Talisman was released to YouTube in May of 2020, just as the world was settling into a new pandemic-induced normal. Now, the series will be finding a new home thanks to three recently signed distribution deals.
“We had a lot of plans for Talisman that we never really got a chance to follow through on because of the pandemic. We wound up playing 8 film festivals around the world, but only got to attend 3 in person because of restrictions. As our first festival worthy project, it was a bummer.” Talisman creator Wayne Cella said.
Along the festival circuit, Talisman was honored with some awards. James Yoder, who played Ryan Silva won a Best Actor award and the series took home a Finalist Laurel in New York and a Semifinalist Laurel in Los Angeles. Later, Talisman was nominated for 9 awards at the Asia Web Awards and took home the award for Best Science Fiction Series.
However, it was at the New Jersey Webfest, where Talisman took home Outstanding Science Fiction Series and Best Director in a Sci Fi or Fantasy Series awards, that things really took a turn.
“By the time we got to the New Jersey Webfest, Talisman had been out for a year and a half. We figured that would be the last festival we played and we’d go on about our business and onto the next thing.” Cella told us.
Instead, Covered Sun found itself fielding multiple offers to distribute the series.
“The New Jersey Webfest hooked us up with The Fantasy Network, which will be a perfect home for the series since it’s aimed at fantasy/Sci-Fi fans. But then another distribution company reached out to us. And then another. It was a wild turn of events for a series that we thought was in the rear view.”￼
Talisman debuted on the Reveel network on 5/27/22. Reveel is a free streaming network that can be found on Roku, Amazon FireTV, Apple TV or via app.
The series will next premiere on The Fantasy Network on July 1st with episodes 1-3. on July 8th, episodes 4&5 will debut, followed by episodes 6&7 on July 15th and episodes 8&9 on July 22.
In the meantime, Covered Sun Films continued to work with Select Services Films in Los Angeles to get the show onto other platforms. Talisman is now available for rent or purchase on Amazon Prime Video with another network on the horizon still. More details will be coming soon.
When asked if there was a possibility of Talisman returning for a second season, Cella said this. “There’s definitely been some interest in revisiting that. We have a couple other projects lined up first, but we have certainly been working on a story for season 2. We’ll have to see what the future holds.”