|CBS Announced the release of new Star Trek Fan-Film Guidelines. |
On June 23, 2016 - CBS announced the release of new Fan-Film Guidelines that lay our under what conditions, Star-Trek fan-films can be made. The conditions laid-out in these guidelines preclude the creation of new episodes of New Voyages.
The primary guideline that preclude the continuation of New Voyages include:
•The fan production must be less than 15 minutes for a single self-contained story, or no more than 2 segments, episodes or parts, not to exceed 30 minutes total, with no additional seasons, episodes, parts, sequels or remakes.
As most of our episodes are about an hour and are a series of episodes, this alone prevents us making more episodes. While we have made short vignettes in the past, New Voyages was all about creating new episodes of The Original Series in the style they were made back in the 1960s.
•The fan production must be a real “fan” production, i.e., creators, actors and all other participants must be amateurs, cannot be compensated for their services, and cannot be currently or previously employed on any Star Trek series, films, production of DVDs or with any of CBS or Paramount Pictures’ licensees.
As a number of our cast and crew have at some point been associated with the Star Trek series and films, etc. (e.g. James Cawley worked in the costume department for series 1 of TNG and later had a cameo role in the first JJ Abrams Star Trek Movie), this means there would be hardly any of our team left that are permitted to make the episodes, this includes our visual effects team.