SPIKE TV ORDERS 10 EPISODES OF "TATTOO NIGHTMARES MIAMI"
Miami Expansion Builds Upon "Tattoo Nightmares" Success
From SallyAnn Salsano & 495 Productions
New York, NY, May 9, 2014 - Spike TV is franchising its successful "Tattoo Nightmares" series to Miami, where three new tattoo artists are set to tackle the most difficult clients and tattoos America has to offer. The network has ordered 10 half-hour episodes of "Tattoo Nightmares Miami" from series producer 495 Productions. "Tattoo Nightmares Miami" is slated to go into production this Spring and join the network's highly-rated Tuesday night tattoo-themed programming block this Fall.
In addition to the jaw-dropping cover-ups that "Tattoo Nightmares" is already well-known for, this new series will have the added twist of taking on some of the craziest requests for original tattoos. Whether it is tattooing someone's head, palms of their hands or a major surgery scar, these tattoos are so difficult that the client's only hope to make them a reality are the artists at Tattoo Nightmares: Miami.
"Tattoo Nightmares Miami" brings together three new artists with diverse backgrounds. The three started this new shop to service the growing needs of extreme clients where the more bizarre the tattoo and story behind them, the better. The shop's artists are Clint Cummings, a former contestant on "Ink Master" season 2; local artist Samuel Suarez, better known to his clients as High Noon and female fine artist and tattooist, Reese Hilburn from Southern California. Together, these three artists will turn tattoo disaster pieces into masterpieces and translate difficult tattoos into stunning works of art.
"Tattoo Nightmares" is among the new crop of Spike original series that deliver a gender-balanced audience. The current season is averaging 1.1 million viewers has improved the time period by +147% in Adults 18-49 and 82% in average audience. Among all ad-supported cable channels in the Tuesday 10-11:30 PM time period, Spike TV's tattoo-themed programming block "Ink Master" and "Tattoo Nightmares" ranks in the Top 5 among Adults, Men and Women 18-49 and 18-34.
"Tattoo Nightmares" and "Tattoo Nightmares Miami" are produced by 495 Productions with Founder and President SallyAnn Salsano serving as Executive Producer along with Joel Zimmer of 495 Productions.
Sharon Levy is Spike TV's Executive Vice President, Original Series and Chris Rantamaki is Senior Vice President of Original Series for Spike TV. Hayley Lozitsky, Vice President of Original Series and Tony Nguyen, Manager of Original Series serves as the Executives in Charge of Production for "Tattoo Nightmares Miami."
About 495 Productions
SallyAnn Salsano is the founder and creative force behind the 495 Productions team. Since its launch in 2006, 495's creative team has specialized in developing programs that entertain viewers while keeping them glued to their screens. 495 became known throughout the world thanks to its record breaking, "Jersey Shore" which premiered on MTV in December of 2009.
Some of 495's other notable credits include: CMT's highest-rated series ever, "Party Down South," "The Ex and the Why" (MTV), "Jerks with Cameras" (MTV), "Tattoos After Dark" (Oxygen) "Tattoo Nightmares" (Spike), "Friendzone" (MTV), Repo Games (Spike) "Snooki & JWOWW" (MTV), The Show With Vinny" (MTV), TV Guide's #1 award-winning "Nail Files," "A Shot At Love" (MTV), "Tool Academy" (VH1), Season 6 of NBC's "Nashville Star," "Tanisha Gets Married" (Oxygen), and many others.
495, along with Telepictures produce the hit daytime talk show "The Real," which was picked up for fall 2014 after a very successful test run. Salsano serves as Executive Producer.
About Spike TV
Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks. A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV's Internet address is www.spike.com.