EPIX TO PRESENT LIVE COMMENT AND INTERVIEWS VIA PERISCOPE WITH LYN ULBRICHT AND ALEX WINTER IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE MAY 29th SENTENCING OF ROSS WILLIAM ULBRICHT CONVICTED OF BEING ‘DREAD PIRATE ROBERTS’ THE FOUNDER OF SILK ROAD

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EPIX TO PRESENT LIVE COMMENT AND INTERVIEWS VIA PERISCOPE WITH LYN ULBRICHT AND

ALEX WINTER IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE MAY 29th SENTENCING OF

ROSS WILLIAM ULBRICHT CONVICTED OF BEING ‘DREAD PIRATE ROBERTS’ THE FOUNDER OF SILK ROAD

(NEW YORK, NY) MAY 19, 2015 — Ross William Ulbricht, the convicted 31-year-old entrepreneur accused of being ‘Dread Pirate Roberts,’ and founder of the Silk Road drug marketplace, will be sentenced on May 29 in New York.  Lyn Ulbricht, mother of Ross Ulbricht and Alex Winter (Downloaded), director, writer and producer of the EPIX Original Documentary DEEP WEB that chronicles Ulbricht’s trial, will participate in a Periscope live video session immediately following the sentencing from the steps of the courthouse.  In February 2015 Ulbricht was convicted of seven felony charges including drug trafficking, conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to commit computer hacking and a kingpin charge. He faces a minimum sentence of thirty years, with a maximum sentence of life in prison.  DEEP WEB makes its World Television Premiere on EPIX Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 8PM ET/PT, 7PM CT.

WHO: LYN ULBRICHT, mother of Ross Ulbricht and ALEX WINTER, director, writer and producer of the EPIX Original Documentary, DEEP WEB.

WHAT:  Periscope is a live streaming app where participants can ask and have questions answered in real time.  Participants are encouraged to send questions via twitter to @EpixHD beginning May 26 and immediately following the sentencing on May 29.

WHEN:  Friday, May 29th 2015 immediately following sentencing scheduled for 1:00pm ET/ 10am PT, 12noon CT.

 WHERE:  Online: Periscope app @EpixHD #DeepWebChat

In Person: Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse, 500 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10007

Media Contacts:

EPIX, Marlea Willis, [email protected], 917.335.1022

BRIGADE, Jim Gerlach, [email protected] , 917-551-5847

FRANK PR, Lina Plath, [email protected] Clare Anne Darragh, [email protected], 646.861.0843

FENTON, Sarah Christiano, [email protected], 408.605.2796

EPIX DOCUMENTARY INVESTIGATES THE ARREST OF ROSS ULBRICHT, THE ALLEGED “DREAD PIRATE ROBERTS” — FOUNDER OF ONLINE BLACK MARKET SILK ROAD, IN THE ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY “DEEP WEB”

EPIX DOCUMENTARY INVESTIGATES THE ARREST OF ROSS ULBRICHT,

THE ALLEGED “DREAD PIRATE ROBERTS” — FOUNDER OF ONLINE BLACK MARKET SILK ROAD,

 IN THE ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY “DEEP WEB”

 WORLD TELEVISION PREMIERE SPRING 2015 

Features Exclusive Participation of the Ulbricht Family And Their Defense

â€ȘNew York, NY (JANUARY 20, 2015) – Premium TV network EPIX announced today that its Original Documentary Deep Web, chronicling one of the most important and riveting digital crime sagas of the century — the October 2013 arrest of Ross William Ulbricht — will feature exclusive interviews with the Ulbricht family including Lyn and Kirk Ulbricht, Ross’ parents who have become public advocates for digital rights and due process. Ulbricht, the 30-year-old entrepreneur alleged to be “Dread Pirate Roberts” — founder of Silk Road, the notorious online black market best known for drug trafficking, is currently on trial in New York.  The feature-length documentary explores the inside story of the investigation and unveils how the brightest minds and thought leaders behind the Deep Web and Bitcoin are now caught in the crosshairs of the battle for control of a future inextricably linked to technology. The film also brings into question an individual’s rights to Internet Freedom.  The film is written, directed and produced by Alex Winter (Downloaded); produced by Glen Zipper and Marc Schiller; and the executive producer is Seth Gordon. Deep Web will make its World Television Premiere on EPIX Spring 2015.

Deep Web will also serve up the core architects of the Deep Web; anarchistic cryptographers who developed the Deep Web’s tools for the military in the early 1990s; the dissident journalists and whistleblowers who immediately sought refuge in this seemingly secure environment; and the figures behind the rise of Silk Road, which combines the security of the Deep Web with the anonymity of cryptocurrency. Interviewees include: Joshua Dratel, Ulbricht’s lawyer; Andy Greenberg, technology writer for Wired, author of This Machine Kills Secrets and the first reporter to interview “Dread Pirate Roberts”); Cody Wilson, a crypto-anarchist known for his development of the “3D printed gun;” Gavin Andresen, chief scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation; Andrew Lewman, the Executive Director of Tor, a suite of tools that allows users to access content on the internet anonymously; and Todd Shipley, a cyber and high tech crimes expert.

Here is an advanced clip from Deep Web: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AudR43ttdZY

Here is a first-look at the EPIX teaser for Deep Web: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aV6ePZ6SmL4

Deep Web Glossary of Terms:

  • Deep Web – the vast section of the World Wide Web that is not discoverable by means of standard search engines, including password-protected or dynamic pages and encrypted networks.
  • Dark Net – a section of the deep web that is inhabited by various entities who desire to communicate anonymously.
  • Cryptocurrency – a digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of a central bank (eg. Bitcoin).
  • Dread Pirate Roberts – the online pseudonym of the creator and manager of the online marketplace Silk Road.
  •  Silk Road – an online black market that allowed users to browse anonymously and securely without potential traffic monitoring.
  • Surface Web (or Clear Net) – portion of the World Wide Web that is available to the general public, and for indexing by a search engine.
  • Tor – a free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security (only way into the dark net).
  • Tor Hidden Services – a tor-based function within the dark net that serves as an alternate Internet, with URL’s ending in .onion as opposed to .com or .net.

 

Deep Web is an EPIX Original Documentary written, directed and produced by Alex Winter with Marc Schiller and Glen Zipper also serving as producers. Winter and Schiller previously worked together on the documentary Downloaded, about the rise and fall of Napster.  Zipper’s prior credits include the Academy Award¼ winning Undefeated and the Grammy Award¼ winning Foo Fighters: Back and Forth.   Seth Gordon (Print the Legend, Mitt, Freakonomics and Undefeated) is the executive producer, Andy Greenberg is the consulting producer, and Dan Swietlik (Sicko and An Inconvenient Truth) is the editor. Jill Burkhart and Ross Bernard are the executive producers for EPIX.

About EPIX

EPIX is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service delivering the latest movie releases, classic film franchises, original documentaries, comedy and music events on TV, on demand, online and on devices.   Launched in October 2009, EPIX has pioneered the development and proliferation of “TV Everywhere.”  It was the first premium network to provide multi-platform access to its content online at EPIX.com and was the first premium network to launch on Chromecast, XBox 360, PlayStation¼, iOS, Android tablets, Windows 8.1 and Roku¼ players.  EPIX is available to authenticated subscribers on hundreds of devices including Apple¼ iPads¼ and iPhones¼ and is the only premium service providing all its programming on all platforms, delivering more movies than any other premium network, with thousands of titles available for streaming.

EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM). Through relationships with cable, satellite and telco partners, EPIX is available to over 50 million homes nationwide.  For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHD (http://www.twitter.com/EpixHD) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EPIX), YouTube (http://youtube.com/EPIX), Instagram (http://instagram.com/EPIX), Google+ (http://plus.google.com/+EPIX), Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/EPIX) and Vine (https://vine.co/EPIX).

Media Contacts:

EPIX                                                

Marlea Willis

[email protected]

212.846.6748

 

FRANK PR

Clare Anne Darragh, [email protected]

Lina Plath, [email protected]

646.861.0843