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Hope everyone seems to be gearing up for the canine days of summer season. At this time’s concern features a Q&A I did with Chris Morrow, the newly employed head of audio at Plan B — the manufacturing firm based by Brad Pitt that has produced movies like Girls Speaking, Blonde, The Large Brief, and plenty of others.
The now over 20-year-old Hollywood manufacturing powerhouse has undergone a number of current adjustments. Final yr, Pitt offered 60 p.c of Plan B to French media conglomerate Mediawan in a deal that’s estimated to be price a whole bunch of hundreds of thousands. The acquisition is part of Mediawan’s technique to develop to English-speaking markets and purchase extra IP, of which audio is anticipated to play a job. Pitt remains to be concerned in Plan B’s management, and Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner have continued as co-presidents of the manufacturing firm.
In January, Plan B and Audible introduced a multi-project growth deal, the place the previous will create a collection of Audible Originals. Morrow has labored within the audio business for a few years — he’s been an editor on plenty of Gimlet Media exhibits, in addition to the co-creator of its scripted collection Mogul. Morrow shared with Sizzling Pod some insights on Hollywood’s evolving relationship with the audio world and what to anticipate from Plan B’s audio division within the months to comply with.
Additionally in at this time’s concern: I cowl some information about SiriusXM’s plans to sundown Stitcher and New York Public Radio’s struggles to chop prices.
This interview has been flippantly edited for size and readability.