SPIKE TV TO PRESENT FANS A FRONT ROW SEAT TO "COMIC-CON ALL ACCESS LIVE," ONE OF THE BIGGEST EVENTS CELEBRATING POP CULTURE AND COMICS
Network's "All Access" Franchise to Feature Top Names in Pop Culture, Comics and Entertainment Including Mark Hamill, Kevin Smith, Zachary Levi's Nerd Machine,
Stan Lee, the Cast of "Doctor Who" and others
The Live Multi-Platform Event Airs on Spike TV on July 13 at 4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT
New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA - July 2, 2012 - Spike TV announced today that the network's live "All Access" multi-platform franchise, which covers the biggest events in gaming, pop culture and technology, will return with "Comic-Con All Access Live." The live event which airs on Spike TV, in HD, on Friday, July 13, from 4:00 - 7:00pm ET/1:00 - 4:00pm PT, will be the command center for all of the top entertainment headlines during the event, and the Comic-Con viewing party destination for fans at home. "Comic-Con All Access Live" will cover the top panels and announcements from the event, host the hottest stars of the genre, including Mark Hamill, Kevin Smith, Zachary Levi and much more.
"We are excited to bring our 'All Access' multi-platform franchise to Comic-Con 2012," said Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, Sports and Multi-Platform Programming, Spike TV. "Comic-Con is a celebration commemorating everything that fans love about comics, movies, TV shows and games, and 'Comic-Con All Access Live' will provide fans with an interactive and up-close experience that only Spike TV can deliver."
Kevin Smith will join the "All Access" team to serve as moderator of "Comic-Con Bonus Round," a live series of roundtable discussions surrounding comic books, pop culture and entertainment. In addition, Nerd Machine's Zac Levi, David Coleman and Alison Haislip, will return to the "All Access" franchise to give fans an exclusive sneak peek into their popular Nerd HQ event.
"Comic-Con All Access Live" will also feature an interview with Stan Lee and the creators of "Amazing Spiderman," in honor of the superhero's 50th anniversary, an exclusive reveal of the landmark #700 issue of "Amazing Spiderman," interviews with Mark Hamill, Kit Harington from "Game of Thrones," and visits from the cast of "Doctor Who," and MMA fighter Nate Quarry who stops by to talk about his "Zombie Cage Fighter" comic book. Dhani Jones (former NFL player and host of Spike TV's "Playbook360") will also be on hand to give a behind-the-scenes look into the "Walking Dead Escape" experience at Petco Park, and viewers can also watch "All Access" host, Katie Linendoll run a quarter-mile segment in the inaugural "Course of the Force" lightsaber relay, dressed in an R2D2 costume, to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation. "Course of the Force" is a Star Wars tribute event beginning in Santa Monica and ending in San Diego. The relay race takes place from July 7-11.
Also, in celebration of the revolutionary work in the comics, movies and sci-fi industry in the past year, Spike TV will present the "Spike's All Access Live Comic-Con Game Changer of the Year" award to the most innovative name in the genre for 2012 and is asking fans to help choose the winner. From visionary directors, inspired actors and comic book architects, viewers can elect Jim Lee, Joss Whedon, Christopher Nolan, Kevin Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Kirkman or David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Fans can vote by visiting www.spike.com/events/all-access-comic-con/game-changer-of-the-year.
"Comic-Con All Access Live" will be supported on Spike TV through "All Access Weekly" and "Playbook 360;" online on Spike.com, GameTrailers.com and MTV Geek; socially through its Facebook and Twitter feed @SpikeTV; and through mobile phones and tablets including iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The live special will also deliver digital pre and post shows, online simulcasts and interstitial programming throughout the weekend.
The "Comic-Con All Access Live" team includes "All Access Live" veterans Katie Linendoll ("All Access Weekly"), Geoff Keighley ("GTTV"), Justine Ezarik ("GTTV") and Daniel Kayser ("GTTV").
Spike TV's "All Access" hosting team will broadcast from their own Comic-Con studio at Petco Park, overlooking the San Diego Convention Center, and will feature coverage of the most anticipated panels, breaking entertainment news and announcements, exclusive interviews with the biggest names in pop culture and entertainment and much more. Fans can also interact with the "Comic-Con All Access Live" hosts and guests through Twitter using #SDCConSPIKE. Show hosts will use Spike TV's social media outlets to answer viewer questions and provide feedback in real-time throughout the live show.
Gil Colon, Kevin Kay, Geoff Keighley and Jon Slusser serve as Executive Producers for "Spike Presents Comic-Con All Access Live." For more information about "Comic-Con All Access Live," please visit allaccess.spike.com.
Sponsors for "Comic-Con All Access Live" include Dodge as a convergent sponsor, Burger King and GEICO as on-air sponsors and Axe as the show's digital sponsor.
Considered to be the home of the largest comic book and popular arts event in the world, Comic-Con 2012 will run from July 12-15, 2012 at the San Diego Convention Center.
Spike TV is available in 98.7 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.