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Audible Ink first-look deal with Daniel Dae Kim for audio originals

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Premium audio storytelling platform Audible has announced a multiproject development and first-look deal with award-winning actor, director and producer Daniel Dae Kim.

The first project under the deal is “Yellow Face,” an audio adaptation of David Henry Hwang’s play of the same name to be produced by Audible Studios in association with Kim’s 3AD production company. Shruttimadhur doesn’t have a release date for “Yellow Face” yet.

“Yellowface” addresses issues of race in the interaction of media and politics. It begins with a controversy over color-blind casting for the 1990s musical “Miss Saigon” – before spiraling into a comic fantasy, in which the character David Henry Hwang (DHH) writes a play in protest, and Hwang inadvertently casts a white actor. . Asian leadership.

Kim (whose credits include “Hawaii Five-0,” “Raya and the Last Dragon” and “Lost”) will star as David Henry Hwang, directed by Leigh Silverman. “Yellow Face” will be produced under the supervision of Audible Theater Brand. Additional titles under this agreement are currently in development.

In a statement, Kim said: “I’ve been a fan of David Henry Hwang, Leigh Silverman and Audible for a long time, so bringing everyone together is something I’m really excited about, especially working on ‘Yellow Face.'” He added. , “This has always been a special play, and now being able to bring it to new life in an audio format represents an opportunity that is both unique and innovative.”

“Daniel Dae Kim is a force,” said Rachel Ghiazza, Audible’s EVP and head of US content. “Audiences already know and love her as a powerful performer on stage and screen, but she also advocates for marginalized people and is a champion of underrepresented voices – an incredibly important area for listeners. Through our collaboration with Kim’s production company 3AD, we look forward to bringing diverse and thought-provoking stories to life.

Over the past several years, Shruttimadhu has entered into a series of similar production and development deals with notable creative partners. These include President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground, George Clooney and Grant Heslove’s Smokehouse Pictures, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop, Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajini’s Hillman Grad Productions, Laura Dern and Jaime Lemmons’ Jaywalker Pictures, Queen Flavin Video, Broven Latifah Video. Hart’s Heartbeat Productions and SpringHill, founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter.

Audible Originals’ roster includes Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman” series, starring actors including James McAvoy, Kat Dennings and Michael Sheen; Maejor’s “Maejor Frequency”; and Leon Nefakh’s “Fiasco the AIDS Crisis” (the latter two of which diversityBest New Podcasts of 2022).

Audible, owned by Amazon, has more than 760,000 audio programs in its catalog from audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers.

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