Syfy’s Hit Competition Series FACE OFF, Debuts Its Fourth Season Tuesday, January 15 at 9PM ET/PT

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World-Renowned Hollywood Makeup Artist Michael Westmore Joins Series As Contestant Mentor

Syfy’s most popular unscripted series, Face Off, returns for its fourth season Tuesday, January 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The season will introduce a highly creative group of special effects make-up artists who will meet face to face in Los Angeles to compete in a series of brilliantly eye-popping challenges that will ultimately determine just who has the artistry and passion to win Face Off.

Face Off is an authentic depiction of the high creative standards necessary for a special effects make-up artist to succeed in their craft. The series debuted in January 2011 as a new reality competition program to critical and ratings success. Season three of Face Off averaged 1.5 million viewers 18-49 and 2.5 million total viewers, making it the #2 cable program in its time period in the key 18-49 demo.

Returning to the lab for the new season is actress and host McKenzie Westmore, along with judges Ve Neill (The Hunger Games, The Amazing Spider-Man, Pirates of the Caribbean), Glenn Hetrick (CSI: New York, The Hunger Games, Heroes) and Neville Page (Avatar, Prometheus).

Joining the series as the official contestant mentor is world-renowned Hollywood makeup artist, Michael Westmore. Westmore is a member of a makeup dynasty that dates back to Hollywood’s golden age. Westmore has earned a record 42 Emmy nominations and nine wins. The Motion Picture Academy has honored him with four nominations and the Oscar in 1986 for his artistry on the film Mask starring Cher and Eric Stoltz. In addition, Westmore supervised 18 years of Star Trek. He is also the proud father of Face Off host, McKenzie Westmore.

The guest judges on tap for season four bring their perspective and expertise to the challenges and judging panel, with such top industry names as Bryan Singer, Gale Anne Hurd, John Landau, Michael Nankin and John Rhys-Davies.

The level of makeup and skill continues to be raised as this season the contestants are challenged to create fantasy goblin kings, original comic book superheroes, delicious candy creatures, two-headed giants inspired by Bryan Singers’ Jack the Giant Killer, Avatar-inspired bioluminescent sea creatures, zombie hordes, and more. All the while the contestants must display an ability to move quickly and under pressure with constant surprises, twists and turns.

The Face Off contestants will be whittled down week by week as they compete to outshine their competition. The winning artist will receive $100,000, a 2013 Fiat 500, and will also be given the opportunity to become a guest lecturer at the MAKE UP FOR EVER Academies in New York and Paris.

To meet the cast of season four, see photo galleries and video, visit www.syfy.com. Photography and bios are also available at www.nbcumv.com. Following are the season four Face Off contestants:

  • Alam Park, 25 – Seattle, WA
  • Alexandra McCoy, 31 – Orlando, FL
  • Autumn Cook, 35 – Pittsburgh, PA
  • David “House” Greathouse, 41 – Hometown, Cleveland, OH; Resides in Crestline, OH
  • Eric Fox, 37 – Hometown, Georgia; Resides in Riverside, CA
  • Eric Zapata, 22 – Hometown, Victoria, TX; Resides in Austin, TX
  • J. Anthony Kosar, 26 – Hometown, Lisle, IL; Resides in Westmont, IL
  • Jenna Green, 40 – Hometown, Sacramento, CA; Resides in Buda, TX
  • Katherine “Katie” Machiek, 26 – Hometown, Owls Head, ME; Resides in Los Angeles, CA
  • Kristian Kobzina, 41 – El Segundo, CA
  • Meagan Hester, 29 – Hometown, Ossining, NY; Resides in NY, NY
  • Michael Garcia, 31 – Austin, TX
  • Troy Rivers, 34 – Hometown, Indianapolis, IN; Resides in Avon, IN
  • Wayne Anderson, 27 – Hometown, Fort Meyers, FL; Resides in Fullerton, CA

via Syfy Press Release

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Syfy’s Hit Series FACE OFF Debuts Season Three on a New Night and Time Tuesday, August 21 at 9 PM ET/PT

A New Group of Talented Special Effects Make-Up Artists Join Host McKenzie Westmore for an Exciting Season of Movie Make-up Magic

Returning as Judges are Ve Neill and Glenn Hetrick, Joined by New Judge Neville Page

Guest Judge Appearances Include Brian Grazer, Kevin Smith, Gale Anne Hurd, Sean Astin, Matthew Wood, Paul WS Anderson, Laila Ali and Barney Burman

A new season of infinite imagination and fantastic make-up magic ignites with the third season of Syfy‘s most popular unscripted series, Face Off, premiering on a new night and time, Tuesday, August 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The season will introduce a talented group of special effects make-up artists who will meet face to face in Los Angeles to compete in a series of elaborate challenges that will ultimately determine just who has the skillful hand to win Face Off.

Face Off is an authentic depiction of the high creative standards necessary for a special effects make-up artist to succeed in their craft. The series debuted in January 2011 as a new reality competition program to critical and ratings success. The second season finale of Face Off became the most watched unscripted telecast in Syfy’s nearly 20-year history, transforming 3.58 million total viewers, based on Live +7 data. This also established a Syfy original series record – for scripted and unscripted programs – for most Adults 18-34 viewers with 1.01 million.

Returning to the lab for the new season is actress and host McKenzie Westmore, along with judges Ve Neill (The Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean) and Glenn Hetrick (Mad Men, Heroes). Patrick Tatopolous will sit on the judges’ panel for the premiere episode, before he starts production design on his latest project, 300: Battle of Artemisia.

Joining the series as the new judge is Neville Page, Lead Creature Designer on the highest grossing movie of all time Avatar, Character Designer on Ridley Scott’s recent blockbuster Prometheus, Lead Creature and Character Designer on J.J. Abram’s Star Trek, Lead Concept Designer on Tron: Legacy and Creature Designer on Super 8. Page’s upcoming films include Creature Designer on The Amazing Spider-Man and his most recent work on J.J. Abram’s highly anticipated next installment of the Star Trek film-franchise.

The season also boasts an array of prominent guest judge appearances including Academy-Award winning producer Brian Grazer (How The Grinch Stole Christmas, A Beautiful Mind), Kevin Smith (Red State), Gale Anne Hurd (Aliens, The Walking Dead), Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings), LucasFilm collaborator and actor Matthew Wood (Star Wars prequels), Paul WS Anderson (Alien vs. Predator, Resident Evil: Afterlife), boxer Laila Ali and Oscar-nominated makeup artist Barney Burman (Star Trek, Mission Impossible III).

The challenges featured will be some of the most difficult, creative and inventive yet: the contestants will create eye-popping new creatures inspired by the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss, an original alien character inspired by the classic cantina scene from Star Wars: A New Hope, as well as creations for a challenge inspired by the NBC series Grimm. The challenges will be set against the backdrop of Southern California, from the high seas off the coast of San Diego to the WhoVille set at the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot.

The Face Off contestants will be whittled down week by week as they compete to outshine their competition. The winning artist will receive $100,000 and will also be given the opportunity to become a guest lecturer at the MAKE UP FOR EVER Academies in New York and Paris.

To meet the cast of season three, see photo galleries and video, visit www.syfy.com/faceoff. Photography and bios are also available at www.nbcumv.com. Following are the season three Face Off contestants:

  • Carpucine Childs, 30 – Marietta, GA
  • Nicole Chilelli, 28 – Sacramento, CA
  • Derek Garcia, 32 – Pembroke Pines, FL
  • Eric Garcia, 32 – Kissimmee, FL
  • Rod Maxwell, 47 – West Hollywood, CA
  • Jason Milani, 25 – Hopewell Jct, NY
  • Sarah Miller, 29 – Vancouver, BC
  • Thomas Pietch, 27 – Columbus, OH
  • Alana Schiro, 36 – Northridge, CA
  • Laura Tyler, 28 – Orlando, FL
  • Roy Wooley, 46 – Tucker, GA

Face Off is a production of Mission Control Media with Dwight D. Smith, Michael Agbabian and Derek Atherton serving as executive producers.

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.)

via Syfy Press Release

THE WALKING DEAD, BREAKING BAD and COMIC BOOK MEN Invade Comic-Con 2012!

The cast and producers of AMC‘s breakout hit series The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad will participate in hour-long panels at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, CA.

The Walking Dead
  • Autograph session on Fri., Jul. 13 at 10:45AM | 9:45C at Booth #3721
  • Panel on Fri, Jul. 13 at 1:25PM | 12:25C in Hall H
  • Press round table interviews available on Fri., Jul. 13 at 3PM | 2C

Moderated by Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick, The Walking Dead panelists will discuss what fans can expect in the highly anticipated third season, which debuts in October. Panelists include Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Denai Guerrero, David Morrisey, Executive Producer and Showrunner Glen Mazzara, Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer Robert Kirkman and Co-Executive Producer and Special Effects Make-up Supervisor Greg Nicotero.

Breaking Bad
  • Panel on Fri., Jul. 13 at 6:45PM | 5:45C in Hall 20
  • Autograph session on Sat., Jul. 14 at 10AM | 9C in Booth #4229
  • Press round table interviews available on Fri., Jul. 13 at 11:30AM | 9:30C

The Breaking Bad panel, moderated by TV Guide‘s Mike Schneider, will cover the series’ success to date and preview its final season which kicks off Sunday, July 15 at 10/9c. Breaking Bad panelists include Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Jonathan Banks and Creator and Executive Producer Vince Gilligan.

Comic Book Men
  • Kevin Smith’s annual Comic-Con panel on Sat., Jul. 14 at 10PM | 9C in Hall H

In addition, Kevin Smith will discuss the new season of his unscripted series Comic Book Men for which he serves as Executive Producer, during his annual Comic-Con panel.

Space is limited and will be accommodated on a first-come, first-serve basis.