Pioneer One is an original series debuting exclusively online through VODO, in partnership with FrostWire, uTorrent, Limewire, The Pirate Bay and other valued members of our unique DISCO (Distribution Coalition).

Show creators Josh Bernard and Bracey Smith are following their success with The Lionshare to bring a high quality product to audiences without traditional television — a “TV series without the TV.

This is also the first VODO release with a commercial sponsor supporting the show: viewers can try their hand as filmmakers, win prizes AND help make sure future episodes of Pioneer One can be made by signing up at

In this pilot episode
An object from space spreads radiation over North America. Fearing terrorism,U.S. Homeland Security agents are dispatched to investigate and contain the damage. What they discover is a forgotten relic of the old Soviet space program, whose return to Earth will have implications for the entire world.

Bernhard and Smith’s previous collaboration, The Lionshare, found a large and receptive audience online. Building on that success, this pilot was shot for just $6000, raised through the micro-lending platform Kickstarter. Bernhard and Smith are hoping the response to the pilot will interest backers and audience members in funding the rest of the season.

This production was possible, the creators say, due the willingness of talented, professional people working for free. “From actors to composers, they did this because they believed in the project and wanted to see it happen.

The production was a journey in and of itself.”” Video blogs that were posted to the web throughout the making of the pilot:

This pilot is the first episode of a 7-episode first season. It sets the stage for a narrative arc which unfolds over a further four seasons. This is just the beginning of a larger planned story.

What is VODO?

‘VODO could be a valuable tool for indie filmmakers who recognize that obscurity is a much bigger threat to their efforts than piracy.’ – Mike Masnick, Techdirt.

Founded by Jamie King, one of the figures behind the well-known filesharing documentary STEAL THIS FILM (, VODO brings filmmakers together with the distribution power of the filesharing community. It offers fresh, quality films on a free-to-share basis, promoted and distributed through a ‘coalition’ of filesharing partners that includes big names like uTorrent, Limewire, The Pirate Bay, Mininova, Miro, TorrentFreak, Isohunt, OneDDL, VeeHD, Plube and Frostwire, amongst many others.

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