‘Continuum’ Creator Sets Up New Shingle Targeting Genre Projects

Reality Distortion pairs Simon Barry and Stephen Hegyes

Stephen Hegyes
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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.”