Sutherland Heads SCI FI Phenomenon

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SCI FI has ordered a script for “Phenomenon,” a two-hour pilot executive produced by Kiefer Sutherland (“24”), it was announced today by Mark Stern, Executive Vice President, Programming, SCI FI Channel. Maggie Murphy, President of Sutherland’s production company, East Side Entertainment, also serves as executive producer. A fast-moving and enigmatic thriller, “Phenomenon” follows a crack team of experts, lead by a mysterious young female prodigy, as they investigate bizarre and supernatural anomalies of nature.

SCI FI consistently pushes the envelope on the limits of human imagination with provocative and thought-provoking stories that explore the supernatural within the world around us. “In Phenomenon ordinary people have their assumptions about the natural world – their very belief systems – completely shattered when they are confronted by unsettling, unexplained phenomena,” said Stern. “Kiefer and Maggie will lend their top-notch creative skills as executive producers to create a viewing experience as intriguing and surreal as the title would suggest.”

In addition to starring as government agent Jack Bauer on the runaway hit series “24,” Sutherland also serves as an executive producer. He has received a Golden Globe, an Emmy and two Screen Actor’s Guild Awards for his spellbinding portrayal. A versatile talent, Kiefer has delivered a string of memorable screen performances in films such as A Time to Kill, A Few Good Men and The Sentinel. Executive producer Maggie Murphy has several network television projects currently in development. A seasoned production executive, she has been involved in the development of a string of high profile shows including “Veronica Mars,” “Roswell,” “Ally McBeal,” “The X-Files” and “The Simpsons.”

Brad Follmer and Lauren Iungerich serve as writers for the project. Both previously worked together on the feature films Superhero Summer Camp for Warner Bros. and The Book Club for The Weinstein Company. They have also previously collaborated on television pilots such as “Conflict of Interest,” “Malpractice,” and “Dumb Girls” for the CW.

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