Syfy’s Highly-Anticipated 'Defiance' Commences Production In Toronto

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April 25th, 2012

via press release:


Visionary Production Team Assembles for Groundbreaking Venture Set to Launch in Spring 2013

NEW YORK, NY – April 25, 2012 – DefianceTM, the revolutionary transmedia event launching in Spring 2013, has commenced production on the series pilot in Toronto, ON.  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 on both platforms.

Defiance 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).

The cast also features Jesse Rath as Alak Tarr, Justin Rains as Quentin McCawley, Nicole Munoz as Christie McCawley, Dewshane Williams as Tommy and Peter MacNeill as Clancy.

The pilot is directed by Scott Stewart (Legion, Priest) and written/executive produced by Rockne O’Bannon (Farscape), Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica; Hellcats) & Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica).  Kevin Murphy serves as showrunner. Defiance is produced by Universal Cable Productions. 

Other mavens rounding out the first-rate production team and lending their creative prowess to the ambitious project are visual effects supervisor Gary Hutzel (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica), alien language and culture consultant David J. Peterson (Game of Thrones), music supervisor Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica), writers David Weddle and Bradley Thompson (Falling Skies, Battlestar Galactica) and three-time Oscar-winning costume supervisor Colleen Atwood (Alice in Wonderland, Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, Edward Scissorhands).

Defiance is a visionary enterprise in collaboration with Trion Worlds, with the Syfy series and Trion’s multi-platform shooter MMO poised to debut simultaneously.  Set in the near future, Defiance introduces a completely transformed planet Earth, inhabited by the human and alien survivors of a universal war.  Forced to co-habitate, the disparate group struggles to build a new society among the devastation. 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 End

    People should view this show as the next big Science fiction production since Stargate/BSG. Because it is.

    They made the effort to build some proper sets for this too.

  • Jason

    I’m excited. :)

  • Observer

    None of the actors excite me, but the rest of the production sounds good.

  • Julie

    Tony Curran is brilliant…hoping a Canadian network picks this up (which I imagine they will, especially being filmed here), I’ll be looking forward to it.

  • alexjones

    it takes an entire year for them to do production? it ain’t due to air til around this time next year.

  • Lucard

    “revolutionary transmedia”

    yeah right, its just yet another stupid gimmick. You’ll get a mediocre show canceled after max one season, and a crappy game few people will buy.

  • Potato


    You must be fun at parties.

  • Sam

    Bear McCreary writing the score for this should make the epicness complete.

  • cimmer

    Sometimes I think Syfy tries way too hard to be ‘cool’ and OMG ‘Legion’ and ‘Priest’ were terrible (I wouldn’t be bragging about getting that director, and Hellcats was no gem either IMHO, LOL) but that being said, I hope, MMO aside, there is some good writing, some likeable characters and decent acting; that will make or break the show. I’ll wait and see; not completely hopeful but cautiously hopeful. lol

  • Annonimous

    Welcome back Julie Benz ! Welcome back Rockne O’Bannon !

  • scifi

    Spring 2013? Really? Spring is the worst time of year for Syfy.
    Sanctuary got 0.3 last year at spring, Eureka is getting 0.6 now.

  • Simon

    Really looking forward to this one, this is the first TRUE Sci-Fi show that SyFy have done since SGU. While I do like some of their shows Alphas, Eureka, Warehouse 13, Sanctuary and Haven they are more fantasy than Sci-Fi. This and that new space based show they’re working on I pray redeems them in the Sci-Fi genre.

  • tomko44

    While I hope for the best I fear the worst. SyFy has a track record of late that doesn’t give me much hope that the show will last no matter how good it is. Their motto is “Imagine Greater”. I do… they don’t! I imagine quality SciFi shows that don’t get cancelled in favor of reality (or lack thereof) TV and Wrestling. The cast and premise are promising.

  • aedude01

    Mia Kirshner and Julie Benz are both strong actors, so I’m excited to see them getting more work. Kevin Murphy really helped pull together Caprica in the later half of the season so I’m intrigued. That said, it’s on SYFY and the disdain they’ve shown for their viewership through the years leaves a lot to be desired. I’ll wait for the full series box (3 season) box set somewhere around 2020.

  • Leoben Conoy

    This sounds very promising…unfortunately it is on Syfy, which means they will give up on it after 1 or 2 seasons.

    So honestly nothing AT ALL to see here.

    Go on Syfy, stick to what you are good at now, making crappy monster-mash tv movies.

    Maybe you can do a Giraffe/Grizzly Bear mash up. I dont think that one has been done yet.

    Also in response to someones post above, Hellcats was a *fantastic* show that suffered from a *terrible* name.

  • The End

    I would say most of these negative comments are from Stargate Universe fans who don’t understand ratings at all and don’t understand that a show that costs over 3 million an episode to produce couldnt be sustained on the numbers it was getting.

  • USAmerica1st

    Very ambitious! Transmedia? The TV ratings will determine its fate. And while they’re at it, they need to fast-track Bobert Hewitt Wolfe’s “Defender” ship-in-space series.

  • NJ Viewer

    Syfy is owned by NBC/Universal/Comcast. So why doesn’t NBC tryout some cool science fiction series?

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