Sierra/Engine Television (NBC’s Crossbones) has teamed with producer Michael Ohoven (Capote) from Infinity Media to distribute and produce 13-episode drama series Siberia. It is set in the remote Siberian territory of Tunguska, location of the largest impact event on Earth, the massive 1908 explosion, believed to have been caused by a meteoroid or comet, which knocked down some 80 million trees over an area of 830 square miles. More than 100 years later, 16 reality-show contestants descend on Tunguska unknowing of the land’s mysterious past. When a contestant is badly injured and no help arrives the contestants realize that the strange occurrences are not part of the show. With their safety threatened, competing contestants must band together in an effort to survive. The series, said to be in the vein of The Blair Witch Project, is currently in production with 6 episodes completed. Sierra/Engine will handle worldwide distribution with a launch at MIPTV next month. The timing is fortunate given the extensive worldwide coverage of the big meteor explosion in Russia a month ago. Ohoven and Sierra/Engine CEO Chris Philip executive produce.
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