FEARnet to Unleash Horrifyingly Unique Daily Interactive Webisode Series Buried Alive
Highly-Engaging, Six Week Multi-Platform Thrill-Fest Running November 2nd Through December 13th To Take Viewers on Wild Chase Across The Web To Unveil The Truth Behind The Series' Terror
FEARnet, the world's premiere horror and thriller website and video on demand service, continues to break new ground in original web programming with the November 2nd debut of the chilling, new interactive daily web series event Buried Alive. Running through December 13, this innovative daily series will feature a new two- minute episode premiering each morning at 10:00 AM EST on FEARnet.com, and will take viewers on a terrifying trek across the Internet to discover the eerie mysteries and secrets behind the program's pulsating plotline. On Halloween, FEARnet will also release a promotional widget in support of the series that gives viewers a sneak peek to the first two episodes and access to bonus material. Buried Alive centers around a handful of 20-somethings, each unwillingly encased in a custom-made coffin. Trapped in this underground world that is ruled by a maniacal, God-like antagonist, the group must discover the connections between themselves; the reasons for their abductions; and, with luck, an escape from the nightmare.
Buried Alive begins with a terrifying darkness, the sound of staccato breathing, spurts of weeping, and the horrifying screech of fingernails against metal. Someone is buried alive. Rick, a handsome, 20 year-old, is just one of the victims trapped in a coffin. Illuminated in the darkness by the flame of a cigarette lighter, the details of the scene come into focus as a night-vision camera, embedded in the corner of the coffin, captures his every move. On his left, an ominous warning: SAVE YOUR BREATH.
Aiding the group above ground are two sleuths, siblings Melanie and Travis, each with a secret stake tied to the victims' fates. The duo will piece together information gleaned from found footage and online diaries hidden on the Web, in the ultimate race against time to unravel the mystery and discover the locations of the buried coffins before time runs out.
"What makes Buried Alive so distinctive is that it is truly an immersive, interactive multi-platform programming event," said Diane Robina, President of FEARnet. "Characters and clues have a presence on-line in some of the most unexpected places. From cell phones to YouTube and entertainment sites, clues are waiting to be discovered."
FEARnet has also developed an interactive, flash-based widget for BURIED ALIVE that will be released on Wednesday, October 31st and that will be continually updated throughout the life of the series. It will further viewers' interaction by uncovering 'buried videos' that are not found on FEARnet, and that showcase the characters' abductions, helping to augment viewers' understanding and give backstory to the series. The widget will also feature: a promotional trailer for the show; the first two episodes of BURIED ALIVE, prior to their premiere on FEARnet; a countdown clock to the series' official launch on Friday (11/2/07); profiles, descriptions and photos of each of the victims; a coffin cam, which gives audiences a look into the tight quarters, and then launches into a flash sequence previewing the series; and finally a link to FEARnet's BURIED ALIVE site (www.FEARnet/buriedalive.com).
Buried Alive bolsters FEARnet's ever growing original programming line-up. It follows on the heels of FEARnet's two highly-buzzed about short form, seven episode mini-series' created in collaboration with Ghost House Pictures. Both series, 30 Days of Night: Blood Trails -- which served as a companion to the cult favorite graphic novel and hit 30 Days of Night feature film -- and Devil's Trade have each attracted more than 2 million online views. In celebration of Halloween, the original FEARnet series Route 666: America's Scariest Home Haunts, is currently profiling some of the country's scariest, most innovative haunted houses and the people behind the madness. On Halloween night, FEARnet will unleash its first original movie event with Catacombs. Produced by Twisted Pictures, the production house behind the box office smash horror franchise Saw, Catacombs is a chilling suspense thriller about a young woman on a trip to the world's most romantic city who soon finds herself lost deep beneath the streets of Paris.
Buried Alive stars Britt Morgan, Jeff Blum, Bram Hoover, Nikki McKenzie, Greyson Chadwick, Natalie Wachen, JR May, Augusto Aguilar, and John Charles Meyer. The series is executive produced by John Norris & Paul Etheredge, who also served as director. Buried Alive is a White Rock Lake Production and is distributed by Sony Pictures Television.
FEARnet, the world's premier horror destination on demand, online and on mobile devices is a cutting-edge, multi-platform horror network with an unrivaled modern horror library bringing together the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services with the two top studios producing and distributing horror and movies to deliver horror fans uninterrupted fear 24/7. The advertising supported network is a joint venture between Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA)(NASDAQ: CMCSK), Sony Pictures Television (SPT: US) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF).
FEARnet On Demand, available on Comcast includes the biggest stash of thriller, killer and chiller horror titles from Sony and Lionsgate's vast film libraries. www.fearnet.com users can explore the world of the macabre on a visually arresting video-rich environment packed with movies, interactive community features and fresh original content. The site features free streaming video, download to own movies, social networks features including a "victim" profiles and chat capabilities, news and reviews and more.
About Sony Pictures Television
Sony Pictures Television is one of the television industry's leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, including series, telefilms, theatrical releases and family entertainment for network and cable television, as well as first-run and off-network series for syndication. With more than 25 programs on the air, SPT boasts a program slate that includes the top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off- network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. SPT also owns one-half of cable channel GSN and is a partner in FEARnet, the premier horror/thriller website and VOD service. Sony Pictures Television oversees all of Sony Pictures Entertainment's (SPE) domestic digital distribution efforts across all electronically delivered platforms, including the internet and mobile. Sony Pictures Television, advertiser sales, is one of the premiere national advertising sales companies, handling the commercial inventory in SPT syndicated series as well as in all of SPE's digital businesses in the United States, for Sony BMG and for iN DEMAND's high-definition channel Mojo, and is part owner of national media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT (www.sonypicturestelevision.com) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.
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CONTACT: For FEARnet, Jeffrey Klein, Jeff_Klein@dkcnews.com, or Ann
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+1-212-685-4300; or for Buried Alive, Karen Barragan of Sony Pictures
Television, +1-310-244-6467, Karen_Barragan@spe.sony.com