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31/08/2010

NBC Universal Digital Studio And Syfy Join Forces On New Comedy

NBC Universal Digital Studio has partnered with Syfy to distribute FCU: Fact Checker's Unit, a scripted comedy for both US domestic and international distribution.
The series will be distributed by Universal Networks International on the digital platforms of Syfy in the United Kingdom, Syfy Universal throughout Asia/Pacific, Sci-Fi Channel in Australia, as well as Syfy US iTunes in the United States. This premiere marks the first time a digital series has been distributed globally at launch.
Cameron Death, Senior Vice President & General Manager, NBC Universal Digital Studio, said: "Global brands, in this case Samsung, need a single-source partner to handle production and global distribution and this is something we're uniquely positioned to do.
"As the leading producer and distributor of original digital content, we are excited to garner learnings from global markets and roll them back into both our international and domestic efforts."
The eight-episode digital series is based on a short film of the same name and reunites creators and original cast members, Peter Karinen and Brian Sacca, and creator and director Dan Beers. It also features a recurring appearance by actress Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords).
Jason Kearne, Vice President of Universal Networks Interactive, said: "This is an exciting new venture for Universal Networks International and forms part of our 360 digital strategy of delivering high quality, digital content to our international audience via our core channel brands.
"Partnering with our US Digital Studio and Samsung has enabled us to offer an exciting and innovative online comedy format to Syfy viewers around the world on our recently launched web video platform."
FCU: Fact Checkers Unit follows the adventures of two overzealous fact checkers - Russell (Karinen) and Dylan (Sacca) - who work at the popular Dictum magazine and stop at nothing to check the most absurd celebrity facts. No star is too big and no fact too obscure or arcane to run down for accuracy's sake. Tom Bannister is the executive producer of the series .
The series will also feature Hollywood guest stars Luke Perry (Beverly Hills 90210), Alex Trebek (Jeopardy), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights) and Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords), musician Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction) and supermodel Karolina Kurkova.
(KMcA)
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