'Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome' to Premiere November 9 Exclusively on Machinima

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November 5th, 2012

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LOS ANGELES – November 5, 2012 – Universal Cable Productions (UCP) will launch for the first time a three-tiered windowing strategy including online, TV and home entertainment, for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, a spinoff of the blockbuster Battlestar Galactica series franchise. Fans will first view Blood & Chrome when it premieres exclusively on Machinima’s premium channel, Machinima Prime (YouTube.com/MachinimaPrime), beginning November 9. The initial online debut introduces the latest segment of the revered TV series franchise to a new generation of fans while also launching the multi-platform strategy.

This highly anticipated chapter in the Battlestar Galactica saga takes place in the midst of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, the sentient robotic Cylons, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, gifted fighter pilot, William Adama (Luke Pasqualino, The Borgias), finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Full of ambition and hungry for action, Adama quickly finds himself at odds with his co-pilot, the battle-weary officer Coker (Ben Cotton, Alcatraz). With only 47 days left in his tour of duty, Coker desires an end to battle as much as Adama craves its onset. Lili Bordán (Silent Witness) also stars.

Universal Cable Productions’ partner in the launch is Machinima, the next-generation video entertainment network for young males, and the number one entertainment network on YouTube. Each Blood & Chrome chapter will premiere exclusively on Machinima Prime (http://www.youtube.com/MachinimaPrime), Machinima’s premium channel, which has garnered over half a million subscribers in 3 months, and among other young male centric content, features original series in the sci-fi, drama, comedy, sports and animation genres.

Leveraging cutting edge CGI and virtual set technology, Blood & Chrome is produced by Universal Cable Productions, a division of NBCUniversal, and the award-winning producing team of Battlestar Galactica. David Eick (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica) is executive producer along with Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica), who wrote the teleplay from a story by Eick, Bradley Thompson (Battlestar Galactica, Falling Skies) and David Weddle (Battlestar Galactica, Falling Skies).  Blood & Chrome was directed by Jonas Pate (Prime Suspect, Caprica).

“With its top-notch storytelling, pulse-pounding action, and cutting-edge visual effects, Blood & Chrome is the perfect extension of the Battlestar Galactica universe,” said Mark Stern, President, Original Content, Syfy and Co-Head, Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. “We are thrilled to see this hotly-anticipated event premiere on Machinima, an online network that is unparalleled in its delivery of high-class digital content to millions of viewers.”

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome will be presented as ten, 7-12 minute episode chapters available exclusively on Machinima Prime until February 2013, followed by its premiere as a 2-hour movie on Syfy (airdate TBA), and finishing with the release of an unrated version on Blu-ray, DVD, digital download, PPV and VOD.  The series will remain on Machinima through April 2013.

“The storied Battlestar Galactica franchise has a huge following and resonates perfectly with our audience,” said Allen DeBevoise, Chairman, Co-Founder, and CEO of Machinima, Inc. “We are thrilled to be the exclusive distributor for Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome. Series fans have been anticipating this chapter of the Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome story and we are proud to deliver it to them, as a whole new audience on Machinima, reinforcing Battlestar Galactica’s status as a pop culture icon.”

  • tv#1

    Sounds good. I will check it out. I wish it was airing on actual TV though. Either way it will be great to have BSG back in some shape or form.

  • merrranga

    preparing for fanboy screech…


  • Mark3

    Yaaaaaaaaay! Wish it was on syfy tho:(

  • FabioParme

    That sucks! Wish it was a new TV show. Still don’t know why SyFy pulled the plug on Blood & Chrome.

  • 0megapart!cle

    Wow. Blood and Chrome was supposed to be a new series. But there’s no mention of future episodes, or even the possiblity in this press release. Are they just throwing this out there, like NBC did with Mockingbird Lane?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @0megapart!cle, the show has no future, that was announced long ago. It was also announced that the pilot would be out at some point. This is apparently that point.

  • Tommy

    I’ll just wait for the Blu-ray so I can watch it all in one sitting. Such a shame that the BSG franchise died such a slow, uneventful death.

    I’m curious if this is in fact as bad as it may seem by it’s handling by SyFy, or if it turned out good and there was some behind-the-scenes politics that eventually led to the show’s downfall.

  • Observer

    It was probably just too expensive for the kind of ratings Syfy expects to get at this point. And Adama looks a tad bit young?

  • Shepherd

    To those who didn’t finish reading the press release, they still plan on airing it on SyFy, it’ll just be on youtube first.

    “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome will be presented as ten, 7-12 minute episode chapters available exclusively on Machinima Prime until February 2013, followed by its premiere as a 2-hour movie on Syfy (airdate TBA), and finishing with the release of an unrated version on Blu-ray, DVD, digital download, PPV and VOD. The series will remain on Machinima through April 2013.”

  • Simon Jester

    Given that BSG fans pissed all over Caprica, Syfy is probably right not to have put too much stock in Blood & Chrome. Defiance sounds a lot more interesting, anyway.

  • DryedMangoez

    Cool, at least we’ll get to see the pilot. I was looking forward to a new BSG series after the disappointing Caprica.

  • coolioni

    I have never heard of Machinima ????

    I guess I will have tio look into this.

    I love Battlestar and have been patiently waiting to watch this show. It is a shame that this is only going to be a 1 episode story.

    I was really hoping that this would go into a series after the pilot episode.

    I guess it has alot to do with the SyFy channel not wanting actual Sci-fi on the network anymore!

  • peace Love Pie

    why does Syfy suck so poorly? I know Caprica was a disappointment, but this is kinda lame.

  • The End

    @Simon Jester

    And rightly so. Caprica was nothing like Battlestar Galactica, much in the way Stargate Universe was nothing like traditional Stargate.

    That said, this show was doomed to fail when the decision was made to entirely green screen it, meaning no physical sets, and a costly post production expense with all the visual effects. It would probably be on the air if physical sets were used.

    In this case you’l find the behind the scenes decisions killed the show off before it even got off the ground.

  • The End


    Luke Pasqualino(Young Adama) was only 21 when the pilot was filmed, so that explains your young point.

  • Simon

    YES! Is this going to be the full 90 minute Pilot that was produced?

  • The Old Woman

    Yay! Looking forward to this!

  • cimmer

    What is this weird scifi fixation with prequel? Once we’ve seen how the story ends what’s the point in going back to the beginning if it can’t change the ending? I blame Lucas, lol. Nice they’re finally airing this, I doubt I’ll check in to see it but still that it’s being aired.

  • AniMatsuri

    Used to be that if you were a failed pilot, the net might still use the footage shot as a TV movie. While they aren’t saying it, this show is seen as so full of fail that they are sending this thing straight to YouTube to gin up support of the showing on syfy then DVD sales.

  • The End


    Backstory if anything. People love to know what certain characters did at certain points in their history. Battlestar Galactica if anything needs a proper reboot in the future, or an alternate telling in the same universe that somehow involves humans, and the cylons.

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