Amazon Music and Wondery and Award-Winning Podcast Studio Pineapple Street Team Up for First-Ever Slate Deal
First two podcasts under the deal are Will Be Wild from reporters Andrea Bernstein and Ilya Marritz, detailing the events of the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, and an investigative series from renowned journalist Evan Ratliff
Amazon Music and Wondery have closed a slate deal with prestigious podcast studio Pineapple Street Studios, an Audacy company, the creator of notable hits such as Missing Richard Simmons, Wind of Change, Welcome to Your Fantasy, and 70 Over 70. As a part of the deal, Amazon Music and Wondery will co-produce at least four new projects with Pineapple Street Studios.
It is the first deal of its kind for Amazon Music and Wondery, and it follows the company’s successful collaboration with Pineapple Street on the critically acclaimed narrative series 9/12 from creator Dan Taberski, which landed on The New York Times’ “10 Best Podcasts of 2021” list and was named “Podcast of the Year” by Time and The Atlantic. Since 2016, Pineapple Street has been creating high-quality, premium podcast content, especially with investigative miniseries like Taberski’s Running from COPS and The Catch and Kill Podcast with Ronan Farrow.
“Pineapple Street is synonymous with exceptional, high-quality podcasts with some of the most accomplished journalists working today,” said Marshall Lewy, Wondery’s chief content officer. “Jenna Weiss-Berman, Max Linsky, and the entire Pineapple Street team know how to take fascinating stories and turn them into podcasts you can’t stop listening to, and that you’ll recommend to anyone who will listen. We are thrilled to be deepening our relationship with them as we continue to expand to more listeners around the world.”
“Amazon Music and Wondery have an absolutely incredible track record for reaching huge audiences with high-quality shows,” said Jenna Weiss-Berman, co-founder of Pineapple Street Studios. “We’re thrilled to be expanding our relationship with this incredible team to build on our success from last year with 9/12. We can’t wait for listeners around the world to hear these new shows.”
The deal kicks off with two groundbreaking new narrative podcast series: An investigative series from reporter Evan Ratliff, and Will Be Wild, a series from reporters Andrea Bernstein and Ilya Marritz, hosts of the award-winning podcast Trump, Inc., about the historical events that led up to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Will Be Wild is an eight-episode series from Bernstein and Marritz detailing the events that preceded the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, and examines the ongoing efforts to combat the anti-democratic forces that have been unleashed.
This announcement comes on the heels of the success of shows like SmartLess hosted by Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett, Suspect, and Harsh Reality: The Story of Miriam Rivera. Wondery shows accounted for seven of the Top 10 New Shows of 2021, according to Podtrac. In addition to a plethora of notable Original shows the premium podcast studio had created, Wondery has also recently collaborated with prominent creators, including leading family podcast companies Tinkercast and Gen-Z Media.
About Pineapple Street Studios
Founded in Brooklyn in 2016 by Jenna Weiss-Berman and Max Linsky, Pineapple Street Studios, an Audacy company, paved the way for in-depth, diverse storytelling by way of high-quality original and partner podcasts. Pineapple Street Studios creates inventive, award-winning original podcasts: multi-episode narratives, investigative journalism, branded series, and talk shows that routinely debut in the top ten on the Apple Podcasts charts, reach tens of millions of listeners, and have been cited repeatedly on “best-of” lists. Pineapple Street Studios is behind some of the most critically acclaimed shows, including Patrick Radden Keefe’s Wind of Change, Welcome to Your Fantasy, Missing Richard Simmons, Back Issue, The New York Times’ Still Processing, activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham’s Undistracted, and The Catch and Kill Podcast with Ronan Farrow.