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Viacom’s Spike to begin int’l roll out in UK

Viacom is set to launch its male-skewing Spike channel internationally for the first time, with rollout of a new free-to-air UK version of the network in spring next year, TBI’s sister publication DTVE reports. Announcing the launch in London today, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said that Viacom’s acquisition of UK terrestrial broadcaster Viacom earlier this […]

Oldman attached to Spike web crime drama

Gary Oldman is the latest Hollywood film star to executive produce a television drama series. He will work on Dark Web, an original series from writer and producer Tony Krantz for US cable channel Spike TV about a tech genius that becomes rich after creating an illegal online market place that sells everything from drugs […]

Spike goes for Gold

Viacom-owned Spike TV has created a senior VP, scripted original series post and named the television president at Crossbones prodco Parkes+Macdonald in the role. Ted Gold will lead a newly-created scripted development team and oversee all scripted programming at the male-skewed network, reporting to executive VP, original series Sharon Levy. His team will include VP, […]

Spike orders Tutankhamen drama miniseries

US cable channel Spike TV has ordered a six-part scripted miniseries based on legendary Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen from Canada’s Muse Entertainment. Tut will tell the story of Tutankhamen’s rise to power and subsequent struggle to establish Egypt as a key power as his advisors, friends and lovers scheme for their own interests. Spike billed the […]

Spike banks on Hungry Investors

US cable channel Spike TV has commissioned a 10-part series in which investors seek out ‘diamond in the rough’ restaurants. Hungry Investors will see bar and nightlife expert Jon Taffer, celebrity chef John Besh and Top Chef‘s Tiffany Derry put two struggling eateries to the test to prove they deserve a cash injection that will […]

Fox’s Cops shifts gear with cable move

Long-running Fox series Cops is moving to Viacom-owned cable channel Spike TV after almost a quarter of a decade on US broadcast television. The Langley Productions-produced docu-series is due to end its 25th season of Fox this month, having debuted on the channel on March 11, 1989. The format places viewers in police cars as […]

Spike TV taps talent for scripted specials push

US cable channel Spike TV is developing five projects from producers such as Leslie Greif and Tom Fontana that, if greenlit, would run as large-scale special event series. The move marks Viacom-owned Spike’s first move into the scripted special event space since 2007 series The Kill Point, and comes as the channel seeks to target […]

Spike vows to Never Ever Do This at Home

US cable channel Spike TV has bought DRG-distributed science-theme entertainment series Never Ever Do This at Home. The network will launch the 13x30mins show on May 28.The series comes from Toronto-based Insight Production Company in association within Discovery Channel in Canada and Bell Media, is originally based on an NRK format. It sees a pair […]

Spike TV launches new tattoo reality series

US cable network Spike TV is launching a new tattoo reality series produced by Endemol-owned Original Media. The Viacom-owned broadcaster has ordered 10-episode one hour reality series Tattoo Rescue, which originally aired on the channel as a one-off backdoor pilot. The series, which is exec produced by Original Media’s Charlie Corwin and Sweatshop Media’s Vem […]

Spike TV offers $10m to find Bigfoot

US cable network Spike TV is offering a $10 million prize to anyone who finds Bigfoot in its new reality series 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty. The Viacom-owned broadcaster has teamed with Lloyd’s of London, who will underwrite the amount, to offer the largest cash prize in television history. The show is latest Bigfoot discovery […]