Media Releases

February 17th, 2015

ITV Studios Global Entertainment in partnership with New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures unveils digital developments for Thunderbirds Are Go

Partnership with BeyondTheStory will see launch of new Thunderbirds Are Go interactive reading app in October 2015

LONDON, UK – FEBRUARY 17, 2015 – ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) continues to accelerate its licensing drive for the highly anticipated boys’ action adventure series Thunderbirds Are Go, with news today of digital developments ahead of the show’s broadcast debut this Autumn.

In partnership with New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures, the co-producers of Thunderbirds Are Go, ITVS GE has teamed up with innovative digital company BeyondTheStory – a leading provider of rich, interactive storytelling apps, 3D books and eBooks - to produce exciting new digital content that will support the upcoming Thunderbirds Are Go TV series.

This engaging app will give fans of all ages the opportunity to extend their viewing experience of the Thunderbirds Are Go TV series while also encouraging younger players to learn and read in an entertaining way. By gamifying the reading experience, BeyondTheStory’s innovative technology enables new ways of learning and interaction for children to enjoy both individually and together with the family.


February 4th, 2015

Pukeko Pictures Invests In Storytelling With BeyondTheStory

New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures has today announced investment in the New Zealand and London-based digital company, BeyondTheStory. The first initiative between the two companies will be a collection of The WotWots educational eBooks to accompany the much-loved preschool television series and promote learning through the fun of creative play and storytelling. Co-Owner of Pukeko Pictures and Weta Workshop, Sir Richard Taylor said: “BeyondTheStory has developed a highly imaginative way to work with our assets to create episode-by-episode quests and expand feature storylines. I look forward to working with BeyondTheStory to design and create an inspirational digital app world that will engage the imagination of audiences worldwide.’’ he said.


November 7th, 2014

Global rollout begins for storybook app - The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Today in a first for the Dutch market, Anne Frank’s personal story The Diary of a Young Girl is released as an enhanced storybook app. In a pioneer project Dutch publisher Prometheus which already has the rights to the print and eBook versions of Anne Frank’s Dairy, launches the storybook app on iPad at Theatre Amsterdam at the beginning of the play “Anne”, currently running at the Theatre. UK digital company BeyondTheStory first created the English version of the storybook app to acclaim in 2013 in the UK, and the Dutch and Belgian release today marks the beginning of the global rollout of the digital version of one of the most famous books of all time.


December 21st, 2013

BeyondTheStory releases app and eBook using new Publisher+ platform

The breakthrough proves that it is possible to deploy books across all devices using one single source of code. The publishing platform transforms original manuscripts or existing digital formats from raw text into interactive, media-enriched apps, bringing stories and ideas to life with images, active links, audio, video and 3D content.


November 26th, 2013

Digital company BeyondTheStory secures major investment, as it completes development of its Publisher Plus platform.

The &Partnership has invested in BeyondTheStory to enable the completion of its proprietary software platform, Publisher+. “BeyondTheStory is a company to watch as a content technology leader. It can deliver outstanding content and ways to engage with partners to generate new income streams across publishing and media.” Global CEO Johnny Hornby of The &Partnership


October 11th, 2013

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank shortlisted for prestigious Futurebook Innovation Awards

The Shortlist for the FutureBook Innovation Awards is out today and one of the most celebrated books of all time, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, is short-listed in the Best Reference Digital Book category.


August 27th, 2013

Kiwi show launches in the UK in tandem with innovative companion app

Multi-platform storyteller and digital publishing innovator BeyondTheStory wins the rights to produce the The Almighty Johnsons companion App, writing the novelisation of the 13 episodes and creating a complete guide to the TV series, episode by episode.

“This immersive App is an innovation for a New Zealand television series, and we’re delighted to be working with BeyondTheStory.” CEO Kelly Martin, South Pacific Pictures, part of the All3media group of companies.


July 18th, 2013

Children’s classic, Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, goes beyond the page with an unabridged, immersive digital edition

“BeyondTheStory is to be congratulated for its outstanding portrayal of this classic. I imagine this version could introduce some adults, skeptical of anything but the printed word, to a new acceptance that digital publishing can also respect and embrace an author’s work. This latest version of the loved old favourite, written in 1908, is absolutely faithful to the original unabridged text of author Kenneth Grahame. Such apps can only increase the reading public, and that’s good for us all.” Stephen Fry.


July 15th, 2013

UK’s renowned royal historian Dr David Starkey updates his digital book Kings and Queens to coincide with the royal birth.

Dr Starkey says that his readers love the app: “This technology not only brings to life 2000 years of Britain’s monarchy.. BeyondtheStory’s technology platform allows writers like me to add back in all the things we’ve had to level out to make the line of narrative for books and TV. I no longer have to take these decisions that involve sacrifice. Readers can arrive at the judgment for themselves.” Dr Starkey.


May 23rd, 2013

AFTER EARTH app takes moviegoers beyond the story

Gregory Economos, Senior VP of Global Consumer Products at Sony Pictures Entertainment, added, “The After Earth universe is so richly thought out and detailed. We’re thrilled that we can give moviegoers the opportunity to dive deep into that world, to see the characters and creatures come to life on their iPads and to explore the story in a way that was not possible until now.”