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.
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