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Universal Music Group and Wondery will Make Podcasts Together



Universal Music Group (UMG) and Wondery have announced an agreement to develop premium original podcasts drawing upon the breadth and depth of UMG’s renowned musical catalog as well as its iconic roster of artists and labels.

Podcasts produced under the agreement will be available globally on any platform Wondery makes its content available. Wondery, with credits that include Dirty John, Dr. Death and Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football, Inc., is the fastest company to join Podtrac’s Top 10 New Podcasts, holding both the #1 and #2 spots in 2018.

The premium original podcasts created by Wondery and UMG will serve as an “extension of the compelling narratives and content that UMG is already creating around its artists, labels and catalog.”

The podcasts will also become an incubator for UMG’s growing slate of critically acclaimed film and television projects, as well as a meaningful platform to reach audiences with content from short and long-form programming from the company’s Polygram Entertainment and its numerous record labels worldwide. UMG has been developing and producing podcasts since 2012.

Podnews points out that this joint agreement does not mean that Wondery can start using all of UMG’s songs. Podnews states: “UMG owns the recordings, but not typically the publishing rights for the songs, which would also need to be agreed.”


Wondery has Parted Ways with Sword and Scale



Wondery tweeted: “We have decided to part ways with Mike Boudet and Sword and Scale.” The tweet was posted on March 9, 2019.

Sword and Scale is a true crime podcast. It is described on iTunes as “an immersive audio experience covering the dark side of humanity and human nature. Our stories delve into the worst of the worst and include murder, rape, dismemberment and cannibalism. No crime is too brutal and no victim is too pure. The worst monsters are real.”

Sword and Scale was first hosted on Wondery in 2014. It is unclear exactly why Wondery decided to part ways with Mike Boudet and the Sword and Scale podcast. Wondery’s tweet did not provide any background information.

That being said, The Wrap appears to have some ideas about what may have caused Wondery to part ways with Sword and Scale.

According to The Wrap, Mike Boudet posted something offensive on Instagram which included a derogatory word that some people use when they want to say something mean about a woman – or women in general. The now deleted post on Instagram was posted on International Women’s Day.

But, we cannot conclude, for certain, that the Instagram post was what made Wondery part ways with the podcast. The Wrap has provided additional examples of Mike Boudet making derogatory or sexist comments. One can only speculate about what offensive comment was the last straw for Wondery.

The Wrap reported that Mike Boudet responded to Wondery’s decision in a Soundcloud file. He said that Sword and Scale will move to its own platform behind a paywall.


Wondery Introduces Wondery+



Wondery has introduced Wondery+. It is Wondery’s effort to provide an even more immersive experience to their fans. Wondery+ enables you to access behind the scenes content as well as brand new, unreleased, episodes. It is a subscription based service. The price is $5 per month.

Wondery makes it clear that all subscriptions auto-renew monthly or annually. Wondery+ can be cancelled at any time. There are no refunds.

The way Wondery+ users receive their content is interesting. New episodes of Wondery podcasts will be uploaded to the user’s private RSS feed, which can be accessed from any post in their Member Portal. Users can add their private RSS feed to Apple Podcasts and listen to new content as it is uploaded.

Wondery+ users will only need to add their RSS feed to their app once, and episodes will be updated automatically. It is not necessary to add the private RSS feed to the app per episode. If your podcast app of choice does not support private RSS links, you can stream the episode right from your phone or desktop.

Wondery+ users will receive Tides of History episodes one week before it is released to the public (each Thursday). They will receive Business Wars episodes each Monday and Wednesday, one day before their normal release. Behind the scenes and new content will be distributed as it becomes available.

Another interesting thing about Wondery+ is that it appears it will be tailored to a specific genre of podcasts. For example, There is a Wondery+ True Crime grouping that includes ad free versions of Over My Dead Body, ColdDr. Death, Sword and Scale, The Vanished, andYoung Charlie. More will be includes as they become available.


Wondery Announces 2019 Programing Slate at Winter Podcast Upfront



Wondery, the largest independent podcast publisher, announced its new programming slate for 2019 at the Winter Podcast Upfront. Fresh off the success of its most recent #1 hit Over My Dead Body – with Episode 1 currently at 900 downloads, 80% higher than Dr Death in the comparable window – Wondery made the following announcements.

Wondery has extended its partnership with the LA Times to jointly produce Man in the Window, a true crime thriller that uncovers new and surprising details about the Golden State Killer. Wondery and the LA Times will also jointly distribute the series Larger Than Life and Room 20. Their first collaboration was the viral 2017 podcast Dirty John, which became a hit TV show on Bravo.

Wondery also announced a new partnership with Bloomberg. Under this partnership, Wondery and Bloomberg will jointly produce The Shrink Next Door, the bizarre true story of a successful businessman whose life was taken over by his psychiatrist.

Another major announcement was the return of Wondery’s acclaimed Inside miniseries, with Inside Star Wars. Written and hosted by Mark Ramsey, Inside Star Wars is an immersive audio-documentary that explores the making of Star Wars. Previous installments of the Insideseries include Inside Psycho,Inside Jaws, and Inside the Exorcist– all of which were smash hits.

Wondery also revealed the launch of several new ongoing series, including One Plus One and The Moment. One Plus One looks at what happens when two original thinkers come together to leave an unforgettable mark on the world, while The Moment explores the romance and absurdity of our lives’ most important moments.

In addition, Wondery is launching its first-ever sports show, In The Arena, which takes listeners into the most heated rivalries in sports history. Wondery is also launching a new interview series with actor Justin Long called Getting Along With Justin Long.


Two Wondery Network Podcasts Hit Top 10 on iTunes



Wondery is an innovative startup specializing in mobile and on-demand audio. It creates and curates podcasts to connect wonderers and brands to a world of entertainment and a world of knowledge. Two of the podcasts on Wondery Network have hit Top 10 on iTunes.

Tides of History is hosted by historian and MMA specialist Patrick Wyman. The series explores how the roots of our present world can be found in the span of 1350 to 1650, including modern states, globalization, capitalism, science and more.

Tides of History also analyzes society from the perspective of ordinary people and how they experience the world. This podcast gives listeners the chance to analyze our current political climate and gain insights into how our society functions.

Within just two days of launching, Tides of History joined another Wondery show, Locked Up Abroad, on the top ten charts on iTunes.

Locked Up Abroad is an adaptation of the National Geographic TV series. It is hosted by Jim Clemente (host of the true crime podcast Real Crime Profiles as well as the CBS documentary on Jon Benet Ramsey.) Locked Up Abroad tells the riveting stories of travelers captured while abroad and features interviews with POWs, tourists, journalists, and more.

Having two shows in the top tin is a major win for the startup following its industry milestone and achievement of 100 million downloads this past May. Since launch, the network has over 20 partner shows and eight original series – one of which won the 2017 Webby Award for Best Sound Design/Original Music Score.


Wondery Premiers “I Hate My Boss” – A Career Advice Podcast



Wondery has announced the launch of their sixth original podcast series I Hate My Boss.  It offers expert advice and comedic relief for your daily workplace experience. The format-busting series will resolve the dilemma most of us have: Whom do I turn to with a tricky question about my workplace, boss or co-workers?

In I Hate My Boss, co-hosts and workplace heroes Liz Dolan and Larry Seal will take listeners’ questions and give them advice, with the help of a scripted comedy segment based at the fictional ad agency Penn & Pencil. The characters will serve as points of reference for listeners, and will include a boss who thrives on conflict and an egomaniac yet charming creative director, as performed by UCB-trained actors.

The series will also feature exclusive interviews with thought leaders, who share some of their most difficult and career-defining workplace moments.

Dolan, an awarded global marketer, has served as CMO at global brands such as NIKE, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network and National Geographic Channels. She is also co-host of the long-running podcast and media brand Satellite Sisters, winner of 13 Gracie Allen Awards. Seal, a renowned executive coach and Founder and CEO of EngagedLeadership, has worked with thousands of leaders at over 200 organizations, including Google, Disney, H&M, Lucasfilm, and Sony, and over 70 of the Global 500 companies.

The first two episodes will premiere April 3, 2017, with a special sneak preview that is available now wherever you listen to podcasts. Audiences can submit their burning workplace questions anonymously via the I Hate My Boss hotline at 424-224-5711. I Hate My Boss joins Wondery as the newest original, alongside the critically acclaimed series Inside Psycho, Hollywood & Crime, FOUND, Terms, and Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape.


Wondery Launches Original Podcast Series – Inside Psycho



Wondery announced the launch of Inside Psycho.  It is an original limited podcast series that explores the untold story behind Alfred Hitchcock’s classic movie.

Inside Psycho is a six-part audio series that will explore the wild and surprising backstory of one of Hollywood’s most notorious and revered thrillers, “Psycho”. It tells not just the incredible story behind “Psycho”, but also the story of the extraordinary struggles of making a movie that, against all odds, became one of the most iconic films of all times.

“It’s all here, from the real-world serial murders that inspired the film, to the movie star crank calls that gave use the voice of ‘Mother’, to Hitchcock’s relentless efforts to terrify Janet Leigh, to the way the movie re-made Hollywood forever,” said host and creator Mark Ramsey. “We have created a biopic without pictures, a swashbuckling story of fear and loathing, risk and reward, great joy and paralyzing fear – all in a rich, immersive, ground-breaking sound design.”

“Wondery is excited to premiere the audio adventure Inside Psycho,” said Hernan Lopez, founder of Wondery. “The series is not just for movie-buffs, it’s for all artists and entrepreneurs who have chased a dream and experienced the thrilling highs and crushing lows of the creative journey.”

The first two episodes will premiere March 24, 2017, with a special sneak preview available today wherever you listen to podcasts. Inside Psycho joins Wondery as the newest original, alongside the critically acclaimed series Hollywood & Crime, FOUND, Terms, and Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape.

I took the time to give the sneak preview episode a listen – and I highly recommend it! It impressed me so much that I subscribed to the podcast and am really looking forward to hearing the upcoming episodes.


Innovation Crush Podcast Marks its 150th Episode



Chris Denson, host of Innovation Crush, in partnership with podcast network Wondery, presents the 150th episode of the podcast. This benchmark episode features an interview with comedian Orlando Jones of American Gods.

A cross between The Daily Show and Fast Company, Innovation Crush is an energetic, funny, and highly informative series profiling the rock stars of innovation and the game-changing ideas shaping the world today. The weekly series has just over 700,000 subscribers, and explores marketing ideas, technological advances, groundbreaking business models, and personal development with today’s leading trailblazers. Recent guests include Daymond John, Elizabeth Gore, Rob Dyrdek and David Pogue.

“I’m super happy that we’ve been able to entertain and inform so many people around the world for all this time. Orlando’s appearance on our 150th episode is a great culmination and representation of everything Innovation Crush stands for – ideas, creativity, entertainment, and a little bit of ‘how-to,’” said host Chris Denson.

The monumental episode comes on the heels of a new production partnership with the SAE (School of Audio Engineering) Institute, and only days before a series of live “Crash Courses” at SXSW 2017, hosted by Walmart’s Spark Lounge.

Innovation Crush brings together some of the best entrepreneurial minds to share their commentary and ideas with a large community of listeners and creators,” said Hernan Lopez, founder of Wondery. “Wondery is proud to congratulate Chris on this fantastic benchmark.”

The 150th episode of Innovation Crush with Orlando Jones will become available today, March 7, 2017, and can be found on iTunes, iHeart, Soundcloud, and everywhere else podcasts are available.


L.A. Theater Works Partners with Wondery to Launch Podcast



L.A. Theater Works (LATW), in a partnership with Wondery cultivated by Golden Citizen Entertainment, has announced the launch of its scripted podcast series, The Play’s The Thing.

L.A. Theater Works is a non-profit media arts organization based on Los Angeles whose mission for over 25 years has been to present, preserve, and disseminate classic and contemporary plays. Wondery is a media company specializing in mobile and on-demand storytelling, that connects wonders and brands to a world of knowledge.

The Institute Inc.’s Entertainment development arm, Golden Citizen Entertainment, develops original and branded content, products, and experiences for brands, studios, non-profits, and global leaders in live-event audio and streaming content.

This partnership has resulted in The Play’s The Thing.  The podcast will feature LATW’s notable, recent dramatic productions. The series will be hosted by Susan Lowenberg and will spotlight a variety of prominent plays throughout the season. The premiere episodes focus on Becky Shaw, the Off-Broadway comedy hit about a series of cataclysmic events stemming from a blind date.

LATW Producing Director Susan Lowenberg says “We’re delighted to partner with Wondery to bring our fantastic audio plays to the widest possible audience. We’ve curated a selection of edgy, modern work with talent such as Sarah Drew from Grey’s Anatomy, Josh Stamberg from The Affair, and Brittany Snow from Pitch Perfect, who helped us to bring to life the words of contemporary playwrights. From the chaotic family in Pulitzer Prize finalist Becky Shaw, to the couple finding romance in higher math in Completeness, to the courageous title character in the gender identity drama Boy, we know you’ll love what you hear.”

The Play’s The Thing premiered on February 7, 2017, on Wondery’s Secrets, Crimes, and Audiotape thread for a special launch. The episode is now available on an individual thread for The Play’s The Thing, with new episodes to be released every Thursday following.