US company signs on to produce popular web series The Horizon
The producers of popular gay web series The Horizon have announced they will partner with US multi-platform company New Frontiers to produce the fifth and sixth seasons of the show.
The new partnerships will see the companies push for a further audience in the US marketplace where The Horizon has already clocked up over 22 million views.
The new deal will see a shift in the show’s storyline from Australia to the US. Frontier Media’s leading Southern Californian LGBT magazine, Frontiers LA, will be interwoven into the storyline. As the story develops, at least 24 episodes will be shot in both Australia and the US – making The Horizon a truly international production.
Season four of the series is currently airing online. Local fans can expect to see old favourites like Patrick James, Indigo Felton and Paul Layton, along with some new faces. New episodes will feature Emmy Award winning Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’s, Jai Rodriguez – whose casting was recently announced.
Rodriguez will play a promiscuous American pop singer visiting Australia, where the series is based. His character will then return to the US and be the focus of the first installment of The Horizon: L.A.
CEO and Founder of New Frontiers Media, Michael Turner, said: “With its wholly original story line, and huge American audience, The Horizon was a natural fit for Frontiers Media’s first move into online television. The creators of the show have consistently raised the bar for the genre from season to season.”
CEO and founder of Cobbstar Productions and series producer of The Horizon, Brian Cobb, said Frontiers Media was the perfect platform for the company’s shift towards international markets.
“I always liked the idea of formatting the series in different countries and with our huge US audience base, it seemed like a fantastic place to start. We’ve developed American storylines and characters, and will pepper these in with our key Australian cast, as we explore the explosive gay scene around West Hollywood.”
Image: Australian Producer Brian Cobb welcomes US Emmy Award Winner Jai Rodriguez and Frontiers Media to Sydney (supplied)
WATCH: See Episode 1 of The Horizon Season 4