Spike TV Announces New Scripted Event-Series Development Slate Featuring Projects From Hollywood's Most Creative And Dynamic

   Spike TV Announces New Scripted Event-Series Development Slate Featuring
          Projects From Hollywood's Most Creative And Dynamic Minds

Tom Fontana, Chris Collins, Leslie Greif, Gene Simmons, Bobby Moresco,
Jonathan Koch, Steve Michaels, Craig Piligian, Dimitri Doganis, and Bart
Layton Are Among The Talented Producers and Writers Behind Spike's
Event-Series Scripted Slate

Network's Scripted Development to Further Grow and Expand the Network's
Audience Base

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, April 29, 2013

NEW YORK, April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Spike TV is back in the scripted
business in a big way. As the network continues to target a broader general
audience, Spike unveils an ambitious scripted development slate featuring five
high-profile projects from some of the industry's most accomplished producers.
The projects in development, if greenlit, would each be a special-event
series.

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The acclaimed producers attached to the projects include Emmy Award®-winner
Tom Fontana ("Homicide: Life on the Street," "Oz," "St. Elsewhere"), WGA
Award-winner Chris Collins ("Sons of Anarchy," "The Wire"), Emmy®-nominated
Leslie Greif ("Hatfields& McCoys," "Walker Texas Ranger,"), Rock God and
multi-hyphenate Gene Simmons (KISS), Academy Award®-winner Bobby Moresco
("Crash"), Emmy Award®-winners Jonathan Koch and Steve Michaels ("The
Kennedys"), Emmy Award®-winner Craig Piligian ("Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial
in Italy," "Abducted: The Carlina White Story"), and BAFTA-winners Dimitri
Doganis and Bart Layton ("The Imposter"). 

"Our move into scripted special-event series is a major step in the evolution
of the brand that now reaches a more balanced audience," said Sharon Levy,
Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV. "Each project features
our development's mission to thrill, inspire, and entertain the viewer. We
also see this as a stepping stone to developing original scripted dramatic
series." 

Levy will oversee the scripted projects for the network. Spike's last foray
into scripted event series was "The Kill Point," in July 2007. The event
series in development include the following:

HIT MEN
From Leslie Greif ("Hatfields & McCoys"), Chris Collins ("Sons of Anarchy")
and Rock God and multi-hyphenate Gene Simmons (KISS), comes "Hit Men," a
thrilling look into the untold story of how the mafia took control of the
music industry of the 1970's. From rising artists to radio stations to record
labels, the impact organized crime had on all facets of the music business in
this era was all-consuming and changed the music world forever. The event
series will be produced by Thinkfactory Media.

WHITEY BULGER PROJECT
Written by Academy Award®-winning writer, Bobby Moresco ("Crash") and
producedbyJonathan Koch and Steve Michaels of Asylum Entertainment ("The
Kennedys"), this movie event chronicles the raw and unfiltered rise and fall
of Whitey Bulger, one of America's most notorious criminals. This four-hour
epicdelves deep into the life of Boston's most infamous organized crime
leader, who ruled New England's criminalunderworld with an iron fist for
decades.Bulger's larger-than-life story takes us from his days as
alow-level street thugto FBI informant,to mob boss bent on undermining the
competition, to the FBI's most wanted list, and fugitive on the lam for
sixteen years

THE LAMP
In the 1970's, the United States military set up some very unorthodox and
secretive departments to research a wide range of areas from telekinesis to
ambient noise to body language. Among these included the Research and
Acquisitions Department, designed to covertly find and acquire all artifacts
mentioned in religious and mythological texts to determine if any of them
truly claimed magical powers. The search came up empty until they came across
the legendary Aladdin's Lamp. The project comes to Spike from the Levinson /
Fontana Company with Brant Englestein ("Borgia") as writer.

UNTITLED BENGHAZI PROJECT
This project lifts the curtain on the untold behind-the-scenes story of the
2012 terrorist attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
Based on declassified documents and testimonials from those who were on the
ground, this miniseries will shed light on the actual events surrounding the
tragic deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens,
and the heroic actions of CIA operatives that saved dozen of American lives.
The untitled Benghazi project comes to Spike from Pilgrim Studios and Emmy
Award®-winner Craig Piligian ("Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy," "The
Ultimate Fighter") who is executive-producing, along with Pilgrim Studios'
Beth Miller.

iHUMAN
The stories of how technological innovation is transforming the human
condition will be at the center of a series of films from Raw TV, the
BAFTA-Award winning team behind the critically-acclaimed film, "The
Imposter." As technology becomes such an integral part of our lives and our
most personal information becomes captured in a "cloud," how does this affect
human interaction? From the comfort of a laptop, we are now able to do
everything from cheating on our spouses, to sending SWAT teams to celebrities'
homes, to bringing about revolution or crashing financial markets. The
connections in the digital age are actually resulting in a disconnection from
humanity and this film series will explore this in a way never before seen on
television. Raw TV's credits also include "Gold Rush," "Locked Up Abroad," and
"Paranormal Witness."

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