY, December 17, 2014 – Spike TV’s hit original and the first tattoo reality-competition series “Ink Master” is getting in the festive spirit with two holiday-themed specials, ‘Merry Ink’ and ‘New Year’s Ink.’  Each special brings back well-known “Ink Master” alumni to compete and design holiday-inspired tattoos to win a grand prize of $10,000, which is awarded at the end of the episodes.  Every drop of ink counts, there are no flash challenges on these episodes and after every round, one artist is eliminated from their chance at “Ink Master” redemption.

‘Merry Ink,’ (#MerryInk) airing on Tuesday, December 23 at 10pm ET/PT brings back four contestants who fell just short of winning the ‘Ink Master’ title during their respective seasons.  Though each artist performed phenomenal tattoos, they were told to pack up their equipment and close up shop.  They are all returning with something to prove, that they should have been chosen “Ink Master.”  In a crazy twist, the artists will tattoo the same group of human canvases throughout the competition.  The canvases, who are hoping to get several holiday themed tattoos, face elimination alongside their artists at the end of each round.  The artists competing in this episode are James Vaughn (season one), Tatu Baby (season two and three), Jime Litwalk (season three) and Sausage (season 4).

‘New Year’s Ink,’ (#NewYearsInk) airing on Tuesday, December 30 at 10pm ET/PT sees the return of four contestants who each had extraordinary circumstances that lead to their dramatic eliminations.  These artists are looking to put the past behind and start out fresh with a ‘new year.’  The artists competing in this episode are Al Fliction (season one), Cee Jay Jones (season two), Joshua Hibbard (season three and five) and Gentle Jay (season four).

These two holiday-themed specials are designed to not only test the artists technical skills, but also their interpersonal skills and on-the-spot creativity, where they must create and execute an original tattoo on a ‘Human Canvas.’  After each round, the artists will face a tough panel made up of series host Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) and world renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).   The holiday masterpieces or mistakes these artists create will last a lifetime.

Viewers can find clips and full episodes on spike.com, and also join the conversation live using the hashtags #MerryInk and #NewYearsInk.  The latest in tattoo culture and Ink Master news can be found on the official “Ink Master” Facebook page, on Twitter @spikeinkmaster, Tumblr and on Instagram @spikeinkmaster.

“Ink Master” is once again proving to be a ratings driver for the network and has improved the timeslot in Adults 18-49 by 38% and 41% in Adults 18-34. The series is 47% male, demonstrating the network’s ongoing plan to deliver gender-balanced original hit series.

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Original Media (“Swamp People,” “Comic Book Men,” “BBQ Pitmasters,” “Grilled,” “Dual Survival,” and “NY Ink”) with Charlie Corwin, Daniel Laikind and Andrea Richter serving as Executive Producers. Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol USA.

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chris Rantamaki is Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and oversees production of “Ink Master” and Kevin Bartel serves as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.

Founded in 2002, Charlie Corwin’s Original Media has built a strong reputation for cutting-edge content and quality production. Original Media produces hundreds of hours of award-winning content across multiple media formats including Academy Award nominated feature films, reality television, scripted television and digital programming and currently has fifteen television series on air. Some of Original Media’s hit television series shows “NY Ink,” “LA Ink,” “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “Swamp People,” “Storm Chasers,” “Dual Survival” and “BBQ Pitmasters.”  Original Media produced the Academy Award nominated films The Squid and the Whale and Half Nelson. The company, headquarters in New York, is a subsidiary of Endemol USA.

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

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Contact:

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

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

 

 

Jason Clay Dunn Named Season 5 Winner Of “Ink Master” In Live Season Finale

December 16th, 2014 by faziod

JASON CLAY DUNN NAMED SEASON 5 WINNER OF

“INK MASTER” IN LIVE SEASON FINALE

New York, NY, December 16, 2014 – In a live finale that was both fierce and thrilling, Jason Clay Dunn was named winner of Season 5 of “Ink Master.”  Dunn wins a cash prize of $100,000, a feature article in the premiere tattoo publication Inked and the ultimate bragging rights title of ‘Ink Master.’

Eighteen of the top tattoo artists from around the country battled it out all season in permanent ink, competing in various tattoo challenges that not only tested the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity where they had to create and execute an original tattoo on a ‘human canvas.’ This season of “Ink Master” was not just about the rivalries you created on the show, as each contestant came into the competition with a personal tattoo rival.  From convention circuit foes, a former boss vs former employee, brothers and even two of the most infamous rivals in “Ink Master” history, this season’s competition was more personal than ever.

Each week’s challenges focused on a different tattoo technique and style.  After every challenge the contestants faced a tough panel made up of series host Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) and judges, renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).  The masterpieces these artists created will last forever, but so will their mistakes.

The final three contestants: Jason Clay Dunn, owner and artist at Tattoo Alchemy in Montclair, CA, Cleen Rock One, owner and artist at Chrome Gypsy Tattoo in Las Vegas, NV, and Erik Siuda, owner and artist at Ghost Gallery Tattoo in Bethpage, NY were each assigned their own master canvas.   They were sent back to their home bases to complete a 35-hour back-piece tattoo, where they had five, seven-hour sessions with their master canvas to create the best tattoo design of their career.

In the finale Dunn, One, and Siuda revealed their master canvases to the judges and America.   After the judges reviewed the artwork, Erik Siuda was eliminated from the competition.  In the end it came down to Jason Clay Dunn and Cleen Rock One with the judges in a close call, ultimately naming Dunn the season 5 winner of “Ink Master.”

During the show, one lucky fan was given the opportunity to get inked by last season’s Fan Favorite, Walter “Sausage” Frank.  Frank tattooed a sexy Christmas elf LIVE on air during the finale in honor of ‘Merry Ink’ and ‘New Year’s Ink” specials, airing on Tuesday, December 23 and Tuesday, December 30 at 10pm ET/PT.  “Ink Master” will also return for a sixth season in the summer of 2015.

“Ink Master” is once again proving to be a ratings driver for the network and has improved the timeslot in Adults 18-49 by 38% and 41% in Adults 18-34. The series is 47% male, demonstrating the network’s ongoing plan to deliver gender-balanced original hit series.

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Original Media (“Swamp People,” “Comic Book Men,” “BBQ Pitmasters,” “Grilled,” “Dual Survival,” and “NY Ink”) with Charlie Corwin, Daniel Laikind and Andrea Richter serving as Executive Producers. Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol USA.

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chris Rantamaki and is Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and oversees production of “Ink Master” and Kevin Bartel serves as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.

About Spike TV:

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

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Contact:

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

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

SPIKE TV INKS SEASON SIX OF “INK MASTER”

December 16th, 2014 by faziod

SPIKE TV INKS SEASON SIX OF “INK MASTER”

“Ink Master” Returns For A New Season Of 13 Episodes
Slated for Summer 2015

New York, NY, December 16, 2014 – On the eve of the LIVE “Ink Master” season 5 finale later tonight, Spike TV is announcing it has picked up a sixth season of the network’s hit original tattoo-competition series.

“Ink Master,” currently delivering an average of 2.1 million viewers for Season 5, is on pace for its most-watched season in franchise history. The new season, featuring 13 one-hour episodes, goes into production early next year and will debut in the summer of 2015. Season 6 will have a special twist as mentors will square off against their apprentices.

The announcement was made today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV.

“Ink Master” is once again proving to be a ratings driver for the network and has improved the timeslot in Adults 18-49 by 38% and 41% in Adults 18-34. The series is 47% male, demonstrating the network’s ongoing plan to deliver gender-balanced original hit series.

“Ink Master is indicative of the distinctive, compelling, gender-balanced original programming that features big stakes,” said Levy. “We are thrilled to once again partner with Original Media and our incredible hosting/judging trio of Dave Navarro, Oliver Peck, and Chris Nunez for another great season.”

Each week “Ink Master” puts artist through a series of tattoo challenges that are not only designed to test the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, where they must create and execute an original tattoo by command on a ‘Human Canvas.’ Each episode focuses on a different and distinct style of tattooing including realism, black and gray, geometric, neo-traditional, Asian and cover-up, among others. The masterpieces these artists create will last a lifetime, but so will their mistakes. After every challenge, the contestants face a tough panel made up of series host Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) and world renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo) who are joined by a roster of guest judges.

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Original Media ( and “NY Ink”) with Charlie Corwin, Daniel Laikind and Andrea Richter serving as Executive Producers. Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol USA.

Original Media, founded in 2002 by Charlie Corwin, has built a strong reputation for cutting-edge content and quality production. Original Media produces hundreds of hours of award-winning content across multiple media formats including Academy Award nominated feature films, reality television, scripted television and digital programming and currently produces some of the top unscripted content on television. Some of Original Media’s hit television series include “Swamp People,”, “Comic Book Men,” “Dual Survival,” “NY Ink,” “LA Ink,” “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “Storm Chasers,” “Dual Survival” and “BBQ Pitmasters.” Original Media produced the Academy Award nominated films The Squid and the Whale and Half Nelson. The company, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of Endemol USA

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chris Rantamaki is Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and oversees production of “Ink Master” and Kevin Bartel serves as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.

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

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Press Contacts:

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

Spike TV Orders A Third Season Of “Catch A Contractor” Starring Adam Carolla

December 3rd, 2014 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV ORDERS A THIRD SEASON OF

“CATCH A CONTRACTOR” STARRING ADAM CAROLLA

 

The New Season Will Travel To Las Vegas and Los Angeles To Track Down

Crooked Contractors In Action

 

New York, NY, December 3, 2014 – Spike TV has ordered a 10-episode third season of its successful original series, “Catch A Contractor,” starring Adam Carolla and produced by Eyeworks USA.  The announcement was made today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV.  The series will be filmed in Los Angeles and, for the first time, will hit the road and travel to Las Vegas to identify and confront fraudulent and unscrupulous contractors in Sin City.

Season three will go into production in early 2015 and debut next summer.  “Catch A Contractor” is averaging 1 million viewers for Season 2 (October 5-November 25).

“We are thrilled to bring Adam, Skip Bedell, Alison Bedell, and the incredibly talented and innovative Eyeworks production team back for another season,” said Levy. “This is great news for our viewers, but bad news for crooked contractors in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.”

“Catch A Contractor” is created and produced by Eyeworks USA (“Extreme Weight Loss,” “Bar Rescue”) with JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Brant Pinvidic, DJ Nurre, and Adam Carolla serving as Executive Producers.  Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chris Rantamaki is Senior Vice President of Original Series for Spike TV, and Jeff Savaiano serves as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.

In “Catch a Contractor,” host and master carpenter Adam Carolla and his team, consisting of no-nonsense, expert contractor Skip Bedell and his wife, private investigator Alison Bedell, are on a mission to track down shady, evasive contractors and drag them back to the scene of their crimes to face the music and fix the disasters they left behind.

About Eyeworks USA

Eyeworks USA, run by CEOs and executive producers JD Roth and Todd A. Nelson, with Brant Pinvidic serving as president, is one of television’s most prolific producers of reality and non-fiction programming, both for broadcast and cable, producing shows grounded in the ability of people to make real change and transform their lives. Eyeworks USA series include Extreme Weight Loss, in production on season five for ABC; Bar Rescue, in season four for Spike; My Cat from Hell for Animal Planet; LA Hair for WEtv; Catch a Contractor for Spike; and Funniest Wins for TBS. Roth and Nelson are also known for producing the first 11cycles of NBC’s award-winning The Biggest Loser.

About Spike TV:

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

 

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Press Contact:

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

“Framework” Cast Bios

December 3rd, 2014 by SPIKE Press

BK (Brian K.) Ellison
Chicago, IL

STYLE/EXPERTISE: Wood, Glass, and Lighting
OCCUPATION: Owner of BKE Designs
WEBSITE: www.bkedesigns.com
TWITTER: @bkedesigns

In addition to architecture, BK Ellison’s first loves were woodworking and furniture building. In fact, it was his passion for building furniture that compelled him to leave a successful, nearly 20 year career in real estate development. After leaving his job, BK moved to Amsterdam for 2 years, began designing and building furniture, and has been doing it full time ever since. With his work in the homes of art collectors, restaurants, and even the Mayor’s office in Chicago, BK’s company, BKE Designs, has been operating since 2006. BK’s success is attributed to positive word-of-mouth reviews by satisfied clients who say BK’s designs are brilliant, exquisite, and always exceed expectations. His success has afforded him the opportunity to choose his clients and leave room for his hobby as a Poi fire dancer – a skill which he first learned at the 2003 “Burning Man” festival.

Curtis Rew
Spokane, WA

STYLE/EXPERTISE: Reclaimed Wood, Textiles
OCCUPATION: Carpenter and Furniture Builder
TWITTER: @CurtisMichael44

Curtis Rew’s woodworking education started in grade school, when he began building furniture at age 10. Throughout junior high and high school, Curtis excelled in wood shop classes and landed a job in a cabinet shop at age 16. A few short years later, he started acquiring tools to run his own furniture shop. Currently, Curtis accepts custom furniture commissions, works as the lead carpenter on a full restoration of a 120-year-old building in downtown Spokane, WA, and also teaches furniture building on the weekends at the local woodworking shop. Curtis credits his success to not following fads or what is “right,” he builds what is in his soul. He would use his winnings to start a company and launch three distinct furniture lines.

Craig Bayens
Louisville, KY

STYLE/EXPERTISE: Woodwork, Metal
EDUCATION: Murray State: BA Functional Design
OCCUPATION: Furniture Maker & Designer
WEBSITE: www.craigbayens.com
TWITTER: @craigbayens

Craig Bayens likes to describe his style as “Rustic Contemporary” where he tries to take “trash and turn it into hard earned cash.” The furniture Craig creates is an expression of elegance through simplicity – the fine lines married with traditional joinery producing heirloom quality furniture. Striving to be 100% environmentally friendly, Craig only acquires lumber from a local tree service and saw mill that harvests trees from the Louisville area that have been damaged in storms or have outgrown their urban environment. Craig hopes to use the prize money to buy a new storefront, expand his workspace and work on larger projects for his growing clientele.

Erin Brown
Golden, CO (originally Billings, MT)

STYLE/EXPERTISE: Wood, Concrete, Laminates
EDUCATION: Red Rocks School of Fine Woodworking
OCCUPATION: Furniture Designer/Builder

Erin Brown started building furniture out of her garage as a hobby. Her love of unique, quality furniture that has a romantic, grand luster led her to leave her job at a civil engineering firm and enroll at Red Rocks School of Fine Woodworking. Drawing inspiration from nature, she makes mid-century modern pieces specializing in organic form, color, and multi-media form pieces. If Erin wins the competition, she plans on purchasing a CNC machine, opening her own business, and traveling the world.

Freddy Hill
Akron, OH

STYLE/EXPERTISE: Wood, Leather, Glass
OCCUPATION: Furniture Maker & Designer
WEBSITE: www.bombfactoryfurniture.com
TWITTER: @FreddyHill888

Freddy Hill’s path to furniture making had an unconventional start. After going to college for Pre-Med, Freddy dropped out of grad school to join a rock band. After 10 years of touring the country, Freddy grew tired of the lifestyle, quit the band and bought a table saw. After a chance meeting with his future mentor, he began working at furniture building shop and was hooked. Freddy’s passion for furniture design and building pushes him to closely study great designers of the past and use their work to influence his pieces. In addition to season tickets to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Freddy would use his prize money to better brand and market his business.

Garrett Brown
Denver, CO (originally Silver Spring, MD)

STYLE/EXPERTISE: Wood, Metal, Concrete, Stone
EDUCATION: Red Rocks School of Fine Woodworking
OCCUPATION: Owner of Garrett Brown Designs
WEBSITE: www.gbrowndesigns.com
TWITTER: @gbrowndesigns

Garrett Brown became a furniture designer when he started making art pieces to decorate his apartment and a friend asked him to build a bed. Hoping to develop his craft into more than a hobby, Garrett enrolled in Red Rocks School of Fine Woodworking. After just 3 semesters, Garrett had so much referral business from furniture commissions that his instructor recommended that Garrett begin building professionally full-time. Always looking to push himself, Garrett tries to design so that the audience is left wondering how it was made. He uses actual topography in his pieces emphasizing the earthy nature of his work. An intense competitor, who surfs and snowboards in his free time, Garrett is looking to win the prize money so that he can expand his business, travel, and do volunteer work.

Jason Radcliffe
Rocky River, OH

STYLE/EXPERTISE: Steel, Wood, Plastic
OCCUPATION: Owner of 44 Steel
WEBSITE: www.44steel.com
TWITTER: @44radcliffe

Jason Radcliffe fell in love with the industrial look early in life when he started welding for his parents’ fabrication shop. Using the skills he developed at their shop, Jason picked up furniture design quickly. Jason’s designing and building turned into a full-time job shortly after a local furniture store noticed his talent. Once he began exhibiting at ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) – Jason developed a following of designers, architects, and stores that commission him and carry his work. Jason plans on playing to his strengths in welding and fabrication during the competition and continue making clean pieces using finishing techniques that conceal his welds and hardware. In addition to furniture making, Jason enjoys surfing, waterskiing and downhill mountain biking. If he wins the competition, Jason will need to decide on using the prize money to improve his business – or buy a new motorcycle.

Jessica Brown
Providence, RI (originally from Paducah, KY)

STYLE/EXPERTISE: Wood, Lathe turning, Mid-Century Danish Style, Re-claimed lumber
EDUCATION: R.I.S.D.: Masters of Industrial Design (MID), Murray State University, BFA Furniture Design
OCCUPATION: Owner of Lady J Designs
WEBSITE: www.jessicabrowndesign.com
TWITTER: @theLadyJBrown

An all-around Renaissance woman, Jessica Brown is a designer, painter, furniture maker and finish carpenter, whose talents include the ability to work with a variety of materials, including wood, metal, paper, and plastics. While growing up in Kentucky, Jessica learned the tools of the trade from both her father and grandfather through exploration and curiosity. She holds her Masters from the Rhode Island School of Design where she specialized in sustainable design. She considers herself to be a “responsible” designer, who attempts to salvage, reclaim, reuse, and use less material whenever possible. Her work is influenced by street art, industrial style, Scandanavian mid-century design, and pop culture. Jessica plans to pay off her mountain of student loans with her winnings.

Jory Brigham
San Luis Obispo, CA

STYLE/EXPERTISE: Wood, Concrete, Metal
OCCUPATION: Furniture Designer and Builder
WEBSITE: www.jorybrigham.com
TWITTER: @jorybrigham

Woodworking has been in Jory Brigham’s family for generations. As a child, Jory was homeschooled and learned woodworking from his father on a daily basis. Keeping the tradition alive, Jory loves to have his kids help him in his shop when he’s building, but is quick to point out that he’s not forcing the family business on them – not yet at least. Jory is an artist, designer and builder with a passion for creating lasting works by hand, and considers his designs dynamic while remaining timeless. If he wins, Jory wants to use the prize money to take a year off, buy a ton of supplies, and build a whole new furniture line.

Lacey Campbell
Toledo, OH

STYLE/EXPERTISE: Metal, Upholstery, Wood, Plastic
EDUCATION: S.C.A.D.: BFA Furniture Design
OCCUPATION: Furniture Designer
WEBSITE: www.laceycampbelldesigns.com
TWITTER: @LCampbellDesign

Growing up on her family’s cattle and hog farm in Missouri, Lacey Campbell learned the value of hard work. On the farm, Lacey taught herself building and design by repurposing scrap materials and tinkering with machines. Further pursuing her interests, Lacey obtained a BFA in Furniture Design from Savannah College of Art & Design, and then started working for Sauder as a furniture designer. During her time at Sauder, Lacey traveled the world, picking up the latest trends from furniture shows and factories. When Lacey’s not hard at work, gracefully solving unique designs problems, she enjoys listening to her boyfriend’s band ‘Tis.’ She hopes to use the prize money to open a small studio devoted to sustainable, tech-forward furniture.

Nathaniel Hall
San Diego, CA (originally Attica, NY)

STYLE/EXPERTISE: Wood, Metal, Light, Folding Furniture
EDUCATION: Buffalo State: BS Wood/Furniture
OCCUPATION: Owner of RxMadera Design
WEBSITE: www.rxmaderadesign.com
TWITTER: @rx_madera

Growing up, Nathaniel Hall was surrounded by carpenters. His father and uncles helped Nathaniel discover that he could make things with his own hands, and he’s been making functional 3D art ever since. Nathaniel’s desire to learn his craft motivated him to get his Associate of Arts degree from Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, then a Bachelor of Science in Wood and Furniture Design at Buffalo State College. Further pursuing his education and art, Nathaniel is currently enrolled as a graduate student at San Diego State University. Nathaniel’s years of experience, along with his various accolades (“Jurors’ Award” from the Denton Arts Council, “Annual Enrichment Award” from the Art Institute of Chicago and the “Merit and Art Scholarship” to Proctor Institute) have given Nathaniel a healthy sense of confidence that he will finish the competition on top.

Rahil Taj
Los Angeles, CA

STYLE/EXPERTISE: Solid Wood, Sculpting, Aluminum, Metal Casting
EDUCATION: Academy of Art San Francisco: BArch
OCCUPATION: Owner of RAH:DESIGNS
WEBSITE: www.rahiltajdesigns.com
TWITTER: @Tajrahil

In high school, Rahil Taj took an architecture class and discovered a natural aptitude for design. He went on to study at the Academy of Art in San Francisco then the Southern California Institute of Architecture, learning skills that he eventually applied to the functionality of furniture design. Drawing on his architecture education, Rahil started RAH:DESIGNS to revolutionize mainstream furniture and describes his work as “mid-century with an industrial twist.” Rahil takes the raw essence of materials and shapes one-of-a-kind custom furnishings that are beautiful, exciting, and functional. Thanks to a lifetime of playing ice and roller hockey, Rahil has developed a competitive edge that he hopes will serve him well in the competition. If he wins, Rahil wants to use his winnings to open up his own shop and realize his dream of getting his uniquely creative designs out into the world.

Wesley November
Huntington Beach, CA

STYLE/EXPERTISE: Metal, Wood, Plastic, Fiberglass, Glass
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Industrial Design from The Art Institute
OCCUPATION: Owner of The Factory Red
WEBSITE: www.wesleynovember.com

Wesley November is not your typical furniture builder. Wesley is a tattooed, rock-and roll playing author with a diverse resume highlighted by a stint as a Disney Imagineer and owning a hot sauce line named “Zombie Blood.” Before getting into the hot sauce business, Wesley started building at a young age when his dad taught him, “If you want something, build it or earn it.” With that in mind, Wesley spent his 20s running a modern furniture company called Krypton, and was involved with designing the Playboy Bunny Mansion. Despite his early successes, Wesley was homeless at age 30. No stranger to hard work and persevering through adversity, Wesley used his multiple talents to rebound and start his own design and manufacturing company with major, international brand named clients. As an active member of the Huntington Beach community, Wesley works with kids and inspires them to use their hands to create. If he wins, Wesley plans to use his winnings to further develop the Huntington Beach arts scene and expand his own business.

Spike TV To Premiere “Lip Sync Battle” From Jimmy Fallon’s Eight Million Plus Productions, John Krasinski And Stephen Merchant

November 21st, 2014 by faziod

SPIKE TV TO PREMIERE “LIP SYNC BATTLE” FROM JIMMY FALLON’S EIGHT MILLION PLUS PRODUCTIONS, JOHN KRASINSKI AND STEPHEN MERCHANT

“Lip Sync Battle” To Tape in New York City This January And

Will Premiere April 2015

New York, NY, November 21, 2014 – The pop culture phenomenon of lip sync battling will now have its very own television show.  Spike TV is partnering with Jimmy Fallon and his Eight Million Plus Productions, John Krasinski (“The Office,” “Promised Land,” “It’s Complicated”) Stephen Merchant (“Hello Ladies,” “Extras,” “The Ricky Gervais Show”) and Matador (“Banksy Does New York”) to create a new, half-hour original series “Lip Sync Battle.” The announcement was made by Jimmy Fallon last night on “The Tonight Show” during his interview with Stephen Merchant.

“Lip Sync Battling is one of the coolest things happening in pop culture right now and already has a huge fan base thanks to the amazing talent involved,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Vice President, Talent Development and Production, Viacom Entertainment Group. “We’re thrilled to be in business with producers as talented as Jimmy, John and Stephen as Spike broadens its programming in new and exciting ways.”

Each “Lip Sync Battle” episode will feature celebrities going head to head – lip synching the song of their choice – battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet.

Along with serving as executive producers, Fallon, Krasinski, and Merchant will appear and perform on “Lip Sync Battle.”  The series will tape in January in New York City and will premiere Thursday, April 2, 2015.  Show host and list of talent who will be battling to be announced in the coming weeks.

Spike TV’s “Lip Sync Battle” will be executive produced by Jimmy Fallon’s Eight Million Plus Productions, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, Rick Schwartz of Eight Million Plus, Jay Peterson of Matador, and Casey Patterson, Executive Vice President, Talent Development and Production, Viacom Entertainment Group. Emmy®-award winning Beth McCarthy-Miller (“Saturday Night Live,” “30-Rock,” “The Sound of Music Live,” “Modern Family”) will serve as Director.

“Lip Sync Battle” is among the original series such as “Bar Rescue,” “Ink Master” and the event series, “Tut,” that target a broader audience.

About Spike TV:

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

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

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

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Spike TV to Debut First-Ever Competitive Furniture Design Series on January 6 – “Framework” Hosted by COMMON

November 5th, 2014 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV TO DEBUT FIRST-EVER COMPETITIVE

FURNITURE DESIGN SERIES ON JANUARY 6

 “Framework” Hosted By COMMON Features the Country’s Top

Aspiring Furniture Designers Competing for $100,000 

 

New York, NY, November 5, 2014 – Spike TV is building a new original non-scripted franchise with the first-ever furniture design competition series, “Framework,” hosted by renowned hip-hop artist, actor, and author, Common.  Premiering Tuesday, January 6 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT, “Framework” will showcase the nation’s best emerging furniture designers as they compete for a $100,000 cash prize and the opportunity to launch their furniture nationally.

Over the course of ten weeks, 13 of these innovative and inspiring builders will put their artistry and skill to the test in a series of challenges. The competitors will be pushed to the brink of their physical and creative limits with challenges that ask them to reconsider everything they know about designing and building furniture. The builders will use unconventional materials, rethink classic furniture pieces, and incorporate a variety of techniques and disciplines to demonstrate their mastery of furniture creation. In each episode, a contestant will be eliminated by a panel of judges led by host Common. Throughout his career as an artist, Common has been on the cutting edge of trends and brings his keen eye for style and understanding of consumer desire to the competition.  He will be joined by two of the most influential names in the furniture world today; Nolen Niu and Brandon Gore.

Niu, whose award-winning designs have been featured in over 300 publications worldwide and whose varied client list includes Andaz hotels, MGM Resorts International and Esquire Magazine will speak to the contestants’ designs. Gore, internationally acknowledged as an artisan who has revolutionized the use of concrete in furniture, will critique the builders on their ability to execute their designs. Gore’s furniture line, Hard Goods, has been featured in Dwell, Vogue, Wired and many other design publications and won “Best Furniture Design” at Dwell on Design 2012. As judges, Niu and Gore possess a critical eye for creativity and quality – along with constructive yet brutal honesty.  They will also serve to inspire and counsel the builders in an effort to bring out their best work.

No stranger to outstanding work, Common has inspired audiences through music, movies, television, books and his philanthropy. Common is one of hip-hop’s most poetic and respected lyricists having garnered multiple Grammy Awards throughout his career. His tenth studio album Nobody’s Smiling debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip Hop Chart in July 2014. In addition to his award-winning music career – Common’s work in film (“American Gangster,” “Wanted,” “Terminator Salvation,”), television (acclaimed AMC series “Hell On Wheels”), and his multiple written works (The MIRROR and ME, I Like You But I Love ME, and New York Times Best Seller, One Day It’ll All Make Sense) have proven his status as a true entertainment multi-hyphenate. In addition to his music, film, and literary pursuits, Common has been the face, voice and inspiration behind some of the largest consumer brands in the country including SPRITE, Gatorade’s G Series, Diesel’s fragrance for men, “Only the Brave,” and Microsoft’s “Softwear” clothing t-shirt line.

“Framework” is a ten one-hour episode series created by Dwight D. Smith and Michael Agbabian of Mission Control Media (“Hollywood Game Night,” “Face Off”) who serve as Executive Producers.  Andrea Richter (“Ink Master”) and Common also serve as Executive Producers.

Sharon Levy is Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV and Chris Rantamaki is Spike TV’s Senior Vice President, Original Series.  Kevin Bartel, Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV will serve as the Executive in Charge of Production.

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

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

Spike Launches Its First Ever TV Everywhere App on September 30

September 30th, 2014 by faziod

SPIKE LAUNCHES ITS FIRST EVER

TV EVERYWHERE APP ON SEPTEMBER 30

 

Season Premiere of Hit Series “Bar Rescue” Starring Jon Taffer To Debut In The App

 

New York, NY, September 30, 2014Spike TV launches its first ever app on September 30 where viewers can access their favorite Spike content, highlighted by a first look at the season premiere of the hit series, “Bar Rescue.” Fans are able to download the new Spike app for free for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, available only on the App Store.

“The Spike app represents a huge step in our evolution into a network delivering broad-based original hit series to our viewers – anywhere…anytime,” said Kevin Kay, President, Spike TV.

The new app extends Spike’s critically-acclaimed and fan-craved content to a one-stop destination and presents fans with a new way to watch and share the network’s original content.  Along with a first look at the season premiere of “Bar Rescue” (which debuts on Spike TV on October 5), the app features the new episodes from “Ink Master’s” highly-compelling new season. 

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Fans who sign in via their TV service provider will be able to dive into a treasure trove of additional robust content of the network’s first-ever app including the network’s original series totaling nearly 200 episodes including “Ink Master,” “Bar Rescue,” “Auction Hunters,” “Tattoo Nightmares,” “Catch A Contractor,” “Frankenfood,” “Thrift Hunters,” and “Hungry Investors.” The Spike app will showcase the best of Bellator MMA and selected episodes of “COPS,” now a Spike original series.      

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Also available on the Spike app are vintage original series such as “Deadliest Warrior” and “1000 Ways To Die.”

The Spike app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is available for free on the App Store at http://appstore.com/spike

About Spike TV:

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

 

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

 

 

Spike TV Partners with Vince Gerardis to Develop Original Scripted Series “Red Mars”

September 24th, 2014 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV PARTNERS WITH VINCE GERARDIS TO DEVELOP ORIGINAL SCRIPTED SERIES “RED MARS”

Series Based On Kim Stanley Robinson’s International

Best-Selling Mars Trilogy

New York, NY, September 24, 2014 – Spike TV and Vince Gerardis, Co-Executive Producer of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” have partnered to develop an original scripted series to be based on Kim Stanley Robinson’s expansive MARS TRILOGY, his series of novels about the colonization and transformation of Mars.  A recipient of the prestigious Nebula and Hugo awards, Robinson’s novels are widely regarded as the best books written on the subject, and a holy grail for science fiction fans.

The Spike series, “Red Mars,” will focus on the core question at the heart of the novels — what is it to be human when we are no longer of earth?  Are we not then Martians?

NASA has made going to Mars the organizing principal of all their programs.  Several private corporations too are establishing footholds in the race to the red planet, as evident in daily news stories.

“This series shines a light onto many views of what it means to be human – and asks if can we sustain our humanity under incredible duress,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV. “We are thrilled to partner with such an accomplished producer as Vince Gerardis to tell this incredible and thought-provoking story.”

“There are many homes for large canvas television these days.  It inspires me that Sharon has offered her network as home for this and provided a canvas for me to bring the world created in these books to the screen,” said Gerardis.

In addition to “Game of Thrones,” Gerardis’ television resume includes Executive Producer on ABC’s “FlashForward.”

New York Times best-selling author Kim Stanley Robinson has previously served as member of The Mars Society and was noted by Time Magazine as “Hero of the Environment.”  He was an early advocate on key global initiatives including climate change and other environmental issues, is an honorary member of the Association of Mars Explorers.  He will consult on the series.

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

Spike TV will premiere its first scripted event series in seven years, “Tut,” in 2015. The network recently announced script options for “The Crusaders” from Pierce Brosnan’s Irish DreamTime, Mark Sennet Entertainment, Michael Finch and Academy Award®-winning writer David Franzoni; “Deep Web” from Flying Studio Pictures, the production partnership of the world renowned actor and critically-acclaimed, award-winning filmmaking team Gary Oldman and producer Douglas Urbanski along with producer/director/writer Tony Krantz of Flame Ventures; “The Chairman,” based on the Stephen Frey best-seller; and “War at the Shore” based on Richard D. “Skip” Bronson’s book.

About Spike TV:

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

 

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