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Comcast Acquires FEARnet

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The cable channel FEARnet has been acquired by Comcast and it’s content will likely be folded into Comcast’s related properties Chiller and SyFy. Comcast bought out FEARnet’s from the channels’ partners Lionsgate Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment in a deal for absolute ownership. The deal closed this morning.

In the transition only 10 of FEARnet’s 25 employees will stay on, including president Peter Block. Comcast’s NBCUniversal Cable entertainment division will try to find jobs for these remaining 10 across the company. NBCU is expected to move most of the programing from FEARnet to the similarly themed Chiller, but a few properties will migrate to Syfy. According to a NBCU spokesperson “This process will take place over a yet to be determined period of time.”

FEARnet is a cable channel, website and streaming service founded in 2006 that specializes in horror, suspense and thriller media. FEARnet aired hundreds of horror films a year, as well as popular shows like “Tales from the Crypt” and “Reaper.” It also had original programming in “Holliston” a two-season show centered around a group of aspiring horror filmmakers struggling to make ends meet.

What are your thoughts on the closure of FEARnet?  Leave them in the comments.

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Justin Widerski
Justin Widerski

Justin Widerski aka Etrigan Blood is a time-traveling alien ginger with a penchant for sarcasm and a weakness for muffins. Into comics, horror, anime, video games, Star Trek, Doctor Who, etc… Justin is a jack of all trades when it comes to geek fandoms, but a master of none. He started doing film reviews as a way to appease the voices in his head, but after getting proper medication he just does them for fun and in the pitiful hopes of doing it professionally. Justin’s dabbled in podcasting, with a total 2 1/2 failed shows and used to be creative director on a local cable program called YRU-Up. He currently studies Film/TV at *redacted* and is a news writer for Geek Juice.

3 Comments
  • doug
    April 15, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Sellouts, plain and simple, and in a bad way. They didn’t need to sell in order to stay open. If they were ready to move on to a new project then fine, but i wish they would have just passed to torch to a fellow lover of the genre rather than a corporate conglomeration who just wants to chop it up and juice it dry. This is what used to make the Borg scary, man, the relentless, unfeeling domination, expansion at any cost, just for the sake of expansion. .

  • April 15, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    A lot of good people lost their jobs from this. It’s pretty depressing.

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