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31 MARCH 04:


Winning helms his 17th Series.

Sci-Fi and Feature Director David Winning has signed to direct at least one episode in the first season of Stargate: Atlantis for MGM and the SCI-FI Channel. He has been directing film and television for over twenty years and this production marks his 17th episodic series. Winning is also a veteran of Nine feature films, four seasons of Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda starring Kevin Sorbo and multiple episodes of it's sister series Earth: Final Conflict. He was the 2002 recipient of the Director's Guild of Canada's National Award for Excellence in Television Drama. Winning recently spent four months in Hungary shooting the ABC family series Dinotopia; which was released on DVD last month. His Atlantis episode begins filming in late April in Vancouver.

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New Stargate Series Targeted for Summer '04 Premiere

SCI FI Channel and MGM Television Entertainment have reached an agreement to extend MGM's "Stargate" brand with a new series for the Channel. Production on 20 one-hour episodes of Stargate Atlantis, a weekly series based on the popular "Stargate" franchise, will begin this month. Stargate Atlantis is slated to premiere in Summer '04, in tandem with the Season Eight launch of Stargate SG-1, exclusively on SCI FI.

Stargate SG-1 centers on the Stargate, an ancient portal that allows instantaneous travel across the galaxy. Stargate Atlantis will take viewers on a brand-new adventure, with a whole new team. In the new series, a secret base left by the originators of the Stargate is discovered in the most unlikely of places — on Earth, buried among the ruins of the legendary city of Atlantis. The implications of this amazing discovery lead the Atlantis team to a distant galaxy where a primitive human civilization is threatened by a sinister new enemy.

Stargate Atlantis will debut as a two-hour movie event on SCI FI and will feature crossover appearances by select members of the SG-1 team. Following its premiere, Stargate Atlantis will assume a regular hourly slot, scheduled as a companion series to Stargate SG-1 each week on SCI FI.

Stargate Atlantis will be distributed by MGM Worldwide Television Distribution. Brad Wright and Robert Cooper will serve as executive producers on the new series. Cooper is currently executive producer on Stargate SG-1; Brad Wright is co-creator of Stargate SG-1, and served as the series' executive producer for six seasons.
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