Updated: Syfy UK has closed a deal with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to Syfy’s upcoming multi-platform series Defiance. TVWise reported last June that Syfy UK was considering adding the series to lineup in 2013 given the “multi-platform appeal” of the series. The show’s first season is set to premiere on Syfy UK on Tuesday April 16th, just 24 hours behind the US premiere.
Defiance is a multi-platform project encompassing an MMO game and Syfy’s weekly TV series, in which events in one world can and will directly affect the other. Penned by Farscape creator Rockne S. O’Bannon, Defiance is set in the near future and introduces a world where humans and aliens must learn to live together on an exotic new Earth that has been transformed by alien terra-forming machines (For more detailed plot information on the series see our previous report). The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions and stars Grant Bowler, Tony Curran, Julie Benz, Jaime Murray, Mia Kirshner and Graham Greene.
Speaking of the acquisition, Adam Collings, Channel Director of Syfy UK, said: “Defiance is a high-quality sci-fi adventure about aliens and humans attempting to co-exist that promises to be a key highlight in 2013 for Syfy and our viewers. We’re confident that viewers – both gamers and non-gamers alike – will be gripped by its action-packed story-telling and first-class production values.”
TVWise’s Acquisitions Scorecard has been updated with this new information.