‘Continuum’ Creator Sets Up New Shingle Targeting Genre Projects

Stephen Hegyes
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Reality Distortion pairs Simon Barry and Stephen Hegyes

Brightlight Pictures co-founder Stephen Hegyes, who exited the company late in 2012, and Simon Barry, creator/showrunner of the Canadian hit series “Continuum,” have partnered on a shingle of their own.

Their Vancouver-based Reality Distortion Field Inc. will focus exclusively on genre-driven content and develop original TV series and films with an emphasis on sci-fi and other genre-inspired projects, following a more writer-centric model.

The shingle will be branded around Barry, who already has a strong following within the genre/sci-fi fan base. “Continuum,” which airs on Showcase in Canada and SyFy in the U.S., has been sold in 50 countries worldwide.  “As a long-time fan of genre television and movies, I’ve always wanted to establish a company and brand that reflected both my fan-boy nerd roots and passion for intelligent entertainment,” said Simon Barry.

While at Brightlight, Heyges had worked on a slate of features and TV projects, with an emphasis on Canadian/U.S. co-ventures and international co-productions, serving as exec producer on pics such as “White Noise” and “Fifty Dead Men Walking.”

“Simon creates genre content that appeals to audiences the world over,” said Stephen Hegyes. “RDF will be a brand-based company that produces multi-platform content anchored in traditional windows.”

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  2. Bobby says:

    If being the #1 rated show (as in highest number of viewers and record breaking numbers) on the network that produces it, doesn’t warrant the term ‘hit’ – then what does, Rena?

    • Rena Moretti says:

      Siffy (if that’s the network you’re talking of) is bereft of hits. They don’t have any. They don’t have anything that remotely looks like a hit. Walking Dead is a hit. Continuum isn’t.

  3. wayne says:

    Geez Rena, don’t you think that comment is a little on the harsh side. Continuum may
    have been poorly written, but the show still has great entertainment value.
    Selling the series to 50 countries is really not a bad effort. Don’t you think ?
    I dare you to mention a SF flick you think is great and see how many wont like it for some reason
    or another. All comes down to personal taste.
    I will agree with you the fact that many words today are truly wrung of their true meanings.

    • Rena Moretti says:

      The funny thing is I thought I had gone out of my way to be positive and wish them well.

      I tried to watch the show and it was incredibly, mind-numbingly stupid and poorly-acted. The premise was interesting (it’s a copy of Time Trax – a much better show) but the execution was hideously bad (I’ll point out to the pathetically dumb “social commentary” in the pilot which made me want to throw something at the screen!)

      I was actually hoping it would be good (because it looked like Siffy had only bought it not participated in the making of the show) and boy, was I disappointed (as you can tell). Most of the Siffy shows, I’m not disappointed because as long as Bonnie Hammer remains in charge, I have no hope for anything good coming out, but there’s always the chance a buy might be OK and I dearly would love a good, nay even an OK SF show to watch, something I have had the pleasure of seeing since the first season of Eureka – surprisingly good until Siffy crushed its creativity in the second season).

      The fact that it sold to many countries is a tribute to its distribution pipeline, not to its quality as a show or to its ratings (the show stopped publicizing its Canadian ratings after they dropped precipitously from 900,000 viewers to 400,000 – not something good shows usually endure by the way).

      There you did it! I really was trying to hope for better things from those producers. I really do hope they succeed in bringing us good TV, but first, they’ll have to realize how bad Continuum is (maybe by looking at Time Trax which had a compelling pilot, even as the show was not quite as good).

      It’s possible they had great ideas that were crushed by their network (that’s certainly the case in the US right now) and I hope they do and they succeed in bringing them to screen.

  4. Rena Moretti says:

    Once again, the word “hit” has been wrung of any meaning.

    Continuum is sadly a very poorly-written show and has really poor ratings.

    I hope this new shingle will do better in the future and bring us at last some SF we can all watch and enjoy. :)

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