If you are a fan of the Battlestar Galactica re-imagining that garnered huge success a few years ago on Syfy, you may have heard rumblings about a new series, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome. There have been many rumors and lots of speculation floating about the sci-fi community about a new series that would give audiences a glimpse at the Cylon war. It seemed just as excitement would build, news would spread the series was being canned, or worse, re-tooled.
Among the conversations, there was plenty of talk about the new series being crafted for web distribution. After all, a web series would not be completely unheard of. Syfy has already dipped their toes in the web series water with series such as Riese: Kingdom Falling, Mercury Men and others; Battlestar Galactica even had a web series in the form of vignettes which tied into the plot of the television series, providing back-story for supporting characters and additional context within the television series. Well kids, the rumors are true!
NBC Universal, the parent company of Syfy, announced earlier today that Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome is coming…and soon! Through a distribution partnership with Machinima, Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome will be shown online exclusively on the Machinima Prime YouTube Channel.
The first of 10 episodes will premiere 11/09/2012. Episodes will be approximately 7-12 minutes in length and will follow a young William Adama (Luke Pasqualino), assigned as a fighter pilot on one of the Colonial fleet’s flagships, the Galactica, as he yearns to make him mark in the war against the Cylons.
The web series model is just the first arm of the distribution plan. Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome will be available on Machinima Prime through April 2012. However, in February 2013, Syfy is planning to air the series as a 2 hour television movie. Following the television airing, Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome will make its way to Blu-ray, DVD, Pay Per View and Video On Demand.
For a sneak peak at the series, check out the trailer below!
Read the full press release below:
UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS’ HIGHLY ANTICIPATED
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD & CHROME
TO PREMIERE NOVEMBER 9 EXCLUSIVELY ON MACHINIMA,
LAUNCHING A THREE-TIERED WINDOWING STRATEGY
INCORPORATING ONLINE, TELEVISION AND HOME ENTERTAINMENT
FROM THE AWARD-WINNING PRODUCERS AND VFX TEAM BEHIND
EVENT STARS LUKE PASQUALINO (“THE BORGIAS”) AND BEN COTTON (“ALCATRAZ”)
LOS ANGELES – November 5, 2012 – Universal Cable Productions (UCP) will launch for the first time a three-tiered windowing strategy including online, TV and home entertainment, for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, a spinoff of the blockbuster Battlestar Galactica series franchise. Fans will first view Blood & Chrome when it premieres exclusively on Machinima’s premium channel, Machinima Prime (YouTube.com/MachinimaPrime), beginning November 9. The initial online debut introduces the latest segment of the revered TV series franchise to a new generation of fans while also launching the multi-platform strategy.
This highly anticipated chapter in the Battlestar Galactica saga takes place in the midst of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, the sentient robotic Cylons, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, gifted fighter pilot, William Adama (Luke Pasqualino, The Borgias), finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Full of ambition and hungry for action, Adama quickly finds himself at odds with his co-pilot, the battle-weary officer Coker (Ben Cotton, Alcatraz). With only 47 days left in his tour of duty, Coker desires an end to battle as much as Adama craves its onset. Lili Bordán (Silent Witness) also stars.
Universal Cable Productions’ partner in the launch is Machinima, the next-generation video entertainment network for young males, and the number one entertainment network on YouTube. Each Blood & Chrome chapter will premiere exclusively on Machinima Prime (http://www.youtube.com/MachinimaPrime), Machinima’s premium channel, which has garnered over half a million subscribers in 3 months, and among other young male centric content, features original series in the sci-fi, drama, comedy, sports and animation genres.
Leveraging cutting edge CGI and virtual set technology, Blood & Chrome is produced by Universal Cable Productions, a division of NBCUniversal, and the award-winning producing team of Battlestar Galactica. David Eick (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica) is executive producer along with Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica), who wrote the teleplay from a story by Eick, Bradley Thompson (Battlestar Galactica, Falling Skies) and David Weddle (Battlestar Galactica, Falling Skies). Blood & Chrome was directed by Jonas Pate (Prime Suspect, Caprica).
“With its top-notch storytelling, pulse-pounding action, and cutting-edge visual effects, Blood & Chrome is the perfect extension of the Battlestar Galactica universe,” said Mark Stern, President, Original Content, Syfy and Co-Head, Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. “We are thrilled to see this hotly-anticipated event premiere on Machinima, an online network that is unparalleled in its delivery of high-class digital content to millions of viewers.”
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome will be presented as ten, 7-12 minute episode chapters available exclusively on Machinima Prime until February 2013, followed by its premiere as a 2-hour movie on Syfy (airdate TBA), and finishing with the release of an unrated version on Blu-ray, DVD, digital download, PPV and VOD. The series will remain on Machinima through April 2013.
“The storied Battlestar Galactica franchise has a huge following and resonates perfectly with our audience,” said Allen DeBevoise, Chairman, Co-Founder, and CEO of Machinima, Inc. “We are thrilled to be the exclusive distributor for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome. Series fans have been anticipating this chapter of the Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome story and we are proud to deliver it to them, as a whole new audience on Machinima, reinforcing Battlestar Galactica’s status as a pop culture icon.”
About Universal Cable Productions
Universal Cable Productions creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across multiple media platforms and outlets for domestic and international distribution. UCP produces Covert Affairs, Psych, Royal Pains and Suits for USA and Alphas, Defiance and Warehouse 13 for Syfy. Universal Cable Productions is a division of NBCUniversal.
Machinima is the dominant global video entertainment network for young males. The number one entertainment channel on YouTube, Machinima serves over 2.25 billion video views a month, and reaches over 210 million viewers monthly. Machinima’s global content network is the best place for gaming content. The network features official publisher content, gameplay videos, scripted series, and original content, including original weekly shows, all aimed at the coveted 18-34 year old male demographic. Machinima is fast-becoming a global phenomenon with an ability to capture a cultural sensibility and awareness among a next generation of entertainment consumers and marketers alike. The company is backed by MK Capital, and Redpoint Ventures, and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.
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