Joint ventures from the Copenhagen-founded podcast platform will feature talent including Adam Kay & Matt Edmondson, Jimi Famurewa and Anna Richardson
London, UK, Monday 13th February – Audio entertainment platform and podcast production studio Podimo has announced 20+ new podcasts made in partnership with leading UK production companies Listen, Mags Creative, Message Heard, TellTale Industries, Tortoise, Vespucci and What’s The Story Sounds.
Founded in 2019, Podimo has become the fastest growing podcast subscription service in Europe, growing 5x Year-on-Year. The app is currently available in Denmark, Norway, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, Finland, and across Latin America, and is expanding to more countries soon.
Podimo creates original content that can travel, amplifying the voices of creators from around the world, and has seen translation success across multiple markets with popular and award-winning shows like Forgotten: Women of Juárez and Murder In the North. Its previous productions in the UK include the chart-topping and award-nominated podcast The Missing hosted by Pandora Sykes, You Don’t Know Me with Chloe Combi and Letters From A Killerwith Sky Studios’ Transistor Films.
Podimo is dedicated to celebrating and investing in local talent. Its new partnerships will deliver formats that showcase the UK’s quality entertainment landscape and delve into its cultural conversations, while Podimo will also be bringing over its internationally successful European true crime and investigative podcasts.
Over the next year, Podimo will release 20+ podcast series in the UK, including:
5x weekly talent-driven series with Listen, starting with a chat series called Where’s Home Really? which invites celebrity guests to examine the links between their identity, culture and heritage, hosted by author, journalist, and MasterChef food critic Jimi Famurewa.
5x weekly series with What's The Story Sounds, starting with a comedic and informative chat series hosted by Adam Kay and Matt Edmondson which explores the long list of absolutely everything that might kill you. Podimo and What’s The Story Sounds have previously collaborated on The Missing which will be returning for a fifth series in 2023.
5x shows with Tortoise Media, including the previously announced weekly news series The News Meeting.
1x weekly call-in-advice show covering life, love, sex, relationships and everything else with Mags Creative hosted by Naked Attraction presenter Anna Richardson, featuring experts and celebrity guests.
1x weekly series with TellTale Industries titled Richard Wiseman’s On Your Mind hosted by best-selling author and social psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman and BBC’s CrowdScience presenter Marnie Chesterton.
1x limited series with Message Heard about the true story of the man who stole a piece of art from the world’s most famous artist, Banksy.
1x weekly True Crime series The Darkness Vaults with Vespucci which will make its English-language debut, having been translated across three languages to date.
Translations of Podimo’s existing Nordic Noir true crime hits, including Murder In The North which has launched across 7 markets and reached Number 1 in the podcast charts in the Netherlands, Finland, and Poland.
As part of its wider UK strategy, these podcasts will be available on all podcast platforms globally via RSS.
Podimo’s Global Head of Studios Jake Chudnow, said: "We’ve seen a great response from creators and listeners in the 3 years since we’ve been producing shows in the UK at a small scale. We feel the time is right to invest further in the market by collaborating with industry-leading partners and putting together a slate of exciting voices and shows that we think the UK audience will love. This is the next step in Podimo's exciting journey into the UK."
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Podimo is a premium audio entertainment subscription service that offers original and exclusive ad-free podcasts, audiobooks, plus podcasts from around the world via RSS feeds. As a global production studio, Podimo creates original content that can travel and amplifies the voices of creators from around the world. Previous Podimo UK productions include “The Missing” with Pandora Sykes, “You Don’t Know Me,” with Chloe Combi, and “Letters From A Killer” with Sky Studios’ Transistor Films. The app is currently available in Denmark, Norway, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, Finland, and across Latin America, and is expanding to more countries soon.
Listen are the UK’s leading independent podcast production agency working with the world’s biggest talent, brands and platforms on award-winning global podcasts. Its clients include BBC, Audible, Spotify, Amazon Music, ITV, BMW, Vodafone, MTV, Comedy Central, Sky Sports and many more. It passionately believes in the power of audio to tell the most compelling stories, supported by a 360 digital strategy that brings its podcasts to life in an ecosystem beyond audio. Listen have produced over 3,500 hours of content in the past 12 months, enjoyed by millions of listeners all over the world. Listen are the APAs 2021 Production Company of the Year and ALF’s Best Start Up Agency of 2022.
About Mags Creative
Mags Creative is a multi-award-winning professional podcast production and promotion company, founded by sisters Hannah and Faith Russell, in 2018. Reaching millions of ears every month, Mags Creative won GOLD for Best Network at the British Podcast Awards in 2022 and two ARIAS awards for Life Sentence and Puffin’s Mission Imagination podcast. Working with individuals and brands to tell their story in audio, Mags Creative produces high-hitting shows for the likes of Spotify, Amazon, Meta and Google, as well as a number of Originals including I AM...with Jonny Wilkinson and Blended with Kate Ferdinand.
About Message Heard
Message Heard is a multi-award-winning podcast company led by journalist and documentary maker Jake Warren (formerly of VICE and The BBC) and Head of Production, Sandra Ferrari (formerly of United Nations, CBC and The Guardian). We believe in creating podcasts with purpose. Since 2018 we have developed, produced and grown award winning and impactful shows including Conflicted (Nominated Best Co-hosts, The Lovies) Untold Killing (Silver winner Best Commercial Partnership, The Arias), Finding Natasha (Honoured Best Limited Series, The British Podcast Awards) and The Catch (winner, Best True Crime, The British Podcast Awards). We also continue to work both with and for numerous global brands, platforms and public bodies including Red Bull, Spotify, Amazon, The BBC Buffer and the UK Parliament. Message Heard believes in amplifying audiences, focusing on audio quality and championing creative storytelling.
About TellTale Industries
London and Brighton-based Telltale Industries is led by multi-award-winning producers Jago Lee (ex Creative Director Nerd TV and Blue Ant Studios) and Rami Tzabar (ex Editor at the BBC’s esteemed Science Unit). The company is backed by leading north American independent studio Antica Productions. It’s latest release, Love, Janessa for CBC Podcasts and the BBC World Service is a Top 20 podcast in more than a dozen countries one week after release, and has been picked up for TV adaptation by a major Hollywood studio. Telltale is in production on a number of ambitious audio-first projects for platforms including the BBC and Audible.
About Tortoise Media
Tortoise Media is an audio-first investigative newsroom based in London. Launched in 2019, as the name suggests, Tortoise focuses on slow news. Our journalism looks at stories that analyse what’s driving the news, not breaking it. Our current daily and weekly podcasts include the Slow Newscast, a weekly investigative show focusing on the stories that matter to the UK and around the world, and the daily Sensemaker podcast which looks at one story, each day to make sense of the world. Tortoise has also produced global hit investigative narrative series, such as Sweet Bobby, Hoaxed, and Londongrad. Alongside its audio offering, Tortoise’s newsroom produces its daily Sensemaker newsletter as well as weekly specialist newsletters focusing on Climate, Tech, Culture and Sport. It also hosts live events inside its newsroom, called ThinkIns – live and unscripted conversations held in the newsroom to discuss and investigate the stories that matter alongside expert guests.
Based in Los Angeles, New York and London, Vespucci works with a vast and diverse network of journalists, funding investigations and narratives for all audiovisual formats. Since it was founded in 2019, Vespucci has incubated intellectual property from all corners of the world, partnering with such companies as Hillary and Chelsea Clinton's HiddenLight, Elle and Dakota Fanning's Lewellen Pictures, Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal's La Corriente del Golfo, Zachary Quinto’s Before The Door Pictures, Steph Curry’s Unanimous Media, and Will Arnett's Electric Avenue. Recent releases include Second Chance (WGA Award-nominee, Variety: "The best Errol Morris movie that Errol Morris never made"), Operation Morning Light (FT’s Best Podcasts Of 2022), The Paddlefish Caviar Heist (Ambie Award-nominee, Esquire’s Best Podcasts Of 2022), Bad Money (Mashable’s Best Podcasts Of 2022), The Cost Of Happiness (Guardian: “A gripping tale”), Bonaparte (New York Magazine: “Evocative storytelling throughout”) and Radioman (Guardian: “Dazzling … a strikingly ambitious drama that rewards immersion”).
About What’s The Story Sounds
What’s The Story Sounds was born in 2019 with the mission of making podcasts that get under the skin of the story. Part owned by the Banijay Group, WTS’ heartland is compelling, thrilling, thought-provoking and insightful content, across always-on and mini-series, and with the aim of generating IP for multi-platform adaptation. We gravitate towards amazing factual stories of human experience: the exceptional and the extraordinary, wrapped up in unrivalled production quality, and boasting unique access. WTS produce award-winning and consistently charting content for a range of global clients, including BBC Sounds, Spotify, Amazon Music and Audible.This includes number 1 true crime series Body of Proof for Audible, Con Juan and Faceless for NBC. WTS produce The Footballer’s Football Podcast for BBC Sounds, with exclusive access to premier league players Callum Wilson and Michail Antonio. And WTS were the first company to win audio-access to the UK’s leading missing persons organisation, which resulted in award-nominated, The Missing.