Sci Fi Channel Announcements
DANGER GAME: This alternative series takes viewers behind the scenes at a secretive organization known as Modern Reality Adventures (MRA) that creates alternate reality experiences for select clients. Each episode of DANGER GAME follows MRA as they construct their unnervingly convincing scenarios within the everyday life of one unaware client until a highly choreographed final interface brings the client to the apex of the game. Produced by Superfine Films.
RELIC QUEST (working title): An action and adventure series that goes in search of some of the greatest relics in history from around the globe. Producer/Director Bruce Burgess guides the viewer in a first-hand exploration down mysterious roads to uncover artifacts fabled to hold hidden powers and mystical significance for both ancient and modern cultures. Produced by Bluebook Films.
ESCAPE: Three contestants locked in a room must endure a series of physical challenges, decipher riddles and break codes in order to escape. As the time clock ticks, their prize money decreases and their anxiety builds while three contestants locked in an identical room also race to find their own way out. Produced by Emmy-nominated Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz of Magical Elves with Riaz Patel.
In another announcement Monday, Sci Fi has formed Sci Fi Ventures, a new portfolio of media and non-media businesses, which transcend the television screen and leverage the deep affinity the Sci Fi audience has with the most mainstream and profitable genre worldwide.
In addition to the top-10 ranked Sci Fi Channel, Sci Fi Media also includes the category-killing SCIFI.com, the world's #1 genre Web destination. Recent digital expansions include DVICE, the website for the technology obsessed, and Fidgit, the consumer entertainment general game site. Sci Fi Media's portfolio will continue to grow and expand with a new stand-alone Website focused on the latest entertainment news and reviews, and the development of a theatrical film banner, Sci Fi Films.
The popularity of sci-fi/fantasy genre based titles and passion Sci Fi fans have for video games make Sci Fi Games a natural component of the Sci Fi Ventures portfolio. Sci Fi recently announced a groundbreaking partnership with Trion Worldwide to co-develop and simultaneously launch a global TV and MMOG (Massively Multi-Player Online Game) experience. This effort represents the next evolution in deeply immersive dynamic MMOGs and will allow Sci Fi's audience to actually "play out" the story they will be seeing on television inside a video game. Additionally, NBC Universal recently acquired an equity stake in BigPoint, market leader in browser based multiplayer online games, through its Peacock Equity Fund. BigPoint Games will be hosted on SCIFI.com along with a range of more casual games based on Sci Fi Channel shows.
Working with licensing agency BrandSense, Sci Fi Ventures will develop, produce and market licensed product lines for SCI FI's passionate consumer base in retail and on-line. Based in Los Angeles, CA, Brand Sense Partners, was founded by Brian France, Chairman and CEO of NASCAR. Their high profile clients include Britney Spears, Halle Berry, and Magic Johnson Enterprises.
With new comic book titles serving as the creative genesis, Sci Fi/Virgin Comics are developing fresh properties that integrate the unique spirit and vitality of both brands. Delivering innovative, multi-platform projects, original concepts are being considered across all mediums from publishing, film and television to digital and gaming.
For many consumers, the passion for the science fiction and fantasy genre starts when they are very young. Accordingly, Sci Fi plans to expand the brand by launching a kid's division to serve the all-important youth market of 2-17 year olds. This business will be analog and digital with physical product extensions to create an immersive world within which young consumers can stimulate their imaginations with fantastical worlds and stories.
For the Internet side of life, SciFi.com also announced their slate of original programming on Monday.