Starfield CreatorCo, a Toronto-based science-fiction film and television production company, Oct. 13 announced it has signed a distribution deal with Shout! Factory for its popular Canadian sci-fi series “Starhunter ReduX,” now available on Amazon Prime in the United States and the United Kingdom.
The original “Starhunter” series aired for two seasons beginning in 2000. In May 2018 an updated and expanded version of the series, “Starhunter: ReduX,” was released on the El Rey Network with updated special effects, new footage and a 4K transfer in a 16:9 aspect ratio. The distribution deal provides Shout! Factory all media rights in North America.
“There couldn’t be a better distributor for us than Shout! Factory,” said Starfield CEO Philip Jackson. “Their identification with the markets that our audiences live in is a robust but particular kind of demographic. No one is better positioned to maximize the exploitation of this 44-episode sci-fi classic than Shout! Factory.”
The release of the series 21 years ago created a loyal cult following. Subscribers to Amazon Prime in the United States and the United Kingdom can now watch all 44 fully-restored episodes, many of which boast new footage. Missing or censored content was re-shot from scratch in half of the episodes. This involved writing an additional story arc that entailed having actors 20 years older meeting their former selves in green-screened interaction.
The current re-launch of the two-season series on Amazon Prime includes a daily social media campaign showcasing episode previews and never-before-seen production stills from the show as well as behind-the-scenes footage. The media roll-out began in August and continues today on Starhunter’s popular platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Reddit.