Endemol Shine North America, part of Banijay Americas, is partnering with KT Studios and its founder and CEO, Stephanie Lydecker, to develop and produce original podcasts. The announcement came from Sharon Levy, Endemol Shine North America’s chief content officer.
KT Studios — whose recent hit, The Piketon Massacre, was the #1 podcast in the country with nearly 20 million impressions — will partner with Endemol Shine North America to develop a range of podcasts, initially focused on the true crime, relationships, music, food and “female-centric” genres. Along with developing original concepts, the partnership will also leverage titles from Banijay’s library of formats for potential adaptation into podcasts. The audio content will also be used to produce companion podcasts for on-air U.S. series and to develop ideas and test concepts and IP for future TV adaptations.
KT Studios creates, develops and produces content for all platforms, including the documentary Murdered and Missing in Montana (Peacock and Oxygen), Injustice with Nancy Grace (Oxygen), The Masked Singer Podcast (Fox) and upcoming premieres Crazy in Love and Death Island (both for iHeartMedia). The prodco is also currently shooting several documentaries for streaming platforms as well as a major U.S. cable network.
“Expanding our storytelling approach to the podcast space is incredibly important to us as creators,” Levy (pictured left) said in a statement. “We want to make compelling content that audiences can find and in a way that’s best for them. Stephanie and her team have enjoyed a tremendous amount of success in the podcast space and pairing them with our development department and our company’s vast library should make for a potent combination.”
“Sharon Levy is one of the finest and most fearless content creators in our industry,” added Lydecker (pictured right). “The entire KT Studios team — led by CCO, Courtney Armstrong and I are excited to bring a fresh and imaginative premium slate to the podcast marketplace.” Lydecker continues, “This strategic partnership with Sharon Levy and the entire Endemol Shine North America team has limitless potential.”