Thursday, October 6, 2016

It's  EKKO’s  Birthday!

  Ten years ago today, October 6, 2006, EKKO was picked up by a publisher in Baltimore. My good pal Joey Porter witnessed the contract and I was launched into fame and riches. Sort of. It took a while but I eventually discovered they weren’t the most reliable of publishing houses. Seems books were selling while the checks were dwindling. It took five years to get out of that contract, but EKKO eventually broke free of the shackles.

In May of 2010 I lost my job, and that’s when I decided to go full steam with EKKO. Following the advice of my first editor, I started developing EKKO into a series. The first book was rewritten, and I started outlining books two and three.

December 2012, I put a business plan together and got a partner, and as fate would have it I acquired the best partner any entrepreneur could hope for in Michael Palitz, who, with my enduring appreciation, decided to come on board. Together we structured the series, the music, and the future of EKKO, then put our noses to the grindstone.

 Somewhere in 2013, Nathan Juju became a larger part of the story so I wrote some songs that E, the lead singer, would want to sing, (we’re pretty good pals, he and I) and I was lucky enough to acquire some incredible musicians [Tim Thompson, Halley DeVestern, Ted Stafford, Dirk Kennedy] to help with the recordings.

Before we knew it - ‘Wholla’ ... Nathan juju had come to life.

In December 2014, as technology advanced, we followed suit and built the Multimedia books, housing the 1000 page EKKO Trilogy, and featuring the music of Nathan Juju.

 May 2015, we took EKKO to the monster of all book fairs, BEA, held at Jacob Javits here in New York City. We pimped the Paperbacks, eBooks, Multimedia Books, Nathan Juju CDs, and oh yeah – buttloads of candy.

July of 2015, we got a film option (I’m sure it was the candy) and began developing EKKO into a movie. Now, you didn’t think this would all be so smooth – did you? Of course not. As fate would have it, that movie deal turned out to be, hmmm, not so swell. Seems EKKO ended up at the racetrack with Uncle Vinney. (Thanks Hollywood)

 Jan 2016, we restructured and were lucky enough to have Brooks Crudup come on board as a writer, and together he and I wrote the first two episodes of the  EKKO series. With the help of our amazing Line Producer, Gary Lowe, we have a budget and the series is moving in the right direction. (And yes, every bit of encouraging feedback from the industry makes my ghostly heart skip a beat.)

Last month we opened Talisman Productions Inc, our own production company, to handle the legals, logistics, and production of the EKKO Series.

 I may have missed a detail or fifty in that ten year recap, but suffice it to say EKKO has taught me to be an engineer, to drive this train through thick and thin, to stay true to something I believe in, and to remain true to those who support us.  As all of this comes together, I speak for the team when I say we are dedicated to leaping over the approaching hurdles and will stop at nothing to bring EKKO to your living room.

None of this, let me repeat that, NONE of this would be possible without the support you guys have shown over the years. You are the true backbone of EKKO, and with every ounce of appreciation we have, we want to THANK YOU!

Now get out and enjoy this Fall weather!

My very best to you and yours,
Johnny Walker

CIC Publishing

Monday, August 1, 2016

The EKKO Trilogy is being adapted for a cable series ...

What we learned in trying to make a movie is this; you can't shove, squeeze, or force ten pounds of potatoes into a five pound bag - no matter how hard you try. So we regrouped.

Now it seems things are moving in the right direction.

This reading was held July 27 here in NYC, where both the Pilot and Episode One went as smooth as 'butta.' With the help of our awesome Line Producer, Gary Lowe, we now have a budget and the wheels are turning.

Will you join us when we premiere the series? 

Is there a hashtag for "Holy shit I'm so excited?"

Proud to share some pics of the talented group of actors reading the EKKO series.


Episode one 


Halley DeVestern, Jeanna Leu, Dean Gimmel, Dylan Diegel, Robert Gelfand, 
Zachary Michael, Sagar Katan Patel, Rosanne Rubino.

Directed by Sammy Dallas Bayes.


Friday, May 20, 2016

EKKO Mysteries author Johnny Walker

Live from Book Expo America

An interview with Johnny during BEA, Book Expo America, streaming live from WIOX Radio in NY, to Jacob Javits Center, also in NY. 

Host Maggie Cullen and guest host Melody DiDigorio laugh plenty with Johnny, focusing on the excitement of exhibiting the EKKO Mysteries Trilogy at the biggest book fair in America. Johnny describes the fictional band, Nathan Juju, and explains the bands role in the multimedia books.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Ready to get your beach on? 

It's just you and CJ on the beach, no one else around. A cool breeze tickles your neck as you sip a summer cocktail. 

It's time to have an affair with a soundman.!/20-Buck-Bundle/p/56901670/category=5817316

"A world within our own, yet hidden from all of us." 
Or maybe you want to just add water?!/5-Buck-Bundle/p/66283358/category=5817316

Wishing you a 'wicked cool' summer!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Thank you for attending the EKKO Screenplay reading. 

You are my heroes.

Friday, November 20, 2015

EKKO Mysteries November 2015 Newsletter:

Book one, EKKO White Limousine,
is in development for a film!

The screenplay is being written by Lupi Pictures and we’re anticipating a reading by December 10, 2015, narrated by a group of professional actors here in NYC. It’s been an interesting endeavor and no small feat for the writers, but as many of you have said in the past: EKKO would make a great movie. Thank you for the encouragement.

We had originally planned on making a BIG deal of this, but as many of you know first hand, a film option doesn’t always mean a film will be made. Now that we're three months into the contract, we feel it's appropriate to share the exciting news with you. So please join us in supporting Lupi Pictures with thanks and encouragement until the screenplay has been completed. I think it goes without saying, we’re anxious to see how this first chapter plays out.

So … in light of this great news, we thought it would be a terrific time to shamelessly plug the Trilogy with an exceptional deal.

Give the gift of imagination this Holiday Season with …

 The EKKO Mysteries 20 Buck Bundle

EKKO is a dynamic story filled with adventure, music, fun, and lots of clues for those puzzle-solving readers.

CJ may be one badass soundman, but can he really juggle the needs of the spirit world while running sound for a major rock band? Can he fight off the evildoers? Will the record moguls unveil the secret behind CJ’s Blue Violin? Can an ancient love be resurrected?
As one reviewer stated:
“EKKO is perfect for people who like reading for fun.”
There ya have it.
Now … this is very important:
Be safe in your travels as you roam the country, and among all other good wishes, we want you to EAT, DRINK, and BE MERRY during the 2015 Holiday Season!
Sending our best to you and yours, and as always,

Thank You for your support!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015