Award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th, Queen Sugar) has inked a multi-year partnership with audio streaming giant Spotify. Under DuVernay’s multi-platform entity Array, DuVernay and Spotify will produce exclusive scripted and unscripted original audio programming.
Array joins Spotify’s global footprint – which recently surpassed 144 million premium subscribers and more than 320 million monthly active users around the world – to amplify a variety of voices and perspectives through podcasting.
“Recognizing the undeniable power of voice and sound, I’m thrilled to extend Array’s storytelling into the realm of podcasts,” shared DuVernay in a statement. “The opportunity to work with Lydia Polgreen and her passionate team drew us to Spotify as a home for our audio narratives and we couldn’t be more excited to begin this new creative journey.”
The deal will see Array partner with Spotify’s Gimlet studio on both scripted and unscripted narrative podcasts overseen by Array Filmworks president Sarah Bremner.
“Ava DuVernay and her team at Array are at the forefront of telling powerful stories about the most pressing issues of our time,” added Lydia Polgreen, managing director of Gimlet. “We’re so excited to bring their passion for lifting up forgotten and neglected voices to life in audio.”
All podcasts on Spotify, including exclusive titles produced as part of the partnership with Array, are available for free.