EXCLUSIVE: Audio Up, the podcast studio behind series like Anthony Anderson and James Ellroy, is accelerating its steps into TV and film.
The company, led by Jared Gutstadt, has hired Halloween and Black Swan producer David Thwaites at the helm of his fledgling motion picture division.
Thwaites was tasked with helping create scripted audio series with established writers and overseeing film and television development and production for its IP podcast.
Audio Up Series Features Sci-Fi Synth-Pop Musical Sonic Leapled by Anderson, The Playboy Interview with Michael Shannon, Midnight at the Sun Diner with Shea Whigham, Ellroy’s Hollywood death Travel and Bedtime Stories from the Ingleside Inn with Jason Alexander and Lance Bass as well as halloween in hell featuring Machine Gun Kelly and Uncle drank with Dennis Quaid and Gary Busey.
The company has a number of partnerships in this area, including a deal with MGM Studios, which invested $4.5 million in the company in 2020, and a film and television partnership with fledgling management and production company Range. Media Partners.
Hollywood has taken over the podcast IP to turn into TV series and movies like Amazon’s Back home and that of Apple The narrowing next door with hundreds of other projects in development.
Thwaites has spent time working for Peter Berg and Michael Lombardo’s Film 44, Miramax and Mike Medavoy’s Phoenix Pictures and recently produced John Ridley Needle in a stack of timewith Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Freida Pinto and Orlando Bloom.
“I’m thrilled to join Jared and Audio Up – they are true pioneers of high-end audio storytelling. I couldn’t be more excited to help shape these compelling narratives and adapt these audio experiences. innovations for TV, film and beyond,” said Thwaites.
“David’s understanding of the value of intellectual property through his work with established catalog assets will be truly transformative for Audio Up,” added Audio Up Founder and CEO Jared Gutstadt. “Unlike others in the space, we build our own media universe with a wide range of intellectual property concepts that are accompanied by scripts and music. If successful, we plan to create the next Encanto, Star is Born or Nashville. We are creating the IP of the future and are excited to bring David into our world to energize our Audio Up universe for cutting-edge streaming buyers.