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Amanda MacKay from "GameTrailers TV" is one of the hosts of the Spike TV video game series. She focuses on gaming culture and entertainment and is on the scene for any major release event, celebrity or musician partnership, behind-the-scenes or "making of" story.

Amanda MacKay has worked steady in the unsteady world of television production since graduating from college with a degree in broadcast journalism. Her love for the business began when she worked in the Vancouver film industry while still in school and it has continued to grow in the years since.

Amanda began her career in the newsroom of Global TV in Vancouver, where she manned the news tip line and did research work. Her time there instilled a special respect and admiration for “hard” news, though her journey would take her down a different road for the time being.

Her first stop along this path would be at MTV Canada. She began as an intern (holding cue cards for her future co-host Brian Adler), and quickly moved on to become the female face of the network. She co-hosted "MTV Select" for several seasons and also hosted MTV International’s "World Chart Express."

However, her time at MTV Canada was not limited to being in front of the camera and she was responsible for producing content from start to finish as well. Amanda was able to use the skills she acquired in broadcasting school to write, host and edit segments on a wide variety of topics. Highlights from her time at MTV include her very first “celebrity” interview with Will Farrell on the set of "Elf" and talking to Snoop Dogg seconds before he took the stage.

Amanda’s ambition soon caused her to seek work south of the border and she quickly landed a job as co-host of G4’s weekly news show "Pulse." This opportunity came with a move to Los Angeles and was also the start of a love affair with the videogame industry.

During this time Amanda also worked on a show that will always hold a special place in her heart. "Hardcore Candy" highlighted the best of the best in women’s action sports including surfing, snowboarding and skiing. She traveled around North America interviewing athletes and trying everything for herself (often with not so graceful results). She quickly caught the attention of producers at Fuel TV and was honored to co-host the live red carpet pre-show for the "Arby’s Action Sports Awards," as well as Billabong’s Design for Humanity charity event.

Next, Amanda began working with an up and coming GameTrailers.com — a videogame website that was looking to make a name for itself amongst hardcore gamers. Her experience was instrumental in helping GameTrailers create original video, and she hosted and produced several projects for the site. Amanda was often alone with a camera operator while creating this content and being solely responsible at these shoots helped refine her planning, producing and post-production skills. During this time she was the host of "GT Weekly" and "GameONE," in addition to regular reporting on the site.

GameTrailers.com quickly became a force within the industry and was soon acquired by Viacom. Once again, Amanda found herself back in the MTV family and she began contributing to Spike TV’s flagship videogame show "GameHead." It wasn’t long until "GameHead" and "GameOne" merged to become "GameTrailers TV" (currently known as "GTTV").

Three seasons later Amanda can be seen alongside co-hosts Geoff Keighley and Daniel Kayser each week on Spike TV. Her time as one of the hosts of "GTTV" has continued to expand her producing and hosting skills and has taken her around the world. Her favorite place to visit was Tokyo, Japan with Oslo, Norway a close second. Other favorite memories include taking part in a Zero Gravity flight, visiting a Canadian ice hotel and dirt biking through the Nevada desert.

You may have also seen Amanda covering film festivals and the Guys Choice Awards for Spike.com, hitting the red carpet for ET Canada, or talking tech on KTLA and KNBC.


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Birthday: January 12
Height: 5' 7"
Birthplace: Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada

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