New York, NY (February 17, 2021)— Cadence13, an industry-leading premium podcast company, unveiled the first three audio movies under its groundbreaking new scripted studio, C13Features. C13Features is focused on creating and owning compelling fictionalized feature-length audio stories of all genres that appeal to a wide audience. Cadence13 is part of Entercom (NYSE: ETM), who will be supporting each C13Feature with a strategic marketing plan which will make use of its portfolio of radio stations and digital assets that engage 170 million consumers each month.
C13Features marks Cadence13’s initial entry into the scripted podcast space, with the objective of a launching an entirely new creative model to give podcast listeners and sponsors, along with buyers in the entertainment business, a brand-new movie-like listening experience. While the podcast space has traditionally used the serialized multi-episode approach, C13Features aims to tighten the storytelling experience with compelling and dramatic creative arcs, and not force listeners to have to wait for more episodes to find out what happens next. C13Features aspires to give listeners gripping stories with a beginning, a middle and an end, all in one feature-length 90-minute episode, for listeners to experience however and whenever they’d like.
From psychological thrillers to horrors to fascinating stories of all genres, C13Features looks to imagine and define what the movie experience can be for the podcast space, while also creating an incubator for a new kind of IP attractive for film and television. These one-episode original scripted features will be helmed by Hollywood writers, directors, actors, and composers, and feature cinematic sound design and high-end production.
Chris Corcoran, Chief Content Officer and founding partner of Cadence13, created and developed the concept for C13Features, and will serve as Executive Producer for all features, and leads the new studio.
C13Features will release the following audio movies this year:
- Treat: When a small, seemingly perfect, town reels from the social turmoil defining modern America, its locals are driven to desperation. Hope presents itself in the form of a mysterious mystical Piper, who uses his powers to transform and protect the town’s prosperity for the next decade. But there’s a price to pay. Every ten years, on Halloween, the Piper and his spooky servants return to collect his payment from the townspeople. On this chilly picturesque Halloween, when the town falls behind on their payment, the Piper comes calling. When a teenage trio find themselves the focus of his wrath, chase ensues into the evening and they must unlock the secret of the Piper’s powers – even if it lies within one of them. Written by Nathan Ballingrud, with Babak Anvari and Lucan Toh of Two & Two Pictures.
- Ghostwriter: When Kate Michaels is offered a new project – to ghostwrite an intricate, violent novel about a mysterious killer — she knows it’s the last thing she needs to overcome her crippling anxiety. But she has no choice: she’s broke, isolated, nearly unemployable and the client, an idiosyncratic billionaire, insists she’s the only person he’ll work with. As they collaborate on the book, Kate finds herself growing dependent on her new client and increasingly sure that something is not quite right. As the novel’s plot comes to life, Kate comes to suspect that what they’re writing together isn’t fiction at all — it’s a memoir. When the murderous story she’s ghostwriting begins to blend with her reality, will anyone believe her? Ghostwriter is a cross between Silence of the Lambs and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Written by Alix Sobler, with Best Case Studios.
- The Followers: A newly married pair of 20-something social-media influencers are traveling the world on their honeymoon – posing for aspirational photos – when their dream adventure gets interrupted by a pair of strangers following them. Days earlier, the couple had reluctantly, but naively, agreed to promote an online church; their lives are turned upside down from that point on. As they honeymoon through Europe, they are followed by a sinister force that is imitating their photos and framing them for murder. Fearing for their lives and reputations, the couple is forced to conduct their own manic investigation. The Followers tells the story of one couple—stand-ins for an entire generation—who live and die online. A fast-paced thriller that is part Hitchcock, part travelogue, The Followers is a cautionary tale about social media, and the reverse effect of influence. Written by Brett Neichin.
Endeavor Content is working with Cadence13, bringing their experience and relationships to the new slate, as well as maximizing derivative opportunities for the IP across film and television.
“We’ve been disciplined and strategic, finding the right stories, writing, and characters that we feel meet our ambitious creative expectations,” said Chris Corcoran, Chief Content Officer, Cadence13 and Executive Producer, C13Features. “This is an opportunity to bring storytelling to the world in a brand-new, easily digestible experience, to create ‘movies for your ears.’ I can’t wait to bring these first three original audio features to life in this fashion.”
“We are thrilled to be working with world class creative talent to explore a new and exciting way to launch film franchises, together with our partners at Cadence13, bringing premium movies to podcast listeners, and then expanding these worlds across film and television,” said Lorenzo De Maio, Executive Vice President, TV Advisory and Audio, Endeavor Content. “In today’s growing content landscape, this is yet another unique opportunity to bring compelling storytelling to audiences worldwide.”
Download the C13Features art (credit: Curt Courtenay/Cadence13) and photo of Cadence13 Chief Content Officer Chris Corcoran (courtesy: Cadence13) here: https://we.tl/t-AD0qBiMTtE.
Cadence13, a leading premium podcast company, is part of Entercom’s Podcast Network and was named one of Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019.” Our roster of critically-acclaimed shows and personalities reflects the diverse conversations and interests happening in the world, led by a collection of voices that include Sophia Amoruso, Lili Anolik, David Axelrod, Rachel Brathen, Dean Budnick, Alejandra Campoverdi, Emma Chamberlain, Deepak Chopra, Gotham Chopra, Lauren Conrad, Remi Cruz, Charli D’Amelio, Dixie D’Amelio, David Dobrik, Ethan Dolan, Grayson Dolan, Kevin Durant, Elle Fanning, Jon Favreau, Emily Jane Fox, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Joe Hagan, Andrew Jenks, Sarah Knight, Tony Kornheiser, Payne Lindsey, Michael Lombardi, Karina Longworth, Jon Lovett, Alisha Marie, Johanna Maska, CJ McCollum, Jon Meacham, James Andrew Miller, Mike Murphy, Leon Neyfakh, Michaela Okland, Darienne Page, Anna Palmer, Gwyneth Paltrow, David Plouffe, Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt, JJ Redick, Davis Reid, Ben Reiter, Duncan Robinson, Rhett and Link, Jake Sherman, Tommy Vietor, Adnan Virk, Jessica Wapner, Tim Weiner, Ashley West, iO Tillett Wright, Andrew Yang, and many more. These storytellers represent both established and emerging personalities across sports, business, tech, politics, entertainment and news. Cadence13 is the home of C13Features and the Peabody Award-nominated C13Originals documentary studio, and has a broad range of programming partners including Comments by Celebs, Crooked Media, Entertainment Weekly, Girlboss Media, goop, Granity Studios, Headspace, HISTORY, Meredith, Mythical Entertainment, Punchbowl News, Ramble, Seven Bucks Productions, Smosh, Sports Illustrated, Tenderfoot TV, theSkimm, The Try Guys, ThreeFourTwo Productions, TNT, Up and Vanished, Vanity Fair, Who? Weekly and Yoga Girl, among others. Cadence13 is headquartered in New York, with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
ABOUT ENDEAVOR CONTENT:
Endeavor Content is a global leader in the development, financing and sales of premium film, television, theater and audio content. Endeavor Content seeks to facilitate more ownership and creative freedom for artists, creators and production companies in an ever-evolving media landscape. Endeavor Content is a division of Endeavor, a global entertainment, sports and content company.
ALIX SOBLER is a writer and performer who lives in New York. She has worked in theater and radio as a playwright, actor, and contributing writer to CBC, and Voice of America. Recently, the solo show she wrote for Margaret Trudeau, Certain Woman of an Age, was recorded for Audible at the Minetta Lane Theater in NYC, after successful runs at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival in July of 2019, and Second City in Chicago in the spring. Her plays have won or been finalists for multiple awards including the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition, the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and the Jane Chambers Award, among others.
NATHAN BALLINGRUD is the award-winning author of North American Lake Monsters: Stories, and Wounds: Six Stories from the Border of Hell. His short stories were adapted into the TV series, Monsterland, on Hulu and the feature film, Wounds. His first novel. The Strange, will be published in 2022.
About Entercom Communications Corp.
Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) is the #1 creator of live, original local audio content in the U.S and the unrivaled leader in local radio sports and news. Home to the nation’s most influential collection of podcasts, digital and broadcast content, and premium live experiences, Entercom engages 170 million consumers each month. Available on every device in every major U.S. market, the company delivers the industry’s most compelling live and on-demand content and experiences from voices and influencers its communities trust and love. Entercom’s robust portfolio of assets and integrated solutions offer advertisers today’s most engaged audiences through targeted reach, brand amplification and local activation—all at national scale. Learn more at www.entercom.com, Facebook and Twitter (@Entercom).