SOURCE: Next New Networks

June 17, 2010 10:00 ET

Next New Networks Partners With Leading Movie Channel EPIX to Bring Indy Mogul to Cable TV

'FX Reboot' by Indy Mogul for EPIX Shows Independent Filmmakers How to Re-Create Their Favorite Special Effects From EPIX's Blockbuster Summer Film Schedule

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 17, 2010) - Next New Networks, the leading next-generation media company providing original Web series to millions of loyal, engaged viewers, today announced that Indy Mogul, the online network for independent filmmakers, has produced a six-part series of co-branded HD interstitial programming, titled "FX Reboot," to run across the EPIX channel schedule, website and on Indy Mogul's online network. EPIX is the next generation multiplatform, premium entertainment channel from Viacom, Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. and Lionsgate.

On "FX Reboot," for the first time ever, Indy Mogul fans and movie buffs alike can see "Backyard FX" series creator and Webby Award winner Erik Beck's special effects mayhem as HD-quality effects. "FX Reboot" shows aspiring auteurs how they can recreate some of the special effects featured in the blockbuster Hollywood films showing on EPIX, with a lot less bucks required for their bang.

The partnership will leverage the EPIX library of more than 15,000 films from three of the top motion picture libraries to feature special effects from blockbuster hits. "FX Reboot" will serve as bonus material for special effects-packed films GI Joe, Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Iron Man, Paranormal Activity, Rambo, and Son of Rambo. "FX Reboot" is the first series of originally produced and branded interstitial content on EPIX and will be available to channel subscribers.

"Indy Mogul's signature 'how'd they do that?' special effects approach is the perfect complement to our line-up of blockbuster films," said Emil Rensing, chief digital officer at EPIX. "With our co-branded 'FX Reboot' bonus material, viewers can recreate the special effects they see on the screen on the cheap. This is the first custom created series on EPIX to provide subscribers with an enriched viewing experience and shows our approach to bringing hit films to viewers in a new way."

"EPIX viewers are spoiled for choice when it comes to enjoying high caliber entertainment and Indy Mogul is looking forward to becoming a part of that experience through the 'FX Reboot' series," said Kathleen Grace, vice president of programming at Next New Networks. "The 'FX Reboot' production partnership presents an opportunity for both EPIX viewers and Indy Mogul viewers to tune in to hot content on the Web and through the EPIX cable channel."

Stay tuned for programming updates from EPIX here http://www.EpixHD.com.

About Next New Networks
Next New Networks is the leading provider of original, episodic series programming for the Internet. With close to one billion views since the company's launch in 2007, over one million subscribers, and some of the biggest hits on the Web, Next New Networks is redefining entertainment by championing the next generation of show creators. Popular, award-winning video networks from the company include Barely Political (home of Obama Girl and "Auto-Tune the News"); Channel Frederator, featuring the cartoons of over 1,000 creators; food network for the people Hungry Nation; car news network Fast Lane Daily; filmmaking network Indy Mogul (home of hit series Backyard FX, Beyond the Trailer, and Moviebuzz); fashion and lifestyle network ThreadBanger; and Barely Digital (home of "The Key of Awesome," one of the top five most-watched shows on the Web since its launch in October 2009).

About EPIX
EPIX
, a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA) (NYSE: VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), is a next-generation premium entertainment channel, video-on-demand and online service launched on October 30, 2009. With access to more than 15,000 motion pictures spanning the vast libraries of its partners and other studios, EPIX provides a powerful entertainment experience with more feature films on demand and online and more HD movies than any other service. It is the only premium service providing its entire monthly line-up of new Hollywood titles, classic feature films, original series, music and comedy specials through the linear channel, video-on-demand and online at EpixHD.com, the leading online destination for movies. EPIX has made the commitment to deliver the industry's most expansive online collection of movies, making more than 3,000 titles available online to subscribers via its enhanced service, EPIX Megaplex, on http://www.EpixHD.com. The service is available to over 30 million homes nationwide through carriage agreements with Verizon FiOS, DISH Network, Cox Communications, Mediacom, Charter Communications and NCTC. 

For more information about EPIX, go to http://www.EpixHD.com.

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