''Riese: Kingdom Falling'' is a science fiction-fantasy series which debuted online on November 2, 2009 (under the title ''Riese: The Series''). The series is about a traveller named Riese, who flees across the wartorn lands of Eleysia with her wolf, Fenrir. Hunted by a terrifying religious group, The Sect, Riese must evade the assassins that have been sent to kill her and discover their true objective.
''Riese'' is co-created by Ryan Copple and Kaleena Kiff, and produced by Galen Fletcher and Nicholas Humphries. Production of the first five episodes was completed on Sept. 2, 2009.〔(Twitter / Riesetheseries: And that's a wrap... ), Riese the Series' Twitter〕 The first chapter went online during the fall of 2009 and was very successful, so that a second chapter was developed. This drew Syfy's attention: Syfy digital owned by NBC Universal decided to buy the broadcasting rights.
The cast of ''Riese'' includes actors and actresses from other notable science fiction and fantasy television series, such as ''Stargate'' and ''Sanctuary'' Amanda Tapping; ''Sanctuary'' Ryan Robbins and Emilie Ullerup; ''Stargate Universe'' Patrick Gilmore and Peter Kelamis; ''Stargate Atlantis'' Ben Cotton; ''Battlestar Galactica'' Alessandro Juliani and ''Smallville'' Allison Mack.
Syfy started airing ''Riese'' on October 26, 2010 with a new name: ''Riese: Kingdom Falling''.〔(Syfy's Riese gets a premiere date (and Amanda Tapping, too!) ), Riese on Blastr〕
On November 30, 2010, Space announced〔(Riese: The Hunt Begins 2011 on SPACECAST.com ), Riese on Spacecast.com〕 that Riese will start airing on spacecast.com early in 2011, making Canada the first country after the United States to air the complete webseries.
Riese has been noted for its usage of the Red One. It is also one of the first live action sci-fi web series to feature the steampunk genre.〔('Riese' Is Like A Shakespearean Tragedy ) Actor Patrick Gilmore said: "A steampunk inspired series, to my knowledge, hasn't really been done before."〕 Production-value wise, it has been compared to the web efforts of ''Sanctuary''〔(VFS Blog on Riese ), Interview with creator Ryan Copple〕 and features a cast of top Sci-Fi actors from a variety of shows.〔(Riese on IMDB ), Coverage of Riese on IMDb〕 It is also one of the first dramatic web series to incorporate animals as one of their cast ensemble.〔(Riese the Series : Fenrir ), Fenrir : Profile〕
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