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Warp 5.0 Initiative Celebrates 50 Years Of Star Trek

Wikia, Roddenberry Entertainment team up with fans for video portal

Wikia and Roddenberry Entertainment are teaming up to allow fans from around the world to submit videos highlighting their favorite Star Trek memories in celebration of the franchise’s upcoming 50th anniversary.

Titled “Warp 5.0: Fandom’s Two-Year Trek Toward Sci-Fi’s Golden Anniversary,” the project launches this weekend at the Star Trek Las Vegas Convention, and it will compile submissions through Trek Initiative, the only official Wikia community dedicated to Star Trek. Established in 2013, the community features videos, merchandise, clubs and fan-created content including art, fiction and costumes.

“It’s really fantastic to have the chance to pull in personal fan content around such an important milestone for my family,” said Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, son of Star Trek mastermind Gene Roddenberry. “My father would be proud to be part of such a collaborative initiative celebrating the fandom of his legacy.”

In addition, the project — set to run through 2016 — will incorporate various initiatives leading up to the anniversary including Star Trek-themed Qwizards, a collaborative quiz show testing Wikians’ expert knowledge; a character bracket tournament featuring Star Trek’s classic personalities; a fan film contest; showcases with celebrity talent; and more.

“This is a huge opportunity for us to take Wikia’s fandom one step further and really have our Star Trek superfans be part of such a memorable moment in time,” said Eric Moro, Wikia director of programming, entertainment. “We are thrilled that Rod and his team continue to be such an important part of what we’re doing — it really brings this to life for the fans.”

Wikia is a social universe for fans, by fans, focusing on relevant pop culture, entertainment and gaming expertise. It features more than 30 million pages of content.

See Rod Roddenberry share his “Warp 5.0” memory here.

“Star Trek” made its debut Sept. 8, 1966, on NBC.

For information, visit Trek Initiative.

Source: 1701News


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