LOS ANGELES, May 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Wondery announced today the addition of three audio drama series to its lineup: Radio Drama Revival, The Cleansed and Ruby: Adventures of A Galactic Gumshoe.
Ruby comes from ZBS, the production company co-founded by audio drama pioneer Thomas Lopez. Originally produced for NPR and broadcast around the world in 23 countries, the award-winning series is "fast-paced and funny intergalactic entertainment the Marx Brothers would be proud of." Ruby is a hip, tough-talking detective hired to track down the malefactors who are manipulating the media on the planet Summa Nulla (the "high point of nothing").
Also joining Wondery are The Cleansed, a series, and Radio Drama Revival, an anthology collection, both produced by Fred Greenhalgh of Final Rune Productions.
Hosted by David Rheinstrom, Radio Drama Revival has had over 5 million downloads in 130+ countries, interviewed 120+ dramaturges of the classic and modern era, and featured over 400 hours of original content from the best producers all over the world.
Greenhalgh's original series The Cleansed is a post-apocalyptic saga that bills itself as 'equal parts Mad Max and The Stand,' and posits a world where fossil fuel scarcity has led to grid collapse, and warring factions of survivalists, zealots, and militarists vie for control of the fallen world. It was recorded using Greenhalgh's film-like location recording techniques, bringing actors into tunnels, woods, farmhouses, boats, and aircraft hangars.
"Those of us who have been passionately, patiently creating great audio drama have been on a wild ride these last 5 years as this medium we love so much has really caught on," Greenhalgh said, "In the post-Serial era, it's become clear that audio fiction is a form of entertainment to take as seriously as its non-fiction audio counterparts. The partnership with Wondery will give FinalRune the opportunity to further our idea that audio stories with a movie-like feel and production quality will catch on with a mainstream audience. After all, no matter what CGI can do, the biggest multiplex is the theater of your mind."
Wondery's President of Content Jeffrey Glaser said, "Thomas Lopez and Fred Greenhalgh are two of the most prolific and talented producers of audio drama in the U.S., and we share a passion for telling stories with dialogue and sound. As we get ready to launch our first original show later this year, we are delighted to bring Radio Drama Revival, The Cleansed and Ruby to new listeners and advertisers starting today."
The new shows are part of the Wondery Entertainment vertical, alongside Real Crime Profile, Mad About Movies and Thirty Twenty Twenty, which are on track to deliver one million downloads per month.
Wondery is a brand-new media company specialized in mobile and on-demand audio storytelling, founded in January by Hernan Lopez, former President of Fox International Channels. For more information, visit wondery.com.
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