SOS: Save Our Skins Launches in North America in April UK-Canada Co-Production Set to Debut Across Traditional and New Media Platforms
New York / Toronto – March XX, 2014 – The comedy sci-fi adventure, SOS: Save Our Skins, will launch on FEARnet in the U.S. starting on April 1st on its new “Twisted Comedy” block and on Blue Ant Media’s Bite TV in Canada on April 5th. A UK-Canada co-production produced by Steve Coogan and Henry Normal’s Baby Cow Productions in the UK and Duopoly, Farmhouse Productions and Smiley Guy Studios in Canada, the show is delivered as 4 television half-hours, 13 x 7-minute webisodes and a 90-minute movie.
“We discovered SOS: Save Our Skins in a pitch session at the JUST FOR LAUGHS Conference and were determined to find a way to finance it,” said Catherine Tait, Executive Producer. “Co-productions are challenging but in the case of SOS, the talent and final results were entirely worth the effort!”
SOS: Save Our Skins was created, written and stars two of Britain’s in-demand comedy writing teams, Nat Saunders and Chris Hayward. Together they have contributed to hit UK shows such as Big Train (BBC), Smack the Pony (Channel 4), Trollied (Sky) and Fit (CBBC), and created the popular web series Misery Bear (BBC). SOS also stars Hannah Spear (Versus Valerie, Sexy Nerd Girl) as Kill the cannibal and Peter Serafinowicz (Shaun of the Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy) as the voice of Andrew the Alien.
SOS: Save Our Skins is the tale of two hapless British geeks who wake up in New York City only to find that the entire human race has vanished. But as they explore the seemingly empty world before them, Ben and Stephen soon realize they’re not alone after all… A sci-fi, comedy and horror homage, SOS: Save Our Skins sends Ben and Stephen on a desperate journey to find their loved ones, escape the jaws of death and work out why they’re one of the few remaining people on Earth. But the answer to the mystery is bigger, crazier and more apocalyptic than they could ever have imagined, and puts the fate of the planet into their very stupid hands.
“SOS: Save Our Skins is part road movie, part sci-fi fantasy, part buddy movie, and even has a twisted love story at its heart, even if one of the lovers is a mass-murderer,” said Director and Producer, Kent Sobey.
Blue Ant will broadcast four half-hour episodes back-to-back on Bite TV on April 5th at 9 p.m. ET, while FEARnet will broadcast 7-minute episodes on its April Fools “Twisted Comedy” block—a special week-long event airing midnight to 2 a.m. ET from Tuesday, April 1 through Saturday, April 6.
SOS – HITS THE FESTIVAL CIRCUIT!
The film version of SOS: Save Our Skins premiered at the 39th Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival in February, where Sorespot Movies observed, “[it] does not hold back with the comedy or the wildness of the plot”. The film is also slated to screen at the International Horror and Sci-fi Film Festival in Phoenix on April 4th and 5th as well as the upcoming Sci-Fi London Film Festival (April 24 – May 4, 2014) and the St. Tropez International Film Festival (May 12 – 16, 2014).
SOS: Save Our Skins was produced in association with the Independent Production Fund and with the participation of BBC Worldwide in the UK, FEARnet in the US and Blue Ant Media in Canada.
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Bite is a Blue Ant Media Channel. Bite is the source for smart, quirky comedy. Bite features acclaimed series like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,The Inbetweeners, Moone Boy, Portlandia, Guidance and The IT Crowd, hilarious Stand-up specials including Louis CK’s Chewed Up and cult classic movies like Dodgeball, Office Space, and Rollerball.
About Baby Cow
Established in 1999 by award winning comedy creators Steve Coogan and Henry Normal, Baby Cow Productions Ltd has gained an enviable reputation for nurturing new British comedy talent, whilst teaming up with the best of the UK’s established writers, directors and producers. Baby Cow’s productions include award winning Gavin and Stacey, The Mighty Boosh, Nighty Night, Mid Morning Matters, Hunderby, Moone Boy, Hebburn and the Alan Partridge specials resulting in an array of nominations and awards including Bafta, RTS, Rose d’Or, Southbank Awards and International Emmys.
Baby Cow’s most recent television shows and films include UNCLE for BBC 3, THE TRIP TO ITALY, ALAN PARTRIDGE: ALPHA PAPA and PHILOMENA which received four Oscar nominations including Best Picture and won a BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Duopoly is an independent content company which develops, produces and acts as a sales agent to a range of feature film properties, television series and digital series. Recent feature titles repped by Duopoly include Velcrow Ripper’s Occupy Love and Andrew Bush’s Roller Town. Duopoly operates its own channel on HULU and has distributed over 300 episodes of content to this platform including successful comedy series Odd Job Jack and Puppets Who Kill.
Farmhouse Productions Ltd. is a film, television and digital media production company based in Toronto, Ontario. Farmhouse Productions creates original programming for broadcasters and distributors, including APTN, BBC Worldwide, Bite TV, Bravo, Cottage Life, Travel & Escape, IFC, Rogers, FEARnet, The Sundance Channel, SBS, EMI Records, Hulu, Netflix and iTunes.
About Smiley Guy Studios
Smiley Guy Studios (SGS) is an award-winning full-service production company with expertise in animation, design, writing, sound, music, and interactive media. Founded in 1998 by graduates of Norman Jewison’s Film Centre, SGS has since grown in size and capability, with expertise in vector-based animation and computer-generated imagery. It produces its own original content while also collaborating with clients on a variety of animated TV, film and new media projects, including ‘Odd Job Jack’, ‘Hotbox’ and ‘Bigfoot’ (Bell Media), ‘Pillars of Freedom’ and ‘Finding Stuff Out’ (TVO), ‘Turbo Dogs’ and ‘The World of Bruce McCall’ (CBC), ‘Skatoony’, ‘The Dating Guy’, ‘Sons of Butcher’ and ‘GeoFreakZ’ (Teletoon), and the upcoming “Warren United” for ITV and Blue Ant Media.
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