Warner Music Group launches internal podcast network, Interval Presents, led by Allan Coye

Warner Music Group (WMG) has launched its own in-house podcast network, called Interval Presents.

WMG says the new network will produce “multi-format, culture-forward audio content at the crossroads between music, pop culture and social influence”.

WMG’s Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy & Business Development, Allan Coye, will oversee Interval Presents in his role as General Manager.

The music company says its labels and digital editorial brands will retain autonomy and continue to produce podcast content under their own banners, while also exploring the possibilities of working with Interval Presents on projects and initiatives.

The first board of podcasts from Interval Presents, which will roll out throughout the year, will include various formats, including talk shows and narrative-driven episodic shows.

Shows hosted by artists such as Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, who will host a show centered on non-fiction cultural storytelling that explores the African diaspora.

Snap Judgment, the production company behind the long-running podcast and radio show, Snap-domwill produce Nyong’o’s show as well as a number of future content for Interval Presents.

Meanwhile, Grammy-nominated singer Jason Derulo, represented by UTA, will lead a podcast series produced by Clamor that uses vocal performances to tell what WMG calls “a fictional, noir-bent romantic story.”

In addition, Grammy-nominated songwriter and entrepreneur Billy Mann will host a show featuring “some of the world’s biggest stars and their stories of confronting adversity,” according to WMG.

In addition, Interval Presents has partnered with production company Awfully Nice, which developed Idris and Sabrina Elba’s podcast Coupledom and the Ambie-nominated series The Messenger; as well as the audio-first production company Double Elvis, the company behind the award-winning podcasts Disgraceland, About a Girl, Dear Young Rocker, Here Comes the Break and many more.

WMG says Awfully Nice will produce a docu-series for Interval Presents “exploring thought-provoking issues” with the first season, hosted by artist Xiuhtezcatl.

Double Elvis will also produce two shows to be launched later this year, a series on the history of the media and the role color communities have played in the worlds of radio, print and television we know today.

The second podcast franchise will tell stories of Warner Music artists who “defied expectations, defined great cultural moments, and redefined themselves at times when effort was high.”

The first season will be based on the life of the legendary Aretha Franklin, who is signed to WMG’s Atlantic Records.

“This is just the beginning, and as we grow, we hope to remain true to our roots in music, while using sound art as a tool to explore new storytelling and ultimately gain a deep connection with our audience.”

Allan Coye

Coye said: “Interval Presents allows us to develop and share podcast content that drives fresh, engaging conversations around trend topics and topics that are important to different communities – all through a culturally advanced lens.

“This is just the beginning, and as we grow, we hope to remain true to our roots in music, while using sound art as a tool to explore new storytelling and ultimately gain a deep connection with our audience.”

“Interval Presents is a natural progression of Warner Music Group’s rich history of producing generational music, supporting creative and driving culture.”

Oana Ruxandra, WMG

Oana Ruxandra, WMG Chief Digital Officer & EVP for Business Development, said: “Interval Presents is a natural progression of Warner Music Group’s rich history of producing generational music, supporting creative and driving culture.

“There’s a hunger for more inclusive and authentic podcast content, and with Allan at the helm, we’re excited to launch an audio platform that will connect with this growing audience and focus on a breadth of voices and perspectives.”Music business worldwide

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