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Jonathan AnnettBy Jonathan Annett
First created
Jonathan AnnettBy Jonathan Annett
First created
AU$ 21,926
pledged of AU$ 50,000,000pledged of AU$ 50,000,000 goal
179
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Suspended
Funding for this project was suspended by Kickstarter over 4 years ago

About

In 2011 Syfy cancelled the Stargate Universe show at the end of its second season.

Citing insufficient ratings, Syfy unceremoniously pulled the rug out from under the feet of countless angry fans. This is their chance to fight back against this decision, proving there is demand for a third season.

I am simply a fan of the show, and am not affiliated with any of the cast, crew, writing staff, producers, studio or special effects companies who produced SGU. I just looked at the situation, and asked myself "why is nobody running a kickstarter campaign to bring SGU back?". 

Rather than attempt to contact the rights holders and suggest they run a campaign, I decided to take it to the fans. We get the money together, we take a big fat cheque to those concerned, and we let that money talk. My role in the project will firstly be to get the parties in a room and work out a deal, including ensuring all backers rewards as offered can be met by these agreements. After this I will ensure the rewards offered to all backers are met, until the completion of the project. 

When fully funded, an average budget of $2 million AUD per episode will be allocated to assemble the writers, producers and cast, and get them on mission for a 20 episode 3rd season of SGU, the way it was originally planned by Brad Wright and Robert C Cooper.

An overhead of $5 million AUD will be allocated to cover kickstarter and the payment processors fees, with the remaining $5 million AUD being used to cover backers reward administration, and a general contingency fund.

If more than $50 million AUD is raised, the additional money will be applied to the special effects and production budget, and possibly some held over for a 4th season.

This is an ambitious project with a high target goal for one reason: to send a clear message to the rights holders, producers, writers and cast : "we want this, we want you to do it, we have your back". It will be the largest kickstarter project funded to date, with a simple goal: We need to fund Destiny.

When fully funded, a trust will be established to hold the money in escrow whilst a working agreement is worked out between the relevant parties. This trust will then allocate the funds as described above to the relevant parties.  

Risks and challenges

Funding.

The biggest risk is to not achieve funding. This is mitigated by kickstarter's policy of all or nothing funding. Unless the $50 million AUD target is reached, this project goes nowhere.

In the event of the target not being reached, but a clear indication there is demand for the return of the show, traditional venture capital funding may be used to raise the full $50M and take the project on, on that basis. This would not be the preferred option, as such an arrangement would come with strings attached. The goal is the return of a popular show funded by its fans, using a funding model that does not present the opportunity for a third party to "pull the plug".

Non Participation.

It's possible that a successful funding may still result in the producers, or some cast members not wanting to play ball. I will attempt to mitigate this risk by opening a formal dialog with the relevant parties once the project reaches 75% funding status. If there is a clear indication it's not going to happen, I will close the campaign.

If funding is reached, and no agreement is reached to proceed,the situation will be addressed on it's merits. Where it is possible to replace individuals without destroying the original intent of the show, this will be done. If it's not possible, a minimum 85% refund will be paid to all backers. (5% to kickstarter, and up to 5% for the payment processor, and up to 5% for the payment processor to pay the refund.)

Failure to secure a distribution/broadcast agreement.

In any case, part of the budget is to establish a internet based download service. Qualifying backers will be given free access to download all episodes. It is envisaged that securing a broadcast agreement for the largest kickstart project to date should be straightforward. In the event of the show being produced, and no networks want to broadcast it, backers who opted for the download or dvd box set will still be able to watch the show. Part of the negotiations will be to ensure that should this eventuality arise, the download service & box set will be made available for the general public to purchase, with appropriate revenue being made available to the existing rights holders.

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    Pledge AU$ 1 or more About $0.72

    A thank you.
    If you just want to support the project, here's how you can make a contribution of any size.

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    an "I'm backing Destiny" bumper sticker.

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    an "I'm backing Destiny" T Shirt.

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    Online Episodes.

    All episodes will be available for download for free to backers who pledge $50 or more.

    Availability of this is MAY be delayed until after the entire season has been aired via traditional means, for contractual reasons. I will do all I can to ensure it happens as soon as possible.

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    Backers Edition DVD box set.

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    Meet a member of the cast on set.

    You'll get shown around the set, possibly by a cast member. It may not be during shooting, you will need to find your way to the studio, and pass a security background check.

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    Generous Backer credit.

    Up to 25 backers per episode can secure their names in the end credits as a "generous backer".

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Funding period

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