[04/26/06 - 12:00 AM]
Sci Fi Channel Checks in with 'Motel Man'

[via press release from Sci Fi]


8-Hour Limited Series Greenlit For Production To Premiere on SCI FI in 2006

NEW YORK -- April 26, 2006 -- SCI FI, one of the industry's leading producers of television events, has greenlit production on 'Motel Man' (working title), a limited series event that will premiere on the Channel this December. The announcement was made today by Mark Stern, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, SCI FI. Pre-production is currently underway with Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, producing.

'The Fugitive' meets 'The Twilight Zone' in this contemporary sci-fi nail-biter. When homicide detective Joe Miller stumbles upon a seemingly innocuous motel room key, he unlocks the door to a world of unimaginable power and becomes the target of those who will stop at nothing to claim it. The motel room is a virtual treasure trove of mundane objects. But each of the every day items found in the room possesses its own unique power. And as Joe soon discovers, the motel room key is the most potent and coveted of all the mysterious items. Shadowy organizations dedicated to collecting these peculiar objects relentlessly pursue him, hoping to claim the key. When his daughter vanishes inside the motel room, he also becomes the focus of a heated police investigation. Hunted and alone, Joe has become the central player in a game to which he doesn't know the rules.

'Motel Man' is being written and developed by co-executive producers Christopher Leone, Laura Harkcom and Paul Workman. Leone and Harkcom's short film, 'K-7,' recently took top honors at the Aspen Comedy Festival and is currently screening at the Tribeca Film Festival.

"This script is a real thriller that pulled me in right from the beginning," said Stern in making the announcement. "The 'what if' premise delivers on the edge of your seat anticipation, and is a perfect fit for the channel. Joe Miller's journey, fueled by a father's desperate search for his missing daughter, is compelling storytelling that will truly engage the audience."

"We are delighted to continue our longstanding and successful relationship with SCI FI Channel," said Kevin Beggs, president of television production and programming, Lionsgate. "We are particularly excited about this series, which is the kind of compelling mystery, and edgy, riveting thrill ride which is a Lionsgate signature and should draw in large numbers of viewers."

'Motel Man' follows in the tradition of SCI FI's blockbuster television events, which has included the hit originals 'The Triangle,' 'Legend of Earthsea,' 'Battlestar Galactica,' Steven 'Spielberg Presents TAKEN' and 'Frank Herbert's Dune.'

Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) is the leading independent filmed entertainment studio and a premier independent producer and distributor of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment and video-on-demand content. Its prestigious and prolific library of more than 5,000 titles is a valuable source of stable, recurring revenue and is a foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand name is synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the globe.

SCI FI Channel is a television network where "what if" is what's on. SCI FI fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic Web site (www.scifi.com ) and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 85 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.

  [april 2006]  


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