George Clooney, one of the biggest movie stars, makes an audio change. Smokehouse Pictures, the production company founded by Clooney and film producer Grant Heslov, has announced an exclusive multi-project development deal with Audible. As part of this collaboration, Audible and Smokehouse Pictures will create a slate of audio-only original projects.
“We’ve both been avid listeners for many years, and couldn’t be happier to team up with Audible to produce original content exclusively for this great service,” Clooney and Heslov said in a joint statement.
Oscar and Golden Globe winner Clooney may be an actor, but he’s not new to directing and producing. And Heslov is the Oscar-winning producer of such films as “Argo” and “The Ides of March.”
“We are absolutely thrilled to be teaming up with George Clooney, Grant Heslov and the brilliant and creative minds at Smokehouse Pictures,” Audible Studios Head Zola Mashariki said in the announcement. “They ignited conversations and imaginations on the big and small screen, and we look forward to introducing our listeners around the world to Smokehouse’s distinctive, high-caliber brand of storytelling.”
This agreement follows Audible’s recently announced production and development deals with top creators such as Charlamagne tha God, Topic Studios, Treefort Media, Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco, Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street, Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajani’s Hillman Grad Productions, Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Dern’s Jaywalker Pictures, Steph Curry’s Unanimous Media, Kevin Hart’s HartBeat Productions, and The SpringHill Company, founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter.