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Green Arrow, Beauty and the Beast get pilot orders from CW

by on Jan.18, 2012, under Comics, Television

Following up on last week’s news that the CW was developing Green Arrow, tonight Deadline reports that the CW has given it the green light to go to pilot. Also given a green light is a reboot of the 1980’s cult favorite series Beauty and the Beast from Jennifer Levin (Without A Trace) and Sherri Cooper (Brothers And Sisters).

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Syfy takes Rewind to pilot

by on Jan.18, 2012, under Television

In its first pilot order since 2010, Syfy has ordered a two-hour pilot called Rewind, and action-thriller from Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo), BermanBraun and Universal Cable Productions.

BermanBraun also produces Alphas, which was one of the pilot orders from 2010, along with Three Inches, which was described in Syfy’s Spring 2011 development slate, but did not get to series.

Update: From the press release:
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Editorial: About SOPA/PIPA and why we oppose it

by on Jan.18, 2012, under Editorial

You’ve probably noticed that many sites, from major ones like Wikipedia, to our friends at genre-related sites like Airlock Alpha, have “gone dark” today in protest of the SOPA/PIPA acts now before the U.S. Congress.

Sci-Fi Storm has not gone dark, for two reasons – it’s a lot of work to do it without messing up search engines, etc., and it would also mean lost income (and we barely get any as it is…) But it is not because we don’t oppose these bills. In fact, we are vehemently against them.

Note, we are NOT opposed to copyright laws, or the rights of copyright holders. What we oppose is the lack of due process reflected in the bills that can allow a site to be shut down, cut off, blacklisted off search engines, etc. without much recourse for the site owner. And there are questions as to whether the mere accusations of such infringements is enough for the actions to be taken without proper verification or challenge.

If these bills pass, you will probably see a lot less sites on the Internet with interesting content. Not because they infringe on copyrights, but because site owners don’t want to bother having to deal with it. Open forums and comments sites would likely cease to exist, as they’d have to police each and every post made and somehow verify that it doesn’t infringe on someone’s copyright. That tag line quote you attach to all your posts? Probably infringes on a copyright. That lolcatz picture you shared? Probably infringes on a copyright. Even though some of those types of infringements may be protected forms of speech (parody, etc.), you wouldn’t be given the opportunity to make that case.

We urge you NOT to support SOPA/PIPA as they are currently written, and to notify your Congress critters that you do not.

Here are some recommended links for reading more about SOPA/PIPA:

A technical examination of SOPA and PROTECT IP

End Piracy, Not Liberty – Google

Why SOPA Is Dangerous

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