By Karen Moul
Syfy has partnered with online apparel retailer Her Universe to create a line of women's clothing, jewelry and other items based on Syfy properties. Syfy President Dave Howe announced the partnership this month at the Syfy digital press tour in Orlando. "From a brand perspective, it sends the right messages about what we want to stand for, which is a business that is for everyone with platforms that reach out to everybody. It's very exciting."
Ashley Eckstein, founder of Her Universe, is best known to fans as the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars. She launched the company this summer with the first line of Star Wars apparel designed specifically for women. "In the past," said Eckstein, "a lot of [science fiction-oriented] merchandise was created for women more as an afterthought. They just took an image, slapped it on a pink T-shirt, and said, "Oh, the girls will buy it." And that's not what we want. We want some of the same cool images, just put on a really flattering V-neck."
"Almost half of all Syfy fans are women." she continued, "and they weren't giving us anything to buy."
Currently, Her Universe aspparel is targeted to a broad age range, with sizes ranging from extra small up through plus sizes. "It's definitely not a junior's line. Our items are fashionable and fitted but pretty true to size." She plans several new Star Wars items for Christmas, including a set of Boba Fett underoos.
Syfy gear will be available in 2011 at conventions such as ComicCon. The line will be available in retail outlets in 2012. Plans call for apparel [to] highlight Syfy programs such as Caprica, Battlestar Galactica, Warehouse 13, Destination Truth, and Eureka.
The panel also discussed other aspects of Syfy Ventures, which are available in the previous article. Eckstein answered questions for journalists at the digital press tour, which can be read in the full transcript below. Please also read the press release at Her Universe.
By Karen Moul
At last week’s digital press tour, Syfy executives Dave Howe, Alan Seiffert, and Craig Engler discussed the network’s plans to diversify across multiple entertainment platforms. It’s all part of Syfy Ventures, the network's business development and enterprise unit that focuses on next generation brand extension, including both media and non-media properties.
In a panel with journalists, Howe described the Syfy's plans "to create 24/7 immersive, dynamic storytelling experiences so that we can create transmedia IP characters and stories that can live on any platform, not just the cable linear TV platform." What does that mean to Syfy fans? How about gaming, apparel, and even a new channel for kids?
Syfy’s gaming projects are already well underway, with a close eye on storytelling. “In the gaming space,” said Seiffert, “we've really focused on what possible stories are out there that can really satisfy the needs of our audience but also still offer content in a very unique way. And in a way that is very appropriate for Syfy.”
First up is a two-hour TV movie (and perhaps an eventual series) based on THQ's Red Faction, the popular first-person shooter set on Mars. "Red Faction was a great shoot-'em-up -- it's a really exciting console game,” said Sieffert. “What's unique about it is the movie and hopefully the series will actually live between the last game and the next game. So it becomes part of the overall mythology.”
Down the road, Syfy looks forward to an online browser game based on Battlestar Galactica, which is set to debut in December. Also in the works is a partnership with game developer Trion World to create an online game that would also become a Syfy TV series.
Future plans also call for Syfy to reach out to kids ages 8 to 12 across multiple platforms. "Kids aren't just watching TV," said Seiffert. "They're not just engaging in playing toys. And they're not just online. They're doing all of that. So…we're not going to approach it just as another television show. Absolutely, there will be TV...but there also will be gaming. There will be toys. There will be a pretty massive and exciting online world. The idea is let's bring these stories, let's bring these experiences in a meaningful way across platforms because that's where kids are."
Finally, the executives discussed Syfy's efforts to reach out to female fans through branded apparel, jewelry, and other gear. More information about that is available in the next article.
For more details on Syfy Ventures, read the complete panel transcript below.
, one of Syfy's new documentary-reality series, follows Joe Maddalena, owner of Profiles in History, as he searches for Hollywood memorabilia. He deals in all kinds of Hollywood treasures, including original props and costumes from movies and television.
On the show Maddalena and his team travel the world tracking down rare and highly valued collectibles of Hollywood history. At the conclusion of the episodes they auction of the items to collectors.
In a recent press tour in Orlando, Florida, Maddalena sat down, along with Mark Stern, to talk about his new show, which premieres October 27th on Syfy, and to show off some of his favorite items.
Syfy's original series, Eureka
, first premiered in the summer of 2006, and by the following year became Syfy's (at the time SCI FI) most watched series. The series focuses on the small town of geniuses called Eureka, where mayhem always ensues. Sheriff Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) tries to keep the town together with the help of Deputy Jo Lupo (Erica Cerra), Dr. Allison Blake (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), Henry Deacon (Joe Morton), Douglas Fargo (Neil Grayston), and other members of the town. The fourth season centers around the fact that after traveling to 1946, the five characters, along with Dr. Trevor Grant (James Callis), return to find things completely different from when they left it, with Fargo now in charge of Global Dynamics.
Another original series, Warehouse 13
, centers on a top-secret storage facility and the Secret Service agents, Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock) and Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly), and their friends that run it. Their job is to find artifacts that have supernatural (or sometimes mundane) powers and return them to the warehouse. They are led by their boss Artie Nielsen (Saul Rubinek), the warehouse caretaker, and joined by agent-in-training Claudia Donovan, played by Allison Scagliotti.
This season, Syfy's two most popular shows ran crossover episodes -- the first on Warehouse 13
, when Fargo travels to the warehouse to assist with an update of their computer systems. Later, Claudia visits Eureka
(where the "purple goo" used in the warehouse is manufactured) when objects from 1946 start appearing in the present.
Both series will be airing special Christmas themed episodes on Tuesday, December 7th. Eureka
will air at 9pm ET/PT followed by Warehouse 13
at 10pm ET/PT. Official press releases for both Eureka
and Warehouse 13
Neil Grayston has appeared on television in the past on various series such as Smallville
. He had reoccuring roles in the series Edgemont
, as well as starred in Godiva
, for which he was nominated for a Leo Award (Canada). Besides playing the role of Fargo, Grayston also is the voice of S.A.R.A.H, the artificial intelligence that runs the sheriff's household, on Eureka.
Allison Scagliotti began acting at eleven with her role in the pilot America's Most Terrible Things
. She has previously appeared in series such as ER
, One Tree Hill,
, but is probably best known for her work on Nickelodeon's Drake & Josh
. Scagliotti also won an award at the BendFilm Festival for her work in Redemption Maddie
(AFI). She will also be starring in the upcoming film Losers Take All,
to be released next year.
Grayston and Scagliotti sat down to talk to the digital media about their series and the upcoming holiday episodes during a press tour in Orlando, Florida last Monday.
Syfy's original series Sanctuary returned this Friday, with the start of its all-new 20-episode season. The third season premiere continued where last season left off with the Sanctuary team trying to reach Kali and prevent catastrophe. The series stars Amanda Tapping as Dr. Helen Magnus, Robin Dunne as Dr. Will Zimmerman, Agam Darshi as Kate Freelander, Ryan Robbins as Henry Foss, and Christopher Heyerdahl as John Druitt and "Biggie." This season will also feature an episode arc with guest star Polly Walker (Caprica, Rome).
Sanctuary shoots almost entirely on green screen and has phenominal visual effects which were previously nominated for an Emmy Award in 2008.
Robin Dunne is known for previously appearing on television series such as Dawson's Creek, Dead Like Me, CSI: Miami, and NCIS. He has also been part of movies such as The Skulls II, American Psycho II, and Beyond Sherwood Forest.
Dunne as well as Syfy executives Erika Kennair and Mark Stern sat down with the media on Monday at the Syfy Digital Press Tour in Orlando, Florida to discuss this groundbreaking series.
By Karen Moul
SyFy’s hit series Caprica
returns with new episodes this week! An unexpected highlight of season 1 has been Sasha Roiz’s portrayal of Sam Adama, strongman for the Ha’la’tha crime syndicate and uncle to future Battlestar Galactica Admiral William Adama. The first nine episodes left fans wanting more of the happily-married hit man, and we’re told that season 1.5 will reveal more of Sam’s backstory and the events that have made him the most complex gangster in all the Twelve Colonies.
Recently, Sasha Roiz made time to speak with us about the new season.
Eric Roberts began acting at age 5 in a local theater company. He studied drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London at age 17. Two years later he continued his schooling in the American Academy in New York. Roberts started his television career over 35 years ago in soap operas such as Another World
. Since then his career flourished and he has appeared in many movies, such as The Dark Knight
and The Expendables
. He has also appeared in television series, such as the Starz series Crash
, and The Young and the Restless
Declan O'Brien has directed multiple films, including Rock Monster
, Monster Ark
, and the thriller Wrong Turn 3
. He served as writer on the first two and also for other movies such as The Snake King
. He was also the executive producer for the television series Call of the Wild
as well as Alice Upside Down
, a movie he also wrote the story for.
Roberts and O'Brien sat down to talk to the digital media about their adventure working on Sharktopus
Eddie McClintock is known for his humor on Syfy's Warehouse 13
, but he has been in the business for awhile and was first a wrestler and a production assistant before he became an actor. He has starred in the television series Holding the Baby
and Stark Raving Mad.
He has worked on various other series, such as House
, Desperate Housewives
, and Bones
, and appeared in films such as The Sweetest Thing
and Full Frontal.
Saul Rubinek started his career early as a child actor in theater and radio in Canada. He has a long accomplished resume in acting spanning over forty years. He has worked on television in series such as Frasier
, Curb Your Enthusiasm
, and Stargate SG-1
, with even a small role on the popular series Lost
. He has appeared in movies such as Unforgiven
with Clint Eastwood, True Romance
, and The Family Man
. Rubinek has also served as director on a few movies, including Jerry and Tom
, which he also produced and acted in.
On Warehouse 13
Eddie McClintock plays Pete Lattimer, who once worked for the secret service, who now works at the top-secret warehouse finding and returning strange artifacts. Saul Rubinek plays Artie Nielson, the caretaker of the warehouse, and Pete's boss.
The two sat down with the digital media to discuss Warehouse 13
and its second season finale, airing tonight at 9/8 central on Syfy.
CCH Pounder is probably best known for her role of Claudette Wyms on FX's The Shield,
but has appeared in many popular television shows such as The X-Files
, and Millennium
, and more recently The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
. Pounder has also been in films such as Face/Off
, and James Cameron's Avatar
. She has also appeared on Broadway in Open Admissions
Recently Pounder joined the cast of Warehouse 13
where she plays the mysterious Mrs. Frederic.
On September 13th, Pounder sat down with media outlets to talk about her role on the series.
Nadia Dajani was drawn into acting early in life. She attended the High School of Music and Art and the British Theatre Association School. She is known for movie roles such as Flirting with Disaster and Sidwalks of New York. She starred in the television show Ned and Stacy as Amanda Moyer for two seasons, and she has also appeared in other series such as Sex and the City, Ugly Betty, and of course plays the part of Tina on Showtime's The Big C. She also writes, produces, and stars in her own web series Caught Off Base with Nadia.
Dajani sat down in an exclusive interview with Jamie Ruby of Sci Fi Vision and MediaBlvd and to discuss life and her role on The Big C.
Josh Gates is a world traveling explorer. He is also a scuba diver and a photographer. These have taken him to over 75 countries spanning the globe. Gates holds degrees in both archaeology and drama, and has been inducted into The Explorers Club, a global organization for the advancement of exploration and field research.
Gates is currently the lead investigator and producer of Destination Truth
, where he gets to put is expertise to the test. The show follows him around the globe as he investigates stories of the unexplained. Destination Truth
, now in its fourth season, airs Thursdays at 9/8 central on Syfy.
Gates sat down for an interview on September 2nd with the online media, which both Sci-Fi Vision
and Media Blvd.
Hawaii native Tia Carrere has been in the entertainment industry for twenty-five years. She starred in the series Relic Hunter and has appeared in others such as Nip/Tuck and Curb Your Enthusiasm. She appeared in movies such as Wayne’s World and True Lies. She will be starring in the film Wave Dancer next year, for which she also co-wrote the screenplay. Carrera also shares a Grammy with artist/producer Daniel Ho for Best Hawaiian Music Album.
A native of Columbia, Paula Garces started her acting career in 1999 with her role on Guiding Light. She has also appeared in the series CSI: Miami and The Shield and recently starred in ABC’s Defying Gravity. She has starred in the films Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and its sequels. Garces also will be playing the title role in the movie Aluna, based on her comic book of the same name. She also serves as executive producer and host of The mun2 Look, a fashion series on the mun2 network.
Syfy’s Warehouse 13 is a dramedy about a warehouse of secret havoc-reeking artifacts, now in its second season. Both Carrere and Garces have reoccurring roles on the series this year. Carrere plays the role of Agent Katie Logan, Secret Service Agent Pete Lattimer’s ex. Garces plays Lattimer’s current boyfriend.
Both actresses sat down to discuss their lives and their roles on the show.
I can't find the code to embed, but if you want to watch Emmy coverage live from backstage, you can do so from http://www.nbc.com/emmys/
as well as check out their photos and videos. Anything sent to us directly I will upload as soon as I receive it!
LIVE at the Red Carpet
See all the fun fashion and pre-show interviews as they happen! Starting at 4 PM PT/7 PM ET, watch the live stream here!
As it moves closer to the Primetime Emmy Awards
tonight, here are a few more things to get you started:
First, you can be on the Emmys tonight! During the entire show your tweets could get on if they are exciting/engaging enough – so watch AND tweet. Tweets can be made through Twitter just using the #imontheemmys or at http://www.nbc.com/emmys/imontheemmys/
As photos and videos come in I will posting the best ones here.
Backtage at the Emmys: Throughout the show, starting at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET, NBC will be posting backstage videos where you catch candid moments during the show, reactions and post acceptance speech interviews and continuations. I will link to these as I get them.
We will also be streaming live coverage from the red carpet (starting at 4pm PT/ 7pm ET) from NBC, so stay tuned.
And of course we will be updating you with the winners tonight!
Tonight we will be working hard to bring you coverage from the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards. This is new for Sci-Fi Vision; however, so please bare with us. We will be streaming live coverage from the red carpet (starting at 4pm PT/ 7pm ET) from NBC, as well as giving you updates on the winners and behind the scenes activities at the event. We will also be posting photos as they are released as well as links to other great stuff.
Lindsay Wagner has been in the entertainment industry for almost forty years. She is probably best known for her role as Jaime Sommers in The Six Million Dollar Man
and then of course The Bionic Woman
. She has also appeared in numerous other television shows and worked alongside Sylvester Stallone in the movie Nighthawks
This Tuesday, August 17th, Wagner will guest star on Warehouse 13
as Dr. Vanessa Calder, the in-house warehouse doctor who treats not only the warehouse team but also the secretive group known as The Regents.
Lindsay Wagner talked to media journalists, including Sci-Fi Vision
and Media Blvd
, about her upcoming appearance on Warehouse 13
Fringe is a show about the strange and unusual things that happen, and cannot be solved or understood by normal means, but by fringe science. These include things like mind control and pyrokinesis. The show follows FBI Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) and her consultant Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson). They are joined by Peter’s father Walter Bishop (John Noble) and his assistant Astrid Farnsworth, played by Jasika Nicole.
Besides playing the FBI agent, Nicole has also appeared in such shows as Law & Order: Criminal Intent and the recent comedy She’s Out of My League.
Nicole recently took part in an exclusive interview with Jamie Ruby of MediaBlvd.
Eric Balfour, who first began his career at the age of fifteen, has appeared in such films as What Women Want
, the 2003 remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre
, and recently the Syfy movie Dinoshark
. He has also appeared on popular television series such as HBO’s Six Feet Under
, where he was a series regular, NBC’s Conviction
, in which he had a starring role, and 24
Balfour is currently working on the science fiction thriller Skyline
, and can be seen weekly on Syfy’s Haven
¸ based on Stephen King’s The Colorado Kid
, Balfour plays the role of Duke Crocker.
Balfour sat down to talk to media journalists, including Sci-Fi Vision
and Media Blvd
, about his life and his character’s fate after this week’s episode of Haven
, where Duke is at the center of the town’s mystery.