or


[03/22/06 - 12:00 AM]
Spike TV and the Ultimate Fighting Championship(R) Brand Announce a Continued Strategic Partnership for 2007 and 2008

[via press release from Spike TV]

Spike TV and the Ultimate Fighting Championship(R) Brand Announce a Continued Strategic Partnership for 2007 and 2008

Exclusive Deal Establishes Spike TV as the Official Home of the UFC on Cable Television

Includes Three New Seasons of 'The Ultimate Fighter(TM),' Live Fights, and New Episodes of 'UFC Unleashed'

NEW YORK, March 22 -- Spike TV and the Ultimate Fighting Championship(R) organization have agreed to a new, two-year extension of their strategic partnership, it was announced jointly today by Doug Herzog, President, Spike TV and Dana White, President, Zuffa, LLC d/b/a Ultimate Fighting Championship(R). The deal positions Spike TV as the exclusive cable home of one of the fastest growing brands in sports, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, through 2008. The deal was brokered by the Endeavor Agency.

The main components of the deal are four new seasons of the hit reality series, The Ultimate Fighter(TM), ten Ultimate Fight Night Live fight cards, and 26 episodes of UFC Unleashed.

"We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the hottest brand in sports, The UFC," said Herzog. "The deal is a testament to the incredible passion and foresight that Dana White brings to the sport of mixed martial arts."

"In Spike TV, we have found a television partner that understands and embraces our sport that is on the verge of overtaking boxing as the #1 combat sport in America," noted White.

In 2005, 95.7 million viewers saw at least 1 minute of UFC programming on Spike TV (The Ultimate Fighter/UFC Unleashed/Ultimate Knockouts/UFC Fight Previews/Ultimate Fight Nights/UFC All Access), which translates to 34.4% of the U.S. population or 1 in 3 Americans.*

The new Spike TV deal includes the following:

* Seasons 5 through 7 of the highly successful reality series, The Ultimate Fighter. (5 and 6 will run in 2007 and season 7 will run in 2008).

* Ten live fight cards, Ultimate Fight Night Live, hosted by Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg, featuring many of the biggest names in the sport. Four will be in '07 and four in '08. The deal also includes two more live fights this year.

* 26 one-hour episodes of UFC Unleashed, hosted by Mike Goldberg, featuring the greatest fights in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, many of them never seen before on basic cable. The series features the biggest names in the sport including Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Matt Hughes, Ken Shamrock, Rich Franklin, Tank Abbott, Andrei Arlovski, Royce Gracie and Tito Ortiz. Spike TV will run 13 in 2007 and 13 in 2008.

Season 3 of The Ultimate Fighter kicks off Thursday, April 6 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT with UFC legends and bitter rivals Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz serving as coaches. Season 4 will premiere later this year.

Craig Piligian of Pilgrim Films and Television, Frank Fertitta III, Lorenzo Fertitta, Dana White of Zuffa, LLC, and Kevin Kay of Spike TV are the show's executive producers. Brian J. Diamond is Vice President, Sports & Specials, Spike TV and Co-Executive Producer. Peter V. Symuleski serves as Executive in Charge of Production for Spike TV.

About The Ultimate Fighting Championship

The Ultimate Fighting Championship(R) brand is the world's leading professional mixed martial arts organization and offers the premier series of MMA sports events. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., the UFC(R) organization produces approximately eight live pay-per-view events annually that are distributed through cable and satellite providers. In addition to its U.S. distribution, UFC fight programs are distributed throughout the world including broadcast on WOWOW, Inc. in Japan, Globosat in Brazil and Bravo in the United Kingdom. Zuffa, LLC licenses the distribution of its fight show DVDs through Studioworks Entertainment, a Ventura Distribution company. For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit ufc.com.

Ultimate Fighting Championship(R), Ultimate Fighting(R), UFC(R), The Ultimate Fighter(R), Submission(R), As Real As It Gets(R), The Octagon(TM) and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks, trademarks, trade dress or service marks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks referenced herein may be the property of Zuffa, LLC or other respective owners.

Spike TV, the first network for men, is available in 88 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc.

* 1 minute qualifier, Spike TV research

SOURCE Spike TV
Web Site: http://www.spiketv.com





  [march 2006]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
   


· ULTIMATE FIGHTER, THE (FS1)





[06/23/17 - 10:01 AM]
ABC Sends "Still Star-Crossed" to Saturdays; Various Repeats to Fill Monday Slot
Look for "Celebrity Family Feud" this Monday, June 26 and "Battle of the Network Stars" on Monday, July 3.

[06/23/17 - 08:17 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Edges Demo Win Over ABC, NBC Summer Launches
The Alphabet and the Peacock fall just short of FOX's game show duo.

[06/23/17 - 08:03 AM]
Video: Have You Met the Incredible Jessica James? Get Your Chance July 28!
Jessica Williams stars in the latest Netflix original film.

[06/23/17 - 07:42 AM]
ESPN's NBA Draft Ratings Up 13 Percent
ESPN spins the numbers for Thursday, June 22.

[06/23/17 - 07:32 AM]
"Vice Special Report: A World in Disarray," Examining the Past, Present and Future of American Foreign Policy, Debuts July 21, Exclusively on HBO
The exclusive HBO presentation features interviews with Condoleezza Rice, Tony Blair, Samantha Power, Ash Carter and others.

[06/23/17 - 07:27 AM]
Lifetime Moves Up "A Midsummer's Nightmare" Pilot Premiere to Friday, July 14
Said offering was previously scheduled for Friday, July 28.

[06/23/17 - 07:01 AM]
Conan O'Brien Returns to Comic-Con(R) International with All New Pop! Vinyl Figures from TBS and Funko
During the week of Comic-Con(R) International, "Conan" will be taped at San Diego's historic Spreckels Theatre on Wednesday, July 19 - Saturday, July 22.

[06/22/17 - 02:31 PM]
Sharon Leal Joins the Cast of New Drama Series "Instinct"
Leal will portray a friend of Lizzie's (Bojana Novakovic) who has recently been promoted to be their boss in the NYPD.

[06/22/17 - 01:43 PM]
TV Land's "Younger" Simulcasts Coast-to-Coast on June 28th and Launches Live Digital Aftershow
"Getting Younger," hosted by Taylor Strecker, will continue the enthusiastic fan conversation that occurs on social media every week and encourage viewers to submit questions and interact with other superfans and stars alike.

[06/22/17 - 01:23 PM]
HBO Partners with TRAP Karaoke to Promote "Insecure" and "Ballers"
Fans in Cincinnati, Charlotte and Houston will join cast members from both series for an advance double feature screening of the shows' season premieres.

[06/22/17 - 11:45 AM]
Hannah Hart Hits the Road for a Tasty Cross-Country Trip in New Food Network Series "I Hart Food"
The six-episode series launches Monday, August 14 at 10:00/9:00c on the cable channel.

[06/22/17 - 11:06 AM]
Spike Announces New Docuseries "Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio," Premiering July 22 at 9pm ET/PT
The series is the tragic saga of these young women shrouded in a mystery that includes a dark underbelly of a struggling Midwest region plagued by drug and sex trafficking, and a system that seems to have failed to protect these women.

[06/22/17 - 11:00 AM]
FOX Announces Fall Premiere Dates for the 2017-2018 Season
Newcomer "The Orville" will kick things off with two special post-NFL airings on Sunday, September 10 and 17.

[06/22/17 - 10:57 AM]
TV One Announces 11th Season of "Unsung" Featuring Wyclef, Jagged Edge and Ice-T Among Others!
TV One's signature series weaves a tale of the highs and lows of a life in the limelight.

[06/22/17 - 10:13 AM]
ID Premieres Timely Special "Black and Blue" on Saturday Against Background of Controversial Decisions Involving Police Shootings
The special will be available on Investigation Discovery's TV Everywhere app, ID GO, beginning Sunday, June 25.