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June July iPad

Sonar, Henson detect Rift

Sonar Entertainment and The Jim Henson Company (TJHC) in the US have linked up to develop a live-action sci-fi series for teens.

Created and written by Simon Racioppa and Richard Elliott (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), Rift follows a 17-year-old girl who learns she has the power to travel between two worlds.

In one, she struggles with the drama, comedy and romance of high-school life, while in the other she is a rebel in a parallel world where she teams up with alternate versions of her friends from Earth to stop a dark organisation.

The parallel world will be brought to life by Jim Henson’s visual effects group Creature Shop.

Andrea Gorfolova, president of kids, family and factual at Sonar Entertainment, said: “It is inventive, original and truly genre-blending. This series also marks an important new evolution in our growth, as we are now moving full on into live-action television for an older audience within the kids’ space.”

“Simon and Rich fit in seamlessly with The Jim Henson Company’s long legacy of fantasy world building,” said Halle Stanford, president of television at TJHC.

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