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The Horizon to release special edition directed by Priscilla’s Stephan Elliott

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Australia’s most successful online drama series to launch full length TV pilot this World AIDS Day

Sydney, Australia, 28 November 2016 – Australian production company, Cobbstar Productions, today announced it will release a special edition, full length TV pilot of The Horizon online, directed by Stephan Elliott (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), to coincide with World AIDS Day – 1 December 2016. A percentage of proceeds from all digital downloads during the month of December will be donated to ACON’s Red Ribbon Appeal to end HIV.

The hour long episode of The Horizon was created initially to promote the series to Australian and US broadcasters. Based on the lives and loves of gay men in Sydney, The Horizon is Cobbstar’s digital flagship series which has achieved notoriety in Australia and around the world. It is Australia’s most successful online drama and the world’s most watched gay web program. Since its debut in 2009, the series has spanned seven seasons with over 110,000 subscribers and 50 million views online.

Creator and writer of The Horizon, Boaz Stark, said, “I live in Sydney, one of the most vibrant gay cities in the world, and no one was telling our stories the way I see them. After seven years, the series is renowned for its realistic portrayals of Sydney’s LGBTQIA community. This year, we want to take this further and by releasing the TV movie on World AIDS Day, we hope to raise more awareness of the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS with our viewers.”

Producer, Brian Cobb of Cobbstar Productions, said, “The addition of acclaimed film director and screenwriter, Stephan Elliott, best known for his work on The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, has really brought the characters to a whole new, fabulous level. We went back to the start, re-making the first two seasons in order to link the entire online series with a consistent cast and quality level of production.”

Director, Stephan Elliott, commented, “I was ‘tickled pink’ to be able to step up to the director’s chair. Boaz Stark actually came to me five years ago for guidance on a small gay web series he was planning – who would have thought that this little online program would be such an important piece of content in the cultivation of identities of hundreds of thousands of people?”

Funded by Screen Australia, The Horizon is a leading voice in the gay community. The special edition, full length episode will be available online worldwide at https://www.hyvio.com/thehorizon on World AIDS Day – 1 December 2016.

To view the trailer, click here or copy and paste the link: https://www.hyvio.com/thehorizon/H0jd8yPU.

About The Horizon
Celebrating the lives and loves of Sydney’s gay, queer and alternative community, The Horizon is Cobbstar Productions’ digital flagship series which has achieved astounding notoriety in Australia and around the world. It is the most watched online series made out of Australia and the most watched gay web series in the world. It is the first Australian web series to go viral on the internet with over 110,000 subscribers and 50 million views online since debuting in 2009. For more information, visit www.thehorizon.tv.

About Cobbstar Productions
Cobbstar Productions is a Sydney-based company creating quality, innovative entertainment across Australia and internationally. Developing its own projects from concept, Cobbstar Productions produces progressive films and television, with a strong focus on cutting-edge content for the ever-evolving digital platforms. Cobbstar Productions is emerging as a leader in the digital content space with its flagship series The Horizon and was recently awarded the City of Sydney Cultural Grant for occupancy of the former Metro Screen space, located in Paddington Town Hall. For more information, visit www.cobbstarproductions.com.

About World AIDS Day
World AIDS day raises awareness around the world about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. It is a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate all those that have suffered from one of the world’s most prevalent still-incurable diseases. A percentage of proceeds from all digital downloads during the month of December will be donated to ACON’s Red Ribbon Appeal to end HIV. For more information, visit www.worldaidsday.org.au  and www.redribbonappeal.org.au.