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‘Ink Master’ Renewed for Season 10 at Spike, Gets Female-Centric Special (Exclusive)

‘Ink Master’ Renewed for Season 10 at Spike, Gets Female-Centric Special (Exclusive)
Ink Master” has been renewed for Season 10 at Spike ahead of the Season 9 premiere, Variety has learned exclusively. In addition, the network has also greenlit a female-centric spinoff special titled “Ink Master Angels.”

Season 10, which has been picked up for 16 one-hour episodes, will go into production later this year and air on the rebranded Paramount Network in 2018. Season 9 is set to debut this June along with new episodes of spinoff series “Ink Master: Redemption.” “Ink Master Angels” will be a one-hour special that will feature four of Season 8’s top female competitors — Ryan Ashley, Kelly Doty, Nikki Simpson, and Gia Rose — as they travel the country competing against tattoo artists to see who has what it takes to beat them. The special will debut later this year.

“I’m so pleased to see ‘Ink Master’ reach a milestone tenth season as it continues to be a great ratings driver for the network,” said
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Chris Garver guest-judges insane cyborg tattoos on Ink Master

On Ink Master tonight, tattoo legend Chris Garver drops in as a guest judge as the contestants face turning their canvases into cyborgs! Garver has been tattooing since 1988 and previously featured on TLC’s reality series Miami Ink. And this week on Spike he lends his decades of expertise to deciding who’ll be eliminated from the Ink Master Season 8 line-up. There are only five artists remaining — Ryan Ashley Malarkey, Nate Beavers and Gian Karle Cruz from Team Peck and Nikki Simpson and Kelly Doty from Team Núñez. But when Dave Navarro breaks the news that they’ll be making their...read more
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Charlie Corwin to Join Imagine Entertainment as CEO (Exclusive)

Outgoing Endemol Shine North America Co-ceo Charlie Corwin is poised to move to Imagine Entertainment in the newly created role of CEO, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.

Imagine declined to comment and Corwin did not return calls.

Word of Corwin’s appointment at Imagine comes just as the executive has announced his resignation from Endemol Shine North America, where he had been co-chairman and CEO since October 2014. Corwin is leaving the U.S. arm of the 21st Century Fox-Apollo Global Management joint venture by the end of this month.

Corwin will report to Imagine founders Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. He will be tasked with helping build out the Imagine brand, which earlier this year received a $100 million investment from Raine Group. The influx of capital has allowed Imagine to expand its wings in TV, film and digital content. Given the heightened activity at Imagine, it’s no surprise Grazer and Howard would
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Charlie Corwin to Join Imagine Entertainment as CEO (Exclusive)

Outgoing Endemol Shine North America Co-ceo Charlie Corwin is poised to move to Imagine Entertainment in the newly created role of CEO, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.

Imagine declined to comment and Corwin did not return calls.

Word of Corwin’s appointment at Imagine comes just as the executive has announced his resignation from Endemol Shine North America, where he had been co-chairman and CEO since October 2014. Corwin is leaving the U.S. arm of the 21st Century Fox-Apollo Global Management joint venture by the end of this month.

Corwin will report to Imagine founders Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. He will be tasked with helping build out the Imagine brand, which earlier this year received a $100 million investment from Raine Group. The influx of capital has allowed Imagine to expand its wings in TV, film and digital content. Given the heightened activity at Imagine, it
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Charlie Corwin Out at Endemol Shine North America, Cris Abrego Becomes Solo CEO (Exclusive)

In a major shakeup at Endemol Shine North America, Charlie Corwin is leaving as co-chairman and CEO of the Los Angeles-based production company, a cornerstone of the Endemol Shine Group joint venture between 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management.

Cris Abrego, who has been co-chairman and CEO with Corwin since October 2014, will take the reins as solo leader of the company that is home to CBS’ “Big Brother,” Fox’s “MasterChef” and NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.”

The timing of Corwin’s departure is a big surprise. Corwin and Abrego just signed new deals with the company in January that saw their duties expand to overseeing all Latin American operations.

Sources said there had of late been significant differences of opinion on the direction and strategy for the company, particularly as it related to scripted programming, between Corwin and Sophie Turner Laing, CEO of the Amsterdam-based Endemol Shine parent org. Corwin
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Inside Endemol Shine’s Ambitious Plan to Conquer Global TV

When top executives of Endemol Shine Group gather next week at the Majestic hotel in Cannes, the scene inside the conference room might be mistaken for a United Nations Security Council meeting.

Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Israel, Russia, China and Switzerland are among the more than 30 territories that will be represented alongside the superpowers of North America and the U.K. at an extra-long table. The gathering is so large that there’s a microphone and a nameplate with country flag set out for each participant.

The brainstorming and information-sharing sessions will be held largely in English, although there will be side conversations among smaller groups in numerous native tongues. Coinciding with the annual MipTV international sales conference, the group will spend a few days talking shop, screening projects and generally arming themselves with the latest market intel.

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By all accounts, the periodic meetings of what
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MTV Hires Conde Nast Entertainment’s Michael Klein as Original Content Evp

MTV has brought aboard Conde Nast Entertainment’s Michael Klein to be executive vice president, Original Content. Klein (pictured above), will oversee all original programming, development and creative across MTV and its related brands. His prior credits include “Vanity Fair Confidential” for ID; “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” and “Man v. Food” for Travel Channel; and “What Not to Wear” and “Miami Ink” for TLC. Most recently executive vice president of Programming and Content Strategy at Conde Nast’s Digital Channels, Klein will now report directly to Sean Atkins, President of MTV. Also Read: Conde Nast Expands Digital Team With
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Here’s One Direction’s ‘Perfect’ Music Video, Complete With Walking, Soccer Balls, and Tattoos

  • Vulture
This fun-as-heck! music vid, shot by Sophie Muller at New York's InterContinental Hotel, is equal parts "Anna," Rémi Gaillard, and Miami Ink. Also, as an ironic love song, it's pretty meta in a number of ways (are you listening-slash-watching, T-Swift?). Anyway, Rip, hotel rooms. (N.B.: No hotel rooms were actually harmed in the filming of this video. One hopes.)"Perfect" is 1D's second single from Made in the A.M., which is set for a November 13 release. You can pre-order that album here.
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Own Ups Jill Dickerson to Svp of Programming and Development

Own has promoted Jill Dickerson to senior vice president of programming and development, the cable channel announced Friday.

Dickerson has been serving as vice president of programming and marketing since 2009 and has worked on the Own series “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s,” “Flex & Shanice,” Deion’s Family Playbook” as well as Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete’s upcoming “For Peete’s Sake” and the new primetime show featuring Rev Run and Tyrese Gibson. In her new role, she will continue to collaborate with producers in the development of nonfiction programming for Own and supervise editorial management of outside production.

“We are thrilled to announce Jill Dickerson’s move up to the next level in her career as she has been integral to Own’s success,” said Own prexy Sheri Salata. “Jill is an exceptional team player and a seasoned pro who brings a wealth of experience in non-scripted television to our programming efforts.
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Oxygen Media Taps Benny Reuven As VP Development; Mark Pesavento Joins Fox Sports Digital As Svp Content

Benny Reuven has joined Oxygen Media as VP Development. He will be tasked with developing lifestyle programming for the network’s multicultural female audience. He joins the NBCUniversal Cable-owned company from Wilshire Studios, where he was VP Development and Programming. Before that, he founded 3Rb Entertainment and oversaw development and production. His credits include Kid Nation, Farmer Wants A Wife and Miami Ink. Based in Los Angeles, Reuven will report to Cori…
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20 Problems Only People With Tattoos Will Understand

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Getting tattooed stings a bit. Being stabbed by a bunch of tiny needles isn’t half as irritating as the public’s uninvited “feedback” on your own skin, though. Fortunately, the stigma of tattoos has very much faded, but it doesn’t mean it’s disappeared completely. Most people with visible tattoos have been in some sort of annoying situation with a blindly prejudice or frankly rude inquisitor.

Of course, tattoos are inevitably going to be looked at. If you get a great stonking phoenix on your back with galaxies for eyes and kittens living in it’s tail, you’re going to want to show it off, and anyone complaining about strangers glancing at their inked skin are twice as ignorant as the accused. It’s art, at the end of the day (well, most of it is), and if it’s on display, people will glance at it.
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Writer-Producers at Reality TV Hit Factory Vote to Unionize

  • The Wrap
The Writers’ Guild of America's fight to unionize reality TV writers progressed on Friday, when employees at Original Media voted to join the guild by a 42-9 margin in an election held by the National Labor Relations Board. Original Media, a subsidiary of Endemol USA, produces shows such as “Miami Ink” and its spinoffs, History Channel's “Swamp People,” Discovery's “Storm Chasers” and Spike's “Ink Master.” Also read: WGA Leans on MSNBC Hosts to ‘Lean Forward’ Against Comcast “The men and women who work so hard to create nonfiction (reality) TV shows have demonstrated that they want Wgae representation to help them improve their working.
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truTV to launch in the UK on digital free-to-air

truTV is to launch in the UK, it has been announced.

The 24-hour channel will be available on digital television free-to-air, and will broadcast a selection of original and unscripted programmes.

Fear Factor, singing competition Killer Karaoke and survival series Redneck Island are among the shows which will be broadcast.

The channel will launch in August, with further details to be announced in the coming weeks.

Redneck Island features iconic wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin, while a group of hillbillies compete for food and immunity from the 'beer ballot'.

Ink Master is described as a 'badass' version of Great British Bake Off, and stars Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and Miami Ink's Chris Núñez, as tattoo artists compete in a weekly competition.

Other shows include Hardcore Pawn: Chicago, South Beach Tow, Container Wars and Bait Cars.

truTV is also the home of Storage Hunters, which is currently shown on Dave in the UK.
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Rob Zombie Signs on as a Guest Judge on Spike TV's Ink Master

In between making music and movies, Rob Zombie is now lined up as a special guest judge on Spike TV’s hit reality competition series “Ink Master.” He'll appear in next week's April 15th episode at 10 Pm Et/Pt.

The horror movie maven will hold a pivotal role in deciding the contestants’ futures in this cutthroat tattoo competition. In the Tuesday, April 15th, episode the contestants will show off their abilities by creating the most fearsome demons to impress Zombie’s tantalizing tastes.

In case you’re not familiar with Spike TV’s “Ink Master,” it’s a weekly competition series where tattoo artists from around the country battle it out in permanent ink for a $100,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked, and the bragging rights title of "Ink Master."

Each week “Ink Master” puts artist through a series of tattoo challenges that are designed to test not only
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ProSieben’s Red Arrow Buys Majority Stake in ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ Producer

ProSieben’s Red Arrow Buys Majority Stake in ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ Producer
Red Arrow Entertainment Group, the production-distribution unit of Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 Group, has acquired a majority stake in Half Yard Prods., the outfit behind such cable reality series as “Say Yes to the Dress,” “Diggers” and “Hillbilly Handfishin’.”

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed but industry sources pegged the pricetag at more than $40 million. Red Arrow’s deal for Half Yard is the latest example of the European and U.S. media congloms scooping up small and medium-sized unscripted production entities in an effort to bolster content creation and the potential to sell hit formats around the world.

Half Yard founders Abby Greensfelder and Sean Gallagher will continue to run the Bethesda, Md.-based company as co-CEOs. The pair, former programming execs at Discovery Channel and TLC, respectively, founded Half Yard in 2006. At Red Arrow, Half Yard becomes part of a portfolio that includes Chris Coelen’s Kinetic Content,
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Exclusive Portrait: Tattoo Artist Kat Von D, Formerly of ‘La Ink’

Chicago – In the world of tattoo art, there are few bigger personalities than Kat Von D. She was on two tattoo art-based reality shows on the TLC network, “Miami Ink” and “La Ink,” plus has written two best selling books on the topic, and has launched make-up and clothing lines. She was in Chicago last year to promote her third book, “Go Big or Go Home: Taking Risks in Life, Love and Tattooing.”

HollywoodChicago.com photographer Joe Arce captured this Exclusive Portrait as Kat Von D greeted admirers and signed books at Old Orchard Barnes & Noble in Skokie, Ill., in April of 2013.

Kat Von D at Old Orchard Barnes & Noble, April of 2013

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

“Go Big or Go Home: Taking Risks in Life, Love and Tattooing” by Kat Von D is available at Barnes & Noble or wherever books are sold.

By Patrick McDONALDSenior Staff WriterHollywoodChicago.
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Your Guide to TV’s Current Tattoo Obsession

  • Vulture
Your Guide to TV’s Current Tattoo Obsession
Keep your pawn shows, your swamp shows, your home-décor shows. I'll happily never watch anyone else house-hunt, or say yes to a dress, or have a kitchen nightmare. But dear God, please, don't take my tattoo shows away. My obsession with tattoo shows started a thousand years ago in reality TV time, with the 2005 debuts of Miami Ink and Inked. That fondness carried over to New York Ink, L.A. Ink, London Ink, even the lukewarm Tattoo Highway. And now we get to enjoy the golden era of ink shows — it's sort of a boom genre right now. Here's your guide to all the tattoo TV shows currently airing.The Contest Shows Best Ink (Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on Oxygen) and Ink Master (Spike, returning later this year) are the exact same show. They might even use the same "countdown" music. And they are both terrific! It's Top Chef, but
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Original Media Taps Daniel Laikind As New CEO

Producer Daniel Laikind has been tapped to succeed Charlie Corwin as CEO of Original Media. The post had been vacant since October, when Corwin was named co-chairman and co-ceo of Original parent company Endemol North America. Laikind will oversee reality development, including first-run unscripted cable television programming. He will be based in Original Media’s New York office. “Daniel has had a profound impact on the unscripted genre in both long form and short form and is known for creating edgy, quality content,” Corwin said. “I love his work.” Laikind co-founded Stick Figure Productions, where he served as President of Development and Production, overseeing such series as Amish In The City (Upn), #1 Single With Lisa Loeb (E!), Family Bonds (HBO) and Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane (Style). In 2013, Stick Figure was sold to Ora.tv. Original Media’s portfolio includes Ink Master (Spike), Comic Book Men (AMC), La Ink
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Daniel Laikind to Lead Original Media as CEO

Daniel Laikind has been appointed CEO of Original Media, parent company Endemol North America announced today.

The top spot at the unscripted shingle had been left vacant following Charlie Corwin’s hiring as co-ceo and co-chairman of Endemol North America in October of last year. (Cris Abrego also serves as co-ceo/chairman of the studio.) Corwin, who founded Original Media in 2002, called Laikind an “asset to the Original Media team and to Endemol overall.”

“Daniel has had a profound impact on the unscripted genre in both long form and short form and is known for creating edgy, quality content,” Corwin stated. “I love his work. He is very well liked and respected in the creative community and among buyers.”

Laikind joins Original Media after served as prez of development and production at Stick Figure Prods., a production company he co-founded. Shows that have grown on Stick Figure’s slate during
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Cris Abrego, Charlie Corwin Appointed Co-CEOs of Endemol North America

Endemol North America has found fresh leadership from within its own stables, appointing Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin co-chairmen and co-CEOs of the studio.

News follows the December announcement that Endemol North America topper David Goldberg was stepping down from his chairman-ceo post after thirteen years with the company.

“Charlie and Cris are world class creative entrepreneurs who have built their respective companies through the creation and production of great, must-watch content during their time within Endemol,” said Endemol Group prez Tim Hincks. “They combine energy, ambition and vision with an understanding of the values that define Endemol. We couldn’t ask for stronger candidates to lead our North American operations into a new phase of accelerated growth and creativity.”

Abrego and Corwin have been thriving members of the Endemol family, as their reality production companies — Abrego’s 51 Minds and Corwin’s Original Media — were both acquired by Endemol roughly six years ago.
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