Inside The 2012 Syfy Upfront

Sam Huntington is like a deer in the headlights
wedged between Meaghan Rath and McKenzie Westmore.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

The annual Syfy Channel Upfront is one of the coolest events of the year. Every time I attend, they spruce up an intriguing Manhattan locale — the Museum Of Modern Art, the Foxwoods Theater, and this year, the American Museum of Natural History — in their own inimitable, purple drenched style. (Which just happens to go nicely with this website’s color scheme.) This year they outdid themselves and as always made it an event rather than just another party.

The purple carpet featured talent from Being Human, Warehouse 13, Face Off, Alphas and the highly anticipated Defiance, a 2013 series that will air in conjunction with the popular online RPG; the popular game and show will reportedly influence each other’s content. During the main presentation, Syfy’s president Dave Howe cheerily talked up returning series and upcoming shows like Stranded, Rewind and The Genie. There are so many more that were not even announced on the stage. He also repeatedly invoked the term “Igniters,” which is being used as the smart marketing term for devoted Syfy viewers who are ahead of the curve in terms of technology and trends.

The second in an annual photo series chronicling
Sam Huntington's crazy partying. He's a wild man.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

We also watched a video message from Sir Richard Branson. Syfy’s sales guru Chris Czarkowski delivered his eloquent advertising pitch and happily announced the winner of a Virgin Airways trip around the world. Then Young the Giant played two songs to the packed crowd. Finally, the post-presentation party featured delicious cuisine from chef Marcus Samuelsson, tunes from DJ Spooky and an open bar. And chocolate. Lots of chocolate. (I was too busy eating it to photograph it.)

Here is the visual evidence from last night’s Syfy Upfront.

Young the Giant frontman Sameer Gadhia looks psyched
to be posing with Syfy president Dave Howe.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Dramatic angle (left to right) on Syfy's Michael Engleman, Chris Czarkowski,
Mark Stern and Dave Howe with DJ Spooky (second from right).
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Method vampire Sam Witwer wonders how he copes with the perpetual
perkiness of his Being Human castmates Sam Huntington and Meaghan Rath.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly are all smiles,
even though Warehouse 13 has been destroyed!
(Photo credit: Jamie McCarthy/Syfy.)

Warren Christie and Azita Ghanizada taking a break from Alphas duty.
Hopefully her enhanced sense of smell was tantalized by the yummy cuisine.
Oh wait, that's fiction!
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

A lovely solo shot of Ms. Ghanizada.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

It's a line-up! They're guilty of having too much fun. From left to right: Syfy's Chris Czarkowski and Dave Howe, Jaime Murray ("Defiance"), Syfy's Bonnie Hammer, Tony Curran ("Defiance"), Syfy's Linda Yaccarino, Michael Engleman and Mark Stern.
(Photo credit: Jamie McCarthy/Syfy)

Ever stylish Face Off host
McKenzie Westmore rocks the purple carpet.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Defiance co-star Tony Curran
shares tales of Scottish adventure.
He was literally two days into shooting
when he flew in for the event.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Syfy president Dave Howe enthusiastically
discusses what's coming up for Syfy.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Syfy's VP of sales Chris Czarkowski announces the winner of a Virgin Airways trip around the world.
He's available to carry luggage. His words.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

One of many Igniters keeping watch for the evening.
She also acted as moose peace keeper.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

DJ Spooky is anything but tonight.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Friendly revelry: A.D.D. chillin' with Brenda Lowry,
McKenzie Westmore and Henry Farnam.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

A Syfy lovefest (left to right): Meaghan Rath, Sam Witwer,
McKenzie Westmore, Sam Huntington and Henry Farnam.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Young the Giant prepare to entrance the crowd.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

They got a nice video backdrop.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

"When will you bring back Sanctuary?"
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Special appearance by Orca the killer whale.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

DJ Spooky kept the tunes flowing from atop the balcony.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

Celebrate chef Marcus Samuelsson...
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

...and some of his delish dishes.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

The Syfy logo deconstructed.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

A purple dinosaur about to go on a rampage.
(Photo ©2012 by Bryan Reesman.)

One Response

  1. Luellavoir

    Great! Thanks so much for going when we all can’t! You’re so lucky!

    By the way, I heard in passing from this event, nothing official yet, that Sanctuary might be renewed? I know you mentioned similarly your displeasure at this question not being answered yet too in a photo caption.
    Sorry if you get bothered by this question a lot..

    Keep it up, awesome blog! Tune in every time !


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