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Audible has partnered with independent podcast company Treefort Media to produce original scripted audio series as part of a multi-project, first-look development and production deal.
Among the projects is Killing Hollywood: The Cotton Club Murder, a drama featuring Juliette Lewis, Christian Slater and Rainn Wilson. The show is based on the true story of drug dealer Lanie Jacobs, who teams up with a theater producer for a stake in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Cotton Club. The series, written by Daniel Thomsen and Jeffery Baker, will launch exclusively on Audible on May 27.
Additional greenlit projects include police procedural crime drama Fishpriest, written by Mike Batistick and featuring Ethan Hawke as a bounty hunter and former undercover cop in the Bronx during 1993; and Moriarty, a show set in an alternate Sherlock Holmes-universe in which Holmes is a brilliant, but evil, force. Dominic Monaghan stars as Moriarty, a good man forced into the underworld whom Holmes frames him for murder. The series is written by Charles Kindinger.
“We’re thrilled to kick off this robust collaboration with Treefort Media, a formidable producer of supremely entertaining audio content,” said Rachel Ghiazza, executive vice president and head of U.S. content at Audible. “Audible listeners have an insatiable appetite for dynamic, high quality scripted audio and we can’t wait to serve them up with these compelling new series to start — and then even more to come.”
Release dates for the latter two projects will be forthcoming.
Based in Los Angeles, Treefort Media was founded in 2018 by Kelly Garner and specializes in fiction and unscripted audio storytelling. Its projects include Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood, which was been downloaded over 20 million times.
UTA negotiated the deal on behalf of Treefort Media.
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