Chiller (TV channel)

Chiller was an American cable and satellite television channel that was owned by NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group subsidiary of NBCUniversal, all owned by Comcast. The channel specialized in horror, thriller and suspense programming, mainly films.

As of February 2015, 38,820,000 American households (33.4% of households with television) received Chiller.[1]

The channel ceased operations on December 31, 2017.[2][3][4][5]

Chiller
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LaunchedMarch 1, 2007
ClosedDecember 31, 2017
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SloganScary Good

History

On January 12, 2007, NBCUniversal announced its intent to launch Chiller on March 1, dedicated to films and television shows related to the horror genre. The company also stated that, aside from their own content, Chiller would feature content from competing film studios, including Lionsgate, Sony, Warner Bros., and 20th Century Fox.[6] In February 2007, The 101, channel 101 on DirecTV, aired a "preview" of Chiller, featuring the pilot episodes of Twin Peaks and American Gothic, as well as various horror movies and programs. Sleuth, NBC/Universal's mystery-themed network later known as Cloo, aired a fourteen-hour movie marathon entitled "Chiller On Sleuth" to promote the launch of Chiller. The channel officially launched at 6:00 am Eastern/5:00 am Central on March 1. After a brief introduction to the channel, Chiller aired its first program, Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

On July 31, 2014, its carriage was merged with that of its former competitor Fearnet, a network launched by Comcast in 2010 two years before their purchase of NBCUniversal.

Carriage decline and end of operations

The start of 2017 and the sudden termination of Cloo on January 31, 2017, along with Esquire Network on June 28, and Universal HD (another NBCUniversal network rebranding as the Olympic Channel) on July 14, as non-prime networks in NBCU's cable portfolio were discontinued, portended Chiller's fate at the end of 2017.

On February 1, 2017 (the same day sister network Cloo ended all operations), Dish removed the channel from their lineup, which cited that most of the network's rerun-centric programming was duplicative of that available on other networks and streaming services, with Spectrum services (Charter, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks) dumping it on April 25 (the same day they removed Esquire Network from their lineup).[7] Five months later on October 2, 2017, it was discontinued by Verizon FiOS, also for the same reason, while Mediacom quietly removed the channel from their lineup on October 23.[8]

Cox effectively ended the network's life on November 8, 2017, when it refused to continue their carriage of Chiller within their new carriage agreements with NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group, removing the network from several Cox regional outlets,[9] and Google Fiber stopped carrying it on December 20,[10] which left DirecTV as one of the few providers to carry Chiller until its demise.

On November 16, 2017, NBC Universal Cable Networks confirmed that the channel would end all operations on December 31.[2][3][4][5] A year-end ratings recap showed Chiller as ranked 127 out of 136 networks, averaging 36,000 viewers a night.[11]

The network left the air the night of December 31 around 11:59 p.m. ET after an airing of The Babadook with a simple message of "Thank you for watching Chiller. Good night!", after which the channel space, created by the network, folded and ceased to exist. Its website was redirected to that of Syfy a few hours before.

Programming

Originals

On December 17, 2010, Chiller premiered Chiller 13: The Decade's Scariest Movie Moments. The countdown special featured a diverse group of pop culture mavens and horror movie experts looking back on the top 13 scary movie moments between 2000 and 2010. Show participants include renowned special makeup effects supervisor Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead), comedians Dan Gurewitch & David Young (collegehumor), actress Betsy Russell (the Saw films), writer Steve Niles, Tony Todd and horror film director Lucky McKee among others. In October 2011, Chiller continued the franchise with Chiller 13: Horror's Creepiest Kids.

In December 2011, Chiller premiered its first original movie entitled Steve Niles' Remains, based on the IDW Publishing comic book by Steve Niles and Kieron Dwyer.[12]

On March 4, 2016, Chiller premiered its first (and only) original television series entitled Slasher.[13][14] Netflix acquired the licensing rights to the series after the first season.[15][16][17]

Acquired programs

Chiller's acquired slate included genre films, international series (Afterlife, Apparitions, Tokyo Majin), non-scripted programs (Fear Factor), and anthology shows (Masters of Horror).

Dare 2 Direct Film Festivals

In October 2007, Chiller announced its "Dare 2 Direct Film Festival" which premiered on Halloween night. Viewers uploaded 300 short films and the winners aired on this original special.

Chiller renewed its Dare 2 Direct Film Festival in 2008, which aired on Halloween night. The channel premiered webisodes of an original film, "The Hills Are Alive" from Tim Burton protégé Caroline Thompson (co-screenwriter of Tim Burton's Corpse Bride and screenwriter of Edward Scissorhands) in July on chillertv.com, and aired the complete film as its first original film in October.

Chiller Films

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Chiller Films was a film production company based in New York that specializes in indie horror and thriller films. It was launched in 2013 to give select Chiller movies limited theatrical runs and nationwide VOD distribution, using a simultaneous, or "day-and date" film release strategy.[18] This means films are released in a limited number of small and multiplex theaters in large markets, along with release on video on demand through cable providers and online film retailers the same day. Most of the films are from independent filmmakers who then license their properties to Chiller Films. With the end of the channel it was connected to, it is unknown what will happen to Chiller Films.

Title Year Production Co.
The American Scream 2012 Chiller Films
Brainstorm Media
Dead Souls 2012 Chiller Films
Synthetic Productions
Ghoul 2012 Chiller Films
Modernciné
Beneath 2013 Glass Eye Pix
Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear 2013 Chiller Films
Synthetic Cinema International
The Monkey's Paw 2013 TMP Films
Animal 2014 Flower Films
Synthetic Cinema International
Deep in the Darkness 2014 Chiller Films
Synthetic Cinema International
The Boy 2015 SpectreVision
SiREN 2016 Studio71
Camera Obscura 2017 Chiller Films
Hood River Entertainment
Paper Street Pictures
Dementia 13 2017 Pipeline Entertainment
Haloran LLC

References

  1. ^ Seidman, Robert (February 22, 2015). "List of how many homes each cable network is in as of February 2015". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Swann, Phillip (November 16, 2017). "NBC to Shut Down Chiller Channel: Exclusive". TV Answer Man. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  3. ^ a b O'Connell, Michael (November 16, 2017). "NBCUniversal Turning Lights Off on Chiller Network". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Littleton, Cynthia (November 16, 2017). "NBCUniversal Cable to Shutter Chiller Channel". Variety. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Pedersen, Erik (November 16, 2017). "Chiller Going Dark As NBCUniversal Axes Horror-Centric Channel". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  6. ^ Adalian, Josef (January 11, 2017). "NBC Universal, DirecTV team on Chiller". Variety. Archived from the original on December 11, 2015. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  7. ^ Swann, Phillip (February 28, 2017). "Charter to Drop Chiller Channel". TV Answer Man. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  8. ^ Grassely, Lee (September 25, 2017). "Subject: Channel Change (to City of Galena, Illinois)" (PDF). Mediacom (Press release). Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  9. ^ Swann, Phillip (October 11, 2017). "Cox to Drop NBC-Owned Chiller Channel". TV Answer Man. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  10. ^ "View changes to your channel line-up". Google. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  11. ^ Schneider, Michael (28 December 2017). "Highest Network Ratings of 2017: Most Watched Winners & Losers". IndieWire. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Looking at IDW's Remains". Newsarama. March 11, 2004. Archived from the original on May 25, 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2009.
  13. ^ "Slasher delivers a good old-fashioned murder mystery," from The TV Junkies, 3/3/2016
  14. ^ Hipes, Patrick (May 5, 2015). "Chiller Unveils First Original Series 'Slasher', More New Movies". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  15. ^ "Slasher returns for a second season". Playback Online. May 9, 2017. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  16. ^ Moore, Kasey (September 20, 2017). "October 2017 New Netflix Releases". WhatsonNetlix. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  17. ^ Urqyhart-White, Alaina (October 17, 2017). "Is 'Slasher 2: Guilty Party' A True Story? The Netflix Series Honors Some Legendary Horror Classics". Bustle. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  18. ^ Yamato, Jen (June 19, 2013). "Chiller Adds 'Deep In The Darkness', Drew Barrymore's 'Animal' To Original Film Slate". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
Black Christmas (1974 film)

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Inspired by the urban legend "The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs" and a series of murders that took place in the Westmount section of Montreal, Quebec, Moore wrote the screenplay under the title Stop Me. The filmmakers made numerous alterations to the script, primarily the shifting to a university setting with young adult characters. It was shot in Toronto in 1974 on an estimated budget of $620,000, and was distributed by Warner Bros. in North America.

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In March 2009 Motive continued their work in the wellness area by executing the wellness campaign "Fit In Your Skin" hosted by fitness trainer and nutritionist Jackie Warner. The successful program was geared toward moderate to severe psoriasis patients who sought an alternative outlet for wellness and fitness. The program was in partnership with the National Psoriasis Foundation.

Founded by Chris Valentino in 2008, Motive's clients include CBS, Time Warner, MTV, Nickelodeon, History, Versus (TV channel), Chiller (TV channel), McDonald's, The Coca-Cola Company, News Corp, HGTV, Discovery, TLC, TBS, Comedy Central and HBO as well as advertising agencies/PR firms including Saatchi & Saatchi, and GSW. Motive’s unique approach bridges "story" with "brands" through a marriage of strategy and technology. By staying ahead of the latest trends in technology, motive has become a go to for mobile marketing campaigns.Motive has created award-winning campaigns for Chiller (Alfred Hitchcock marathon), The History Channel (Battle BC) and Versus (Boston Marathon).

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