Spike TV

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Foundation date: 2003-08-11 
About:
Owned and operated by MTV Networks, Spike TV first started out on March 7, 1983, as The Nashville Network (TNN), a country-oriented cable station aimed towards audiences in the southern states. In 2000, prior to signing in WWE's Monday Night RAW, parent company Viacom Entertainment changed the station's name to The National Network (The New TNN) to further broaden their target audience from the country crowd to men in general.

In 2003, to further capitalize on the growing male audience, Viacom announced the name change from TNN to Spike TV, but not without controversy. Renowned film director Spike Lee filed a lawsuit against Viacom to prevent the network from using the new name, fearing that viewers would associate his name with the station. It wasn't until July 8, 2003, that the lawsuit was settled, and Viacom was allowed to use the name Spike TV.

Today, Spike TV is known as the first network for men (which is inaccurate, as FOX Network's FX has catered to that audience beforehand). Aside from reruns of Star Trek: The Next Generation and CSI, the station focuses on male-oriented programming such as The Ultimate Fighter, TNA Impact!, MXC (Most Extreme Elimination Challenge) and Casino Cinema. In addition, Spike TV frequently airs James Bond movies and martial arts films.

Afro Samurai is Spike TV's first anime title. 
News: Show:
Afro Samurai in Action (Jul 26, 2006)
FUNimation (Apr 22, 2004)
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Anime with which this company was involved:
Afro Samurai (TV) : Broadcaster
 
Afro Samurai: Resurrection (movie) : Broadcaster
 

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