Sam Raimi’s continual venture into the realm of television demonstrates he won’t be slowing down anytime soon. A recent announcement made by Deadline confirms that Sam Raimi will man the reins for a new television series titled, 50 States of Fear, which will premiere on the mobile streaming video service NewTV. Although very little has been offered as to the details for 50 States of Fear, it is known that Sam Raimi will be at the center of the show. Raimi’s other ventures in television include executive producing Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, producing and co-creating Xena: Warrior Princess, and (of course) Ash Vs. Evil Dead.
NewTV is an upcoming streaming video service founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg, whose extensive credibility in the entertainment business make this venture all the more interesting. Katzenberg held tenure as Chairman for Walt Disney Studios spanning ten years (1984-1994) during which time Disney produced massively popular titles such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King (all of which today are considered classic films). Katzenberg was also the co-founder of DreamWorks Animation (Shrek and Kung-Fu Panda).
It was reported earlier this year that Katzenberg had acquired funding of around $800 million (at around the time it was announced) from investors and major entertainment companies. Of those companies backing Katzenberg’s project, Deadline reports, “Investors from the studio realm include Disney, eOne, Fox, ITV, Lionsgate, MGM, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Viacom, and WarnerMedia.”
According to Deadline, “The service [NewTV] will be a two-tiered subscription model similar to that of Hulu. The lower-priced version, at $5 per month, will have select advertising, and an ad free version will cost $8 per month.”
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