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Unveiling the Sci-Fi Spectacle: NextCypher's "Deathlands" Directed by Jonathan Frakes

Jeff Garzik's production company, NextCypher, has enlisted the talents of Star Trek's Jonathan Frakes to direct an adaptation of the sci-fi novel Deathlands. Frakes, known for his role as Commander Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation, brings his experience as a veteran director who has worked on TV shows like Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Star Trek: Picard, and Leverage: Redemption to this project. Garzik expressed his excitement by stating that he was "incredibly humbled and blessed" to have Frakes on board. Key Points: Deathlands Adaptation: Based on a series of novels by James Axler and Jack Adrian, Deathlands follows a group of survivors navigating a post-apocalyptic world using teleportation technology. Garzik described the show as a blend of "Mad Max meets AI meets the monsters from Tremors." Refreshed Adaptation: Garzik highlighted that the TV series offers a modern take on the original post-Cold War, post-nuclear war scenario presented in

Franklin Templeton's Insights on Blockchain, Bitcoin, and Financial Disruption

As the President and CEO of Franklin Templeton, Jenny Johnson's recent remarks on Bitcoin and blockchain have sparked a lively debate within the financial services industry. Despite acknowledging blockchain as a significant disruption in financial services, Johnson's stance on Bitcoin has raised some eyebrows. While some interpreted her comments as a lack of belief in Bitcoin, Johnson clarified her position during an interview with CNBC, highlighting the growing demand for Bitcoin and the various reasons behind it. Here's a closer look at Franklin Templeton's foray into the world of blockchain and cryptocurrency:

Franklin Templeton's Perspective on Blockchain and Bitcoin

  • Bitcoin as a Distraction: Johnson's characterization of Bitcoin as a distraction from blockchain, which she views as a major disruptor in financial services, sheds light on Franklin Templeton's nuanced approach to digital assets.

  • Investment Opportunities: Johnson emphasized the diverse investment opportunities presented by blockchain technology, with Bitcoin being just one aspect of a broader spectrum of possibilities.

  • Tokenized Fund on Stellar Blockchain: Franklin Templeton's creation of a tokenized fund on the Stellar blockchain in 2021 underscores the firm's commitment to exploring innovative investment avenues.

  • Blockchain Venture Fund: In a filing with the SEC in 2021, Franklin Templeton outlined plans to raise $20 million for a blockchain venture fund, signaling the firm's strategic interest in blockchain initiatives.

  • Integration with Ethereum Scaling Network: Franklin Templeton's Nasdaq-listed OnChain U.S. Government Money Fund's adoption of the Ethereum scaling network Polygon reflects the firm's proactive approach to enhancing compatibility within the digital ecosystem.

  • Partnership with Curv: Franklin Templeton's collaboration with institutional wallet provider Curv in 2019 to manage digital shares on the Stellar blockchain highlights the firm's early involvement in blockchain technology.

The Appeal of Bitcoin as a Hedge

  • Hedge Against Oppressive Governments: Johnson echoed sentiments expressed by BlackRock CEO Larry Fink regarding Bitcoin's appeal as a hedge against oppressive governments, citing instances where individuals turned to Bitcoin to safeguard their savings amid political uncertainties.

As Franklin Templeton continues to navigate the evolving landscape of blockchain and digital assets, Johnson's insights offer a glimpse into the firm's strategic positioning and perspective on the interplay between blockchain technology and traditional financial services.


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