…The USG-Audio podcast The Followers: Madness of Two is being developed into a TV project by Anonymous Content. The move follows the company’s hiring of Jessica Grimshaw as senior vice president of unscripted movies, television and podcasts last year. “We work with a group of world-class directors, producers and journalists to develop unscripted projects around compelling characters, interesting worlds or ‘stranger than fiction’ stories,” Grimshaw told Deadline. “We are excited to create factual properties that embody the Anonymous ethos and brand.” The Followers: Madness of Two tells how a perfect suburban mother found herself enveloped by doomsday preppers and prophets.
…AdLarge has signed an ad sales partnership agreement with a financial expert Tori Dunlap, on the relaunch of the Financial Feminist podcast. The show, which wrapped its first season last summer, unabashedly addresses the stereotypical male-dominated focus in finance, while uplifting women and equipping them with the knowledge and tools to gain their own financial freedom. . “After such an incredibly successful and impactful first season, we are thrilled to bring the show back to a weekly format. The response to the show has been absolutely amazing, and we look forward to more thoughtful conversations and practical advice,” Dunlap said. She also signed with UTA, which brokered the deal with AdLarge. UTA will also help him grow his business through speaking engagements, live tours and brand partnerships.
…The cast of NBCUniversalThe first scripted podcast is getting ready. Actors Himesh Patel and Merritt Wever joined the cast for the USG-Audio-produced a scripted series called The End Up. Deadline reports that the fictional series is set in the future when terminal cancer patients who wish to end their suffering must attend a week-long boot camp. The podcast was written, directed and produced by Will Weggel and Danny Luber who previously created the “Stations Eleven” TV miniseries. If the podcast is successful, USG Audio will seek to develop the series into a television project.
… stitcher has released the trailer for its new original series Naked Lunch, premiering May 12 from Phil Rosenthal, the TV show creator behind shows such as “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Somebody Feed Phil.” Rosenthal will co-host the podcast alongside the TV writer and longtime Rolling Stone journalist savage david. On the weekly show, they’ll discuss what’s going on in their lives, as well as recent Hollywood projects. Episodes are often taped at Phil’s house, with lunch brought in from favorite local restaurants. The initial guest list includes Brad Paisley, Brad Garret and ray romano, Elaine May, jimmy kimmel, Nancy Silverton, Paul Reiser, Roy Choi, and others. SXM Media holds the exclusive worldwide rights to sell advertisements for the show.
…sports religion, the sports media production company founded by Tom Brady, Gotham Chopra and Michael Strahan, has announced a pair of promotions. supervising producer Meg Cirillo will move up to co-executive producer. Cirillo, who has been with ROS since 2019, will oversee all aspects of production and support the creative team. ROS is also promoting co-executive producer Giselle Paret to the executive producer. Parets, who has worked at ROS since 2018, will oversee showrunners, producers and talent at all levels, as well as oversee hiring.
….the Broadway Podcast Network Bow down, hosted by Eli Tokachcelebrates its 100th episode with a special live event featuring stars JJ Niemann (The Book of Mormon), Presley Ryan (beetle juice), Max Von Essen (Anastasia), and Antoine Rosenthal (Falsettos). “In honour of Bow down reaching its 100th episode, I wanted to do something really special,” the host said. Tokach. “So we edited our very first live episode with an audience. This episode is filled with previous special guests – to catch up with them and see what they’ve been up to since their voices filled your ears on the pod.”
…Turner Classic Movies announced The plot thickens will be the first season four this fall, in which the actress Pam Grier shares her remarkable life story with the host Ben Mankiewicz. “The word ‘iconic’ is overused in this industry, but Pam was truly a game changer when it came to the portrayal of black women in Hollywood,” Mankiewicz said. “Pam’s characters are unabashedly tough and fiercely independent, just as she was when she started in Hollywood five decades ago and remains so to this day.” In August 1973, an unknown black actress named Pam Grier knocked James Bond off the top spot at the box office when she starred in Coffy, a Blaxploitation movie with a ridiculously low budget, tons of nudity, and bloody violence. . TCM says The Plot Thickens has had “millions of downloads” with previous seasons examining the careers of actress Lucille Ball and director Peter Bogdanovich.
…The Spotify Music podcast Dissect will take on Bo Burnham’s “Inside” in its new season. The new season of the podcast will examine how Burnham created the musical series for Netflix, as well as a companion record album, during the pandemic. The Dissect team says the decision to review the “Inside” genesis is based on the fact that it “resonated as one of the few works of art that captured the collective anxiety and fear of living in 2020 while examining the wider implications of the internet, technology and social media. The seven-episode season premieres April 26.