iHeartMedia and Shondaland Audio, a division of Shondaland, founded by award-winning television writer and producer Shonda Rimes, announced the division’s upcoming lineup.
Co-Produced with iHeartRadio, three new original podcasts will launch as part of the partnership, which was first announced and formed late last year. You Down? With Obama’s Other Daughters, Criminalia, and Go Ask Ali debut this month on iHeartRadio and everywhere else podcasts are available. As a result of GroupM’s sponsorship deal – the first iHeart and Shondaland Audio partnership – the largest global media investment network’s clients have exclusive access to the entire slate of original podcasts.
Shondaland Audio Shows Released in August of 2020:
“You Down?” with Obama’s Other Daughters – Hosted by four members of the all Black, all female comedy troupe known as Obama’s Other Daughters: Maame-Yaa Aforo, Ashley Holston, Yazmin Monet Watkins and Shakira Ja’nai Paye. These hilarious and opinionated friends come together for laughs and brutal honesty in this talk-show style podcast featuring fun, irreverent discussions as they offer unique perspective and comedic take on all things culture. It was released on August 11.
Criminalia – In this podcast, veteran Holly Frey (cohost of the award-winning podcast Stuff You Missed in History Class) and co-host Maria Trimarchi (writer, journalist and researcher) ask the question “what can we learn from the criminals and crimes of the past?” Criminalia is a dark, yet playful look at historical true crime. This podcast was released on August 18.
Go Ask Ali – Hosted by actress and New York Times best-selling author, Ali Wentworth who has become a comedic authority on wading through all the chaos that is modern life. Ali speaks with doctors, experts and friends about “How to grow a teenager in a pandemic” and “how to grow a relationship in a pandemic”. This podcast was released on August 20.
Upcoming Shondaland Audio Show Details Include:
#Matter – This scripted drama will be written, produced and directed by Dylan Brown (writer/producer, Rasing Kanan, Mac and Devin go to High School), and told through the lens of a reporter looking back at a case of police brutality, as a father intervenes in his teenage son’s beating and later find himself, his badly hurt son and a wounded cop barricaded in a nearby restaurant as they all struggle to stay alive. Set to launch this fall.
American Coup – A scripted series from writers Aaron Tracy (winter, Law and Order: SVU) and Andrew Lenchewski (co-creator Royal Pains) that explodes the incredible, untold story of Edith Wilson, the woman who hijacked the Oval Office. As a writing team, Aaron and Andrew have sold original TV pilots to USA Network, Freeform, Lionsgate, ans Alcon Entertainment. Set to launch this winter.
Black Girl Lost – This documentary-style podcast, produced by award-winning filmmaker and writer dream hampton and hosted by award-winning journalist Yesha Calahan, who looks at complexities behind the growing numbers of missing Black women and girls. Asking the questions who takes them and why? But most importantly, does anyone care about Black girls lost? The show will also feature thought-provoking interviews around a number of these unsolved missing persons cases. Set to launch early next year.