Stage 3 Media Inc., an independent production company specializing in new media entertainment, today proudly announced Guinness World Records’s recognition of their Web-based science fiction series Sanctuary as ‘Highest Budget for a Direct-to-Web Broadcast.’ Full production and visual effects design costs for eight Sanctuary webisodes averaging 15-minutes in length were completed by Stage 3 Media for $ 4.5 million CDN.
‘The Sanctuary team is honored to be recognized by such a global authority in human achievement,’ said Damian Kindler, creator and executive producer of Sanctuary. ‘The watchword for everything we do in making the show is innovation and both Stage 3 Media and our close partners The Beedie Group are dedicated to developing original ways to deliver new media on a global scale.’
The use of state-of-the-art production techniques to develop cutting edge Web design and stunning visual graphics prompted Guinness World Records to recognize Stage 3 Media for the honor. Stage 3 Media accomplishment will be recorded in the 2008 edition of the Guinness World Records publication available in August 2007.
‘As a big sci-fi fan, I’sm excited by the creation of Sanctuary by Stage 3 Media,’ said Guinness World Records’s Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday, who unusually ratified the record after the normal book deadline. ‘And, as a records researcher, I’sm even more intrigued to hear of additional groundbreaking production technologies behind the show. The highest-budget record is sure to be just the first of many superlative achievements for Sanctuary as our researchers are currently exploring additional unique achievements in high-definition Web broadcasting. Watch Sanctuary… and watch this space for more show records!’
Each webisode of Sanctuary follows the exploits of Dr. Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis) as she seeks out all manner of terrifying and monstrous creatures. She is aided in her quest by her reluctant prot?¬¨¬©g?¬¨¬© Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne, Dawson Creek, The Big Hit, Species 3) and her intrepid, if somewhat reckless, daughter Ashley (Emilie Ullerup, Battlestar Galactica). Together they are drawn into a frightening and mysterious world populated by beings that defy explanation. Sanctuary was created by veteran science fiction writer and producer Damian Kindler and directed by Martin Wood (Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis). Kindler, Tapping and Wood serve as executive producers along with N. John Smith (Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis).
About Stage 3 Media Inc.
Stage 3 Media TM is a new media company based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Founded in 2006, the Stage 3 Media management team boasts more than 70 years collective experience in television and film production, video game design and information technology. For more information on Stage 3 Media please visit www.stage3media.com .
About Guinness World Records
Guinness World Records is the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement. First published in 1955, the annual Guinness World Records book is published in more than 100 countries and 20 languages and is one of the highest-selling books under copyright of all time with more than 3 million copies sold annually across the globe. Guinness World Records celebrated its 50th anniversary edition in 2004, a year after the sale of its 100 millionth copy. The Guinness World Records website (www.guinnessworldrecords.com) receives more than 11 million visitors a year. Guinness World Records is published by HIT Entertainment Limited, a fully integrated global studio with divisions in the U.K., U.S., Canada and Japan, including broadcast production and distribution, video and audio sales, consumer products licensing and marketing.