3net Studios has begun principal photography on two native 3D television series for global distribution and is finalizing postproduction on a returning series for the 3net U.S. broadcast. In addition, the company has put three new native 4K television series into development to help keep pace with the growing worldwide demand for Ultra HD content.
“The global growth of 3D TV into the home increased by 72 percent 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, 3net Studios. “And with a 2013 forecast of continued dramatic 3D TV penetration – and now a faster than anticipated rollout 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.”
3net Studios has begun principal photography on the new 3D original series Turn & Burn (working title) – a six-episode, hour-long, non-scripted reality program featuring the artistry and antics of El Reyes Garage in Venice, Calif., as well as Dark Secrets – an eight-episode, half-hour series with fictional recreations of supernatural psychic events. The company is also in the final stages of postproduction on a new season of the fan favorite Hillbilly Blood: A Hardscrabble Life, (12, 30-minute episodes), which is slated for a special 3D/2D simulcast on 3net and Discovery’s Destination America, April 13.
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.
3net Studios – with offices at Sony Pictures headquarters in Los Angeles and Discovery Communications headquarters in Silver Spring, MD – was formed as a joint venture between Sony, Discovery and IMAX.