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Spike TV snags Discovery’s Rantamaki

U.S. cable network Spike TV has hired Chris Rantamaki, most recently Discovery Channel's VP of production, for the new position of VP for original series.
April 19, 2011

U.S. cable network Spike TV has hired Chris Rantamaki, most recently Discovery Channel’s VP of production, for the new position of VP for original series.

Rantamaki will be based in Spike’s California offices and reports to Sharon Levy, exec VP of original series and animation.

He is charged with overseeing the development of non-scripted series that will further broaden and expand Spike TV’s audience.

Levy praised Rantamaki’s “extensive experience in the reality television world.” He joins the Spike team after four years at the Discovery Channel, where he worked on a number of shows including Auction Kings, The Colony, Howe & Howe Tech, Gang Wars and Expedition Alaska.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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