Spike Launches Its First Ever TV Everywhere App on September 30

September 30th, 2014 by faziod

SPIKE LAUNCHES ITS FIRST EVER

TV EVERYWHERE APP ON SEPTEMBER 30

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Spike TV:

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

 

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Press Contacts:  

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

 

 

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

September 24th, 2014 by SPIKE Press

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

Series Based On Kim Stanley Robinson’s International

Best-Selling Mars Trilogy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Spike TV:

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

 

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Press Contact:

 

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

 

 

Spike TV Travels The Infamous Silk Road To Develop New Drama, “Deep Web,” From Tony Krantz And Gary Oldman’s Flying Studio Pictures

September 16th, 2014 by faziod

SPIKE TV TRAVELS THE INFAMOUS SILK ROAD TO DEVELOP NEW DRAMA, “DEEP WEB,” FROM TONY KRANTZ AND GARY OLDMAN’S FLYING STUDIO PICTURES 

Series Inspired By TIME Magazine Cover Story On The Notorious Illegal
Online Marketplace To Be Written By Scott Gold 

New York, NY, September 16, 2014 – Spike TV is partnering with prominent producer/director/writer Tony Krantz (“Mulholland Drive,” “Felicity,” “Sports Night” and “24”) of Flame Ventures, and Flying Studio Pictures, the production partnership of the world renowned actor and critically-acclaimed, award winning filmmaking team Gary Oldman, and producer Douglas Urbanski, to develop an original series, “Deep Web.” Scott Gold (“Under The Dome”) will serve as Executive Producer and Writer.

This Spike original series, inspired by a recent TIME Magazine cover story on the Silk Road online marketplace, is the incredible saga of an ambitious computer aficionado in Silicon Valley who, with the help of his friends, evolves into an internet underworld crime boss fueled by a web portal where one can buy anything ­ from a kidney to cocaine to a rocket-launcher.

Known for their motion pictures, this will mark a first time entry for Oldman/Urbanski as Executive Producers of a television series. “This is part of a long term strategy of spreading our creative wings into other platforms,” said Urbanski.

“The opportunity to work on a first class project with Tony, and the dedication Spike has brought to the entire enterprise is exactly what Doug and I have been seeking, and frankly, one we could not pass up,” said Oldman from London where he is currently filming.

“In this supremely competitive environment, we are thrilled to be the network to partner with Tony Krantz and filmmakers like Gary and Doug to bring this story to our ever-growing audience,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV. “This project speaks to the network’s search for wholly distinctive and relevant ideas, ripped from today’s headlines, that reflects our brand’s evolvement.”

“Deep Web” will be Executive Produced by Krantz, Oldman and Urbanski. Drew Comins, who originally sourced the TIME magazine article and EVP of Flame Ventures, will serve as Co-Executive Producer.

“Deep Web” is the story of a different American dream – one driven by the national economic crisis and a culture where anything goes in order to get rich and famous overnight. From the slums of Oakland to the start-up mecca of high-flying Silicon Valley, “Deep Web” is an entirely new crime series following an upstart tech genius who masterminds an online superhighway of illegal goods and services.  As his empire grows beyond borders and government regulation, he becomes the one of the most wanted men on Earth.

Flying Studios Pictures is the production company partnership of long-term partners Gary Oldman and Douglas Urbanski. As one of the generations most acclaimed and well-known actors, the Academy Award® nominated, and BAFTA® winning actor has had a career in some of the most successful films of all time, playing some of the most iconic characters in the history of cinema. As a force of cinema nature, his career in films is like no other, the staggering film resume includes “JFK,” “Dracula,” “True Romance,” “Sid and Nancy,” “The Professional,” “Immortal Beloved,” “The Fifth Element,” “Air Force One,” “The Contender,” the recent smash “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” and also the record breaking Chris Nolan “Batman” series, one of the highest grossing franchises in cinematic history. Also as Sirius Black, in the “Harry Potter” films, one of the OTHER record breaking franchises in film history. Oldman received numerous awards and nominations, including an Academy Award nomination for his acclaimed performance as master spy George Smiley in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” In addition he has been an acclaimed film maker his film “Nil By Mouth” won Oldman the British Academy Awards for Best Screenplay and also Best British Film, in addition to prizes at Cannes and Edinburgh.

Doug Urbanski, in addition to his many Tony Award® nominated Broadway productions, is known as the nearly three decade long manager and business partner of Oldman; films he has produced include “Nil By Mouth” (British Academy Award Winner Best British Film), “The Contender” (3 Academy Award Nominations), and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (British Academy Award Winner Best British Film).

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

Spike TV will premiere its first scripted event series in seven years, “Tut,” in 2015. The network recently announced script options for “The Crusaders” from Pierce Brosnan’s Irish DreamTime, Mark Sennet Entertainment, Michael Finch and Academy Award®-winning writer David Franzoni; “The Chairman,” based on the Stephen Frey best-seller; and “War at the Shore” based on Richard D. Skip Bronson’s book.

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

 

 

Langley Productions and Spike TV to Honor “COPS” Audio Technician Bryce Dion

September 15th, 2014 by SPIKE Press

LANGLEY PRODUCTIONS AND SPIKE TV TO HONOR

“COPS”AUDIO TECHNICIAN BRYCE DION 

Special Episode One-Hour Episode Featuring Clips Of Dion’s Work To Be Showcased On Saturday, September 20 At 8:00pm ET/PT

New York, NY, September 15, 2014 – Langley Productions and Spike TV will honor the memory of long-time “COPS” audio technician Bryce Dion with a special episode featuring some of his best work on Saturday, September 20 at 8:00pm ET/PT.

Bryce Dion was a 7-year veteran of “COPS” who was tragically killed during production on August 26 in Omaha, NE.  The one-hour special will be comprised of clips from his work. The tribute displays his courage and commitment to showing the challenges faced by law enforcement.

“Bryce had a passion for life and his work, and was always the first one to help anyone in need. He will best be remembered for a smile that never faded. All of us who knew him or worked with him on “COPS”, as well as the many friends he made working on documentaries and other shows, mourn his passing,” said Morgan and John Langley, Executive Producers of “COPS.”

Bryce was considered to be the best at his craft by many who worked with him, and had recently been promoted to Audio Supervisor after seven years with Langley Productions.

Enclosed is a link to a tribute spot for the episode:  http://www.spike.com/video-clips/dfqi5j/

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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Spike TV Presents a Compelling Inside Look at the Life of America’s Greatest Daredevil, Evel Knievel

September 2nd, 2014 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV PRESENTS A COMPELLING INSIDE LOOK AT THE LIFE OF AMERICA’S GREATEST DAREDEVIL,

EVEL KNIEVEL

“I AM EVEL KNIEVEL” Premieres Wednesday, September 10 at 11:00pm ET/PT Featuring Interviews With Matthew McConaughey, Kid Rock, Robbie Maddison, Guy Fieri, Michelle Rodriguez, Among Others

New York, NY, September 2, 2014 – Spike TV presents a revealing look at America’s most infamous daredevil, Evel Knievel, in the original Spike TV documentary “I Am Evel Knievel.”  The 90-minute special will premiere on Spike TV Wednesday, September 10 at 11:00pm ET/PT.

“I Am Evel Knievel” will combine original exclusive interviews with archival footage of this larger- than-life character to tell Knievel’s incredible story. Featured interviews include Matthew McConaughey, Kid Rock, Michelle Rodriguez, Guy Fieri, Robbie Maddison, and family members including sons Kelly and Robbie, and former wives Linda Knievel and Krystal Kennedy-Knievel.

The enduring legacy of Evel Knievel is the unforgettable death-defying jumps. The documentary will feature footage of Evel’s greatest jumps, including the seminal Snake River Canyon and Caesars Palace jumps. The film also showcases Knievel’s rise from a small town rebel in Butte, Montana, to a cultural icon whose rise to superstardom was built on nerves of steel and the ability to get up and do it again no matter the severity of the fall. He lived life like every day was his last, which led to a tumultuous life filled with stunts no man would ever dream of, encompassing meteoric success, wild hubris, egomaniacal mistakes and ultimately redemption.

“I Am Evel Knievel” is a journey of discovery, led by those who knew him best and were inspired to achieve greatness of their own. It is the untold story of this legendary figure who gave birth to the culture and the meaning of the word “extreme.” “My dad proceeded through life as if limitations of his own imagination, courage and abilities did not exist – it was really something to grow up with,” stated Kelly Knievel.

Spike is broadcasting “I Am Evel Knievel” honoring the 40 year anniversary of the famous Snake River Canyon jump, where Knievel miraculously survived an attempt to clear the canyon in a rocket-powered cycle, the Skycycle X-2.

“When Evel hit the ground hard, he hit the bullseye in an America that was hungry for heroes, hungry for men who scoffed at danger and walked away from death,” said Director/Producer Derik Murray. “Evel Knievel was the first, the original, the craziest daredevil that ever lived.  He did it on heavier bikes, and he did it without the technology and experience that comes with today’s action sports heroes.”

Spike TV’s Kevin Kay, Jaimee Kosanke and Christopher Martello serve as Executive Producers along with Murray, Paul Gertz, Kent Wingerak, and Robert Pirooz, as well as Kelly Knievel and Ron DiNicola. The documentary is the latest in Spike TV’s original “I Am” series. The network debuted the critically acclaimed “I Am Steve McQueen” earlier this year and ‘I Am Bruce Lee” in 2012, also produced by Murray.

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

Ted Gold Named Senior Vice President, Scripted Original Series, Spike TV

September 2nd, 2014 by SPIKE Press

TED GOLD NAMED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT,

SCRIPTED ORIGINAL SERIES, SPIKE TV

 

Los Angeles, CA, September 2, 2014 - Ted Gold has been named to the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Scripted Original Series, Spike TV, it was announced today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, to whom he will report.

In his new position Gold will lead a newly-created scripted development team and will oversee all scripted programming for Spike, from development through production.   Gold’s responsibilities will include devising a competitive and creative strategy to further Spike as a home for compelling scripted programming.

“Ted’s eye for great material, strong relationships and competitive tenacity, makes him perfectly suited to lead our new scripted development team,” said Levy. “Ted will play an integral role on my team as we continue to create programming for our ever-broadening audience.”

Justin Lacob, Vice President, Original Series, will now be reporting to Gold as part of the newly-formed scripted development team. Lacob joined Spike in June 2011 and has overseen the development and production of one of Spike’s highest rated original series, “Bar Rescue.” He will continue to work on non-scripted projects as well, overseen by Chris Rantamaki, Senior Vice President, Original Series.

Gold previously served as President of Television and Executive Producer at Parkes +Macdonald/Universal Television, under an overall deal with NBCUniversal, where he developed projects for HBO, Showtime, Amazon, ABC, USA, and NBC and produced the Neil Cross/John Malkovich series, “Crossbones” for NBC.

Prior to that, Gold was Head of Television for Deuce Three Productions/CBS Paramount Television where he spearheaded all television business and development for Academy Award winning filmmaker, Curtis Hanson. Gold also served as Senior Vice President, Series Development at FOX where he oversaw all dramatic programming including “Bones,” “Prison Break,” and “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”

Gold’s previous stints in television include serving as Senior Vice President, Series Development for Spelling Television; Vice President, Creative Affairs, Alliance/Atlantis; and Director of Development, Drama & Longform for New World Entertainment.

Spike TV will premiere its first scripted event series in seven years, “Tut,” in 2015. The network recently announced script options for “The Crusaders” from Pierce Brosnan’s Irish DreamTime, Mark Sennet Entertainment, Michael Finch and Academy Award®-winning writer David Franzoni; “The Chairman,” based on the Stephen Frey best-seller; “War at the Shore” based on Richard D. “Skip” Bronson’s book; and “Basket Case” by prominent author and journalist Carl Hiaasen. 

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

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

Spike TV Announces More Leading Characters for “Tut” Event Series

August 21st, 2014 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES MORE LEADING CHARACTERS FOR “TUT”

EVENT SERIES   

New York, NY and Montreal, Canada – August 21, 2014 - Six crucial roles in Spike TV’s upcoming event series have been cast, it was announced today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV.

Nonso Anozie will play the savvy military, yet power hungry, strategist General Horemheb. Anozie is an accomplished and acclaimed British film, stage, and television actor, having recently starred as Renfield in NBC’s “Dracula” and as Xaro Xhoan Daxos in HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones.” He was also recently seen in the Blockbuster features “Ender’s Game” and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.” Anozie’s stage credits in the UK include the title role in William Shakespeare’s King Lear and the title role in Othello, for which he won the prestigious Ian Charleson Award.

Sibylla Deen plays Ankhe, the calculating and conniving sister-wife of King Tutankhamun. Deen is an up-and-coming Australian actress who is a breakout star in FX’s critically-acclaimed new hit series, “Tyrant,” portraying the character of Nusrat Al Fayeed.

Kylie Bunbury portrays Suhad, the beautiful and endearing girl of Mitanni descent who develops a strong bond with the young Egyptian king, despite the fact she is not of royal bloodlines. The Canadian-born Bunbury is best known for her portrayal of Lacey Porter in the ABC Family series, “Twisted,” as well as her co-starring role opposite Jonah Hill in “The Sitter” for FOX.

Alexander Siddig is a highly accomplished stage and screen actor who plays High Priest Amun, a major political figure who holds great influence in King Tutankhamun’s inner sanctum. Siddig’s impressive resume includes “Da Vinci’s Demons” (Starz) “24” (FOX), “Hannibal” (FOX), “Atlantis” (BBC); and films “The Fifth Estate,” “Cairo Time,” and “May in the Summer.”  He is currently on stage at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in the new play “Holy Warriors.” In July, HBO announced Siddig has been cast in “Game of Thrones” as Doran Martell for the hit series’ fifth season.

Peter Gadiot plays Ka, King Tutankhamun’s close confidant and seemingly loyal friend from childhood who harbors a secret love for Ankhe, Tut’s wife. Gadiot is best known for his portrayal of Cyrus, the mysterious genie in the ABC’s series, “Once Upon A Time in Wonderland.” Gadiot currently plays the recurring character Caesar in the El Rey original series, “Matador.”

Iddo Goldberg plays Lagus, an Egyptian soldier who develops a special bond with King Tutankhamun. Goldberg’s television credits include “Salem” (WGN America), “Mob City” (TNT), “Secret Diary of A Call Girl” (ITV2), “Peaky Blinders” (BBC Two); along with appearances in “The Mentalist” (CBS) and “NCIS” (CBS).  His film credits include “While We Were Here”, “The Tourist,” “Last Passenger,” and “Defiance.”  Iddo is represented by Silver Lining Entertainment (US) and Gordon & French (UK).

Recently, Spike TV announced that legendary actor Ben Kingsley will star in the key role of Ay, the Grand Vizier to King Tutankhamun, who wields tremendous power and influence as the top advisor to the young Egyptian ruler.  The role of King Tutankhamun will be played by one of Hollywood’s up-and-coming young actors, Avan Jogia.

“Tut” will be shot entirely on location in Morocco this fall and will debut on the network in 2015.  This will be Spike TV’s first scripted event series in eight years and is another step in the network’s move to reaching a more gender-balanced audience.

“Tut” is being produced for Spike TV by Muse Entertainment (“The Kennedys,” “Being Human,” “The Pillars of the Earth,” “Bomb Girls”) with Joel S. Rice and Michael Prupas as Executive Producers from Muse. The project is also executive produced by Greg Gugliotta (“The Fosters”), Michael Vickerman (“Impact”), Elice Island Entertainment’s Jeremy Elice, Angela Mancuso (“Spartacus”), and Director/Executive Producer David Von Ancken (“Hell on Wheels”) and written by Michael Vickerman, Peter Paige & Bradley Bredeweg (“The Fosters”). Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV will also serve as an Executive Producer. Producers are Irene Litinsky (“Being Human”) and Guy Louthan (“The Call”) and Vlad Wolynetz is Co-Executive Producer.

Muse Entertainment is a leading film and television production and international distribution company known for its well-crafted and high-quality productions. Since its founding in 1998, Muse has won over 100 awards and garnered over 300 award nominations. Muse Entertainment’s 8-hr. historical drama “The Kennedys,” which was sold to networks around the world by Muse Distribution International, earned 10 Emmy Award nominations, winning four, as well winning the DGA award for best director. Its “Pillars of the Earth” also won an Emmy and many other awards.  Muse’s most recent television series are “Being Human,” “Bomb Girls” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” Muse Entertainment CEO is Executive Producer Michael Prupas. Muse U.S.A. President is Executive Producer Joel S. Rice.

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

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

“Tattoo Nightmares Miami” Takes On The Tattoos That No Other Artists Would Dare

August 19th, 2014 by faziod

Brand New City, All New Cast…

 “TATTOO NIGHTMARES MIAMI” TAKES ON THE TATTOOS THAT NO OTHER ARTISTS WOULD DARE 

Series Premieres Tuesday, September 2 at 11 PM, ET/PT As Part of Spike’s

#Tattoosday Programming Block 

New York, NY, August 19, 2014 –  It’s a brand new city and three brand new hot-shot artists who feel the Miami heat as they take on impossible tattoo challenges and the most exasperating clients yet with the series premiere of “Tattoo Nightmares Miami” on Tuesday, September 2 at 11 PM, ET/PT on Spike.   The show is a spinoff of the network’s successful “Tattoo Nightmares” original series, which is based in an LA shop.

In addition to the jaw-dropping cover-ups that “Tattoo Nightmares” is already well-known for, the Miami shop tackles nightmare tattoos other shops have turned away. For example, tattoo placement over a horrific scar, an entire head, a giant mole or an elbow or knee, as well as using materials such as glow-in-the-dark ink or new techniques like water color style tattoos. It’s up to three brand new artists to translate all these problematic and difficult tattoos into stunning works of art.

The three new artists of “Tattoo Nightmares Miami” come together with diverse backgrounds.  The three started this new shop to service the growing needs of extreme clients where the more bizarre the tattoo and story behind them, the better.  The shop’s artists are Clint Cummings, a former contestant on “Ink Master” season 2; local artist Samuel Suarez, better known to his clients as High Noon and female fine artist and tattooist, Reese Hilburn.

“Tattoo Nightmares” is among the new crop of Spike original series that deliver a gender-balanced audience. The current season is averaging 1.1 million viewers has improved the time period by +147% in Adults 18-49 and 82% in average audience.   Among all ad-supported cable channels in the Tuesday 10-11:30 PM time period, Spike TV’s tattoo-themed programming block “Ink Master” and “Tattoo Nightmares” ranks in the Top 5 among Adults, Men and Women 18-49 and 18-34.

Both “Tattoo Nightmares Miami” and “Tattoo Nightmares” are produced by 495 Productions with Founder and President SallyAnn Salsano serving as Executive Producer along with Joel Zimmer of 495 Productions.

Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series and Chris Rantamaki is Senior Vice President of Original Series for Spike TV. Hayley Lozitsky, Vice President of Original Series and Tony Nguyen, Manager of Original Series serves as the Executives in Charge of Production for “Tattoo Nightmares Miami.”

About 495 Productions

SallyAnn Salsano is the founder and creative force behind the 495 Productions team. Since its launch in 2006, 495′s creative team has specialized in developing programs that entertain viewers while keeping them glued to their screens. 495 became known throughout the world thanks to its record breaking, “Jersey Shore” which premiered on MTV in December of 2009.

Some of 495′s other notable credits include: CMT’s highest-rated series ever, “Party Down South,”  ”The Ex and the Why” (MTV), “Jerks with Cameras” (MTV), “Tattoos After Dark” (Oxygen) “Tattoo Nightmares” (Spike), “Friendzone” (MTV), Repo Games (Spike) “Snooki & JWOWW” (MTV), The Show With Vinny” (MTV), TV Guide’s #1 award-winning “Nail Files,” “A Shot At Love” (MTV),  “Tool Academy” (VH1), Season 6 of NBC’s “Nashville Star,” “Tanisha Gets Married” (Oxygen), and many others.

495, along with Telepictures produce the hit daytime talk show “The Real,” which will return on September 15, 2014 on Fox Television Stations and in national syndication, with a rebroadcast in primetime on BET. Salsano serves as Executive Producer.

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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Samantha Goldstein

AKR Public Relations (for 495 Productions)

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Avan Jogia to Play King Tutankhamun in Spike TV’s Event Series “Tut”

August 5th, 2014 by SPIKE Press

AVAN JOGIA TO PLAY KING TUTANKHAMUN IN SPIKE TV’S EVENT SERIES “TUT”

“Tut” Set To Begin Production This Fall In Morocco and Canada

Premieres On Spike In 2015

New York, NY and Montreal, Canada – August 5, 2014 -  Avan Jogia will play the young renowned Egyptian ruler, King Tutankhamun, in Spike TV’s event series “Tut,” it was announced today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV.

“We are thrilled to work with such an incredibly gifted young actor who is perfectly suited to take on the immensely complex character of King Tutankhamun,” said Levy.

“Vancouver born actor Avan Jogia will be an outstanding addition to the cast of Tut,” says Michael Prupas, CEO of Muse Entertainment. “Jogia is a hot young talent with a loyal following who has already made a name for himself in film and television.”

Jogia, one of Hollywood’s emerging young actors, will next be seen in Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s “Ten Thousand Saints” with Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch, Asa Butterfield, Ethan Hawke, and Emily Mortimer. Also coming soon will be Eddie O’Keefe’s “Shangri-La Suite” with Emily Browning, Ashley Greene, and Luke Grimes.  He is currently shooting one of the leads of “Outskirts” opposite Ashley Rickards, Eden Sher, and Victoria Justice.  Jogia continues to be represented by ICM Partners and LINK. Tyman Stewart at Characters represents Jogia in Canada.

Last month, Spike announced that legendary actor Ben Kingsley will star in Spike TV’s event series in the key role of “Ay,” the Grand Vizier to King Tutankhamun who wields tremendous power and influence as the top advisor to the young Egyptian ruler.

“Tut” will be shot entirely on location in Morocco and will debut on the network in 2015.  This will be Spike TV’s first scripted event series in eight years and is another step in the network’s move to reaching a more gender-balanced audience.

“Tut” is being produced for Spike TV by Muse Entertainment (“The Kennedys,” “Being Human,” “The Pillars of the Earth,” “Bomb Girls”) with Joel S. Rice and Michael Prupas as Executive Producers from Muse. The project is also executive produced by Greg Gugliotta (“The Fosters”), Michael Vickerman (“Impact”), Elice Island Entertainment’s Jeremy Elice, Angela Mancuso (“Spartacus”), and Director/Executive Producer David Von Ancken (“Hell on Wheels”) and written by Michael Vickerman, Peter Paige & Bradley Bredeweg (“The Fosters”). Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV will also serve as an Executive Producer. Producers are Irene Litinsky (“Being Human”), Guy Louthan (“The Call”) and Gilles Perreault (“Being Human”) and Vlad Wolynetz is Co-Executive Producer.

Jogia’s has also starred in ABC Family’s hit series “Twisted.”

Muse Entertainment is a leading film and television production and international distribution company known for its well-crafted and high-quality productions. Since its founding in 1998, Muse has won over 100 awards and garnered over 300 award nominations. Muse Entertainment’s 8-hr. historical drama “The Kennedys”; which was sold to networks around the world by Muse Distribution International, earned 10 Emmy Award nominations, winning four, as well winning the DGA award for best director. Its “Pillars of the Earth” also won an Emmy and many other awards.  Muse’s most recent television series are “Being Human”, “Bomb Girls” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”. Muse Entertainment President is Executive Producer Michael Prupas. Muse U.S.A. President is Executive Producer Joel S. Rice.

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

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

 

 

Spike TV Teams up with Ray Lewis to Help Coaches with Anger Issues in “Coaching Bad”

August 4th, 2014 by SPIKE Press

 

SPIKE TV TEAMS UP WITH RAY LEWIS TO HELP COACHES WITH ANGER ISSUES IN “COACHING BAD”

New Series Showcases Lewis And Anger Management Specialist Dr. Christian Conte As They Put 9 Coaches Through An Intense Program To Change Their Combative Ways

IRWIN ENTERTAINMENT (“Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew,” “Couples Therapy”) Will Executive Produce

Series Shoots In Los Angeles This Summer and Debuts in 1st Qtr 2015

New York, NY, August 4, 2014 – Good coaches motivate us, inspire us, and teach us the skills to win.  However, there is a growing epidemic of coaches with uncontrollable anger issues spreading across today’s sports landscape. From Bobby Knight to Mike Rice, too many men and women coaching American athletes, of all ages, often cross the line in what is acceptable behavior on the sidelines or in the dugout.

Spike TV has brought together NFL legend Ray Lewis and acclaimed anger management specialist and author Dr. Christian Conte to tackle bad coaching and anger management head on in the new original series, “Coaching Bad.”

The show features nine coaches who have recognized that they need to change their combative and often bombastic ways if they want to continue in the profession they love. The coaches, who come from a variety of different sports from all around the country, move into a Coaching Center in Los Angeles for intense retraining and reconditioning.

This impactful and intensive program, designed personally by Dr. Conte and Lewis, will include three phases of transformation; assessing the coaches’ baseline anger issues; working to create real change; and putting that change to the test.

For many of the coaches, their anger issues have also seriously damaged their relationship with family members and their current employers. For some, the retraining program might be their last chance to save their marriage or keep their jobs.

During the course of the retraining program, various sports figures will lend their perspective on the negative effects of caustic coaching. The list of guest speakers includes Chuck Pagano, Bill Romanowski, and Glen “Big Baby” Davis.

John Irwin, Damian Sullivan and Richard Hall are executive producers for Irwin Entertainment.

Spike TV has ordered eight one-hour episodes of “Coaching Bad.”  The series is shooting in Los Angeles this summer and will debut in the 1st qtr of 2015. Hayley Lozitsky, Vice President, Development, Spike TV will serve as the Executive in Charge of Production. Sharon Levy is Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV and Chris Rantamaki is Spike TV’s Senior Vice President, Original Series.

“Spike TV is thrilled to partner with one of the greatest players in NFL history in a compelling new series that will shine a light on the ever-growing issue of coaches and their anger issues,” said Levy. “Who better than Ray to bestow insight and wisdom to these coaches after his storied career as a leader on and off the field during his playing days with the University of Miami and Baltimore Ravens.”

One of the greatest linebackers in NFL history, Ray Lewis played 17 years with the Baltimore Ravens and was named to 13 Pro Bowls and awarded NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and 2003. Lewis won two Super Bowls with the Ravens (named MVP in Super Bowl XXXV) and is currently an NFL broadcaster with ESPN.

Dr. Christian Conte was an award-winning, tenured professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, before he left the West Coast to return to his home state of Pennsylvania. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Psychologist, author, and professional speaker who specializes in Anger Management and Communication. Dr. Conte co-founded a center in South Lake Tahoe, California, to work with people who have been convicted of violent crimes, and he is the creator of Yield theory – a powerful approach to combining radical compassion with conscious education.

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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