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KoshN September 2nd 13 21:13

B5 Hashtag ( #freeBabylon5 ) on Twitter
Found this over at jmsnews:

Free Babylon 5!

Evidently, after Babylon 5 was mentioned on some recent episode of Breaking Bad, there is now some idea to re-spark interest in Babylon 5 and gain Warner Brothers attention via the use of a Twitter Hashtag. #freeBabylon5

I'm not sure how Twitter works, and it's always seemed like unreliable, randomly working magic to me, but what the hell, use the hashtag and indicate demand for Babylon 5 (and Crusade and The Telepath War). I did. My handle is MacBreck or @MacBreck. Let's stir the pot!




:beer: :cool: :D

Sinclair September 3rd 13 02:16

Re: B5 Hashtag ( #freeBabylon5 ) on Twitter
I definitely caught the B5 mention on it!

ranger phil September 3rd 13 19:35

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they've just set up a web page (blank at the moment) and there is more info on facebook....

On a completely unrelated topic to the previous post showing the mystery 3D render, which I’ve stuck up here again since only one person f’ing shared it. ; )

If you want to see more Babylon 5 being made you should ‘like’ the page on the end of this link, and point every sci-fi fan you know to it.


For years jms has said fan based campaigns are a waste of time, now he’s done a complete 180 on that - spending a few hours last night tweeting with folks on the future prospects of a new Babylon 5 show.

I’m not suggesting there’s any significance in the fact that the shows 20th anniversary is next year (this year was the 20th for the movie, a separate thing). But stuff does go on behind-the-scenes that fans aren’t always aware of.

I’m also not suggesting you should send emails or write letters. That’s too much like hard work personally – but pressing a button!! Maybe using the #FreeBabylon5 if tweeting is your thing. Letting others (not just existing B5 fans) know about it, is so easy to do.

It’s also easy to be cynical after all this time, but what harm could it do. There might even be a few major surprises waiting in the wings……. Wings! Get it. ; )

BTW. A little known fact is that when B5 was first on the air, Warner Bros. paid very close attention to the online activity of fans – and jms’s interaction with them.

Jan September 4th 13 04:37

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There's a basic information page up at http://freebabylon5.com/ now. Later on there'll be ways to contact WB and TV stations about getting the show back on the air (or on cable, or even streaming (legally)).

And to be clear, that's all this is about - getting B5 back available so that potential fans might be able to find it and watch it. Maybe in the future something new might come along but that's not what we're concentrating on.

Anybody who doesn't want to help, that's up to them. But I hope they (you all) will join in. As JMS posted:


Originally Posted by JMS
Point is, whether we do more B5 or not, the show is going to continue to fall into obscurity unless it's put out where people can see it, and the fandom will continue to diminish. If you're cool with that, then you don't have to do anything. If you'd like to see the original show grow and expand within the ranks of fandom, then maybe some involvement would be a good idea.


Jan October 25th 13 02:43

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Let's do a write-in vote for Babylon 5 as our "Favorite TV Series We Miss The Most". Can't hurt, might raise awareness. http://www.peopleschoice.com/pca/nom...?pollId=130040


KoshN October 25th 13 05:30

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Originally Posted by Jan (Post 441404)
Let's do a write-in vote for Babylon 5 as our "Favorite TV Series We Miss The Most". Can't hurt, might raise awareness. http://www.peopleschoice.com/pca/nom...?pollId=130040


Done, several times. :D

Jan October 26th 13 18:06

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Raise awareness?? To heck with that! Let's get Babylon 5 on the official ballot! I hadn't realized that this is still the nomination phase. We've got until the 31st to write it in as many times as possible and get on the ballot!! From the site:


Vote often through October 31st to make sure your favorites become Official People's Choice Awards 2014 nominees.
Voting for the winners begins on November 5th.
So keep voting, many times per day, every day! And get all of your friends, family, acquaintances, co-workers and random strangers to vote, too! Spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr and whatever other social networks are popular.

This could be really cool if it works... #FreeBabylon5 http://www.peopleschoice.com/pca/nom...?pollId=130040

Jan October 31st 13 02:48

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Tomorrow's the last day to write in Babylon 5 and try to get it on the People's Choice awards ballot! Vote a bunch of times tonight, even more all day tomorrow. We can do this!

Jan November 4th 13 12:43

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Quite a few people on various sites have asked for more t-shirts. This new design will be available only through November and are being sold at no mark-up through CafePress (which has excellent international shipping rates).


I like them a lot!


KoshN November 6th 13 00:05

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Watch TV (UK) promotional spot. :D


Jan November 6th 13 12:20

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Two quick news items. Sadly, despite many of you voting your fingers to the bone, Babylon 5 didn't make it onto the ballot for the People's Choice awards. Thanks to everybody who helped. Let's keep trying to find inventive ways to increase awareness of Babylon 5!

Also, those who get the B5 Books newsletter may already know this but B5 Books announced last night that for the month of November they're extending the debut discount period on the gorgeous B5-20 book AND for each B5-20 sold this month, they're donating $10 to #FreeBabylon5. Woo-Hoo!!

ORDER B5-20, HELP #FreeBabylon5

We are extending the $46 off debut discount of B5-20 for the month of November. For every Babylon 5 at Twenty sold during November, we will donate $10 to #FreeBabylon5.

Jan November 9th 13 02:21

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The new and improved #FreeBabylon5 website is up and running! http://freebabylon5.com/ Many thanks to Ranger Ben Read of Manifold Web Design!! You can read his blog about the site at http://manifold-design.co.uk/post.ph...reebabylon5com

I love the look and I'm proud to be able to point folks to the site now (as opposed to that embarrassing page I originally put up).


ranger phil November 9th 13 10:47

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think i'm gonna rejoin jms news.... very very nice new #freebabylon5 website.

Jan December 9th 13 15:22

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All three of the latest ‪#‎FreeBabylon5‬ tee-shirts are now available! Order them to pick up at Space City Con *or* have them shipped!

Jan December 15th 13 01:38

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Here it is! It's time to 'get organized and loud', as JMS said back in September.

Support the Thunderclap and send the word out to everyone that you want Babylon 5 back on the air and you want all of your contacts to join us in contacting anybody likely to show Babylon 5 and let them know that we want to #FreeBabylon5!



KoshN December 17th 13 12:31

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I sent a Feedback email to Ion-TV asking them to air "Babylon 5" in syndication, since they have a contract with Warner Brothers Domestic TV Distribution. I mentioned the #FreeBabylon5 campaign and website.


Here's what I wrote:
Has Ion-TV ever considered airing the award winning TV series "Babylon 5" (Warner Bros.) in syndication? The Series creator J. Michael Straczynski and #FreeBabyloon5 movement is trying to get back on TV here in the US (It's already back on in the UK.) to expose it to a new audience and hopefully get new Babylon 5 universe projects made. Personally, I'd like to see the "Crusade" (the Babylon 5 spinoff and last good thing made in the Babylon 5 universe) somehow continued.

See http://freebabylon5.com/about/

BTW, WINP-TV is the Pittsburgh (with an h) PA market. I'm watching Psych on it right now.

Endymion January 2nd 14 14:14

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Posting this here as well as at JMSNews.com:

Hey everyone, I just want to add my voice to the already loud shout of appreciation for Jan's hard work on this campaign. Doesn't she deserve a BIG shout of praise for her continuing commitment to the #FreeBabylon5 campaign?

It's not easy to organise all this stuff as well as hold down a normal life ... as well as the expense of funding the campaign mostly out of her own pocket.

And I for one wouldn't know how to handle myself in front of many fans at the forthcoming Comic Con.

It's about time we thanked Jan and Jenny plus the other campaign front runners for their determination, massive amount of hard work ... and now sleepless nights to add to that ... in keeping this campaign running!

Way to go, Jan. We're all with you.

Jan January 10th 14 15:52

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Thanks, Endymion!

Let's do a BIG letter writing push this coming week! A bunch of the folks at the Space City Con last weekend wrote letters while there and I'm mailing them off. Now it's your turn. Targets are the CEO of WB Entertainment and the Chairman of NBC Universal:

Kevin Tsujihara, CEO
Warner Bros. Entertainment
4000 Warner Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505

Bonnie Hammer, Chairman
NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group
14th Floor
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608

Please post here when you've written and mailed your letter!


Jan January 11th 14 16:51

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Weekend Sale! http://www.freebabylon5tees.org/ has lowered the price of the #FreeBabylon5 t-shirts still in stock after the Space City con to only $15 until Monday only! Get yours while there's the best selection of sizes and colors available! Remember, proceeds go to benefit Claudia Christian's C Three Foundation.


Jan January 12th 14 13:06

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We interrupt this forum for a brief message from Emperor Londo Mollari:


Have you written your letters yet?


Jan January 15th 14 16:46

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I think we can definitely declare success with the Thunderclap! Final count was 547 supporters, 191,470 total reach and in the first two hours after the Thunderclap went out there were 1,147 hits on the website.

Now we need to translate that success into actual letters sent. Any thoughts? To paraphrase Lorien, it's easy to find something worth clicking for, do you have anything worth writing for?


Jan January 24th 14 15:18

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(shameless plug below)

Almost by accident, I've created a shop at CafePress with a bunch of items with the #FreeBabylon5 logo. There should be a buck or two from each item sold coming to the campaign so I hope you might find something you like. Plenty to choose from, not just t-shirts (dog hoodies, tea pots, shower curtains, golf balls....lots of variety!).


(PS: the site generates most of the items so some may not look right - I haven't had a chance to check out each one yet.)

Jan January 25th 14 15:50

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Some of you may have already seen this article on TV shows that deserve remastering for a Blu-ray release. http://www.thedigitalbits.com/column...ts/012414_1500
B5 is #5 on the list, saying:
"This show is a semi-forgotten gem that badly deserves new life in HD. Babylon 5 was again shot on film, and its creators even protected the image for future widescreen presentation. But while the show almost single-handedly pioneered the use of CG-based visual effects in TV (and won an Emmy for doing so), the technology used was primitive by today’s standards. Amiga-based Video Toasters anyone? If this was remastered for HD, with updated visual effects, it could be a real stunner on Blu-ray."

How about *all* of us 1) PRINT this article, 2) HIGHLIGHT the parts about how stunning it would be, 3) WRITE a note explaining how B5 is *not* forgotten and that we fans want to help boost its popularity and 4) SEND it to this address:

Kevin Tsujihara, CEO
Warner Bros. Entertainment
4000 Warner Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505

This is the sort of thing that everybody in every country can participate in; in fact, the more the better!

A_M_Swallow February 2nd 14 07:11

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Warner Brothers has a history of using Babylon 5 to test out new techniques. Redoing the CGI so the show can be issued as Blu-Ray sounds like the latest 'new technique.

Previous experiments include issuing the episodes in a season on DVD rather than individual episodes.

Go. Warners Go.

Jan March 23rd 14 13:45

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Lots of fans expressed interest in the swag I had available at Space City Con in January and I promised to make it available if I could. I've got some 'diplomatic pouches' of Free Babylon 5 goodies available on Ebay now.


Each one contains:

-Two (2) Free Babylon 5 lanyards - perfect for con badges or work IDs

-One (1) #FreeBabylon5 dog tag in either Space Black, Station Blue, Mars Red, Drazi Green or Centauri Purple (sorry, we cannot accept color requests) with both 20" and keychain chains

-One (1) #FreeBabylon5 carabiner (key holder) in either Space Black, Station Blue, Mars Red, Drazi Green or Centauri Purple (sorry, we cannot accept color requests)

-Three (3) Free Babylon 5 ribbons suitable for convention or ID badges

-One (1) oversize (3") Free Babylon 5 button

-At least 5 regular Free Babylon 5 buttons

-At least 5 Free Babylon 5 'Voice of the Resistance' postcards

-At least 5 Free Babylon 5 'BabCom' wallet-size calendars

Also, I'm working on a new newsletter. Anybody interested can sign up at

Your information will never be sold or spammed!


Jan June 21st 14 14:28

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Welcome back B5TV!

Just to update this thread a bit, the big news is that #FreeBabylon5 will be making an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con next month with a panel. This is huge since I'll now have access to the freebie tables with the potential of reaching many of the 130,000 attendees.

Naturally there's a fund-raising push on 'cause I can't do this on my own. If you can, any amount would be welcome. Paypal address is freebabylon5@aol.com

And if you're coming to Comic-Con, I hope to meet you!


Jan July 15th 14 12:05

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For anybody attending San Diego Comic-Con, here's the B5 related items:


#FreeBabylon5 - A Fan Campaign
Jan Schroeder (freebabylon5.com) and Jon Del Arroz (flyingsparkscomic.com) discuss a growing fan campaign that sprang up after J. Michael Straczynski tweeted the hashtag #FreeBabylon5 and urged fans to "get organized and loud" if Babylon 5 fandom is to grow. See what has been accomplished so far and help brainstorm what can be done in the future to promote this seminal science fiction show and bring it to new viewers.
Thursday July 24, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29A

The Art of Babylon 5
Members of the iconic show's art department, under production designer John Iacovelli, with art director Mark-Louis Walters, art director Roland Rosenkranz, graphic artist Alan Kobayashi, and concept artist and set designer Timothy Earls, reunite to discuss how they were able to design 110 episodes over five years and six TV movies while keeping the sets fresh, exciting and, well, out of this world.
Friday July 25, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 23ABC

Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski:
Comic-Con special guest JMS is having a Renaissance (much as the European Renaissance followed the Black Plague, but you didn't hear that from us). His Image-based imprint Joe's Comics has produced such titles as Dream Police, Sidekick, Ten Grand, and The Adventures of Apocalypse Al, alongside writing a Terminator maxiseries for Dark Horse and a Twilight Zone maxiseries for Dynamite. His new TV series Sense8 (written and produced with the Wachowskis) began filming this past June for Netflix via Studio JMS, and he has four new TV series in development, in addition to writing the new Shadowman movie for Valiant. Get the latest news on secret upcoming projects, a sneak peek into the production of Sense8, and other surprises.
Saturday July 26, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 7AB
Even if you can't go, please help spread the word about the #FreeBabylon5 panel as widely as you can. SDCC pays close attention to attendance and ours is the first one on the first day when a lot of people will still be picking up their badges.


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