By Holly Fink, Ruckus Media Group Marketing Specialist
What do Meryl Streep, John Cleese, the first ever National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka, best-selling author Andrew Clements, and publishing executives Rick Richter and Jim Young have in common? They’re working together to bring classics to the digital age.
In the coming weeks, Ruckus Media Group is inviting a whole new generation of readers to fall in love with the stories we ourselves loved as kids with high-definition apps for the iPhone, iTouch and iPad, as well as the planned launch of Android later this year.
Publishing veterans Richter and Young founded Ruckus on the core value of producing wholesome, family-oriented entertainment that spurs imaginations and enriches minds. And they created a strong team to build the company from the ground up (above, you can see some of them working out of our temporary space in Norwalk, Connecticut).
We started out by lining up renowned literary talent including Jon Scieszka, best-selling author of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales; Rosemary Wells, author of countless books for young children including the popular Max & Ruby series; Andrew Clements, author of the 2.5 million copy bestseller Frindle; Patricia MacLachlan, Newbery award-winning author of the now-classic Sarah, Plain and Tall and so many others.
We’ve also rounded up an impressive list of Hollywood personalities as narrators — among them Robin Williams, Denzel Washington, Danny Glover, John Hurt, Nicholas Cage, Meg Ryan, Morgan Freeman, Jack Nicholson, Whoopi Goldberg, Glenn Close — to bring classic stories to life on digital apps.
Of course, music also plays a key role, as it does in most things these days. The first five releases alone feature songs by respected musical artists B.B. King, Ry Cooder, Elvis Costello and George Winston.
To stay up on our current apps, be sure to check out our blog. We’ll also let you know what’s in development, share industry trends, guest posts and more.
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