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Syfy Channel picks up fantasy steampunk series Riese

09/04/2010. Contributed by Stephen Hunt

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Canadian web-based fantasy steampunk TV series Riese is following fellow (originally) online-based TV series Sanctuary in making the leap from the web to the TV screens, as it has just been acquired by the Syfy Channel.

Craig Engler, the big cheese at Syfy Digital, has bought the rights to the complete ten-part series – (distributed by Fireworks International, the digital distribution arm of ContentFilm plc) – to remake the whole kit and kaboodle for big time broadcasting on air in the states (and later, the world).

To date, fantasy steampunk series Riese consists of two five-part episode seasons, with season two now to premier fully on Season one and two are both slated for a digital launch in the fall 2010.

Riese is a fantasy-steampunk adventure that chronicles a mysterious wanderer named Riese, (portrayed by Christine Chatelain). A life-on-the-run from a world with a dim future, Riese and her wolf companion, Fenrir flee their dying land of Eleysia in search of freedom as they are hunted by assassins of 'The Sect,' a terrifying religious organisation.

Craig Engler said, "Riese is a fantastic web series with a lot of room to grow, and we're excited to work with the very talented cast and crew to help them take the show to the next level, backed by the full promotional efforts that Syfy can bring to the table. At the same time we'll be working hand-in-hand with our TV development team to see if Riese has the potential to make the jump to TV, just like our hit show Sanctuary did."

Jonathan Ford, EVP at Fireworks added, "Syfy is highly regarded in the digital community with a fantastic background in identifying and securing the best in new multiplatform content. We are delighted to announce this significant deal for the important US market and look forward to working with the Syfy team on the web series as well as developing Riese for television."

Riese recently scooped the Streamy Award for 'Best Cinematography in a Web Series' with a further three nominations for Best Sound Design, Best Foreign Series and Art Direction. The digital series starring Christine Chatelain (Sanctuary, Fringe), Sharon Taylor (Smallville, Eureka), Ben Cotton (Stargate Atlantis, Haper's Island), and Patrick Gilmore (Fringe, Stargate Universe), was shot in Vancouver, BC, and is created by Ryan Copple and Kaleena Kiff and produced by Galen Fletcher and Nicholas Humphries.

On the topic of fantasy steampunk and matters movie-based, there’s some interesting threads in the Jackelian forum at the moment, here and here, about pushing my novels towards the big screen.


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