via press release:

SYFY.COM CONTINUES EXPANSION OF ORIGINAL CONTENT WITH THE MERCURY MEN, MAKING WORLDWIDE DEBUT BEGINNING MONDAY, JULY 25

LATEST SYFY DIGITAL ONLINE SERIES FOLLOWS TREMENDOUS SUCCESS OF RIESE: KINGDOM FALLING

NEW YORK – June 23, 2011 – Following the enormous success of the online series Riese: Kingdom Falling – which has generated more than two million streams to date – Syfy.com will expand its original digital content slate with the worldwide debut of the 10-part series The Mercury Men, beginning Monday, July 25.

New episodes will premiere every weekday for the next two weeks. Each episode runs approximately seven minutes.

Created by acclaimed director Christopher Preksta (Captain Blasto), The Mercury Men draws on the same retro serials that inspired films such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones.

The Mercury Men is set in Pittsburgh in 1975. Edward Borman (Mark Tierno/The Road, Day of the Dead), a lowly government office drone, finds himself trapped when the deadly Men of Mercury seize the building as a staging ground for their nefarious plot.

Aided by Jack Yaeger (Curt Wootton/Captain Blasto, The Hidden Blade), a daring aerospace engineer from a mysterious organization known as “The League,” Edward must stop the invaders and their Doomsday Device, the Gravity Engine.

The Mercury Men is written and directed by Christopher Preksta, best known as the writer/director of Captain Blasto, for which he was nominated for two Streamy Awards. His work has been showcased at prestigious events including the Tribeca Film Festival and Comic-Con. Producer is Kati Lightholder.

Syfy.com is one of the leading imagination-based websites, averaging 3.9 million unique visitors per month. Syfy.com includes the lifestyle blogs Blastr and DVICE; Syfy Games featuring popular games such as the MMOG Battlestar Galactica Online; major show sites for the channel’s scripted and unscripted programming, from Warehouse 13 and Ghost Hunters to Eureka and Destination Truth, video hubs showcasing original short form content such as Riese: Kingdom Falling and video blogs along with Syfy Rewind, which presents full episodes of Syfy’s critically acclaimed programming.

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

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