Syfy’s DEFIANCE Commences Series Production in Toronto July 24th

Both the series and the game will debut simultaneously in April 2013.

Defiance will commence series production in Toronto, ON starting July 24, having completed shooting on the pilot episode this past spring (for a total of 12 episodes/13 hours). The series stars Grant Bowler (Nolan), Julie Benz (Amanda Rosewater), Stephanie Leonidas (Irisa), Tony Curran (Datak Tarr), Jaime Murray (Stahma Tarr), Graham Greene (Rafe McCawley), Mia Kirshner (Kenya) and Fionnula Flanagan (Nicky).

An unprecedented partnership between Syfy and Trion Worlds, Defiance is the first-ever convergence of television and Massive Multiplayer Online gaming, featuring an interconnected world and storylines that will co-exist throughout a scripted drama series and a multiplatform MMO shooter. Both the series and the game will debut simultaneously in April 2013.

Set in the near future, Defiance introduces an exotically transformed planet Earth, its landscapes permanently altered following the sudden – and tumultuous – arrival of seven unique alien races. In this somewhat unknown and unpredictable landscape, the richly diverse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully. Each week, viewers will follow an immersive character drama set in the boom-town of Defiance, which sits atop the ruins of St. Louis, MO, while in the game, players will adventure in the new frontier of the San Francisco Bay area. The dramatic tapestry of the series and the intense action of the game will exist in a single universe where their respective narratives will inform one another and evolve together into one overall story.

The series is executive produced by Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica; Hellcats) & Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica). Kevin Murphy serves as showrunner. Scott Stewart (Legion, Priest) directed the pilot; Michael Nankin will serve as director/producer on the series. Defiance is produced by Universal Cable Productions. The game was named “Best MMORPG” from GameSpy at the recent E3 conference in June 2012 (among other accolades).

About Syfy
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

About Universal Cable Productions
Universal Cable Productions creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across multiple media platforms and outlets for domestic and international distribution. UCP produces “Covert Affairs,” “Fairly Legal,” “In Plain Sight,” “Psych,” “Royal Pains” and “Suits” for USA; “Alphas,” “Defiance,” “Eureka” and “Warehouse 13” for Syfy; and “I Just Want My Pants Back” for MTV. Universal Cable Productions is a division of NBCUniversal.

About Trion Worlds
Trion Worlds is the leading publisher and developer of premium games for the connected era. Powered by a breakthrough development and publishing platform, Trion is revolutionizing the way games are developed, played and sold. Trion’s world-class team delivers high-quality, dynamic and massively social games operated as live services across the biggest game genres and devices; including the critically acclaimed blockbuster, Rift(TM) and the highly-anticipated End of Nations(TM) and Defiance(TM). Trion is headquartered in Redwood City, Calif., with offices in San Diego, Calif., Austin, Texas, and at Trion Worlds Europe in London, UK.

via Syfy Press Release

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THE NERDIST: COMIC-CON and THE NERDIST: TRIBUTE TO TOYS AND GAMES Premiere Saturday, July 28 on BBC America

All-new specials, The Nerdist: Comic-Con and The Nerdist: Tribute to Toys and Games

Every year, thousands of nerds converge in beautiful San Diego, where they shun the sunny skies and head indoors for the biggest comic book convention in the world: Comic-Con. In The Nerdist: Comic-Con, Chris Hardwick and his crack team of nerd experts do their best to piece together what happened at this year’s event. From cosplayers to blockbuster films, new TV shows and video games, this episode has it all. Even comic books. The special features interviews with Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill at Comic-Con, with in-studio guest appearances from Damon Lindelof (Lost, Star Trek) and John Barrowman (Torchwood, Doctor Who). The Nerdist: Comic-Con premieres Saturday, July 28, 9:00pm ET/PT.

The Nerdist: Tribute to Toys and Games comes new in the box. Chris and co-hosts Jonah Ray and Matt Mira talk about the nerdiest toys, collectibles, and games. Brooke Leigh Lawson and Gregory Crafts make in-studio guest appearances, while Chris and Aisha Tyler travel across time and space… playing the game, “Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock.” The Nerdist: Tribute to Toys and Games premieres Saturday, July 28, 10:00pm ET/PT.

The Nerdist Specials Premiering August

  • The Nerdist: Tribute to Science – Saturday, August 4 at 10:00pm ET/PT
  • The Nerdist: Tribute to Nerd Girls – Saturday, August 11 at 10:00pm ET/PT
  • The Nerdist: Tribute to Time Travel – Saturday, August 18 at 10:00pm ET/PT

via BBC America Press Release

The Legend of Korra Renewed for Season Two!

The Legend of Korra has been picked up for a second season of 26 episodes. Season One Book 1 concluded a few weeks ago and is now ready for Book 2. Book 2 is being called “Spirit” and takes place 6 months after Book 1. Season Two should also be split up as Book 3 and 4 as was confirmed by the creator, Bryan Konietzko.

The Legend of Korra stars the voices of Janet Varney who plays Korra, J.K. Simmons (The Closer), P.J. Byrne (Horrible Bosses), David Faustino (Married… with Children), Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) and Seychelle Gabriel (Falling Skies). The show will resume in 2013 on Nickelodeon. The Legend of Korra is written and produced by Avatar: The Last Airbender creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko.

via EW

Marvel Takes Over the Palm Restaurant During Comic-Con 2012!

David Marquez adds to the Marvel mural on July 11!

The Palm Restaurant in San Diego is about to get Marvel-ous with the appearance of ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN artist David Marquez! Celebrating this year’s Comic-Con International, Marquez will add to the restaurant’s famous Marvel comic book mural (already featuring art by John Romita Sr., John Romita Jr., Simone Bianchi, Mark Brooks, Leinil Yu, Humberto Ramos and more) as he draws Miles Morales, better known as the all-new Ultimate Comics Spider-Man at 4:00 PM PST on Wednesday, July 11. Stop by for food, drinks and a chance to see David work his magic as Marvel commemorates their sixth year of making history with the Palm! The Palm Restaurant is located on 615 J Street in the heart of San Diego’s entertainment district!

Can’t make it to the convention? Follow along on the Marvel Events App & events.marvel.com, the best way to get exclusive videos, real-time announcements from the convention floor and up-to-the-minute panel, in-booth, and signing schedules of all your favorite Marvel creators!

via Marvel Press Release

The Cover to the Events Guide for Comic-Con 2012!

Here is the cover to the Events Guide for Comic-Con 2012! The cover features Tarzan and the Golden Lion by Joe Jusko! It seems to be the thickest EVER with 192 pages. It covers all of the events and panels at Comic-Con and incorporates the Quick Guide as well. The Quick Guide is the supplement to the Events Guide. It contains the programming grids, schedules at a glance, maps for Comic-Con (exhibit hall, hotel maps, shuttle route map) and the exhibitor list. Enjoy!

The DEFIANCE Wrap on the San Diego Marriott Marquis Hotel Next to the Convention Center

Here is an image of the Defiance building wrap on the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center! More images to follow… Enjoy!

Warner Bros. Releases Their Comic-Con 2012 Poster for PACIFIC RIM!

Warner Bros. shared their image for their Pacific Rim poster for Comic-Con 2012. Check out the info below.

We’re excited to be the first to share with you our exclusive Comic-Con art for Pacific Rim!

For those of you who will be attending San Diego Comic-Con this year, be sure to join director Guillermo del Toro and stars Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi and Ron Perlman for a special look at the upcoming film on Saturday, July 14th, in Hall H at 2:30pm: http://bit.ly/LMIUSb. Hope to see you there!

via Warner Bros. Press Release