A parody of Heroes on YouTube called “Zeroes” — which features “ordinary people with pointless abilities” — is actually the work of NBC’s own promo department. “It was an experiment,” says NBC’s Vince Manze of the clip, which contained no NBC branding. “We wanted to see how far we could go, and we wondered if (the audience) knowing we did it would be a detriment.” Manze said the clip was so clandestine that Heroes’ creator wasn’t even told about it. “People don’t want to feel as if they’re being intruded upon,” Manze says. “When they find out it’s from us, it’s like, ‘They fooled us.'” Interestingly, NBC’s attorneys are still holding YouTube to the fire on copyrighted clips.
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