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Exclusive: XTR, Futurism producing podcast documentary “Age of Audio”

Bryn Mooser’s premium non-fiction film and TV studio XTR, which launched in September, has partnered with Futurism Studios and director Shaun Colón (A Fat Wreck) to produce a documentary set to ...
December 13, 2019

Bryn Mooser’s premium non-fiction film and TV studio XTR, which launched in September, has partnered with Futurism Studios and director Shaun Colón (A Fat Wreck) to produce a documentary set to explore the resurgence of audio storytelling and the world’s obsession with podcasts.

Age of Audio will delve deep into the resurgence of audio storytelling, examining “how what we listen to influences everything we do,” while also exploring the history of podcasts and how the medium has managed to reshape the entertainment industry.

Featured interviews will include well-known podcast leaders that have shaped audios rebirth, including Criminal and This is Love‘s Phoebe Judge (pictured) and Lauren Spoher, This American Life‘s Ira Glass and Stephanie Foo, Smodcast‘s Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier, Radiolab‘s Jad Abumrad, Lore‘s Aaron Mahnke, 99% Invisible‘s Avery Trufelman and Roman Mars, Paul F. Tompkins (Bojack Horseman) and Matt Gourley (Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend Podcast), among others.

“We’re witnessing a massive trend towards the consumer adoption of podcasts, leading more media and entertainment companies to enter the marketplace,” said Justin Lacob, head of development at XTR, in a statement. “Podcasts are captivating and transporting consumers back to the basics of audio-only as a storytelling medium which is what “Age of Audio” does — it takes you back to the creation of podcasts and where the resurgence began.”

“This is an unprecedented time for podcasts — and we are sharing with listeners exactly how they rose in popularity and changed so rapidly over a short amount of time,” said Clark in a statement. “I’m excited to reunite with two incredibly talented filmmakers in director Shaun Colón and EP Bryn Mooser, both of whom I’ve worked with previously and always hoped to find a future project to collaborate on again.”

Age of Audio is produced by Futurism’s Geoffrey James Clark and Catherine Mullen alongside Joel Herrera and Colón of [open-ended] films. XTR’s Mooser and Lacob serve as executive producers.

XTR, founded by Mooser, an Oscar nominee and the former CEO and co-founder of media company RYOT, is looking to capitalize on the explosion of new platforms for documentary storytelling — like Netflix, Hulu and Quibi — and to enable emerging voices to tell stories.

Futurism Studios serves as the content production and distribution studio founded by the Brooklyn-based online content and news provider, Futurism, that covers the breakthrough technologies and scientific discoveries that will shape humanity’s future. The company’s past projects include the Tribeca Film Festival sci-fi feature-length documentary I Am Human, about the future of man and machine, and the Alex Winter-helmed film Trust Machine: the Story of Blockchain, which was narrated by Rent and Clerks II actor Rosario Dawson.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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