Jon M. Chu's Groundbreaking Original Series 'The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers' Returns for a Third Season on Hulu, August 11 THE LXD: Rise of The Drifts Continues the Epic Adventure as Heroes and Villains Face Off in a Fight for the Future

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- You've seen them perform superhuman feats on So You Think You Can Dance and the Glee Live tour, now the third season of the hit original series The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (THE LXD) is set to debut August 11th on Hulu. New episodes of THE LXD: Rise of the Drifts will launch every Thursday throughout the summer.

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THE LXD, created by Jon M. Chu (G.I. JOE 2: RETALIATION, JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER, STEP UP 3-D) and produced by Chu and Hieu Ho in partnership with Agility Studios with Paramount Digital Entertainment distributing, chronicles the journey of seemingly ordinary people who discover they have extraordinary powers and must choose their place in an epic conflict between good and evil. The characters are called to join The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers to fulfill their destiny using a powerful force called the RA. The critically acclaimed series continues in its third installment, Rise of the Drifts, where the young LXD heroes begin to rebuild their confidence and confront their past to face two enemies who have forged a deadly alliance that seeks to destroy them once and for all. In Rise of the Drifts secrets will be revealed, promises will be broken and armies will rise as heroes and villains fight for the future.

"We couldn't be more excited to bring our fans a third season of THE LXD," said Chu. "In Rise of the Drifts, we take the next step in the evolution of dance and storytelling with a fusion of global styles and fantastical characters that span time and space."

"The success of THE LXD is a testament to Jon's unique creative vision that keeps audiences around the world asking for more," said Thomas Lesinski, President of Paramount Digital Entertainment. "THE LXD mixes the right formula of great storytelling and cinematic production quality to set a new bar for original digital entertainment that succeeds alongside broadcast and filmed entertainment."

The first season of THE LXD The Uprising Begins, launched domestically on July 7, 2010 to critical acclaim and was embraced by viewers reaching the #1 overall video multiple times on Hulu. The second season of THE LXD Secrets of the Ra, launched October 2010 to continued success and numerous industry accolades including NAPTE's Digital Luminary Award for Best Original Content, Ad Age's Media Vanguard Award for Best Web Series and an official honoree of the 2011 Webby Awards for Online Film and Video. In addition, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded Chu with their 2011 Pioneer Prize Emmy for his groundbreaking work.

THE LXD is a true multi-platform series enjoyed by fans in over 30 countries worldwide through a variety of distribution avenues including ad-supported streaming, download to own and Pay TV. Starting April 2011, Season 1 & 2 of THE LXD was released on DVD in the U.S. and rolled out internationally throughout the summer.

With breakout stars such as Harry Shum, Jr. (GLEE, STEP-UP 3D) and Chadd Smith (STEP-UP 3D), the series has garnered a large, loyal fan base and has generated incredible praise from critics. The Los Angeles Times said THE LXD was "one of the most ambitious web series, a unique fusion of dance and trans-media;" Advertising Age called it "the most beautifully filmed, elaborately staged web series in the history of the medium;" and Vanity Fair said it was "fully amazing."

The scripted adventure series, with choreography supervised by Christopher Scott, features some of the world's best dancers including Luis "Luigi" Rosado as Trevor Drift, Christopher Scott as Copeland, Harry Shum Jr. as Elliot Hoo, Ceasare "Tight Eyez" Willis as Style Ripper, Shelby Rabara as "Dark Nurse", Richard "Steelo" Vazquez as Spex, Galen Hooks as Ninjato, Aja George as Stereo, Terence Dickson as Minijack, Straphanio "Shonnie" Soloman as Phono, Chadd "MaddChadd" Smith as Sp3cimen, John "Jrock" Nelson as Dark Doctor, Marie "Pandora" Medina as Autumn, and the Season 6 winners of MTV's America's Best Dance Crew IaMmE as Reanimators.

THE LXD cast has performed at some of the biggest industry events including the 82nd Academy Awards and as the opening act during the "Glee" Live Tour for the past two summers, along with special live performances on So You Think You Can Dance, CONAN, YouTube Play at the Guggenheim Museum, and at the prestigious TED Conference.

For more information on THE LXD please visit THELXD.com or www.hulu.com/thelxd.

Watch the trailer at http://www.hulu.com/watch/200473/the-lxd-face-off

About Paramount Digital Entertainment

Paramount Digital Entertainment (PDE) is a division of Paramount Pictures Corporation. PDE develops and distributes filmed entertainment across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices, videogames, and emerging technologies.

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The company's labels include Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment, Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studio Group and Paramount Television & Digital Distribution.

About Agility Studios

Agility Studios is a boutique studio committed to transforming digital media properties into viable businesses by supporting content creators with services that include creative development, financing, distribution, sponsorship and advertising sales, production infrastructure, business affairs and back office support. Founder and CEO Scott Ehrlich, a multi-hyphenated executive, has over three decades of experience in new media and traditional media production and distribution as well as brand and advertiser sponsorship and integration.

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