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Spotify commissions BBC Studios for podcast documentary on The Clash

BBC Studios has received its first commission from music streaming service Spotify to produce a podcast documentary about London punk band legends, The Clash. Narrated by Public Enemy’s Chuck D, Stay Free: ...
February 14, 2019

BBC Studios has received its first commission from music streaming service Spotify to produce a podcast documentary about London punk band legends, The Clash.

Narrated by Public Enemy’s Chuck D, Stay Free: The Story of The Clash (8 x 30-45 minutes) dives into the origins, the reign and the self-destruction of the seminal 1970s punk band.

“Delivering our first Spotify commission has been an amazing creative experience – using rare archive material and interviews it brings the story of The Clash to life for a whole new generation,” said Georgia Moseley, creative director, BBC Studios digital and executive producer for Stay Free, in a statement.

Stay Free: The Story of The Clash will be available on Spotify on Feb. 28.

The BBC Studios Digital team creates original content for new platforms and develops innovative forms of storytelling for young audiences. Recent commissions in the digital studio’s portfolio includes such short-form formats as Big Narstie’s Let’s Settle This for BBC3 and BBC Earth: Life in VR for Google Daydream.

BBC Studios also produces a range of music content, including the documentary David Bowie: Finding Fame and coverage of the Somerset-based Glastonbury festival.

The announcement of this commission comes on the heels of recent news that Spotify is to acquire podcast creator Gimlet Media and Anchor, a provider of podcasting-related tools. With the acquisitions, Spotify is positioning itself to become “the premier producer of podcasts and the leading platform for podcast creators,” the company said in a statement.

The deals are expected to close in the first quarter of 2019 and are subject to customary closing conditions.

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