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Trailblazer launches podcast initiative, plans for TV adaptations

Raleigh-based Trailblazer Studios has announced plans for a series of new podcasts. The initiative will kick off with American Sport (launching April 21 on Apple, Spotify and others), with other ...
April 1, 2021

Raleigh-based Trailblazer Studios has announced plans for a series of new podcasts. The initiative will kick off with American Sport (launching April 21 on Apple, Spotify and others), with other podcasts to follow in the sports, social justice and true crime genres. The company says it has plans to adapt all its new podcasts into television formats.

American Sport explores how sports has become an indelible part of the American experience. It’s hosted by sports history professor Matt Andrews, and will recount the landmark events that have defined our culture and changed the course of U.S. history.

“The expansion into podcasting allows us to be creatively nimble and amplify our voice in the premium scripted and nonfiction landscape,” notes Jeff Lanter (pictured), president and COO of Trailblazer Studios. “It also allows us the opportunity to tell the stories we want to tell beyond the boundaries of linear television.”

Trailblazer, which recently announced a project with Reuters to adapt its series The Body Trade, is also currently producing the doc Red Summer for Nat Geo. The prodco delivered nearly 100 hours of original programming in 2020, and says it is hard at work on several blue-chip natural-history and premium-documentary series for OWN, Discovery and others.

American Sport is developed and created by Matt Andrews. Katye Rone and Lanter serve as executive producers. Casey Helmick is consulting producer, with Aurelia Belfield serving as producer.

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