In today’s podcast news roundup, Ashley Flowers and Audiochuck (“Crime Junkie”) ink an advertising and content deal with SiriusXM; Slate’s “Slow Burn” returns next month with an examination of the L.A. riots; NBA star Fred VanVleet sets the launch of his interview podcast; and more.
Media and podcast company Audiochuck and its founder Ashley Flowers inked a multiyear deal that gives SiriusXM exclusivity to ad sales for top-ranked true-crime show “Crime Junkie” along with all other Audiochuck shows, which include “Anatomy of a Murder,” “CounterClock” and “Park Predators.” The agreement calls for SiriusXM’s Stitcher to distribute all Audiochuck content across all podcast platforms. In addition, under the deal, Audiochuck, SiriusXM, Pandora and Stitcher plan to collaborate to develop additional content accessible across multiple platforms. The deal was brokered by UTA, which represents Ashley Flowers and Audiochuck.
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Acast renewed its podcast deal with the BBC for three more years, under which Acast will continue to monetize BBC podcasts through advertising outside the U.K. The companies first started working together in 2018; since then, the BBC has launched more than 300 new podcast shows.
Slate has set a Nov. 3 premiere date for “Slow Burn: The L.A. Riots,” hosted by staff writer Joel Anderson (who hosted of “Slow Burn: Biggie and Tupac” and Slate’s “Hang Up and Listen”). For “Slow Burn’s” sixth season, Anderson will examine the 1992 Los Angeles riots following the acquittal of four LAPD officers in the brutal beating of Rodney King — investigating the police department’s long and largely unchecked pattern of racist abuse, the tensions between Black political leaders and a largely white police force, and the media’s role in the riot coverage. “Slow Burn: The L.A. Riots” will feature interviews with notable figures and includes the last known interview with George Holiday, the man who filmed the King beating, before he died from COVID-19 in September 2021. Listen to the trailer below or at this link.
Podcast production company Neon Hum, in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment, on Oct. 26 premiered “Smoke Screen: The Sellout,” the newest season of the investigative franchise “Smoke Screen.” Over the past year, Neon Hum teamed with grassroots media organization L.A. TACO to make the nine-episode season. Hosted by journalist Mariah Castañeda, “The Sellout” focuses on the rise and fall of Los Angeles city councilmember Jose Huizar and the fallout from his betrayal of his constituents. Huizar was arrested last year for allegedly taking bribes from real estate developers interested in building luxury housing and hotels in his district. The first two episodes of “The Sellout” are available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other platforms.
Audacy’s Cadence13, OBB Media’s OBB Sound and Scooter Braun’s SB Projects on Monday, Oct. 25, premiered “In Good Faith,” a new weekly podcast series hosted by Churchome’s lead pastors Chelsea and Judah Smith. In the show, the Smiths will challenge traditional beliefs and root themselves in broader universal principles that touch everyone, regardless of personal or religious beliefs. The weekly show will also regularly feature guests, such as Justin and Hailey Bieber, who join the Smiths on the series’ second episode, releasing Nov. 1. “In Good Faith” is available on all major podcast platforms. Listen to the trailer and follow the series at this link.
NBA champion Fred VanVleet and Acast are launching “Bet on Yourself,” an original podcast in which VanVleet and his business partner and mentor, Derek Folk, host inspiring conversations with emerging entrepreneurs about the obstacles and opportunities they encounter while breaking through in their industries. The 12-episode series will premiere Nov. 3. Listen to “Bet on Yourself” the trailer below or at this link.
Sony Music Entertainment made two key appointments in its podcast group: Yvonne Gerald is VP, podcast marketing (previously with Time, NBCUniversal and Viacom), and Monica Toribio is VP, podcast finance (formerly with Disney Theatrical Group). They will both be based in New York. Gerald will report to Emily Rasekh, podcast business development and operations, and Toribio will report to Steve Ackerman, EVP and co-head, global podcasts, and Jez Nelson, EVP and co-head, global podcasts.
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