Babelgum Launches New Exclusive Sci-Fi/Horror Block on its Web and Mobile Comedy Channels

October 26, 2009

LONDON and NEW YORK, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ — Independent web and mobile video content platform Babelgum has just announced a new Sci-Fi/Horror block of programming for its expanding Comedy Channel. The new comedy block includes the initial premiere of four new series that have been created and produced exclusively for Babelgum’s mobile and online distribution.

Included in the Sci-Fi/Horror Comedy Block is the new series The Occulterers, an interactive comedy and horror series written/produced/co-starring Hayden Black (Goodnight Burbank, The Cabonauts) and starring James C. Leary (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Ellen Sandweiss (The Evil Dead), Amy Kline (I <3 Vampires) and Camden Toy (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel) as Count Vampire. An interactive series, The Occulterers is the nation’s premiere ghost-hunting team and will kick off this new season in a genuine Transylvanian castle. Viewers can also watch live feeds from the castle, and Tweet the Occulterer team what they see or hear @theocculterers. While filming, the team will react to the messages and occasionally name-check their favorites. In addition, there will be a Vampire flashmob streamed live in partnership with dreadcentral.com on Halloween in Los Angeles at Mexico (8512 Santa Monica Blvd at La Cienega) along the annual Weho Parade route at 6:17pm and another at 10pm at the Art of Elysium fundraiser at the W Hotel in Westwood. More information will be available via the Occulterers twitter feed.

Also to come is the absurdist sci-fi comedy series Hurtling Through Space at an Alarming Rate!, created by and starring Michael Davies (Streamy Award nominated webseries ‘After Judgment’) and Stuart Paap (thestream.tv). In the tradition of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, the series follows the adventures of two contentious, golf and game-obsessed, popculture buffs (Mike and Stuart) who are trapped in their apartment as it’s literally hurtling through space at an alarming rate!

Also in the pipeline is the zombie-loving upcoming series Cannibal Run, based on the outlawed and unofficial cross country automobile race in the 70s; and also the recently announced second season of the sci-fi comedy The Crew created by RegisteredFilms.

“We’re expanding our Smart Comedy offerings each week with funny, professionally-produced content and I’m very excited to finally be announcing these incredible Sci-Fi/Horror series,” said Amber J. Lawson, Publisher of Babelgum’s Comedy Channel. “These programs are all exclusively created for our web and mobile platforms to appeal to the Sci-Fi/Horror fan in all of us, and fall under our goal of bringing smart comedy to our viewers. I feel Sci-Fi/Horror comedy is an under-served and rabid audience, and my idea was to give that audience what they want.” Babelgum’s comedy channel is strategically programmed and curated by Lawson with the target audience of smart viewers who seek evolved comedy.

About Babelgum (www.babelgum.com)

Babelgum is an integrated web and mobile video content platform free for users and supported by advertising available on-demand to a global audience. Babelgum Mobile is an original application currently available in the United States, UK, Italy, Germany, France and Spain which brings regionally tailored programming to smart phones – at present iPhone 3G, iPod Touch, Google Android G-Phones 1 and 2, Nokia (N96, N95 and 6210) – via 3G and WiFi.

Positioned between user generated video hubs and network TV-oriented destinations, Babelgum focuses on the third part of the ecosystem: innovative, professionally produced content on very specific passions – music, comedy, film, urban culture, nature and the environment – curated by experts in their fields. Babelgum’s programming is comprised of exclusive original productions as well as independent and mainstream titles. Babelgum’s content partners include, among others, EMI, Sony Music, the New York Times, PBS, BBC, VBS, Lonely Planet, Coolhunting, National Geographic, Funny or Die, T5M, Shine Limited, Cinetic Rights Management, Content Republic, Gong Anime, The Workbook Project, Cinelan, Power to the Pixel and Off the Fence as well as the Encounters, Los Angeles, and Hamptons film festivals.

The company has also set up a series of online contests to nurture independent film, music and art talent: the Babelgum Online Film Festival, the Babelgum Music Video Awards and the Babelgum Metropolis Art Prize chaired respectively by Spike Lee, Michel Gondry and Isabella Rossellini. Babelgum is an independent and privately held company with offices in the United States, UK, Ireland, France and Italy.

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About The Art Of Elysium (www.theartofelysium.org)

The Fourth Annual The Art Of Elysium Halloween Ball brought to you by: LA Confidential Magazine and Be CAUSE Events with co-hosts: Carter Bays, Kim Serafin, Tom Scheuling, Jaime Becker and Sola Rose Mak.

Event will be held starting at 8:30pm, Saturday, October 31st. 100 percent of the net ticket sales and silent auction go to the charity.

The Art of Elysium, a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization founded in 1997, encourages working actors, artists and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions. We provide artistic workshops in the following disciplines: acting, art, comedy, fashion, music, radio, songwriting and creative writing.

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