Sci Fi channel a movie monster

July 1, 2003 at 1:28 PM
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NEW YORK, July 1 (UPI) -- The Sci Fi channel has propelled itself into the unique position of producing more movies each year than any other.

Sci Fi President Bonnie Hammer separates the network's first-run movies into two basic categories, Daily Variety wrote Tuesday.

There are the 22 pure-action movies, costing a skimpy $2 million or so apiece, like "Snakehead Terror" that it schedules every Saturday in primetime. And there are the expensive, big-event miniseries aimed at the broadest audience, such as "Taken," the 20-hour Steven Spielberg-produced epic that quadrupled Sci Fi's primetime Nielsen average last December, and the six-hour "Children of Dune" in March.

Even the low-budget Saturday-night flicks harvested an average of 22 percent more viewers than acquired theatricals in the last nine months, and 26 percent more adults 25-54, Sci Fi's target demographic.

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