ABC AND LEXUS LAUNCH NETWORK'S FIRST SCRIPTED VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE FOR POPULAR DRAMA "QUANTICO"
Easter Eggs Unlock Bonus Show Footage and Foreshadow
Pivotal Upcoming Plot Point
VR Experience Expands Storytelling and Brand Integration Opportunities
ABC is today launching its first scripted virtual reality experience to coincide with the much anticipated midseason premiere of its hit drama "Quantico," which airs this SUNDAY, MARCH 6 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST). Scripted by show writers, and in partnership with Lexus, the experience enables fans to delve "in world" with the show, assuming the role of a new recruit on a mission with FBI trainees Shelby Wyatt (Johanna Braddy) and Caleb Haas (Graham Rogers) as they track down and apprehend their assigned target. The experience is available at QuanticoVR.com, which includes instructions for accessing it on desktop and via Littlstar's app for headsets, mobile and Apple TV.
"Working in virtual reality opens up so many possibilities and ways to engage fans beyond what can be accomplished on a flat screen," said Jeffrey Weinstock, vice president and creative director, ABC Integrated Marketing. "We're literally inviting fans to be a character in the show, immersing them in this world and allowing them to explore and discover parts of the story on their own."
The experience includes two Easter eggs that can be found while scanning the footage. The first unlocks bonus footage from the midseason premiere. The second, which is visible in the headset, provides telling insight into one of the characters' motives and connection to terrorist activities. The scene features the characters in a Lexus LX 570 flagship SUV. A :30 spot and a behind-the-scenes featurette are also available for users to view.
"With VR, the viewer is in the car with our actors. It's a much deeper level of engagement for a sponsor while still remaining organic and true to the storyline," added Weinstock.
"In the last few years Lexus has created some remarkable virtual reality experiences to engage consumers outside of the traditional automotive channels," said Brian Bolain, Lexus corporate marketing communications and product marketing manager. "This project allowed us to seamlessly integrate Lexus into Quantico's storyline so fans could explore the new LX virtually while enjoying the show's 360-degree bonus footage."
"VR allows passionate fans to step through the usual 2D plane of entertainment and explore the actual world of their favorite show," added Alastair Green, executive creative director, Team One, agency of record for Lexus. "And it makes sense that a visionary brand like Lexus would be one of the first to push the boundaries of what a branded VR experience can be."
In the midseason premiere of "Quantico," Alex (Priyanka Chopra) finds herself in the middle of a congressional hearing to testify about the terrorist bombings. Convinced Elias didn't act alone, she is determined to find answers and the truth. While back at Quantico, a new group of NATS join Alex and her classmates, causing tension and competition between the groups of trainees.
"Quantico" stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish, Josh Hopkins as Liam O'Connor, Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda Shaw, Jake McLaughlin as Ryan Booth, Tate Ellington as Simon Asher, Johanna Braddy as Shelby Wyatt, Graham Rogers as Caleb Haas and Yasmine Al Massri as Nimah and Raina Amin.
Guest starring are Marcia Cross as Claire Haas, Rick Cosnett as Elias Harper, David Alpay as Duncan, Jacob Artist as Brandon, J. Mallory McCree as Charlie Price, Lenny Platt as Drew Perale, Li Jun Li as Iris Chang, Jay Armstrong Johnson as Will Olsen and Noam Jenkins as Khaled.
"Alex" was written by Jake Coburn and directed by Jamie Barber.
Executive producers of "Quantico" are Joshua Safran, Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper, Jake Coburn and Robert Sertner. "Quantico" is produced by ABC Studios.