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  • Kathy Burke Hosts a Brand-New Podcast ‘Where There’s a Will, There’s a Wake’
  • Nov 29
Kathy Burke Hosts a Brand-New Podcast ‘Where There’s a Will, There’s a Wake’

November 15, 2022 – Launching on Tuesday 29th November, Where There’s A Will There’s A Wake is a new podcast hosted by Kathy Burke that asks guests about their perfect death. Think fantasy football, but for funerals…

How do they want to die? Who is meeting them at the pearly gates? What does their tombstone say? Who are they coming back to haunt? And who gets their prized possessions?

As a nation, death is something we shy away from. In this irreverent dark comedy podcast, national treasure Kathy Burke opens up the conversation and asks us to see the funny side.

Kathy helps bring her famous friends’ deaths to life as they plan their final day – from dawn to dusk and into the afterlife. Guests so far include James Acaster, Dawn French, Jamali Maddix, Diane Morgan and Stewart Lee.

Expect hilarious answers, surprising anecdotes, and a few touching moments along the way.

Where There’s A Will There’s A Wake is released weekly on all major podcast platforms from Tuesday 29th November.

Watch the trailer here

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  • Sony Music Group Gives Back This Holiday Season With ‘Season of Giving’ Campaign
  • Nov 28

Artists and Songwriters Volunteer with Select Organizations to Support Local Communities 

NEW YORK, NY – November 28, 2022 – Sony Music Group has partnered with its artists and songwriters to support every local community in which it operates during the holiday season. This year, the Company launched its ‘Season of Giving’ program to support global organizations dedicated to providing aid for those facing food insecurity, homelessness and refugee support, as well as music industry relief and educational programs for communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Beginning in the month of November, SMG committed sizeable amounts in each territory where the Company conducts business: Africa, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Continental Europe, Latin America, United Kingdom, and the United States. 

The nearly 30 global beneficiaries of this year’s campaign include:

  • Banco Alimentar Contra a Fome (SMG Latin/Iberia)
  • Banco de Alimentos de Bogotá (SMG Latin/Iberia)
  • Banco de Alimentos de Perú (SMG Latin/Iberia)
  • Bonnie Support Services Ltd (SMP Australia)
  • Covenant House (SMG)
  • Dream Streets (SMG Nashville)
  • Foodbank Australia (SME Australia)
  • FoodForward SA NPC (SMG South Africa)
  • Fundación Sí (SMG Latin/Iberia)
  • help2read (SMG South Africa)
  • Lagos Food Bank Initiative (SMG Nigeria)
  • MUSICALLY FED (SMG Nashville)
  • OzHarvest Limited (SMP Australia)
  • Pinball Clemons Foundation (SME Canada)
  • Plansverige (SMG Sweden)
  • Polska Akcja Humanitarna (SMG Poland)
  • Rainbow Youth (SME New Zealand)
  • Reach Out and Feed Philippines Inc. (SMG Philippines)
  • Rise Against Hunger Philippines (SMG Philippines)
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee (SMG Nashville)
  • Settlement Services International (SME Australia)
  • Soles4Souls (SMG Nashville)
  • The Dream Nurture Foundation (SMG Nigeria)
  • The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund (SMP Canada)
  • The Simple Plan Foundation (The Orchard Canada)
  • The Trussell Trust (SMG United Kingdom)
  • Weave Youth and Community Services Incorporated (SMP Australia)
  • Worthy of Love (SMG)

Over the course of the last three weeks, Sony Music Group – alongside their notable artists and songwriters including India Shawn (Epic Records), Tyler Shaw (SME Canada), Clara Benin (SME Philippines), NOBITA (SME Philippines), Kobie Dee (SMP Australia), Tom Wilson (SMP Canada) – volunteered with partner organizations in their own communities during a series of in-person events. 

In speaking of the seasonal initiative, Towalame Austin, Executive Vice President, Philanthropy and Social Impact, Sony Music Group, said, “Globally, SMG is committed to supporting local communities throughout the year. For the holiday season, we wanted to bring extra support and relief aid to those in need and dedicate our efforts to more than three million people worldwide. We’re grateful to our artists and international partner organizations who work on-the-ground to provide direct assistance to their neighbors.”   

This campaign represents the Company’s ongoing philanthropic commitment to forge partnerships and support communities that need it most, inside and outside the music industry. For ‘Season of Giving’, every global organization selected to receive funding was determined by a group of global stakeholders including our internal task forces, legal and public policy teams. Learn more about SMG’s giving approach here.

  • Sony Music France Partner With KMS to Launch ‘First-Ever’ Fully Immersive IMAX-Certified Film of Iconic Rock Band Indochine’s ‘Central Tour in Cinema’ Concert
  • Nov 21

Scheduled for release on November 24 in 450 movie theaters in France, Central Tour in Cinema will also screen in nine countries around the world

Filmed with 22 IMAX certified cameras through the “Filmed for IMAX” program, Central Tour in Cinema harnesses the same immersive technology used with films such as Dune, Doctor Strange & The Multiverse of Madness and Top Gun: Maverick

Paris, November 21, 2022 – Sony Music France and joint venture partner KMS announced today the launch of co-production ‘Central Tour in Cinema’: a film showcasing iconic French rock band Indochine’s 40th anniversary concert, held in the spring of 2022 to a sold-out and record-setting audience of more than 400,000 fans in five of France’s biggest stadiums. 

Sony Music France has supported Indochine since the band was first formed. Founded in 1981 Indochine quickly became a national and global success with songs like “L’aventurier” and “Canary Bay”. Four decades on, and several generations of fans later, Indochine has sold 13 million of albums  worldwide, with plans for more collaborations to come.

Captured with 22 IMAX certified cameras, the launch of Central Tour in Cinema means Indochine are the first band ever  to offer a concert filmed and broadcasted with IMAX technology and screened in cinemas in nine countries around the world. Thanks to the technology of IMAX certified digital cameras and state-of-the-art post-production work, the brightness, colorimetry and contrast are enhanced for unparalleled results of realism and precision on the big screen. The sound, powerful and vibrant, is customized for an optimal spread. The scale of the IMAX screens guarantees a total immersive experience that rivals the spectacular live show.

Through the “Filmed for IMAX” program, IMAX cameras must be associated with the unique IMAX postproduction process. Among the first films in the new “Filmed for IMAX” program are Dune, Doctor Strange & The Multiverse of Madness, and Top Gun: Maverick – and now Indochine’s Central Tour In Cinema.

“We are very proud that the IMAX system has chosen us to be the firsts,” said Nicola Sirkis, Founder of Indochine and KMS. “This system offers a full immersive experience, a way to be as close as possible to us in our show. The image quality is insane. We have literally never seen a concert filmed like that.”

“Indochine are simply iconic in my eyes,” said Marie-Anne Robert, Managing Director, Sony Music France. “They’re the gold standard of innovation. They’re constantly changing things up, stepping out of their comfort zone, and giving us things we’ve never seen before. And not only that: they’re icons in the unconditional respect they have for their fans. All the teams here at Sony Music France are so proud to have Indochine on our roster, and we can’t wait to help the band build new projects like this one.”

“IMAX continues to be a global destination for fandom of all kinds, and Indochine is a perfect example of how we’re creating unique and immersive entertainment events on the international stage,” added Megan Colligan, President of IMAX Entertainment.

The film will be distributed in theaters by Pathé Live on the following dates:

  1. Paris, France – November 23
  2. Berlin, Germany – November 23
  3. Amsterdam, Netherlands – November 23
  4. Brussels & Charleroi, Belgium – November 24
  5. Melbourne, Australia – November 24
  6. Lima, Peru – November 24
  7. London, United-Kingdom – November 25
  8. Geneva, Switzerland – November 26
  9. Montreal, Canada – December 11

Sony Music France Partner With KMS to Launch ‘First-Ever’ Fully Immersive IMAX-Certified Film of Iconic Rock Band Indochine’s ‘Central Tour in Cinema’ Concert
  • Juicy Scoop With Heather McDonald Joins Sony Music Entertainment’s Podcast Network
  • Nov 14

New York and Los Angeles – November 14, 2022 – Sony Music Entertainment today announced that hit comedy and pop culture podcast Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald has joined its growing podcast slate. The twice-weekly series, which has published over 700 episodes and garnered more than 200 million downloads in four years, will continue to release chart-topping content for global audiences. 

Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald tackles all things Hollywood, celebrity romances, Bravo TV and Heather’s real-life drama. Each week, Heather digs into the juiciest and most controversial topics, not holding back her opinion on anything or anyone. From actors to comics to reality stars, each episode features a range of guests who join Heather to dive into the latest gossip, answer the tough questions and offer candid commentary on the latest happenings. 

Juicy Scoop has transformed into an incredible community over the last four years and I’m so grateful for all of the support and engagement from our loyal fans,” said McDonald. “I’m excited for this new chapter as we aim to bring our show to even more Juicy Scoopers who want a place to hear about the juiciest stories in Hollywood.”

Sony Music Entertainment will exclusively distribute Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald. With the new partnership, Juicy Scoop will also expand its subscriber offering to Apple Podcasts. Listeners can subscribe directly to Juicy Scoop to access ad-free listening along with subscriber-only episodes every Friday. 

Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald joins a growing network of female-focused podcasts from Sony Music, including the recent launches of High Low with Em Rata and Best Friend Energy

Listeners can subscribe to Juicy Scoop on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher. For more information on other Sony podcasts, follow @SonyPodcasts on Twitter and Instagram.

Juicy Scoop With Heather McDonald Joins Sony Music Entertainment’s Podcast Network

About Heather McDonald
Heather McDonald’s wildly successful comedy and pop culture podcast, JUICY SCOOP WITH HEATHER MCDONALD, is in its seventh year and has over 600 episodes and 100+ MILLION downloads. The show has over 20,000 five-star reviews on iTunes and is ranked #2 in Comedy Interview charts and the #1 Female Comedy Interview Podcast. Her loyal Juicy Scoopers continue to laugh out loud as they get the juiciest inside scoop from Heather and her celebrity guests.

Heather has released stand-up comedy specials on Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Showtime. Her latest stand-up Special, JUICY SCOOP, racked up an unheard of 1,800 five-star reviews in its first two weeks of being available. It continues to grow and make people laugh daily. Her debut stand-up special, I DON’T MEAN TO BRAG, was released on SHOWTIME and NETFLIX. She is a headlining comedian who has sold-out shows at theaters and clubs throughout the country.

Her stand-up comedy, podcast, and other creative content are celebrated for their relatability. She is always sharing authentically about her over 20-year marriage, two teenage sons, and being a stepmother, all while making girl’s nights out her main priority in life.

Heather’s celebrity impressions and comedic pop culture sketches have gone viral on multiple social media platforms and continue to bring joy to the world.

She is most recognized from E!’s top-rated show CHELSEA LATELY where she wrote, produced, and appeared for its entire 7-year run. She also starred in the mockumentary series AFTER LATELY. Heather was also a contributing writer who had featured roles in the major motion films “White Chicks” and “Dance Flicks” by The Wayans Brothers.

She has hosted TLC’s All About Sex and Hollywood Today Live. She has been seen on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, The Bachelorette, Wendy Williams, HLN, Nightline, CNN, 25 Words or Less, Punchline, RuPaul’s Drag Race, The Tonight Show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and more.

She has two New York Times Bestselling memoirs, titled YOU’LL NEVER BLUE BALL IN THIS TOWN AGAIN and MY INAPPROPRIATE LIFE.

About Sony Music Global Podcasts 
Sony Music Podcasts is a division of Sony Music Entertainment, a global leader in audio at the intersection of music, podcasting, entertainment and technology. Through our diverse global partnerships with leading creators and our team of sales, marketing and business development professionals, Sony Music Podcasts uses our core strengths to help the podcast community achieve greater levels of success. In alignment with our creator-first philosophy, we drive impactful storytelling through compelling content everywhere.

  • Infamous, New Podcast From Campside Media and Sony Music Entertainment, Examines the Most Explosive Scandals of Our Time
  • Nov 10

New Podcast Explores Some of the Century’s Biggest Scandals Through Eyes of Two Magazine Writers, Including Girls Gone Wild and Exclusive Interviews with NXIVM’s Allison Mack and Keith Raniere

Subscribe to The Binge for All Episodes About The Girls Gone Wild Scandal Now

New York, NY – November 10, 2022 – Campside Media and Sony Music Entertainment today announced the launch of Infamous, the all-new podcast from acclaimed journalists Vanessa Grigoriadis and Gabriel Sherman, special correspondent to Vanity Fair and author of The Loudest Voice in the Room, diving into the most explosive scandals of this century. From high-profile divorces to sex cults to the lies that started a war, Campside co-founder Grigoriadis (host of Fallen Angel and Run, Bambi, Run) and Sherman will guide listeners through the juiciest stories of the last two decades, providing a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to shine an unflattering light on the world’s most powerful people. 

The show’s premiere episodes explore and expose the incredible story behind Joe Francis’s rise and fall as the creator of Girls Gone Wild. Available today as a full series on The BingeBoy Gone Wild tells the saga of a volatile founder watching his empire crumble while going toe to toe with an old school Florida mayor, a kinky blackmailer, and his own ruinous egomania.

Told through the unique lens of the journalists who covered these cases, Infamous includes exclusive, never before heard archival compiled during high-profile magazine pieces penned at the height of these stories – as well as a contemporary point of view. Infamous unpacks the downward spiral of American culture, one infamous story at a time. The series features exclusive interviews with people who have never previously spoken on the record, including actress and high-profile NXIVM member Allison Mack.


“After reporting on these scandals for years, I look forward to dissecting the real stories behind the headlines.” said host Vanessa Grigoriadis, “Infamous gives listeners a chance to hear directly from the people involved in these stories in their own words, and uncover new insights and twists for the very first time.”

“We’ve lived with some of these stories for decades, but there is so much more to be said about the way that journalism reveals the truth behind powerful people,” said host Gabriel Sherman. “We’re excited to bring listeners along on this journey as we dissect and reveal the incredible truth behind some unbelievable stories.” 

Infamous is executive produced by Vanessa Grigoriadis and Gabriel Sherman, and Adam Hoff, Josh Dean and Matt Shaer at Campside Media. 

Subscribers to The Binge can access all six episodes of Boy Gone Wild today. For weekly episodes, listeners can subscribe to Infamous on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher. For more information on other Sony podcasts, follow @SonyPodcasts on Twitter and Instagram.

Infamous, New Podcast From Campside Media and Sony Music Entertainment, Examines the Most Explosive Scandals of Our Time

  • The Emerald Triangle, New Season of Hit Podcast Series Crooked City, Premieres Today
  • Nov 07

From Sony Music Entertainment and Truth Media Comes a Shocking Tale of Cannabis, Greed, Survival and Murder in Northern California 

Subscribe to The Binge for all Ten Episodes Today

The Emerald Triangle, New Season of Hit Podcast Series Crooked City, Premieres Today

New York, NY – November 7, 2022– Marc Smerling’s truth.media and Sony Music Entertainment, in partnership with Novel, today announced the premiere of The Emerald Triangle, the second season of hit podcast Crooked City. Hosted by journalist Sam R. Anderson, Crooked City: The Emerald Triangle examines the complex story behind a grisly murder in an area of Northern California known as The Emerald Triangle, home to the nation’s outlaw culture of marijuana growing. The first episode is available now and subscribers to The Binge can listen to all episodes today.  

After moving back to his family home in the sleepy suburb of Ringwood, New Jersey, Sam Anderson learns that one of his high school classmates has been arrested for murder in The Emerald Triangle. It’s a legendary place in the mountains of Northern California where most of the marijuana grown in the US comes from. People who have been there describe it as a hippie nirvana that promises freedom, money and an escape from the expectations of everyday life.

Following in his classmate’s footsteps, Sam travels West to the small town of Laytonville where the murder took place.  What begins as the journey of an earnest reporter trying to get to the truth quickly devolves into a drug-fueled gonzo adventure that nearly goes off the rails. Then, Sam discovers a treasure trove of police tapes that reveal what really happened to his high school classmate. Desperation, greed and a seemingly never-ending acid trip created a perfect storm of paranoia that the locals refer to as “hill crazy,” culminating in a moment of unspeakable violence. He learns that the promise of freedom comes at a very high price. 

Crooked City: The Emerald Triangle showcases an incredible cache of original law enforcement audio tapes surrounding the murder investigation, allowing listeners to step foot inside the interrogation room and ride along with detectives as they solve the mystery.

Sam Anderson said, “When I first started reporting this story, I thought it was going to be about proving the innocence of a high school classmate. But the truth about what happened on this pot farm is stranger than anything I could have imagined. While marijuana is increasingly accepted in our society, the stories of the people who grow it illegally and the laborers they rely on have been largely untold. As we approach a new era of legalization, I hope this investigation sheds light on the human cost of growing and harvesting marijuana under prohibition.”

Crooked City: The Emerald Triangle is produced by Jo Wheeler, Alexa Burke, Leigh Meyer, and Zach Saint Louis. Story editing is by Marc Smerling and Austin Mitchell.

Subscribers to “The Binge” can listen to all ten episodes of Crooked City: The Emerald Triangle all at once today. Subscribing to “The Binge” channel will also grant listeners access to Crooked City: Youngstown, OH and new podcasts All Relative: Defining DiegoWitnessed: Mystic MotherChameleon: Scam Likely and more. 

Listeners can subscribe to Crooked City: The Emerald Triangle on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher. For more information on The Emerald Triangle and all other Sony Podcast shows, follow @SonyPodcasts on Twitter and Instagram.

  • Sony Music Group Announces 50 Scholarship Recipients for Inaugural Global Scholars Program for 2022-2023 Academic Year
  • Nov 03

Grants Aimed to Cultivate an International Cohort of Future Music Industry Professionals

New York, NY – November 3, 2022  Sony Music Group (SMG) today announced the 50 global scholarship recipients of the Sony Music Group Global Scholars Program, a new initiative designed to help educate the next generation of music leaders. Grant beneficiaries showcase immense passion for music and represent a diverse group of students with a commitment to pursuing a career in music and transforming the industry to inspire new opportunities for artists, songwriters, and composers. 

The Sony Music Group Global Scholars Program received applications across more than 70 countries. The 50 scholarships awarded represent a global cohort of students across all regions where Sony Music Group operates including Africa, Asia, Australia, Continental Europe, Latin/Iberia, New Zealand, North America and the United Kingdom. As a commitment through SMG’s Global Social Justice Fund, the Sony Music Group Global Scholars Program will provide a wide range of enrichment programs to support core academic development. With additional opportunities to for skill building activities and leadership developing opportunities, students can explore skill-building mentorships and internships across disciplines of their respective interests and strengths. Scholarships may be renewed for up to three additional years or until degree completion, whichever occurs first.  

“We were moved by the stories and submissions we received from the grant recipients and are honored to be a part of the students’ journey to express their creativity freely and fearlessly,” said Towalame Austin, Executive Vice President, Philanthropy and Social Impact, SMG. “Some of the beneficiaries are first-generation college students, so it’s a privilege to give them a more accessible path to develop their own careers and create opportunities for young music visionaries with limited resources.”

“An education in music is so important because it can give those who have one, an edge over those who don’t, and it can shorten the amount of time needed to succeed professionally,” said Sean McMahon, Chair, Screen Scoring Department, Berklee College of Music. “It’s critical that those with lesser means can access the same opportunities as those with more to expand the music industry’s talent pool of artists and thought leaders. The Global Scholars Program will be transformative and life-changing, not just for Berklee students who receive this honor, but for all scholars of the program. The music industry needs more diversity and this program could not have come at a better time. It’s truly monumental and I cannot wait to see the impact this program will have on the industry!”

“As Director of Music Industry Studies, I am given the opportunity – the privilege – of working with gifted, talented students who have passion for music and industry,” said Darryl Tookes, Department of Music, Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University. “This is an exciting time to be a student as the gates to worldwide collaboration and distribution are open wider now than ever before. Sony Music Group, thank you for the extraordinary opportunity you are providing to students through the Global Scholars Program. We look forward to having a dynamic relationship with you for many years to come.”

Sony Music Group’s Global Scholar Program expands the company’s dedication to recruit and advance underrepresented talent through educational partnerships, internships, and career advancement opportunities. The Company continues to work alongside equity-driven organizations and our own communities to engage with some of the brightest students from around the world to build stronger opportunities for the next generation of music industry leaders.

Sony Music Group Announces 50 Scholarship Recipients for Inaugural Global Scholars Program for 2022-2023 Academic Year
  • “The Fault Line: Dying for a Fight” Bonus Episode Examines How Podcast Helped Lead To Arrest in Death of Portland Anti-fascist Sean Kealiher
  • Oct 31

Bonus Episode Is Available Today

WHO: On August 4, 2022, Christopher Knipe was arrested for the murder of Sean Kealiher, a prominent face of the anti-fascist movement in Portland in 2019. Knipe was charged with murder in the second degree in August. “The Fault Line: Dying for a Fight” podcast, along with other media organizations, were instrumental in the pressure campaign waged against law enforcement.

WHAT: A new bonus episode of “The Fault Line: Dying For a Fight,” from Somethin’ Else and Oregon Public Broadcasting, debuts today, examining how the fall 2021 podcast helped advance the ongoing investigation of the unsolved 2019 homicide of Kealiher. Today’s episode highlights critical lapses in the investigation and offers insights into what may have delayed an arrest. New reporting and interviews with OPB reporter, Jonathan Levinson and senior producer Ryan Haas are featured. Ellen Osolnach, an attorney with Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, is interviewed for the episode and she offers her very candid opinion on how the podcast pressured law enforcement to finally make an arrest.

WHERE: Listeners can follow “Dying for a Fight” on all major podcast platforms and listen to the bonus episode today. Subscribers to “The Binge” can listen to the entire Dying for a Fight series all at once today

DETAILS: A complete unedited transcript is available upon request. For more information on “Fault Line Dying for a Fight” and all other Sony Podcast shows, follow @SonyPodcasts on Twitter and Instagram.

The series is executive produced by Lizzie Jacobs and Grant Irving from Somethin’ Else, as well as Anna Griffin and Ryan Haas from Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Editor’s Note: Reporter host Sergio Olmos, who was on the ground for the reporting for the DFAF series, is currently covering the war in Ukraine.

  • Sony Music Entertainment Continental Europe and Africa and ONEWAY. Records Announce Joint Venture to Discover and Develop Israeli Artists With Global Appeal
  • Oct 28

The new joint venture will focus solely on English-language repertoire artists from Israel 

New joint venture is the first Sony Music imprint dedicated to Israeli talent 

Berlin, 28 October 2022 – Sony Music Entertainment Continental Europe and Africa has today announced it has entered into a new joint venture agreement with management and record label ONEWAY. Records, to discover and develop new artists from Israel with international appeal. The new joint venture will focus on discovering and signing artists with English-language repertoire, and leverage Sony Music’s global reach and extensive experience to showcase artists to audiences around the world.   

ONEWAY. Records is founded by music executives and brothers, Josh and Sam Fluxgold. The two are former managers of Dennis Lloyd, discovering the Israeli singer and songwriter in 2017 and enjoying historic international success for the Israeli artist with over two billion streams, various Platinum and Gold records across several markets and multiple sold-out world tours across US, Europe and Australia. 

“Josh and Sam have a proven track record for breaking Israeli talent abroad,” said Daniel Lieberberg, President of Sony Music Entertainment Continental Europe and Africa. “We are excited to work with them to discover the next wave of international artists from the country.” 

“During our time working in the Israeli market, we recognized the substantial talent that is being overlooked and underrepresented in the region,” added Josh and Sam. “Together with our partners at Sony Music, we look forward to showcasing the unique Israeli sound and artists that the world has been missing.”

  • Somethin’ Else Debuts They Did That, New Podcast Highlighting Brilliant Innovators Overlooked Throughout History
  • Oct 27

Weekly Show Acknowledges Inventors, Scientists, Educators, Musicians, Artists and Activists from Underrepresented Groups for Their Extraordinary Accomplishments 

First Episode is Available Now

Somethin’ Else Debuts They Did That, New Podcast Highlighting Brilliant Innovators Overlooked Throughout History

New York, NY – October 27, 2022– Somethin’ Else, a Sony Music Entertainment company, today debuts They Did That, a new podcast showcasing incredible stories of global innovators and trailblazers who’ve been forgotten from history books because of who they were — women, people of color, LBGTQ+, and more — and the stories about how their life’s work has changed our lives for the better. The first episode premieres today, featuring the story of Alice Ball – a woman who developed the first known long-term treatment for leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, in the early 1900s, but died shortly after at just 24 years old, which allowed her work to be stolen and credited to a male colleague. 

Each week, journalist, and broadcaster Takara Smallwill shine a light on stories about extraordinary people whose remarkable inventions and contributions were largely ignored due to systemic bias and prejudice. This season will highlight the stories of people like Alice Guy-Blaché, who innovated countless film techniques and cinematography that we know today to be a regular part of movie watching, like close-up shots and special effects, Guillermo González Camarena, who created the original color television wheel, and Big Momma Thornton who recorded the now classic song ‘Hound Dog’, three years before Elvis Presley topped the charts – her version, considered an anthem for female Black empowerment. 

Takara Small said, “I have spent much of my career researching and studying incredible innovators whose accomplishments have been erased from history because of who they were. This podcast will share the stories of extraordinary people who built our modern world only to be simply forgotten or have their discoveries deliberately stolen”

They Did That is based on an original idea by Takara Small. The podcast is produced by Tiffany Walker and Ava Ahmadbeigi and executive produced by Lizzie Jacobs at Somethin’ Else. 

Listeners can subscribe to They Did That on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher. For more information on all other Sony Podcast shows, follow @SonyPodcasts on Twitter and Instagram. Listeners can use #TheyDidThat on social to follow along throughout the season.

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