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Sci Fi Unveils Online & Cable Efforts

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 10:35:42 -0400
Archived: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 10:35:42 -0400
Subject: Sci Fi Unveils Online & Cable Efforts




Source: C21Media.Net - London, UK

http://www.c21media.net/news/detail.asp?area=1&article=36686

16 Jul 2007


Sci Fi Unveils Online & Cable Efforts
Antony Reeve-Crook

US cable channel Sci Fi has unveiled a number of new projects
both online and on cable, as well as a horror film programming
partnership.

The channel, owned by NBC Universal, is working on a number of
projects, ranging from well-known Sci Fi titles such as
Battlestar Galactica to miniseries and reality shows.

Sci Fi plans to whet viewers' appetites for November's
Battlestar Galactica two-hour event, titled Razor, with a number
of two- to three-minute shorts that will premiere during
primetime in October. The shorts will also be made available on
the Sci Fi website afterwards.

The Awesomes, from Broadway Video Television and Universal Media
Studios, is a new animated comedy set in the workplace,
described by the network as "SuperFriends meets The Office." It
follows the 'original' team of superheroes as they try to
reclaim their glory days, having been cast aside by the arrival
of new, more glamourous, spandex-clad heroes.

The network is also producing an untitled miniseries starring
Thomas Jane (The Punisher), written by graphic novel author
Steve Niles. The series is touted as Robinson Crusoe in space,
where it follows a man trying to begin a new society on a
distant planet 40 years into the future.

Another new project comes from filmmaker Francis Stokes, who is
expanding the YouTube series God Inc into a half-hour series, as
well as developing an original one-hour time-travel drama.

Reality series Run For Money pits contestants against a team of
'hunters' in landmark locations in several famous cities. Based
on a successful Japanese format, the one-hour episodes are being
produced by Buena Vista Productions and Fujisankei
Communications International.

Factual programming comes in the form of Idiot Box Productions'
Brain Trust, which sees scientists attempt to solve mundane
dilemmas in hugely elaborate ways, and What Can't It Do?,
produced by Tiger Aspect USA, Extra Credit Productions and
Nicole Perry.

Finally, UFO Hunters, from Craig Piligian's Pilgrim Films and
Television, looks at UFO experiences and otherworldly sightings.

Sci Fi is also at work on new series for its website, including
a 10-part FarScape revival, produced by The Jim Henson Company
in association with RHI Entertainment.

Sci Fi Tech provides the latest info on new technology and
gadgets, while Peacock Productions' Invent This! is a weekly
original series that sets out to find the world's weirdest
contraptions and reveal how they came to exist.

The network has also partnered with Lionsgate and AfterDark
Films to broadcast, co-brand and promote Afterdark's film
festival Horrorfest - 8 Films To Die For. Horrorfest will
premiere in October during the channel's annual 13 Days of
Halloween programming block, and lead up to Sci Fi's second
annual six-hour Ghost Hunters Live special, which plays on
Halloween.

"Sci Fi's full range of exclusive genre fare includes everything
from creative re-imaginings of sci-fi classics and contemporary
Earth-based tales of the paranormal, to action thrillers and
surreal supernatural reality shows," said Thomas Vitale, Sci
Fi's senior VP of programming and original movies.

"Our acquisition of the Horrorfest - 8 Films To Die For
theatrical further broadens our scope of exhilarating, high-
quality programming that resonates with thrill-seeking
audiences."



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