Monday, February 8, 2010

Important - Exciting - News Regarding Riese

The creators of Riese - Ryan Copple and Kaleena Kiff - have announced some exciting news over at the series' official blog:

As the new year rolls around, we’ve had a lot of developments with the show that we’ve been itching to tell you about. First of all, as you’ve already seen, Chapter 2’s episodes are new and improved, with higher production values, exciting story and some really amazing cast additions. Also, we’re nearly finished with the development of our iPhone game tie-in. Without giving too many details away, I think you’ll all be really excited.

We also recently partnered with Fireworks, a digital distribution branch of ContentFilm, based out of the UK. They’re largely responsible for the transition of the webseries Valemont from internet to television, and they handle a number of many other well-known webseries as well.

What does this mean for Riese? It opens up a number of opportunities. For one, it increases the chances that we can keep making this show and letting you become further involved in the world of Riese. Additionally, it boosts the possibility of us being able to distribute the series on other platforms (episode downloads, DVDs, and television).

Now, for the bad news. While Fireworks is negotiating deals on our behalf, we’ve had to remove our episodes from online streaming. We’re not happy about it by any means – we want all of our fans to enjoy Riese whenever they want – but we also understand that it’s a necessary move in order to keep a project like Riese afloat. The few of us that are responsible for producing Riese on a day-to-day basis are realistic that we cannot sustain it without the support of Fireworks and our viewers.

[The announcement continues on the official blog]

Having really enjoyed the series throughout the first chapter and into the second I'm very pleased with these developments - if it means the creative team can continue to tell their tale through great writing, acting and production then that's good news for them and good news for us, the viewers and fans of the series.

Yes, it means a 'slight' delay to the series but, as we all know, good things are worth waiting for.

Follow developments at the official website and blog.