SYFY NAMES ANDIE BECKERMAN AS NEW VICE PRESIDENT, ALTERNATIVE DEVELOPMENT & PRODUCTION
NEW YORK – January 22, 2015 – Syfy
today announced the appointment of Andie Beckerman to the position of Vice President, Alternative Development and Production.
Beckerman, who developed and oversaw current programming on a wide range of successful unscripted series such as Talking Dead, Comic Book Men
and Game of Arms
, will be based in the channel’s Los Angeles office.
She will report to Heather Olander, Senior Vice President, Alternative Development and Production, Syfy.
SYFY SYNC WINS BEST CONTENT EXTENSION MADE FOR MOBILE AWARD AT 7TH ANNUAL MOBILE EXCELLENCE AWARDS
NEW YORK – January 21, 2015 – Syfy Sync
won a Best Content Extension Made for Mobile
Award at the 7th
Annual Mobile Excellence Awards.
The Mobile Excellence Awards honored industry leaders and rising stars at its annual gala on January 13 at the recently inaugurated YouTube Space LA, sponsored by Hilton Worldwide, Intel and Fathom Events. Syfy Sync
allows consumers to go inside their favorite Syfy
shows in a unique new way. The Syfy Sync
app listens to the episode and delivers contextual photos, videos, behind the scenes trivia, games and more to the user’s mobile or tablet device. For those with Philips Hue personal wireless lighting, pairing the Syfy Sync
app with Philips Hue bulbs while watching the program creates a specially designed "light track" – marrying the action on the screen to the lighting in the room.
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED 12 MONKEYS DELIVERS HIGHEST L+3 LIFT EVER FOR A SYFY SERIES PREMIERE, LEAPING 85 PERCENT TO ONE MILLION ADULTS 18-49
NEW YORK – January 21, 2015 – Syfy
’s critically acclaimed 12 Monkeys
shattered channel records for a series premiere, soaring 85 percent among Adults 18-49, the highest lift ever based on L+3 data. 12 Monkeys
delivered 1.0 million Adults 18-49, 1.1 million Adults 25-54 (+73 percent) and 2.3 million total viewers (+73 percent) from its Live+SD deliveries on Friday, January 16. 12 Monkeys
also scored the highest Men 18-34 delivery for a Syfy
series premiere since Helix
in January 2014.
The series, which airs Fridays at 9PM (ET/PT), ranked as a top 10 cable telecast in prime among Adults 18-49, Adults 25-54 and total viewers.
SYFY AND THE ASYLUM ANNOUNCE IAN ZIERING AND TARA REID WILL STAR IN SHARKNADO 3
ANTHONY C. FERRANTE TO DIRECT SCREENPLAY BY THUNDER LEVIN
PASADENA, CA – January 15, 2015 – Syfy
and The Asylum today announced that the original Sharknado
survivors will return for the most epic shark attack yet! Ian Ziering and Tara Reid will reunite for the global pop culture sensation Sharknado 3
, reprising their roles as Fin and April, respectively.
Anthony C. Ferrante will once again direct, based on an original screenplay by Thunder Levin. Sharknado 3
is a production of The Asylum.
Premiering on Syfy
in July, Sharknado 3
will cause mass destruction in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., than roar down the Eastern Seaboard.
When it aired last July 30, Sharknado 2: The Second One
’s most-watched Original Movie ever with 3.9 million total viewers.
SYFY TAKES JIM UHLS FOR SPIN Acclaimed Writer to Adapt Robert Charles Wilson’s Hugo Award Winning Novel Into Six Hour Miniseries Universal Cable Productions To Produce, Along With Rob Morrow And Leslie Urdang
PASADENA, CA- January 15, 2015- Syfy
announced today that Jim Uhls (Fight Club, Semper Fi, Jumper
) has signed on to adapt Robert Charles Wilson’s Hugo Award novel, Spin
, into a six hour miniseries. The widely acclaimed novel centers on a young scientist trying to save humanity from the impending apocalypse of a mysterious, impenetrable cloud that has enveloped the entire Earth, blacking out the stars. Spin
, originally published in 2005, is the first of a trilogy in the best-selling series that also includes Axis and Vortex.
Universal Cable Productions will produce the project, along with Rob Morrow’s Bits and Pieces Picture Company and Olympus Picture’s Leslie Urdang. Jim is represented by Paradigm, Anonymous Content and Bloom, Hergot, Diemer.
This Friday Syfy premieres season two of Helix
. The season brings a lot of changes, from setting, to tone, even new characters. Star Neil Napier, who plays Peter Farragut, and executive producer Steven Maeda talked to the digital media earlier in the week about what fans can expect in season two.
Maeda talked to SciFi Vision about the characters meeting up again during the season. “To say that everybody will be meeting up at some point, it will definitely happen before the end of the season, and, you know, the challenge for us was trying to keep the storyline both moving ahead in a way that was hopefully satisfying and is kind of an interesting thing to watch, even though we’re watching both storylines from the same episodes going kind of different directions.
“But yes, we are definitely planning on bringing everything all together, and I think that the reunions be they happy or sad, are going to be very rewarding when they finally start happening.”
returns to Syfy for a second season of 13 episodes, starting on Friday. The show picks up about fifteen months after the events in season one. The team investigates a completely new deadly viral outbreak, this time on a cruise ship, which leads them to a mysterious island. The inhabitants of the island, members of a strange cult, however, are less than happy to see them.
The series doesn't drop the Narvik storyline, but it does focus more on the new virus. The storytelling and tone seem quite a bit different than last season, as of the first episode, in my opinion. I felt it focused on what is going on with the people on the island as much as it did the virus. Not that this is a bad thing in any way; it just feels different. It's also much different that the characters are out in the open, but as they are on an island, it does still have that great feeling of isolation and also claustrophobia. I found the episode to be very creepy and am really excited to find out more about the mysteries surrounding the cult.
Friday Syfy premieres its new drama 12 Monkeys
. The series is based on the film of the same name, and although the overarching plot comes from the film, the result is rather unique and definitely stands on it's own. The pilot sets up the series, and does take a bit from the film, but then it branches off.
The series follows Cole (Aaron Stanford), who is sent back in time by a group of scientists to stop a virus that kills most of humanity. Cole travels back and forward in time to try to save the world. He is helped in his past (2015), where the main part of the story takes place, by Dr. Cassandra Railley (Amanda Schull). The two follow clues to try to figure out what started the deadly chain of events.
Meanwhile in 2043 the scientists, led by Jones (Barbara Sukowa), comb through clues that Cole reveals, while also dealing with their own bleak reality.
Episodic photos from the season two episode of Helix,
"Deep Calls to Deep," airing 1/30/15, after the jump.
Friday Syfy premieres its new drama, 12 Monkeys
. The series is based on the idea from the film of the same name and follows James Cole, played by Aaron Stanford, who comes from a future in which a virus has wiped out most of humanity. He travels back in time and with the help of virologist Dr. Cassandra Railly, played by Amanda Schull, tries to stop the Army of the 12 Monkeys from releasing the virus.
Recently the two stars talked to the digital media about the new series, which premieres Friday on Syfy.
According to the actors, the series is different from the film in many ways, but there were some things they pulled from the movie for their characters. Stanford told SciFi Vision, “For me, you know, it was a really interesting role for Bruce Willis, what he did with it. He’s generally remembered for really his action roles, just remember the John McClane, and he really brought this child-like innocence to the role in 12 Monkeys,
and it was expressed in his experience of our presence, you know, of our roles. This was a man coming [from an] unimaginably unpleasant, difficult place, where all of the pleasures, comforts, and everything, art, it was all taken – stripped away from him.
SYFY TO DEVELOP 51ST STATE, ONE HOUR DRAMA SERIES FROM FOX 21 TELEVISION STUDIOS
OSCAR NOMINEE CRAIG BORTEN (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB) WILL WRITE SCRIPT AND SERVE AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER WITH PETER CHERNIN AND KATHERINE POPE
NEW YORK– January 12, 2015 – Syfy
today announced it is developing a one-hour drama series about a futuristic prison society, 51st State
, from Fox 21 Television Studios.
Oscar nominee Craig Borten (Dallas Buyers Club)
, who sold the pitch to Syfy
, will write the pilot. Peter Chernin (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
), Katherine Pope (New Girl
) and Borten will serve as executive producers.
Episodic photos from the season one episode of 12 Monkeys,
"Cassandra Complex," airing 1/30/15, after the jump.
THE HUNGER GAMES STAR JOSH HUTCHERSON TO GUEST JUDGE ON SYFY’S HIT REALITY COMPETITION SERIES FACE OFF TUESDAY, JANUARY 27 AT 9PM ACTOR JOINS ALL-STAR LINEUP OF AWARD-WINNING GUESTS FOR SEASON 8
NEW YORK – January 9, 2015 – Josh Hutcherson, star of The Hunger Games
franchise, will guest judge on Syfy
’s critically-acclaimed reality competition series Face Off
– the network’s most watched unscripted series – in this season’s third episode, “Let the Games Begin,” airing Tuesday, January 27 at 9PM (ET/PT).
Hutcherson will join The Hunger Games
makeup department head Ve Neill and her fellow judges (Glenn Hetrick and Neville Page) to critique the contestants’ cinema inspired deadly predator creature designs.
SYFY AND RELATIVITY TELEVISION WILL DEVELOP GROUNDBREAKING NEW UNSCRIPTED SERIES HACKERS
SET INSIDE THE DANGEROUS WORLD OF HIGH-TECH HACKERS
NEW YORK – January 5, 2015 – Syfy
today announced that it is teaming with Relativity Television ("Catfish: The TV Series") to develop a groundbreaking new unscripted series, Hackers
, which will take viewers deep inside the shadowy and dangerous world of high-tech hackers for the very first time. Hackers
will reveal the secrets behind the most infamous cyber-crimes ever committed, using sophisticated, never-before-seen digital graphics to create an experiential “hacking” scene that exposes what actually happens when a computer network is broken into – including what goes on inside the mind of the hacker.
SYFY ANNOUNCES CASTING OF NEW ACQUIRED SCRIPTED SERIES DARK MATTER
MELISSA O’NEIL (LES MISERABLES), MARC BENDAVID (BITTEN), ANTHONY LEMKE (THE GOOD WITCH), ALEX MALLARI JR. (ROBOCOP) AND JODELLE FERLAND (TWILIGHT) WITH ROGER CROSS (THE STRAIN) AND ZOIE PALMER (LOST GIRL)
DARK MATTER BEGINS PRODUCTION IN TORONTO JANUARY 7
NEW YORK – December 18, 2014 – Syfy
today announced casting of the new acquired scripted series Dark Matter
, which will feature Melissa O’Neil (Broadway production of Les Miserables
), Marc Bendavid (Bitten
), Anthony Lemke (White House Down
), Alex Mallari Jr. (Robocop
) and Jodelle Ferland (Twilight
) with Roger Cross (The Strain
) and Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl
). The series begins production in Toronto on January 7.
Tonight Syfy premiered its new limited event series, Ascension
. The three-night event continues tomorrow night, and reaches its conclusion on Wednesday night.
The drama follows the men, women, and children of a century-long space voyage on the starship Ascension that was launched in the 1960s. They have made it halfway through their journey, and as they reach the point of no return, there is a murder on the ship, which will cause the people to question the true reason for their space mission.
Al Sapienza, who stars as Councilman Rose on the series, recently sat down with Jamie Ruby of SciFi Vision in an exclusive interview to talk about Ascension
and it's surprising twists and turns.
By Jamie Ruby
Monday night Syfy premieres its new limited event, Ascension
, which will run for three consecutive nights. The series follows a century-long space voyage as it has reached it's point of no return at fifty-one years, when there is a murder aboard the ship that will cause the crew and inhabitants to question their mission.
One of the interesting things about the series is that although it takes place in the present, the starship Ascension was launched in the 1960s. Therefore, none of the passengers have been influenced by the outside world and have developed their own society aboard the ship. As far as they know, they could be the last survivors of the human race after the Cold War. This makes it not only unique, but also poses problems for those dealing with the murder, as there is no outside help.
Recently it was announced that Syfy's new hit series, Z Nation
, was officially renewed for a second season. The show follows a group of survivors in a zombie apocalypse, who fight not only to stay alive, but also to deliver a possible cure to a lab in California, in the form of a man, Murphy, who is the only one to survive a zombie bite.
The actor, who stars as Murphy, Keith Allan, recently sat down with Jamie Ruby of SciFi Vision in an exclusive interview to talk about his role.
Allan was working as a stage manager for The Asylum before he got his big break. "I'm an actor and have been for many, many years, and sometimes you're working as an actor, and sometimes you're not. There were a few years where I was needing work, and so I needed to get a day job, because I wasn't making a living as an actor.
SYFY CELEBRATES THANKSGIVING WEEKEND WITH HELIX BLACK GOO FRIDAY MARATHON ORIGINAL EPISODES OF Z NATION AND HAVEN SCI-FI HOLIDAY MOVIE MARATHONS
NEW YORK – November 11, 2014 – Syfy
will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday weekend with a Helix Black Goo Friday
marathon, all-new episodes of the popular series Haven
and Z Nation
, and a two-day festival of iconic sci-fi films. Syfy
will kick off the movie fun on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27 beginning at 9:30AM (ET/PT) with 2001: A Space Odyssey
, followed by Star Trek Nemesis, Space Cowboys, Stargate
To get fans ready for the return of Helix
will telecast the entire first season of the hit drama on Friday, November 28 from 6AM-6PM. The Black Goo Friday
marathon features cast interviews as well as a never-before-seen sneak peek of Season 2, which premieres Friday, January 16 at 10PM.
SYFY AND UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCE KEY ROLES FOR THE MAGICIANS PILOT FOR SERIES BASED ON LEV GROSSMAN’S INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLING NOVELS TO BEGIN FILMING THIS DECEMBER IN NEW ORLEANS
NEW YORK – November 6, 2014 – Syfy
and Universal Cable Productions have cast Stella Maeve (Chicago PD
), Hale Appleman (Teeth
) and Arjun Gupta (Nurse Jackie
) in key roles for the upcoming pilot The Magicians
, an adaptation of Lev Grossman’s beloved #1 New York Times best-selling book series, which begins production in New Orleans this December. Acclaimed independent film producer Mike Cahill (I Origins, Another Earth
) is signed on to direct.
Stella Maeve will play the beautiful and confident Julia, a wealthy and brilliant Ivy-Leaguer who seems destined for success. But Julia’s future plans are forever altered after she is denied admittance to the mysterious Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy. Unaccustomed to failure, Julia finds life meaningless now that the possibilities of a previously unseen magical world have been denied to her. But she may get another chance to pursue a career in magic when she’s recruited by a secret society. Maeve can currently be seen in a recurring role on the NBC series Chicago PD
. She most recently starred in the independent features Dark Summer
opposite Keir Gilchrist, All Together Now
, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and Independent Spirit Award-winner Starlet
. Previously, Maeve co-starred with Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart in The Runaways
. Maeve is repped by Paradigm Agency and Principato-Young Entertainment.