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CBS, Paramount Release Much-Anticipated Fan-Film Guidelines

Studios say it will return productions 'back to their roots'

In the wake of its copyright infringement lawsuit against an "independent" fan-film, CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures for the first time have released fan-film guidelines. And they are expected to drastically change how fan-films move forward. "Your support, enthusiasm and passion are the reasons that Star Trek has flourished for five decades, and will continue long into the future," the studios said in a statement at StarTrek.com. "You are the reason the original ...
 | Jun-23-2016 | 
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Trek Author Chronicles His Days With Axanar

Dave Galanter says he was just trying to help, but the fan-film quickly flamed out of control

Fans of the Star Trek novels would certainly recognize the name Dave Galanter. Yet, the author considers himself more of an occasional novelist rather than a career one. His library includes a few books he co-wrote with Greg Brodeur, like the 1994 "Star Trek: The Next Generation" novel "Foreign Foes," and the 2001 two-parter "Dead Zone" and "Forever Dark" in the Maximum Warp series. He even penned a "Star Trek: New Voyages" episode, "Enemy: Starfleet," that was released in 2011. In fact, Galanter considers "New Voyages" co-creator James Cawley a friend. Despite spending his ...
 | May-5-2016 | 
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It's Time For Fan-Films To Take A Stand

Whether you're for or against, stop hiding and weigh in

I haven't exactly been a dedicated follower of fan-films, but as someone who is passionate about Star Trek fandom, I would follow their progress occasionally, and give kudos when kudos were due. But since CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures filed a massive copyright infringement suit against fan-film producers Axanar Productions and Alec Peters, I have learned far more about fan-films than I thought was even possible to absorb. And a lot of it is good — these are fans, after all, many times playing Star Trek with a YouTube audience. Even Vic Mignogna will admit his "Star Trek Con ...
 | Apr-27-2016 | 
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What Does A Fan Film Need With $2 Million?

Robert Meyer Burnett is out of touch with how to marry filmmaking with fandom

A few nights ago when Robert Meyer Burnett messaged me out of the blue on social media, I wasn't quite sure how to react. I mean, here is the man who so entertained me back in the late 1990s with "Free Enterprise," a fun film that starred William Shatner as an alternate version of himself, and celebrating Star Trek fandom with the likes of Rafer Wiegel and a pre-"Will & Grace" Eric McCormack. Such a wonderful script written by Burnett and Mark A. Altman, and it was probably one of the first times I really felt like it was truly OK to be a Star Trek fan. So speaking out ...
 | Feb-5-2016 | 
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'Axanar' Will Ruin Fan Trek For Everyone

Guess what? Fans aren't entitled to Star Trek franchise, Michael Hinman says

There always was a slippery slope when it came to what I always felt was a generous move by Paramount Pictures and CBS Corp. to turn a blind eye not just to Star Trek fan fiction but Star Trek fan productions as well. Some of the early attempts were very low budget. It was more about good writing and some extreme technical know-how to make some of those early fan-produced episodes, and it seemed there was nothing for CBS/Paramount to worry about. Then James Cawley turned the entire fan production industry on its head with an elaborate continuation of the original "Star Trek" s ...
 | Jan-2-2016 | 
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Walter Koenig Heading Back To Original 'Star Trek' Set

OK, it's a replica ... but a darn good one.

James Cawley's replica of the original "Star Trek" sets is closed for the season. But when the Upstate New York attraction re-opens in the spring, it will be getting ready for a rather big VIP. Walter Koenig, who played Chekov in the original series, will make a visit to the former home of "Star Trek: New Voyages" in August, according to an announcement on the group's website. Cawley didn't provide many details about the visit, except that tickets for the weekend event will go on sale in February. He called it a ...
 | Jan-3-2017 | 
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'New Voyages' Sets Will Open To Public

It requires a trek to Upstate New York, but it's probably worth it

There's a good chance that no more new episodes of the fan-film "Star Trek: New Voyages" will be produced. But that doesn't mean the meticulously constructed re-creation of the original "Star Trek" sets will sit in the dark. James Cawley, the producer behind "New Voyages," is now opening those sets to the public in Ticonderoga, New York. The project, which has been licensed by CBS Consumer Products, will begin July 30 and include guided tours and photo opportunities. "To me, there is no other franchise around that is more enjoyable and more socially relevant than Star Trek, ...
 | Jul-15-2016 | 
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Trek Writer, Fan-Film At Odds Over Takei Episode

Marc Scott Zicree is rewriting history, 'New Voyages' producer says

Marc Scott Zicree might not be the first name you think of when it comes to Star Trek. But he has made his mark in a couple of ways, including the story for the popular "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" episode that pulled everyone out of their makeup, "Far Beyond the Stars." His writing since then has been a mix of "Sliders" episodes, some animated series work, and the 2007 "Star Trek: New Voyages" episode "World Enough and Time." This was an episode that more or less helped put fan-films on the map, and featured a guest appearance by George Takei, who has been in the news thi ...
 | Jul-9-2016 | 
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Axanar Offers Fan-Film Guidelines Of Its Own

Embattled 'independent' production gets help from other producers

Settlement talks apparently continue between the studios that own Star Trek — CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures — and a fan-film they said went to far, "Star Trek: Axanar." With the announcement of those talks a week ago, the studios also surprised everyone by saying it was creating guidelines for fan-films. Not to be left out, "Axanar" — which appears to be the very reason why CBS and Paramount are looking to create fan-film guidelines to begin with — have come up with some sugges ...
 | May-27-2016 | 
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Fan-Film Producers Finally Speak Out On Axanar Lawsuit

Tommy Kraft, James Cawley, Christian Gossett among those sharing tough love

Shocking observers, fans — and according to at least four different sources, the studios themselves — "Star Trek: Beyond" producer J.J. Abrams publicly inserted himself into a copyright infringement lawsuit Friday night declaring his support for the fan-film being sued. However, in an effort to defend fan-films, Abrams might have actually riled up many of those very fan-film communities not attached to "Star Trek: Axanar." "There was a fan movie, 'Axanar,' that was getting made ...
 | May-22-2016 | 
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