To Boldly Indiegogo, the new fundraising for the web series Star Trek Continues

Star Trek Continues cast. From the left: Vic Mignogna, Kim Stinger, Christopher Doohan, Chuck Huber, Michele Specht and Grant Imahara (Photo Eva Rinaldi)
Star Trek Continues cast. From the left: Vic Mignogna, Kim Stinger, Christopher Doohan, Chuck Huber, Michele Specht and Grant Imahara (Photo Eva Rinaldi)

In the course of March, a fundraising campaign on the Indiegogo website started to complete the post-production of an episode, produce three more episodes and cover other costs of the production of “Star Trek Continues”, the web series that continues the adventures of “Star Trek” original series. After the great success of the 2015 fundraiser, another called “To Boldly Indiegogo” started. This one is of the flexible type, which means that the production will be funded regardless of how much money will be pledged. The goal is to raise $350,000, really a lot for this kind of production.

The “Star Trek Continues” production team recently completed the legal procedures for the registration of Trek Continues Inc, a non-profit organization created specifically to run the web series production. This means that at least the US citizens who pledge money to this campaign will be able to deduct it from their taxes as a donation.

This series developed by Vic Mignogna, who also plays Captain Kirk, is now well known among fans after publishing six episodes available for streaming on the project’s website. The attention to fidelity in reproducing the elements of the “Star Trek” original series is remarkable but there’s also a great effort to offer stories worthy of that name and the appreciation of audience and critics testify to its success.

Recently there was a lot of discussion, maybe just at the beginning, after another production inspired by the Star Trek saga was sued by CBS / Paramount. Vic Mignogna and his staff have always been very careful to keep the “Star Trek Continues” production within the non-profit limits and also worked with the CBS legal department to determine the boundaries within which they could work.

If you notice any difference between some elements of this web series and the original “Star Trek” seris it may be the result of changes made following requests from CBS. In the fundraiser page on Indiegogo website Trek Continues Inc clearly states not being affiliated with CBS or Paramount Pictures and the thanks statement to CBS clearly indicate the respect for this saga’s intellectual property.

In short, the production of “Star Trek Continues” is very serious from all points of view. This means that if you pledge money for this fundraiser you can be reasonably certain that you’re helping the production of quality episodes and be sure that they’ll use the money only for that goal, without incurring the wrath of Khan CBS/Paramount.

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