Sierra/Engine to shop 'After' to global buyers at Mipcom
“X-Files” creator Chris Carter has pacted with Georgeville TV on a supernatural drama that will be shopped to global buyers next week at Mipcom.Newly formed distrib Sierra/Engine Television will rep “The After” at Mipcom, per the terms of its distribution pact with Georgeville TV (Daily Variety, Sept. 28). “After” revolves around a mysterious event that blends sci-fi and suspense elements with contemporary themes. Series marks the latest high-profile bid from Georgeville TV, which made headlines earlier this week by unveiling plans for the first small screen effort to come from the Wachowski siblings, “Sense8” (Daily Variety, Oct. 3). “This is going to be a fantastic ride – one that only (Carter) could conceive – and the secrets, twists, and turns are a fan’s dream,” said Georgeville CEO Marc Rosen. “Chris has woven his mythology magic within a very human, grounded story about the moment when we realize all of our worst fears about the world and its future.” Georgeville has made a big impression after just a few months in business because it has the ability to deficit finance series, thanks to the deep pockets of its backer, India’s Reliance Entertainment. The company, a partnership of Rosen and Reliance’s Motion Picture Capital financing shingle, is focused on projects with high-profile auspices and global appeal. Georgeville’s aim is to command straight-to-series orders rather than going through the pilot process. At present Georgeville is producing a midseason drama for NBC, “Crossbones,” and has a redo of the Brit sci-fi fave “Blake’s 7” in the pipeline at Syfy. It’s also working on a thriller with J. Michael Straczynski and Overbrook Entertainment for ABC. And Straczynski is helping the Wachowskis shepherd “Sense8,” which is now being shopped to domestic buyers. “The X-Files” legacy in international markets is so strong that it’s no surprise Georgeville and Sierra/Engine would launch the sales pitch for “After” at Mipcom. This time last year, Carter shopped a different conspiracy thriller project, “Unique,” with Media Rights Capital, but the series never got off the ground. Sierra/Engine TV was formed last month as a joint venture of Nick Meyer’s Sierra/Affinity and Chris Philip’s Engine Entertainment. “Chris Carter’s vision has impacted the global television business for 20 years with ‘The X-Files’ and being part of his latest big-budget project is a tremendous honor,” Philip said.