or


[06/05/13 - 10:17 AM]
Spike TV Bolsters Original Series Department with New Additions and Key Promotions
Chris Rantamaki is promoted to Senior Vice President, Original Series while Justin Lacob is promoted to Vice President, Original Series.

[via press release from Spike TV]

SPIKE TV BOLSTERS ORIGINAL SERIES DEPARTMENT WITH NEW ADDITIONS AND KEY PROMOTIONS

Los Angeles, CA, June 5, 2013 - As Spike TV continues to evolve and develop its brand through broad-appealing original programming, the network is announcing additions and promotions to its Original Series Team. The department's growth correlates with the network's biggest ever commitment to originals, which include the network's hit series "Ink Master," "Bar Rescue," "Tattoo Nightmares," "Auction Hunters," and the upcoming "Fight Master" and "Criss Angel: Believe."

"The Original Series team's expansion reflects our ever-continuing goal to create distinctive, bold shows geared toward a more-gender balanced audience," said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV. "We are developing more original series than ever before, and we are bringing in two real superstars in Kevin Bartel and Hayley Lozitsky to join one of the best development teams in the business."

The Original Series department changes include the following:

Chris Rantamaki is promoted to Senior Vice President, Original Series and will continue to report to Levy. Rantamaki will oversee the day-to-day department activities relating to development and production. Rantamaki joined Spike in April 2011 as Vice President, Original Series and was instrumental in developing the highest-rated series on the channel, "Ink Master," which delivered nearly three million viewers for its most recent season finale. Rantamaki also oversees the successful "Tattoo Nightmares," "World's Worst Tenants" and "Urban Tarzan." Before joining Spike, Rantamaki spent four years at the Discovery Channel.

"I am thrilled to announce Chris's well-deserved promotion today. He'll now be taking more of a leadership role in the department and company," said Levy. "He is a rising star in our industry and his creativity, passion and taste have played an enormous role in helping Spike grow its slate of successful original programming."

Justin Lacob is promoted to Vice President, Original Series. Lacob previously served as Director where he oversaw two of the network's signature series, the critically-acclaimed "Bar Rescue" and "Savage Family Diggers." Lacob is now developing two of the network's highly anticipated series, the upcoming "Tattoo Rescue" and "10 Million Dollar Big Foot Bounty." In his new role, Lacob will also work with Levy and other members of the team in the development of the network's scripted miniseries. Lacob came to Spike following a two-year stint at Intuitive Entertainment, where he served as Senior Director of Development overseeing such projects as "LA Shrinks" and "Love Broker" for Bravo.

Hayley Lozitsky joins Spike TV as Vice President, Original Series. Lozitsky previously served as Senior Vice President of Development at Ellen Rakieten Entertainment where she developed non-scripted/scripted programming. Among the series she developed include "Trisha's Southern Kitchen" for Food Network, "Pretty Wicked Moms" for Lifetime and "Hideous Houses" for A&E. Prior to that, Lozitsky was an agent specializing in non-scripted television at UTA. She began her career at E! and Style Network in Programming and Development.

Kevin Bartel joins Spike TV as Vice President, Original Series. Bartel previously served as Vice President of Development and Current Programming for All3Media America. Prior to that, Bartel joined Eli Holzman as one of the first employees of the U.S. arm of the British production company, Studio Lambert and helped launch "Undercover Boss," the #1 new show of the 2009-2010 season for CBS. Working across All3media Americas diverse slate of projects, Bartel has helped develop and produce television for A&E, AMC, Animal Planet, Bravo, CBS, CMT, CW, Discovery, E!, Lifetime, Logo, MTV, Nat Geo, NBC, Oxygen, Spike, Style, SyFy, TLC, TNT, Travel, TruTV, Vh1 and USA.

After nine years at Spike TV, Senior Vice President Tim Duffy will be leaving this fall to start a production company with his twin brother, Mike Duffy. "Tim has been an invaluable asset to me and a tremendous force in developing some of Spike's signature series. While we will miss Tim on our team, we are very excited to partner with him on a development deal as he sets out to create our next hit series with his new production company. We wish him tremendous luck and a big thank you for his time here."

About Spike:

Spike 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's Internet address is www.spike.com.





  [june 2013]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· AUCTION HUNTERS (SPIKE TV)
· BAR RESCUE (SPIKE TV)
· CRISS ANGEL BELIEVE (SPIKE TV)
· FIGHT MASTER: BELLATOR MMA (SPIKE TV)
· INK MASTER (PARAMOUNT)
· TATTOO NIGHTMARES (SPIKE TV)





[02/16/18 - 11:49 PM]
Development Update: Friday, February 16
Updates include: Madeline Stowe to star in FOX's "Mixtape"; Aunjanue Ellis set for lead role in "Chiefs" at CBS; and Lynn Collins among those bound for ABC's "Safe Harbor."

[02/16/18 - 05:54 PM]
"Descendants 3" Was Announced to Disney Channel Viewers Tonight in a Special Message from "Mal"
"Descendants 3" will begin production there in summer for a debut next year on Disney Channel.

[02/16/18 - 01:48 PM]
NBC Olympics' PyeongChang Coverage Delivered Most Dominant Winter Games Thursday Night Since Sarah Hughes Won Gold & Bode Miller Took Silver in 2002
NBC further spins the numbers for Thursday, February 15.

[02/16/18 - 12:00 PM]
Video: TBS Reveals First Trailer for "The Last O.G."
The series centers on Tray (Tracy Morgan), an ex-con shocked to see just how much the world has changed when he is released from prison for on good behavior after a 15-year stint.

[02/16/18 - 11:56 AM]
Travel Channel Triggers Mid-Season Pick Up of "Expedition Unknown" with Josh Gates
Production on the new season is slated to begin this spring.

[02/16/18 - 11:47 AM]
Check Out the New "iZombie" Season 4 Key Art!
The new season kicks off Monday, February 26 at 9:00/8:00c on The CW.

[02/16/18 - 11:00 AM]
Emmy(R) Award Winner Alfre Woodard to Guest-Star as Cookie's Mother on "Empire"
Renee, Cookie's mother, comes back into her life with a turbulent reunion.

[02/16/18 - 10:30 AM]
VH1's Unstoppable Streak Continues with a New Season of "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" and the Return of Erica Mena Monday, March 19 at 8PM ET/PT
After several failed relationships Erica is ready to leave her past behind her in search of a fresh start in Atlanta.

[02/16/18 - 10:30 AM]
Emmy Award-Winning "So You Think You Can Dance" Returns for 15th Season, Premiering Summer 2018 on FOX
Emmy Award winner Nigel Lythgoe, award-winning choreographer Mary Murphy and award-winning actress, singer and dancer Vanessa Hudgens will return as resident judges on the series, hosted by Emmy Award nominee Cat Deeley.

[02/16/18 - 09:02 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Rides Winter Olympics to Top Spot
The Peacock leads the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[02/16/18 - 09:00 AM]
CBS All Access Announces Additional Casting for "Strange Angel"
Production of the 1930s-set series began earlier this month on location across Los Angeles.

[02/16/18 - 08:17 AM]
Science Channel's All-New Series "Secrets of the Lost" Kicks Off with Two Episodes Offering Incredible Insight Into the Great Pyramid of Giza with Help of Newly Uncovered Ancient Text
The new, six-episode series premieres Sunday, February 25 at 10:00/9:00c on Science Channel.

[02/16/18 - 08:06 AM]
Emmy(R) Award-Winning "Rupaul's Drag Race" Returns for a Milestone 10th Season on Thursday, March 22 Followed by an All-New Season of "Untucked"
Each supersized, 90-minute episode of "RuPaul's Drag Race" will give fans more fashion, lip-syncs and drag than ever before.

[02/16/18 - 08:03 AM]
Welcome to the Neighborhood! Netflix Reveals First Look at "Santa Clarita Diet" Season 2's Newest Residents
Joel McHale, Maggie Lawson, Gerald McRaney and Zachary Knighton are all on tap for the new season, due this spring.

[02/16/18 - 05:31 AM]
90th Oscars(R) First Slate of Presenters Announced
The presenters, including past Oscar winners and nominees, are Mahershala Ali, Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Laura Dern, Jennifer Garner, Tiffany Haddish, Greta Gerwig, Tom Holland, Kumail Nanjiani, Margot Robbie, Emma Stone and Daniela Vega.