Every so often a new web series comes out that is heralded as an “all new type of interactive experience!” It’s not. Increasingly though, networks are doggedly putting money behind webisodes that supplement their main content (like FOX did partnering with AT&T to release the Touch-offshoot web series Daybreak this summer). Interacting with televisions shows over the internet and through other media is nothing new – we do it with our fan forums and sub-reddits and frantic “did you just see that??” texts to friends. The difference here is that there is a desire to both control and quantify that experience through specifically supported forums and other tie-ins that are created and moderated by the network or studio. Again though, what else is new?
What makes the upcoming Electric City interesting - it being the latest attempt at a mainstream web series - is Tom Hanks. For more on the project (which is hosted by Yahoo! and will be paired with apps that offer a related role-playing game as well as digital comic books to expand the mythology, etc – that’s the “interactive” part), and my take on its first ten episodes, hit the jump.
Earlier this year, we brought you the news that Tom Hanks would be bringing an original creation to Yahoo! in the form of the company’s first ever scripted series, Electric City. The first teaser trailer for the project is now available. The animated sci-fi project, produced through Reliance Entertainment and Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone, will also feature Hanks in the voice cast. Yahoo! looks to start airing the approximately 20, four-minute-long episodes starting July 17th. Hit the jump to check out the teaser trailer and read up on the details of Electric City in the press release.
In Yahoo’s first ever scripted show, Tom Hanks will not only play the creative force behind-the-scenes but will also lend his voice to the lead character. Electric City, an animated sci-fi series, is a production of Reliance Entertainment and Playtone, a TV and film company owned by Hanks and Gary Goetzman. About twenty episodes, each around four minutes long, should begin streaming this spring exclusively on Yahoo. While already a popular news outlet, Yahoo is looking to build franchises and hopes to start with Electric City. If successful, the property could find other avenues of media, such as games, home video, TV and perhaps even a feature release. The first look at Electric City will be at this week’s CES in Las Vegas. Hit the jump for more.