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New SciFi Network in the Works

Discussion in 'Television & Web Series' started by Newstar, Jul 23, 2010.

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  1. Newstar

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    This should be really cool if it can get going the way it's planned. A new network that after about five years would hopefully be able to make new shows. Here's the info they're putting out. The more clicks they get the better it will look to potential investors in pending meetings:



    Right now they're producing a fun SF news show, "InSight,"

    http://www.syzygynetwork.com/insight/
     
  2. Kevin

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    Have any deals been made yet to broadcast any of the shows?
     
  3. Newstar

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    If I knew the answer to that I don't think I'd be allowed to say. I'm a writer associated with them but I'm not allowed to discuss business details. I'll copy a little bit of the Facebook discussion thread about shows:

    I think maybe what you're wondering is, will this happen fur sure? No one can say yet, but there are some encouraging signs. Potential investors wanted to have proof of fan enthusiasm, hence the Facebook "like" drive. So partly it's up to fans if this happens. Syzygy has a meeting in about a week with potential investors. Some new ones have contacted them since the beginning of the Facebook drive. Someone got them an interview with a big UK Sci Fi magazine, all those sorts of things that are going on will help.

    Obviously I'm biased, but I do think fandom would really benefit if this takes off. A stable network has to be in place for about five years before they can introduce their new shows. That will let them avoid being dependent on outside networks which could cancel their shows on a whim even if they still have a dedicated following of a million or so, and tell them to change this or that to reach a wider audience. After about five years of found treasures from past present and future around the world, they can start to produce what they own or have rights to.
     
  4. Newstar

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    There's finally some concrete progress to report. Syzygy is doing very well on a fundraising website "kickstarter" to raise funds for a fantasy pilot called "Who Am I." They've had almost half the $25 000 pledged in the first 4 days.

    You can check out the info video at

    http://kck.st/bueSZH

    There's more info on their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/syzygynetwork

    I'll copy a summary of what the show is about from a post there:

    The Syzygy Network
    Anyone who's interested can show support by pledging as little as a dollar on the reliable Kickstarter website.

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/289608134/who-am-i-tv-pilot-0

    (goes to Who am I page on that site, like the above link for their info video)
     
  5. Newstar

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    For anyone just joining the thread, a start-up network/studio, Syzygy, has a fund-raising drive for what will be their first fictional drama (they have a news show, InSight, in producion). Who Am I" is a science fiction mystery about a teen hockey star with strange abilities who dodges government spies, friends and family, as he embarks on a journey to discover "Who Am I?".

    To update, the fund-raising is going quite well so far:

    There are 84 backers, with $13,306 pledged of the $25,000 goal. There are 27 days to go of the 45 they started with. It has to reach the goal by then for the funds to be collected, so no one's counting chickens yet. If anyone has five bucks to spare or knows someone who would enjoy this show, any help at all would be great. Just spreading the word a bit is a great big help.

    Thanks so much! You can click the banner to see a site with the basic info and a little sneak peek from Syzygy.


    If you're wondering how they can make a great pilot with so little money, Dave Andrews explained in the comments section on the Kickstarter site:

    $25,000 is a pittance for a TV pilot. These days it's more common for a SciFi pilot to run more in the area of $10 million, and under $2 million is unheard of. The only reason we're able to pull this off is by saving money in a variety of ways:

    1) Scott Brody and I wrote this pilot. He was the key concept creator. I'll be producing and the two of us will be co-directing. Those are all things that usually carve deeply into a TV show's budget, but it won't cost us a penny. We'll be using non-union a non-union crew, which will slice our costs dramatically, not only by paying slightly lower wages, but by allowing us to have a much smaller crew that we'd be allowed on a union shoot. We have a great deal with a talented company for the special effects, and a very talented composer who has offered to do the music for free.

    We will also be using non-union actors. Although we'd love to work with AFTRA, there's no way at all to shoot a TV pilot for a scripted drama for under $25,000 within the rules of an actor's union. It's just not possible.

    Another way we're saving money is by sponsorships. The hockey uniforms and equipment, locations and food are all very expensive, so we're offering sponsorships and product placement to companies in exchange for the things they can offer us for the production.

    All of these arrangements must be finalized by February, and we've already finalized some of them even this early. It's a long, difficult process, so there's a lot of legwork being done even now in early pre-production, months before principle photography (production, when the crew and actors are working).

    This is a phenomenally complex process, and we're taking care of everything else, but we really do need that $25k that our fans are putting up in order to make this a reality.

    We truly thank you deeply for all of your support and for being a part of this historic process!
    Dave Andrews, CEO Syzygy
     
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    I am pretty excited about this network's potential. When it goes live on cable what areas do you think will get this first? I live in Cleveland and saw this network is based around here.
     
  8. Newstar

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    I don't know, but I can quote you some info the Syzygy main guys put out as anwers on the Kickstarter fund raising site:

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