XTR — the documentary studio behind titles together with Hulu’s Homeroom and Neon’s Ailey — is moving into podcasting with new division XTR Radio.
The division will launch with the documentary deep-dive present Human Drama Factor, hosted by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker This American Life contributor Davy Rothbart and KCRW’s David Weinberg. Set to premiere this fall, the collection will delve into titles like Paris is Burning, Roger & Me and Wild, Wild Nation with Oscar-winning filmmakers, doc fanatics and topics.
“As a lifelong documentary junkie, making a podcast the place we are able to take a magnifying glass to our all-time favourite docs — and the unbelievable topics on the coronary heart of them — is a dream come true,” mentioned Rothbart. “It’s particularly thrilling to collaborate with KCRW legend David Weinberg, probably the most distinctive, humorous, and gripping storytellers on the airwaves — and to workforce with XTR and Documentary+, who’re supporting and showcasing the very best documentary work on the earth. Whether or not you’ve been watching documentaries your entire life or are a newer convert, we are able to’t anticipate audiences to listen to what we’ve been cooking up!”
Radio XTR’s upcoming slate consists of Shelved, a partnership with Audible and Gunpowder & Sky, based mostly on musician and music journalist Tom Maxwell’s article collection by the identical title, initially revealed on Longreads. It’s an investigative podcast collection that, in accordance with its description, “will study songs and albums that, for one purpose or one other, have been shelved.”
Moreover, Ashley Ray Harris, comic and host of tv podcast TV, I Say, shall be producing a crossover collection that may stream solely on Documentary+. Radio XTR launches with a partnership with SomeFriends, the diversity-oriented audio leisure firm led by Andrew Kuo and Kareem Rahma. Rahma additionally serves as a senior advisor to XTR.
Previous to launching the podcast division earlier this yr, XTR launched the streaming platform Documentary+. Stated Justin Lacob, head of improvement at XTR: “With the launch of Documentary+, we’re capable of home a number of the finest documentaries of our time and provides audiences what they need – we’re excited to discover audio as a brand new method to dive into nonfiction tales and provides it our personal spin.”
XTR’s upcoming function’s slate Discovery+’s Insurgent Hearts and Hulu’s Homeroom, with upcoming doc function within the works on topics that vary from Diane Warren to compelled arbitration and NDAs.