SPIKE TV PARTNERS WITH DWAYNE JOHNSON FOR EVENT PROGRAMMING DEVELOPMENT DEAL

March 3rd, 2015 by leungm

 SPIKE TV PARTNERS WITH DWAYNE JOHNSON FOR

EVENT PROGRAMMING DEVELOPMENT DEAL

New York, NY, March 3, 2015 – Spike TV has partnered with world-renowned entertainer, Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia’s $7 Bucks Productions, for a development deal to create and produce compelling and impactful programming for the network.

Johnson and Garcia will executive produce shows ranging from big live events, specials, sports and initiatives surrounding our troops and veterans. The goal is to tap into people’s humanity and touch lives, inspiring the audience while entertaining them.

“We’re thrilled to be in business with Spike as they build a brand with universal appeal,” said Johnson. “Over the next year and beyond we’re going to deliver compelling and powerful programming to entertain, inspire and provide just the right amount of shock and awe to its growing audience base. It’s an exciting partnership, $7 Bucks Productions and Spike are coming to win.”

“Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and $7 Bucks Productions personify Spike’s direction to be BIG and BOLD with original programming that speaks to a broader audience,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer/Executive Vice President Talent Development and Production, Viacom Entertainment Group.

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.

About $7 Bucks Productions:

$7 Bucks Productions, co-founded by global superstar Dwayne Johnson and producing partner Dany Garcia, is a full service production company with a diverse collection of original content for both television and film.  The company boasts an impressive roster of projects for television including HBO’s highly anticipated series Ballers, TNT’s Wake Up Call (2014), and a recent development deal with Spike TV where they will produce shows ranging from live events, specials, and initiatives surrounding our troops and veterans. Film projects currently in development include Universal’s “The Janson Directive” and Relativity’s “Not Without Hope.” In 1997, Johnson started his career in entertainment with just $7 in his pocket and has since become one of the industry’s highest grossing actors. Johnson and Garcia combine creativity and experience to produce high quality entertainment for all audiences and form industry-changing partnerships.

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Press Contacts:

David Schwarz

Spike TV

212-767-8639

david.schwarz@spike.com

 

Stephanie Jones

JONESWORKS

212-839-0111

stephanie@jonesworksinc.com

SPIKE: THE ONES TO WATCH

March 3rd, 2015 by leungm

SPIKE: THE ONES TO WATCH

 

Network Launches New Logo and Tagline; Announces New Programming And Development Deals at Upfront Event

Upfront All Star Line Up Includes Ben Kingsley, Dwayne Johnson, Jillian Michaels, Adam Carolla, Jon Taffer, Dave Navarro, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, LL Cool J & Chrissy Teigen

 

New York, NY, March 3, 2015 – With a series of announcements including a new tagline and logo at an Upfront presentation to advertisers this afternoon in New York City, Spike took a giant step further toward its mission of attracting a broader, gender-balanced audience.

“We have successfully transformed Spike from a hyper-fueled network for young guys into a distinctive entertainment destination that’s inclusive and female friendly,” said Kevin Kay, President, Spike. “We built that foundation with gender-balanced original hits like “Bar Rescue” and “Ink Master, ” Now those hits are paving  the way for the next step in our development with shows like “Tut” and “Lip Sync Battle.” The new Spike has got it all: big talent, engaging shows, and hits that get people talking. We are the ones to watch.”

The tagline “Spike: The Ones To Watch” encompasses the network’s strategic shift to a general entertainment network delivering compelling original entertainment with an edge and a distinctive point of view. It speaks to the network’s bold personalities and a brand pushing the boundaries of the unexpected. With a dynamic multi-platform redesign, Spike’s on-air look will reflect the brand’s evolution.

Among the announcements Spike made today include:

Sweat Inc.

Jillian Michaels, one of the nation’s leading health and wellness experts, is partnering with Spike TV to find the next big fitness craze in the non-scripted original series, “Sweat Inc.” Over the last decade, the fitness industry has exploded with over 30,000 fitness clubs around the country and over 58 million memberships.  Fitness enthusiasts are always on the lookout for next big thing. Whoever creates the next Soul Cycle®, Zumba®, or Crossfit® could be sitting on new billion dollar idea.   In the new Spike reality-competition series “Sweat Inc,” twelve aspiring fitness entrepreneurs compete to prove they’ve developed the next groundbreaking exercise program.  Michaels serves as host and judge for “Sweat Inc,” utilizing her vast knowledge of the fitness industry along with her keen business sense, in deciding which workout program might very well be the next new phenomenon.

Legendary Pictures development deal

Spike TV has partnered with Legendary Pictures to develop an original scripted series, “Emergency Broadcast,” that features a group of government first responders who confront the planet’s most fantastic crises and disasters. Based on an original idea by Thomas Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary, the project reteams Legendary with longtime collaborator Max Brooks, the best-selling and critically-acclaimed author (“World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War,” “Zombie Survival Guide”), who serves as a Consultant on the project.

Dwayne Johnson development deal

Spike TV has partnered with global superstar Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia’s $7 Bucks Productions, for a development deal to create and produce compelling and impactful programming for the network.  Johnson and Garcia will executive produce shows ranging from big live events, specials, sports and initiatives surrounding our troops and veterans.  The goal is to tap into people’s humanity and touch lives, inspiring the audience while entertaining them.

Lip Sync Battle- New episodes/Big Names

Spike TV has green lit an additional eight episodes of the highly-anticipated new, original series, “Lip Sync Battle.” The series is based on the cultural phenomenon of lip sync battling seen by millions on television and online. Featured performers for the new eight episodes include Emily Blunt, Anne Hathaway, Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Queen Latifah, Justin Bieber, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Mike Tyson, and Terry Crews.

 

Spike TV’s Upfront presentation featured a bevy of the network’s talent including the cast of the network’s most ambitious project to date, the event series “Tut” including Ben Kingsley, Avan Jorgia, Sibylla Deen, and Kylie Bunbury; Dwayne Johnson, who announced his development deal; Jillian Michaels, who announced her new non-scripted series, “Sweat Inc;” Jon Taffer from the network’s hit series, “Bar Rescue;” Dave Navarro, the host of the highly-rated “Ink Master;” Adam Carolla, the host of “Catch A Contractor” and LL Cool J, Chrissy Teigen, John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant from the network’s highly-anticipated upcoming series, “Lip Sync Battle.”

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@spike.com

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

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

SPIKE TV ORDERS EIGHT MORE EPISODES OF “LIP SYNC BATTLE”

March 3rd, 2015 by leungm

SPIKE TV ORDERS EIGHT MORE EPISODES OF

“LIP SYNC BATTLE”

 

Emily Blunt, Anne Hathaway, Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Justin Bieber, Queen Latifah, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Mike Tyson, and Terry Crews Among Those Featured

 

New York, NY, March 3, 2015 – “Lip Sync Battle” fans have a reason to rejoice! Spike TV has greenlit eight more episodes of highly-anticipated new, original series, “Lip Sync Battle.” The series is based on the cultural phenomenon of lip sync battling seen by millions on television and online.

“Lip Sync Battle” debuts on Thursday, April 2 at 10:00pm ET/PT and features celebrities going head to head – lip-syncing the song of their choice – battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet.

The featured performers for the new eight episodes include Emily Blunt, Anne Hathaway, Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Justin Bieber, Queen Latifah, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Mike Tyson, and Terry Crews among others to be announced shortly.

Spike TV taped 10 episodes of “Lip Sync Battle” last month in New York showcasing the lip syncing skills of many of the biggest names in entertainment including Jimmy Fallon, Dwayne Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, John Krasinski, Meghan Trainor, Common and more.  The new eight battles will be taped in Los Angeles this month.

“Lip Sync Battle” is hosted by entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY Award-winner LL COOL J with pop culture sensation Chrissy Teigen serving in the role of a color commentator.

“10 wasn’t enough! We’re riding the wave of Lip Sync Mania and the performances are getting bigger and more epic with every show,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer/Executive Vice President Talent Development and Production, Viacom Entertainment Group. “We can’t wait to for the fans to see what all of our superstars have in store for them.”

Spike TV’s “Lip Sync Battle” will be executive produced by Eight Million Plus Productions, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, Casey Patterson, Jay Peterson of Matador and Rick Schwartz of Eight Million Plus.  Emmy®-award nominee Beth McCarthy-Miller (“Saturday Night Live,” “30-Rock,” “The Sound of Music Live,” “Modern Family”) will serve as Director. LL COOL J will also serve as a Producer on the show.

SMIRNOFF® Vodka, SONIC® Drive-In, Modelo Especial, and Dodge are the sponsors for the first 10 episodes of “Lip Sync Battle.”

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: 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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Press Contacts:

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

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

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

 

SPIKE TV PARTNERS WITH LEGENDARY PICTURES TO DEVELOP ORIGINAL SCRIPTED SERIES, “EMERGENCY BROADCAST”

March 3rd, 2015 by leungm

 SPIKE TV PARTNERS WITH LEGENDARY PICTURES TO DEVELOP ORIGINAL SCRIPTED SERIES,

“EMERGENCY BROADCAST”

 

New York, NY, March 3, 2015 – Spike TV has partnered with Legendary Pictures to develop an original scripted series, “Emergency Broadcast,” that features a group of government first responders who confront the planet’s most fantastic crises and disasters. Based on an original idea by Thomas Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary, the project reteams Legendary with longtime collaborator Max Brooks, the best-selling and critically-acclaimed author (“World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War,” “Zombie Survival Guide”), who serves as a consultant on the project.

“Emergency Broadcast” is a format-breaking series about everyday heroes who tirelessly work together to combat national and global catastrophes.  With expertise in the fields of diplomacy and military intelligence – they face daunting hazards, including everything from apocalyptic meteor showers to alien invasions.  Consulting the most preeminent crises leaders in the country, the creators of “Emergency Broadcast” aim to a give a more realistic, never-before-seen take on how America would actually contend with such extraordinary encounters.

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 eight years, “Tut,” this summer. The network recently announced script options for “The Crusaders” from Pierce Brosnan’s Irish DreamTime, 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; “Red Mars” from Vince Gerardis, Co-Executive Producer of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” based on Kim Stanley Robinson’s “Mars Trilogy;” and “War at the Shore” based on Richard D. “Skip” Bronson’s book.

About Legendary Entertainment:

Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television and digital (Legendary Television and Digital Media) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to mainstream audiences with a targeted focus on the powerful fandom demographic. Through complete or joint ownership, Legendary has built a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world’s most popular intellectual property. In aggregate, Legendary Pictures-associated productions have realized grosses of more than $10 billion worldwide at the box office. To learn more visit: www.legendary.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 Contact:

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

JILLIAN MICHAELS TO STAR IN NEW SPIKE TV SERIES “SWEAT INC.”

March 3rd, 2015 by leungm

 JILLIAN MICHAELS TO STAR IN NEW SPIKE TV SERIES “SWEAT INC.”

 

New York, NY, March 3, 2015 – Jillian Michaels, one of the nation’s leading health and wellness experts, is partnering with Spike TV to find the next big fitness phenomenon in the new non-scripted original series, “Sweat Inc.”

Spike TV has ordered 10 one-hour episodes. The series, produced by 3 Ball Entertainment, goes into production this summer and will premiere this Fall.

Over the last decade, the fitness industry has exploded: there are currently more than 30,000 fitness clubs around the country and over 58 million memberships.  Fitness enthusiasts are always on the lookout for the next big thing. Whoever creates the next Soul Cycle®, Zumba®, or Crossfit® could be sitting on a billion dollar idea.  In the new Spike reality-competition series “Sweat Inc.,” 12 aspiring fitness entrepreneurs compete to prove they’ve developed the newest groundbreaking exercise program.

Michaels will serve as host and judge for “Sweat Inc.,” utilizing her vast knowledge of the fitness industry and her keen business sense to decide which undiscovered workout is best suited to be the next new phenomenon.  Two other successful fitness industry experts will join Michaels at the judges’ table.

“Like the gold rush or tech boom, the fitness business has evolved into a high-stakes, billion dollar industry, with a huge fortune awaiting the next amazing idea,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV.  “Jillian Michaels is the perfect host and judge to lend her expertise to determine a victor.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Spike family and ‘reteam’ with 3 Ball to make another hugely entertaining and successful show,” said Michaels. “‘Sweat Inc.’ is a competition elimination show that has elements of today’s most compelling and engaging shows.  It explores the savvy, grit, guts and glory to make it big in business while unleashing and exposing the most cutting edge, innovative, underground workouts to the masses.  Ultimately, ‘Sweat Inc.’s’ appeal is universal because at its core it’s about getting that one shot at making your dreams a reality.  Who can’t relate to that?”

 

The 12 fitness entrepreneurs will have varied backgrounds and come from all around the country. In each episode, the contestants will put their innovative workout regimens to the test. Michaels and the other judges will then decide which entrepreneur is eliminated. After 10 weeks, the victorious fitness program that possesses the highest level of business savvy and innovation will win a major cash prize and a partnership with a national gym chain to develop their fitness brand.

 

“Sweat Inc.” is created and produced by 3 Ball Entertainment (“Extreme Weight Loss,” “Bar Rescue”) with Todd Nelson, JD Roth, DJ Nurre and Brant Pinvidic serving as Executive Producers.  Jillian Michaels and Giancarlo Chersich from Empowered Media will also serve as Executive Producers.  Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, and Hayley Lozitsky, Vice President of Original Series will serve as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.

About Empowered Media:

Empowered Media Empowered Media, LLC operates the Jillian Michaels wellness brand. Co-founded by Jillian Michaels and her business partner, Giancarlo Chersich, the company operates as life architects whose sole mission is to inspire individuals to empower themselves to seek healthier, active lives. The products marketed are part of the total life solution platform created by the Jillian Michaels philosophy. America’s premier health and wellness coach, Michaels is a New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur and popular television personality. Michaels is also a passionate advocate, fighting to invoke important changes in all aspects of health and wellness. Michaels’ newest book, SLIM FOR LIFE: MY INSIDER SECRETS TO SIMPLE, FAST, AND LASTING WEIGHT LOSS is available now wherever books are sold. For more information about Jillian Michaels, please visit jillianmichaels.com.

 

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, the company is run by CEOs Todd A. Nelson and Ross Weintraub, with Brant Pinvidic serving as chief creative officer. 3 Ball’s hit series include Extreme Weight Loss, which premieres its fifth season on ABC this summer (the show also airs as Obese in 130 countries); Bar Rescue, in season four for Spike; My Cat from Hell for Animal Planet; LA Hair for WEtv; Catch a Contractor also for Spike; Kitten Bowl II for Hallmark Channel; and Funniest Wins for TBS. 3 Ball has additional series in production and development with networks including Discovery, Spike, Travel, A+E, FYI, Food, E!, Oxygen and WEtv.

 

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

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

Antonio Tarver and Jimmy Smith Named Color Analysts for “Premier Boxing Champions” Series on Spike TV

February 19th, 2015 by SPIKE Press

ANTONIO TARVER AND JIMMY SMITH NAMED COLOR ANALYSTS FOR “PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS” SERIES ON SPIKE TV

New York, NY, February 19, 2015 – Spike TV has added some serious punch to their “Premier Boxing Champions” series announce-team. Five-time, two-division world champion boxer Antonio Tarver and popular Bellator announcer and former professional MMA fighter, Jimmy Smith, will serve as color analysts for Spike TV’s inaugural season of “Premier Boxing Champions.”

Spike TV’s first “Premier Boxing Champions” event will take place on Friday, March 13 at 9:00pm ET/PT from the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. The event will showcase two marquee match-ups including Andre Berto vs. Josesito Lopez and Shawn Porter vs. Robert Garcia.

Tarver and Smith complete Spike’s “Premier Boxing Champions” announce team which includes Dana Jacobson as host and Scott Hansen as play-by-play announcer.

“We are thrilled to add two dynamic and knowledgeable voices who each possess their own unique perspectives of combat sports,” said Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, Sports and Branded Entertainment. “Antonio delivers a huge personality with a championship pedigree and Jimmy will bring his incredible insight and energy that he has for MMA to boxing.”

Antonio “The Magic Man” Tarver, from Tampa Fla, had one of the sport’s most-decorated amateur careers. In 1995, he became the only fighter to have won the Pan American, U.S. National Championships, and World Championships in the same year. After winning the bronze medal in 1996 Olympics, he turned pro and ascended the ranks of light heavyweight division. In 2003, Tarver defeated Montell Griffin in the biggest win in his career up to that point to claim the IBF and WBC title belts. After a tough 12-round decision loss to Roy Jones Jr, Tarver avenged that bitter defeat with an incredible 2nd round knockout of Jones Jr., shocking and amazing boxing fans worldwide. After splitting two fights with Glen Johnson, Tarver topped Jones Jr. with a 12-round decision victory in the third fight of their memorable trilogy. The 46-year-old Tarver (31-6, 22 KOs) is on a mission to become the oldest heavyweight champion of the world. He is currently world-rated in the heavyweight division at No. 5 by the IBO and No. 9 by the WBA. His last fight (Dec. 11, 2014) resulted in an impressive seventh-round knockout of 29-2-1 Johnathon Banks. He has also served as a color commentator for Showtime Championship Boxing and starred opposite Sylvester Stallone in the feature film “Rocky Balboa” as the character “Mason Dixon.”

Jimmy Smith is currently the color analyst for Bellator MMA on Spike TV. Smith began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in in 2000 while at UCLA and became a professional MMA fighter in 2003. Smith compiled a 5-1 record before retiring in 2006 to focus on a television career. Smith starred in the Discovery Channel show, “Fight Quest,” where he traveled the world learning different fight disciplines. He joined Bellator in 2010 and has served as its lead color analyst ever since, partnering with blow-by-blow announcer, Sean Wheelock.

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:

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

New Spike TV Series Helps Families in Financial Crisis – “Family Takeover”

January 28th, 2015 by SPIKE Press

 NEW SPIKE TV SERIES HELPS FAMILIES IN FINANCIAL CRISIS

“Family Takeover” Showcases Renowned Business Strategist Victor Antonio Who Leads Families Out of Economic Adversity With Expert Advice And Tough Love

New York, NY, January 28, 2015 – Financial troubles can affect any family, from the wealthy to the blue-collar middle class, to the young family just starting out. But so often these monetary issues can be solved with some expert guidance and some tough love. That’s where Victor Antonio, a Fortune 500 business strategist, comes in.

In the new series, “Family Takeover,” Spike TV has partnered with Ugly Brother Studios and Victor to help families pull themselves out from the economic abyss. Victor believes that the family finances should be run like a major corporation and that by streamlining operations, families can avoid financial ruin.

In each episode, Victor will meet a different family who is facing a fiscal calamity. Using his proven methods from years of experience, Victor will work tirelessly to help the family out of their monetary pit. Victor’s guidance and supervision often reveals that money troubles are just a symptom of a family’s deeper issues.

Spike TV has greenlit 10 one-hour episodes of “Family Takeover.” Production begins in Los Angeles this spring and will debut on Spike TV in the fall. The series was created by Ugly Brother Studios, a Sky Vision partner, with Tim Duffy and Mike Duffy serving as Executive Producers.

“Family Takeover is extremely relevant to our growing gender-balanced audience as financial distress can happen to any family,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV.

“This is a compelling and timely issue that touches the entire country,” jointly said by Tim and Mike Duffy. “By teaching these families to run like a business, Victor has found an innovative solution that yields potentially life-changing takeaway for the average viewer.”

“Family Takeover” is the latest Spike original non-scripted series that targets a broad audience joining network hits such as “Bar Rescue,” “Ink Master,” “Catch A Contractor,” and the upcoming “Coaching Bad.” Chris Rantamaki is Spike TV’s Senior Vice President, Original Series, Hayley Lozitsky is Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV and Jeff Savaiano will serve as the Executive in Charge of Production.

About Victor Antonio:

Fortune 500 strategist Victor Antonio rose up from the streets of Chicago to become one of America’s most celebrated Hispanic executives. As CEO of Force, Inc, President of Global Sales and Marketing for the $420M New World Network and Vice President of International Sales for the $3B Fortune 500 company ADC Telecommunications, he developed a reputation as a shrewd executive and a strong family man.

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.

 

About UBS:

Ugly Brother Studios is a full-service TV production and content creation company based in Culver City, Ca.  Ugly Brother’s catalog is distributed by their international co-production partner, Sky Vision.  Founded by veteran TV producers Mike and Tim Duffy in 2013, the company specializes in non-scripted content.    Co-founder Mike previously ran development at Zodiak USA where he created and produced some of their biggest hits including TruTV’s smash Hardcore Pawn.  He also ran Branded Content for Ben Silverman’s Electus where he worked with some of the world’s largest advertisers like Walmart and P&G.  Co-Founder Tim was SVP, Development for Spike TV spearheading hits like Bar Rescue, D.E.A., Deadliest Warrior, Pros Vs. Joes, among others.  Ugly Brother’s most recent series, House of Food, aired on MTV last summer.

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Press Contacts:

 

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

Spike TV Gets Into The Ring With Monthly Premier Boxing Champions Series

January 22nd, 2015 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV GETS INTO THE RING WITH MONTHLY

PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS SERIES

Premier Boxing Champions Series to Launch on SPIKE TV on Friday, March 13 at 9:00pm ET/PT

Andre Berto vs. Josesito Lopez and Shawn Porter vs. Roberto Garcia Co-Headline First Event

New York, NY, Jan. 22, 2015 – For the past decade, Spike TV has been a prime destination for combat sports on cable, most recently with Bellator MMA and GLORY kickboxing. Now, Spike is expanding its combat sports roster and is getting into the ring with a monthly primetime boxing series “Premier Boxing Champions.”  The new series will debut Friday, March 13 at 9:00pm ET/PT. 

Spike TV has entered into a multi-year agreement to present the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series each month for free on Fridays. The network will create compelling monthly shoulder programming for each fight that will help showcase the next generation of boxing stars and energize the sport’s fan base.

The first Premier Boxing Champions series event on Spike will showcase two high-octane matchups, Andre Berto vs. Josesito Lopez and Shawn Porter vs. Roberto Garcia.

“We share the vision of the Premier Boxing Champions series to put the fighters first,” said Kevin Kay, President, Spike TV. “The fighters are the stars, and we will give them a platform to demonstrate why they are among greatest and most exciting athletes in the world.”

Spike’s on-air team will be announced at a later date.  The Executive Producers for PBC on Spike include Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, Sports and Multiplatform Programming, Scott Fishman, and Kay.

Enclosed is more information on the first PBC series event on Spike.  PBC on Spike TV is created for television by Haymon Boxing Management and will feature top-level fights starring the sport’s biggest names.

 

Friday, March 13 at 9:00pm ET/PT

 

Andre Berto vs. Josesito Lopez

Andre Berto of Winter Haven, Fla., is an electrifying welterweight with an outstanding record of 29-3 with 22 knockouts. It doesn’t matter who he is facing, Berto always comes to fight. He has been in several “fight of the year” battles against Victor Ortiz, Robert Guerrero and Luis Collazo.  Josesito Lopez is a battle-tested ring veteran from Riverside, Cal., with a record of 33-6 with 19 knockouts. Lopez blends tenacity with superb boxing skills to give opponents fits in the ring as he did in epic battles against Victor Ortiz, Saul (Canelo) Alvarez and Marcos Maidana. Berto-Lopez shapes up as a no-holds barred ring war.

Shawn Porter vs. Roberto Garcia

Shawn Porter of Akron, Ohio is a perpetual motion machine in the ring, drawing comparisons to the great Aaron Pryor. Heavy-handed with power in both hands, Porter has a record of 24-1-1 with 15 knockouts and that record includes some impressive victories over Devon Alexander and Paulie Malignaggi. Roberto Garcia, a tough veteran from Houston, Texas with a record of 33-3, 22 knockouts, has the kind of ring savvy that comes with experience and superb boxing skills. He has won eight straight matches and will ride that momentum into his fight against Porter, who is coming off the first loss of his professional career. Both Porter and Garcia have something to prove, which always makes for an exciting match.

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.

About Haymon Boxing Management:

Haymon Boxing Management is based in Las Vegas, NV, and manages and advises more than 150 professional fighters.

For more information, please visit:

premierboxingchampions.comfacebook.com/premierboxingchampions or twitter.com/premierboxing

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Press Contacts:  

Spike TV                

David Schwarz

212-767-8639

david.schwarz@spike.com

Haymon Boxing

Michael Donahue

630-441-8080

michael@haymonboxing.com

 

LL COOL J TO HOST SPIKE TV’S “LIP SYNC BATTLE”

January 7th, 2015 by faziod

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LL COOL J TO HOST SPIKE TV’S “LIP SYNC BATTLE”

New York, NY, January 7, 2015 – Entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY Award-winner LL COOL J will host Spike TV’s original series, “Lip Sync Battle,” debuting April 2. Based on the pop culture phenomenon of lip sync battling, the new series will feature celebrities going head to head – lip-syncing the song of their choice – battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet.

“Like the rest of the world, I’m a big fan of these battles, but this show is going to bring it to a whole new level. I’m thrilled to be working with Jimmy Fallon, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, and the entire team to host the show and can’t wait for the fans at home to join in!!” said LL COOL J

“Icon, Grammy Winner and one of the best hosts in the game, LL COOL J will bring a whole new fan base of music lovers to the show. We have the dream team in front of and behind the camera on Lip Sync Battle and we’re ready to BRING IT for our fans” said Casey Patterson Executive Producer/Executive Vice President Talent Development and Production, Viacom Entertainment Group.

Spike TV’s “Lip Sync Battle” will be executive produced by Eight Million Plus Productions, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, Casey Patterson, Jay Peterson of Matador and Rick Schwartz of Eight Million Plus. Emmy®-award nominee Beth McCarthy-Miller (“Saturday Night Live,” “30-Rock,” “The Sound of Music Live,” “Modern Family”) will serve as Director. LL COOL J will also serve as a Producer on the show.

The 10-episode series will tape in January in New York City.

About LL COOL J:
LL COOL J is an entertainment icon who has found great success crossing into multiple mediums. A two-time Grammy® Award winner, recording artist, talented actor, author, NAACP Image Award winner, entrepreneur and philanthropist, LL continues to display his wide range of talents with every project. First introduced to the world in 1984 as a Def Jam Records flagship artist, LL is the first rap artist to amass ten consecutive platinum-plus selling albums. The multi-platinum artist and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee is currently tied for third place for most Billboard chart debuts by a rapper. As an actor, LL COOL J has successfully transitioned to one of the consistently highest rated shows on television. He currently stars in the CBS hit primetime drama series, “NCIS: LOS ANGELES,” and his performance on the show garnered him a NAACP Image Award four years in a row for his role of ‘Special Agent Sam Hanna.’ Continuing his musical expedition three decades after he first released music, LL most recently released his critically-acclaimed album AUTHENTIC, which scored him his 13th Top-10 Album on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Chart.

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: 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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Press Contacts:

David Schwarz Spike TV 212-767-8639 david.schwarz@spike.com
Debra Fazio Spike TV 212-767-8649 debra.fazio@spiketv.com

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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