Syfy's 'Defiance' travels between media worlds with TV series and online game

The word "transmedia" has been floating around for the past few years, even as the people who are using it are still trying to figure out what it means. On Monday, April 15, Syfy premieres a project that may help nail down that definition.Launching simultaneously as both a scripted Syfy TV series -- with a two-hour premiere episode -- and a Trion Worlds online game, "Defiance" tells a story that takes place in one fictional universe but on two fronts and in two locations."From the original handshake deal," executive producer Kevin Murphy tells Zap2it, "to do something between Trion Worlds and Syfy, it's been five years in the borning."Developed by Murphy, Rockne S. O'Bannon and Michael Taylor, "Defiance" takes place on a near-future Earth, where aliens collectively called the Votans came after their own star system was destroyed.Initially allowed to settle in a colony in Brazil, the Votans became desperate and impatient with negotiations among...


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