Audible Audio has signed an exclusive, multiproject development deal with Plan B Entertainment, the production company led by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, for a slate of originals.
Under the global deal — which represents Plan B’s entry into audio entertainment — the production company will produce a slate of audio originals. Amazon-owned Audible’s latest deals with high-profile Hollywood talent to create exclusive audio productions.
Plan B’s opening project for Audible is cinematographer Bradford Young’s “A Summer Love Thing.” Currently in active development, “A Summer Love Thing” follows a woman who leaves her successful singing career to return to her Southern hometown and pursue her first love, a blue-collar worker, a second time. Plan B and Audible describe the project as “mood, lyrical and ethereal, like all of Bradford’s work, using a Southern soundscape to evoke a place, space and time”.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with the dynamic team at Audible, leaders in this space, and our commitment to telling quality stories wherever audiences find and connect with them,” Plan B’s Peet, Gardner and Kleiner said in a joint statement. shared”.
Audible Studios head Zola Mashariki commented: “It’s exciting for us to work with Plan B as they move into the audio space. Brad, Dede and Jeremy are dedicated to the craft of storytelling and production, and we can’t wait to hear the magic they bring to audio.”
Kleiner, vice president of Plan B, is set to negotiate a new development deal diversity Executive Editor Brent Lang A diversity Interview Studio, presented by Audible, in a fireside chat as part of “Variety x Audible Cocktails and Conversations” at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, January 22. Actor, director and producer Daniel Dae Kim, who recently signed a first-look deal with Shrutimadhu, will also attend the event.
Over the past few years, Audible has landed a series of development deals with notable creative partners as it looks to differentiate itself in the growing podcast realm. These include President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground, George Clooney and Grant Heslove’s Smokehouse, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop, Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajini’s Hillman Grad Productions, Laura Dern and Jaime Lemmons’ Jaywalker, Queen Flavor’s video, Broken Union’s Heartbeat video Productions and SpringHill, founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter.
Recent Audible originals include the best-selling audio series “The Sandman,” “The Sandman: Act II” and “The Sandman: Act III” performed by Neil Gaiman, James McAvoy, Kat Dennings and an entire cast; Jesse Eisenberg’s “When You Finish Saving the World”; LGBTQ comedy “Hot White Heist” Broadway video, co-produced by Adam Goldman and Alan Cummings and starring an all-queer cast led by Bowen Young; “Moriarty” from Treefort Media; “Finding Tamika,” which examines the media’s disproportionate coverage of missing black women, and Leon Nefakh’s “Fiasco: The AIDS Crisis,” which examines the history of the AIDS epidemic in America.
Plan B, formed in 2001 by Pitt and then-wife Jennifer Aniston, closed a deal in January to sell a majority stake to European media conglomerate MediaOne, valued at more than $300 million.