SPIKE TEAMS UP WITH LIONSGATE TELEVISION, MISSION CONTROL MEDIA AND MX PRODUCTIONS ON "TRACKS"
Innovative New Game Show Executive Produced By Superstar Entertainer
And Musical Icon, Christina Aguilera
Half-Hour Special To Debut Later This Year
New York, NY, March 15, 2016 - Spike TV is partnering with entertainment superstar and singing icon Christina Aguilera ("The Voice") to develop a new, music-based game show, "Tracks." Produced by Mission Control Media and MX Productions in association with Lionsgate, "Tracks" will debut as a half-hour special on Spike TV later this year.
"Tracks" is an innovative musical game show where a team of two attempts to name a song title just by listening to its individual tracks (e.g. guitar, bass, vocal, etc.). The series will also feature surprise celebrity musical guests performing tracks - which could be their own - or others.
"Having finely tuned my ear for music over the years, I thought it would be fun to test other folks and see if they can identify a track - with a twist - since contestants will have to focus on a single component of a song," said Executive Producer Aguilera. "I'm excited to have 'Tracks' debuting on Spike TV, and proud to have this as the first project springing from our first-look deal with Lionsgate."
Aguilera serves as executive producer along with MX Productions founder Matthew Rutler ("Chef Without Boarders," "MasterClass"), Michael Agbabian and Dwight D. Smith ("Hollywood Game Night," "Face Off"). Neal Tabachnick and Michael Aubry are co-executive producers, and developed the series with Mission Control Media.
More information on the host and production details to be announced shortly.
One of the most accomplished performers of the last decade, Christina Aguilera has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, achieved four No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and won six Grammy awards. She has also received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has had the prestigious honor of being named the only artist under the age of 30 included in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 100 greatest singers of all time. In 2011, she entered the world of TV as a coach on NBC's Emmy Award winning show "The Voice." Christina continues to use her voice for good. She has served as global spokesperson for Yum! Brands' World Hunger Relief effort since 2009 where her participation has helped raised $115 million for WFP and others, providing 460 million meals and saving millions of lives.
Sharon Levy is Spike's Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chachi Senior is Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and will oversee "Tracks" and Tori Socha serves as the network's Executive in Charge of Production. Jennifer O'Connell, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Lionsgate Television and Brian Tannenbaum, Vice President, Lionsgate Television will oversee on behalf of the studio.
About Spike TV
Spike TV is available in 91.4 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.
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About Mission Control Media
Named by RealScreen in 2015 as one of the top non-scripted production companies in the world, Mission Control Media, Inc. was formed by veteran television producers Michael Agbabian and Dwight D. Smith in 2008 with an eye on producing premium content. The duo has amassed an impressive array of credits spanning network, cable and syndication outlets while successfully tackling virtually every form of alternative programming including competition-elimination, docuseries, music, live, variety, hidden camera, talk shows and game shows. Mission Control's critically-acclaimed series distinguish themselves with a unique vision that includes a strong sense of character, story and style. Signature projects for the company include the multiple Emmy Award-winning NBC game show "Hollywood Game Night" featuring Jane Lynch, as well as "Face Off," the Critics Choice Award-winning competition about special effects make-up, currently in its 10th season on Syfy.
MX is a Los Angeles based production and investment company founded in 2015 by Grammy-Award winning artist Christina Aguilera and her fiancée, producer, businessman Matthew Rutler. Currently, MX has a first look television deal with Lionsgate. Together, they are producing "Tracks" for SPIKE TV as well as a digital series entitled "Chef Without Boarders."