Hazardous Media (www.hazardous.com) was founded in 1995 as the production company for the documentary film "Timothy Leary's Last Trip: with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters" (Fox Lorber/WinStar Home Video), the story of the last days of the 60s counter culture icon. Leary viewed the internet as seeds for another social revolution, and asked Hazardous Media to organize a live internet video cybercast between himself and longtime friend Kesey. The cybercast took place 20 days before his death and is the final scene in the documentary film, which premiered at the 1997 Slamdance Film Festival.
Having successfully produced a hit in the world of "internet showbiz," Hazardous Media was asked to cybercast a fundraising rock concert for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The headline band was The Cure, and Hazardous Media brought them live to the world from Toronto, Canada.
The next cybercast celebrated the birthday of the world's most famous computer, the HAL 9000 from the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey." According to the film's screenplay, written by Arthur C. Clarke, HAL became operational in 1997 in Urbana, Illinois. The University of Illinois at Urbana held a large "CyberFest" celebrating the "birth" of HAL and the potential of making artificially intelligent computers. Hazardous Media cybercast a live image of Arthur Clarke from his home in Colombo, Sri Lanka to the festivities. It was the furthest cybercast ever accomplished, moving video via the internet halfway around the world. The event will be the subject of Hazardous Media's next documentary film, tentatively titled "HAL's Birthday: An Internet Odyssey" with Arthur C. Clarke.
Hazardous Media and its technology partner LivecamServer.com, the brainchild of internet guru John Sokol, teamed up again to cybercast the world's greatest sci-fi writer to the 30th anniversary celebrations of "2001." This was an official event of The American Film Institute.
Hazardous Media's website earns its name by embracing the internet as a growing digital revolution, where new media is emerging in unknown and hazardous territory. The company's slogan is "Daring Internet Adventures," and indeed Hazardous Media has taken its digital cameras into the world's most analog locations, including Asia, the Nepali Himalayas, and Eastern Europe. The website's contributors, known as "Cyber Janitors," strive to gather all the digital bits of the internet and clean them up into a neat website.