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Endemol Shine North America Names Spike TV Vet Sharon Levy President of Unscripted, Scripted TV

Endemol Shine North America has named Sharon Levy as its new president of unscripted and scripted television, the company announced Tuesday.

“Sharon is one of our industry’s most well-respected executives and brings with her a tremendous amount of experience developing and producing hits across a wide array of genres,” said Cris Abrego, chairman of Endemol Shine Americas and CEO of Endemol Shine North America. “We’re thrilled to have her joining our team here at Endemol Shine and leading our programming efforts going forward.”

Levy was most recently at Spike TV for 12 years, seven of which where spent as executive vice president of original series. During her seven years as executive vice president she oversaw the acquisition, creation and production of all entertainment throughout the network’s evolution. Levy transformed Spike’s programming lineup with hits such as “Ink Master,” “Bar Rescue” “Auction Hunters” and “Deadliest Warrior.”

“I’m truly excited to be returning to my
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'Pitch Perfect 2' Adds YouTube Sensation Flula Borg

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'Pitch Perfect 2' Adds YouTube Sensation Flula Borg
With the Pitch Perfect stars all set to return for the sequel Pitch Perfect 2, another cast member has been added in German YouTube sensation Flula Borg.

The DJ/musician/comedian/host/actor is reportedly playing a member of a rival a cappella team that the Barden Bellas square off against. He joins a cast that includes returning Pitch Perfect stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Adam DeVine, Skylar Astin and Anna Camp, alongside new additions Hailee Steinfeld and Katey Sagal.

Elizabeth Banks, who also reprises her role as Gail from Pitch Perfect, is making her directorial debut on the sequel, working from a script by Kay Cannon. Gold Circle's Paul Brooks is producing alongside Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman.

Flula Borg's channel has more than 45 million views and 350,000 subscribers, which includes prank videos, beatboxing, original songs and a series called "Auto Tune," where he gets celebrities and
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Time to wind this thing up, but before I go, here are a couple of tip-offs for tonight.

If you're in Glasgow, go and see Mac DeMarco at The Arches. He might not do that thing with the drumsticks, but he'll certainly play some lovably slack indie-rock ditties.

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Brilliant Swedish pop provocateurs The Knife have just announced a new mini-album of "shaken up" versions of tracks from their back catalogue. They were
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Spike TV Orders Fifth Season of ‘Auction Hunters’

Spike TV Orders Fifth Season of ‘Auction Hunters’
Spike TV has ordered a fifth season of “Auction Hunters,” its longest-running non-scripted original series.

The new season of 20 episodes will start production this summer and debut this fall.

Stars Allen Haff and Ton Jones will return in search of the best deals beyond storage units, including cattle auctions to police auctions, in hopes of finding fortune.

The current season of “Auction Hunters” began in January.
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‘Auction Hunters’ Renewed for Season 5 by Spike TV

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‘Auction Hunters’ Renewed for Season 5 by Spike TV
Auction Hunters” has unearthed another season. The series, which features Allen Haff and Ton Jones digging for buried treasure at storage-unit auctions, has been renewed for a 20-episode fifth season. The new season starts production this summer for a fall premiere. Also read: Adam Carolla's ‘Catch a Contractor’ Debut Is Spike's Best in 3 Years The new season will find Haff and Jones expanding beyond storage unit auctions and traversing the country in search of the best deals — from cattle auctions to police auctions to, of course, their favorite storage auctions. All in the service of finding fortune. “We are thrilled to.
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Spike TV Renews 'Auction Hunters' for Fifth Season

Spike TV Renews 'Auction Hunters' for Fifth Season
Auction Hunters has won its bid for another season. Spike TV announced Friday that it has renewed the reality series for a 20-episode fifth season. The series, produced by Duck Dynasty's Gurney Productions, ranks as the male-skewing network's longest-running nonscripted original series. In announcing the pickup, Spike noted that the series has helped the cable network broaden and expand the network's reach. The current fourth season, which wrapped April 5, averaged 1.5 million total viewers on Saturdays at 9 p.m. -- up 25 percent among adults 18-34.  List: The Hollywood Reporter's Top 25 Reality

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Spike TV Renews ‘Auction Hunters’ For Season 5

  • Deadline TV
Spike TV‘s longest-running non-scripted original series Auction Hunters has been renewed for a fifth season, with the network ordering 20 episodes that will go into production this summer and debut in the fall. The fourth season of the series, which wrapped last week, averaged 1.5 million viewers in the Saturday 9 Pm time slot, growing the slot in the adults 18-34 demo by 25%. The new season of the series, produced by Duck Dynasty producer Gurney Productions, will see stars Allen Haff and Ton Jones expand their horizons to more than just storage unit auctions, hitting the road in search of the best deals from cattle to police auctions to uncover hidden fortunes.
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Spike TV brings Auction Hunters, Thrift Hunters back in January (Video)

Spike TV is back in business this January 18th at 9pm Et/Pt with an all new episode from hit series “Auction Hunters” followed immediately by the new half-hour non-scripted series “Thrift Hunters.” “Auction Hunters” is back with all new episodes featuring Allen Haff and Ton Jones, two of the best prospectors in the storage unit auction business. The series cuts the lock and opens the door into the high stakes, financial risks and potential rewards where the right purchase can bring in serious cash. The series follows Haff and Jones in their quest to win auctions, dig for abandoned historical treasure and sell them for a profit. In the premiere episode, Jones is taking a break from the partnership
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TV Industry Vet Art Lyons Inks Overall Deal With Discovery Studios

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Art Lyons will exclusively produce series and specials for Discovery Studios under the overall deal announced today. “Art is an industry visionary who understands Discovery’s brand promise and sensibilities. The addition of his expertise to our already strong roster will ensure Discovery Studios continues to deliver high quality and compelling content,” said Lee Bartlett, President, Discovery Studios, in a statement. Lyons has been producing unscripted series for broadcast and cable networks for over a decade, beginning his career in development at Fox Family Channel (now ABC Family). He had a hand in launching ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Ultimate Fighter and Spike TV’s Auction Hunters. Lyons’ recent original projects include Discovery Channel’s The Bluegrass Boys, Treasure Chase and National Geographic’s Appalachia 911.
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TruTV’s ‘Container Wars’ Renewed For Second Season

  • Deadline TV
Exclusive: TruTV has picked up Container Wars for a second season with 13-episode order. The series, from Jenny Daly’s T Group, follows treasure hunters as they descend upon commercial shipping ports to bid on what they hope are containers filled with big-ticket items. “This is modern-day treasure hunting at its best,” Daly said. “The characters are passionate, the stakes are high, and scores found in any container are limitless.” Container Wars, which debuted in January, is the latest entry in the popular unscripted genre of storage unit/container auctions that also includes A&E’s Storage Wars and its offshoots, TruTV’s Storage Hunters and Spike’s Auction Hunters. Container Wars, whose first-season back order is wrapping its run, is executive produced by Daly and Michael Binko. T Group’s portfolio includes nearly a dozen pilot and series orders so far this season, including Secret Celebrity on Oxygen, Thingamabob
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'Storage Hunters': Dave's addictive showcase of greed

Dave has become one of the surprise digital channels to achieve some pretty decent ratings over the past few years, thanks to the combined use of original programming (Red Dwarf, Argumental), repeats of much-loved shows (Top Gear, Qi) and the acquisition of shows from across the pond which haven't yet reached mainstream status here (Man Vs Food).

One such show from the latter group is one of the least authentic and most fake shows you will ever see, and comes under the umbrella of 'trashy reality' programmes that the Us are very good at. Yet, somehow, it is strangely addictive and enjoyable, and has clearly become a big guilty pleasure of many UK viewers.

New episodes regularly beat shows on Channel 4, ITV2 and E4, at just under a million viewers. For a Us show with hardly any promotion on a channel like Dave, that is pretty damn good numbers.
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ITV makes move into Us cable market

Broadcaster's value hits 108.6p following acquisition of 61.5% in Gurney Productions, a maker of Us cable network shows

ITV's share price hit a high not seen in more than five years in early trading on Monday, after the broadcaster confirmed a deal worth as much as $111m (£68m) to buy reality TV show maker Gurney in an expansion of it Us production operation.

ITV's share price hit 108.64p in early trading, a level not seen since September 2007 before the company's stockmarket value was hobbled by the recession, after it confirmed it would take an initial $40m, 61.5% stake in Gurney.

Under the deal, ITV has the option to buy the remaining stake in Gurney – which makes factual and reality shows including the top-rating cable hit Duck Dynasty, Auction Hunters and American Digger – at three years and five years after the agreement was signed.

ITV said that if Gurney hits all the performance
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U.K. TV Giant ITV Buys 'Duck Dynasty' Company Gurney Productions For $40 million

U.K. TV Giant ITV Buys 'Duck Dynasty' Company Gurney Productions For $40 million
London – U.K. commercial TV network broadcaster ITV has snapped up a 61.5 per cent controlling stake in Gurney Productions, the U.S. production arm best known for cable show Duck Dynasty as well as Auction Hunters, American Digger and Haunted Collector. ITV said Saturday (Dec. 22) it is paying $40 million for the stake, giving its U.S. production arm ITV Studios America a sizeable output boost. ITV also said it has an option to snap up the remaining 38.5 per cent over the next three to five years. Photos: Tim Goodman's 15 Best TV Dramas

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‘Duck Dynasty’ Maker Gurney Productions Sells Controlling Stake To ITV For $40M

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The makers of hot cable show Duck Dynasty have just cashed out. British television giant ITV announced today that it’s expanding its U.S. production arm ITV Studios America with the acquisition of Gurney Productions. ITV is paying $40 million for a 61.5% controlling stake in Gurney Productions, best known for Duck Dynasty as well as Auction Hunters, American Digger and Haunted Collector. ITV also has a put and call option to buy the remaining 38.5% which can be exercised from 3 to 5 years after the initial deal. “Gurney Productions is a high margin business with three quarters of its revenues coming from returnable series. The company’s Ebita for 2012 is forecast to be at least $10M,” ITV said Saturday. Gurney Productions will report directly to Paul Buccieri, Managing Director of ITV Studios International and President/CEO of ITV Studios America. Further, Gurney Productions’ revenues will be included in ITV Studio’s international
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‘Duck Dynasty’ Maker Gurney Productions Sells Controlling Stake To ITV For $40M

The makers of hot cable show Duck Dynasty have just cashed out. British television giant ITV announced today that it’s expanding its U.S. production arm ITV Studios America with the acquisition of Gurney Productions. ITV is paying $40 million for a 61.5% controlling stake in Gurney Productions, best known for Duck Dynasty as well as Auction Hunters, American Digger and Haunted Collector. ITV also has a put and call option to buy the remaining 38.5% which can be exercised from 3 to 5 years after the initial deal. “Gurney Productions is a high margin business with three quarters of its revenues coming from returnable series. The company’s Ebita for 2012 is forecast to be at least $10M,” ITV said Saturday. Gurney Productions will report directly to Paul Buccieri, Managing Director of ITV Studios International and President/CEO of ITV Studios America. Further, Gurney Productions’ revenues will be included in ITV Studio’s international
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Spike TV Renews ‘Auction Hunters’ And ‘American Digger’

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Exclusive: Spike TV has renewed two of its highest-rated non-scripted series. The network has picked up a 26-episode fourth season of Auction Hunters, which follows prospectors Allen Haff and Ton Jones in their quest to win auctions, dig for abandoned historical treasure and sell them for a profit. The network also has ordered 13 episodes of American Digger, starring the American Savage team, led by former professional wrestler-turned-modern-day relic hunter Ric Savage. Auction Hunters and American Digger, which aired together on Wednesday night and are both produced by Gurney Prods., will go into production on their new seasons this fall for a 2013 premiere. The recently completed season three of Auction Hunters, which included a live season premiere, averaged 1.9 million viewers and improved the Wednesday 9 Pm timeslot with Men 18-49 by +102% and Men 35-49 by +121%. The debut season of American Digger delivered 1.2 million viewers and improved the Wednesday 10 Pm timeslot with Men
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'Auction Hunters': Mike Catherwood on hosting the live premiere

Radio host and "Dancing With the Stars." alum Mike Catherwood is hosting the live premiere of "Auction Hunters" tonight (Mar. 21) on Spike TV. Otherwise known as "Psycho Mike," Catherwood has appeared on K-roq and is currently the co-host of "Love Line."

Catherwood tells Zap2it he watched the premiere of "DWTS." If you recall, he was on Season 12, but was voted off first. He says, "My experience was great. Obviously it was embarrassing being the first person voted off, but everyone on that show was so nice and so supportive." I'll root for whoever Cheryl Burke dances with. I'm also rooting for Maria Menounos, because she's a real friend."

Catherwood says he's been a fan of "Auction Hunters" from the beginning. "It's one of my favorite shows to begin with. I'm hosting a live event of what happens on a typical episode of "Auction Hunters" within an hour on live television.
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'Auction Hunters' to air its first live special with host Mike Catherwood

Celebrities: They're just as obsessed with reality TV as we are! That's why Mike Catherwood, former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant and Dr. Drew's "Loveline" co-host, has signed on to host Spike TV's first-ever live auction event in the "Auction Hunters" Season 3 premiere.

Zap2it can exclusively reveal that "Auction Hunters: Live" will kick off a brand-new season of the network's highest-rated unscripted series on Wednesday, March 21 at 9 p.m. Et. Hosted by Catherwood -- who has a storage unit himself and is a huge fan of the show -- the live edition will condense the work usually done by Allen Haff and Ton Jones in one week into just one hour.

That means they'll have to buy a storage unit, dig through it and choose items they want to sell to the experts who'll be gathered on set. The live broadcast will take place at a high-end auction in Los Angeles.
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Spike TV Pacts With Submarine To Hatch Non-Scripted Shows

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Exclusive: Spike TV has formed an alliance with Submarine Entertainment’s Josh Braun to find talent from the independent film sphere and develop non-scripted programming for the cable network. It marks the first major return into television for Braun, the former Fremantle Head of Sales who now runs Submarine with Dan Braun. Braun has refocused on producing and brokering deals for films like A History Of Violence, House Of The Devil and Page One: Inside The NY Times. Braun has had a hot hand at 2012 Sundance, brokering four deals for festival films. They include an HBO acquisition of Me @ The Zoo, the Sony Pictures Classics acquisition of the documentary Searching For Sugar Man, Magnolia’s buy of the docu The Queen Of Versailles, and the Ld Entertainment acquisition of the Midnight title Black Rock. ”This deal signifies Spike’s commitment to finding fresh voices outside the traditional non-scripted world,” said Sharon Levy,
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Spike Picks Up John Langley Cop Show, 3 Other Reality Series, Renews 'Repo Games'

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Spike TV has greenlighted four new reality series: Undercover Stings from Cops creator John Langley, about cops orchestrating sting operations; Big Easy Justice from Al Roker and Jennifer Lopez's production companies, about a New Orleans bounty hunter; American Digger from the producers of Spike's hit Auction Hunters, about a relic hunter digging up people's properties for histotic artifacts; and World's Worst Tenants from Zoo Prods., about a professional evictor. Additionally, Spike has ordered 20 more episodes of the SallyAnn Salsano-produced Repo Games. Sharon Levy, Spike's Evp original series, said that the new shows are part of the network's push to expand its core men 18-34 demo to the older men 34-49 demographic that was launched with such recent series as Auction Hunters, Bar Rescue and Repo Games. In primetime, Spike's median age is currently 40, up from 38 last year. The median age for the network's highest-rated unscripted original, Auction Hunters,
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