New Zealand company BeyondTheStory® won the rights to produce the official digital edition of The Almighty Johnsons on App, and to transform the 13 episodes of the television series into a novel.
UK-based BeyondTheStory® teamed up with South Pacific Pictures, producer of the hit New Zealand comedy-drama, to create a complete guide, episode by episode, giving fans a whole new dimension to the shows.
The Almighty Johnsons is about four ordinary Kiwi brothers who have inherited the powers of Norse Gods. The show follows the Johnson brothers’ exploits as they tackle the challenges of being gods amongst men.
BeyondTheStory® CEO Jen Porter says: “With this app we’ve taken our work into new dimensions by novelising each show and creating all the supporting content, with images, audio, behind-the-scenes video, 3D content, and real-time updates. We even have a Kiwi lingo guide for those who want to get the Antipodean accent on-form.”
“In the App fans can enter the god-o-sphere of the Johnson family and learn more about them and their friends; Norse gods, goddesses and lore and key locations. There’s lots of behind the scenes chatter and interviews with cast members, and heaps of extra content,” Porter says.
The series stars Dean O’Gorman (Fili the Dwarf in ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy), Ben Barrington (Top of the Lake, The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) Tim Balme (Peter Jacksons’s ‘Braindead’, Outrageous Fortune), Jared Turner (Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans), and newcomer Emmett Skilton as Axl Johnson.
Kelly Martin, Chief Executive of South Pacific Pictures says: “This immersive App is a new innovation for a New Zealand television series and we‘re delighted to be working with BeyondTheStory®.”
The App goes live in regional rollouts that will coincide with TV transmissions in Canada (where the series is up to Episode 6) on the SPACE channel, and in the UK when it launches at the end of the month on SYFY. Further rollouts are scheduled for Australia and the US later in the year.
The Almighty Johnsons App is a first for BeyondTheStory® working with a TV studio. This follows its partnership with US-based Sony Pictures Entertainment/Overbrook to make the official App for movie After Earth with After Earth: Kitai’s Journal.
Other Apps on enhanced digital books, have been developed in partnership with publishers including Hachette, Harper Collins and Penguin, plus independent authors. Award-winning titles include the unabridged classic Wind in the Willows narrated by Stephen Fry; an updated app of Kings and Queens by British historian Dr David Starkey, bringing to life 2000 years of Britain’s monarchy, and in the education sector it has produced Anne Frank – The Diary of a Young Girl.