QCode, a podcast content studio and network startup, announced it has raised $6.4 million in Series A funding, led by wireless and smart speaker maker Sonos with participation from the venture capital C Ventures.
With the funding round, Ryan Taylor, GM of Sonos Radio, will join the QCode board. QCode CEO Rob Herting, a former literary agent most recently with CAA, started the company in 2018 in partnership with production company Automatik and management company Grandview.
QCode shows that have been picked up for adaptation include Shana Feest Starring Demi Moore’s scripted erotic drama “Dirty Diana” (at Amazon Studios); “The Left Left Game” by Jack Anderson Staring Tessa Thompson (also at Amazon); and “Carrier,” an immersive first-person first-person thriller starring Cynthia Erivo, which is starring and producing a feature film adaptation from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin partners. Additionally, Tchernin Entertainment picked up the rights last year to adapt Qcode’s debut show, “Blackout,” a scripted apocalyptic thriller starring Rami Malek produced with Endeavor Audio.
QCode said it will use the funding to grow its production pipeline to more than 15 original podcast shows per year across multiple genres and through partnerships with other talent, production and media companies.
“We launched QCode as a world-class audio platform to empower creators and artists to build new and original stories,” Herting said. “From the start, we were committed to providing an excellent listening experience that makes Sonos a perfect fit with QCode. We look forward to building our next series of innovative and immersive audio-story experiences. “
Tayler from Sonos commented that “we admire the uniqueness in which QCode has redesigned the model to partner with artists and creators in a meaningful way and the benefit of creating exceptional content. We look forward to supporting and learning with QCode as they continue their mission to provide immersive storytelling in the podcast space.
Other QCode originals include the thriller “Borrasca”, produced by and starring Cole Sprouse (“Riverdale”, “Five Feet Apart”), and “Hank the Cowdog”, based on the popular children’s books, written and directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Matthew McConaughey.