March 7, 2018 Sonar Entertainment, in Association with The Jim Henson Company, to Develop RIFT, New Live Action Sci Fi Series For Teens
LOS ANGELES, March 7, 2018 – Sonar Entertainment, in association with The Jim Henson Company, is developing RIFT, a new live action sci fi series for teens. RIFT is created and written by Simon Racioppa and Richard Elliott (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Fangbone!, Teen Titans).
RIFT follows seventeen-year-old Sydney Jensen who is caught between two worlds. In one, she struggles with the drama, comedy, and romance of high-school life. In the other, Sydney is a rebel in the parallel world of ELYSIA, where she teams up with alternate versions of her friends from Earth to stop ARS RATIO, a dark organization out to subjugate both worlds through violence and oppression. Everything changes when Sydney learns she has the power to travel, or rift, between Earth and this extraordinary fantasy world – and discovers there’s an evil version of herself in Elysia too. The parallel world will be brought to life by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with the iconic and wonderfully creative Jim Henson Company on this new series,” said Andrea Gorfolova, President, Kids, Family and Factual at Sonar Entertainment. “We are equally excited about the concept behind RIFT. It is inventive, original and truly genre-blending. This series also marks an important new evolution in our growth, as we are now moving full on into live action television for an older audience within the kid’s space.”
“We are so excited to be creating and playing in an entirely new fantasy world with Sonar Entertainment and writers Simon Racioppa and Richard Elliot. Simon and Rich fit in seamlessly with The Jim Henson Company’s long legacy of fantasy world building,” said Halle Stanford, President of Television at The Jim Henson Company. “The combination of their narrative genius, the innovations of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, as well as the creative power behind Henson and Sonar, ensures that this property will resonate with fans of adventure and fantasy alike.”
About The Jim Henson Company
The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 60 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world-famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Recent credits include Julie’s Greenroom (Netflix), Dot.(Sprout/Hulu), Splash and Bubbles (PBS), Word Party (Netflix), Doozers (Hulu/ Sprout), and the Emmy®-nominated Sid the Science Kid (PBS), Dinosaur Train (PBS), and Pajanimals (Sprout). Television productions include Fraggle Rock, The Storyteller and the sci-fi cult series Farscape. Features include Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star, Disney’s Alexander and the
Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, as well as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, MirrorMask, and Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow. Upcoming productions include The Happytime Murders, starring Melissa McCarthy, and the Netflix original series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Feature films in development include the highly anticipated Fraggle Rock.
With additional locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company is headquartered in Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot, complete with soundstage and postproduction facilities. The Company is home to Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™, a pre-eminent character- building and visual effects group with international film, television, theme park and advertising clients, as well as Henson Recording Studios, one of the music industry’s top recording facilities known for its world-class blend of state-of-the-art and vintage equipment. The Company’s Henson Alternative brand is currently touring Puppet-Up! – Uncensored, a live puppet improvisational show.
About Sonar Entertainment
Sonar Entertainment is a leading independent entertainment studio that develops, produces, finances and distributes content for global audiences. We offer a unique platform for creative talent with the support of a full-service studio and global distribution company. Our financial strength and independence provides us with the freedom to fund development and productions on a global scale and partner with the most innovative storytellers in the industry.
Sonar Entertainment's premium scripted series on-air, in production or slated to commence production include Mr. Mercedes, written by David E. Kelley, based on the novel by Stephen King, with the AT&T AUDIENCE Network for DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse; the second season of The Son, starring Pierce Brosnan for AMC; and Das Boot, an eight-part series based on the acclaimed movie, for Sky. Sonar Entertainment also distributes internationally, outside the UK, Taboo, for FX and BBC One, starring Tom Hardy and executive produced by Ridley Scott. Sonar Entertainment factual and lifestyle series currently on air or in production include Texas Metal for Discovery and Food's Greatest Hits for Scripps. Sonar Kids and Family series on-air or in production include Counterfeit Cat, airing on Disney XD in the US, Teletoon in Canada, on Hulu and in over 200 countries worldwide; and Go Away, Unicorn! for Disney.
In addition, Sonar Entertainment distributes over 1,000 titles comprised of award-winning programs from RHI Entertainment, Hallmark Entertainment, and Tricon Films & Television.Download PDF