Spike TV signed what it calls "a major talent and production deal" with multi-media impresario, Jesse James, who has built his custom motorcycle building business into a mini-media empire. The exclusive two-year deal includes multiple pilots and specials for the network. James, who gained international fame for the hit series, "Monster Garage," is president of Payupsucker Productions and Payupsucker Publications.
Over the two-year deal, James’ production company, Payupsucker Productions, will produce two specials and two primetime pilots that will air per year. The deal also includes the pilot, "Metal Church," a do-it-yourself series showcasing James’ vast welding and fabricating talents. The first special is slated to air second quarter 2008. Along with appearing in the shows, James will serve as executive producer.
"We’re proud to be the exclusive cable home of Jesse James, whose authentic, straightforward persona resonates perfectly with the Spike TV audience," said Sharon Levy, Senior Vice President, Development, Spike TV.
TVBR observation: For trivia buffs, yes Jesse James is related to the famed Old West outlaw, but only as a distant cousin. You might also have heard of his wife, whose fame is of more recent vintage – actress Sandra Bullock.