May 17, 2022 – Dark Slope, a Toronto-based virtual production and metaverse gaming company, and Insight Productions, a Canadian production company, have today announced a partnership to develop original competition formats for a new era of metaverse entertainment.
According to the companies, the projects will utilize cutting-edge virtual production technologies to elevate the reality television genre and to produce a range of formats for both children and adults. Production on the first project is set to begin later this year.
Dark Slope announced its ‘Hyperreality Initiative’ late last year, which is set to produce a new form of immersive, experiential television and “blur the lines between the real world and the digital one.” Dark Slope stated that it will combine its game design capabilities with visual effects rendered in Unreal Engine, advanced haptic feedback, as well as camera, hand, face and object tracking in order to push the boundaries of what is possible in television.
Dan Fill, President of Dark Slope Studios commented: “We look forward to sharing what we are creating by combining Insight’s expertise in storytelling and original formats with our technical expertise in virtual production. The age of immersive metaverse television is now within our reach and we are excited to be trailblazers in this genre.”
Insight Productions is known for reality series that include Battle of The Blades, Wall of Chefs, The Amazing Race Canada, Big Brother Canada, Canadian Idol, its most recent format, LOL: Last One Laughing Canada for Prime Video, and the just announced Eurovision Canada.
“Our partnership with Dark Slope affords both companies an incredible opportunity to produce dynamic new formats that will dramatically elevate the genre,” said John Brunton, Chairman, CEO, and Executive Producer for Insight Productions.
“Our expertise in reality competition programming and desire to continually push the boundaries of storytelling, combined with Dark Slope’s unsurpassed virtual technologies and ability to create boundaryless exploration, will make for incredible viewer experiences,” added Mark Lysakowski, Executive Producer & Senior Vice President, Insight Productions.
Dark Slope and Insight Productions will be hosting a private, hands-on showcase of their hyperreality show concepts at Goya Studios in Hollywood from June 8-10, 2022. For more information on Dark Slope and its virtual production offering, please visit the company’s website.
Image credit: Dark Slope
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