What is transmedia? It’s a breakthrough strategy that major studios, television networks, ad agencies, and video game publishers are using to attract bigger—and more loyal—audiences. Savvy companies and producers, including the creators of Lost, Heroes, and Halo, are incubating concepts that captivate and interact with audiences across media. They do this by providing intriguing new details and introducing new characters in each medium, so that by following a single narrative from TV to web to game consoles to theatrical films, viewers enjoy a richer experience.
Henry Jenkins was the director, Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT. In this viral-info-snack he discusses the power of media in a 21 century trans-mediated world. A world where converging technologies and cultures give rise to a new media landscape.