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Spike taps Ugly Brother for “Family Takeover”

U.S. network Spike has greenlit Family Takeover, a series that will see Fortune 500 business strategist Victor Antonio (pictured) helping out families that are in financial trouble.
January 28, 2015

U.S. network Spike has greenlit Family Takeover, a series that will see Fortune 500 business strategist Victor Antonio (pictured) helping out families that are in financial trouble.

Ugly Brother Studios, a Sky Vision partner, will begin production on 10 hour-long episodes this spring, to debut on Spike in the fall. Ugly Brother co-founders Tim Duffy and Mike Duffy serve as exec producers.

The show will see Antonio offering “expert guidance and some tough love” to families “ranging from the wealthy to the blue-collar middle class, to the young family just starting out,” according to the network.

Family Takeover is extremely relevant to our growing gender-balanced audience as financial distress can happen to any family,” said Sharon Levy, executive VP for original series at Spike TV.

In a joint statement, Tim and Mike Duffy added: “By teaching these families to run like a business, Victor has found an innovative solution that yields potentially life-changing takeaway for the average viewer.”

Chris Rantamaki serves as Spike’s senior VP for original series, Hayley Lozitsky serves as VP of original series, and Jeff Savaiano will serve as the executive in charge of production.

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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