Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, and NBC Universal Digital Studio, have teamed up to produce the scripted comedy “FCU: Fact Checker’s Unit,” which highlights the capabilities of the Samsung Galaxy S smart phone — and marks a first for global distribution of a digital series.
Premiering on August 17 on factcheckers.com and available on iTunes and all major cable video-on-demand services and mobile platforms in the United States, the series will also premiere on the digital platforms of Syfy in the United Kingdom, Syfy Universal throughout Asia/Pacific and The Sci Fi Channel in Australia.
The announcement was made today by Cameron Death, Vice President, NBC Universal Digital Studio.
The new digital series is based on a short film of the same name and reunites original cast members and creators Peter Karinen and Brian Sacca and features guest stars Luke Perry (“90210”), Alex Trebek (“Jeopardy”), Dave Navarro (“Jane’s Addiction”), model Karolina Kurkova , Donald Faison (“Scrubs”), Jon Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite”), Pauley Perrette (“NCIS”) and Zach Gilford (NBC’s “Friday Night Lights”).
“FCU: Fact Checker’s Unit” follows the adventures of two overzealous fact checkers – Russell (Karinen) and Dylan (Sacca) – who work at the popular Dictum magazine and stop at nothing to check the most absurd celebrity facts. No star is too big and no fact too obscure or arcane to run down for accuracy’s sake. The series will feature globally recognizable guest stars as themselves and check facts such as those concerning Luke Perry: (Is Luke’s house really haunted?), Alex Trebek (Does Alex shave against the grain?), Dave Navarro (Does Dave insist that the tears of a virgin, beetles and finger sandwiches be provided backstage at any venue he plays?) and Karolina Kurkova (Does Karolina use SPF 125 at the beach?). Each episode will run approximately five-to-six minutes in length. Tom Bannister is the executive producer for the series from SXM and Dan Beers will direct.
“As the leading producer and distributor of original digital content, “FCU: Fact Checker’s Unit” represents a logical next step for our studio’s production and distribution prowess, combining buzz-worthy programming with quality content and recognizable talent,” said Death, Vice President, NBC Universal Digital Studio. “Along with our partners at Samsung, we know that there is a built-in audience that loved the film short and we have further enhanced the original concept that celebrates how far these two obsessed guys will go to find out the truth.”
“This partnership represents a great opportunity for Samsung and NBC Digital Studio to break fresh ground and offer consumers a new entertainment experience. “FCU: Fact Checker’s Unit” can showcase the benefits of our Galaxy S smart phone to a global audience in a fun, engaging and compelling way,” said YH Lee, Senior Vice President of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business. “Collaborating with NBC Digital, we expect this to be the start of a long-term relationship with our shared audiences.”
Samsung Galaxy S is the latest android™-powered smart phone, launched globally in June. Key features and benefits of the Samsung Galaxy S includes a fast-enough, 1 GHz application processor, clear and vivid Super AMOLED display, 9.9-mm of slim and sophisticated design, and much more. Through eight episodes the key features of Galaxy S will be showcased.