NEW YORK, NY – JULY 21, 2020 – CUMULUS MEDIA’s Westwood One today announced a partnership with Imperative Entertainment’s podcast division to monetize, market, and distribute all Imperative Entertainment’s existing and forthcoming podcasts.
The first three episodes of their new series, American Skyjacker: The Final Flight of Martin McNally drop today. Between 1967 and 1972, more than 300 commercial airplanes were hijacked worldwide, with over 130 of those happening in the United States alone. This period would become known as “The Golden Age of Hijacking.” American Skyjacker is the tale of a small-time crook named Martin ‘Mac’ McNally who dreamed of the ultimate mile-high score: hijacking a plane and getting away with $500,000 in cash. But Mac’s hijacking is just the beginning of an epic and incredibly wild true-crime saga, detailed by the skyjacker himself.
American Skyjacker, hosted by award-winning Riverfront Times journalist Danny Wicentowski, was written, created, and produced by Eli Kooris and Joshua Shaffer of Pegalo Pictures, and executive-produced by Jason Hoch, President of Imperative Entertainment’s Podcast Division. The captivating new 10-part series is available on all major platforms.
Following American Skyjacker, Imperative Entertainment and Foxtopus Ink will premiere The Syndicate on August 11. The Syndicate follows a group of college friends that took advantage of Colorado’s medical marijuana laws to create one of the longest, most lucrative smuggling runs in U.S. history. But when a drug mule flipped, the whole enterprise came crashing down, revealing how the black marijuana market is not just evolving in the era of legal weed but thriving. Award-winning freelance journalist Chris Walker (The Atlantic, Playboy, VICE, NPR, Forbes, LA Weekly, etc.) is the series creator and host. Jason Hoch is an executive producer; Laura Krantz (formerly with public radio) and Scott Carney (New York Times-bestselling author, ‘What Doesn’t Kill Us’) of Foxtopus Ink produced and edited the series.
Imperative Entertainment’s podcast division launched in 2019 with the true-crime podcast, Gangster House, followed by Boomtown, which tells the story of the biggest oil boom in history, and The Baron of Botox, the fascinating true story of late “dermatologist to the stars” Dr. Fredric Brandt.
“We’re excited to partner with Cumulus Media and Westwood One, and for the opportunity it gives us to connect with their extensive audience,” said Jason Hoch, President of Imperative Entertainment’s Podcast Division. “American Skyjacker and The Syndicate are the first of nine new original narrative series podcasts set to launch in 2020. We can’t wait for listeners to experience a full range of stories and emotions, from thrillers and wild adventures to stories of triumph and tragedy.”
“We look for best-in-class content for our podcast portfolio, and certainly Imperative Entertainment hits that mark with their evocative and dramatic storytelling,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP Marketing, CUMULUS MEDIA, and President, Westwood One. “Their scripted shows, with incredible Hollywood production values, will entertain and engage our listeners in a bold new way.”
About Imperative Entertainment
Founded in 2014, Imperative Entertainment is an innovative entertainment studio in Santa Monica, CA. With a keen eye for bold and powerful storytelling that captivates and excites audiences, Imperative Entertainment develops, produces, and finances original and branded entertainment with a focus on film, television, documentaries, and podcasts. The company is behind projects such as the Clint Eastwood film The Mule, Academy Award(R) nominated All the Money in the World, and the Academy Award(R) nominated and 2017 Palme d’Or (R) winning film The Square by Ruben Ostlund. Imperative Entertainment is currently in production on Ostlund’s follow-up Triangle of Sadness and is also producing Killers of The Flower Moon, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
About Westwood One
Westwood One, the national-facing arm of CUMULUS MEDIA, offers iconic, nationally syndicated sports, news and entertainment content to over 250 million monthly listeners across an audio network of nearly 8,000 affiliated broadcast radio stations and media partners. Westwood One is the largest audio network in America, home to premium content that defines the culture, including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, and Westwood One Backstage. The rapidly growing Westwood One Podcast Network delivers popular network and industry personalities and programs. Westwood One connects listeners with their passions through programs and platforms that have everyone listening. For more information, please visit www.westwoodone.com.
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