or


[11/04/04 - 12:00 AM]
Spike TV Gets 'In the Know' with International Hit Game Show 'Hey: Spring of Trivia'

[via press release from Spike TV]

Spike TV Gets 'In The Know' With International Hit Game Show 'HEY: SPRING OF TRIVIA'

Game Show Sensation Created by Japan's Top-Rated TV Network, the Company Behind 'Iron Chef'

Weekly Series Premieres Thursday, November 11 at 9 PM ET/PT

NEW YORK, Nov. 4 -- The Japanese hit sensation HEY: SPRING OF TRIVIA travels across the International Date Line to Spike TV with 26 half- hour episodes of this game show starting this November. The series, the first number one rated ongoing Japanese series to simultaneously telecast in the United States, joins Spike TV's programming line-up with two back-to-back episodes debuting Thursday, November 11 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). The series is produced and licensed to Spike TV by Fujisankei Communications International, Inc. (FCI), the US subsidiary of Fuji Television Network, Inc ("Iron Chef").

"If you think your head is crammed full of useless knowledge now, just wait until you see HEY: SPRING OF TRIVIA," says Albie Hecht, President of Spike TV.

HEY: SPRING OF TRIVIA is a high-speed procession of fascinating trivia and outrageous information. In Japan viewers send in more than 20,000 trivia suggestions per week covering topics ranging from pop culture and science to sports and history. From these submissions, the best trivia ideas are selected and video demonstration segments are produced with the accuracy of each segment rigorously verified. Each segment is introduced by HEY: SPRING OF TRIVIA's two cool yet self-effacing hosts, Japanese actors Katsumi Takahashi and Norito Yashima.

Some samples of HEY trivia include, "when an eraser is suddenly frozen, it explodes," "astronauts wear diapers" and "no matter how far an ant falls, it won't die." The trivia video segments are viewed by a panel of judges who award the trivia segments with "Hey" points by slapping a "Hey" button. The more interesting the trivia, the more "Heys" it gets. The viewer who submitted the winning trivia is the winner and receives a 'Golden Brain' and a cash prize. The Spike TV version of the series will be translated into English from its Japanese origin.

HEY: SPRING OF TRIVIA fever has swept Japan since its primetime launch in July 2003. The series is a smash hit, with more than 50% of Japanese audiences tuning in each week. The series has even started a new trend, when people hear unexpected news, they slap on a nearby object and say "Hey." Schools established "No HEY! Zones" to stop TRIVIA-crazed students from smacking their desks during class.

Spike TV has experienced tremendous success with another Japanese import - - the critically acclaimed and cult hit MOST EXTREME ELIMINATION CHALLENGE, better known as MXC. The series uses actual footage from Japanese game show, Takeshi's Castle, and is completely re-written and re-voiced by American announcers Vic Romano and Kenny Blankenship to create a new comedic storyline. The series is not dubbed and there is not a single trace of literal translation from the original show.

Spike TV's MXC has been a ratings monster since its debut last April. During its first run last spring, the series drew a whopping +340% more Men 18-24 compared to the year before in its Saturday night timeslot. In 2004, MXC is still drawing large audiences, despite being in repeats and on the very competitive Thursday nights. MXC has drawn +67% more Men 18-34 and +67% more Men 18-49 compared to the year before 9-11pm on Thursdays.

Produced in Japan, HEY: SPRING OF TRIVIA is licensed to Spike TV by FCI, the American subsidiary of Fuji Television Network, Inc. -- both companies are members of the Fujisankei Communications Group. Automatic Productions, a wholly owned division of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, is producing the United States version. Akifumi Takuma is Executive Producer for FCI. Andy Kadison is Executive Producer for Automatic Productions, and Jodi Hurwitz is Producer. Brian Diamond is the Executive in Charge of Production for Spike TV.

One of the world's largest media conglomerates, the Fujisankei Communications Group (FCG) is comprised of approximately 100 companies, including Japan's top-rated, top-grossing TV network (Fuji Television), its top-grossing radio network, leading newspapers, publishing companies, its premier music and video company, and one of Japan's largest direct marketing firms. FCG shapes Japanese popular culture and exports it to an expanding global audience. A pioneer of new technologies and media, FCG works to increase understanding between Japan and the rest of the world through the exchange of information, entertainment and culture.

Automatic Productions is an award-winning, world-class production company, specializing in music & variety programming. Automatic has produced a wide array of successful entertainment series and specials for network, cable and broadcast syndication including A&E Television's "Live By Request," PBS's "Sessions at West 54th Street" and TRIO's "The Score." Sony BMG Music Entertainment is a global recorded music joint venture with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars, as well as a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. Sony BMG Music Entertainment is 50% owned by Bertelsmann A.G. and 50% owned by Sony Corporation of America.

Spike TV, the first network for men, is available in 87 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, mtvU, VHI, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, MTV INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 12 digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

SOURCE Spike TV
Web Site: http://www.spiketv.com





  [november 2004]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· HEY: SPRING OF TRIVIA (SPIKE TV)
· MXC (SPIKE TV)





[07/30/14 - 10:51 AM]
Paramount Digital Entertainment Announces New Original Comedy Series "Resident Advisors" Produced by Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman
The series will star Ryan Hansen, Jamie Chung, Alison Rich, Andrew Bachelor, Graham Rogers and features Anna Camp.

[07/30/14 - 10:30 AM]
LMN Premieres the Second Season of the Original Series "Ghost Inside My Child" Saturday, August 16 at 9PM ET
The series features stories of children who claim to have lived before, often having died violently in a past life, and whose parents struggle to make sense of their child's memories of a former life.

[07/30/14 - 09:59 AM]
First Lady Michelle Obama to Guest Star on the Hub Network's "Kid President(R): Declaration of Awesome" Discussing the Importance of Healthy Eating and Exercise, Airing August 9
The episode also includes celebrity appearances by Christina Applegate, Reggie Watts, Carrie Brownstein and the PS22 Chorus from New York.

[07/30/14 - 09:43 AM]
"Squidbillies" and "Mr. Pickles" Debut September 21st on Adult Swim!
These two series are guaranteed to leave you loving Sunday night and hating Monday morning even more than you already do!

[07/30/14 - 08:51 AM]
NBC Wins Tuesday Night in 18-49 and Total Viewers Among the Big 4
NBC spins the numbers for Tuesday, July 29.

[07/30/14 - 08:41 AM]
"Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart," Exploring the Role of the Media in the First Murder Trial Televised Gavel-to-Gavel, Debuts Aug. 18 on HBO
An official selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the project explores how the media coverage of the case may have influenced the trial and sentencing.

[07/30/14 - 08:24 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "America's Got Talent" Keeps NBC on Top
The Peacock doubles second place ABC among adults 18-49.

[07/30/14 - 08:17 AM]
"Baseball Tonight": Trade Deadline Special Airs Thursday
ESPN.com's MLB trade deadline content will be headlined by Rumor Central and a live, interactive chat with ESPN Insiders beginning at 10 a.m. and running through 5 p.m.

[07/30/14 - 08:16 AM]
ABC's Tuesday Unscripted Series Grow - "Extreme Weight Loss" Ties a 2-Month High
ABC spins the numbers for Tuesday, July 29.

[07/30/14 - 07:58 AM]
NBCSN Is TV's Fastest Growing Sports Network Since Debut of Premier League on August 17, 2013
NBCSN spins the numbers for the past 50 weeks to date.

[07/30/14 - 07:37 AM]
Giants and Bills Kick Off Preseason in NFL/Hall of Fame Game on "Sunday Night Football" This Sunday at 8 PM ET
Sunday night's telecast will also feature live interviews with members of the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of 2014.

[07/30/14 - 07:05 AM]
ESPN's "College GameDay" Heads to Sundance Square for Opening Weekend
The weekly three-hour Emmy Award-winning show (Saturday 9 a.m.-noon ET) will open on August 30 in advance of the Cowboys Classic.

[07/30/14 - 06:30 AM]
Allison Williams Cast as Iconic Title Character in NBC's "Peter Pan Live!"
"Allison Williams is a major find," said executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

[07/30/14 - 06:18 AM]
NBC Expands "Last Comic Standing" Finale to Two Hours on Thursday, August 14
Said installment will bump new episodes of "Welcome to Sweden" and "Working the Engels" from the night.

[07/30/14 - 06:16 AM]
Destination America Explores the Scariest Places in the Country in All-New Series "Swamp Monsters" and "Monsters Underground"
Look for both series back-to-back beginning at 9:00/8:00c on Friday, August 22.