In January MGM and Tongal put out the call for Stargate’s biggest fans to apply to the Stargate Superfan Panel, submitting a personal video on your fandom and how Stargate has impacted your life. After much deliberation, the results are in.
Today the studio’s official platform at StargateCommand.co announced the inaugural panelists, and shared further details about what’s to come for the unique initiative. Take a look at the announcement video below.
“Fans have always been an essential part of Stargate,” a studio rep said. “So as the stewards of Stargate Command look to the future, it’s only fitting that they would turn back to fans again and ask them to step up and help shape the coming stream of content. Thus comes the genesis of the Stargate Superfan Panel.”
Members of the new advisory group will be asked to weigh in “on everything from new digital series to behind-the-scenes specials, as well as take part in local Stargate fan events and activities on the Stargate Command platform.”
The inaugural panelists are: Yvonne Cahill (Australia), Nicole Rodrigues Galdo (United Kingdom), Sonia Melinkoff (USA), Marcia Middleton (USA), Noah Miller (USA), William Murphy (USA), Nicole Saelzle (Germany), Guillaume Saint-Pierre (France), and Taylor Underwood (USA).
Sonia Melinkoff runs her own sci-fi-themed business at Nerdy Novelty Design. She was on hand at San Diego Comic-Con in 2017 for the announcement of Stargate Origins, and actually did the write-up of the event for us here at GateWorld.
Fans might also recognize Taylor Underwood, the Oregon fan who runs The Stargate Guy channel on YouTube. He creates weekly original content exploring the Stargate universe and its mythology.
In selecting the first panelists MGM told GateWorld that they were looking for a broad mix of people, including both those who are vocal online and also men and women active behind the scenes in their own creative activities. The panel includes cosplayers and prop makers, organizers and other passionate fans.
Superfans will serve a fixed term on the panel, during which they will represent fans worldwide on the Stargate Command platform and participate in regular consultations via phone and video conference. They will also help to organize Stargate Command fan events in their area, beta test new products and platforms, and more.
After one year of service fans will rotate off, with new opportunities for other fans to join up. MGM is currently looking at one-year terms for panelists (though the length of a term could change down the road).
First up for the Superfan Panel: a kick-off celebration of Stargate at WonderCon, set for March 29 to 31 in Anaheim, California. Stargate Command will share a booth there with Legion M, introduce the fan panel to the public (Saturday at 12:30 p.m., North 200B), and throw a party open to all of Stargate’s fans at WonderCon on Saturday night.
There’s more to come from MGM and Stargate Command in 2019, so keep it locked on GateWorld for breaking news!