Hollywood Reporter: EEP & iHeart Announce Scripted Podcast Slate Deal

iHeartMedia Orders Slate of YA Projects From Einhorn’s Epic Productions

The first project from the deal is political thriller ‘Daughters of DC,’ which will be released in fall 2020.

IHeartMedia has tapped Einhorn’s Epic Productions for a slate of original podcasts focused on the female YA audience.

The first project from the multi-show deal is political thriller Daughters of DC, which is set to be released in fall 2020 ahead of the presidential election. It’ll be distributed through the iHeartPodcast Network. Daughters of DC takes place at an elite Washington school where four friends share their deepest, darkest secrets on a private audio group chat. When the girls are hacked, they are thrust into a twisted government conspiracy that threatens to expose some of the world’s most powerful people.

The scripted slate will be overseen by EEP CEO Heather Einhorn, content chief Adam Staffaroni and Aroop Sanakkayala, as well as iHeart head of podcasting Conal Byrne. The deal comes on the heels of a partnership between the two companies on murder mystery Lethal Lit: A Tig Torres Mystery, which Dana Brunetti’s Cavalry Media is now adapting for television. The second season of Lethal Lit is in preproduction.

“At EEP, we’re all about creating the next generation of heroic, female characters and stories,” said Einhorn. “Given the current political climate, we think the time is right for a smart teen political thriller with diverse and dynamic female leads. Our synergy with iHeartMedia is unique, and we can’t wait to bring more original stories to the audience that fell in love with Lethal Lit.”

Added Byrne, “The Einhorn team is one of the strongest creative shops we’ve worked with in podcasting — and their goal is nothing less than building entire universes from scratch — like Marvel and DC have done in the past. What’s more, Einhorn’s aim is to accomplish this while staying laser-focused on a female young adult demo — with powerful new female heroes at the center of the stories. We think the potential there is massive, the mission is important, and wanted to support it in any way we could.”

IHeartMedia has made podcasting central to its business strategy, acquiring producer Stuff Media in 2018.