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Glickmania Media Partners With iHeartMedia To Develop Slate Of Music-Driven Original Podcasts, Both Narrative And Unscripted, For The iHeartPodcast Network

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Glickmania Media Partners With iHeartMedia To Develop Slate Of Music-Driven Original Podcasts, Both Narrative And Unscripted, For The iHeartPodcast Network

Upcoming Projects Include “Unsung,” Created in Collaboration With The Award-Winning Story Pirates, And “Diane’s Inferno” Starring Actress and Musician Maya Hawke and Interscope Recording Artist Yungblud

LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK – MARCH 2, 2021 – Veteran film producer Jonathan Glickman’s Glickmania Media (RESPECT, THE ADDAMS FAMILY 2) and iHeartMedia, the number one podcast publisher globally as per Podtrac, today announced a joint venture that will include a two-year podcast co-production deal, focusing on a slate of original music-driven podcasts across many genres. As part of the deal, Glickmania and iHeartMedia will aim to release a minimum of two new podcasts per year together, which will be available on iHeartRadio and all major podcast platforms.

The collaboration will kick off with this summer’s “Unsung” series, which will be created in partnership with the wildly popular Story Pirates, creators of the number one podcast for kids. Additional co-produced titles will include the horror-musical “Diane’s Inferno” starring Maya Hawke and Yungblud, written and directed by Lisa Duva with original music overseen by executive producer Zach Dawes; “Lost You On The Dance Floor,” a murder mystery set against the rise and fall of the disco phenomenon, penned by renowned music journalist Matt Diehl; and from Jonathan Ezra and Robbie Roth comes the musical drama/journalism series, “Ballad Of An Outlaw,” which considers would-be Reagan assassin John Hinckley Jr.’s integration back into society.

“I believe there’s no better way to communicate a narrative than matching brilliant storytellers with equally talented music composers and performers,” said Glickmania Founder and CEO Jonathan Glickman. “By combining the spectacularly supportive iHeartRadio’s expertise with our deep well of existing relationships, we can support a panorama of experienced and emerging artists in a creative environment that enables everyone to take meaningful ownership of their work in the podcast space and beyond.”

“Glickman is a name that is synonymous with developing some of the most creative and compelling IP in the entertainment space,” said Conal Byrne, CEO, iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group. “They know how to tell stories in totally new ways – and those are the creators we love to support. We are excited to join forces with Glickmania Media to introduce this innovative, music-first slate of podcasts to millions of listeners across the globe.”

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About the slate:

UNSUNG, which will unite Glickman with the number one family podcast creators, the Story Pirates, is described as “Schoolhouse Rock meets Hamilton.” The podcast will create original hip-hop-driven tracks to create mini-musicals telling the stories of under-celebrated heroes across all fields, ranging from trailblazers who made a difference through social change to leaders in the areas of science, sports, and the arts. Enhancing the musical performances, each episode will highlight a different unsung hero through an engaging discussion between a kid and a modern-day expert in that subject’s field. “Unsung” will provide a spectrum of heroes – ranging from tennis player Althea Gibson to early Space Exploration pioneer Mary G. Ross to musician Sister Rosetta Tharpe – their moment to shine in a vibrant podcast using musical storytelling to connect with all generations of listeners.

DIANE’S INFERNO, written and directed by Lisa Duva, is a gender-flipped, horror musical retelling of Dante’s Inferno, set through the modern hellscape of New York’s underworld. Maya Hawke (STRANGER THINGS) voices Diane, a backup singer who crosses the East River, takes the H Train, and fights demons as she seeks vengeance on the killer of her rock star boyfriend, voiced by singer-songwriter Yungblud. Producer Zach Dawes (credits include Lana Del Rey, Sharon Van Etten, Arctic Monkeys) will oversee the music created forthis “Rocky Horror x The Warriors” toned musical.

LOST YOU ON THE DANCE FLOOR is a murder mystery set against the rise and fall of the 1970s Disco era. Acclaimed journalist and author Matt Diehl pens the story of a woman who discovers that her biological father was actually a legendary music impresario who vanished under a cloud of suspicion. Diehl’s work has been seen in every publication from Rolling Stone and Billboard to the New York Times. His book Notorious C.O.P.is being developed into a TV show, and will be produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

BALLAD OF AN OUTLAW is a part journalism/part fiction podcast about the life of John Hinckley Jr. and the people whose lives collide with his. The anthology series is created by playwright/journalist Jonathan Ezra and writer/composer Robbie Roth, directed by Ezra, and featuring original songs by Roth. 

The entire slate will be co-produced by Glickmania Media and iHeartRadio and will be distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network. Executive producers for UNSUNG are Benjamin Salka, Lee Overtree, and Jonathan Glickman; for DIANE’S INFERNO are Glickman and Molly Mankiewicz; for LOST YOU ON THE DANCE FLOOR are Glickman and Matt Diehl; and for BALLAD OF AN OUTLAW are Glickman, Jonathan Ezra, Robbie Roth and Helena Budnik. Matthew Frederick and Alex Williams will executive produce the full slate of shows for iHeartRadio. CAA brokered the deal on behalf of Glickmania.

About Glickmania Media Group

Glickmania is a new vision independent film and television production company, founded in February 2020 by veteran entertainment executive Jonathan Glickman. Glickmania is the natural evolution of Glickman’s continued focus on developing IP in partnership with the industry’s foremost creative talent and most interesting emerging storytellers. Glickman’s deeply rooted foundation and respect for Hollywood innovation and tradition has inspired his determination to explore the creation of properties across all content platforms, including film, television, podcasting and music outlets. Glickmania’s first productions include RESPECT, the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson, THE ADDAMS FAMILY 2 to be released October 9, 2021, WEDNESDAY, a new coming-of-age Netflix comedy series directed by Tim Burton and based on Wednesday Addams, and the film SCANDALOUS!, based on the clandestine affair between Kim Novak and Sammy Davis, Jr, starring Jeremy Pope (Hollywood), to be directed by Janet Mock (Pose).

About iHeartMedia, Inc.

iHeartMedia (NASDAQ: IHRT) is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month. It consists of three business groups.

With its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, the iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. Its leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms, including more than 860 live broadcast stations in over 160 markets nationwide; its National Sales organization; and the company’s live and virtual events business. It also includes Premiere Networks, the industry’s largest Networks business, with its Total Traffic and Weather Network (TTWN); and BIN: Black Information Network, the first and only 24/7 national and local all news audio service for the Black community. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics, targeting and attribution for its marketing partners with its SmartAudio suite of data targeting and attribution products using data from its massive consumer base.

The iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group includes the company’s fast-growing podcasting business — iHeartMedia is the number one podcast publisher in downloads, unique listeners, revenue and earnings — as well as its industry-leading iHeartRadio digital service, available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices; the company’s digital sites, newsletters, digital services and programs; its digital advertising technology companies; and its audio industry-leading social media footprint.

The company’s Audio & Media Services reportable segment includes Katz Media Group, the nation’s largest media representation company, and RCS, the world's leading provider of broadcast and webcast software.

Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.

Color Farm Media Teams Up With The Black Effect Podcast Network To Release Ground-Breaking, Narrative Podcast “Reparations: The Big Payback”

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Color Farm Media Teams Up With The Black Effect Podcast Network To Release Ground-Breaking, Narrative Podcast “Reparations: The Big Payback”

New podcast hosted by actress-writer-producer-activist Erika Alexander and filmmaker Whitney Dow probes into the burning topic of the day: reparations for Black Americans

NEW YORK – February 18, 2021 – Color Farm Media, the diversified media company behind last year’s critically acclaimed documentary film, John Lewis: Good Trouble, has partnered with Charlamagne Tha God’s and iHeartMedia’s The Black Effect Podcast Network to release a ground-breaking, narrative podcast, “Reparations: The Big Payback.” The podcast will debut today with new episodes airing every Thursday. Listeners can hear the first episode now on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are heard.

“Reparations: The Big Payback” is co-hosted by actress, writer, producer, activist and Color Farm co-founder Erika Alexander and filmmaker Whitney Dow. Erika, a Black woman, and Whitney, a white man, bring dual perspectives and a shared creative control to their partnership. The pair use their unique storytelling skills and experiences to explore the argument for and against the controversial topic of reparations for Black Americans. The podcast also investigates the underlying racist architecture of modern businesses, laws, policies and institutions that have their roots in slavery. Guests on the podcast will include Rev. William Barber, Tom Steyer, Robin Rue Simmons, Gwen Carr, Saru Jayaraman and more.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Charlamagne Tha God and iHeartMedia to launch this important podcast at a critical juncture in the history of America,” said Alexander. “We sit on the precipice of an opportunity to heal America’s divide through leaning in to a greater understanding of the restorative powers of reparations.”

“I believe the need for true racial reconciliation is one the most pressing issues confronting our country today, and that an honest conversation about reparations is a critical component in beginning to heal the wounds of slavery,” said Dow. “I am excited to be part of that conversation and grateful to The Black Effect Podcast Network for giving Erika and me the opportunity to bring that conversation to the world.”

“Erika Alexander is brilliant. Anytime I can assist her in bringing any one of her visions to life it's a no brainer for me,” said Charlamagne Tha God. “There are so many conversations revolving around reparations and the case for Black Americans to have reparations, and hopefully this project adds to those conversations and makes people realize why reparations isn't just a request, but a necessary step for this country to take in order for it to atone for the sin of slavery and finally get to a real place of healing.”

Listen to “Reparations: The Big Payback” on iHeartRadio and follow the podcast to be alerted when new episodes are available.

About Color Farm Media

Self-described as the “Motown of film, television and podcasts,” Color Farm Media was launched in 2017 by actress-writer-producer-activist Erika Alexander (Living Single, Get Out, Wu-Tang: An American Saga, Run The World) and media/tech entrepreneur and activist Ben Arnon. Color Farm focuses on unique IP. They develop and produce premium-quality scripted and non-scripted content across all platforms. Color Farm’s mission is to bring greater equity and inclusion to media and to empower and elevate underrepresented, overlooked and undervalued voices.

About The Black Effect Podcast Network

The Black Effect Podcast Network is a transformative network founded by renowned cultural architect, executive producer, bestselling author, and media mogul Charlamagne Tha God. In a historic joint venture with the world’s number one commercial podcast publisher, iHeartMedia, Charlamagne and iHeartMedia created the groundbreaking first-ever Black Effect Podcast Network, celebrating the most important Black culture-shapers on the planet—in education, politics, entertainment, sports and pop culture. The Black Effect Podcast Network gives rise to emerging and established content creators and storytellers whose perspective and creative vision have been marginalized and overlooked while serving an audience that has been underserved. The Black Effect Podcast Network helps its partners define their place in culture through influence, ideas, and experiences that engage, inspire, inform and empower.

About iHeartMedia, Inc.

iHeartMedia (NASDAQ: IHRT) is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month. It consists of three business groups.

With its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, the iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. Its leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms, including more than 860 live broadcast stations in over 160 markets nationwide; its National Sales organization; and the company’s live and virtual events business. It also includes Premiere Networks, the industry’s largest Networks business, with its Total Traffic and Weather Network (TTWN); and BIN: Black Information Network, the first and only 24/7 national and local all news audio service for the Black community. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics, targeting and attribution for its marketing partners with its SmartAudio suite of data targeting and attribution products using data from its massive consumer base.

The iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group includes the company’s fast-growing podcasting business — iHeartMedia is the number one podcast publisher in downloads, unique listeners, revenue and earnings — as well as its industry-leading iHeartRadio digital service, available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices; the company’s digital sites, newsletters, digital services and programs; its digital advertising technology companies; and its audio industry-leading social media footprint.

The company’s Audio & Media Services reportable segment includes Katz Media Group, the nation’s largest media representation company, and RCS, the world's leading provider of broadcast and webcast software.

Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.

iHeartMedia and Novel Partner to Launch New Slate of iHeartRadio Original Podcasts

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iHeartMedia and Novel Partner to Launch New Slate of iHeartRadio Original Podcasts

iHeartMedia’s partnership with the leading UK podcasting company will include eleven new podcast docuseries over the next three years, focused on stranger-than-fiction true stories

NEW YORK – February 24, 2021 – iHeartMedia, the No. 1 podcast publisher globally according to Podtrac, today announced a new partnership with Novel, one of the UK’s leading independent podcast companies, to co-produce a series of narrative, in-depth investigative podcasts. Together, iHeartMedia and Novel will launch eleven new, original podcast series over the next three years, starting with “The Assault on America” and “Deliver Us From Ervil.”           

The expansive new slate features a collection of ambitious audio docuseries aimed at giving listeners access to worlds they never knew existed. From the real-life superheroes appearing at Black Lives Matter protests to a violent fundamentalist Mormon cult installed near the US-Mexican border, these new iHeartRadio Original Podcasts feature in-depth, narrative investigations of unexplored subcultures and stranger-than-fiction true stories.

“We're thrilled to be entering into such an exciting partnership with iHeartMedia,” said Sean Glynn, CEO of Novel. “Pairing Novel's best-in-class storytelling credentials with iHeartMedia's excellent editorial judgment and global distribution is an incredibly compelling combination.”

“This new partnership will allow us to produce deeply researched, narratively rich investigative series at scale that grip listeners right off the bat,” added Max O’Brien, Head of Content at Novel. “We couldn't be more proud to be the first UK-based podcast company to sign a slate deal with iHeartMedia.”

In addition to announcing the deal, the companies also shared details on the first two podcast series set to debut as part of the partnership. 

“The Assault on America” tells the inside story of the insurrection at the Capitol like you’ve never heard before. Working with open-source investigative journalists Bellingcat, Novel painstakingly collected thousands of hours of smartphone footage, including 1,200 videos that directly incriminate protestors. Scouring the darkest corners of right-wing websites like 8chan, Parler and Gab, this series uncovers chilling, never-before-heard footage and comments posted by mob members. Much of this exclusive material has since been deleted from the web, but has been preserved by Bellingcat. Now, we’ll hear the events of January 6th brought to life in 360-degree detail.

“Deliver Us From Ervil” is an investigative true-crime series in which a groundbreaking team of journalists enters a lawless town on the border of Mexico run by a secretive religious sect living in exile and outside the jurisdiction of the U.S. government since 1924. The journalists will speak to the inhabitants of this strange town and uncover the secrets behind the surreal desert fortress with a murderous past that continues to haunt all who enter.     

“We’re eager to collaborate with the brilliant minds at Novel to bring listeners an incredible new lineup of history, true-crime and documentary podcasts,” said Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network. “Novel has a penchant for producing award-winning docuseries, and we couldn’t be more excited to join forces and bring their storytelling talent and expertise to the iHeartPodcast Network.”

The new slate of co-produced podcasts will be distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network, which is home to more than 750 original podcasts with over 253 million downloads and streams each month.

About Novel

Novel is one of the UK’s leading independent podcasting companies. The team is made up of 13 members of full-time in-house staff and two board members, one of whom is the former CEO of VICE UK. Recent highlights include: The Bellingcat Podcast (Audio Production Award Gold winner, two-time ARIA winner, British Podcast Award winner, PSA Political Podcast Of The Year — Financial Times: “Extraordinary in detail, tenacity and execution;” Esquire: “Clear-eyed original reporting … dramatic”); Kim Noble’s Futile Attempts (At Surviving Tomorrow) (The Observer: “Wilder and more interesting than almost everything else out there;” The Sunday Times: “Brutal and deeply compelling;” Financial Times: “Unlike anything else you’ve heard;” The Guardian: “Darkly comic and beautiful”); The Political Butterfly Effect (Sunday Times: “Neatly, briskly, sharply produced;” New Statesman: “Fun, forensic hypothesizing ;” Politico “Essential listening”) and Remembering Christopher Hitchens. Visit we-are-novel.com for more company information.

About iHeartMedia, Inc.

iHeartMedia (NASDAQ: IHRT) is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month. It consists of three business groups.

With its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, the iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. Its leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms, including more than 860 live broadcast stations in over 160 markets nationwide; its National Sales organization; and the company’s live and virtual events business. It also includes Premiere Networks, the industry’s largest Networks business, with its Total Traffic and Weather Network (TTWN); and BIN: Black Information Network, the first and only 24/7 national and local all news audio service for the Black community. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics, targeting and attribution for its marketing partners with its SmartAudio suite of data targeting and attribution products using data from its massive consumer base.

The iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group includes the company’s fast-growing podcasting business — iHeartMedia is the number one podcast publisher in downloads, unique listeners, revenue and earnings — as well as its industry-leading iHeartRadio digital service, available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices; the company’s digital sites, newsletters, digital services and programs; its digital advertising technology companies; and its audio industry-leading social media footprint.

The company’s Audio & Media Services reportable segment includes Katz Media Group, the nation’s largest media representation company, and RCS, the world's leading provider of broadcast and webcast software.

Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.

POPSUGAR Expands Its Audio-First Storytelling With Inaugural iHeartRadio Podcast “Not Over It”

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POPSUGAR Expands Its Audio-First Storytelling With Inaugural iHeartRadio Podcast “Not Over It”

Weekly 50-Episode Season One Premieres Tuesday February 16

“Not Over It” Expands Group Nine Media’s Existing Portfolio-Wide Podcasting Program with iHeartMedia

SAN FRANCISCO – (February 16, 2021) – POPSUGAR, the no. 1 female lifestyle brand globally, today announced that it has partnered with iHeartRadio, the no. 1 podcast publisher globally, to premiere its inaugural collaborative podcast, “Not Over It” on Tuesday, February 16. “Not Over It” is for the pop culture obsessed. POPSUGAR hosts Becky Kirsch and Zareen Siddiqui break down the biggest moments in celebrity and entertainment news, providing the kind of in-depth analysis, banter, and theories that take over your group texts and happy-hour conversations. POPSUGAR’s new podcast is the fifth podcast from Group Nine Media’s portfolio-wide podcast partnership with iHeartMedia, which launched in 2019.

Listen to the podcast here.

“Not Over It” season one features 50, 30-40 minute episodes released weekly on Tuesdays that cover all of the pop culture moments that we’re still not over: from celebrity couples we never saw coming, the Internet’s latest Netflix boyfriend (the Duke from Bridgerton), why we can’t stop watching Grey’s Anatomy, and more. Guests will include other POPSUGAR editors and celebrity talent. 

“In 2021, we know audio-first platforms will continue to be an important way to stay connected to our massive loyal audience of modern women,” said Lisa Sugar, Founder and President of POPSUGAR. “It’s why we are so excited to launch our first iHeartRadio podcast and extend our editors’ pop culture expertise in a new, engaging format.”

POPSUGAR’s “Not Over Itis an iHeartRadio Original Podcast and is distributed through the iHeartPodcast Network. “Not Over It” is produced in collaboration with Group Nine Studios. Listen now on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are available.

ABOUT POPSUGAR

POPSUGAR is the #1 most engaged-with Women’s Lifestyle site in the U.S. according to Comscore [Comscore, February 2020]. The company reaches young women through its positive and purpose-driven content across multiple platforms, spanning entertainment, fashion, beauty, fitness, parenting, and more. POPSUGAR reaches 1 in 2 millennial women in the United States and leads all women’s lifestyle publishers in user engagement [Comscore & Platform Analytics, 2019]. In November 2019, POPSUGAR joined Group Nine Media, the #1 video publisher on mobile in the U.S., and home to The Dodo, NowThis, Thrillist and Seeker [Nielsen DCR, June 2020].

About iHeartMedia, Inc.

iHeartMedia (NASDAQ: IHRT) is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month. It consists of three business groups.

With its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, the iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. Its leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms, including more than 860 live broadcast stations in over 160 markets nationwide; its National Sales organization; and the company’s live and virtual events business. It also includes Premiere Networks, the industry’s largest Networks business, with its Total Traffic and Weather Network (TTWN); and BIN: Black Information Network, the first and only 24/7 national and local all news audio service for the Black community. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics, targeting and attribution for its marketing partners with its SmartAudio suite of data targeting and attribution products using data from its massive consumer base.

The iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group includes the company’s fast-growing podcasting business — iHeartMedia is the number one podcast publisher in downloads, unique listeners, revenue and earnings — as well as its industry-leading iHeartRadio digital service, available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices; the company’s digital sites, newsletters, digital services and programs; its digital advertising technology companies; and its audio industry-leading social media footprint.

The company’s Audio & Media Services reportable segment includes Katz Media Group, the nation’s largest media representation company, and RCS, the world's leading provider of broadcast and webcast software.

Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.

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