Jeff Dye Bio

September 12th, 2016 by SPIKE Press

Jeff Dye

Host, “That Awkward Game Show”

Jeff Dye is an actor, prankster, nationally touring comedian, and host of Spike’s “That Awkward Game Show,” set to premiere Wednesday, October 12 at 10pm.

Coming off of the success of this summer’s hit comedy adventure series “Better Late Than Never” on NBC, Dye is set to host Spike’s hilarious new gameshow where parents and their adult children compete to win a large cash prize while learning some of the most ridiculously shocking truths about their next of kin.

Ridiculous and shocking could also describe Dye’s experience traveling across Asia helping Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman find the adventure of a lifetime on “Better Late Than Never.” Previously on NBC, Dye also hosted “I Can Do That,” a one-hour comedy variety series that put six of America’s brightest entertainers to the test as they competed to showcase their talents with breathtaking and unique acts — featuring skills they didn’t even know they had.

Raised in Seattle, this class clown started doing comedy at Giggles Comedy Club right out of high school and was first nationally recognized on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” where he finished third in the competition after only three years into his comedy career.

Since then, he has had two of his own shows on MTV (“Money From Strangers,” “Numbnuts”), his own “Comedy Central Presents” special and starred on numerous other TV projects, including “Girl Code” and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

Dye’s passion is bringing love and positivity through laughter to everyone he encounters.

Michael Phelps Goes For The Gold On “Lip Sync Battle: All Stars Live”

September 9th, 2016 by faziod

MICHAEL PHELPS GOES FOR THE GOLD…

ON “LIP SYNC BATTLE: ALL STARS LIVE” 

Special LIVE Event Airs

Sunday, September 11 at 8:00pm ET/ 5:00pm PT on Spike

New York, NY, September 9, 2016 – Michael Phelps, the winner of 23 gold medals and one of the greatest athletes of our generation, now has his sights set on Lip Sync Battle gold. Phelps will take on “Lip Sync Battle” All Stars John Legend, Olivia Munn, Terry Crews in the biggest, boldest and first ever LIVE edition of the EMMY®-nominated hit franchise in “Lip Sync Battle: All Stars LIVE,” premiering Sunday, September 11 at 8:00pm ET/ 5:00pm PT.

“Lip Sync Battle: All Stars LIVE” will be a one-hour special showcasing some of the show’s most popular and memorable past performers along with other A-list celebrities and special surprise guests.  For the first time ever, the viewers at home will be able to vote for their favorite All-Star in real time at lipsyncbattle.com, and decide who will be crowned Lip Sync Battle champion.

“Lip Sync Battle is a show where anything can happen, so going live is both exhilarating and terrifying,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer.  “Our all-star performers are in full battle mode and their energy is through the roof knowing they will be going up against the ultimate all-star and winner of 23 gold medals, Michael Phelps.”  “Our fans know how much Michael loves music and that it’s a part of his own battle prep, so our performers are prepared to bring their ‘A game’ Sunday night.”

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

The highly-anticipated season 3 of “Lip Sync Battle” premieres on Wednesday, October 12 at 9:00pm ET/PT (new day and timeslot). Details on the new season will be announced shortly.

“Lip Sync Battle” is the highest-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.

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@mtvstaff.com

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

 

 

Spike TV’s “Lip Sync Battle” Coming To Carnival Cruise Line

August 30th, 2016 by faziod

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SPIKE TV’S “LIP SYNC BATTLE” COMING TO CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE

 Sea-Going Version of Hit TV Show Scheduled To Launch on

Carnival Vista This December

            MIAMI (Aug. 30, 2016) – Fans of Spike TV’s award-winning hit show “Lip Sync Battle” will soon be able to channel their inner rock star at sea as the pop culture phenomenon has been added to the diverse entertainment lineup aboard Carnival Cruise Line.

An exclusive partnership between Spike TV and Carnival Cruise Line, Lip Sync Battle Carnival is an authentic recreation of the popular show where contestants can live out their music-star fantasies, facing off in a head-to-head competition to create the most unforgettable lip sync performances to iconic and popular songs.  The experience is enhanced by elaborate props and costumes, high-tech lighting and sound effects, and talented back-up dancers from Carnival’s popular Playlist Productions shows, along with an authentic backdrop featuring the “Lip Sync Battle” signature marquee and DJ booth.

Lip Sync Battle Carnival

            “We’re delighted to offer this exciting new entertainment activity to our guests,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Lip Sync Battle Carnival takes the brand’s participatory fun to the next level, providing our guests with a chance to showcase their talents and demonstrate their creativity with their fellow guests cheering them on.”

“Lip Sync Battle has proven to be a huge worldwide hit with families and we are thrilled to bring our unique and distinctive format to the world’s most popular cruise line,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer, Lip Sync Battle.  “It’s the perfect extension of our global brand, as now with Lip Sync Battle Carnival, our fans can join the party and show off their lip sync battling skills.”

“Lip Sync Battle has a footprint in over 150 countries worldwide – so now it’s time to hit the oceans as well,” remarked Dan Yang, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Products, Viacom Media Networks. “Our multiplatform hit is an international phenomenon and yet another example how Viacom is able to extend its brands to legions of fans off of linear television.”

The contestants will be chosen at the beginning of their cruise following rounds of competitions on the Lido Deck to see who has what it takes to be a star. Two finalists will be selected based on their enthusiasm, originality and creativity and they will each have an opportunity to fine tune their performance working with Carnival’s on-board entertainment experts to map out choreography, and select their sets, props and accessories.

Then, it’s showtime!  Following a custom video by “Lip Sync Battle” hosts and a rousing introduction from the ship’s cruise director, finalists are asked to showcase their lip sync skills, selecting from a list of more than 200 songs – from pop to rock and just about everything in between.  The second round takes lip syncing to a whole new level with a full-scale production – costumes, sets and lighting — during which the finalists recreate a scenes from an iconic music video offering their own unique interpretation of the popular song which can be chosen from a variety of music genres.  After the performance, the winner will be selected by an audience vote and receive a special prize unique to the reality show.

            Lip Sync Battle Carnival will debut on the new Carnival Vista in December with rollout on select ships in 2017.  Lip Sync Battle Carnival further expands on the already wide range of entertainment options onboard which includes Carnival Live, Playlist Productions, The Punchliner Comedy Club and Hasbro, The Game Show.  To check out a welcome video by “Lip Sync Battle” hosts and more information on the program, visit https://www.carnival.com/lip-sync-battle.

For additional information and reservations for Carnival Cruise Line, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.  Carnival can also be found on:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/carnivalcruise

Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/carnival

YouTube: www.youtube.com/carnival

Instagram: www.instagram.com/carnival

Journalists also can visit Carnival’s media site, www.carnival-news.com or follow the line’s PR department on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CarnivalPR.

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About Carnival Cruise Line:

Carnival, a unit of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is “The World’s Most Popular Cruise Line®” with 25 ships operating three- to 16-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.  The company newest ship, the 133,500-ton Carnival Horizon, is set to debut in 2018.

About Lip Sync Battle:

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 global superstar for Spike and is the most-watched original series in network history. The EMMY-nominated “Lip Sync Battle” is executive produced by Casey Patterson, Jay Peterson of Matador Content, John KrasinskiStephen Merchant, and Eight Million Plus Productions.

About Spike TV:

Spike TV is available in 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 Viacom Music & Entertainment Group Consumer Products:

The Viacom M&E Consumer Products manages games, home entertainment, audio, live events, and licensing for a diverse slate of television brands and series from Comedy Central, Spike, MTV, VH1, and Logo. This includes programming merchandise for South Park Digital Studios, Lip Sync Battle, Love & Hip Hop, and Bellator MMA.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

For Carnival Cruise Line

Vance Gulliksen/Robyn Fink

305-406-5464

media@carnival.com

For Spike TV

David Schwarz

212-767-8639

David.schwarz@spike.com

Spike’s “Lip Sync Battle” Goes Live For The First Time Ever

August 24th, 2016 by faziod

SPIKE’S “LIP SYNC BATTLE” GOES LIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER

“LIP SYNC BATTLE: ALL STARS LIVE”  SPECIAL TO FEATURE A STAR-STUDDED CAST OF LIP SYNC BATTLE ALUMS INCLUDING JOHN LEGEND, OLIVIA MUNN, TERRY CREWS AND MORE

LIVE Telecast Sunday, September 11 at 8:00pm

Season 3 Debuts Wednesday, October 12 at 9:00pm ET/PT

New York, NY, August 24, 2016 – Spike’s EMMY®-nominated “Lip Sync Battle” is going LIVE for the first time ever on Sunday, September 11 at 8:00pm with a must-see show featuring big-name celebrity Lip Sync Battle alums including John Legend, Olivia Munn, Terry Crews and more. “Lip Sync Battle: All-Stars LIVE” will be a one-hour special showcasing some of the show’s most   Popular and memorable past performers who will return for another chance at glory and the coveted Lip Sync Battle championship belt.  The winners will be decided by fans voting at home.

“Our show is always wild, but for this show, the returning champs already know how to play and win and are focused on giving an over-the-top performance,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer. “Being LIVE for first time ever means anything can happen and we are so excited that our fans at home will be voting LIVE for the winner.”

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

The highly-anticipated season 3 of “Lip Sync Battle” premieres on Wednesday, October 12 at 9:00pm ET/PT (new day and timeslot). Details on the new season will be announced shortly.

“Lip Sync Battle” is the highest-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.

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@mtvstaff.com

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

Ink Master Season 8 Contestant Biographies

August 24th, 2016 by faziod

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Season 8: Contestant Biographies

(in alphabetical order)

 ”Ink Master” Season 8 Premieres on Spike TV Starting Tuesday, August 23 at 10 PM, ET/PT

Anwon “Boneface” Johnson

Pensacola, FL

Owner/ Artist Boneface Ink Tattoos

Twitter: @bonefaceink

17 Years’ Experience

As one of ten kids being raised by a single mom in the projects, Anwon “Boneface” Johnson feels ready for whatever the competition throws at him.  He says his plan is to strategically and artistically plot his way to the top, and he doesn’t care if he makes friends or enemies along the way.  After tattooing for 17 years, Johnson feels he’ll finally get the recognition he deserves and win the title of Ink Master.

 

Carolyn Elaine

Chicago, IL

Artist, MayDay! Tattoo

Twitter: @MsCarolynElaine

6 Years’ Experience

Carolyn Elaine doesn’t want her petite size to fool you, get in her way and she says she will put you in your place. She describes herself as a sarcastic quick-witted tomboy that prides herself on her ability to embrace all tattoo styles to take down the other competitors. Her favorite style is color realism because she likes to make her work look like its moving. Carolyn’s two children are her driving force in life and even in competition. She feels motherhood has pushed her to be a strong independent woman so she can show her kids how to “not be a dumb punk trying to weasel their way through life.” She is confident she has what it takes to be the first female Ink Master.

 

Dave Robinowitz

Boynton Beach, FL

Artist, A Stroke of Genius

Twitter: @david_robinowitz

11 Years’ Experience

While David Robinowitz sometimes describes himself as wild and brash, beneath that life-of-the-party demeanor is a self-described serious artist who is quite competitive. Robinowitz feels the combination of his BFA in Fine Arts plus his years of experience as a walk in tattoo artist gives him the ability to adapt to any situation and will help him dominate the competition. He wants to prove to the Jewish community and the community at large that tattooing is a legitimate art.

 

Eric Gonzalez

Lynwood, CA

Co-Owner/ Artist, Deer’s Eye Studio

Twitter: @Nspired1art

18 Years’ Experience

 

Eric Gonzalez describes himself as a decisive businessman. At age 37, he is the co-owner of his own shop, Deer’s Eye Studio and has even gotten recognition for his work from Lady Gaga. He grew up in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles and feels that if it weren’t for art & music, he would have joined a gang and eventually ended up in jail. Gonzalez admits he has little patience for people’s drama and won’t let himself be distracted by head games during the competition. He is confident in his talent & skills and knows that he has what it takes to be Ink Master.

 

Geary Morrill

Richmond, VA

Artist, Unkindness Art

Twitter: @gearytattoo

17 Years’ Experience

 

Geary Morrill describes his life as a real life cartoon.  Self-described as competitive and confident, he feels he broke away from traditional and invented his own style of tattooing that he calls “psycho-traditional.” Geary believes his explosive pop art with clean lines and bright colors bring something unique to the competition and feels it is important to push positivity in designs into the industry.   After being diagnosed with Lyme disease, Geary feels there’s no more tip toe-ing around what he wants in life.

 

Gia Rose

Philadelphia, PA

Owner/Artist, Ceremony Tattoo Society

Twitter: @giarose

13 Years’ Experience

 

As a girl who left home at 16, lived on freight trains, and survived cancer, Gia Rose says she isn’t intimidated by anything.  Gia feels she knows who she is both as a person and an artist, and doesn’t let any negativity affect her career. Gia prides herself on her neo-traditional work, which has an emphasis on wildlife and women. Gia says she is bringing her eye for detail, color combinations, and composition to the competition. She’s feels like this is truly her year to become an Ink Master winner.

 

Gian Karle Cruz

Puerto Rico & Boston, MA

Traveling Tattoo Artist

Twitter: @giankarle

7 Years’ Experience

 

While Gian Karle Cruz is often associated with chill island vibes, he says he is super competitive and likes to win. Even though he has only been in the industry for a few years and knows he has a lot to learn, he believes that he’s just as good as other artists who have been in the industry for longer than him. When it comes to styles of tattoos, Gian says he can do a little bit of everything. This “Island Guy” is ready to compete and become the first Puerto Rican Ink Master!

 

John Collins

Atlanta, GA

Artist, Cap Szumskis Timeless Tattoo

Twitter: @john_collins84

14 Years’ Experience

 

John Collins describes himself as a straightforward tattooer who doesn’t shy away when it comes to saying what he thinks, and is not afraid to offend. . He prides himself in being a salesman with the ability to make his clients feel comfortable with his creative visions.  He prides himself as an expert in Traditional American and Japanese but also thinks he has mastered the craft of taking traditional tattoo rules and applying them into not-so-traditional designs.

 

Kelly Doty

Salem, MA

Owner/Artist, Helheim Gallery

Twitter: @kellydotytattoo

8 Years’ Experience

 

Kelly Doty describes her spooky, illustrative, cartoonish style work as “grim but cute” and herself as endearingly awkward yet confident. She is sick of women in the industry being partially judged on their gender. She believes that her OCD becomes a strength when tattooing, making her incredibly organized and detailed. Throw her in the mix and she’s hoping to come in to the competition strong and become the first female Ink Master title.

 

Kevin Laroy

Dallas, TX

Artist, Perception Fine Body Art

Twitter: @kevinthelaroy

10 Years’ Experience

 

With his “keep it real attitude,” Kevin Laroy attended art school but got a degree in fashion design. Although he admits to being having a strong personality, he knows there is a fine line between constructive criticism and being disrespectful. Kevin mostly tattoos portraits but is also skilled in bright colors and bold lines to make his photorealism stand out. This artist has big dreams to open a shop and build a clothing, accessories and lifestyle empire, but first he’s ready to conquer the competition.

 

Matt Murray

Beverly, MA

Co-Owner, The Black Veil

Twitter: @blackveiltattoo

4 Years’ Experience

 

Matt Murray does just about everything with his identical twin brother Ryan – they co-own a tattoo shop, share an apartment, car and have identical twin cats. But Matt is approaching the Ink Master competition solo. Matt focuses on creating black and grey portraits and prides himself in bringing precise lines to each tattoo. While Matt only has 3 years of experience, he believes he’s ready for any challenge the competition will bring his way.

 

 

Mike McAskill

Riverside, CA

Artist, Elizabeth St. Tattoo

Twitter: @mikestat2

8 Years’ Experience

 

Mike takes pride in every tattoo he designs. After getting a tattoo kit at 17, Mike worked hard on his skills, first completing a proper apprenticeship, until he started tattooing at a popular shop in Riverside, California. His believes his lines and shading are strong and is confident that he always gives 100%. Last year, Mike suffered a back injury and couldn’t tattoo for six months. Now he’s feeling ready to get back to work and compete on Ink Master and win $100K for his family.

 

Nate Beavers

Houston, TX

Owner, Figurehead Tattoo

Twitter: @natebeavers13

23 Years’ Experience

 

After 21 years of tattooing, Nate feels he has more talent than anyone else out there and recently released DVD tutorials to teach younger artists proper techniques. Over the years, Nate has not only continued to grow as an artist, but also as a person – he lost 100lbs and defeated arachnophobia. Nate is ready to show his talent to the rest of the world on this season of Inkmaster

 

Nikki Simpson

Los Angeles, CA

Artist, Generation 8

Twitter: @Nsimpsontattoos

5 Years’ Experience

 

Nikki may only be 24, but she feels she is already making a name for herself in the tattoo industry. She describes herself as confident, feisty and passionate and feels nothing can get in the way of her success.. Nikki is known for illustrative realism and prides herself on the texture, depth and dimension of her work. Nikki is ready to show what true female tattooers are all about – strong and tough competitors who are capable of doing the best no matter what.

 

 

Ryan Ashley Malarkey

Kingston, PA

Owner/ Artist, The Strange & Unusual Oddities Parlor

Twitter: @ryanashleym

4 Years’ Experience

 

Ryan Ashley has described herself as a modern woman whose success is due to hard work and sheer determination.  She feels her previous fashion career has helped influence her work which includes attention to intricate detail and tiny embellishments in her romantic black and grey style.  Along with tattooing, Ryan Ashley owns two oddities stores in Pennsylvania.  She may not have the decades of experience as some of her competitors, but feels she’s proved herself as a well-rounded competitor.  Ryan says she is out to prove that you can be both sultry and talented and is hoping to become the first female Ink Master.

 

 

 

 

Sirvone Smith

Fredericksburg, VA

Artist, Sorry Mom Tattoo

Twitter: @sirvonetattoos

6 Years’ Experience

Sirvone Smith says he attacks all areas of his life with passion and fire. He describes himself as a charmer and a confident tattooer that stands by his work.  Having tattooed for 6 years, Sirvone’s knowledge base comes from traditional tattooing, but loves to do realistic pieces. He is a chameleon to any environment he is in, and is ready to tackle anything that the competition throws at him! He plans to bring the heat to Ink Master, and is confident he will never lose focus during the competition.

 

Sketchy Lawyer

Senoia, GA

Owner/Artist, Cornerstone Tattoo Gallery

Twitter: @sketchylawyer

9 Years’ Experience

 

Sketchy Lawyer describes himself as the type of guy who always tells it exactly how it is. Sketchy puts a twist on everything he does and doesn’t take anyone’s direction when it comes to tattooing. A high school dropout at 14, he took his passion for drawing and set his goal on becoming an entrepreneur. Lawyer spends his days giving his clients his “neo-school” style tattoos, which is his own spin on “neo-traditional” and “new school.”

His strategy on Ink Master is to show America what a real tattoo artist looks like and he plans to treat everyone with the respect they give him.

 

 

Tito “Tuff Tito” Velez

Belleair, FL

Owner/Artist, Euphoria Ink

Twitter: @tuff_tito

22 Years’ Experience

 

Tito Velez prides himself on his leadership qualities and perfectionism. He was born and raised in Puerto Rico and in1998 decided to move to New York to expand and perfect his tattooing craft. With two shops of his own (one in New Jersey and one in Florida), Tito says he enjoys leading and teaching techniques to his employees.   . Although there were struggles along the way, Tito believes the hardships made him sharp and strong, and now he’s more than ready to show his style and skills to the world.

Spike Press Release – Christina Aguilera Takes Over Spike on September 1

August 17th, 2016 by SPIKE Press

 

CHRISTINA AGUILERA TAKES OVER SPIKE ON SEPTEMBER 1 

Superstar Entertainer, Musical Icon and Series Executive Producer Debuts

New Music-Based Game Show “Tracks,”

Following Her Appearance on “Lip Sync Battle: TMI”

Shad Moss, a.k.a. Bow Wow Set to Host “Tracks”

 

New York, NY, August 17, 2016 – Musical icon and superstar entertainer Christina Aguilera (“The Voice”) takes over Spike on September 1st with the debut of “Tracks,” a new music-based game show hosted by rapper, actor and television host Shad Moss a.k.a. Bow Wow.  The two half-hour specials of “Tracks” premiere back-to-back on Thursday, September 1 starting at 10:30 PM, ET/PT following Spike’s popular “Lip Sync Battle: TMI” featuring Aguilera’s appearance during the epic Hayden Panettiere vs. Eva Longoria “Lip Sync Battle.”

Produced by Mission Control Media and MX Productions in association with Lionsgate, “Tracks” is an innovative musical game show where teams of two must guess the name of a song title, with only the song’s individual tracks (e.g. guitar, bass, drums, etc.) as a clue.  The show will also feature surprise celebrity musical guests performances.  One episode features Tommy Lee performing the drum track during game play.  Special performances by Aguilera will be featured in both episodes.

Bow Wow brings his nearly 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry (Film, TV, and Music) to his hosting duties on “Tracks,” having most recently starred as Brody Nelson in the hit CBS show “CSI: Cyber.”  Prior to that Moss co-hosted the iconic hip hop and R&B music video show “106 & Park” on BET. Originally discovered by hip-hop star Snoop Dogg, Moss’s solo debut release “Beware of Dog” set off a string of platinum and gold albums that led to six No. 1 singles for the young entertainer. Moss has released five albums and has sold more than 10 million albums to date.  His new album, “Underrated,” is due out later this year. No stranger to film and television, Moss made his lead role feature film debut in “Like Mike” and has since added “Lottery Ticket,” “Johnson Family Vacation,” “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” and “Hurricane Season” to his list of film credits. Additionally, Moss starred as Charlie in “Entourage” for three seasons  and held guest-starring roles in “Moesha,” “The Steve Harvey Show,” “Brothers Garcia,” “Smallville” and “Ugly Betty.”

Aguilera serves as executive producer along with MX Productions founder Matthew Rutler (“Chef Without Borders,” “MasterClass”), Michael Agbabian and Dwight D. Smith (“Hollywood Game Night,” “Face Off”) and Jeff Boggs (“Can You Duet?,” “Nashville Star”).   “Tracks” is produced by Mission Control Media and MX Productions in association with Lionsgate. Neal Tabachnick and Michael Aubry are co-executive producers, and developed the series with Mission Control Media.

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chachi Senior is Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and Tori Socha is Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and will oversee “Tracks.”  Jennifer O’Connell, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Lionsgate Television and Brian Tannenbaum, Vice President, Lionsgate Television will oversee on behalf of the studio.

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 Lionsgate

Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, international distribution and sales, branded channel platforms, interactive ventures and games, and location-based entertainment.  The Company has nearly 80 television shows on 40 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses.  These include the ground-breaking hit series Orange is the New Black, the beloved drama series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show, the breakout series The Royals and the Golden Globe-nominated dramedy Casual.

The Company’s feature film business spans eight labels and includes the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the Now You See Me, Divergent and John Wick series, SicarioThe Age of Adaline, Roadside Attractions’ Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Codeblack Films’ Addicted and breakout concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates.  Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as a foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com

About Mission Control Media

Named by RealScreen in 2015 as one of the top non-scripted production companies in the world, Mission Control Media, Inc. was formed by veteran television producers Michael Agbabian and Dwight D. Smith in 2008 with an eye on producing premium content.  The duo has amassed an impressive array of credits spanning network, cable and syndication outlets while successfully tackling virtually every form of alternative programming including competition-elimination, docuseries, music, live, variety, hidden camera, talk shows and game shows. Mission Control’s critically-acclaimed series distinguish themselves with a unique vision that includes a strong sense of character, story and style.  Signature projects for the company include the multiple Emmy Award-winning NBC game show “Hollywood Game Night” featuring Jane Lynch, as well as “Face Off,” the Critics Choice Award-winning competition about special effects make-up, currently in its 10th season on Syfy.

About MX

MX is a Los Angeles based production and investment company founded in 2015 by Grammy-Award winning artist Christina Aguilera and her fiancée, producer, businessman Matthew Rutler. Currently, MX has a first look television deal with Lionsgate. Together, they are producing “Tracks” for Spike TV as well as a digital series entitled “Chef Without Borders.”

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Press Contacts:

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

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

 

David Gardner           The Lippin Group for LIONSGATE

323-965-1990              dgardner@lippingroup.com

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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 Press Contact:

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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Interviews available upon request.

Contact:

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