Profiting From “The Walking Dead”:  3 More Post-Apocalyptic Hits Millions Are Watching
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3 TV post-apocalyptic TV shows are drawing in millions: "Revolution" and "Defiance" for Comcast's (NASDAQ: CMCSA) NBCUniversal and the Syfy channel, and "Falling Skies", which Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) ...

3 TV post-apocalyptic TV shows are drawing in millions: "Revolution" and "Defiance" for Comcast's (NASDAQ: CMCSA) NBCUniversal and the Syfy channel, and "Falling Skies", which Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) and TNT just renewed for a fourth season.

The following slideshow takes a look at each of these franchises and four more forthcoming shows looking to profit from the runaway success of "The Walking Dead".

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  • Profiting From “The Walking Dead”: 3 More Post-Apocalyptic Hits Millions Are Watching
  • “The Walking Dead” Is a Phenomenon The top-scripted show of the 2012-2013 fall season has been a boon to AMC investors. ● Sharp gains in returns on capital and bountiful cash flow are helping to pay down debt. ● AMC shares are up more than 50% over the past year and 80% since a 2011 spin-off from Cablevision. Source: Gene Page/AMC. Others profiting include Telltale Games with The Walking Dead adventure game, and Activision Blizzard with The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct first-person shooter.
  • Networks Racing to Cash In On Doom ... Source: Alpha News Daily. As they always do, networks have moved to cash in on our fascination with all things apocalyptic ... ● IMDb tracks at least 24 such dramas airing since 1974. ● Of those, one-quarter have debuted since The Walking Dead first aired in 2010. Who’s doing best riding the dead’s coattails? Let’s review ...
  • Defiance Source: Syfy. THE BREAKDOWN Summary: “In the year 2046, it's a new Earth - with new rules. Over thirty years after various alien races arrived on Earth, the landscape is completely altered, terraformed nearly beyond recognition.” (source: IMDb) Network: Syfy, which is owned by Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) Starring: Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas Average ratings: About 2 million viewers per episode. Did you know? Universal Cable produces the series, and taking a page from TWD, is already working with Trion Worlds to create a multiplayer online role playing game based on the show.
  • Revolution Source: NBCUniversal. THE BREAKDOWN Summary: “A group of revolutionaries confronts an authoritarian regime 15 years after an instantaneous global shutdown of all electrical devices known as the Blackout.” (source: IMDb) Network: NBCUniversal, also owned by Comcast Starring: Zak Orth, Elizabeth Mitchell, Billy Burke Average ratings: More than 10 million viewers per episode. Did you know? Iron Man director Jon Favreau also directed Revolution’s pilot episode. J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot produces the show for NBC.
  • Falling Skies Source: TNT. THE BREAKDOWN Summary: “Survivors of an alien attack on earth gather together to fight for their lives and fight back.” (source: IMDb) Network: TNT, which is owned by Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) Starring: Noah Wyle, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight Average ratings: 3-4 million viewers per episode. Did you know? Dark Horse Comics has published two distinct limited series based on the show. We’ve seen this before: TWD was inspired by a hit comic book series while AMC Networks used San Diego Comic- Con to publish a catch-up graphic novel to ease in new viewers of the final season of Breaking Bad.
  • What “The Walking Dead” Has Wrought Source: Starz. No zombies (yet), but these 4 shows draw from The Walking Dead’s dark and supernatural themes: ● Black Sails. Pirate drama from Starz, set to debut in January 2014. ● Dracula. Starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and produced in the UK. The 10-episode series begins airing in the U. S. on Oct. 25 on NBC. ● Sleepy Hollow. Premieres next week on Fox as a modern-day retelling of the classic short story. ● The Tomorrow People. Based on a British TV show of the same name, the sci-fi series debuts on Time Warner’s CW network on Oct. 9. And yet this is also probably just a taste of what’s to come ...
  • Finding Joy and Profit In Darkness and Death While big ratings and big advertising dollars draw crowds, it’s quality shows that are winning for investors. ● The Walking Dead ranks 37th of the 626 shows IMDb tracks in its ratings system. ● Both of AMC’s other winners -- Breaking Bad and Mad Men -- also rank in the top 50. ● HBO gets similar rankings and plenty of Emmy nods while the network’s financial performance has proven catalytic for parent Time Warner. (Network revenue improved 4% to $14.2 billion last year.) ● Interestingly, NBC and Comcast produce two of most- watched post apocalyptic copycats. Coincidence? Probably not. Source: HBO. Be an investor in quality, and more often than not, you’ll be rewarded!
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