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‘Natural disaster’ tattoos as shopmates turn against each other on Ink Master

20 June 2017 10:33 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Some of the Ink Master teams start to crumble this week — as they compete in a flash challenge where they have to make tattoos based on natural disasters. The episode also sees one fiery veteran of the show return. It comes after Spike revealed this season will not only have teams of two from shops across the country, but every time one drops out they will be replaced by another team including at least one veteran of the show. That will keep happening until all the veterans are used up, and the final elimination rounds begin. The natural disasters flash challenge...read more »

- Julian Cheatle

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What To Expect from Ink Master Season 9

9 June 2017 3:30 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Ink Master: Shop Wars just premiered on Spike. This ninth season competition promises fiercer than ever before battles as shops from hometowns all over America compete for the new title “Master Shop”, a feature article in Inked, and a huge $200,000 grand prize. The prize money alone has doubled since last season, and the coveted title is sure to bring distinction to the shop which wins it. This new season features pairs of artists from shops all over America. They will represent their hometown shops in teams of two, rather than as single artists. It’s the first time in the

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- Nat Berman

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New for 2017: Reality Casting Emmy Recognizes ‘Different Process’

7 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Emmys for casting have been around for years in the scripted categories, but the work of casting executives on reality series hasn’t been recognized – until this year’s addition of the outstanding casting in a reality series category.

Reality casting is a completely different process, says Arthur Smith, CEO of A. Smith & Co. Prods. and executive producer of “American Ninja Warrior.”

“Actors can be chameleons and you have to find the right actor for the right part,” he says. “We have to find people who are the real version of what we want and are hoping to get.”

Pilgrim Media Group president and CEO Craig Piligian (“Ghost Hunters,” “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s”) says casting for reality differs from scripted in another way, too.

“In a scripted drama they can recast, they can add characters,” Piligian says. “In unscripted, there are no writers, no directors; it’s just your characters and sometimes your character is your »

- Rob Owen

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Ink Master Season 9 shakes it up as tattoo stores battle for $200,000 in Shop Wars

6 June 2017 7:44 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Ink Master on Spike is shaking it up for the new season — which for the first time will see teams of two from different stores compete for $200,000. The season, titled Ink Master: Shop Wars, features eight teams from across the Us all battling it out for the title of “Master Shop”. It kicks off with a flash challenge where the teams have to create a sculpture representing their store, carved out of a block of ice. The shops taking part are: Allegory Arts of Florence, Alabama; Artistic Skin Design & Body Piercing, who have several studios in Indiana; Black Anchor Collective...read more »

- Julian Cheatle

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Ink Master: Angels: Spike Orders All-Female Spinoff Series

5 June 2017 9:36 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Watch out, boys. Today, Spike announced they've ordered a new spinoff of the TV series Ink Master called Ink Master: Angels.The competition show "features four of "Ink Master" Season 8's top female competitors - Ryan Ashley, Kelly Doty, Nikki Simpson and Gia Rose - as they travel the country and go head to head with some of America's most talented tattoo artists."Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Spike Orders Spinoff ‘Ink Master: Angels’ to Series

5 June 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spike has ordered 10 episodes of the series “Ink Master: Angels,” after previously ordering a one-hour spinoff special back in March.

The series features four of “Ink Master” Season 8’s top female competitors – Ryan Ashley, Kelly Doty, Nikki Simpson and Gia Rose – as they travel the country and go head to head with some of America’s most talented tattoo artists. Competitors will face a variety of tattoo-based challenges to see who has what it takes to beat the “Angels” and earn a spot on Season 10 of “Ink Master, which premieres in 2018. The new series will air in Fall 2017 following the end of “Ink Master” Season 9, which premieres June 6, along with new episodes of spinoff series “Ink Master: Redemption.”

Season 10 of “Ink Master” will go into production later this year and air on the rebranded Paramount Network in 2018.

“As the ‘Ink Master’ franchise continues to grow, we are thrilled to work with Ryan Ashley, Kelly »

- Joe Otterson

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Spike Greenlights All-Female ‘Ink Master: Angels’ Tattoo Competition Series

5 June 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Spike has given the greenlight to a new entry in its Ink Master tattoo franchise: Ink Master: Angels, a 10-episode series focusing on four of the original show’s top female contestants, will air this fall. Angels will follow four previous Ink Master competitors – Ryan Ashley, Kelly Doty, Nikki Simpson and Gia Rose – as they travel the country in contests with other tattoo artists. Winners of the various challenges vie for a spot on Season 10 of Ink Master (premiering in… »

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Fear Factor to Return with New Episodes Hosted by Ludacris on MTV

12 April 2017 8:38 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

If you have fond (or nightmare-inducing) memories of the dizzying heights, creepy spiders, and insane stunts featured on Fear Factor, then you may be pleased to hear that MTV is reviving the former NBC series for a 12-episode reboot hosted by Ludacris.

Fear Factor will return on Tuesday, May 30th on MTV. For more information, we have the official press release with full details below. Will you be tuning in this summer to face your fears vicariously?

Press Release: New York, NY (April 12, 2017) – MTV today announced it will give viewers the chance to conquer their fears head on with a refresh of the break-through series “Fear Factor.” Ludacris will host the new installment, custom-created for a generation that is increasingly empowered, while also more anxious than ever. Ludacris will also serve as executive producer on the project as part of an overarching deal with MTV. Filled with new stunts inspired by urban legends, »

- Derek Anderson

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Lip Sync Battle: Season Four Ordered for Paramount Network

30 March 2017 6:25 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The battle is far from over. Today, The Paramount Network announced they've renewed Lip Sync Battle for a fourth season.As we reported earlier, Spike TV is rebranding as The Paramount Network. The new channel will still carry Spike TV series like Ink Master and Bar Rescue in addition to new series like American Woman, Heathers, and Waco.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Heathers, American Woman, Waco: New Series to Launch Paramount Network

30 March 2017 6:12 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Paramount has some premium content in store for their premiere. Recently, the network announced the upcoming series Heathers, American Woman, and Waco will help launch the new channel in 2018.As we reported earlier, Spike TV is rebranding as The Paramount Network. The new channel will still carry Spike TV series like Lip Sync Battle, Ink Master, and Bar Rescue.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Paramount Network Unveils 2018 Slate, Renews ‘Lip Sync Battle’

30 March 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paramount Network has revealed its initial programming slate for its 2018 relaunch — a roster that includes new scripted series and a returning favorite in unscripted hit “Lip Sync Battle,” which has been renewed.

The fourth season of the Stephen Merchant- and John Krasinski-produced celebrity competition series “Lip Sync Battle” is set to debut in January, as its home, Viacom-owned Spike TV, relaunches as Paramount Network. The third season of the show is currently in production and set to premiere April 20.

In addition to “Lip Sync Battle,” Paramount Network has slated three new scripted series and one new documentary. hour-long drama “Heathers” and half-hour comedy “American Woman,” will premiere next year along with limited series “Waco” and documentary film “I Am Martin Luther King Jr.” Next year will also see new seasons of veteran Spike unscripted shows “Ink Master” and “Bar Rescue,” as well as Bellator Mma programming.

“As we started to think about how we wanted »

- Daniel Holloway

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Ink Master: Spike TV Orders Season 10 and a Special

23 March 2017 9:29 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Spike TV is sticking with Ink Master. Today, the network announced they've renewed the series for a 10th season and ordered a special, Ink Master Angels.The competition show "puts artists through a series of tattoo challenges that not only test the artists' technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, as they must create and execute an original tattoo on a 'human canvas.'" The judges include Oliver Peck, Dave Navarro, and Chris Nuñez.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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‘Ink Master’ Renewed For Season 10 At Spike

23 March 2017 11:04 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Ahead of its Season 9 summer premiere, Spike TV has renewed its hit tattoo-competition series Ink Master for a 10th season and given the green light to a female-focused special, Ink Master Angels. Ink Master has received a 16-episode order and will go into production later this year for premiere on the rebranded Paramount Network in 2018. The hourlong special Ink Master Angels will feature four of Season 8's top female competitors – Ryan Ashley, Kelly Doty, Nikki Simpson… »

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

23 March 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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 »

- Joe Otterson

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Keith Cox Officially Given Reins at Spike TV, Sharon Levy Announces Departure

21 February 2017 11:49 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spike TV — on the cusp of becoming Paramount Network — has officially been put under the purview of TV Land president Keith Cox, and will officially be losing its executive vice president of original programming. As previously reported, Sharon Levy will be departing the network ahead of its rebranding.

Cox, whose title is president of development and production, will now oversee the strategic development and production of all series for both TV Land and the newly-announced Paramount Network (slated for early 2018). In his tenure at TV Land, he oversaw the development of multi-cam originals like “Hot in Cleveland” and the network’s more recent forays into single-cams like Darren Star’s “Younger.”

“Keith has done an incredible job in building TV Land’s slate of strong original scripted series over the last 10 years and reigniting the brand, and I’m thrilled to work with him as he continues to bring his strong creativity and unparalleled talent relationships to »

- Oriana Schwindt

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Keith Cox to be Named Paramount Network Development President

20 February 2017 11:18 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Keith Cox is set to be named president of development and production for Paramount Network, the relaunched version of Viacom’s Spike TV that is currently in the works, Variety has learned. Cox adds programming responsibilities for the rebranding network to his role as president of development and programming for sister channel TV Land.

In his new role, Cox will be president of development and programming, Paramount Network and TV Land, reporting to Kevin Kay, president of Viacom’s Global Entertainment Group.

Sharon Levy, executive vice president of original series for Spike TV, will depart Viacom. Levy had been with the company for 11 years, and developed series such as “Lip Sync Battle,” “Ink Master,” and “Bar Rescue.”

Deadline first reported Cox’s promotion and Levy’s departure.

Earlier this month, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish unveiled a new strategy for the media company that included rebranding Spike TV as Paramount Network, a »

- Daniel Holloway

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Sony Pictures Television Networks Acquires UK’s TruTV

16 February 2017 4:04 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Sony Pictures Television Networks has acquired truTV in the UK, less than three years after it was launched by Turner in the country. The deal includes Sptn taking a selection of the existing truTV content library with acquired series such as Snapped, Paranormal Survivor and Ink Master. Turner will continue to represent ad sales for the channel while Sky Media will continue to sell advertising on behalf of all other Sony channels. "The acquisition of truTV increases… »

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Sony Pictures Television Networks Acquires British Channel truTV

16 February 2017 2:30 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sony Pictures Television Networks has acquired British channel truTV, which launched in the U.K. in 2014 and reaches on average 3.9 million viewers a month, from Turner.

Kate Marsh, executive VP, Western Europe, international networks at Sony Pictures Television, said: “The acquisition of truTV increases Sony’s already broad reach in the U.K. TV market, and the channel’s strong mix of unscripted and original programming will be a great complement to our portfolio.”

The deal includes Sptn taking a selection of the existing truTV content library with acquired series such as “Snapped,” “Paranormal Survivor” and “Ink Master.” Turner will continue to represent ad sales for the channel while Sky Media will continue to sell advertising on behalf of all other Sony channels.

Since its launch in the U.K. market in 2011, Sony Pictures Television Networks has grown to become one of the top multichannel players in the country, owning 18 channels there, and »

- Leo Barraclough

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Sony Pictures Television Networks Acquires truTV in U.K.

16 February 2017 1:56 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Sony Corp.'s Sony Pictures Television Networks on Thursday unveiled the acquisition of truTV from Time Warner's Turner unit in the U.K.

Financial terms weren't disclosed. 

The deal includes Sptn taking a selection of the existing truTV content library with acquired series such as Snapped, Paranormal Survivor and Ink Master. Turner will continue to represent ad sales for the channel while Sky Media will continue to sell advertising on behalf of all other Sony channels.

Since its launch in the U.K. TV market in 2011, Sony Pictures Television Networks has grown to become one of the top multichannel players in the country, »

- Georg Szalai,Alex Ritman

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Viacom Shifts Oversight of TV Land, Cmt to Spike’s Kevin Kay

1 February 2017 11:55 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish has shifted oversight of TV Land and Cmt to Spike chief Kevin Kay, who will lead the three networks as head of the company’s Global Entertainment Group. The move continues the reorganization of Viacom’s cable brands under Bakish, who was named permanent Viacom CEO in December.

TV Land and Cmt had been part of Viacom’s Kids and Family Group, led by Cyma Zarghami.

“Consolidating all three under Kevin’s leadership will strengthen these brands even further and will allow Geg to connect more deeply with our adult audience — which is well over 180 million viewers across Viacom brands globally,” Bakish said Wednesday in a memo to staff.

Bakish went to quick work reorganizing Viacom’s brands after taking the full-time reins at Viacom last month. Just one week after Bakish was named permanent CEO, longtime Viacom exec Doug Herzog, who had overseen Comedy Central, MTV »

- Daniel Holloway

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