June 23, 2020
iHeartRadio and WarnerMedia Entertainment June 23 announced a partnership to co-produce a slate of companion podcasts for HBO Max’s upcoming catalog of original and legacy shows.
The first podcasts will be for the comedy thriller series “Search Party,” created by Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers and Michael Showalter, and sci-fi drama, “Raised by Wolves,” directed and executive produced by Ridley Scott. These podcasts, along with the entire slate of co-produced companion podcasts, will be available on HBO Max, iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are heard.
The new slate of companion podcasts will play as standalone productions in their own right, but will often center on and help promote HBO Max programming. Additionally, iHeartMedia and WarnerMedia will both commit marketing resources to promote the podcasts and other HBO Max content across the iHeartPodcast Network and other iHeartMedia broadcast and digital platforms. The companies may also produce podcasts for WarnerMedia’s television networks, TNT, TBS and truTV.
“Today’s streaming fans are hungry for more content the second they finish an episode of their favorite shows, and podcasts are a great way to keep those fans engaged while also giving our roster of creative talent additional tools to extend the worlds of their shows and stories,” Kevin Reilly, president of TBS, TNT and truTV, and CCO of HBO Max, said in a statement.
Primarily set in New York City, “Search Party” follows a group of privileged, self-absorbed twentysomethings whose search for a long-lost missing friend leads them down a dark and shocking path of no return. The first two seasons of the show are currently available on HBO Max and all episodes of season three will debut on the streamer June 25.
“Raised by Wolves” centers on two androids, Father and Mother, tasked with raising human children on a mysterious new planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task.