New Drama 'Siberia' to Premiere Monday, July 1 on NBC

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May 20th, 2013


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Drama About Reality Show Contestants Uncovering Dark Secrets Set to Premiere July 1

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – May 20, 2013 – NBC has acquired the one-hour series “Siberia” from Sierra/Engine Television and Oscar-nominated producer Michael Ohoven’s Infinity Films. The series will premiere Monday, July 1 at 10 p.m. ET.

“NBC immediately saw the potential in ‘Siberia’ and this acquisition truly exemplifies the quality of this groundbreaking series. We are excited to bring it to their viewers,” said executive producer Chris Philip, who also serves as CEO for Sierra/Engine Television.

“We created the series as a dramatic human experiment shot under difficult conditions and we are thrilled to see it on NBC,” said Ohoven.

“The concept of survival, when mysterious elements are at play, makes for a compelling show,” said Jeff Bader, President, Program Planning, Strategy and Research for NBC Entertainment. “We believe a scripted series that offers an insightful behind-the-scenes view of how a reality concept comes together — especially when things don’t go according to plan — will connect with our audience in a very satisfying way.”

In 1908, a meteor hit deep into the remote Siberian territory of Tunguska. Now, more than 100 years later, 16 contestants descend on Tunguska unknowing of the land’s mysterious past. When a contestant is badly injured and no help arrives, the contestants are met with the chilling realization that the strange occurrences are not part of the show. With their safety threatened, competing contestants must band together in an effort to survive.

“Siberia” is an Infinity Films Production in association with Sierra/Engine Television and Welldone Productions. Executive producers are Ohoven, Slava Jakovleff and Philip. The series was created by Matthew Arnold. Sierra/Engine Television will handle the worldwide distribution rights for the series and will present it at the May screenings.

Sierra/Engine was represented in the negotiations by Coast Road Media LLC.

In addition to “Siberia,” Sierra/Engine Television also handles the distribution rights to the upcoming NBC series “Crossbones,” starring John Malkovich.

Sierra/Engine Television is a distribution and production venture jointly launched by Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg’s Sierra/Affinity and Chris Philip’s Engine Entertainment. Sierra/Engine combines Sierra/Affinity’s proven international feature film development, financing, sales and distribution capabilities with Engine’s strength as a leading distributor and co-producer of television programming targeted to a global audience. In addition to distributing and co-producing its own content, Sierra/Engine also represents programming from third-party producers across all genres.

Michael Ohoven’s Infinity Films is an entertainment enterprise specializing in the development, production and financing of high quality, commercially driven feature films and television programs. Based in Los Angeles, Infinity brings together the industry’s foremost directors, writers, actors and creative talents from throughout the entertainment industry. It maintains a strong understanding of the evolving domestic and international marketplace for film, television, and new media. Infinity’s objective is to produce exceptional creative properties made with recognizable talent in various genres.

NBC Entertainment develops and schedules programming for the network’s primetime, late-night, and daytime schedules. NBC’s quality programs and balanced lineup have earned the network critical acclaim, numerous awards and ratings success. NBC has earned more Emmy Awards than any network in television history. NBC’s roster of popular scripted series includes the critically acclaimed “Parks and Recreation” and “Community,” as well as new comedies “The Michael J. Fox Show,” “Sean Saves the World” and “About a Boy.” NBC’s drama slate is highlighted by the buzzworthy new series “The Blacklist,” “Ironside” and “Crisis,” veteran series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Parenthood” and “Grimm,” and the acclaimed recent additions “Chicago Fire” and “Revolution.” Unscripted series for NBC include the vocal competition hit “The Voice” as well as “The Biggest Loser,” “The Celebrity Apprentice” and the perennial #1 most-watched summer series, “America’s Got Talent.”

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  • sam

    Wait what. A scripted show about survivor? Haha whatever you say NBC, good luck with that.

  • romo

    This will get a COLD reception.

  • Luke

    I’m a sucker for shows like this. Will definitely check it out regardless of quality.

  • StevenD

    I like that NBC is picking up these shorter run shows like this, Hannibal, Crossbones, and Dracula

  • JC

    NBC should just quit and air nothing but 3 episode miniseries. That is all their shows last anyway.

  • Ultima

    A scripted show about survivor?

    That’s just the premise for getting the people there. It’s basically The Blair Witch Project… in Siberia. Mystery, survival and so forth.

  • Ultima

    NBC should just quit and air nothing but 3 episode miniseries. That is all their shows last anyway.

    You are of course referring to their two renewed freshman dramas and the all but a couple series which aired full seasons this year.

  • Ultima

    *full seasons should have been “all of their ordered episodes.”

    Close enough! ;)

  • Charmed

    How many episodes have been ordered?

  • Randy

    What about Love in the Wild is that getting a third season.

  • TV Addict

    I actually love this idea. 10 out of 10, will bang.. I mean watch.

  • David

    It’s a 13 episode series. Starting July 1st, it should run until the start of the fall season.

  • John Doe

    Reminds me a bit of last year’s The River on ABC. I’ll give it a try!

  • HW

    Yeah, does sound similar to The River. Like that show, I expect this to fail though the expectations probably won’t be nearly as high so it could air all episodes.

  • POIFanatic

    The River was cheesy and groanworthy sometimes, but damn if I didn’t like that show even with all its flaws. If Siberia is as ridiculously entertaining as that show, then I’m in.

  • TV#1

    I don’t really get why NBC will air this against CBS’s Under the Dome. They are both likley to have similar audiences. Why create this competition during the Summer? It should be easy enough for NBC to shift Siberia over one night to Tuesdays.

    Regardless though, this sounds pretty good. I hope to give it a try.

  • jeff zarrella

    This is something out of ANCIENT ALIENS on the History Channel.They had a series on the elements of possible radiation sickness in the area where the 1908 Siberia Explosion Happened.There was reports by the locals of hollow Caldrons in some Radioactive Marshes,Some of them and some scientists were exposed to some strange sickness.I always believed there some places that we don’t belong.It won’t be long before they cancel it,From what I read it’s a place that needs to be studied more, not for entertainment.(It’s Just a thought) But again it’s NBC.

  • Amy Taylor

    Just finished watching, I have to say for a summer show it wasn’t bad. However, I can see CBS’s show survivor making more ratings if the two shows were to coexist at the same time. The one episode was well done and intriguing and I would like to see more episodes to complete my curiosity of the show. Oh, and diffidently 100% better then ABC’s Glass House show they did.

  • Dayton Diederich

    Come on NBC really…. No body dies the first episode that is a real person that actually dies; in real life…. If that really happened NBC and the big wigs behind the show would have been taken for everything they have. It’s just a scripted bunch of lies, false advertisement, and a bad attempt to copy survivor…

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