October 6, 2015 — Los Angeles, CA – Metro Media Factory, the Los Angeles-based multimedia production and publishing company, has launched kid and family imprint Wonkybot Studios with its first children’s property – “The Secret Diaries Of Tara Tremendous (Season 1)”, a podcast series featuring a fully narrated story with dialogue, music and sound effects plus brand new original songs.
“The character was originally launched as an audio album from Metro Media Factory Records,” explained creator St John. “Co-founder Todd Fisher came up with the idea of developing the property for the podcast platform, and we thought it was the perfect opportunity to drive the an audio series.”
The Tara Tremendous character — a young girl infused with the super powers of every hero on Earth — is the creation of MMF and Wonkybot Studios founder Stewart St John, an award-winning writer and musical composer. The idea for Tara Tremendous originally hatched when St John was himself an 11-year-old kid writing and drawing his own line of comics books.
“Tara Tremendous is the story of a normal little girl who goes from ordinary to extraordinary overnight,” St John said. “We’ll follow Tara’s adventures and watch as she embraces her newfound abilities and comes to terms with what it means to be a true hero.”
St John, a veteran of children’s programming with writing credits on Sabrina: The Animated Series, Heavy Gear, the Showtime Original Feature Seventeen Again, and a Humanitas Prize winner for an episode of Prince Valiant dealing with child abuse, not only wrote the debut episode, but also composed all the songs, wrote the lyrics and collaborated on the album score and sound designs with musical partner Michael Plahuta.
“I wanted to bring my passion for music and story together to create a character who girls and boys could look up to, and who wasn’t a princess,” St John said. “Tara is a little girl with a huge heart and a lot of guts, who is spirited, determined and eventually becomes a hero who is as strong as she is sweet.”
Wonkybot Studios is envisioned as the publishing imprint for Metro Media Factory’s stable of kid-friendly characters from creator Stewart St John.