Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Sinclair Television Group today announced plans to launch a new science fiction network, which will feature over 1,500 hours of content from MGM — including existing episodes of the Stargate franchise.
The companies will partner to jointly create, develop, distribute, and air what they call “the first ever 24 hour / 7 day per week science fiction multi-channel network.”
MGM will handle programming and other aspects of operation for Sinclair, which will own the network.
The as yet unnamed network will premiere in the fourth quarter of 2015 with availability in approximately 30 percent of the United States, with plans for distribution deals with other broadcasters prior to launch.
Programming on the network will include a mix of science fiction, fantasy, and adventure series, including titles from MGM-produced TV series such as Stargate, Poltergeist: The Legacy, The Outer Limits, and Dead Like Me.
“We are excited to be partnering with MGM on the launch of the first ever science fiction multi-channel network,” David Amy, Chief Operating Officer of Sinclair Broadcast Group, said in a press release. “MGM has an extensive collection of science fiction films and television movies that appeal to a vast audience who will now be able to access that content through broadcast television.”
“As a producer of some of the genre’s greatest films and television series, MGM knows how passionate and loyal fans are about Sci-Fi,” John Bryan, MGM’s President of Domestic Television Distribution, said.
MGM began producing original science fiction series in the mid-1990s, with Showtime as its primary distribution partner. Today the studio’s TV arm produces scripted dramas such as Vikings (History), Teen Wolf (MTV), and A.D. – The Bible Continues (NBC).