Vancouver, British Columbia â€“â€” May 31, 2007 â€“â€” Stage 3 Media Inc., an independent production company specializing in new media entertainment, today proudly announced Guinness World Recordsâ€™ recognition of their Web-based science fiction series Sanctuary as â€œHighest Budget for a Direct-to-Web Broadcast.â€ Full production and visual effects design costs for eight Sanctuary webisodes averaging 15-minutes in length were completed by Stage 3 Media for $4.5 million CDN.
â€œThe Sanctuary team is honored to be recognized by such a global authority in human achievement,â€ said Damian Kindler, creator and executive producer of Sanctuary. â€œThe watchword for everything we do in making the show is innovation and both Stage 3 Media and our close partners The Beedie Group are dedicated to developing original ways to deliver new media on a global scale.â€
The use of state-of-the-art production techniques to develop cutting edge Web design and stunning visual graphics prompted Guinness World Records to recognize Stage 3 Media for the honor. Stage 3 Mediaâ€™s accomplishment will be recorded in the 2008 edition of the Guinness World Records publication available in August 2007.
â€œAs a big sci-fi fan, Iâ€™m excited by the creation of Sanctuary by Stage 3 Media,â€ said Guinness World Recordsâ€™ Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday, who unusually ratified the record after the normal book deadline. â€œAnd, as a records researcher, Iâ€™m even more intrigued to hear of additional
groundbreaking production technologies behind the show. The highest-budget record is sure to be just the first of many superlative achievements for Sanctuary as our researchers are currently exploring additional unique achievements in high-definition Web broadcasting. Watch Sanctuary… and watch this space for more show records!â€
Each webisode of Sanctuary follows the exploits of Dr. Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis) as she seeks out all manner of terrifying and monstrous creatures. She is aided in her quest by her reluctant protÃ©gÃ© Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne, Dawsonâ€™s Creek, The Big Hit, Species 3) and her intrepid, if somewhat reckless, daughter Ashley (Emilie Ullerup, Battlestar Galactica). Together they are drawn into a frightening and mysterious world populated by beings that defy explanation. Sanctuary was created by veteran science fiction writer and producer Damian Kindler and directed by Martin Wood (Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis). Kindler, Tapping and Wood serve as executive producers along with N. John Smith (Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis).
For more information or to view webisodes 1 and 2 of Sanctuary, please visit SanctuaryForAll.
About Stage 3 Media Inc.:
Stage 3 Media TM is a new media company based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Founded in 2006, the Stage 3 Media management team boasts more than 70 years collective experience in television and film production, video game design and information technology. For more information on Stage 3 Media please visit www.stage3media.com.
About Guinness World Records:
Guinness World Records is the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement. First published in 1955, the annual Guinness World Records book is published in more than 100 countries and 20 languages and is one of the highest-selling books under copyright of all time with more than 3 million copies sold annually across the globe. Guinness World Records celebrated its 50th anniversary edition in 2004, a year after the sale of its 100 millionth copy. The Guinness World Records website receives more than 11 million visitors a year. Guinness World Records is
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