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Will Ferrell Launching New Podcast Network With iHeartMedia

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Will Ferrell attends the CinemaCon 2018 Gala Opening Night Event: Sony Pictures Highlights its 2018 Summer and Beyond Films at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners on April 23, 2018 in Las Vegas.

The Big Money Players Network will premiere 10 new comedy podcasts over the next two years.

Will Ferrell is bringing even more of his brand of comedy to iHeartMedia.

On Tuesday (October 15), the audio company announced it has partnered with the comedic actor on a new podcast company dubbed The Big Money Players Network, which will recruit top comedic talent and “curate a variety of formats and styles” -- both scripted and unscripted -- in the podcast medium. Ferrell's Ron Burgundy Podcast launched on the service in February.

“Will Ferrell is one of the greatest comedians of our lifetime, and the unique synergy between Will and iHeartMedia will continue to lead us in accomplishing even more great audio content together,” said iHeartPodcast Network president Conal Byrne in a statement. “We’ve worked extremely close with Will over the past year and our listeners love what we’ve offered them so far. The creative opportunities that an iHeart and Will Ferrell collaboration offer are limitless, and we can’t wait to introduce fresh, hilarious, new content to listeners.”

The Big Money Players Network is slated to premiere 10 podcasts over the next 24 months, all produced by Ferrell and iHeartMedia. The shows, which will begin launching next year, will be available on iHeartRadio and everywhere else podcasts are heard.

“The iHeartPodcast Network has been such a pleasure to work with,” said Ferrell. “I love hanging out in the offices and I’ve only been yelled at once for using someone’s computer, which I shouldn’t have done. Its creative, multiplatform assets and ability to market and reach millions of new podcast listeners is unprecedented. I’m looking forward to continuing our journey as creative partners and helping to define how comedy and podcasting will merge in the next couple years.”

In addition to the deal with Ferrell, iHeartMedia’s recent podcasting push has included the acquisition of the popular HowStuffWorks network in 2018 and the development of a number of original programs including Disgraceland, Chelsea Handler: Life will be the Death of Me, Noble Blood and Committed. Last month, the company signed a deal with Questlove to bring his long-running Pandora podcast Questlove Supreme to the company’s iHeartPodcast Network.


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