'Dave Howe, the head of Syfy and the recently launched horror channel Chiller, talks making shows people want to "live, eat and breathe," the continuing appeal of "Battlestar Galactica" and why they like to work with indie filmmakers...
IW: Digital technology has given audiences a larger say in how they watch their stories, and this shift seems to have occurred concurrently with this new serialized form of more sophisticated storytelling. Syfy took a big step towards catering to this reality with the "Syfy Now" app. How do you see the basic formats of television continuing to change?
DH: The most groundbreaking thing that we've done was "Defiance." No one had exploited this next generation of storytelling, which is true transmedia-across-platforms storytelling. The unique thing about our audience is that when they become involved with these characters, they want to live, eat and breathe them 24/7. They do not want the confines of just an hour a week for 13 weeks or sometimes less. True cross-platform transmedia storytelling gives you the opportunity to hang out with those characters and live those stories 24/7, 365 days a year.'