SHOWCASE LAUNCHES FUTURISTIC THRILLER HALCYON – THE GROUND-BREAKING HYBRID VIRTUAL REALITY SCRIPTED DIGITAL SERIES
Short-Form VR Series Launches Today on Showcase.ca and Select VR Platforms
Series Created by Award-Winning Canadian Studio Secret Location, and Stars Canadians Michael Therriault, Lisa Marcos, and Harveen Sandhu
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Toronto, Canada – Showcase announced today the launch of its innovative, hybrid virtual reality scripted web series, Halcyon, available to watch now in Canada exclusively on Showcase.ca. Made up of 10 short-form webisodes and five interactive VR episodes, Halcyon is an interactive police procedural designed to first captivate viewers, and then bring them deeper into the complex story through virtual reality. For the ultimate viewer experience, watch all 15 episodes on the Halcyon VR app for Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus.
Set in the year 2040, the series centres on Blake Creighton (Toronto-native Michael Therriault, Heroes Reborn), the CEO of the world’s leading virtual reality company: Halcyon. Having cornered the market on VR, the company has discarded the VR headset and allows users to access virtual space using neurological implants that manipulate the senses to create a virtual world. When Creighton is found dead, and presumed murdered, Detective Jules Dover (Toronto’s Lisa Marcos, Lost Girl) and her partner, Asha (Ottawa-native Harveen Sandhu, Pygmalion), must consider if this could be the world’s first virtual murder.
Halcyon’s VR episodes transport viewers to another plane of reality, immersing them in the actual investigation of Creighton’s mysterious death. The viewer’s VR experience begins in a virtual rendering of the crime scene where they interact with objects in the room, collect evidence, and dust for fingerprints – ultimately leading to clues which solve the crime. For those without a VR headset, video recaps of the VR episodes will be available online, ensuring that all fans are able to follow the crime and investigation from start to finish.
Halcyon is created and produced by Secret Location, the Canadian multi-Emmy® and Cannes Lion Award-winning content studio who specialize in content for emerging platforms, with the financial participation of the Independent Production Fund and the Ontario Media Development Corporation.
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Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.
About Secret Location, an Entertainment One company
Secret Location is a multi-Emmy® and Cannes Lion Award-winning content studio for emerging platforms. Secret Location combines cutting-edge technology with traditional storytelling to create digitally accelerated experiences for the web, mobile, tablet and new platforms like Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR & AR). Secret Location also produces digitally-driven dramatic series, comedy, and interactive journalism, with a combination of IP partnerships and original properties.
About the Independent Production Fund (IPF)
The Independent Production Fund is a Canadian private foundation that makes equity investments in original digital drama series. It operates on the interest generated by a $37 M endowment, and by recoupment from its investments. An independent Board of Directors representing the industry oversees the operations of the fund and makes all investment decisions. The IPF has invested over $9 M in 84 web drama series since 2010. www.ipf.ca
About the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)
Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) is a Canadian provincial government agency responsible for stimulating jobs and investment in Ontario’s cultural media industries: book and magazine publishing, music, film, television, and interactive digital media.
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