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'Burrowers' feeds Web on FearNet

18 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Writer-director JT Petty is setting the stage for his forthcoming horror film The Burrowers with a webisode series set to premiere on the horror Web site/on-demand service FearNet.

The seven three- to five-minute episodes are based on the film and tell the story of a family trying to survive in the wilderness who unknowingly release an evil force when they ingest infected deer meat.

The series -- in addition to a live blog hosted by Petty that features his production and behind-the-scenes insights -- will debut in December on and FearNet's VOD channel.

The webisodes follow the multiplatform horror destination's previously launched online series such as 30 Days of Night: Blood Trails, based on the graphic novel 30 Days of Night, and Devil's Trade, which Spider-Man director Sam Raimi launched in June through a joint venture with Ghost House Pictures.

"To have JT Petty writing and producing this prequel is absolutely wonderful and a testament to FearNet's commitment to providing exclusive content for horror lovers everywhere," FearNet president Diane Robina said. »

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Hamm exec vp creative at Starz Media

16 August 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

William Hamm has been appointed to the newly created position of executive vp creative development at Starz Media.

Hamm, who will be based at the company's Burbank offices, will be responsible for a team of creative development executives focusing on acquiring new projects for the feature film and new-media platforms.

A 20-year industry veteran, Hamm most recently was executive vp television at Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures, where he oversaw the development of two series for Comcast's Fearnet network: Devil's Trade and 30 Days of Night: Blood Trails.

Hamm, who has held senior positions at Tribune Entertainment, Universal and ABC Television, was instrumental in the development of several successful television series, including Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, Law & Order: SVU and New York Undercover.

Hamm also worked as a consultant for Creative Technologies, a think tank to aid the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a virtual reality training facility in Fort Sill, Okla., after the Sept. 11 attacks. »

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