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Jesse James Rides Over to Spike TV

Spike TV signed a talent and production deal with former Discovery Channel Monster Garage star Jesse James, officials said Monday.

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’ 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.

James is a custom bike and car builder, producer, publisher, television host and restaurateur. In 2000, James started his TV career with Discovery Channel’s Motorcycle Mania, and in 2002 produced and starred in the international television hit, Monster Garage.

Before his TV gigs, James started West Coast Choppers by doing what he loved, building motorcycles in his mom’s garage. James built his shop from the ground up and through nothing more than hard work and dedication, turned it into the phenomenon it is today. The iconic logo is now recognized around the world. As an expert welder, Jesse produces only 12-14 bikes a year, making a very long wait list for his coveted custom machines. 

More recently, Jesse established his own production company, Payupsucker Productions, and in 2004, he became publisher of Garage Magazine and launched Payupsucker Publications. In 2006 he opened an eco-friendly burger joint, Cisco Burger.