Launch of the new podcast studio Paradiso with a series for Spotify, Sybel

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Former executives of Canal Plus, entertainment company Konbini and commercial Havas have joined forces to launch Paradiso, an international podcast production studio dedicated to delivering premium scripted, documentary and children’s content for global platforms. The company has already scored commissions from Spotify and Sybel.

The founding partners of Paradiso are Lorenzo Benedetti, founder of Studio Bagel and former director of digital creation for the Canal Plus Group; Louis Daboussy, former CCO of Konbini; and Benoit Dunaigre, who previously worked at Havas. The partners have already carried out a first fundraising campaign which will enable Paradiso to set up creative and production teams in Paris, London and Los Angeles, with a total staff of 35 people.

The aim is to produce at least 12 series by the end of 2020 for international platforms, such as Spotify, Audible, Sybel, Deezer and Majelan, and to create formats in several languages, including English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French. .

The company kicks off with two formats currently in production: “The Promo Hotline”, a short comedy interview format for Spotify written and directed by Géraldine de Margerie (“Tutotal”, “Call My Agent!”) and “The Killer With a Pockmarked Face”, an eight-part series for Sybel that follows the true story of the hunt for a French serial killer who has been wanted for over 33 years. This latest series is co-produced with Louie Media, Les Jours, Le Seuil and Sybel .

The company has two other series in development with Cyril Tysz and Guillaume Enard, the writers of the popular “Skam” series, and another format with de Margerie. More than 15 other podcast projects are in development.

Paradiso is also looking to build a library of formats that can be adapted into films and series in the same way that the “Homecoming” podcast was adapted into a series for Amazon Prime or “Serial” for HBO.

The Benedetti company partner is one of the pioneers of high-level audio creation in Europe. His production credits include “Calls,” a thriller series created by Timothée Hochet, which boasted a stellar voice cast and featured audio recordings found after mysterious tragic events. The series was broadcast on Canal Plus and bought by Apple for an international remake.

Through its Studio Bagel banner, acquired by Canal Plus in 2014, Benedetti has offered a platform to promising actors and produced an avalanche of successful short series such as “Les Tutos”, “Les Recettes Tipsy”, “Groom” and ” The Girls of Today.”

Paradiso has received financial backing from senior media executives such as Rodolphe Belmer, the former boss of Groupe Canal Plus, who now sits on Netflix’s board of directors; Mediawan, chaired by Pierre-Antoine Capton; Gregory Dray of Google; Julien Leroux of Cineflix Media; and the Iconoclast Company.

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