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First Exclusive Xbox Documentary to Focus on Infamous ‘E.T.’ Video Game

19 Dec, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey

Xbox Entertainment Studios has unveiled its first original documentary series for the Xbox platform, beginning with a film about the burial of millions of unsold game cartridges for the Atari video game E.T. — The Extra-Terrestrial.

Xbox will produce the series with Oscar-winning producer Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man, Man on Wire) and Emmy-winning producer Jonathan Chinn (“30 Days,” “American High”) with plans to air the first episode in 2014.

“Our collaboration with Xbox offers an unparalleled opportunity to make a unique series of films around the extraordinary events and characters that have given rise to the digital age,” Simon Chinn said. “Our goal is to produce a series of compelling and entertaining docs which will deploy all the narrative techniques of Simon's and my previous work.”

In 1983 Atari Corp. buried millions of E.T. game cartridges — a game that often tops the lists of worst games ever created — in the middle of the night in the town of Alamogordo, N.M. The documentary will follow cross-platform content developer Fuel Entertainment, which secured exclusive rights to excavate the landfill, as it digs the games up.

“Jonathan and Simon Chinn are the perfect team to spearhead this series for Xbox. They are consummate story tellers and they plan to match their creative sensibility with the best talent in the industry,” said Xbox Entertainment Studios president Nancy Tellem. “These stories will expose how the digital revolution created a global democracy of information, entertainment and commerce, and how it impacts our lives every day.”

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