Pukeko Pictures, Wellington, Monday 2 May 2016: ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE), in association with New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures and Kiwi developer Beyond The Story, has announced the global lift-off for the Thunderbirds Are Go: Adventures app. The app is now available on iTunes in the United Kingdom, Australia, United States and New Zealand and is free to download.
The app recreates a futuristic console within space-based Thunderbird 5 where children can explore new dimensions of the Thunderbirds Are Go story. They can read about each mission, explore the craft and characters in 3D and undertake challenging tasks for International Rescue. As children complete each episode, they unlock exciting new features that challenge and grow their reading and comprehension skills in a fun and interactive way.
Beyond The Story has developed the app that complements the popular television series.
Beyond The Story CEO Jen Porter says: “Our passion is bringing stories to life in a highly interactive and engaging way in the digital space. With this app we’ve taken our work into new dimensions, turning each Thunderbirds Are Go episode into a written story with fantastic supporting content. Children can now join the famous Tracy brothers in their daring rescues.”
Pukeko Pictures’ Co-Founder Richard Taylor says: “As a child, I was captivated by the Thunderbirds, so it’s terrific to be involved in bringing the show back to the screen for a new generation to enjoy. The new app lets kids of any age experience the Thunderbirds on a new screen, in a new way. The team at Beyond the Story has channelled the Tracy brothers selfless spirit of adventure into an experience that’s immersive, intelligent and, most importantly, really good fun!”
Steve Green, EVP of Kids’ Content and Distribution at ITV Studios Global Entertainment says: “The talented team at Beyond The Story has developed an exciting new product with Thunderbirds Are Go: Adventures. We look forward to seeing the fans’ reaction to this innovative app.”
 Download of the app and first episode is free with additional downloads costing NZ $7.49 and AU $7.99 for the series
About ITV Studios Global Entertainment
ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) is one of the world’s leading international TV distribution, home entertainment, publishing, merchandising and licensing businesses. ITVS GE distributes celebrated content across all genres from both its in-house production business, ITV Studios, and in collaboration with leading producers from around the world.
Part of ITV PLC, which includes the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster, ITV Studios Global Entertainment has offices in London, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Sydney.
About Beyond The Story
London-based Beyond The Story is a digital company passionate about interactive storytelling. The agency works with clients to create and publish compelling highly interactive and engaging 3D digital stories as applications and interactive e-books. Beyond The Story apps are available on the Apple App Store and eBooks are available on the iBook store.
Beyond The Story started life in New Zealand before a shift to their current London base. The development team has a strong kiwi contingent and the company plans on expanding operations by opening an additional office in New Zealand.
About Pukeko Pictures
Pukeko Pictures is an independent entertainment production company focused on the development and production of excellent quality multi-platform entertainment for a global audience. Pukeko Pictures was formed in 2008 by Sir Richard Taylor, Tania Rodger and Martin Baynton, and is located in Wellington, New Zealand. With a connection to the world famous Weta Workshop (Avatar, King Kong, Lord of the Rings), Pukeko Pictures is uniquely positioned in the creation of world-leading entertainment, harnessing the best in global talent and world-class production processes. Weta Workshop is not to be confused with Weta Digital, the VFX company owned by Peter Jackson.