Airlock Alpha

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Airlock Alpha
Airlock Alpha logo.png
Web address http://www.airlockalpha.com/
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Science-fiction/fantasy entertainment news
Registration None
Owner Nexus Media Group Inc.[1]
Created by Michael Hinman
Greg Boubel
Launched August 13, 1998 (1998-08-13)

Airlock Alpha, formerly SyFy Portal, is an entertainment news website focusing on science-fiction, fantasy and comic book television series and films.

History[edit]

After a collaboration between Michael Hinman and Greg Boubel,[1] the site debuted August 13, 1998 as "Syfyman's World", later renamed "SyFy World". In 2000, SyFy World became part of Trek Nation, the parent network of TrekToday. In 2001, the site merged with the Star Trek Portal website and relaunched as "SyFy Portal".

On February 23, 2009 the site announced a rebranding under the new name of Airlock Alpha. No reason outside of a new marketing strategy was given for the name change at the time, but on March 16, 2009, SCI FI Channel announced that it was changing its name to Syfy,[2] and Airlock Alpha revealed that it had sold its former brand name to an undisclosed party a month earlier.[3]

Portal awards[edit]

Airlock Alpha created the Genre Awards in 1999, which has handed out awards for genre television and movies nearly every year since.[4] It is based upon fan-based voting.[5] The awards were later renamed as the Portal Awards.[4] They hold the distinction of being the longest running genre awards given out for movies, television, and online productions.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Frequently Asked Questions". Airlock Alpha. Retrieved 2011-04-11. 
  2. ^ Elliott, Stuart (2009-03-15). "Sci Fi Channel Has A New Name; Now, It's Syfy". New York Times. Archived from the original on 17 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  3. ^ "SciFi Channel Changes Name ... To Syfy". Airlock Alpha. 2009-03-15. Archived from the original on 20 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  4. ^ a b Hinman, Michael (2009-08-24). "10 Years Of Portal Awards Winners". Airlock Alpha. Retrieved 2011-04-11. 
  5. ^ Wiebe, Sheldon A. (2009-08-30). "TELEVISION & MOVIES: 2009 Portal Awards Filled With Surprises!". Eclipse Magazine. Retrieved 2011-04-11. 
  6. ^ Wiebe, Sheldon A. (2010-08-02). "The 11th Annual Portal Awards – Winners Announced by Airlock Alpha!". Eclipse Magazine. Retrieved 2011-04-11.