Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hanging Out With History Channel's Hanger 1: UFO FILES #scriptwriting, #television #HistoryChannel

 Ancient Aliens, UFO Files, and the UFO Hunters. The History Channel has been exposing UFO and alien investigations for years with specialized series. On February 28, 2014 H2, a channel owned by the History Channel, introduced the world their new series Hanger 1: The UFO Files. 

The brain child of producer, Paul Villadolid, Hanger 1: The UFO Files highlights UFO investigations conducted by the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) and is hosted by UFO researchers, Jan Harzan, John Ventre and Jeremy Ray of MUFON along with Richard Dolan, Grant Cameron, Leslie Kean, Jason McClellan and Michael Schratt. MUFON has received plenty of requests over the years from a wide variety of producers but 90% of the time the shows never air. Three and half years ago, Paul Villadolid pitched the idea for the series to MUFON. “We said ok because these types of shows we get inquiries for all the time as far as wanting materials for shows. Ninety percent of the time these shows never air. They can’t sell the network on it,” John Ventre stated. The History Channel green lighted the project last summer for eight episodes. John Ventre hopes that Hanger 1: The UFO Files will run for a total of twenty episodes in season two. 

Like with all television shows, the lifetime of Hanger 1: The UFO Files is based on ratings. Advertising for the new H2 show was limited, as the History Channel did not start advertising the show until the week of its season premiere. The premiere “Presidential UFO’s” rating listed at #25 with 663,000 viewers. That’s not bad for a new show with limited advertising. If the ratings continue to improve MUFON could see the show go into another season. 

The first season of Hanger 1: The UFO Files is comprised of eight episodes. MUFON granted the producers complete access to their 70,000 files housed in their Hanger 1 warehouse located in Cincinnati, Ohio. MUFON maintains control over which cases the producers decided to highlight. The themes were chosen based on historical evidence and the MUFON cases the producers wanted to highlight. MUFON freely allowed the producers access and permission to air their cases because they want the world to know who they are and what they do. Their organization has been around for 45 years and they are the gatekeepers of all UFO information. MUFON is not bound by any government. 

John Ventre isn’t a stranger to media. He has represented MUFON on the
Anderson Cooper Show, Destination America and Discovery’s UFOs Over Earth. Although he’s accustomed to being on television, the filming schedule of Hanger 1 was more demanding than anything he has ever done. Hanger 1: The UFO Files were filmed in September of 2013 in Los Angeles. The filming schedule was thirteen hours long. 

Hanger 1: The UFO Files can been seen on H2 Friday nights at 10E/11P. 

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