Spike Adds Executive Producer of Current, Chaz Gray to Original Series Team

November 29th, 2016 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE ADDS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF CURRENT,

CHAZ GRAY TO ORIGINAL SERIES TEAM

 

November 29, 2016 – Spike announced today the addition of Chaz Gray to its Original Series team as the network’s Executive Producer of Current. In this newly formed role, Gray will report to Chachi Senior, Senior Vice President Original Series, and will oversee the production of several current network series including “Bar Rescue,” “Back to the Bar,” “Ink Master” and “Ink Master: Redemption,” in addition to contributing to the network’s forthcoming series launches.

“Chaz is a seasoned producer in the non-fiction reality television world and we are excited for him to bring his experienced hand to our stable of series,” said Senior. “As Spike continues to grow and expand its audience, Chaz will be an integral part of our continued success.”

Previously, Gray has served as an Executive Producer on a variety of non-fiction reality programming including “Top Chef,” “36 Hours,” and “The Real Housewives of Orange County 100th Episode Special,” and earned producing credits on “The Amazing Race,” “Last Comic Standing,” “Out of Egypt,” “Junkyard Wars,” and “The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliot.”

In addition to his experience producing a wide variety of shows for broadcast and cable networks, Gray previously served as an Executive Producer and Director of Development at Discovery Channel.

Gray will be based in Spike’s Los Angeles offices.

About Spike TV:

Spike TV is available in 91.4 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks. A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at 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:  

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

 

Spike Press Release – Spike TV Announces New Docuseries Initiative “Spike Serialized”

November 10th, 2016 by SPIKE Press

 SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES NEW DOCUSERIES INITIATIVE

“Spike Serialized” To Showcase Multi-Episode Series That Take A Compelling Look At Fascinating And Often-Controversial Subjects Or Individuals

Network Announces New Project, “It Was Him,” On The Shocking Investigation Of Ed Edwards And His Ties To Many Of The Most High Profile Murders Over The Last Few Decades

Recently Announced “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” And “The John McAFee Project” To Fall Under The “Spike Serialized” Banner

 

New York, NY, November 10, 2016 – Spike TV is launching a new docuseries initiative, “Spike Serialized” that will consist of multi-episode series that take a provocative, in-depth look into subjects or individuals that will be both eye-opening and thought-provoking.

The topics and characters explored will run the gamut from hot-button areas such as crime and race to never-before-seen look at some of society’s most intriguing individuals.

“The Spike Serialized initiative will showcase topics or individuals that are not only relevant and entertaining, but will also be impactful and create a national dialogue,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series.

On the heels of the “Spike Serialized” announcement the network has greenlit the six-episode docuseries, “It Was Him.” The new series examines the infamous cold-blooded murderer Ed Edwards through the lens of the astonishing investigation led by his grandson, Wayne Wolfe and veteran police detective John Cameron. Spike’s six-part documentary series will be produced by Objective Films.

Recently, Spike announced “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story,” from Executive Producer Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Weinstein Television, which will fall under the “Spike Serialized” banner.

“TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” is a compelling, six-part documentary event series tells the story of Kalief Browder, a young African-American student who spent three years on Rikers Island without ever being convicted of a crime. Executive Producers for “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” include Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Harvey Weinstein, David Glasser, Jenner Furst, Nick Sandow, Julia Willoughby Nason, and Michael Gasparro.

The previously announced “John McAfee Project” will now fall under the “Spike Serialized” umbrella as well. Both projects are slated to air in 2017.

“The John McAfee Project” explores the life of virus software creator John McAfee and will reveal unanswered questions about his life ranging from drug-fueled college days in England to learning to battle computer viruses early in his career at Lockeed in the 1980’s, to starting McAfee and Associates in 1987, to a 2012 murder investigation in Belize. But it’s more than just a murder mystery, it’s a story of the man who invented modern day paranoia and injected his manufactured paranoia into the cultural zeitgeist. Is he certifiably insane or insanely credible? Has the security software guru become a gun-toting, paranoid killer who has lost touch with reality? Or does he have nefarious enemies out to destroy him and crumble his empire? Or is the man who earned enormous success and wealth based on the public’s online security fears and paranoia playing another mind-game? “The John McAfee Project” will consist of six episodes and is directed and executive produced by Billy Corben.

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chachi Senior is Senior Vice President of Original Series for Spike and Justin Lacob, Vice President, Original Series will oversee “It Was Him” and “The John McAfee Project” for the network.

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

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Press Contacts:

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

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

 

Spike Press Release – Spike TV and Objective Media Group Present a Six-Part Documentary Series, “It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards”

November 10th, 2016 by SPIKE Press

WAS IT HIM?

IS ED EDWARDS THE MOST INFAMOUS SERIAL KILLER IN AMERICAN HISTORY?

HIS GRANDSON IS OUT TO FIND THE TRUTH WITH THE HELP OF VETERAN COLD CASE INVESTIGATOR DET. JOHN CAMERON

Spike TV and Objective Media Group Present a Six-Part Documentary Series,

“It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards,” on the Shocking Investigation That Connects the Convicted Killer to Many of the Most Publicized Murders of the 20th Century

New York, NY, November 10, 2016 – Wayne Wolfe has a shocking and terrible family secret. Less than a year ago, he discovered that his real grandfather was the deceased, convicted killer Ed Edwards. Possibly the most notorious serial killer in American history, he was convicted of five cold cases in his 70s, but had potentially embarked on a decades-long murder spree. Spike TV examines the infamous cold-blooded murderer through the lens of the astonishing investigation led by Wolfe and veteran police detective John Cameron in the new documentary series “It Was Him.”

Spike’s si-part documentary series was developed by Jimmy Fox of Objective Media Group, who will executive produce, along with the show-running team Jackson Nguyen and Todd Crites of Turn Left Productions. It began production in the fall of 2016.

Shortly after determining that Edwards was his grandfather, Wolfe learned of the incredibly compelling link between him and a string of astonishingly high-profile murders. In an attempt to shed light on his family history and find closure for his father, Wolfe joined forces with the investigator John Cameron. Cameron, a cold-case expert and retired detective based in Great Falls, Montana, has been investigating the infamous mass murderer Edwards for almost a decade.

Cameron met Edwards in 2008 while working on the parole board in Montana. In this position, he was able to access undisclosed information that points to the fact that Edwards could be responsible for some of the most high-profile crimes of our generation.

The search for the truth has haunted the seasoned detective and drives him to seek answers. Cameron’s meticulously compiled evidence has Edwards as the ultimate suspect in some of the most well-known murder cases, including the Zodiac Killer, Laci Peterson and many more.

Edwards was arrested in 2009 and found guilty of five grisly murders over 20 years, all of which involved kidnapping, shootings, stabbings, torture, auto theft, all under an assumed identity. He died of natural causes in prison in 2011, four months before his execution.

Objective Media Group, the All3 based company, currently produces the Emmy-nominated CNN series “United Shades of America” and CNBC’s “Make Me a Millionaire Inventor,” as well as upcoming series “Hard Evidence: O.J. Is Innocent,” for Investigation Discovery, “Hollywood Darlings” for POP and scripted drama “The Arrangement” for E!. Executive Producers for Objective Media Group/All3Media America include Jimmy Fox, Layla Smith and Greg Lipstone. Wayne Wolfe, Leonid Leonov and Kenny Dale Borill will also serve as Executive Producers.

“It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards” will be part of the network’s new Spike Serialized series of non-scripted projects, along with the previously announced, “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” and “The John McAfee Project.” Spike Serialized series take a compelling, in-depth look into fascinating and often controversial subjects or individuals.

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chachi Senior is Senior Vice President of Original Series for Spike and Justin Lacob, Vice President, Original Series will oversee “It Was Him” for the network.

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

 

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Press Contacts:

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

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

 

 

WEINSTEIN TELEVISION’S EPIC SCRIPTED EVENT SERIES “WACO,”LANDS ON SPIKE TV

October 26th, 2016 by faziod

 WEINSTEIN TELEVISION’S EPIC SCRIPTED EVENT SERIES “WACO,”LANDS ON SPIKE TV

Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch to Star In Six-Part Scripted Event Series Based
On the 1993 Waco, Texas Siege

 “Waco” Goes Into Production Next Spring

New York, NY, October 26, 2016 – Weinstein Television has teamed up with Spike TV for their highly anticipated event series “Waco,” starring Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch. Previously announced in August, the six-part event series is based on the harrowing true story of the 1993 FBI siege of a religious sect in Waco, Texas that resulted in the deadly shoot out and fire.

“Waco” will forever change the way the dramatic siege will be viewed. The landmark series will be the definitive untold story exploring the true life details leading up to and chronicling the 51- day siege between the FBI, AFT and David Koresh’s spiritual sect, The Branch Davidians.  Told from several perspectives of those most intimately involved from both sides of the conflict, including surviving Branch Davidians which has never been shared on television before, is surprising in its stark contrast to the media narrative at the time and what is remembered of Waco almost 25 years later.

“Waco” will be written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle (“No Escape”) and directed by John Erick Dowdle and will go into production next spring.

Shannon, (“Revolutionary Road,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Take Shelter”) a critically-acclaimed and Academy award®-nominated actor, will play lead FBI negotiator, Gary Noesner.

The role of the infamous cult leader, David Koresh, will be played by Kitsch (“Friday Night Lights,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “John Carter,” “Lone Survivor”), one of Hollywood’s rising stars.

Shannon, Kitsch, and the Dowdle brothers will executive produce the series along with TWC Co-Chairmen Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein, President and COO David Glasser, Co-head of Production Jennifer Malloy, and Head of Scripted Television Megan Spanjian of Weinstein Television.“

The series is based on two biographies, A Place Called Waco, by Branch Davidian David Thibodeau, one of the nine survivors of the final fire on April 19, 1993, and Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator, written by the FBI’s Special Agent in Charge of Negotiations Gary Noesner.

“We’ve been working with our friend Kevin Kay at Spike for years. He has a rare gift for creating quality scripted television with commercial appeal and when he shared his vision for both the program and his goals for the network I knew we had found the perfect partner,” said Harvey Weinstein, TWC co-chairman. “ ‘Waco’ is a provocative series where the drama and excitement are amplified by the truth and the history surrounding the event, along with a cast of amazing actors including the incredible Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch.  We are looking forward to working with Sharon Levy and her team to bring this story to life.”

“We couldn’t think of a better home to bring ‘Waco’ to audiences than Spike TV,” said David Glasser, TWC President and COO.  “They are great collaborators dedicated to groundbreaking content, and we are excited to share the riveting stories behind this harrowing event. We look forward to many more partnerships with them in the future.”

“With so many voices in television right now, it’s vital that we’ve found a team truly passionate about the material.” said TWC’s Megan Spanjian and Jennifer Malloy “From the Dowdles, who spent more than 3 years researching the true story and were able to bring Shannon and Kitsch into the fold. It’s a joy to be working with Spike on another series and we could not be more excited.”

“The dramatic events in Waco captivated the nation, and we are thrilled to partner with Weinstein Television and an all-star cast and production team to bring this incredible story to life,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike.

Levy, Ted Gold, Senior Vice President, Scripted Original Series, and Lauren Ruggiero, Vice President, Scripted Programming, will oversee the project for Spike.

ABOUT WEINSTEIN TELEVISION

The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein. During Harvey and Bob’s tenure at Miramax and TWC, they have received 351 Oscar nominations and won 82 Academy Awards.

Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; SCRE4M; SPY KIDS: THE KING’S SPEECH; UNDEFEATED; THE ARTIST; THE MASTER; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; DJANGO UNCHAINED; SCARY MOVIE 5; LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER; PHILOMENA; THE IMITATION GAME; PADDINGTON; WOMAN IN GOLD; SOUTHPAW, CAROL; THE HATEFUL EIGHT; SING STREET, and HANDS OF STONE. Upcoming releases include LION, GOLD, and THE FOUNDER.

Weinstein Television boasts an active television production division which garnered twelve Emmy nominations in 2015. Weinstein Television produces the reality powerhouse Project Runway, with its spin-off series Project Runway All Stars, hosted by Alyssa Milano, Project Runway Jr, featuring supermodel Hannah Jeter and fashion critic Kelly Osbourne. Upcoming series include the business focused Fashion Inc. which premieres later this year on Lifetime, and the late night AMC talk show Geeking Out.

Scripted series include John Fusco’s Marco Polo with Netflix, which premiered its second season in July 2016, critically acclaimed miniseries War & Peace, which debuted on Lifetime, A&E and HISTORY in 2016, Scream with MTV, which premiered its second season in May 2016, Peaky Blinders with Netflix just aired its third season, and Julian Fellowes’ Doctor Thorne with Amazon.  Upcoming series include Stephen King’s The Mist (a straight-to-series 10 episode order) for Spike TV, military drama Six (a straight-to-series 8 episode order) for HISTORY and animated series Spy Kids for Netflix (a multi season commitment).

Television projects in development explore a range of arenas and are not exclusive to drama or comedy, minis or continuing series, live action or animated. An active slate of more than 60 projects include soon to be sold reality competition show Incubator, Mario Puzo’s Omerta with Antoine Fuqua and Sylvester Stallone, Stephen King’s The Breathing Method with Blumhouse, Scott Teems and Scott Derrickson, and UK series SS-GB and Love, Nina.  For more information on The Weinstein Company, please visit:

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About Spike TV:

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

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Press Contacts:

Debra Fazio-Rutt         Spike TV                                  212-767-8649     debra.fazio@spike.com
David Schwarz              Spike TV                                  212-767-8639    david.schwarz@mtvstaff.com
Brad Thompson            The Weinstein Company     212-590-7890     brad.thompson@weinsteinco.com

Spike TV Honors The Iconic Film Casino At The 10th Annual “Guys Choice” Star-Studded Event

June 3rd, 2016 by faziod

 SPIKE TV HONORS THE ICONIC FILM CASINO AT THE

10TH ANNUAL “GUYS CHOICE” STAR-STUDDED EVENT

Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci Reunite as Casino is Entered into Spike’s

“Guy Movie Hall of Fame”

Additional “Guys Choice” Honorees include Kiefer Sutherland, James Franco,

and Olivia Munn; Added Presenters include Christian Slater, Dermot Mulroney,

Norman Reedus, Chrissy Teigen and Terry Crews

Plus Musical Performances from World Renowned Recording Artists

Robin Thicke and Andra Day

 

Los Angeles, CA June 3, 2016 – Spike TV is celebrating the 21st anniversary of Martin Scorsese’s classic film, Casino at the 10th Annual “Guys Choice.” The legendary cast mates of Casino, actors Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci will reunite to receive the prestigious entry into the “Guy Movie Hall of Fame” at Spike’s annual celebration of comedic genius, legendary entertainers, and superstar athletes.

 

This year, “Guys Choice” will have a ‘Rat-Pack’ Las Vegas theme for its 10th Anniversary celebration.  The A-list, ultimate guys night out, tapes Saturday, June 4 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA and premieres Thursday, June 9 at 9:00 PM, ET/PT on Spike.

 

Previous winners include Goodfellas, Swingers, Old School, and There’s Something About Mary.   Casino is a timeless classic that tells the story of a top gambling handicapper who is selected by the Italian Mob to run a casino in Las Vegas.

 

Casino is a classic film that is not only sacred to our audience, but inspired the theme of the night,” said Executive Producer Casey Patterson.  “We wanted to wait for a special occasion to induct the iconic film into our Guy Movie Hall of Fame, and having De Niro and Pesci reunite on the stage for a special introduction will undoubtedly be one of the not to be missed moments from the evening.”

 

Spike is also announcing Kiefer Sutherland will receive the “Outlaw Award,” James Franco will take home the “Virtuoso Award” and Olivia Munn accepting the “Jean Claude Gahd Dam Award.” Christian Slater, Dermot Mulroney, Norman Reedus, Chrissy Teigen, and Terry Crews have been added to the Hollywood heavyweight list of presenters. Internationally-acclaimed singers Robin Thicke and Andra Day will perform their hit songs.

 

This unfiltered, unpredictable and can’t-miss event “Guys Choice” honors kings of cool – the men, women and heroes of the past year. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will be receiving one of the evening’s highest honors, “Guys of the Decade.”  Other top honors include: Julia Roberts for “Woman of the Decade,” Kobe Bryant for “Athlete of the Decade,” Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick accepting the “Hot & Funny” award; Supermodel Gigi Hadid receiving “Our New Girlfriend” award; plus Denver Broncos’ linebacker and Super Bowl MVP Von Miller taking home “Most Unstoppable Jock.”  Previously announced presenters include Adam Devine and Zac Efron.

 

In keeping with Spike’s year-round efforts to support our nation’s servicemen and women, “Guys Choice” will feature inspiring moments saluting our troops and returning veterans.  Additionally, the first ever, “Hero Award” will be given to the three brave Americans who thwarted a potentially catastrophic terrorist attack aboard a train from Amsterdam to Paris – Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, and Spencer Stone.

Official sponsors of Spike’s 2016 Guys Choice include AT&T, AXE®, BACARDÍ®, 5® Gum, Kia Motors, GEICO®, and Miller Lite.

Casey Patterson and Casey Patterson Entertainment will serve as Executive Producers, alongside Carol Donovan and Josh Greenberg.  Beth McCarthy-Miller is Director and Jon Slusser, Spike’s Senior Vice President, Sports and Specials serves as the network’s Executive in Charge.

About Casey Patterson Entertainment

Casey Patterson Entertainment is a full service production company producing premium content, live events, and talent-driven series and specials with offices in New York City and Los Angeles. Patterson is an Emmy®-nominated, critically-acclaimed executive producer who has created an array of groundbreaking programming during her 20 year tenure at Viacom. Patterson’s current projects include the breakout hit-series “Lip Sync Battle,” the highest-rated series in Spike history; “Guys Choice;” Spike’s “One Night Only;” “The TV Land Awards;” and “Rock the Troops” with Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions. Patterson’s credits include such high-profile events as “The Concert for New York City;” “The Concert of the Century at the White House;” “Saturday Night Live 25th Anniversary Special;” ” The Comedy Awards;” “Between Two Ferns- A Fairy Tale of New York;” “The Video Game Awards;” “Scream;” “GQ Men of the Year Awards;” “VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards;” “VH1 Divas Live;” “FOX’s “Billboard Music Awards;” and “NBC’s “Concert for America.”

About Spike TV

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

 

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Press Contacts:

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

Joanna Cichocki          PMK•BNC     310-854-4773              Joanna.Cichocki@pmkbnc.com

“Lip Sync Battle” Will Live Long And Prosper With Zoë Saldana And Zachary Quinto

June 2nd, 2016 by faziod

“LIP SYNC BATTLE” WILL LIVE LONG AND PROSPER WITH ZOË SALDANA AND ZACHARY QUINTO

One-Hour Super-Sized Episode Hosted By LL COOL J and Chrissy Teigen To Debut On Spike Thursday, June 9 at 80:00pm ET/PT

The Special Event Will Be Followed By The 10th Annual “Guys Choice”

 

New York, NY, June 2, 2016 – Lip Sync Battle… the final frontier.

Spike’s hit series will boldly go where no man has gone before as Zoë Saldana and Zachary Quinto  will be featured in a super-sized one-hour episode of “Lip Sync Battle” on Thursday, June 9 at 8:00pm ET/PT.  The episode will also feature surprise A-list celebrity guest stars and musicians. Saldana and Quinto will star in this summer’s highly anticipated film, “Star Trek Beyond,” from Paramount Pictures and Skydance, in theaters July 22, 2016.

“Lip Sync Battle” will lead-in to the 10th Annual “Guys Choice,” Spike’s unfiltered, unpredictable and can’t-miss event featuring the biggest names in entertainment and sports.

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

“STAR TREK BEYOND,” the highly anticipated next installment in the globally popular Star Trek franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise) at the helm of this epic voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her intrepid crew. In “Beyond,” the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

From Paramount Pictures and Skydance, “STAR TREK BEYOND” is a Bad Robot, Sneaky Shark, Perfect Storm Entertainment production. The film stars John Cho, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoë Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and Idris Elba. Directed by Justin Lin, the third film in the franchise series is produced by J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci, Lindsey Weber, and Justin Lin; and executive produced by Jeffrey Chernov, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Tommy Harper. Based upon “Star Trek” created by Gene Roddenberry, the screenplay is written by Simon Pegg & Doug Jung.

“STAR TREK BEYOND” opens in theaters beginning July 22, 2016.

About Lip Sync Battle:

Based on the pop culture phenomenon of lip sync battling, the Spike original series features celebrities going head to head – lip-syncing the song of their choice – battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet.  The series is a ratings and multiplatform superstar for Spike and is the most-watched original series in network history, averaging nearly 3 million viewers. The award-nominated “Lip Sync Battle” is executive produced by Casey Patterson, Jay Peterson of Matador Content, John KrasinskiStephen Merchant, and Eight Million Plus Productions.

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

 

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Press Contacts:

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

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

 

 

 

 

Kobe Bryant Named “Athlete Of The Decade” By Spike TV

May 26th, 2016 by faziod

 KOBE BRYANT NAMED “ATHLETE OF THE DECADE” BY SPIKE TV

The Lakers’ Legend to Receive the Prestigious Honor at the 10th Annual “Guys Choice”

on Saturday, June 4 at Sony Pictures Studios

Premieres Thursday, June 9 at 9 PM, ET/PT on Spike

Los Angeles, CA May 26, 2016 – Throughout his illustrious 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant personified the highest level of excellence. The 5-time NBA World Champion, 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA team, 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team, 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist and 2008 MVP, electrified a generation with his basketball brilliance. Spike TV proudly honors the Lakers’ iconic superstar with its first ever “Athlete of the Decade” award to be presented at the network’s 10th Annual “Guys Choice” event.

“By any measure, Kobe Bryant is a sports legend who exemplifies athletic excellence, world class sportsmanship and stands as one of the greatest to have ever played the game,” said Executive Producer Casey Patterson. “Guys Choice is thrilled to be honoring Kobe’s remarkable and now legendary 20 year career in basketball.”

Always a celebration of comedic genius, legendary entertainers, and superstar athletes, “Guys Choice” will have a ‘Rat-Pack’ Las Vegas theme for its 10th Anniversary celebration.  The A-list, ultimate guys night out, tapes Saturday, June 4 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA and premieres Thursday, June 9 at 9:00 PM, ET/PT on Spike.

This unfiltered, unpredictable and can’t-miss event honors kings of cool, the men, women and heroes of the past year.  Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will be receiving one of the evening’s highest honor, “Guys of the Decade.”  Other top honors in addition include: Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick accepting the “Hot & Funny” award; Supermodel Gigi Hadid receiving “Our New Girlfriend” award which puts her in the company of previous winners, Kate Upton, Chrissy Teigen, Emily Ratajkowski and Hannah Davis; plus Denver Broncos’ linebacker and Super Bowl MVP Von Miller taking home “Most Unstoppable Jock.”  Presenters include Adam Devine and Zac Efron.  Additional honorees, attendees and presenters will be announced shortly.

In keeping with Spike’s year-round efforts to support our nation’s servicemen and women, “Guys Choice” will feature inspiring moments saluting our troops and returning veterans.

Official sponsors of Spike’s 2016 Guys Choice include AT&T, AXE®, BACARDÍ®, 5® Gum, Kia Motors, GEICO®, and Miller Lite.

 

Casey Patterson and Casey Patterson Entertainment will serve as Executive Producers, alongside Carol Donovan and Josh Greenberg.  Beth McCarthy-Miller is Director and Jon Slusser, Spike’s Senior Vice President, Sports and Specials serves as the network’s Executive in Charge.

About Casey Patterson Entertainment

Casey Patterson Entertainment is a full service production company producing premium content, live events, and talent-driven series and specials with offices in New York City and Los Angeles. Patterson is an Emmy®-nominated, critically-acclaimed executive producer who has created an array of groundbreaking programming during her 20 year tenure at Viacom. Patterson’s current projects include the breakout hit-series “Lip Sync Battle,” the highest-rated series in Spike history; “Guys Choice;” Spike’s “One Night Only;” “The TV Land Awards;” and “Rock the Troops” with Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions. Patterson’s credits include such high-profile events as “The Concert for New York City;” “The Concert of the Century at the White House;” “Saturday Night Live 25th Anniversary Special;” ” The Comedy Awards;” “Between Two Ferns- A Fairy Tale of New York;” “The Video Game Awards;” “Scream;” “GQ Men of the Year Awards;” “VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards;” “VH1 Divas Live;” “FOX’s “Billboard Music Awards;” and “NBC’s “Concert for America.”

About Spike TV

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

 

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ANTHONY MICHAELS NAMED SEASON 7 WINNER OF “INK MASTER” IN LIVE SEASON FINALE

May 24th, 2016 by faziod

Anthony Michaels Named Season 7 Winner

Of “Ink Master” In Live Season Finale

 

New York, NY, May 24, 2016 – In a live finale that was both intense and thrilling, Anthony Michaels was named the winner of “Ink Master” Season 7.  Michaels 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.’

Sixteen of the top tattoo artists from around the country battled it out all season in permanent ink, in various tattoo challenges that not only tested the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, with competitors creating and executing original tattoos on “human canvases.” In addition to new contestants, this season of “Ink Master” brought back eight of the series’ favorite artists from previous seasons to battle it out.

Each week’s challenges focused on a different tattoo technique and style. After every challenge, the contestants faced a tough panel made up of musician, filmmaker and artist Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) as well as world-renowned tattoo artists Chris Núñez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).

The final three contestants – Christian Buckingham, artist at Revolt Tattoo in Henderson, NV; Anthony Michaels, artist at Metro Tattoo in Tucson, AZ; and Cleen Rock One, owner and artist at Chrome Gypsy Tattoo in Las Vegas, NV – were each assigned two master canvases. They were sent back to their home bases to complete a chest-piece tattoo as well as a sleeve tattoo.

The three finalists revealed their chest pieces first which were then voted on by fans via social media, sponsored by Gildan® brand.  During the finale, fans were able to vote to determine who completed this challenge the best, and the artist with the most votes earned a spot in the top two.  After thousands of tweets, it was determined that Michaels had the best chest-piece tattoo of the evening, which secured his spot in the final two and awarded him $20,000 courtesy of Gildan®.

Then, for the first time in “Ink Master” history, the 13 eliminated artists formed a jury that was tasked with deliberating and selecting the second artist to move forward based on their master canvas chest piece. After a long deliberation, the eliminated artist jury voted One to join Michaels in the final two.

Once all three finalists’ sleeve tattoos were revealed, the judges deliberated on the final two’s master canvases.  In the end, Michaels was named the season 7 winner of “Ink Master.”

In addition, fans were given a first look at Season 8 of “Ink Master,” which is themed “Peck vs. Núñez” and will premiere in fall of 2016.

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Original Media (“Swamp People,” “Comic Book Men,” “I Love You…But I Lied”) with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock and Andrea Richter serving as executive producers. Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.

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

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

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

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Contact:

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

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

 

Spike Toasts Mankind With The Party Of The Decade At The 10th Annual “Guys Choice”

May 24th, 2016 by faziod

SPIKE TOASTS MANKIND WITH THE PARTY OF THE DECADE AT THE 10TH ANNUAL “GUYS CHOICE”

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Academy Award Winners Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Named

“Guys of the Decade”

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Other Honorees and Presenters Confirmed to Attend Include Anna Kendrick, Gigi Hadid, Von Miller,

Adam Devine, Zac Efron and More

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The 10th Annual “Guys Choice” Tapes on Saturday, June 4 at Sony Pictures Studios

and Premieres Thursday, June 9 at 9 PM, ET/PT on Spike

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Los Angeles, CA May 24, 2016 – Spike’s “Guys Choice” kicks-off its 10 year anniversary celebration by announcing Academy Award™ winners Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will be receiving one of the evening’s highest honor, “Guys of the Decade.”  Always a celebration of comedic genius and legendary entertainers and superstar athletes, “Guys Choice” will have a ‘Rat-Pack’ Las Vegas theme for its 10th Anniversary celebration.  The A-list, ultimate guys night out, tapes Saturday, June 4 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA and premieres Thursday, June 9 at 9:00 PM, ET/PT on Spike.

This unfiltered, unpredictable and can’t-miss event honors kings of cool, the men, women and heroes of the past year.  Top honors in addition to Affleck and Damon include: Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick accepting the “Hot & Funny” award; Supermodel Gigi Hadid receiving “Our New Girlfriend” award which puts her in the company of previous winners, Kate Upton, Chrissy Teigen, Emily Ratajkowski and Hannah Davis; plus Denver Broncos’ linebacker and Super Bowl MVP Von Miller taking home “Most Unstoppable Jock.”  Presenters include Adam Devine and Zac Efron.  Additional honorees, attendees and presenters will be announced shortly.

“Guys Choice is celebrating its own decade of hotness this year, said Executive Producer, Casey Patterson. We’re going full ratpack with legends, ladies, laughs and more than a few surprises for our big 10th Manniversary.”

In keeping with Spike’s year-round efforts to support our nation’s servicemen and women, “Guys Choice” will feature inspiring moments saluting our troops and returning veterans.

Official sponsors of Spike’s 2016 Guys Choice include AT&T, AXE®, BACARDÍ®, 5® Gum, Kia Motors, GEICO®, and Miller Lite.

Casey Patterson and Casey Patterson Entertainment will serve as Executive Producers, alongside Carol Donovan and Josh Greenberg.  Beth McCarthy-Miller is Director and Jon Slusser, Spike’s Senior Vice President, Sports and Specials serves as the network’s Executive in Charge.

About Casey Patterson Entertainment

Casey Patterson Entertainment is a full service production company producing premium content, live events, and talent-driven series and specials with offices in New York City and Los Angeles. Patterson is an Emmy®-nominated, critically-acclaimed executive producer who has created an array of groundbreaking programming during her 20 year tenure at Viacom. Patterson’s current projects include the breakout hit-series “Lip Sync Battle,” the highest-rated series in Spike history; “Guys Choice;” Spike’s “One Night Only;” “The TV Land Awards;” and “Rock the Troops” with Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions. Patterson’s credits include such high-profile events as “The Concert for New York City;” “The Concert of the Century at the White House;” “Saturday Night Live 25th Anniversary Special;” ” The Comedy Awards;” “Between Two Ferns- A Fairy Tale of New York;” “The Video Game Awards;” “Scream;” “GQ Men of the Year Awards;” “VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards;” “VH1 Divas Live;” “FOX’s “Billboard Music Awards;” and “NBC’s “Concert for America.”

About Spike TV

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

 

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Adam Bernstein To Direct Premiere of New Scripted Series “The Mist”

May 5th, 2016 by faziod

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SPIKE AND TWC-DIMENSION TELEVISION ANNOUNCE EMMY-AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR ADAM BERNSTEIN WILL DIRECT THE PREMIERE EPISODE OF THE NEW SCRIPTED SERIES “THE MIST”

New York, NY, May 5, 2016 – Adam Bernstein, an award-winning and critically-acclaimed television and film director, will serve as Director and Executive Producer for the premiere episode of Spike’s new scripted series, “The Mist.” From TWC-Dimension Television (TV) based on the classic Stephen King novella, “The Mist” goes into production this summer and airs in 2017. The announcement was jointly made today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV and Bob Weinstein, Co-Chairman The Weinstein Company.

Bernstein’s extensive resume includes many of the most decorated series on television over the last 15 years including directing the pilots for “Fargo,” “30 Rock,” and “Scrubs.” “His impressive credits also include “Better Call Saul,” “Breaking Bad,” “Californication,” “Shameless,” “Bored to Death,”  “Oz,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” and “Entourage.” In 2006, he won a Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for “30 Rock.”

Bernstein also directed many of the most popular and memorable music videos including “Love Shack” for the B-52s, “Hey Ladies” for the Beastie Boys, and “Baby Got Back” for Sir Mix-A-Lot.

Bernstein is also noted for directing “The Adventures of Pete and Pete,” the first original programming for Spike’s sister-channel, Nickelodeon. He is currently repped by ICM Partners.

“The Mist” tells a harrowing story about a seemingly innocuous mist that seeps into a small town and creates immense havoc. Christian Torpe serves as the Executive Producer for Spike’s “The Mist.” Torpe created the successful show RITA in Denmark, now finishing its fourth season, and has developed programming for both Showtime and AMC.

Spike has ordered 10 one-hour episodes of “The Mist.”

Megan Spanjian, EVP of Scripted TV, was instrumental in finding and bringing Torpe to the table and will oversee the project for TWC-Dimension TV along with Matthew Signer, EVP of Production and Creative Affairs, and Keith Levine, SVP of Production and Development.  Torpe is repped by ICM and Artists in Residence.

Levy, Ted Gold, Senior Vice President, Scripted Original Series, and Lauren Ruggiero, Senior Director, Scripted Programming will oversee the project.

Spike TV debuted its first scripted event series in eight years, “Tut,” last July to strong ratings and has recently ordered to series, “Red Mars” based on Kim Stanley Robinson’s award-winning “Mars Trilogy.”

TWC-Dimension Television debuted its first scripted series SCREAM, which is an adaptation of the hit horror film franchise, with MTV.  With a successful first season SCREAM TV was picked up for Season 2, which is currently in production and will debut on May 30, 2016.

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

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 Press Contacts:

David Schwarz        Spike TV                        (212) 767-8639   david.schwarz@mtvstaff.com
Debra Fazio             Spike TV                        (212) 767-8649   debra.fazio@spike.com
Pantea Ghaderi        TWC-Dimension TV  (424) 204-4715   pantea.ghaderi@weinsteinco.com