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"Heroes" Creator Tim Kring on the Evolution of Storytelling

Posted by Scott Kirsner  October 13, 2009 04:12 PM

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I'm hosting a session called "Beyond the Margins and Between the Lines" next Saturday at the Boston Book Festival that'll feature Tim Kring, the creator of the NBC television hit "Heroes." (Disclosure: the Globe is a media sponsor of the festival, but that's not why I'm posting...)

When I was in LA last month, I had a chance to visit the "Heroes" production offices for a quick chat with Kring. We talked about the concept of "transmedia storytelling," or telling a set of interconnected stories across lots of different distribution channels (like TV, books, the Internet, and videogames.) We also talked a bit about the audience's desire to participate in the "Heroes" universe, and also about how Kring got a book deal last year to write a trilogy of books unrelated to "Heroes."

Here's the video from our little sit-down:

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