DIVES INTO ATLANTIS
Winning helms his 17th Series.
Sci-Fi and Feature Director David Winning has signed to direct at
least one episode in the first season of Stargate: Atlantis for MGM
and the SCI-FI Channel. He has been directing film and television
for over twenty years and this production marks his 17th episodic
series. Winning is also a veteran of Nine feature films, four
seasons of Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda starring Kevin Sorbo and
multiple episodes of it's sister series Earth: Final Conflict. He
was the 2002 recipient of the Director's Guild of Canada's National
Award for Excellence in Television Drama. Winning recently spent
four months in Hungary shooting the ABC family series Dinotopia;
which was released on DVD last month. His Atlantis episode begins
filming in late April in Vancouver.
SCI FI AND MGM UNEARTH 'ATLANTIS'
New Stargate Series Targeted for Summer '04 Premiere
SCI FI Channel and MGM Television Entertainment have reached an
agreement to extend MGM's "Stargate" brand with a new series for the
Channel. Production on 20 one-hour episodes of Stargate Atlantis, a
weekly series based on the popular "Stargate" franchise, will begin
this month. Stargate Atlantis is slated to premiere in Summer '04,
in tandem with the Season Eight launch of Stargate SG-1, exclusively
on SCI FI.
Stargate SG-1 centers on the Stargate, an ancient portal that allows
instantaneous travel across the galaxy. Stargate Atlantis will take
viewers on a brand-new adventure, with a whole new team. In the new
series, a secret base left by the originators of the Stargate is
discovered in the most unlikely of places — on Earth, buried among
the ruins of the legendary city of Atlantis. The implications of
this amazing discovery lead the Atlantis team to a distant galaxy
where a primitive human civilization is threatened by a sinister new
Stargate Atlantis will debut as a two-hour movie event on SCI FI and
will feature crossover appearances by select members of the SG-1
team. Following its premiere, Stargate Atlantis will assume a
regular hourly slot, scheduled as a companion series to Stargate
SG-1 each week on SCI FI.
Stargate Atlantis will be distributed by MGM Worldwide Television
Distribution. Brad Wright and Robert Cooper will serve as executive
producers on the new series. Cooper is currently executive producer
on Stargate SG-1; Brad Wright is co-creator of Stargate SG-1, and
served as the series' executive producer for six seasons.