Tom Hanks and Yahoo team up for “Electric City” animated series, to be broadcast online this 2012

By on Jan 9, 2012 in Entertainment, Hollywood, Internet, Movies, Technology, World Comments

Tom Hanks and Yahoo will be teaming up for the online broadcast of “Electric City” animated series this spring, with the Hollywood actor’s production company Playtone to produce the show.



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As noted at The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday, January 8, 2012, the Tom Hanks-Yahoo team up will be announced this Monday, during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012.

According to the report, Playtone, along with Reliance Entertainment, will produce the 90-minute animated series, and will be broadcast online in 20 episodes, the first originally-scripted show for Yahoo.

“Not just shows, but real experiences. We’re looking to build franchises,” Yahoo Americas EVP Ross Levinsohn was quoted on the report; noting that there is more in the development to follow.

“This is the most money we’ve ever spent on a scripted show. Of course, it’s also the first scripted show,” He added, with the financial terms of the collaboration not disclosed.

Hanks, 55, a multi-Academy award actor and director, will voice the lead character of “Electric City“, which will be viewable online on computers, smartphones and tablets as well as on the Yahoo-connected TV on Samsung, Sony, Vizio and Toshiba TVs.

Meanwhile, 45-minute snippets of Electric City are to be shown in an invitation-only presentation on Tuesday, January 10, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.



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