Saturn Awards Nominations to Live Stream Dec. 6 on ElectricNOW Platform

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films has announced that nominations for the 51st annual Saturn Awards will be revealed on Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. PST on streaming service ElectricNOW, the exclusive streaming partner of the Saturn Awards.

The awards ceremony, celebrating the best in genre film and television, will be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 4, 2024, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.

“For the second consecutive year, we are thrilled to be live streaming the Saturn Awards, giving fans of genre entertainment the exclusive opportunity to watch the awards show in real time,” said Dean Devlin, CEO of Electric Entertainment. “We are truly honored to partner with the Academy, and through ElectricNOW, we will also have the privilege of announcing the highly anticipated nominations, generating immense excitement and anticipation in the lead-up to the show.”

The Saturn Awards have been honoring the best in genre entertainment since 1972. This year’s show is dedicated to the memory of actor and former Saturn Awards host Lance Reddick and legendary filmmaker
William Friedkin.

This year’s Saturn Award eligibility period for TV programs is from July 2022 through the end of July 2023, while film is extended to September 2023. Award categories include:

Film:

  • Best Sci-Fi Film
  • Best
    Superhero Film
  • Best Fantasy/Adventure Film
  • Best Horror Film, Best Animated Film
  • Best Action/Thriller Film
  • Best Achievement in Direction
  • Best Achievement in Screenwriting
  • Best Achievement in Prosthetics and Make-Up Effects
  • Best Achievement in Visual Effects

Television:

  • Best Science Fiction Television Series
  • Best Fantasy Television Series
  • Best Horror Television Series
  • Best New Television Series
  • Best Actor in a Television Series
  • Best Actress in a Television Series

Electric Entertainment Announces Financing Deal

Los Angeles-based production and distribution company Electric Entertainment has announced the closing of a $100 million loan credit facility with Bank of America.

The five-year agreement will be initially used for the expansion of Electric’s production slate that includes “Leverage: Redemption,” “The Ark” and “Almost Paradise,” among other programs.

“This facility is our largest to date, exemplifying Bank of America’s recognition of Electric’s continuous growth,” Jeff Gonzalez, CFO of Electric Entertainment, said in a statement. “The credit agreement allows us to continue on our quickly moving trajectory.”

“With the advent and continuation of the streaming industry’s growth, we have been lucky to continue to do what we do best — create original scripted programs that audiences love,” Dean Devlin, CEO of Electric Entertainment, said in a statement. “With not only our broadcast, but now our streaming channel and platform partners, our content is in higher demand as our distribution expansion has become far-reaching.”

In the past year, the company produced three TV series — all streaming platform and broadcast originals. Electric is currently wrapping up production on its  second season of “Leverage: Redemption,” the spin-off continuation of “Leverage,” one of Amazon Freevee’s first original programs. “Almost Paradise,” which originally aired on WGNA, has been greenlighted for a second season for Freevee and is currently in production.  In addition, Electric’s new series “The Ark” just wrapped and will air as a SYFY Channel original.

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“Bank of America was pleased to work closely with Dean and the Electric Entertainment management team to help them chart their future growth,” Randy Hua, head of the Entertainment Industries Group at Bank of America, said in a statement. “Electric has a strong pipeline of creative broadcast and streaming projects and can continue to increase their influence through diverse channels.”

Electric also has its own app ElectricNow, a premium OTT linear channel and app containing programs produced and acquired by the company. It can be found on the Roku Channel, Plex, STIRR, Local Now, Sling TV, Tivo Plus, Freevee, XUMO and Samsung.

Electric Entertainment Promotes Christina Keller to VP of Finance

Electric Entertainment, the Los Angeles based production, distribution and post-production company headed by producer Dean Devlin, has announced the promotion of Christina Keller to the newly created position of VP of finance.

She will be working closely with CFO Jeff Gonzalez on fostering Electric’s banking relationships and preparing and reviewing financing documents and forecasts.

Prior to becoming VP of finance, Christina was controller for the company. She has been with Electric for more than 12 years.

“Christina has shown immense dedication, ingenuity and acumen in achieving our far-reaching goals at Electric,” Gonzalez said in a statement. “She has become an undisputed asset within not just the accounting department, but the company as a whole. I am excited to see her  move into this newly created and well-deserved role.”

As the controller for Electric Entertainment, Keller oversaw the entirety of the accounting department, maintained loan compliance, created GAAP basis financial statements, set up accounting controls, managed entity creation and dissolution, handled post-production accounting, and liaised with the company CPA for annual tax return filings. In addition to these duties, she handled all matters relating to human resources and payroll. She managed both international and domestic tax credit filings. 

Prior to joining Electric in 2010, Keller obtained her CPA license and worked with tax firm Talley & Company, reviewing corporate and individual multi-state income tax returns. 

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Electric Entertainment is an independent studio headed by veteran producer Devlin along with his partners Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan-Wilson. Electric Entertainment also houses acquisitions and sales divisions, with domestic sales headed up by Steve Saltman and the international division headed by Sonia Mehandjiyska. Electric also has a satellite office located in Vancouver, Canada.

Among Electric’s television series are “The Librarians” and “Leverage,” which ran for four and five seasons respectively on TNT; “The Outpost,” which premiered its fourth season on The CW in 2021; and “Almost Paradise,” which is currently streaming on IMDb TV after having premiered on WGN America. Season two of “Almost Paradise” begins shooting this summer. Electric’s new series “The Ark” begins shooting this spring for the Syfy channel. Electric’s spin-off continuation of “Leverage,” “Leverage: Redemption,” is currently streaming in the United States and the United Kingdom on Amazon’s IMDb TV, as one of the platform’s first original programs. Season two of “Leverage: Redemption” begins shooting this spring.

Electric’s feature films have included Bad Samaritan, starring David Tennant and Robert Sheehan; Say My Name, starring Lisa Brenner and Nick Blood; the  documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?; and most recently The Deal, starring Sumalee Montano and Emma Fischer. Electric also acquires, distributes and sells worldwide rights to Electric’s produced and acquired content, as well as theatrical films from around the world, including Blood on the Crown, starring Harvey Keitel and Malcolm McDowell; Heavy, starring Sophie Turner and Daniel Zovatto; Rob Reiner’s historical biopic LBJ, starring Woody Harrelson; and Book of Love, starring Jessica Biel and Jason Sudeikis. The company’s domestic distribution division, headed by Steve Saltman, is a full-service operation serving all significant outlets with various rights to films and series including TVOD, EST, AVOD, SVOD, PTV, Linear Basic Cable and Broadcast.

Electric Entertainment Officially Launches OTT Service ElectricNow With Availability on Vizio Smart TVs

Electric Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based production, distribution and post-production company, has announced the hard launch of its OTT app and channel ElectricNow, concurrently with the app’s availability on all Vizio SmartCast televisions.

SmartCast  users have around-the-clock access to Electric Entertainment’s produced content such as TV series “Leverage,” “The Librarians” and “The Outpost,” as well as acquired programming such as the feature films Blood on the Crown, starring Harvey Keitel and Malcolm McDowell, and Heavy, starring Sophie Turner and Daniel Zovatto.

“We soft-launched ElectricNow in spring of 2020,” said Dean Devlin, CEO of Electric Entertainment, in a statement. “The consumer feedback and corresponding viewership has been well beyond our expectations.  We originally set out to create a hub where we could aggregate all of our various fan bases from ‘Leverage,’ ‘The Librarians,’ ‘The Outpost,’ ‘Almost Paradise’ and all of our podcast subscribers into a single space. Now with the app being available to this incredibly large consumer base via Vizio SmartCast, we are reaching a much broader more mainstream audience, picking up new fans along the way.”

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“With the addition of ElectricNow to SmartCast, we are continuing Vizio’s mission to provide our audiences with endless entertainment,” Chris Tanquary, director of business development and partnerships for Vizio, said in a statement. “ElectricNow’s hard launch is a great step in that effort, and gives SmartCast users access to their exciting original and acquired content.”

Electric Entertainment recently announced marathons on ElectricNow for its original programs “Leverage” and “The Outpost,” timed to coincide with the streaming and/or broadcasting of these program’s new episodes and seasons.

Devlin has seen ElectricNow as not only a one-stop-shop destination for fans of Electric’s programming, but also as a marketing tool to lead viewers to their streaming and broadcast partners, according to a company press release.

“Our fans and broadcast/streaming partners have been equally important to us,” he said in a statement. “Bringing them together has been a major initiative for us.”

‘Godzilla’ Stomping to 4K UHD May 14 From Sony

Godzilla, the 1998 monster spectacle, debuts on 4K Ultra HD May 14 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

From Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, the filmmaking team behind Independence DayGodzilla stars Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) and Jean Reno (Léon: The Professional) as the unlikely heroes out to save New York City from the giant, fire-breathing monster and its babies hatching in Madison Square Garden. Following French atomic bomb tests in the South Pacific, an unknown creature is spotted passing through the Panama Canal. Scientist Niko Tatopolous is called in to investigate the matter, and he quickly arrives at the conclusion that a giant, irradiated lizard has been created by the explosions. Godzilla then makes its way north, landing in Manhattan to begin wreaking havoc in the big city.

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Remastered in 4K from the original camera negative with High Dynamic Range, Godzilla also also includes Dolby Atmos sound. Bonus materials include a visual effects commentary, a behind-the-scenes segment with Charles Caiman, all-time best-of-Godzilla fight scenes, the “Heroes” music video by The Wallflowers, and three trailers.

Godzilla earned just over $136 million in U.S. theaters, considered a disappointment and prompting Sony Pictures to scrap plans for a sequel. It was the 23rd “Godzilla” movie, the first coming out in 1954 in Japan.

Dean Devlin Thriller ‘Bad Samaritan’ Due on Digital Aug. 3, Disc Aug. 14

The thriller Bad Samaritan debuts Aug. 3 on digital from Electric Entertainment and Aug. 14 on Blu-ray and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Directed by Dean Devlin (Geostorm), the film stars David Tennant (“Doctor Who,” “Jessica Jones”), Robert Sheehan (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones), Carlito Olivero (“The X Factor”), Kerry Condon (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and (Ordinary Days). The story follows two thieves who uncover more than what they bargained for when breaking into a house they thought would be an easy score. After making a shocking discovery, they must choose to run and hide, or face the killer whose dark secrets they have exposed.

Bonus content includes deleted scenes.