Tori Socha Promoted to Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV

July 28th, 2016 by SPIKE Press

TORI SOCHA PROMOTED TO VICE PRESIDENT, ORIGINAL SERIES, SPIKE TV

 Los Angeles, CA, July 28, 2016 – Tori Socha has been promoted to Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV, it was announced today by Chachi Senior, Senior Vice President, Original Series, to whom she will continue to report.

In her new position, Socha will continue to oversee both current series and original concepts for the network, with an aim to broaden and expand Spike’s successful non-scripted slate.

“Tori’s immense dedication and innovative spirit has proven to be a tremendous resource for our team,” says Senior.  “We look forward to her creative contributions as the network continues to broaden out.”

Since joining Spike as Senior Director, Socha has been responsible for overseeing both current series and original concepts for the channel.  She currently serves as executive in charge of the network’s hit series “Ink Master,” where she helped grow the franchise by developing the spinoff series “Ink Master: Redemption,” now in its third season.  She is also the executive in charge of development on upcoming series “Caraoke Showdown” and special “Tracks.”  Prior to joining Spike, Socha served as Director of Alternative Programming at Syfy where she developed unscripted series, including “Ghost Mine” and “Heroes of Cosplay” and served as Manager of Development for TLC.  Socha started her career at William Morris Agency, CBS and Discovery Studios.

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

Spike Press Release – Spike Backs “Bar” Business and Star Jon Taffer

July 27th, 2016 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE BACKS “BAR” BUSINESS AND STAR JON TAFFER

NETWORK ORDERS NEW JON TAFFER PILOT, 30 EPISODES FOR  5TH SEASON OF “BAR RESCUE,” AND 10 MORE “BACK TO THE BAR” SPECIALS

 

New York, NY, July 27, 2016 – Spike has greenlit 30 episodes of “Bar Rescue” for the fifth season of the network’s popular original series, in addition to ordering 10 more “Back to the Bar” specials and an untitled, late night talk show pilot from “Bar Rescue” star, renowned bar and nightlife expert Jon Taffer. The series and pilot are produced by 3 Ball Entertainment (“Extreme Weight Loss,” “My Cat From Hell”) and executive produced by Jon Taffer.

The fifth season of “Bar Rescue” will debut on August 7 at 9pm ET/PT, with the additional “Back to the Bar” specials airing throughout the “Bar Rescue” run of original episodes on Sunday nights.

“Bar Rescue” follows Taffer across the country as he utilizes 30 plus years of experience in the restaurant, bar and nightclub business to help give failing establishments one last chance to transform themselves into profitable businesses. The fifth season will take Taffer to bars in Las Vegas, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Seattle, and additional cities across America.

The additional installments of the successful “Back to the Bar” specials will continue to revisit infamous bars from the series’ past. In the newest iteration of these “where are they now” specials, Jon Taffer and a studio audience celebrate the most memorable “Bar Rescue” personalities and relive classic “Bar Rescue” moments. “Back to the Bar” also features new, never before seen footage of Taffer’s experts checking back in at previously rescued bars, and revisits tense confrontations between Taffer and well-remembered owners.

As part of its first-look agreement with Jon Taffer, Spike has ordered a late night talk show pilot also to be produced by 3 Ball Entertainment.

For additional information about “Bar Rescue,” fans can log onto barrescue.spike.com to view full episodes, check out before and after photo galleries of the rescued bars, and watch video previews of new episodes.  Fans can also get updates via Twitter @Spike and/or the @BarRescue handle, and join in on the conversation at the official Bar Rescue Facebook page.

About 3 Ball Entertainment:

3 Ball Entertainment is one of television’s most prolific producers of reality and non-fiction programming, both for broadcast and cable. Fully independent, 3 Ball’s current and recent series include Bar Rescue for Spike; My Cat From Hell for Animal Planet; LA Hair for WE tv; Kitten Bowl and the upcoming Kitten Summer Games for Hallmark Channel; Kingin’ with Tyga for MTV; WWE: Breaking Ground for WWE Network; and Extreme Weight Loss (which also airs as Obese in 130 countries). 3 Ball has additional series in production and development with networks including FOX, CBS, Spike, A&E, CNBC, Food Network, WE tv, MTV, FYI, Z Living and Redbull.

About Spike TV:

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

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Press Contacts:

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

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

Spike Greenlights New Game Show, “Caraoke Showdown,” Hosted by Craig Robinson

July 26th, 2016 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE GREENLIGHTS NEW GAME SHOW,

“CARAOKE SHOWDOWN,” HOSTED BY CRAIG ROBINSON

New York, NY, July 26, 2016 – Spike has greenlit 10 episodes of a new, original, half-hour game show that can best be described as “Cash Cab” meets karaoke in “Caraoke Showdown.” The new series is hosted and executive produced by television and film star Craig Robinson.

Howie Mandel will serve as Executive Producer along with Alice Dickens-Koblin, Peter Herschko, Brian Veskosky and CORE Media Group serving as the production company.

“Caraoke Showdown” will tape in Los Angeles and New York this summer and debut on Spike in 2017.

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

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.”

This is the second game show Spike has greenlit in 2016. “That Awkward Game Show,” hosted by Jeff Dye goes into production this summer and premieres in the fall.

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

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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Press Contacts:

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

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

Let The Battle Begin On Season Eight Of “Ink Master” Premiering Tuesday, August 23 At 10PM ET/PT

July 26th, 2016 by faziod

LET THE BATTLE BEGIN ON SEASON EIGHT OF “INK MASTER”

PREMIERING TUESDAY, AUGUST 23 AT 10 PM ET/PT

New Season Introduces An Unprecedented 30 Contestants Who,

For The First Time In Series History, Vie For A Spot On Either Team Nuñez Or Team Peck

 

New York, NY, July 26, 2016 – Spike TV’s hit original reality-competition series “Ink Master” returns for an eighth season on Tuesday, August 23 at 10 pm ET/PT, introducing a variety of new twists and series firsts. This season, judges – and now, mentors – Oliver Peck and Chris Nuñez will pick their own teams of tattoo artists as the contestants battle it out in permanent ink for a $100,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked and, for the first time in “Ink Master” history, a guest residency in their mentor’s shop.

Season Eight starts with 30 potential contestants who are put through a series of intense tattoo- style challenges, after which, both Nuñez and Peck will select their top nine to compete as part of their teams. Throughout the competition, the artists are not only tested on their technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, as they must conceive and execute original tattoos on “human canvases.” Each episode will focus on a different and distinct style of tattooing, and as always, while the artists’ masterpieces will last a lifetime…so will their mistakes.

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

Additionally, this season, instead of a human canvas jury, the team safe from elimination will form a jury of peers and nominate artists from the opposing team  up for elimination.

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

Meet The Contestant Video

Viewers can find more on each artist including biographies, photo galleries, artwork portfolios and artist introduction videos by visiting inkmaster.spike.com. Throughout the season, fans can watch full episodes and video clips, and are encouraged to join the conversation on social media using #InkMaster. The latest in tattoo culture and series news can be found on the official “Ink Master” Facebook page, on Twitter @spikeinkmasterTumblr and on Instagram @spikeinkmaster.

“Ink Master” completed its 7th season on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 with a LIVE 90-minute finale that delivered 1.9 million viewers. The full season averaged 2.0 million viewers while ranking 2nd among ad-supported cable competition in the time slot (behind FX).  “Ink Master” is 44% male, demonstrating the network’s ongoing plan to deliver gender-balanced original hit series.

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Original Media (Ink Master: RedemptionSwamp People, Dual Survival) with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh and Andrea Richter serving as executive producers. Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.

Sharon Levy is Spike’s executive vice president, original series, Chachi Senior is senior vice president of original programming for Spike and oversees production of “Ink Master” and Tori Socha serves as the network’s executive in charge of production.

 

About Original Media:

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

 

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 TV         212-767-8855              nicole.platt@spiketv.com

Lauren Ruggiero Promoted To Vice President, Scripted Original Series, Spike TV

July 19th, 2016 by leungm

LAUREN RUGGIERO PROMOTED TO VICE PRESIDENT,

SCRIPTED ORIGINAL SERIES, SPIKE TV

 

Los Angeles, CA, July 19, 2016– Lauren Ruggiero has been promoted to Vice President, Scripted Original Series, Spike TV, it was announced today by Ted Gold, Senior Vice President, of Scripted Original Series, to whom she will continue to report.

In her new position, Ruggiero will continue to expand the development slate and co-manage scripted show production, including the highly anticipated upcoming series, “The Mist.”

“Lauren has excellent creative instincts and is a terrific asset to our team,” says Gold.  “She’s been instrumental in developing our ever-growing slate of scripted dramas and will continue to work tirelessly towards Spike’s mission to deliver bold and original series.”

Ruggiero first worked closely with Spike as a co-producer on the hit limited event series, “Tut,” when she was a working for Elice Island Entertainment.  Since joining Spike, Ruggiero has been involved in all scripted projects in various stages of development, including projects from major studio players, independents and several developed in-house.  She started her career in entertainment at the William Morris Agency as an agent trainee in their television literary department.   After a year in the agency trenches, she moved on to become a coordinator of original programming at AMC, where she worked on various hit series, including “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Killing” and “The Walking Dead.”

Spike TV debuted its first scripted event series in eight years, “Tut,” last July to strong ratings and has recently ordered to series “The Mist,” from TWC-Dimension Television (TV) based on the classic Stephen King novella and “Red Mars” based on Kim Stanley Robinson’s award-winning “Mars Trilogy.”

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

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Press Contact:

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

Spike’s “The Mist” Starts Production in Nova Scotia

July 18th, 2016 by faziod

NEW TELEVISION SERIES BASED ON STEPHEN KING’S “THE MIST” ROLLS INTO NOVA SCOTIA

Produced by TWC-Dimension Television and Magic Rock Productions

Premieres on US Cable Network Spike in 2017

Halifax, NS, July 18, 2016 – “The Mist,” a multi-million dollar original television series adapted from the Stephen King novella begins principle photography today in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  American cable network Spike TV has ordered 10 hour-long episodes of the series which will premiere on Spike in 2017.

“The Mist” tells the story of a foreboding mist that arrives in one small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents, putting their humanity to the test.  What will people do to survive when blinded by fear?  The cast includes Morgan Spector, Frances Conroy, Alyssa Sutherland, Gus Birney, Dan Butler, Luke Cosgrove, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Darren Pettie, Russell Posner and Isiah Whitlock, Jr.

“We were intent on finding the perfect location – a place that could double for Maine, where the story is set, and one with an experienced crew base and proven track record that would work to fulfill our other requirements,” says Tom Prince, Executive Vice President of Physical Production/Post of TWC-Dimension Television,  which is producing the series in conjunction with Halifax-based Magic Rock Productions.

“We intend to see this series develop into a signature show for Spike, and after hearing the pitch for Nova Scotia, we felt confident that the look, feel and the overall attitude of the province were right for this project,” says Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike.

The series will be shot mostly in Halifax with some additional shooting in the Windsor area.

Magic Rock Productions, founded by Michael Mahoney in 1998, has a successful history of bringing international productions to Halifax and area, including the limited series“The Lizzie Borden Chronicles” (Lifetime) featuring Christina Ricci, “Bag of Bones” (Sony), starring Pierce Brosnan and “Jumping the Broom” (Columbia TriStar), starring Angela Bassett and Paula Patton.

“We are thrilled to be part of ‘The Mist,’ and excited to bring this project to Nova Scotia, it’s an opportunity to showcase our Nova Scotia film industry on a world stage,” says Mahoney. “We’re pleased to have the support of Nova Scotia Business Inc. and the film and television incentive fund.”

Christian Torpe and Amanda Segel are Executive Producers of “The Mist.”

Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser are Executive Producers for TWC-Dimension Television with Megan Spanjian, Matthew Signer and Keith Levine as Producers.

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

TWC-Dimension Television debuted its first scripted series SCREAM, an adaptation of the hit horror film franchise, which is now in its second season on MTV.

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:

Debra Fazio        Spike                                    ​(212) 767-8649   debra.fazio@spike.com

Pantea Ghaderi   TWC-Dimension TV      ​(424) 204-4715   pantea.ghaderi@weinsteinco.com

 

Spike Launches “Lip Sync Battle” App

July 18th, 2016 by leungm

SPIKE LAUNCHES “LIP SYNC BATTLE” APP

 

New York, NY, July 18, 2016 – Spike is bringing its hit series “Lip Sync Battle” directly to the fans with a new interactive app launching this fall to coincide with premiere of Season 3 of the multiplatform hit series.

Spike’s “Lip Sync Battle” app will allow fans to create lip sync videos to their favorite songs and battle friends in keeping with the hit series format. Aspiring lip syncers are able to choose the song of their choice from all genres and create the coolest lip sync videos by  adding new custom filters and music video special effects. By sharing the video through social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc) fans can accrue ‘likes’ in the app from the Lip Sync Battle community and see how their lip sync ranks on the leaderboard.

“Lip sync battling has become a cultural phenomenon with fans around the world, now seen in over 150 countries globally. We’re thrilled that our passionate fans will now be able to join in all the fun with the definitive app which replicates the unique experience of being on the show,” said ‘Lip Sync Battle’ Casey Patterson and Jay Peterson, Executive Producers, “Lip Sync Battle.” “The ‘Lip Sync Battle’ app is the next evolution for fans to participate in real time. It provides a fully immersive experience where fans can shoot, edit, publish and challenge other fans to “battle” via the app and their social media platforms. We can’t wait to see what the fans come up with!’

Patterson developed the “Lip Sync Battle” app in conjunction with Spike and Nadine Levitt of Wurrly, a music technology engine. Wurrly works with various musical artists and creators to develop new technologies and opportunities in music entertainment for people of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels.

“Wurrly is the perfect partner to create this dynamic and incredibly user-friendly app that delivers all the fun and excitement of “Lip Sync Battle” to the fans,” said Dan Yang, Executive Vice President Strategy & Business Development, Viacom Media Networks. “The development of the “Lip Sync Battle” app is yet another example of us furthering our mission to have our great content live everywhere.”

“It’s hard not to love the world the show has created in ‘Lip Sync Battle’. We are thrilled to be able to share it with fans in an experiential way so that everyone can feel like they are a part of the show!” says Nadine Levitt, founder and CEO of Wurrly. “Wurrly’s focus has always been to connect people through music. Partnering with Viacom and Spike to create the Lip Sync Battle app is a natural extension of that goal – providing new and fun opportunities for people to engage with each other and the world through music.”

The app is the latest example of the global expansion of the “Lip Sync Battle” brand expanding into the digital space and tapping into the viral success and highly engaged fan base of the show.

Lip Sync Battle is Spike’s most highly-rated original series in network history and can now be seen in over 150 countries and territories worldwide.

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

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

About Spike TV:

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

About Wurrly:

Wurrly is a technology company based in Santa Monica, California. Its namesake application is a Karaoke app (available on iOS and Android), that has been dubbed ‘a one-stop shop for covers’ since it allows full customization of a backing track by key, speed and instrumentation. With high quality recording tools and one touch mix filters to enhance recordings, users can easily create and share music videos or audio only performances with friends (or if you are shy, you can keep it private). As a company, Wurrly works with various musical artists and creators to develop new technologies and opportunities in music entertainment for people of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels. For more information, visit www.wurrly.com, www.twitter.com/wurrlywww.facebook.com/wurrly, and www.instagram.com/wurrly.

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Press Contacts:

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

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

Eight More Actors Enter Spike’s “The Mist”

July 13th, 2016 by faziod

SPIKE ANNOUNCES ADDITONAL CASTING FOR “THE MIST”
TWC-Dimension Television Production Set to Begin This Month

Premieres on Spike in 2017

New York, NY, July 13, 2016 –  Further casting has been announced for Spike’s new original scripted series “The Mist,” based on the classic Stephen King novella of the same name.  From TWC-Dimension Television (TV), “The Mist” goes into production later this summer and premieres on Spike in 2017.

“The Mist” tells the story of a foreboding mist that arrives in one small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents, putting their humanity to the test.  What will people do to survive when blinded by fear?  The additional casting includes (in alphabetical order):

Gus Birney as “Alex Cunningham,” the teenage daughter of Kevin and Eve Cunningham.  She’s always been the ‘good daughter,’ but her over-protective mother helps to kick-start a rebellious streak.  Birney is currently appearing in “The Rose Tattoo” at the Williamstown Theater Festival opposite Marisa Tomei.  She is repped by CESD and Suskin Management.

Dan Butler as “Father Romanov,” a priest who is caught in between modernity and tradition, he has lost his faith but clings to the ritual. Dan’s many credits range from “Silence of the Lambs” to “Crazy, Stupid Love,” on film; from “Frasier” to “Prayers for Bobby”  to “From the Earth to the Moon,” on TV, as well as major roles on and off Broadway.  Independent films include “Chronic Town,” “Fixing Frank” and his award winning writing and directing ventures, “Karl Rove, I Love You” and “Pearl.”  Butler is represented by CESD and Station 3.

Luke Cosgrove as “Jay Heisel,” a popular local football superstar and the son of the town sheriff who finds himself accused of a heinous crime.   Cosgrove was born in Nambour, Queensland and raised on the Sunshine Coast, spending much of his time in the ocean surfing. He started acting at the age of 11 and in his late teens, he moved to Brisbane to pursue his passion professionally, where he starred in several short independent Australian productions. This is his first television role.  Cosgrove is represented by Authentic and BMEG in Australia.

Danica Curcic as “Mia Lambert,” a drug-addicted woman on the run and in search of a mysterious stash of money.  Curcic is an award-winning Serbian-Danish actress. After several leading roles in productions at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen, she segued her career into feature films including “on The Edge,” “The Absent One,” “Silent Heart,” “All Inclusive” and “Gold Coast.” Her upcoming films include the WWII drama “Across the Waters” and “Darling,” where she plays a world-renown ballerina.  She will also appear in the Norwegian TV series “Nobel” about the Afgan War.   Curcic is represented by Untitled.

Okezie Morro as “Jonah Dixon,” a military man with amnesia. He can’t remember who he is.  As the truth about his identity unravels, shocking secrets will be revealed. Morro is a graduate of the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).  His first film role was in the George Lucas-produced World War II epic “Red Tails” opposite Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard and David Oyelowo.  He immediately followed up with a supporting role in “World War Z.”  His television credits include MTV’s “Shuga” and BBC’s “New Tricks.” Morrow is represented by United Agents in London and NB Management in LA.

Darren Pettie as “Connor Heisel,” the local alpha male, town sheriff and father to local football superstar Jay.  He struggles to maintain order in an increasingly chaotic and dangerous situation, finding himself up against many who have it out for his accused son.  A veteran of both screen and stage, Pettit recently wrapped production on “Sidney Hall.” His latest film, “The Scarecrow,” premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.  In television, Pettie was last seen on The Good Wife (CBS), and additional recent credits include Rizzoli & Isles (TNT), Scandal (ABC), and Pan Am (ABC).  Pettie is represented by TalentWorks and Sanders.Armstrong.Caserta Management.

Russell Posner as “Adrian Garff,” an insecure young teenager who comes to the defense of his best friend Alex, after she is the victim of a brutal crime.  A witness to the crime, he finds himself at the center of a controversy which threatens to rip apart the community.    Russell Posner broke onto the scene with a starring role in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival darling “The D Train” with Jack Black and James Marsden. Prior to that, Posner had supporting roles in “Louder Than Bombs” with Gabriel Bryne and Jesse Eisenberg and John Turturo’s “Fading Gigolo” with Woody Allen. Posner is represented by Authentic and the Gersh Agency.

Isiah Whitlock, Jr. as “Gus Redman,” a local mall manager.  When a new society forms from the mist survivors at the mall, Gus will have to decide if he will take the role of leader and exactly how far he will go to keep order.  Whitlock recently completed filming Warner Bros “Chips,” directed by Dax Shepard, and the Independent film “Human People.” He also recently appeared in Amazon’s “Chi-Raq” directed by Spike Lee and the remake of Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” being released this August. On television, Whitlock starred as ‘Senator Clay Davis’ on the acclaimed HBO series “The Wire.” He currently recurs on HBO’s Emmy®-winning comedy series “Veep” as ‘Secretary of Defense General George Maddox.’ He will next be seen starring this fall in the FX series “Atlanta” and FOX’s “Son of Zorn.” Whitlock is represented by CornerStone Talent Agency and Liebman Entertainment.

Christian Torpe and Amanda Segel are Executive Producers of “The Mist.”

Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser are Executive Producers for TWC-Dimension Television with Megan Spanjian, Matthew Signer and Keith Levine as Producers.

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

TWC-Dimension Television debuted its first scripted series SCREAM, an adaptation of the hit horror film franchise, which is now in its second season on MTV.

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:

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

Pantea Ghaderi        TWC-Dimension TV      (424) 204-4715   pantea.ghaderi@weinsteinco.com

 

 

 

ALYSSA SUTHERLAND ROLLS IN FOR “THE MIST”

July 12th, 2016 by faziod

ALYSSA SUTHERLAND ROLLS IN FOR SPIKE AND TWC-DIMENSION TELEVISION’S 
“THE MIST”

Scripted Series Based On Classic Stephen King Novella Set to Begin Production In July

10-Episode Series Debuts on Spike in 2017

New York, NY, July 12, 2016 – Alyssa Sutherland has joined the cast of Spike’s new scripted series “The Mist.”  From TWC-Dimension Television (TV) based on the classic Stephen King novella, “The Mist” goes into production this summer and airs in 2017. The announcement was jointly made today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike and Bob Weinstein, Co-Chairman The Weinstein Company.

“The Mist” tells the story of a foreboding mist that arrives in one small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents, putting their humanity to the test.  What will people do to survive when blinded by fear?

Sutherland will play “Eve Cunningham,” Sutherland will play “Eve Cunningham,” a wife and mother who fights to protect her teenage daughter from unknown dangers lurking both inside and outside the mist while facing down her past.

Alyssa Sutherland currently stars on History’s breakout historical drama series, “Vikings,” as Queen Aslaug.  Before joining the cast of “Vikings,” Sutherland appeared in several independent films including  “The Fortune Theory,” “Don’t Look Up,” and “Day On Fire” with Olympia Dukakis, which screened at the Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals.  On the small screen, she has appeared on NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and Fox’s “New Amsterdam.”  A native of Brisbane, Australia, Sutherland began modeling at the age 15 before starting her acting career.  Sutherland is represented by UTA and Untitled.

Sutherland joins Frances Conroy, who was previously announced as playing “Nathalie,” a modern day ecological martyr.

Christian Torpe and Amanda Segel are Executive Producers of “The Mist.”

Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser are Executive Producers for TWC-Dimension Television with Megan Spanjian, Matthew Signer and Keith Levine as Producers.

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

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.

TWC-Dimension Television debuted its first scripted series SCREAM, an adaptation of the hit horror film franchise, which is now in its second season on MTV.

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Press Contacts:

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

Pantea Ghaderi        TWC-Dimension TV            (424) 204-4715   pantea.ghaderi@weinsteinco.com

 

I AM JFK Jr – The New Film About John F. Kennedy Jr. Featuring A Celebrated Cast Premieres Monday, August 1 At 9:00pm ET/PT On Spike TV

July 12th, 2016 by faziod

“AMERICAN ROYALTY”, “HEIR TO CAMELOT” “AMERICA’S SON”, “SEXIEST MAN ALIVE” “EDITOR IN CHIEF”- NOW, FOR THE FIRST TIME, HIS STORY IS TOLD BY THOSE WHO KNEW HIM BEST

I AM JFK JR.

The New Film About John F. Kennedy Jr. Featuring a Celebrated Cast Premieres Monday, August 1 At 9:00pm ET/PT On SPIKE TV 

Comes to Digital HD August 2nd and DVD August 16th

Limited Theatrical Release Begins July 20

New York, NY, July 12, 2016 – He was the adored son of America’s most glamorous president, and now in the anniversary month of his tragic death comes an intimate, revealing and poignant look at his life in and out of the spotlight. Network Entertainment and Spike TV delve into the compelling life of John F. Kennedy Jr. through the distinctive lens of many of the people who knew him best, from A-list celebrities to staffers who worked closely with him at George magazine, in the original documentary film, “I AM JFK Jr.” on Monday, August 1 at 9:00pm ET/PT.

I AM JFK Jr Trailer

“I AM JFK Jr.” is Directed and Produced by award-winning director-producer Derik Murray (“I Am Chris Farley,” “I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen,” “I Am Bruce Lee”) of Network Entertainment.

“I AM JFK Jr. comes to Digital HD on August 2 followed by a DVD release on August 16.  The film will be released on a limited basis in selected theatres beginning July 20 with Virgil Films as the distributor.

The White House was the first home John knew. The son of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy grew up in the public spotlight. When the world witnessed the moment the adorable 3-year-old JFK Jr. saluted his fallen father, the image was seared into the nation’s collective memory.

John F. Kennedy Jr. was considered by many to be “America’s Prince. Despite living under the media microscope for his entire life, JFK Jr. forged his own successful career – from serving as the Assistant District Attorney of New York to launching the glossy political magazine, George.  Featuring exclusive interviews from a wide array of friends and former colleagues, “I AM JFK Jr.” is an engrossing look at the person behind the tabloid fodder featuring untold stories that for the first time, will give viewers a true sense of the real JFK Jr.

JFK Jr. was America’s child, and we thought we knew him. “I AM JFK Jr.” introduces us, through laughter hidden deep in the belly and tears, more touching than sad, to the son we felt we raised and the man we thought we knew.

“I AM JFK Jr.” features interviews with John F. Kennedy Jr.’s friends ranging from the famous, like Robert De Niro and Cindy Crawford, to the controversial, like Mike Tyson and Larry Flynt; from media stars like Christiane Amanpour, Chris Cuomo, Paul Begala and Ann Coulter, to close friends like Grateful Dead songwriter John Perry Barlow, Sasha Chermayeff, Richard Wiese, Chris Oberbeck, Brian Steel, John Hare, New York restaurateur Richie Notar, John’s Chief of Staff RoseMarie Terenzio, and colleagues at John’s pioneering George magazine, Gary Ginsberg and Matt Berman.

Michael Reagan and author Doug Wead talk about the difficulties and strange destinies of presidential children, actor Kristoffer Polaha talks about the man he would one day play on screen, while authors Christopher Andersen and Laurence Leamer offer background on the life of America’s most famous family.

In addition to personal photos from John’s closest friends, the film features vintage footage of young JFK Jr. in the White House, with his family, and rare views of him in the years after his father’s assassination. “I AM JFK Jr.” tells the story of a young man pegged for greatness yet determined to be good — a story that ended way too soon.

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

Along with Murray, “I AM JFK Jr.” is Executive Produced by Paul Gertz (“I Am Chris Farley,” “I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen,” “I Am Bruce Lee”), Kent Wingerak (“I Am Chris Farley,” “I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen,” “I Am Bruce Lee”) and Robert Pirooz (“I Am Chris Farley,” “I Am Evel Knievel,” “I Am Steve McQueen”), RoseMarie Terenzio and Spike’s Kevin Kay, Jon Slusser,  Jaimee Kosanke also serve as Executive Producers. The documentary is the latest in Spike TV’s original “I Am” series. The network debuted “I Am Chris Farley” last year to record ratings and critical acclaim.

About Spike TV:

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

About Network Entertainment – Network Entertainment develops, produces and distributes unscripted series, documentary specials and feature documentaries. Network’s documentaries include the Academy Award shortlisted feature documentary Facing Ali, Spike TV’s highest rating documentaries I Am Bruce Lee with Kobe Bryant, Gina Carano, and Jon “Bones” Jones and I Am Chris Farley with Bob Odenkirk, Dan Aykroyd, David Spade and Tom Arnold (which delivered record ratings for Spike TV, drawing in 1.5 million viewers, establishing it as the most watched documentary in Spike’s history), I Am Steve McQueen, featuring Gary Oldman and Pierce Brosnan, and narrated by Robert Downey Jr., and I Am Evel Knievel featuring Matthew McConaughey, Michelle Rodriguez, and Kid Rock. Network’s recent productions include Johnny Cash – American Rebel, which featured interviews with Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Sheryl Crow, and made its U.S. television premiere on CMT, a two-part documentary special The Cowboy, which premiered on Discovery’s American Heroes Channel, and I Am JFK Jr. which features interviews with Robert De Niro, Cindy Crawford, Mike Tyson and Christiane Amanpour and is set to release Summer 2016.  Currently, the company is also in production on a global seven-part series for National Geographic.

About Virgil FilmsVirgil Films & Entertainment was founded in 2003 by Joe Amide to acquire, market, and distribute TV, DVD, and Digital HD product in the theatrical feature film, documentaries, special interest and sports categories. The company has built partnerships with Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), Sundance Channel Home Entertainment, National Geographic Cinema Ventures, Pure Flax Entertainment, Major League Baseball Productions, Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets and other high-profile entertainment brands since their inception. Releases from Virgil Films include the Oscar-nominated documentary Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me; the award winning documentary Miss Representation; the critically acclaimed, best-selling and transformative Forks Over Knives; and the Oscar-nominated documentary Rest repo. They have also released the compelling I Am Chris Farley, A Briny Tale, Legends of the Knight, and others. Follow them on twitter: @Virgil films | www.VirgilFilmsEnt.com

Press Contacts:

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

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

Stacey Cusack             Virgil Films     (732) 674.2824                     stacey.cusack@sapkarpr.com

Daniela Sarkar             Virgil Films     (646) 644- 4418                   daniela.markoska@sapkarpr.com