Congratulations Animax! We got into MIT! Actually we got into the MIT Convergence Culture Consortium blog because of one of our transmedia productions. Huh? Not even wikipedia has a listing for “transmedia.” We’re pretty sure after reading this, that transmedia means how a particular piece of content is handled across various storytelling media – broadcast, broadband, theatrical, retail entertainment, etc. and how each piece of content and it’s treatment contributes to a meta-narrative spanning across all media in aggregate. We’re not exactly sure that’s what it means because our brain started to hurt trying to understand all the MIT-speak (although, reading Geoffrey Long’s blog helped.)
Anyways, all the fuss is being made over the highbrow cartoon we produce for WWE called Mr. McMahon’s Kiss My Ass. It turns out that KMA is one of the “stranger transmedia products” Sam Ford has ever heard of – now, that’s a pull-quote! Ford is a 2007 Masters of Science Candidate in Comparative Media Studies at MIT and is entering his second year as a media analyst for the Convergence Culture Consortium. He’s also a fan of wrestling — he didn’t go as far as to say he’s a fan of Mr. McMahon’s posterior. KMA qualifies as transmedia because McMahon exploits his rump live in the ring (theatrical entertainment), on TV (broadcast entertainment), in print, and now, with our help, online. By the way, the latest episode features Mel Gibson.
Upon further review it seems like we’ve been involved in a number of transmedia productions not the least of which is the one Animax won an Emmy for – ESPN’s animated Off-Mikes which spans many of the same media as WWE including radio.
P.S. Hey MIT, we feel like we deserve an honorary doctorate after trying to figure this transmedia stuff out.