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…Wondery has reportedly put an offer in front of the Call Your Daddy hostsAlexandra Cooper and Sofia Franklyn in an attempt to lure them away from Barstool Sports. The New York Post also quotes Barstool founder Dave Portnoy as saying he’s willing to boost the two women’s pay in order to keep their sex-charged show where it is. “We offered them mid to high six-figure salaries and a way for them to get the intellectual property,” Portnoy said. “We offered them substantial raises just to get them to honor their existing contract.” The two-year old Call Her Daddy still has a contract with Barstool but the show hasn’t released any new episodes since April. Wondery hasn’t commented on the report.

…The Frolic Podcast Network may soon be helping steam up television. Parent Frolic Media has struck a first-look deal with CBS Television Studios that will reportedly give it first crack at developing podcasts and other content for TV screens. The Frolic Podcast Network launched in October as a partnership of Frolic Media, the integrated media brand for romance fans, and MWM Universe, a company that focuses on building out intellectual property into new media outlets. Deadline reports Frolic Media has also just hired veteran television executive Elena Blekhter to lead its TV and film unit.

…The podcast Critical Role, which describes itself as a show “where a bunch of nerdy-ass voice actors sit around and play Dungeons & Dragons” is further expanding its brand into print. It will release “The Chronicles of Exandria – The Mighty Nein” next month, a companion art book to its first chapters of the second campaign. “This tome illustrates the adventures of our unlikely heroes as they meet in Trostenwald, struggle through a heartbreaking encounter with the Iron Shepherds, and more,” says the announcement. The book features the work of 138 artists from around the world. Publisher Dark Horse plans to release the book on June 2 in the U.S. and U.K. It will sell for $45.

…The BBC says its podcasts totaled 230 million downloads across all apps during the first quarter, the same as the previous quarter. The BBC World Service’s The Global News Podcast was its most popular title. On its own BBC Sounds app, the Peter Crouch Podcast was the most listened to podcast for all adults, as well as for users under 35 years old. The BBC says its weekly audience reached a record 3.5 million in March during the first weeks of the lockdown, as listeners turned to BBC Sounds for podcasts and music. That included a record 123 million plays of podcasts and on-demand radio, up 15 million from the final three months of last year.