The cast and crew of Henglaar, M.D. would like to thank you for your support over the seven years we’ve been in production. You have been great to us, helping us extend the legacy of Hidden Frontier’s groundbreaking video and audio series.
As you are likely now aware, Paramount and CBS have released “Fan Film Guidelines” for the Star Trek franchise. These guidelines inject a great deal of uncertainty into our operations. This is both in terms of our ongoing audio productions (Henglaar, M.D.; Diplomatic Relations, and Equinox) and our video legacy (Hidden Frontier, Odyssey, Helena Chronicles, and Federation One).
We are still investigating the impact of these guidelines, but we believe that 1) they likely apply to audio productions and 2) they would render a series like Henglaar, M.D. untenable going forward.
If Paramount and CBS choose to apply these guidelines retroactively, it is entirely possible that the series that you have come to love over the years could be pulled from the Internet entirely.
We do not hold any ill will towards Paramount or CBS. We have always known that we have been playing in their sandbox and they could kick us out at any time. There was an unspoken “gentleman’s agreement” between fan content producers and Paramount/CBS – we agree to not make money on these ventures (we’ve always been “amateur” and self-funded) and they overlook the fact that we’re using their intellectual property for our own “fair use”. Unfortunately, that agreement has now been broken by a producer in spectacular fashion and we are now dealing with the catastrophic consequences of those actions.
We will do our best to keep the existing series online. However, until it becomes clear that we will not run afoul of Paramount and CBS, production of Henglaar, M.D. is indefinitely suspended.
Thank you, again, for your support.
Live long and prosper,
David W. Hill
Executive Producer, Henglaar, M.D.
Hidden Frontier Productions