Syfy has set their sights on hackers as the subject of their next unscripted series.
The NBCU owned cable network has teamed with Relativity Television, the production company behind MTV’s Catfish: The TV Show, to develop Hackers, which is set to “take viewers deep inside the shadowy and dangerous world of high-tech hackers for the very first time”, TVWise has learned.
The proposed series will explore numerous high-profile cyber-crimes and is set to tell the story of real-life hackers who turned entire industries upside down. The show will feature interviews with both hackers and the law enforcement agents who tracked them down and will also utilise new digital graphics to create an experiential “hacking” scene that exposes what actually happens when a computer network is broken into – including what goes on inside the mind of the hacker.
Hackers is one of the first in what is expected to be a wide range of hacking/cyber crime television projects to go into development in the wake of the Sony Pictures Entertainment attack, which the FBI and the DOJ has stated was orchestrated by the government of North Korea. It is presently unclear if the Sony attack will be covered in this series, which, like the “Law & Order” franchise, promises to feature cases which are “ripped from the headlines”. Tom Forman and Brad Bishop are set to serve as the executive producers on Hackers.
In addition to being quite timely, Hackers is an interesting move for genre network Syfy. It is one of only a handful of new unscripted projects that the network has put in development in the past year when, under the direction of Bill McGoldrick, they have scaled back on the number of unscripted series they were producing and invested heavily in drama – a move designed to appease their core viewership who had grown disillusioned by a glut of low budget unscripted entries.