Electus Acquires International Rights To The SHOWTIME® Docu-series "Years of
Event series to debut in 2014 and headlined by a star-studded cast including
Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Arnold Schwarzenegger
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 12, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Sept.12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Multimedia entertainment studio
Electus, an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI) today announced that its
global distribution arm, Electus International, has acquired international
rights to Years of Living Dangerously, premiering on SHOWTIME in April 2014.
This multi-part docu-series event tells the biggest story of our time: climate
change and its impact on people. Over the course of up to eight episodes, the
series travels to Texas, Kansas, California, Colorado, New York, Maine, the
Carolinas, Florida, the Middle East, Africa, the Andes, the North Pole,
Indonesia, Bangladesh and the South Pacific to feature character-driven
narratives with real people facing the crippling effects of climate
change-related weather events, the politics of global warming and the efforts
made to find solutions to the problem.
"The drastic effects that climate change is having on our world is a global
problem, and nobody can tell that story better than James Cameron, Joel Bach,
David Gelber and Dan Abbasi," said John Pollak, President of Electus
International. "To have some of Hollywood's biggest filmmakers and
celebrities involved makes this an incredible television event series that
will highlight a topic that will continue to impact future generations."
The show was created by former 60 Minutes producers Joel Bach and David Gelber
(winners of a combined 11 Emmy Awards) and executive produced by James Cameron
(Avatar, Titanic), Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jerry Weintraub (producer of the
Ocean's Eleven franchise) and climate change expert Daniel Abbasi. Former 60
Minutes producer Solly Granatstein (winner of seven Emmy Awards) and Avatar
Alliance Foundation executive director Maria Wilhelm are co-executive
producers. Chris Cooper-Hohn, Rena Shulsky David, Jeremy Grantham, Barbara and
Amos Hostetter, Christian Kruger, as well as Susan and Stephen Mandel are
co-producers of the series. Joseph Romm, former Acting Assistant Secretary of
Energy, author and editor of ClimateProgress.org is "Years'" chief science
"In addition to our core coverage of the dramatic climate change story in the
USA the "Years" team has crisscrossed the globe to uncover gripping stories.
We couldn't be more pleased to partner with Electus' passionate and
experienced team to extend our distribution reach to a truly global audience,"
Electus International will be selling the finished tape format in October at
the 2014 MIPCOM conference, the year's most anticipated global market for
entertainment content across all platforms.
Electus is the first integrated multimedia entertainment studio to unite
producers, creators, advertisers and distributors under one roof and produce
all forms of content for distribution across a variety of platforms around the
world, including: broadcast, cable, digital, OTT and various emerging
technologies. The company connects advertisers, distributors and content
creators early on in the development process, enabling marketers and
advertisers to be true partners in campaigns and content creation. Electus
International, the global distribution arm of Electus, is responsible for all
international sales and distribution for Electus' programming and its studio
partners as well as programs and formats from other well-known third party
providers. Electus is an operating business of IAC [NASDAQ: IACI]. For more
information on Electus, visitwww.electus.com
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