Syfy today announced that former Smallville showrunners Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer have joined Vaun Wilmott as showrunners of upcoming summer series Dominion, based on the 2010 movie Legion:
TODD SLAVKIN & DARREN SWIMMER JOIN SYFY’S NEW ORIGINAL SERIES DOMINION AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS/CO-SHOWRUNNERS
NEW YORK – February 7, 2014 – Producers and writing partners Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer have signed on to Syfy’s new supernatural drama Dominion as Executive Producers and to be co-Showrunners along with Executive Producer Vaun Wilmott, the channel announced today. The series is from Universal Cable Productions and Bold Films, and is slated to premiere on Syfy in June of this year.
In joining Dominion, Slavkin & Swimmer extend a long-running creative working relationship with Syfy and Universal Cable Productions. They are Executive Producers and writers on the upcoming second season of Defiance, having been consulting producers for groundbreaking show’s first season in 2013. They were also consulting producers on the second season of Syfy’s original drama, Alphas from UCP.
They join Executive Producers Scott Stewart, who co-wrote and directed the feature film Legion, on which the series is based, Michael Litvak and David Lancaster of Bold Films who produced the original film, and their new Showrunning partner Vaun Wilmott who wrote the pilot.
After a career in feature screenwriting, Slavkin & Swimmer began their foray into television on Smallville (WB/CW), where they spent seven seasons, eventually becoming Executive Producers and Showrunners. They left the show in 2009 to develop and run the reboot of Melrose Place for the CW. Their credits also include No Ordinary Family (ABC). In addition to developing for television, Slavkin & Swimmer wrote the 2004 thriller Control starring Ray Liotta and Willem Dafoe. The two first met at Palms Junior High School in Los Angeles, in Mrs. Kvitky’s sixth-grade science class and have been friends ever since.
Slavkin & Swimmer are represented by WME and Gendler & Kelly.
Based on characters from the hit theatrical film Legion (2010), Dominion is an epic supernatural drama set in the year 25 A.E. In this transformed post–apocalyptic future an army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel, has waged a war of possession against mankind. The archangel Michael, turning against his own kind, has chosen to side with humanity against Gabriel. Rising out of the ashes of the 25 year-long battle are newly fortified cities which protect the human survivors. In Vega (formerly Las Vegas), the largest of these cities, two houses vie for control and the stage is set for political upheaval and a dangerous power shift. Meanwhile, a rebellious young soldier begins a perilous journey as the war between the human race and the fallen angels hell-bent on their domination escalates.
Dominion stars Christopher Egan (Kings), Tom Wisdom (300), Roxanne McKee (Game of Thrones), Alan Dale (Lost), Anthony Stewart Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Luke Allen-Gale (The Borgias).
About Bold Films
Bold Films is an independent production and film finance company dedicated to providing an artistic haven for filmmakers. The company recently wrapped its third production with Academy Award®-nominated actor Ryan Gosling on HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER. The film, which marks Gosling’s debut as writer and director, stars Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Mendelsohn and Eva Mendes.
Bold also produced and financed WHIPLASH, which won the U.S. Grand Jury and Audience Awards at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The film, from emerging writer-director Damien Chazelle, stars Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser and Melissa Benoist. Bold produced the film alongside Blumhouse Productions and Right of Way Films. Sony Pictures Classics is the domestic distributor of the film, which will be released this year.
Bold recently wrapped production on NIGHTCRAWLER starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Bill Paxton. Dan Gilroy wrote the script and is directing the film produced by Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy, and Gyllenhaal, along with Bold. They are also financing and producing THE COUP, starring Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell. The action thriller was written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle and is being directed by John Erick Dowdle. Drew Dowdle is also producing.
Recent releases include ONLY GOD FORGIVES, directed by Nicolas Refn and starring Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas. Bold also produced the award-winning film DRIVE.
In television, Bold Television is producing THE BLACK BOX, a 13-episode drama scheduled to air on the ABC Television Network. The company is also producing the drama DOMINION for Syfy along with Universal Cable Productions.
About Universal Cable Productions
Universal Cable Productions creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across multiple media platforms and outlets for domestic and international distribution. UCP produces “Covert Affairs,” “Psych,” “Royal Pains” and “Suits” for USA; “Defiance,” and “Warehouse 13” for Syfy and “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome” for distribution on Machinima Prime/YouTube, Syfy and DVD/Blu-Ray. Universal Cable Productions is a division of NBCUniversal.
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation.(Syfy. Imagine greater.)
Looks like we’ll still be waiting a while for first footage, so here’s a reminder of the cool teaser:
TV Spot: Dominion – Coming June 2014
Dominion, starring Christopher Egan, Tom Wisdom, Roxanne McKee, Alan Dale, Anthony Stewart Head, and Luke Allen-Gale, premieres June, 2014 on Syfy.