Mic Drop! Paramount Network Renews “Lip Sync Battle” For Season Four

March 30th, 2017 by faziod

MIC DROP! 

PARAMOUNT NETWORK RENEWS

“LIP SYNC BATTLE” FOR SEASON FOUR  

The Global and Multiplatform Superstar Franchise Renewed For 18 New Episodes 

New Season To Launch In January On Paramount Network with LIVE Star-Studded Episode From The Paramount Lot 

New York, NY, March 30, 2017 – The worldwide hit franchise, “Lip Sync Battle” is returning for a fourth season consisting of 18 half-hour episodes, it was announced today by Kevin Kay, President, Spike (soon to be the Paramount Network), TV Land, CMT. The new season will launch on Paramount Network in January 2018 with a special star-studded LIVE episode emanating from the Paramount lot.

The Emmy®-nominated, critically-acclaimed, multiplatform megastar for the network has delivered close to one billion cross-platform views since launch, over two million YouTube Channel subscribers, over two million fans on Facebook, and is the most watched original series in network history.

Season three of “Lip Sync Battle” is in production now with new episodes debuting on Spike Thursday, April 20 at 10:00pm ET/PT.

“Lip Sync Battle has evolved into a premium global franchise with a nearly a billion platforms views in less than two years,” said Kay. “With our amazing hosts, incredible participating talent, and creative and forward-thinking producers, Lip Sync Battle will be a cornerstone franchise for the rebranded Paramount Network launching next January.”

“The entire Lip Sync Battle family is so honored and over the moon to have a home on the new Paramount Network! We’re already planning our LIVE Season 4 Synctacular Event on the fabled Paramount backlot. They may never be the same!” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer.

The “Lip Sync Battle” brand grew exponentially over the past year. Spike’s sister network Nickelodeon recently greenlit the new original series, “Lip Sync Battle Shorties” featuring real-life kids lip-syncing pop songs in celebration of their favorite artists. Also this year, a groundbreaking new “Lip Sync Battle” app was launched to rave reviews and a partnership with Carnival Cruise Lines was created for an on-board experiential experience.

In addition, the “Lip Sync Battle” franchise is taking over the world airing in 110 territories spread out over six continents and original format versions in in 14 countries as wide ranging as Israel, Poland, Vietnam, South Africa and Indonesia and Viacom’s Channel 5 in the UK where it has been a huge ratings success.

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

The critically-acclaimed and award-nominated “Lip Sync Battle” features celebrities going head to head – lip-syncing the song of their choice – battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet.  “Lip Sync Battle” is executive produced by Casey Patterson of Casey Patterson Entertainment, Jay Peterson of Matador Content, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant and 8 Million Plus Productions.

About Viacom:

Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, apps, games, consumer products, social media experiences, and other entertainment content for audiences in more than 180 countries. Viacom’s media networks, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Logo, Nicktoons, TeenNick, Channel 5 (UK), Telefe (Argentina) and Paramount Channel, reach over 3.9 billion cumulative television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com. Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom’s blog at blog.viacom.com and Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/viacom.

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Press Contacts:

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

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

 

TIME: The Kalief Browder Story Six-Part Event Series Premieres 3/1 at 10 PM, ET/PT

February 8th, 2017 by faziod

SHAWN “JAY Z” CARTER AND WEINSTEIN TELEVISION PARTNER WITH SPIKE TV FOR
A LANDMARK TELEVISION EVENT

Six-Part Event Series Tackles The Story Of Kalief Browder And His Legacy That Shines A Light On The Extensive Inequality Within The Criminal Justice System

“TIME: The Kalief Browder Story”

Premieres on Spike Wednesday, March 1 at 10:00pm ET/PT

New York, NY, February 8, 2017 – Weinstein Television and Shawn “JAY Z” Carter have teamed up with Spike TV for a groundbreaking event series that will forever change the way we look at the criminal justice system in this country.

“TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” 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. The series premieres Wednesday, March 1 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT.

Browder was a 16-year old high school student from the Bronx walking home from a party when he was arrested for allegedly stealing a backpack. He spent an unthinkable three years in jail awaiting trial; two of those years in solitary confinement. The case never went to trial and the chargers were ultimately dropped. After his release from Rikers Island, he took his own life. His story and the challenges it poses to our understanding of American freedoms are at the heart of the event series.

“TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” will be an important television event that takes a comprehensive look at Browder’s story using first-person accounts, archival footage, and cinematic recreations of key scenes from Browder’s life to present a definitive narrative of the shocking story that became a symbolic touchstone for criminal justice activism and reform. “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” will feature exclusive interviews from a wide range of those connected to the story, from politicians to close friends and family members to social reformers.

“Kalief Browder is a modern day prophet; his story a failure of the judicial process,” said Carter.  “A young man, and I emphasize young man, who lost his life because of a broken system.  His tragedy has brought atrocities to light and now we must confront the issues and events that occurred so other young men can have a chance at justice.”

“JAY Z, Kevin Kay, Sharon Levy and the entire team at Spike have been incredible partners on this project. What happened to Kalief is heartbreaking, but sadly, in reality, not the first of its kind. This series will take an important look at why Kalief’s life was cut so short, the flaws in our justice system and hopefully will continue some powerful conversations and movements for some much needed reform,” said TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein.

“Kalief’s story should endure and inspire much-needed change in the criminal justice system,” said Sharon Levy, Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series. “When  Weinstein Television brought us this project, we immediately knew it was a story that had to be told.”

“The story on the evening news created a lot of attention and action around Kalief Browder, but it wasn’t the whole story. If Kalief Browder’s life matters then his whole life matters, and that’s how we have been approaching this project,” said Jenner Furst, the director of this six-part series, from his Brooklyn-based company The Cinemart.

Executive Producers for “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” include Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, Harvey Weinstein, David C. Glasser, Sharon Levy, Chachi Senior,  Jenner Furst, Nick Sandow, Julia Willoughby Nason, and Michael Gasparro.

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

About Roc Nation:
Founded in 2008, Roc Nation is a full-service entertainment company, inclusive of artist, songwriter, producer and engineer management; music publishing; touring & merchandising; film & television; new business ventures; and a music label. It is home to a diverse roster of critically acclaimed recording artists, writers and producers including Rihanna, Shakira, J. Cole, Santigold, HAIM, Meek Mill, Big Sean and more. Roc Nation also has partnerships with global management companies Three Six Zero and Philymack.

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 357 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. Current new series include the business focused Fashion Inc. which premiered this fall on Lifetime, and the late night AMC talk show Geeking Out.

Scripted series include 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 The Cinemart:
The Cinemart is a Full-Service Production Company and Creative Firm founded by Award-Winning Filmmakers Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason. After spending a decade producing seminal Docuseries Events like Brick City and Chicagoland, and working for industry luminaries like Robert Redford, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese; The Cinemart now produces Independent Films, Groundbreaking Television and disruptive Commercial Content for some of the world’s most influential Brands and Musicians. Recent Projects include the award-winning Sundance favorite Welcome to Leith and Sprite’s Obey Your Thirst Campaign starring Drake and Nas. The company is currently producing “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story,” a six-part Docuseries Event for Spike TV, Executive Produced by Jay Z, Harvey Weinstein, Nick Sandow and Michael Gasparro. The Cinemart’s studio and post facility are located in Downtown Brooklyn, New York.

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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@spike.com
Nicole Quenqua     The Weinstein Company       212-845-8627       nicole.quenqua@weinsteinco.com
Jana Fleishman      Roc Nation                               212 292 7539        janaf@rocnation.com
Omar Gonzales      The Cinemart                           212-373-0116       omar.gonzales@pmkbnc.com
Jodie Magid            The Cinemart                          212-373-0122       jodie.magid@pmkbnc.com

Spike TV Names Red Fabbri Vice President, Fan Engagement And Editorial

December 14th, 2016 by faziod

SPIKE TV NAMES RED FABBRI

VICE PRESIDENT, FAN ENGAGEMENT AND EDITORIAL

NEW YORK – December 14, 2016 – Red Fabbri has been named to the newly created position of Vice President, Fan Engagement and Editorial, Spike TV. The announcement was made today by Cedric Foster, Senior Vice President, Brand Marketing, Digital and Fan Engagement Strategy, Spike TV, to whom he will report. In his new role, Fabbri will oversee the growth of multiplatform audience, engagement and content consumption for the Spike brand and will manage initiatives on social media platforms, App and Site editorial and develop original content for distinct platforms.

“Red brings a tremendous amount of experience growing and engaging audiences,” said Foster. “We are excited for him to take the fan engagement reigns and continue to grow our portfolio of Spike franchises, fueled by his passion for putting the audience first on every platform.”

Fabbri previously served as Head of Audience, Elite Daily, where he set and oversaw the strategy behind audience development and growth for the organization.

Prior to Elite Daily, Fabbri spent three years at Condé Nast as Director of Digital where he led digital strategy, social media execution and multichannel communications. Working across the Condé Nast portfolio of brands, Fabbri helped reach a comScore audience of over 100m monthly unique viewers, launched the social-first “Creativity” marketing campaign and won a Webby award.

Fabbri started his career at NBCUniversal and earned a Bachelor degree in Communications and Economics from Boston College.

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:  

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

 

Spike Press Release – Spike Sets “Caraoke Showdown” for January 12

December 8th, 2016 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE SETS “CARAOKE SHOWDOWN” FOR JANUARY 12

New Series Hosted by Craig Robinson and

Executive Produced by Howie Mandel

 

New York, NY, December 8, 2016 – Spike is gearing up for a wild ride with the premiere of “Caraoke Showdown” on Thursday, January 12 at 10:30 PM, ET/PT following a new episode of “Lip Sync Battle.” This party-on-wheels has the ultimate emcee in host, actor, and comedian Craig Robinson who literally drives the fun-filled ride that gives unsuspecting passengers the trip of their lives.

“Caraoke Showdown” takes groups of passengers on a musical journey to win money by competing in a variety of karaoke-style challenges. Throughout various rounds of game play, contestants compete for cash by belting out their favorite tunes, finishing lyrics or acting out songs. Also adding to the “anything can happen” atmosphere of “Caraoke Showdown,” special guests hop in from time to time and help our singers win big.

This musical trip isn’t just confined to inside the “caraoke.”  Gameplay can take contestants on to the street recruiting pedestrians (and total strangers!) in a variety of music-related challenges.  Each episode ends when the two teams with the most prize money ‘crash’ an event at surprise locations. The finalists then must perform karaoke in front of a crowd that ultimately gets to determine the grand prize winner.

Click here to see new trailer for “Caraoke Showdown”

Howie Mandel serves as Executive Producer along with Alice Dickens-Koblin, Peter Herschko, Brian Veskosky and CORE Media Group serves as the production company.  Craig Robinson also serves as Executive Producer on “Caraoke Showdown.”

Craig Robinson is best known for his role as the acerbic Dunder-Mifflin employee Darryl Philbin on NBC’s Emmy-winning “The Office.” Currently, he can be seen in the second season of USA Network’s critically acclaimed “Mr. Robot” in a recurring role.  He also recently won the Sundance Actor Award for his standout performance in the Award-winning entry, “Morris From America.” The renowned actor and comedian’s credits include NBC’s “Mr. Robinson,” HBO’s “Eastbound and Down,” and feature films “Pineapple Express,” “Hot Tub Machine,” “Zack and Miri Make A Porno,” “This Is The End,” and “Peeples.”

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chachi Senior is Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Spike, and Tori Socha, Vice President of Original Series, oversees “Caraoke Showdown.”

For more updates on “Caraoke Showdown” go to CaraokeShowdown.Spike.com.

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

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Press Contact:

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

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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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