Syfy cancels Defiance

Syfy has cancelled Defiance after a three-season run. The multiplatform show, which follows a town in which humans attempt to live peacefully with aliens in a post-apocalyptic near future, is produced by Universal Cable Productions, but has now been pulled. The first season, ordered as Syfy upped the amount of original programming it was making, […]

Canadian SVOD service bags NBCU titles

Canadian on-demand platform Shomi has scored a deal with NBCUniversal handing it shows such as Dig (pictured), Parenthood and Chicago Fire. Shomi has bagged exclusive SVOD rights to various series, which also include Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, Chicago PD, 12 Monkeys, State of Affairs, Dominion, Satisfaction, Defiance, Royal Pains and Warehouse 13. Also included are non-exclusives such […]

Moore to the story

Sci-fi guru Ronald D. Moore is launching his first major new cable dramas since Battlestar Galactica but hasn’t lost his maverick sensibilities or passion for writer’s rights. He tells Jesse Whittock about the shows and why scribes are still losing out to networks. Through Helix and Outlander, the sci-fi stylings of Ronald D. Moore returns […]

Paranomal series to debut on upcoming Syfy Oz

New paranormal series Haunting: Australia will be among the programmes broadcasting on the soon-to-launch Australian feed of NBCUniversal International’s Syfy channel. The show will make its debut on the net in February, a month after Syfy launches on January 1 on pay TV platform Foxtel. Haunting will follow paranormal investigator Robb Demarest (Ghost Hunters International) […]

Syfy launches catch up app, other NBCU nets to follow suit

NBCUniversal-owned US cable net Syfy has launched an app allowing viewers to watch shows a day after their TV transmission. NBCU said that its other cable networks will also launch branded catch-up apps soon. A Bravo app has already rolled out. The Syfy Now app is for Apple devices and downloadable through the App Store. […]

News brief: Syfy closing Warehouse 13

Syfy has said its flagship original series Warehouse 13 will come to an end after its fifth season. The cable network has ordered a new six-episode series of the show, which will be its last. The series is filmed in Toronto and produced by Universal Cable Productions. It follows a group of government agents working […]

Amazon expands programming deal with NBC

Amazon has agreed a wider programming deal with NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution, giving it a great range of the studio’s TV drama titles on its Prime streaming service. The new agreement gives Amazon exclusive streaming rights to network series Grimm as well as USA Networks legal drama Suits and spy thriller Covert Affairs. […]

Turkey’s SinemaTV inks output deal with NBCU

Turkish pay TV broadcaster SinemaTV has inked an output deal with NBCUniversal. The programming agreement gives the Turkish channel operator a raft of the studio’s TV and movie content. The deal covers TV and digital rights allowing Sinema to make the content available on its linear services as well as connected digital devices. TV shows […]

Syfy remains in Defiance, TNT axes Southland

US channel Syfy has greenlit a second season of its breakout sci-fi hit Defiance, while cable rival TNT has axed a pair of dramas, including critically acclaimed cop series Southland. Defiance, which follows a town in which humans attempt to live peacefully with aliens in a post-apocalyptic near future, scored Syfy’s biggest premiere ratings in […]

Comcast cable channels grow as NBC toils

NBCUniversal’s cable channels business grew revenues by 4.6% in the first quarter of this year, but revenues at US broadcast network NBC tumbled nearly 20%. The cable unit – which houses channels including USA Network, Bravo and Syfy – saw revenues for the three months to March 31, 2013, reach US$2.25 billion compared with US$2.12 […]