Mob City Twitter Script

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To break through with the story of TNT’s newest series, we made “Mob City” the first TV show to be adapted onto Twitter. For the 3 days leading up to it’s national premiere we shared every word of the pilot episode script: dialogue, stage direction, it was the entire story 140 characters at a time. To show of the gorgeous noir details we used Twitter's newest feature, Twitter Cards, to inject photos and gifs directly into every tweet for a completely immersive experience. And so readers never missed a part of the story, MobScript.com arranged tweets sequentially in real time alongside tweeted cast and crew commentary. The cliffhanger ended minutes before the premiere, driving people to tune in and watch. We successfully intertwined television and Twitter like never before, and got millions of people invested in a story of a show, all before it even aired.We were the first to use Twitter's newest feature, Twitter Cards, to tell a story, and the first to adapt a television show to the social network.

The response was immediate, from "…this should be an every episode occurrence!" to "…all shows should do this." The cast and crew even joined in, tweeting live commentary and behind-the-scenes photos from their personal files. And because we could capture all the action around each script tweet, it came together as a uniquely immersive experience that evolved in real time. We had invented an entirely new way to watch television, and changed expectations for what a show could become- even video enthusiasts like FilmSchoolRejects said we "Made TV Seem boring and old."

Every script-tweets was immediately retweeted, and soon every media outlet picked up the story- Twitter was excited that we had innovated their use as a platform, and the New York Times said we had pioneered storytelling through Media embedding. It was not only a new way to watch television, but a new way to look at the social network: as Fast Company said, we had "successfully intertwined TV and Twitter for the first time."

Most importantly, the fans loved it: their conversation reached 43 million people. People were immersed in the storyline of a show like never before, all before Mob City even hit the airwaves. Our cliffhanger ended moments before the show’s premiere, and when Mob City aired, it was the highest rated drama on Twitter.

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Entry Credits

Kerry Keenan, Chief Creative Officer

Greg DiNoto, Chief Creative Officer

Matt McKay, ECD

Jin Park, CD

Sasha Blejec, ACD

Austin Hamilton, Copywriter

Aliza Adam, Interactive Design Lead

Rey Peralta, Director of Creative Technology

Joe Calabrese, Director of Integrated Production

Suzanne Molinaro, Director of Digital Production

Jennifer McBride, Executive Digital Producer

Cameron Farrell, Associate Producer

Rainy Kumar, Digital Producer

Kamran Aslam, Associate Technology Director

Tricia Melton, SVP, Entertainment Marketing, TBS/TNT/TCM

Lincoln Lopez, VP, Social Media, TBS/TNT/TCM

Christine Drayer, VP, Entertainment Marketing, TBS/TNT/TCM

CJ Bargamian, Director, Social Media, TNT

Dan Cho, Manager, Digital Marketing, TNT

Lindsey Howe, Asst Manager, Social Media Marketing, TNT

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