Electric City to debut on Yahoo this spring

January 09, 2012

Among the numerous upcoming projects Tom Hanks is working on, there's one that was announced in October 2010 : Electric City, an animated sci-fi series of 20 four-minute episodes that is produced by Playtone, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's production company, in collaboration with Reliance Entertainment.

It was just announced that the webseries will stream exclusively on Yahoo this spring (available in several languages, including Spanish and French) before heading to more traditional outlet. It will be distributed online and through tablet devices with the usual interactivity and social media connections, but also a few new features. Electric City could also be a game, and if the show proves popular it could work its way to home video, TV and even a 90-minute theatrical release.

The series is set in a seemingly peaceful city situated in a post-apocalyptic world. Many of its themes are socially conscious topics relevant to today, including energy consumption, the freedom of information and crime and punishment.

Tom Hanks and Ross Levinsohn, Yahoo’s Executive Vice President of Americas, are set to formally announce plans for the series and show snippets of Electric City during a 45-minute, invitation-only presentation Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
By the way, not only is Tom Hanks producing the project, he conceived it, wrote it and will voice a character.