Spike TV Builds Its Original Series

Promotions, hirings come on the heels of high ratings for shows like 'Ink Masters,' 'Tattoo Nightmares'

Spike TV has bolstered its original series team, upping key execs and bringing aboard new players, all of whom will report to Sharon Levy, exec v.p. of original series.

“The Original Series team’s expansion reflects our ever-continuing goal to create distinctive, bold shows geared toward a more-gender balanced audience,” said Levy. “We are developing more original series than ever before, and we are bringing in two real superstars in Kevin Bartel and Hayley Lozitsky to join one of the best development teams in the business.”

Chris Rantamaki has been promoted to senior vice prez of original series. He has been with the male-skewing cabler for over two years, previously serving as veep of original series. Rantamaki helped develop Spike’s highest-rated series “Ink Masters,” and oversaw “Tattoo Nightmares” and “World’s Worst Tenants.”

Justin Lacob will now serve as vice president of original series after serving as director. He has overseen “Bar Rescue” and “Savage Family Diggers,” and joined Spike after a two-year tenure at Intuitive Entertainment.

Joining Spike TV are Hayley Lozitsky and Kevin Bartel, both of whom will serve as vice presidents of original series. Lozitsky arrives at the cable net from Ellen Rakieten Entertainment, where she served as senior vice prez of development. She has also logged years as an agent specializing in unscripted at UTA, and in the programming and development departments at E! and Style Network. Bartel transitions to Spike from All3Media America, where he was vice president of development and current programming. He has also worked in the U.S. arm of Brit shingle Studio Lambert.

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