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SCI FI Imagines What If With New Alternative Reality Project

SCI FI Channel continues to test the boundaries of imagination with WHAT IF, a speculative future project that poses intriguing scenarios of alternate realities. The program, from NBC Universal Television Studio in association with New Line Television, asks... What if a moment in time could change the world forever?

The show is being developed as a weekly, one-hour series that dramatizes intriguing "what if" scenarios that would impact our world at large. What would happen if the meteor had missed the Earth and dinosaurs co-existed with the development of humans? What if Germany had developed the first atomic weapon, bombed New York and was victorious in World War II?

"This project has universal appeal," said Mark Stern, SCI FI Channel's evp of original programming. "Who hasn't wondered what our daily lives might be like if certain moments in history had gone a different way. WHAT IF will take an exciting, thought-provoking approach to imagining such possibilities."

The production will incorporate computer generated graphics, dramatic re-creations, narration and interviews with relevant thought leaders to bring these potential realities to life. Emmy Award-winning producer/director Jon Kroll (THE AMAZING RACE, BIG BROTHER) will serve as exec producer.

Inspired by the book series of the same name, the production will work with Byron Hollinshead, president of American Historical Publications, producer of the best-selling anthologies, which are published by Putnam in the U.S.

SCI FI Channel is a television network where "what if" is what's on. SCI FI offers original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a website (www.scifi.com) and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 85 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.

NBC Universal Television Studio produces series for primetime, late-night, daytime and dozens of longform and reality projects for a variety of network and cable television outlets. Headed by president Angela Bromstad, the studio is one of the largest producers of American primetime television programs.

New Line Television (www.newline.com) is a division of New Line Cinema, the leading independent producer and distributor of theatrical motion pictures. The division is responsible for the development, production and distribution of television projects for the broadcast networks, cable and first-run syndication, as well as the distribution of New Line feature films across the television landscape. New Line Cinema is a Time Warner company.

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