Amazon Music and Wondery, the independent podcast studio that Amazon picked up last year, have put together a diverse lineup of series in development for 2022 and beyond.
“This list features many shows that build on our past successes and break into new areas,” said Marshall Lewy, chief content officer at Wondery and Amazon Music.
“The Lead Starting Five,” a daily sports podcast from the creators of the award-winning “The Lead” podcast that will cover the top five sports stories in a 10-minute show, will debut later this month on Amazon Music. The longer form “The Lead”, which covers in-depth sports history in each episode, will now be released twice a week.
The change comes as Amazon Music has taken full ownership of “The Lead”, ending its partnership with The Athletic, which previously co-produced the show. Earlier this year, The New York Times acquired The Athletic for $550 million.
Scheduled to premiere on Monday, May 23, “The Lead Starting Five” will feature regular host Tiffany Oshinsky alongside a rotating cast of three guests. “We’ve wanted to add a flagship show for a long time,” Lewy said. “Abbreviated content continues to perform well,” he added, noting that part of the format change is to provide small-sized content that can be consumed on Amazon’s Echo family of smart speakers.
The new Amazon Music-Wondery list, which will be detailed during their IAB Podcast Upfronts presentation on Thursday, also includes:
- ‘Persona: The French Deception’: a series of investigations by journalist Evan Ratliff into one of the world’s biggest international scams – it’s ‘Catch Me If You Can’ meets ‘The French Connection’, according to Lewy. This is the second Amazon Music/Wondery co-production with Audacy’s Pineapple Street Studios; they previously teamed up on “Will Be Wild,” about the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
- ‘Daphne’: Reuters journalist Stephen Gray investigates why a blogger was killed by a car bomb outside her home in Malta, shattering the peace of the beautiful holiday island. Gray uncovers the island’s secrets, realizing that all is not what it seems in Malta’s elite society.
- “Fed Up”: A Wondery Original hosted by Casey Wilson, this six-part series is an investigative story about what happens when a popular diet leads to a massive online feud between two women.
- “Potato” and “Tepito”: Two co-productions with Sonoro, one of the main Latinx podcast networks. “Tepito” will feature notable talent from LATAM and highlight local and regional stories. The Spanglish scripted drama “Potato,” set in Mexico City, stars Stephanie Sigman (“Spectre”) and Tenoch Huerta (“Narcos: Mexico,” “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”).
Additionally, Season 3 of Wondery’s “Blood Ties” starring Gillian Jacobs (“Community,” Netflix’s “Love”) will hit ad-supported platforms in August (following its launch on the Wondery+ subscription service on August 9). may). S3 also stars Christian Navarro (“13 Reasons Why”) and Peter Stormare (“Fargo”, “Prison Break”)
The show follows Eleonore Richland (Jacobs), who, after revealing her father’s dark legacy, swore to clean up the family business – and hired her half-brother, Santino Reyes, to help her do it. In the third season, Eleanor comes to terms with what her father always taught her growing up: medicine is bloody business. This is the first Wondery show available in Dolby Atmos sound.
Lewy said “Blood Ties” is in development as an ongoing TV series, but hasn’t sold it to a streaming partner yet.
Amazon Music closed its acquisition of Wondery in February 2021, a deal worth around $300 million. Wondery’s previous popular podcasts – several of which have been adapted into TV shows – include “Dr. Death”, “The Shrink Next Door”, “Even the Rich”, “American Scandal”, “Over My Dead Body”, ” The Apology Line” and “Harsh Reality”.
Wondery-Amazon Music original podcasts are available on all major audio streaming platforms. Additionally, subscribers to the Wondery+ service get early access to select shows as well as ad-free listening.