DADT Takes Sam Raimi's 'Wizard's First Rule' to the Syndication Marketplace for a Fall 2008 Launch

Jan 29, 2008, 00:00 ET from Disney-ABC Domestic Television

    BURBANK, Calif., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Disney-ABC Domestic Television
 is bringing a new first-run, live-action weekly series to the syndication
 marketplace for a Fall 2008 launch, it was announced today by Janice
 Marinelli, president, Disney-ABC Domestic Television. From Executive
 Producer Sam Raimi ("Spider-Man," "Spider-Man 2," "Spider-Man 3" and "The
 Evil Dead"), the one-hour weekly series is based on Terry Goodkind's
 bestselling epic fantasy series The Sword of Truth, which follows the
 extraordinary transformation of woodsman Richard Cypher into a magical
 leader who joins with a mysterious, beautiful woman to stop a bloodthirsty,
 sinister tyrant.
     "We are thrilled to offer a network-quality show to the syndication
 marketplace from the studio that brings us 'Lost,' 'Grey's Anatomy,'
 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Criminal Minds,' 'Ghost Whisperer' and the new
 Lifetime hit 'Army Wives,' together with the talented team behind 'Xena:
 Warrior Princess' and 'Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,'" said Janice
 Marinelli, president, Disney-ABC Domestic Television. "The time is right to
 introduce a captivating new series from this well-established and
 successful genre that is sure to be an attractive fit for stations across
 the country."
     "We're very excited to move into the first-run syndication arena," said
 Mark Pedowitz, president of ABC Studios, "especially with Sam Raimi, a
 visually dynamic filmmaker who's mastered the fantasy genre."
     "Terry Goodkind is a brilliant author and I fell in love with his
 books, reading them with my family," said Executive Producer Sam Raimi. "In
 discussing these incredible storylines and rich characters with my friends
 and partners Robert Tapert and Josh Donen, we agreed that 'Wizard's First
 Rule' would make an amazing television series -- one that could be produced
 with compelling, self-contained episodes."
     Goodkind's popular epic fantasy series The Sword of Truth are
 international bestsellers that have been translated into over 20 languages.
 Goodkind's first installment Wizard's First Rule was published in 1994 and
 ten additional titles have subsequently been released.
     "Wizard's First Rule" will be produced by ABC Studios, marking their
 first venture into broadcast syndication. Production is slated to begin on
 the 22 episodes this May. Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert ("The Grudge," "Xena:
 Warrior Princess," "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and "Cleopatra
 2525"), Joshua Donen ("The Quick and the Dead") and Ned Nalle (production
 executive for "Xena: Warrior Princess" and "Hercules: The Legendary
 Journeys") serve as executive producers.

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