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Wondery, the podcasting company run by former Fox executives Hernan Lopez and Jeffrey Glaser, is launching its first scripted audio series.
Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape will feature a series of dramatic and comedic stories — told over half-hour weekly episodes — that are focused on crime, love, mystery and conspiracy. The first story is “A Beautiful Spell,” an adaptation of Greg Kalleres‘ stage play of the same name about a husband and wife who wake up in the middle of the night afraid that they might have fallen out of love. Real-world husband and wife Jenna Elfman and Bodhi Elfman voice the story, which will play out over three episodes.
“Wondery is providing an amazing outlet for great stories that we can listen to on our schedule and anywhere — giving our imagination an avenue to be stimulated again,” said Jenna Elfman in a statement.
Lopez, who previously served as CEO of Fox International Channels, founded Wondery in January with a goal toward developing scripted stories for the podcast format. The company has received backing from Fox and in March tapped 20th Century Fox Television programming veteran Glaser to oversee content.
Secrets, Crimes & Audiotapes comes after the launch of Wondery’s first original podcast, Found, that explores stories of love, loss and hope through lost and found notes.
Lopez believes that podcasting can reinvent the audio space in the same way that on-demand viewing has impacted the television industry. “When you only have voice, foley and music, your imagination does the rest — and there is nothing more authentic than your imagination,” he tells THR. “People have been telling stories with their voice for 13,000 years. In many respects, what we are doing is the newest interpretation of the very first form of storytelling.”
Future episodes of Secrets, Crimes & Audiotapes will include “Air Force One,” about the 60 minutes following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and “Upper West Blues: A Black Cat Murder Mystery,” a story from writer Marcy Kahan about a murder told through the perspective of a cat.
“It’s exciting to work with such talented writers, producers and actors and within a short time, create dynamic storytelling that expands our choices of on-demand entertainment,” said Glaser in a statement.
New episodes of Secrets, Crimes & Audiotapes will be available every Tuesday beginning Sept. 20.
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