Sci Fi Channel and Trion World Network, the publisher and developer of connected games and entertainment, hired two industry veterans in the co-development of a videogame and television show.
Kevin Beardslee joins Trion to serve as Senior Development Director for the project at Trion's San Diego development studio. Television writer Peter Egan has been tapped to write the pilot episode.
The partnership will simultaneously co-develop a game and cable television property. This will be the second original IP Trion has created.
This collaboration falls under the aegis of Sci Fi Ventures, Sci Fi's portfolio of media and non-media businesses that extend beyond the television screen. The business and creative collaboration model will result in the first immersive cross-media entertainment experience that allows the audience to actively participate in the developing storyline that will grow simultaneously in both video game and television form.
As one of the premiere video game developers in the industry, Beardslee has 15 years experience in game design, with over a decade spent crafting popular and innovative Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMO). Most notably, Beardslee served as a key member of Blizzard Ent.'s core development team for the internationally best-selling MMO WORLD OF WARCRAFT before later founding Carbine Studios, a division of NCsoft North America, where he created and oversaw the development of an unannounced MMO. Beardslee will act as the Senior Development Director for the co-developed SCI FI/Trion MMO video game.
Egan's television experience includes PLAYMAKERS (ESPN) and OVER THERE (FX Network). For NBC Ent., Egan served as a writer on several series including MEDIUM and MEDICAL INVESTIGATION. Egan also served as writer and story editor on the Sci Fi series THE DRESDEN FILES.