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Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno to Hit Theaters September 25th from Blumhouse

Eli Roth's The Green Inferno has found new life at Blumhouse. Originally scheduled to come out last year from Open Road, Roth's cannibal horror film will instead hit the big screen this September courtesy of Blumhouse.

Announced via video by Roth on his Facebook page, The Green Inferno will hit theaters on September 25th.

“How far would you go for a cause you believe in? In horror master Eli Roth’s terrifying new film, a group of college students take their humanitarian protest from New York to the Amazon jungle, only to get kidnapped by the native tribe they came to save: a tribe that still practices the ancient rite of cannibalism, and has a healthy appetite for intruders.”

According to reports, this will be released under Blumhouse label Bh Tilt, along with Universal Pictures and High Top Releasing. The Green Inferno is expected to be released on 1,000 screens
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NBC Universal Signs Jason Blum to 10-Year Multi-Platform Deal

NBC Universal Signs Jason Blum to 10-Year Multi-Platform Deal
NBC Universal has signed Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions to an unprecedented new 10-year first-look producing deal, extending its current movie deal.

Blumhouse is also forming new partnerships that span across NBC Universal’s business including its Universal Television and Universal Cable Productions.

The deal was announced Sunday on the heels of Blumhouse having delivered the latest in a micro-budget horror hit for Universal with “The Purge: Anarchy.” The sequel to last summer’s break-out hit opened in second place with a solid $28.4 million debut from 2,804 locations in the U.S.

The 10-year term of the first-look deal is a significant departure from most Hollywood pacts, which tend to run for two or three years. It reflects the studio’s elevated expectations that Blum can continue to deliver profitable films.

Blum broke out with the micro-budget “Paranormal Activity” horror franchise five years ago at Paramount, which grossed over $190 million worldwide on a $15,000 budget.
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Gerard Bocaccio Joins Entertainment One As Svp U.S. Scripted Development

Exclusive: Entertainment One has brought in veteran TV development and production Gerard Bocaccio as Svp Us Scripted Development. Based in Los Angeles, he will shepherd scripted development for the company, reporting to Michael Rosenberg, Evp Us Scripted Television. “Gerard is a seasoned executive with a breadth of experience that spans all aspects of the development and production process necessary to create groundbreaking television,” said Rosenberg. Bocaccio, who brings in more than 25 years of experience, most recently consulted for Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Prods., helping build the company’s scripted and unscripted TV slate that yielded three series orders – Stranded, Eye Candy and South Of Hell – and for Discovery Channel, playing a key role in launching Discovery’s first scripted series Klondike, which eOne co-produced. Prior to launching his consulting business in 2009, Bocaccio served as president of television at Silver Pictures, Svp Entertainment at FX and Evp Production at The Bubble Factory.
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Tricia Helfer Set to Star in New Syfy Original Event Series Ascension

Back in March we learned that Syfy is bringing us the six-hour miniseries "Ascension" later this year, and now word has come as to who will be starring in it. Yes, it mostly sci-fi, but considering the talent involved, we figured you'd want to at least hear about it.

From the Press Release:

Syfy today announced that Tricia Helfer (pictured), who played the humanoid Cylon “Number Six” in the iconic award-winning series "Battlestar Galactica," will star in the channel’s new original, six-hour event series "Ascension."

Helfer will play the beautiful, manipulative, and dangerous “Viondra Denniger.” Viondra regards herself as a not-so-secret power broker aboard the Ascension. As the Captain’s wife, Viondra is afforded a position of power and privilege, which she leverages as the Ship’s Chief Steward.

In 1963 the U.S. government launched a covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women, and children on a century-long
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'Battlestar Galactica's' Tricia Helfer returning to Syfy for new series 'Ascension'

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Syfy sure loves Tricia Helfer, who played the sexy Cylon known as "Number Six” on "Battlestar Galactica" The cable network has signed Helfer to star in the the upcoming six-hour mini-series "Ascension." The series centers on a group of people who, in 1963, were secretly sent to space on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension with the intention of populating a new world. Now, fifty years into their journey, a young woman is mysteriously murdered and the ship's mission is called into question by its passengers. Helfer will play Viondra Denniger, the Captain’s wife, and a manipulative power broker in her own right. "Ascension" was created and written by Philip Levens ("Smallville"), who will also serve as executive producer and showrunner. Jason Blum ("Stranded") and Mark Stern will executive producers, alongside Sea To Sky Studios' Ivan Fecan, Tim Gamble and Brett Burlock. Since "Galactica" wrapped up in 2009, Helfer has
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Syfy Launching Event Series Ascension in November 2014

Syfy is reigniting the channel’s traditional long-form scripted programming event for 4th quarter 2014 with the greenlight of the 6-hour series "Ascension," it was announced today by Syfy President Dave Howe. Read on for the details.

From the Press Release:

"Ascension" is an ambitious original drama created and written by Philip Levens ("Smallville"), who will serve as executive producer and showrunner. The series will be produced in Montreal, QC, by Sea To Sky Studios in association with Blumhouse Productions.

Jason Blum (Stranded, "The River," film franchises Paranormal Activity and The Purge) and Mark Stern are executive producers on the project along with Ivan Fecan, Tim Gamble, and Brett Burlock on behalf of Sea To Sky Studios. The event series will be co-financed and distributed by Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television.

Said Howe, “Syfy is more committed than ever to bringing to life epic event television. We have a rich history in this arena,
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Syfy Announces Space-Based Event Series Ascension for November

Hooray, a space-based miniseries! An “intergalactic mystery”! Syfy today has announced it has given the green light to 6 hour event series Ascension, and even announced it would air starting this November, running through December. None of this “green light and then who knows when it airs” stuff. It’ll be an early holiday present for us! Thanks, Syfy!

Syfy Gives 6-hour Event Series Ascension Greenlight For Launch In 2014 Original Intergalactic Mystery From Writer/Executive Producer Philip Levens To Be Produced By Sea To Sky Studios With Blumhouse Productions

New York – March 13, 2014 – Syfy is reigniting the channel’s traditional long-form scripted programming event for 4th quarter with the greenlight of the 6-hour series Ascension, it was announced today by Syfy President Dave Howe. Ascension is an ambitious original drama created and written by Philip Levens (Smallville) who will serve as Executive Producer and Showrunner. The series will be produced in Montreal,
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Jason Blum Interested In Insidious TV Series; Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes Still Happening

It’s been a great few years for horror, and that’s in large part thanks to films like Insidious, which took traditional haunted-house concepts and added a fresh twist to the proceedings. After two excellent installments in that series, with a third scheduled for 2015, it’s clear that screenwriter Leigh Whannel isn’t opposed to continuing the franchise, despite the apparent departure of stars Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson in Insidious: Chapter 2.

In an interview with Crave Online, super-producer Jason Blum revealed that, even after big-screen sequels to Insidious have run their course, the series may not necessarily be over. Talking about the possibility of a TV spin-off focusing on paranormal investigators Specs (Whannel) and Tucker (Angus Sampson), along with the ghost of Elise (Lin Shaye), Blum revealed:

I’d like to do that. I don’t think you can do that while we’re still making movies.
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Mike Darnell, Jason Blum Partner On Haunted House Reality Series

Horror master Jason Blum, producer of the Paranormal Activity and Insidious franchises, continued to build his reality TV portfolio by partnering with unscripted series veteran Mike Darnell on a haunted house reality show for ABC. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Blum and Darnell sold the series to recently appointed ABC unscripted head Lisa Berger. Other than its basic description as a reality show about haunted houses, other details about the series remained under wraps. Blum produced found-footage series The River, which ran for 12 episodes in 2012, and Stranded, a reality series from early 2013.
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Interview: Producer Jason Blum Looks to the Future of Horror

Chicago – With his production company, Blumhouse, Jason Blum might be the most important voice in modern horror. As studio horror films became glutted with remakes and sequels in the ’00s, Blum changed the model with low-budget, high-profit films like “Paranormal Activity” and “Insidious.” His latest, “The Purge,” starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey, opens on Friday, June 7, 2013. He’s a fascinating guy with a lot to say about not just his chosen genre but filmmaking and how we watch movies in general. It’s all changing and Jason Blum is out in front.

Hollywoodchicago.Com: Let’s start with clarification - producers have different degrees of hands-on philosophies. How hands-on are you with your productions? Were you involved with casting?

Jason Blum: Ethan is my best friend. So definitely involved there. To answer your question in a roundabout way: All we do is low budget movies. Our goal when
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Isa of the Day: Blumhouse International

Blumhouse International is Blumhouse Productions' new international sales division, which will handle sales for films that don’t fall under their first-look deal with Universal. A new division to oversee international sales of films for the micro-budget production company including Sinister 2 and Stretch. Their six previous films grossed a combined $450 million International on combined budgets under $25 Million.

We are happy to write about Jason Blum's success. From the days when he handled acquisitions with Amy Israel for Miramax under the Weinsteins to his establishing Blumhouse Productions, a multi-media production company that has pioneered a new model of studio filmmaking - producing high-quality micro-budget films for wide release, Jason has never lost his responsive attention to the people who work with him in the industry. You can read his very interesting bio here

It is our pleasure to spread the word about his newest endeavor, the launch of Blumhouse International, a new division to oversee international sales of the company's movies. Bhi has a worldwide distribution and servicing deal with Im Global and the two companies, with Jason Blum in attendance, will introduce the venture to international distributors at the forthcoming Cannes Film Festival and Marche.

Blumhouse International will meet with international distributors on two initial projects in Cannes. Sinister 2 is a sequel to Blumhouse's 2012 $3 million micro-budget hit which grossed over $87 million worldwide. Stretch is a comedy thriller to be directed by Joe Carnahan and produced by Blum and the director. Tracy Falco will serve as executive producer and Leon Corcos as co-producer. Both projects will begin production later in 2013.

The division will handle sales of films outside Blumhouse's first-look deal with Universal. The launch of Bhi builds upon Blumhouse's international success. Six of the company's recent films grossed a combined $450 million foreign on combined budgets of under $25 million.

Said Blum, “We are excited to expand our company’s international presence as the success of our micro-budget films continues to grow across the world.”

Blumhouse already has four micro-budget wide-release movies scheduled to come out including its first film for Universal - The Purge with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes which opens on June 7th, 2013, Insidious Chapter 2, the sequel to Insidious with FilmDistrict on September 13th, 2013, Paranormal Activity 5 for Paramount Pictures on October 25th, 2013 and Ghosts for Lionsgate on January 10th, 2014.

Since its launch, Blumhouse has produced more than 30 feature films including the highly-profitable Paranormal Activity franchise, Sinister and Insidious all of which out grossed their budgets on opening weekend. In addition, Blumhouse has a first-look television deal with Lionsgate and is working on both scripted and non-scripted projects. Blumhouse produced Stranded for SyFy, executive produced The River for ABC and is also working on projects with HBO and MTV.

Im Global, a subsidiary of Anil Ambani’s Reliance Entertainment Group, is one of the film industry’s leading financing, sales and distribution companies with output deals in more than 100 countries and offices in Los Angeles, London, Mumbai and Mexico City. The company was founded by current CEO, Stuart Ford, in 2007.
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Jason Blum Talks Stranded, Scouting Haunted Locations and His Love for Horror, Plus Paranormal Activity 5, Insidious 2, Area 51 and More

From Jason Blum (Insidious, Sinister) and Josh Gates (Destination Truth), Stranded is the new Syfy reality series that uses the same stripped-down first-person method from Paranormal Activity to document an unconventional and terrifying paranormal and psychological experiment, in which participants are stranded at haunted location for a week and must record the entire experience themselves. Each of the six hour-long episodes features the self-recorded footage of a group of everyday paranormal enthusiasts, combined with strategically-placed security cameras at each location. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, executive producer Jason Blum talked about how Stranded came about and why he thought it was a great fit for what he’d already done on the narrative side, the process of selecting the individuals and locations for the show, how he got some fun ideas for future movies while they were scouting possible haunted locations, and where his love for genre and horror started.
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Jason Blum Talks Paranormal Activity 5, Insidious: Chapter 2, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Area 51 and More

The new Syfy reality series Stranded, which debuted on February 27th, documents an unconventional and often terrifying paranormal and psychological experiment. Each episode features the self-recorded footage of a diverse group of every-day paranormal enthusiasts who are left stranded at one of the most haunted locations in America and record the entire experience with hand-held cameras creating an unscripted first-hand account of their stay. While we will share what executive producer Jason Blum had to say about the new show next week, we did want to share his updates on some of his current and upcoming feature films. Blum told Collider that he expect Paranormal Activity 5 to go into production in middle to late Spring for an October release and that he hopes that franchise will remain ongoing, why he and the film’s partners thought there was further story to be explored for Insidious 2, what made him want
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Syfy Wednesday evening of paranormal previews (Videos)

Tune in alert fo Syy's Stranded, Ghost Hunters & Ghost Mine with previws below. Syfy wants you fired up for this Wednesday evening of paranormal viewing. Firstly, you.ll find an interview clip with Josh Gates about his new show, Stranded. Then the regularly scheduled Ghost Hunters and Ghost Mine clips follow. Catch a sneak peek of the episode when the team sees a door moving on the Dv-r and goes to investigate it. You can also see a clip from last week when Dave and Michelle encounter a similar phenomenon. Lastly, catch a sneak peek of the season finale of Ghost Mine! As Kristin and Patrick investigate the mine, they see figures in the dark. Stranded.Premieres Wed. Feb
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First Look Promo: Will Syfy's Stranded Scare Up Real Paranormal Activity?

First Look Promo: Will Syfy's Stranded Scare Up Real Paranormal Activity?
Syfy is hoping that ordinary folks will bump up against extraordinary phenomena in Stranded, an unscripted series launching later this month — and TVLine has a first look at a new trailer.

Related | Frank Spotnitz, Ridley Scott to Adapt Philip K. Dick’s The Man in The High Castle as Syfy Miniseries

Premiering Wednesday, February 27 at 10/9c and executive-produced by Jason Blum (of the Paranormal Activity film franchise) and Josh Gates (Destination Truth), Stranded sends three participants into a haunted location, where they document their experience with hand-held cameras (supplemented by strategically placed security camera footage).

Video | First Look: Syfy’s
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SyFy Is Going To Leave Us All Stranded

I’m guilty as the rest of you. I can’t get enough of those damn ghost hunting shows. Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Dead Files, I watch them all and there is a new one on the block coming at us from the SyFy Channel. It’s called Stranded and the premise is pretty straight forward. The press release explains all:

Created by Josh Gates (“Destination Truth”), “Stranded” is a new reality series that documents an unconventional – … Continue reading →
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Get Your First Look at Syfy's New Series Stranded

If you thought Paranormal Activity was scary, get ready for "Stranded," a reality series from Syfy that premieres on Wednesday, February 27th, at 9Pm (Et/Pt). We have all the details on the show and a few sneak peeks.


Created by Josh Gates ("Destination Truth"), "Stranded" is a new reality series that documents an unconventional – and terrifying – paranormal and psychological experiment. Each episode features the self-recorded footage of a diverse group of everyday paranormal enthusiasts - from newlyweds and a brother-in-law to a trio of roommates.

Each team of three will be stranded at one of the most haunted locations in America and record the entire experience with hand-held cameras, creating a suspenseful, completely unscripted first-hand account of each group's stay. Over the course of the confinement, the group will cope with increasingly pervasive feelings of fear and desolation, resulting in an experiment that represents a unique combination of psychology and the paranormal.
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