3net enters development of new 3D, 4K content for linear TV
Michelle Clancy | 26-03-2013
3net Studios has begun principal photography on two native 3D television series for global distribution and is finalising post-production on a returning series for the 3net US linear TV service. In addition, the company has put three native 4K television series into development.
"The global growth of 3DTV into the home increased by 72% in 2012, and we're starting to see the impact of those 41 million new sets sold last year as consumers around the world look to their entertainment providers for compelling, original 3D content," said Tom Cosgrove, president and CEO at 3net and 3net Studios, which is a joint venture between Sony, Discovery and IMAX. "And with a 2013 forecast of continued dramatic 3DTV penetration – and now a faster than anticipated roll-out of 4K – 3net Studios is bolstering our current roster of original 3D and 4K production to keep pace with the growing demand from the global marketplace."
One of the productions is Turn & Burn, a six-episode, hour-long, non-scripted reality programme featuring the "artistry and antics of El Reyes Garage in Venice, California." Meanwhile, Dark Secrets is an eight-episode, half-hour series with fictional recreations of supernatural psychic events. And, the company is in the final stages of post-production on a new season of Hillbilly Blood: A Hardscrabble Life, which is slated for a special 3D/2D simulcast on 3net and Discovery's Destination America Saturday.
On the ultra HD front, the studio has put three new 4K original documentary and natural history series in active development: National Parks Adventure, Metropolis and Made by Man.