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Lionsgate will start production on the horror TV series "Fear Itself" in Edmonton this December for a 13-episode NBC TV run.
The series is the first Lionsgate production in Alberta in a two-year deal worth $9 million, with financial assistance from the province.
Premise of the show will gather up auteur horror filmmakers to each direct a 60-minute signature episode.
The series will debut summer 2008.
"Fear Itself" producers Keith Addis, Andrew Deane and Mick Garris produced the BC-filmed "Masters Of Horror" series for Showtime, featuring episodes directed by John Carpenter and Dario Argento.
"This is a different deal model that allows us to broadcast an increasingly popular form of storytelling and provides NBC with 'genre' entertainment that appeals to younger audiences," said NBC Entertainment, Universal Media Studios co-chairman Ben Silverman.