Shot over the course of two days at Sybil Brand Women’s Prison in Los Angeles, ‘FIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD’ competitors were first blindfolded, driven in circles, led onto the set, and zipped into body bags, all to help simulate the all-too-real tension of awaking in a post-apocalyptic landscape riddled by monsters out for blood. Instructed by a faceless character named Dr. Altagracia (portrayed by Tony E. Valenzuela, Executive Producer and founder of YouTube’s #1 ranked genre channel BlackBoxTV), the "survivors" are tasked finding the antidote that can save mankind.
Enlisting over 200 extras, FX Supervisor Tommy Pietch ("Face Off") and his team create a horrifying mob of rotting, wounded, bloody zombies tasked with keeping the competitors from accomplishing their mission. ‘FIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD’ also turns up the thrills by including a collection of zombie-clad Parkour experts, overseen by renowned stunt coordinator Chris Carnel (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), who use the prison’s walls as their terrifying playground, threatening to unleash destruction from any angle.
Requiring over 60 cameras to track each competitor as they fight to survive the game, each participant was also clad with their own GoPro cameras so that the viewers may get even closer to all the explosive action.
‘FIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD’ is produced by Alpine Labs and Revolver Picture Company; Alpine’s Kevin Abrams, Jamie Denenberg, BlackBoxTV’s Tony E. Valenzuela, and Aaron Lewis are Executive Producers; Revolver Picture Company’s Rodney Frazier, Nick Phillips and Kelly Martin Wagner are Co-Executive Producers. It will air on CONtv.
Here is CONtv’s official press release of upcoming programming expansion which includes ‘Fight Of The Living Dead’:
CONtv has announced an expansive portfolio of acquired film and television content that will be available on the new digital network. Launching in early 2015, the direct-to-consumer digital service geared specifically for fans in the Comic-Con community, will also include the previously announced original program "Fight of the Living Dead," a horror-competition series from Alpine Labs, BlackBoxTV, and Revolver Picture Company. CONtv plans to announce additional programming initiatives, original series, and talent partnerships in the coming weeks.
Spanning cult television, sci-fi, horror and fantasy films, grindhouse classics, thrilling martial arts adventures, and more, CONtv’s extensive launch offering includes:
Superhero Action: "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe," "Voltron," "Trial of the Incredible Hulk," "She-Ra: Princess of Power" Cult Classics: Godzilla, Death Race 2000, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Return of the Killer Tomatoes, Beware the Blob, Transylvania 6-5000, Night Patrol; Horror: Evil Dead, Re-Animator, Hellraiser, I Spit on Your Grave (#1 and #2), Hellboy: Blood & Iron, Rob Zombie Presents The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Ichi the Killer, Puppet Master, Embrace of the Vampire; Martial Arts: Fists of Fury, Shaolin, Man from Nowhere, War of the Arrows, Legend of the Fist, Yakuza Weapon, Blade of Kings, Lady Ninja; Gaming: "Sonic the Hedgehog," "Super Mario Bros," "Legend of Zelda," "Stargate Infinity," "Street Fighter Alpha," "Heavenly Sword"; Sci-Fi/Fantasy Television: UK’s "Being Human," "Farscape," "Highlander," "Demon King," "Stargate Infinity"; Anime: "Yu-Gi-Oh," "Beyblade," "Digimon," "Ghost in the Shell," "High School of the Dead," "Saint Seiya," "Angel Beats," "Clannad".
CONtv is a joint venture between Cinedigm, a leading independent content distributor, and Wizard World, a leading producer of live pop culture multimedia conventions.
"CONtv is at the apex of fan culture," said Bill Sondheim, President of Cinedigm Entertainment. "It’s a celebration of the best in fandom, with carefully selected and curated content from some of the industry’s top creators."
CONtv has licensed this content from well-known distributors including Starz, RLJ Entertainment, DHX Media, The Jim Henson Company, Full Moon Films, Sentai Filmworks (aka Anime Network), Well Go USA, and Zodiak Media. Carefully selected for the passionate fans that make up the CONtv audience, these new partnerships enable the network to carry a deep catalogue of the best in pop culture obsession from pulse-pounding horror, to short-lived TV series, to cult classic films. With a selection ofmovies from cult directors Ed Wood, John Carpenter and Roger Corman, the digital network will also feature George Clooney’s famous performance in Return To Horror High, Seth Green in Arcade, Bruce Campbell in My Name Is Bruce, Gary Busey’s Gingerdead Man series and Tommy Chong’s Evil Bong films.
"We are excited to offer fans a robust cross section of content curated especially for them," says John Macaluso, CEO of Wizard World. "Clearly nobody knows the comic community better than our staff - we’ve got the most rabid fans amidst our own ranks shaping CONtv’s content offering."
The network will also include original series geared specifically to the CONtvfan base. The first of which is an unprecedented mash-up ofreality and scripted genres, "Fight Of The Living Dead," which will be available at launch. The thrilling show follows nine YouTube stars as they work to survive the first 24-hours of a simulated zombie apocalypse. Contestants will face a series of grisly challenges in an attempt to eliminate the competition through the undead’s frightening realistic onslaught.
Upon its launch in early 2015, the digital service will be offered as a free ad-supported platform as well as a low-cost monthly subscription of$6.99/month with content exclusives, audience rewards, a dynamic social viewing experiences, and ticketing bundle opportunities for fans planning to attend Wizard World conventions. CONtv plans to launch across a wide spectrum of devices including Roku, Apple TV, Xbox, PlayStation, Android, Samsung Smart TV, Windows, Mac OS, mobile, and tablet devices.