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Topic Studios, Audible Strike Podcast Production Deal (Exclusive)
by Etan Vlessing | HollywoodReporter.Com
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The slate development agreement aims at four new Audible Original podcasts, starting with ‘The Messenger,’ about a newly-radicalised Islamic in the wake of London’s 7/7 bombings.
First Look Media’s Topic Studios has signed a slate development and production deal to produce four new Audible Original podcasts.
The first podcast for Audible Plus from the deal is The Messenger, where investigative journalist Shiv Malik talks to a newly radicalised Islamist, Hassan Butt, after the July 7, 2005 London bombings, often referred to as 7/7. Also in the pipeline is American ISIS, a portrait of Russell Dennison, a 38-year-old American who went from a dead-end job at a car dealership to becoming a fighter in The Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate.
And Spotlight producer Topic Studios is at work on the untitled Lauren Ober/Gorilla Project, about Koko the female gorilla who rubbed elbows with Mr. Rogers, Betty White and Robin Williams as a pop culture phenomenon; and The Space Within, featuring Dr. Madeline Wyle, an academic and psychologist specializing in trauma and PTSD as she explores the possibility humankind is not alone in the universe.
All four Audible Original podcasts will debut on Audible Plus, the all-you-can-listen subscription audio service. Topic Studios has partnered with other podcast platforms and producers, including iHeartRadio, WarnerMedia Podcast Network, Stitcher, Spoke Media and Transmitter Media.
Earlier podcasts from Topic Studios include Politically Re-Active with W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu, Somebody, Anthem, Missing Richard Simmons and Headlong: Running from COPS and Headlong: Surviving Y2K.