Sony, Discovery, and IMAX announce programming for 3D television network

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Sony Corporation, Discovery Communications, and IMAX Corporation have joined forces to form the first fully programmed 24/7 3D television network. The channel will launch in 2011 and will show a distinct collection of original and exclusive series and partnered programming. Tom Cosgrove, president and CEO of the joint venture, announced the initial list of native 3D programming to be featured on the channel.

"Today's announcement represents the first step in our commitment to provide viewers with immersive, entertaining programming as we build the most extensive library of original and exclusive 3D content available anywhere," said Cosgrove. "As we work toward launch, we are focused on bringing together a diverse slate of high-quality 3D offerings from both our strategic partners, as well as premier production companies from around the globe."

Abandoned Planet: This series of one-hour episodes examines why people abandon their homes and what happens after they leave. Produced by Flight 33 Productions.

Africa in 3D: From Gannet Island and its 100,000 seabirds of the same name sharing one giant rock, the 60,000 flamingos at Kamfers Dam, the Luangwa River and its 30,000 hippos and much more, this series of one-hour programs captures the richness and diversity of the world's second-largest continent. Produced by Aquavision Television Productions.

China: China's beauty is little seen, often hidden and always surprising. This hour-long series studies the thronging cities, epic vistas and spiritual heartlands of this huge and mysterious nation in stunning 3D. Produced by Natural History New Zealand Ltd. (NHNZ).

Jewels of the World: This hour-long series gives viewers unprecedented access to UNESCO's 'World Heritage' sites, where the planet's natural and cultural gems are catalogued and protected, including: the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu, Peru; the Temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia; and the Grand Canyon National Park in the United States, among others. Produced by Natural History New Zealand Ltd. (NHNZ).

Attack of the Giant Jellyfish (Discovery): This hour-long program explores the myths and realities behind the global explosion of deadly jellyfish, including the giant Nomura, whose strength and size makes them capable of capsizing boats and wreaking havoc on the high seas. Produced by Story House Productions.

The Haunted (Discovery): Using infrared cameras and sensitive recording devices, a paranormal team investigates true, chilling and terrifying stories of animals and their owners who are experiencing the unexplainable. This one-hour program is produced by Picture Shack Entertainment.

Into the Deep 3D (IMAX): This IMAX special takes audiences on a spectacular three-dimensional exploration of the undersea world. Using the IMAX 3D camera in its underwater housing for the first time, this film captures unique marine life and magnificent underwater vistas.

Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (IMAX): Through the magic of IMAX 3D, narrator Tom Hanks takes viewers to the lunar surface to walk alongside the 12 extraordinary astronauts who have been there to experience what they saw, heard, felt, thought and did.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Sony): Inspired by the beloved children's book of the same name, this animated 3D feature follows inventor Flint Lockwood and a brainy weather girl as they attempt to discover why the rain in their small town has stopped, and food is falling in its place.

Monster House (Sony): A suburban home has become physically animated by a vengeful human soul looking to stir up trouble from beyond the grave, and it's up to three adventurous kids from the neighborhood to do battle with the structural golem in this comically frightful tale.

Kristen McFarland | @cinestress
Kristen is passionate about animal rights and film. She has a degree in electronic media and spends her time working as a sideshow performer and a photographer.

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