Spike TV has created a new documentary and news division, which hopes to create as many as four documentaries in 2004, ranging in topics from personal finance to social issues like fatherhood.
"We know guys are interested in documentaries," Spike TV president Albie Hecht said, pointing to the popularity of such films among men. "This can be a new outlet for a new wave of creative filmmakers to show their work on a national basis."
On the news front, Hecht said the network will provide coverage of the upcoming 2004 election season, as well as profiling some of the up-and-coming athletes involved in the Olympic Games, under the watchful eye of former broadcast-news producer Keith Brown.
Brown will also oversee the network's current news efforts -- daily news program Spike MarketWatch
, auto-based vignettes Zero to Sixty
and Men's Health Minutes
, which will premiere in the first quarter of 2004.