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3net Putting 4K Television Series into Production

25 Mar, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel, Chris Tribbey

3net Studios, which is co-owned by Sony Pictures, Discovery and Imax, March 25 said it has begun principal photography on two 3D television series and is finalizing post-production on a returning series for the 3net U.S. linear service.

In addition, 3net has put three 4K Ultra HD TV series into development, according to CEO Tom Cosgrove.

3D original programming includes “Turn & Burn,” a six-episode, hour-long, non-scripted reality program featuring the artistry and antics of El Reyes Garage in Venice, Calif.; and Dark Secrets, an eight-episode, half-hour series with fictional recreations of supernatural psychic events.

The studio is also 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 April 13. 

“The global growth of 3D TV 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 Cosgrove. “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.”

On the ultra HD front, the studio has put three new 4K original documentary and natural history series in active development, including “National Parks Adventure,” “Metropolis” and “Made by Man.”

Netflix recently disclosed it filmed much of its original series, “House of Cards,” in 4K, and believes the format has a more immediate future via streaming.

4K content requires a 4K compatible HDTV and Blu-ray Disc player, in addition to requisite broadband width capacity to stream into the home.

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