ITV STUDIOS GLOBAL ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES DEAL WITH KUATO STUDIOS FOR THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO STORY-TELLING GAME APP
ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) today announces that Kuato Studios are developing a story-telling game App based on the popular adventure TV show Thunderbirds Are Go which is produced by ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures in association with Weta Workshop. Set to release in early 2018, the App will be available on iOS and Android and will be available in Australia and New Zealand.
Kuato Studios are an award-winning development studio based in the UK. Previous successes from the studio include the Dino Tales and Safari Tales Apps, as well as Code Warriors, which teaches kids to code through games and which was praised by Barack Obama at the White House Science Fair 2016.
The deal for the Thunderbirds Are Go story-telling game App follows on from the recent success of Parker’s Driving Challenge, an App developed by Play With Games, which achieved Top 10 status on iOS in over 114 countries and had over two million downloads in the first few weeks.
Thunderbirds Are Go has aired in over 40 markets, across all continents. The global licensing programme for the show already has over 85 licensees covering all key categories.
“As a best-in-class UK-based studio, Kuato are a perfect fit for Thunderbirds Are Go and we are thrilled to be working with them on this exciting project”, says Steve Green, EVP Kids Content and Distribution, ITVS GE. “As we’ve seen from the standout success of Parker’s Driving Challenge, fans of Thunderbirds Are Go welcome additional content and alternative ways to experience the series, particularly in the form of digital games. With new episodes of the show airing on CITV this Autumn, the launch of this App will be a complementary addition to the show and our licensing programme”.
Mark Horneff, Managing Director of Kuato Studios, says “Kuato Studios are delighted to be working with ITV on this exciting new adaption of Thunderbirds Are Go. With its beloved characters, thrilling adventure and quality storytelling, Thunderbirds Are Go is a truly iconic show, and a perfect addition to our Tales Maker 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.
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.
About Kuato Studios
Backed by Horizons Ventures, Kuato Studios was formed in early 2012 with talent from world-renowned games studios, award-winning education experts and specialists in artificial intelligence. The studio currently has a number of educational game titles: Code Warriors, a coding game for 9-14 year olds; and Dino Tales and Safari Tales which were launched last year and focus on literacy skills for 4-10 year olds. The Tales titles have consistently reached #1 in both the Kids and Education charts on the App Store across the world.