Start-up’s app-authoring engine will provide a unified distribution point for the multiplatform literary show
SEPTEMBER, 21, 2015 (Los Angeles, CA) – Los Angeles startup The Horizon Factory announced a a new partnership with producer Kate Hackett to power a groundbreaking app experience for the popular transmedia web series Classic Alice. The app will launch later this year, and will allow fans to experience the full range of the story – including video, social media, podcasts, behind-the-scene content and more – in a single, unified mobile and tablet experience.
The Horizon Factory’s app-authoring engine allows content producers and creators to quickly and easily build and publish their own custom mobile apps that incorporate nearly any type of media, with no coding knowledge required.
Classic Alice follows a driven college student who undertakes a project to live her life according to a series of classic novels. The show plays out through a vlog-style documentary, several social media accounts, a podcast series and other forms of media.
“I am so excited to have the opportunity to create a living platform for Classic Alice,” said Kate Hackett, creator and star of Classic Alice. “Before, these types of shows would live once and be very hard to recreate; The Horizon Factory’s app creates a vehicle to keep Classic Alice’s story organic and relivable.”
“We’re thrilled to help Kate bring the full Classic Alice story to the existing fans and to brand new audiences,” said The Horizon Factory’s co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Jay Bushman. “This kind of multiplatform storytelling is personally very important to me, and we believe this app experience can open new opportunities for Classic Alice and for similar shows.” Before helping to found The Horizon Factory, Bushman was the Emmy-Award winning Transmedia Producer of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, the show that pioneered the format of literary-inspired, multiplatform storytelling
Classic Alice is the first announced participant in The Horizon Factory’s recently launched closed beta test (http://thf.io/beta). The Horizon Factory’s engine was also used to create the app “Shelf Life: The Complete Package.” (http://thf.io/shelflife)
ABOUT THE HORIZON FACTORY
The Horizon Factory is eliminating the technical and financial barriers to apps, with a white-label solution that lets creators of all sizes publish custom, ad-free SVOD and Digital Media Apps for Mobile, OTT, and SmartTV marketplaces. Every artist, director, musician, photographer, video creator, podcast, author, personality, and project on the planet can now build, publish and monetize their own app – no coding required. The Horizon Factory was founded by Jay Bushman, David Nett, and Barrett Garese.
ABOUT CLASSIC ALICE
Classic Alice is an transmedia web series about a college student making decisions according to the actions of characters in classic literature. The show is divided into different series, called “Books,’ as each cycle revolved around a different book. Classic Alice launched in March 2014, with its first book, “Crime And Punishment.” The show is currently broadcasting it’s ninth book, “North And South,” with three more books planned for the rest of 2015.
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With comic books continuing to reach an ever-growing audience, a new publisher aims to bring more creator-owned series to readers directly. Founded by Saori Adams and Sean E. Williams, Comicker LLC is launching today with its Comicker Digital label on its website, ComickerDigital.com.
“Currently, Comicker Digital is releasing series as ad-supported webcomics, collected as issues on comiXology and DriveThruComics, and through our subscription mobile app which is being developed and powered by The Horizon Factory,” Adams said. “We realized that not all readers want their comics the same way, so we’re giving them as many options as possible. One size doesn’t fit all anymore.”
We’re thrilled to be partnering with Comicker. Expect more updates in the near future.
Last month, we launched the first app authored with The Horizon Factory’s platform – Shelf Life: The Complete Package.
This is one of the next things on our plate: an exciting partnership with Comicker.
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