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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.


Wondery Launches Investigative Docudrama Podcast Hollywood & Crime



Wondery, A Network of Storytellers, is the fastest growing podcast network. It has launched Hollywood & Crime an original investigative docudrama podcast.

Hollywood & Crime is a series that investigates the underworld of crime in the entertainment capital of the world. Each season covers a different series of cases, The first season will center on the Black Dahlia murder. The first episode premiered on the eve of the case’s 70th anniversary. There are currently three full episodes that have been released.

At the forefront of season one is Elizabeth Short, a star-struck young woman whose body was found completely severed at the waist in January 1947 in Los Angeles. She would be forever remembered as Black Dahlia, one of the most infamous unsolved murders in the U.S. to this day. However, few people know that more than a dozen other women died in similar circumstances around the same time.

The public has a deep and devoted interest in true crime, with shows like Sword & Scale, My Favorite Murder, and Serial flooding the iTunes charts. Now, Wondery introduces a new approach with this first-ever serialized docudrama podcast. One the first day of the premier, Hollywood & Crime hit number 1 on the iTunes charts,

Hosted by Tracy Pattin, Hollywood & Crime offers a fresh narrative for the notorious age-old stories. The series gives a new perspective to audio entertainment by adding vivid dramatization to provide a rich and stimulating audio that allows listeners to become immersed in post-war Los Angeles.

Hollywood & Crime is the fourth Wondery original, alongside acclaimed series FOUND, Terms, and Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape. Hollywood & Crime premiered on the feeds of true crime hit shows Sword & Scale, Real Crime Profile, and The Vanished, which collectively reach over one million listeners per episode. New episodes will be available every Friday on all podcast outlets, including iTunes, Stitcher, and the Wondery app.


Wondery Launches “Terms” – A Political Audio Drama



terms-logoSpoke Media, a Dallas-based audio production company, announced the launch of an innovative new political thriller and serialized audio drama called Terms. It is being released on Wondery. Terms will be Wondery’s third “Wondery Original” to be released.

Terms begins on election night. President Oliver Pierce (voiced by veteran Dallas stage actor and director Jeffery Schmidt), watches in disbelief from the White House as an incredibly controversial figure, Charles Dunwalke (voiced by Brandon Potter, fresh off his lauded performance as LBJ at the Dallas Theater Center), wins an Electoral College victory to the shock and dismay of a majority of Americans.

Fearing the worst is about to come, Pierce must now make the most difficult decision of his career, a decision that sets in motion a series of events that will have historic and possibly catastrophic consequences. The future of the country hangs in the balance between Election Night and Inauguration Day as America teeters on the edge of salvation and destruction.

One would be hard pressed to find a more relevant topic for a political drama, considering the things going on in the real world, right now, in regards to the 2016 presidential election. Surprisingly, the idea for Terms was based on an idea that Lindsay Graham (executive producer of Terms) had a decade earlier.

Terms has three co-producers: Keith Reynolds (three-time AudioFile Audie Award winner), Robert McCollum (veteran voice actor), and Michael Federico (Legendary Digital Studios).

The first episode of Terms was released in the feed of Wondery’s Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape podcast. There will be a total of 13 episodes, two of which have already been released on the Terms website.

 


Wondery Launches “Wait Wait Don’t Kill Me” Musical



Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape logoWondery, a network of storytellers, has announced the launch of “Wait Wait Don’t Kill Me”. It is the first-ever musical produced as a serialized podcast. The musical is the newest story that is being presented in the Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape podcast.

Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape features dramas and comedies about love, mystery and conspiracy. Each story plays out over multiple half-hour long episodes that are available as free podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, Wondery.com, and other platforms.

“Wait Wait Don’t Kill Me” was written by Dave Holstein (from the TV show Weeds) with music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler (from the upcoming Diary of a Wimpy Kid musical). “Wait Wait Don’t Kill Me” is a darkly comedic five-part musical satire that follows Serial host Sarah Koenig as she investigates the 1999 murder of high school student Hae Min Lee. The story explores the controversial thesis: What if Sarah Koening did it?

Sarah Koening is played by Leslie Kritzer (Broadway’s Something Rotten). In 1998, Sarah is working as a struggling beat reporter for the Baltimore Sun. She desperately needs a scoop or she will be out of a job. A few miles away, Hae Min Lee (played by Renée Albulario from Here Lies Love) celebrates her prom night with her prom prince boyfriend Adnan Syed (played by Zachary Infante from Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

When Sarah’s and Hae’s paths cross, voices in Sarah’s head suggest that Hae’s salacious murder could solve all of her problems. Fifteen years later, Ira Glass (played by Jessie Cannizzario) suggests that Sarah turn the story of Hae’s murder into a podcast. Drama intensifies when as Ira starts to suspect that Sarah was involved in Hae’s death.

In short, “Wait Wait Don’t Kill Me” takes the Serial podcast, and Sarah Koening, and puts them into an alternative universe that involves music and singing. The first episode of “Wait Wait Don’t Kill Me” is available now, and more episodes will follow.


Wondery Hired Two Key Executives



wondery-logoWondery the podcast network founded by Hernan Lopez, former CEO and President of Fox International Channels, has added two key executives to their team. Wondery is a fast growing podcast network that specializes in mobile and on-demand audio storytelling, connecting wonderers and brands to a world of entertainment and a world of knowledge.

Laurie Pracher joins Wondery as SVP, Brand Partnerships. Prior to joining Wondery, Pracher was Senior Director of Sponsorships at New York’s public radio station WNYC, where she oversaw a team of managers across radio, digital and podcast platforms.

Karo Chakhlasyan joins Wondery as Director of Audience Acquisition. Prior to joining Wondery, Chakhlasyan was with Oxford Road (one of the leading buyers of podcasts). Oxford Road offers customer acquisition through data-drive media placement on channels like TV, radio, and podcast.

The addition of Laurie Pracher and Karo Chakhlasyan follows the hiring of Jeffery Glaser and Christina Haro in March. Jeffery Glaser is President of Content at Wondery. Christina Haro is Account Executive, Brand Solutions, at Wondery.


ART19 Launched a Podcast Platform



Art19 logoART19 has launched a podcast platform with enhanced advertising and measurement capabilities. Midroll Media, DGital Media and Wondery are leveraging the platform’s advanced capabilities for dynamic ad insertion, audience targeting and listener measurement.

ART19 was founded by software entrepreneur Sean Carr and podcast producer Matt Belknap. ART19 is emerging from beta following eight months of extensive testing with more than 350 shows.

Midroll Media has begun using ART19 and Midroll will make ART19 its third-party hosting preferred provider. DGital Media is an audio engagement company whose partners include UFC, Recode Media, The Vertical Podcast Network, and more, has partnered with ART19 to host most of its content. Wondery specializes in mobile and on-demand audio story telling and has partnered with ART 19 for all of its scripted and unscripted shows.

New data from Wondery and comScore shows that people prefer ads in podcasts over any other digital medium. ART19’s targeting and measurement capabilities are helping brands leverage this engagement.

ART19’s benefits include:

* Dynamic Insertion of Host-Read Spots: ART19’s proprietary WarpFeed technology enables publishers to update back catalogs with fresh advertising; back catalogs comprise more than 50 percent of listening on some podcasts.

* Ad Targeting: ART19 enables delivery of different ads to different listeners of a podcast episode, even in iTunes

* APIs for Improved Audience Measurement: ART19 players and APIs offer vastly improved listening data relative to what is available in RSS, the distribution format that still dominates the space.


Wondery Launches “Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape”



Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape logoWondery has announced the launch of its first scripted podcast series. It is called Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape. Wondery intends to introduce audio drama to a new generation of listeners.

Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape will feature dramas and comedies about love, mystery, and conspiracy. Each story will play over multiple half-hour weekly episodes that will be available as free podcasts on iTunes, Stitcher, Wondery.com and other platforms.

The story that will premiere is titled “A Beautiful Spell”. It features Jenna Elfman (from “Dharma & Greg) and Bodhi Elfman (from “Criminal Minds”). This story will span a total of three episodes. It was adapted from Greg Kallere’s stage play (which was also called “A Beautiful Spell”).

It tells the story of a husband and wife who wake up in the middle of the night afraid that they may have fallen out of love with each other. This leads the couple to talk about their insecurities, jealousies, and fantasies until dawn.

A future episode of Secrets, Crimes, and Audiotape will include a story called “Air Force One”. It is about the sixty minutes that followed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The story focuses on the doubts Jacqueline Kennedy had about whether people close to her could have had a hand in the crime.

Another story featured on the podcast is called “Upper West Blues: A Black Cat Murder Mystery”. It is told from the viewpoint of a black cat who was a key witness to a murder mystery. This audio drama was adapted from the story written by award-winning writer Marcy Kahan.

The first episode of Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape will be released on September 20, 2016. New episodes will be available every Tuesday.


Wondery Adds Three More Podcasts



Wondery logoWondery was founded earlier this year by Hernan Lopez, the former CEO of Fox International Channels. In March, Wondery added some staff. Recently, Wondery has added three more podcasts to its network.

In March of 2016, Jeffery Glaser joined Wondery as president of content. (Previously, he was the head of current programing at 20th Century Fox Television.) Christina Haro was appointed as account executive, brand solutions, at Wondery that same month. The original plan was for Wondery to begin releasing its first batch of shows by summer of 2016.

The newly added shows are:

Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe was created by audio drama pioneer Thomas Lopez of ZBS. Ruby is a “smart, tough, sexy detective” that has been hired to track down the malefactors who are manipulating the media on planet Summa Nulla.

Radio Drama Revival is hosted by David Rheinstrom and produced twice a month. Radio Drama Revival showcases a piece of top-quality audio fiction made by independent and professional producers alike. It covers a variety of genres “from historical epics, to science fiction, from spine-tingling horror and suspense, to wacky situation comedies, from intimate dramas to experimental sound art.”

The Cleansed is described as: “Equal parts “Mad Max” and “The Stand”, this post apocalyptic saga is set in a world 15 years after the collapse of the world as we know it.” It is an epic serialized audio drama adventure with 30+ actors, cinematic sound design, and original music.

Those three shows join with the three that had previously been added to the Wondery network. Real Crime Profile focuses on profiling the behavior of people from real criminal cases. Mad About Movies is described as “your go-to podcast for all things cinema”. Thirty Twenty Ten is a pop culture time machine that examines TV, movies, music, and video games from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s


Wondery has Added Staff



Wondery logoWondery is a podcast company that was founded by Hernon Lopez, the former CEO of Fox International Channels. In January, he left his job running 350 international TV channels for Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, Inc. in order to build his Wondery podcast network. It is anticipated that Wondery will release it’s first batch of shows in the summer of 2016. Some newly hired staff have been recently added to Wondery.

Jeffery Glaser, who was previously the head of current programming at 20th Century Fox Television, is joining Wondery as president of content. Jeffery Glaser will own an equity stake in Wondery alongside founder Hernan Lopez. Under Glaser’s direction, Wondery will expand development of both scripted and unscripted programming for its lineup of podcasts.

Christina Haro has been appointed as account executive, brand solutions, at Wondery. She will start on April 4, 2016. Previously, Christina Haro worked in a cross-platform role encompassing TV, radio and digital, and as an account executive and marketing strategist at Univision Communications.