It is a series of interviews presented by isaac mizrahiA workplace improv comedy created by Ron Howard and Penelope Spheeris, a true crime deep dive from Los Angeles’ punk rock scene of the early 1980s to a notorious murder case, highlights the first list of original podcasts produced by. imagine Entertainment through a joint venture with radio and podcasting giant iHeartMedia.
Imagine and iHeart entered into a podcast production deal in December 2021. The first fruits of this partnership are starting today with the launch of “Hello Isaac”, a weekly interview series where the fashion and media entrepreneur meets with important names like Carson Kressley and Andy. cohen. New episodes will air on Mondays.
The full Imagine list of six original podcasts includes a mix of unscripted titles as well as “Workers Only,” an improv comedy created by Ron Howard that revolves around employees at a major box office; a multi-part look at the sugar industry (“Big Sugar”); A provocative introduction by climate scientist Chris Turney (“Unf*cking the Future”) and an inspiring story featuring Muhammad Ali (“The Tao of Muhammad Ali”).
“At Imagine Entertainment, our priority has always been to tell stories that inspire and empower, and we are excited to launch our first roster of programs as we expand into the audio space with iHeartMedia,” said Justin Wilkes, president of Imagine Entertainment.
Imagine’s move to premium original audio content was led by Imagine Audio president Kara Welker and producer Nathan Kloke. Wilkes and Howard are executive producers across the podcast list, with iHeartPodcasts co-creating six titles.
“We’re delighted to announce this compelling list of thought-provoking content that puts issues like climate change and the billion-dollar sugar industry through a whole new lens, alongside iconic names like Ron Howard and Isaac Mizrahi,” said Conal Byrne, CEO of iHeartMedia. Digital Audio Group. “Imagine Entertainment has an outstanding decades-long reputation for bringing award-winning TV shows, feature films and documentaries to our screens, and we look forward to bringing Imagine’s bespoke content to even more audiences in audio through iHeartPodcasts.”
Here are Imagine’s descriptions and launch dates for the six series:
- “Hello Isaac” (debuting June 12): Isaac Mizrahi is an all-round master – an iconic fashion designer, actor, singer, TV host, and also a pretty good cook! Isaac will join experts in their fields to learn how their lives – failures, successes and processes – have made them the experts they are today. Featured Guests on this raw, honest and hilarious interview show include Carson Kressley, Andy Cohen, BenDelaCreme, and more. Made with Awfully Nice.
- “Big Sugar” (June 20): “Big Sugar” is a contemporary story that exposes corporate abuse, human rights abuses, DC lobbying, nutrition, while chronicling an epic legal battle that pits the multi-billion dollar sugar industry against migrant workers harvesting sugarcane. falls and destruction of the environment. Ruthless journalists and lawyers uncover an intricate web of relationships, policies and transactions involving the highest levels of government and the communities in which we live. From Novel and Weekday Entertainment.
- “Only Employees” (July 17): “Workers Only” from creator Ron Howard is an impromptu workplace comedy about employees who spend their breaks in a large department store debating, discussing and debating the day’s news. This podcast is an innovative and fresh take on a sitcom, with an up-to-date look at news from every angle and perspective. Made with Pretty-Fast.
- “Unfking The Future” (August 8): In “Unfking the Future,” climate scientist and exploration leader Chris Turney takes listeners on an increasingly urgent environmental journey and explores the grim reality and sensible solutions facing the planet today. must be applied now to save. Made with Awfully Nice.
- “Peter and the Acid King” (September 18): “Peter and the Acid King” takes listeners into a deep dive into the dirty, chaotic world of the Los Angeles punk scene of the early 80s and the brutal murder of New Wave Theater TV host Peter Ivers, dynamic actor and artist known for bringing punk rock to TV. It was created by Alan Sacks (Du-Beat-EO, Thrashin, Welcome Back Kotter) and narrated by punk historian and respected director Penelope Spheeris (The Decline of Western Civilization, Wayne’s World). Featured guests include Jello Biafra, Frank Salerno and Ron Howard. Made with Awfully Nice.
- “The Tao of Muhammad Ali” (October 3): From Davis Miller and based on his international bestseller, “The Tao of Muhammad Ali” will begin with the true story of how The Champ selflessly rescued a bullied teenage boy. The creator himself, Davis Miller, recovered from a crippling depression and pushed him to success through “Tao”. The show will transport audiences to the following years, when Davis and Ali were reunited while Ali Parkinson was in throes, sharing the wisdom and doctrine of The Champ and the stories of the many who made Ali a role model and guru for millions. Celebrities and influencers who were deeply touched and inspired by their time with Ali. Made with Awfully Nice.
Imagine’s audio activity stems from the growth of its documentary unit over the past five years, with major releases such as “Lucy & Desi”, “Thirteen Lives” and “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — the Touring Years”.
The iHeartMedia radio group has aggressively switched to original podcast content. The company offers a menu of 800 original series with more than 374 million downloads per month worldwide.
(Pictured: Isaac Mizrahi)