Season Two of the Girl-Empowered Tara Tremendous Podcast to Launch August 2nd with Music CDs and Books to Debut Q3 2016
Los Angeles, CA (July 26, 2016) Wonkybot Studios—the children’s and family imprint from umbrella company Metro Media Factory and founded by industry veterans Stewart St John, Todd Fisher and Michael Plahuta—is in development to turn the #1 iTunes music-driven, superhero podcast, The Secret Diaries of Tara Tremendous, into their first animated series for children ages 4 to 8 and families, following the success of the season one podcast, and coinciding with the six-episode season two debut of the franchise on August 2nd on iTunes.
Created by Humanitas Prize and Young Artist Award-winner Stewart St John—whose extensive writing credits include over 50 episodes of Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, ABC’s Sabrina: The Animated Series, Marvel’s The Hulk, Sony’s Heavy Gear, Hanna-Barbera’s Tom & Jerry Kids, and the Showtime Original feature Seventeen Again—the first season of The Secret Diaries of Tara Tremendous continues to be a resounding success with 50,000 downloads a day, and at one point ranking #6 overall under podcast juggernaut Serial. Consumer enthusiasm has spurred the upcoming debut of three Tara Tremendous brand extensions: the first musical album featuring a collection of all the songs from season one, The Secret Diaries of Tara Tremendous: Songs From A Superhero World, which will debut in August; an album featuring all the cues from the original score, also coming in August; and a middle grade book franchise launching in September.
“The audience’s reaction to the first season of Tara Tremendous was, and continues to be awesome, confirming we made the right decision to launch the character in a podcast in order to build awareness,” said St John, who writes and directs each episode, composes all the original songs, co-scored the soundtrack with musical partner Plahuta, and voices the character of Dr. Epic. “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—right now the world needs role models for young kids, and Tara, who has already engaged thousands of fans, is a positive influence.”
Tara Tremendous is the story of Tara Callahan, a bubbly, brave and headstrong 11-year-old girl who goes from ordinary to extraordinary overnight when she’s accidentally infused with the powers of every superhero in the world. Now this spunky, imaginative, inquisitive, sweet and adventurous little girl can summon any power she wants, but first she’ll need to learn how to use them! Stories are inspired by coming-of-age issues young kids understand, like trying to fit in with new friends, and empowering messages about family, friendship, self-image, kindness and more. Tara balances superhero expectations with her own individuality, reminding kids at home about the joys of being true to themselves.
Music, another passion for St John, is a driving force in the series—every episode features a big musical number sung by one of the main characters, with tunes that have catchy melodies and range from pop to electronic to classic musical-style songs. A Grammy Award-voting member, St John has scored 13 albums for NY Times Bestselling authors Jerry and Esther Hicks’ children’s audiobook series “Sara,” published by Hay House and released through Barnes & Noble, as well as releasing several solo albums.
Michael Plahuta is Stewart’s musical partner on the Tara Tremendous series, as both a musical arranger for Stewart’s songs and co-composer of the original scores, as well as voice-acting several characters for the series. Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Plahuta is also an attorney.