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Old April 15 2005, 08:43 PM   #1
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TrekUnited Proposed Season 5 Co-Production Deal To Paramount

The TrekUnited fan campaign several weeks ago teamed up with a Canadian group of film production companies who have proposed a plan to Paramount to keep Star Trek: Enterprise going for a fifth season, it told TrekToday.

According to documents provided by TrekUnited, since the start of the campaign it has been contacted by several companies who believed they had found the secret to making a profit out of Enterprise, for instance by using new distribution methods or finding new sponsorship opportunities. Eventually, TrekUnited decided to work with a Canadian group consisting of several entertainment companies who have produced a number of major motion pictures over the past several years. This group offered a plan by which Enterprise would be able to continue on TV, either on UPN or on another nework that might be interested.

As part of the plan, the Enterprise sets would be taken out of the warehouse where they're currently stored and rebuilt at a cheaper filming location. This has become increasingly the norm for science fiction shows: Stargate SG-1 and Battlestar Galactica are both shot in Vancouver, while production of Farscape even took place in Australia. The costs of producing a fifth season would be shouldered partially by this Canadian group and TrekUnited, and partially still by Paramount. In return, the Canadian group wanted to get a share of advertising income from certain markets, with Paramount retaining all other rights to Enterprise.

After TrekUnited agreed to work with this Canadian group, the group dispatched a producer who was put in charge of turning the plan into an actual proposal, and presenting it to Paramount. The campaign agreed to let this producer handle the talks with Paramount; if the studio were to eventually accept the idea, the primary role of TrekUnited would be to spin the fifth season as a fan-driven revival and thereby generate extra publicity.

TrekUnited says that this Canadian producer managed to get in touch with Paramount last week and presented his idea to a high-ranking executive at Paramount Network Television. While not committing to anything, this executive promised to at least take the idea to the heads of Paramount proper and Viacom. Since then, the campaign has been waiting to hear back from the Paramount executive in order to hear one way or the other whether the studio wants to further explore this proposal.

Several days ago, the official Star Trek site posted a message saying the Enterprise cancellation was final. The news item included a letter that had been sent to TrekUnited a month ago, in which Paramount said they wouldn't accept money from fans to produce a fifth season. In addition, Paramount vice-president John Wentworth categorically denied that any talks were going on between TrekUnited and Paramount (story).

According to the campaign, they are still hoping to find out whether this was Paramount's way of saying they weren't interested in the Canadian group's proposal, or if it really was a case of the left hand not being informed of what the right hand was doing. In any case, TrekUnited representative Chris Wales said they decided to release this information in order to "galvanise fans by showing them what is possible with their efforts," and in order to drum up "fan camaraderie."

Even Paramount agreeing to listen to the proposal from the Canadian production group and TrekUnited does not necessarily mean the plan has a real chance of succeeding. It should be no surprise that Paramount will at least give a group with a multi-million dollar pitch the chance to present their plans, but that is no guarantee of serious interest from the studio.

Paramount has always kept production of filmed and televised Star Trek in-house, and it seems unlikely they would give up control over even part of their longest-running franchise. In addition, while it may be possible to make a fifth season of Star Trek: Enterprise financially viable - possibly even without the input of this Canadian group and TrekUnited - Paramount may have determined it is simply in the best long-term interests of Star Trek to give the franchise a rest for a few years. Finally, major practical problems exist with moving Enterprise to another shooting location. It will take a massive effort to rebuild a production team, and some of the stars may be reluctant to work such a long distance away from their families.

The official web site of the TrekUnited fan campaign can be found at TrekUnited.com. Paramount's official statement declaring the cancellation of Enterprise final is available on StarTrek.com, while the studio's denial that any talks are going on can be found at the Sci-Fi Wire.
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Old April 15 2005, 08:47 PM   #2
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Re: TrekUnited Proposed Season 5 Co-Production Dea

Ahh, the sound of truth ringing clear...

Sorry. Couldn't resist
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Old April 15 2005, 08:47 PM   #3
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^ I wonder if this is the big news.

Edit: Nevermind.

Gives Mogh high five!

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Old April 15 2005, 08:51 PM   #4
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Wow!

(But you know what is coming don't you? )
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Old April 15 2005, 08:52 PM   #5
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^ What, humble pie from all the people who called us liars?

*high fives J.*
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Old April 15 2005, 08:53 PM   #6
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Hmm, pretty interesting.


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Old April 15 2005, 08:54 PM   #7
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No, unfortunately I think there will be a concerted effort to discredit this story as well.

As I said before Mogh, as just one little Enterprise fan, I want to personally thank all of you for your efforts. It may or may not succeed, but I'm truly grateful that somebody tried.
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Old April 15 2005, 08:56 PM   #8
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^ The day anyone can question TrekToday's credibility is the day they've lost the plot.
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Old April 15 2005, 09:00 PM   #9
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Mogh, I would like to thank you and everyone at Trek United for all of the hard work you guys have been doing since day one. So many of us fans here are exhausted just waiting for the news to come out, when the Trek United staff has been MAKING the news happen.

Thank you.

Hopefully this news means big things in the future! *crosses fingers*
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Old April 15 2005, 09:01 PM   #10
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*** Breaks out the Aluminumized Fire Protection suit ***

Oh, Boy... It's going to get hot in here. Best be prepared...

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Old April 15 2005, 09:01 PM   #11
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Re: TrekUnited Proposed Season 5 Co-Production Dea

Posted by Mogh:
^ The day anyone can question TrekToday's credibility is the day they've lost the plot.
Although a donor/supporter, I am astonished you guys got this far to be completely candid. Terrific job, but I am sure there will still be people who are questioning your motives. oh well

So what's the plan now? Saturate Paramount with support for this idea?
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Old April 15 2005, 09:02 PM   #12
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Just a quick questions though Mogh. If this Canadian producer managed to get in touch with Paramount last week were there talks between TU & Paramount previous to this?

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Old April 15 2005, 09:04 PM   #13
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Someone else said this, but let me say it here.

Paramount, the ball's in your court.
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Old April 15 2005, 09:05 PM   #14
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Posted by cheeseyfatmonkey:
Just a quick questions though Mogh. If this Canadian producer managed to get in touch with Paramount last week were there talks between TU & Paramount previous to this?

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There were. It took time for us to be referred up to a high-enough position, where we then set up the talks between the various parties.
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Old April 15 2005, 09:05 PM   #15
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Posted by Mogh:
^ What, humble pie from all the people who called us liars?

*high fives J.*
This is annoying. Sorry, but you can't possibly be surprised that people are questioning what TU's doing, especially with the piss-poor PR they've sported. And I might add that gloating "see we told you so" over an article that quite frankly doesn't proof much of TU's claims at all, and infact discredits the "we're talking to Paramount", isn't exactly good PR either.

After having Tim call anyone disagreeing with TU's efforts "bashers" I'm wondering if the TU staff haven't forgotten the difference between bashing/slander/libel (sp?) and simple criticism.

Congrats on the accomplishments, seriously, but get the PR fixed and I'm sure many people would still like an explanation why Paramount's letter wasn't released and why TU claimed to be in secret talks with Paramount. As the article says, an idea by a TU/Canadian representive was pitched and the Paramount employee said that they'd "look at it". That doesn't constitute "talks" as far as I'm concerned.

So, keyword of the day: PR, PR, PR, PR.

and sure, go ahead and file this away under "senseless TU bashing becuase X doesn't like ENT"

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