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Logo makes leap to big screen with first theatrical release
Full-length feature based on hit series about four gay African-American friends scheduled for 2008 release

by Steven Fisher

‘Noah’s Arc’ follows the lives and loves of four African-American gay men looking for love and signs of intelligent life in Los Angeles.
NEW YORK, N.Y. — Logo, a division of Viacom Inc.’s MTV Networks, announced Jan. 25 that it plans to bring “Noah’s Arc,” its hit flagship series about four African-American gay friends in Los Angeles, to the silver screen in 2008 as Logo’s first original theatrical film.

“Noah’s Arc” will join “The X Files,” “Star Trek” and “South Park” as yet another fan-driven series finding a home at the multiplex, opening the door to greater storytelling depth, expanded creative opportunities and new audiences. Currently in development, the film is expected to pick up after the show’s second season cliffhanger finale and continue with an even bolder and provocative storyline. The film will leave the door open for sequels and additional television seasons and specials. The series is created by and executive produced by Patrik-Ian Polk and his Tall Skinny Black Boy Productions.

“Noah’s Arc has one of the most intensely loyal fan bases in television and we’re thrilled to harness the power of film to let Patrik-Ian Polk continue the story he has so skillfully woven,” said Brian Graden, president, Entertainment, MTV Networks Music Group, and president, Logo. “Noah’s Arc has so many dimensions and possibilities, so advancing to the feature film format is an exciting way to motivate our loyal fans and engage an even wider audience.”

Logo’s most popular series, season one of “Noah’s Arc” premiered in October 2005, just months after the launch of the network and season two premiered in August 2006. The show, which became the first television series about LGBT people of color, follows the lives and loves of four African-American gay men looking for love and signs of intelligent life in Los Angeles: Noah (Darryl Stephens), Chance (Doug Spearman), Alex (Rodney Chester) and Ricky (Christian Vincent).

“I began this series as a straight-to-DVD project, and Logo gave us a home as its flagship scripted series. And now we’re taking it to the big screen!” said Polk. “Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined this little independent show in movie theatres! Hats off to MTV Networks and Logo for believing in us enough to take Noah to that next level.”

Polk is expected to share producing duties on the “Noah’s Arc” film with series co-executive producer Carol Ann Shine. He made his feature film debut with the independent feature “Punks,” which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and went on to receive an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Low-budget Feature.

Although “Noah’s Arc” will be Logo’s first original theatrical film release, Logo content is available on every viewing platform available including LOGOonline.com, which houses the world’s largest library of LGBT ad-supported streaming video, wireless devices from Amp’d and Sprint and download-to-own services including iTunes, AOL Video and Amazon UnBox as well as podcasts and DVD.

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