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Henson Licenses Cult Classic Series ‘Farscape’ to the U.K.’s BSKYB

Sci-fi fantasy series celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.

HOLLYWOOD -- Celebrating the 15th anniversary of Farscape this year, the sci-fi series that achieved cult status worldwide during its four-season run, The Jim Henson Company announced that it has licensed the entire series to the U.K.’s BSKYB for broadcast on PICK, commencing 6.55pm, Monday April 21st, 2014.

Farscape has an incredible level of brand equity with people around the globe, and the fan base continues to grow with each new generation of young viewers embracing the amazing stories and engaging characters,” said Richard Goldsmith, EVP Global Distribution, The Jim Henson Company. “The timing of BSKYB’s broadcast is perfect to celebrate the series 15th anniversary.”

“Produced by the coveted Jim Henson Company, it is easy to see why Farscape is such a unique sci-fi series that has attracted an amazing cult status across the globe,” added Stephen Ladlow, Director of PICK.  “It is a privilege to be able to celebrate its 15th Anniversary with fans and viewers in the UK by broadcasting the series from its beginning on PICK.”  

The original Farscape series comprises 88 one-hour episodes. Fusing live-action, state-of-the-art puppetry, prosthetics and CGI animation, FARSCAPE is hailed by TV Guide as one of the 25 Best Cult TV Shows, and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy®. Winner of two prestigious Saturn Awards, Farscape was the first original series to air on SYFY and it gained a loyal fan following. The show’s success propelled ancillary products such as comics, games, a novel and magazine.  A special collectors set was released for the first time on Blu-ray and on DVD in November 2013 by Cinedigm. 

In Farscape, which airs in the U.S. on the new Pivot network targeting millenials (ages 18–34), astronaut John Crichton assumes he'll be home in time for dinner. But a freak accident during an experimental space mission catapults him across a thousand galaxies to an alien battlefield. Suddenly, he's trapped among alien creatures wielding deadly technology—a battle that 20th century sci-fi pop culture never prepared him for. Hunted by a merciless military race, Crichton begins his quest for home from a galaxy far, far away...

Source: The Jim Henson Company

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.