Spotify is apparently expanding the team responsible for working on Prince Harry and Meghan Marklefor the music streaming platform, a year after the pair signed a multi-year, $25 million deal to create exclusive content through their production company, Archewell Audio.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have only released one podcast so far under this contract, a 33-minute holiday special in December 2020, featuring their son Archiefirst public words from and sound cameos from a wide range of stars, including Stacey Abrams, Christina Adane, Jose Andres, Brene Brown, Rachel Cargle, Deepak Chopra, James Cordon, Matt Haig, Mr Elton John, Hussain Manawer, Naomi Osaka, Tyler Perryand George the poet. At the time of the podcast’s release, many outlets reported that Archewell Audio’s first full series was due out in 2021, but that never materialized.
In July, Archewell Audio hired an experienced podcast producer, Rebecca Sananesbut now Spotify is “taking production in hand”, focusing more on the royal couple’s upcoming projects and advertising for internal staff to cover “every step” of the production process, according to the Daily Mail. The company is hiring producers to work exclusively with Archewell Audio through its podcast arm, Gimlet, offering applicants a six-month contract based in Los Angeles. The outlet claims an ad for a senior producer role reads: “We are currently in the process of building a show team who will build and launch a new original show with Archewell featuring the voices of women The ideal candidate has experience working with high-level talent and an interest in the intersection of social activism and popular culture.”
When they first signed the deal with Spotify, Harry and Meghan said in a joint statement: “What we love about podcasting is that it reminds us all to take a moment and really listen, to connect with each other without distraction. With the challenges of 2020, there has never been a more important time to do so, because when we get along and hear each other’s stories, it reminds us of how interconnected we all are.
Dawn Ostroff, Spotify’s Chief Content and Advertising Business Officer, also said of the partnership in a press release: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex may live in California, but the power of their voice lies in their status. of citizens of the world. That they are embracing the extraordinary capacity of podcasts on Spotify while seeking to elevate underrepresented voices speaks to their appreciation of the potential of audio storytelling. We’re proud to partner with The Duke and Duchess and look forward to listeners hearing directly from them and the other creators they’ll be raising through our global platform.
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