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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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

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

December 17th, 2014 by faziod

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Contact:

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

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

 

 

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

December 16th, 2014 by faziod

JASON CLAY DUNN NAMED SEASON 5 WINNER OF

“INK MASTER” IN LIVE SEASON FINALE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Spike TV:

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

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Contact:

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

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

SPIKE TV INKS SEASON SIX OF “INK MASTER”

December 16th, 2014 by faziod

SPIKE TV INKS SEASON SIX OF “INK MASTER”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 3rd, 2014 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV ORDERS A THIRD SEASON OF

“CATCH A CONTRACTOR” STARRING ADAM CAROLLA

 

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

Crooked Contractors In Action

 

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

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

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

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

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

About Eyeworks USA

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

About Spike TV:

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

 

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“Framework” Cast Bios

December 3rd, 2014 by SPIKE Press

BK (Brian K.) Ellison
Chicago, IL

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

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

Curtis Rew
Spokane, WA

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

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

Craig Bayens
Louisville, KY

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

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

Erin Brown
Golden, CO (originally Billings, MT)

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

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

Freddy Hill
Akron, OH

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

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

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

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

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

Jason Radcliffe
Rocky River, OH

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

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

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

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

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

Jory Brigham
San Luis Obispo, CA

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

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

Lacey Campbell
Toledo, OH

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

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

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

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

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

Rahil Taj
Los Angeles, CA

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

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

Wesley November
Huntington Beach, CA

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

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