Sharknado studio backs end of days SVOD service

US-based OTT TV channels provider TV4 Entertainment and The Asylum, the movie studio behind Sharknado and Z Nation, have teamed up to develop a new streaming service dedicated to apocalypse-themed films and series. The service, named simply Apocaplyse, will initially be available in the North American market. It will showcase content from The Asylum’s library […]

NBCUniversal nets Shark Island for pay TV

NBCUniversal has acquired worldwide rights to Shark Island and will show the upcoming TV movie on its pay TV channels globally. It has acquired the creature disaster movie from distributor Daro Film Distribution. NBCU’s Syfy channel has enjoyed great success with the Sharknado franchise Its new ‘creature feature’ and follows a group of ex-government employees […]

Syfy forecasts Sharknado 3, Spin

US cable channel Syfy has given the greenlight to a third installment in the Sharknado disaster telemovie franchise and an adaptation of Robert Charles Wilson’s novel Spin. Sharknado 3 will once again come from US producer The Asylum and will again star Ian Ziering and Tara Reid as its leads. Anthony C. Ferrante again directs, […]

Syfy preps global roll out for new Sharknado

The international Syfy channels will show the much-anticipated TV movie Sharknado 2: The Second One within 24 hours of its US TX. The follow-up to hit TV movie Sharknado, the new film will go out on NBCUniversal’s cable net Syfy in 86 international territories across Europe, Asia and Latin America. It will debut in the […]

TBI’s 2013 in review – part one

In this week-long series of articles, TBI editors Stewart Clarke and Jesse Whittock take a look back at the year in international television, taking in everything from never-ending show formats to genuinely scary promo videos, before 2014 arrives and it all begins again. Without further ado… BEST NEW FORMAT: Slow TV The insatiable appetite for […]

Syfy follows Sharknado with Ghost Shark

US cable channel Syfy is tapping into the wave of enthusiasm around its disaster telemovie Sharknado with another original movie, Ghost Shark. Sharknado’s debut on July 11 lead to one of the biggest social media maelstroms in cable television history, with 5,000 tweets a minute about the programme being sent at its peak. Interest in […]

Sharknado drops into Space in Canada

Buzzy TV movie Sharknado has followed up its success in the US by delivering 300,000 viewers on Canadian cable channel Space. The audience numbers for the film, which went out last Friday, made it the top entertainment show on cable for the day overall and in the key 18-to-49 demo. Space will repeat the film […]