Netflix spends billions of dollars creating original video content for its streaming platform; now it is expanding its investment in podcasting. Netflix will release its first scripted podcast series next week. The Only Podcast Left is being geared as a companion piece to its video series “Daybreak.” The six-episode podcast is being written as an extension of the first season of the post- apocalyptic series and features a group of teenagers who decide to make a podcast about their lives. The show was written and executive produced by Aron Coleite, who is also a writer on the Daybreak series. The launch was first reported by Variety.
“We love how podcasts give creators more freedom to explore and go deeper into elements of their stories, and we see original scripted podcasts as the next level in world exploration. With Daybreak, it’s a world ripe for that,” said Rae Votta, who leads the podcast effort at Netflix. “If the Daybreak tribes can play video games after the apocalypse, we figured they could also be creating a podcast! This one was especially fun as it’s playing into the meta nature of it all and explores what makes a podcast… by making a podcast.”
The show is being developed with Spotify, which will release the series as an exclusive Nov. 7. It will then become widely available on other podcast platforms Dec. 12. “We’re thrilled that Netflix is partnering with Spotify to exclusively bring the Daybreak podcast to the show’s fans around the world,” said Lauren Jarvis, head of content partnerships for Spotify in North America. “A scripted companion podcast is an exciting new format for the medium.”
While known more for its video programming, Netflix already produces several other unscripted podcasts. They include Present Company with Krista Smith, which features the former Vanity Fair West Coast Editor chatting with stars and tastemakers; Strong Black Legends, a show that is hosted by Tracy Clayton, who talks with black creators and icons; and You Can’t Make This Up, a podcast that offers a behind-the-scenes look at how nonfiction filmmakers got their compelling true crime stories.