Spike TV is the New Home of Automotive and Motorcycle Icon Jesse James
Two-Year Deal Brings One of Television's Boldest Personalities to the
Network for Multiple Specials and Pilots
NEW YORK, Oct. 8 -- Spike TV signed a major talent and
production deal with multi-media impresario, Jesse James; it was announced
today by Sharon Levy, senior vice president, development, Spike TV. The
exclusive two-year deal includes multiple pilots and specials for the
network. James, who gained international fame for the hit series, "Monster
Garage," is president of Payupsucker Productions and Payupsucker
Over the two-year deal, James' production company, Payupsucker
Productions, will produce two specials and two primetime pilots that will
air per year. The deal also includes the pilot, "Metal Church," a
do-it-yourself series showcasing James' vast welding and fabricating
talents. The first special is slated to air second quarter 2008. Along with
appearing in the shows, James will serve as executive producer.
"We're proud to be the exclusive cable home of Jesse James, whose
authentic, straightforward persona resonates perfectly with the Spike TV
audience," said Levy. "He embodies the brand with an incredible energy that
we are thrilled to have on our network."
"I am very proud and excited to have a home for everything I have to
offer," said James. "From day one, Spike has been tailor-made for the nutty
stuff I do and for the people who watch it! I look forward to years of
busting my a**!"
Jesse James is a custom bike and car builder, producer, publisher,
television host and restaurateur. In 2000, James started his TV career with
Discovery Channel's "Motorcycle Mania," and in 2002 produced and starred in
the international television hit, "Monster Garage." Before his TV gigs,
James started West Coast Choppers by doing what he loved: building
motorcycles in his mom's garage. James built his shop from the ground up
and through nothing more than hard work and dedication, turned it into the
phenomenon it is today. The iconic logo is now recognized around the world.
As an expert welder, Jesse produces only 12-14 bikes a year, making a very
long wait list for his coveted custom machines.
More recently, Jesse established his own production company,
Payupsucker Productions, and in 2004, he became publisher of Garage
Magazine and launched Payupsucker Publications. In 2006 he opened an
eco-friendly burger joint, Cisco Burger.
Spike TV is available in 91.6 million homes and is a division of MTV
Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the
world's leading creators of programming and content across all media
SOURCE Spike TV