Shondaland, founded by renowned TV producer and writer Shonda Rhimes, is partnering with iHeartMedia to launch Shondaland Audio. The agreement includes a full slate of iHeartRadio Original Podcasts for release over the next three years as part of the iHeartPodcast Network.
Rhimes will oversee development, while Sandie Bailey, Chief Digital and Design Officer, will manage day-to-day operations as the company introduces a mix of talent and stories to podcast listeners.
“Podcasting continues to see tremendous growth and I’m excited to partner with iHeartMedia as Shondaland expands its storytelling journey into this medium, which has seemed to usher in a unique sense of boldness, intimacy and connection,” Rhimes said. “With iHeartMedia we aim to share stories that are engaging, insightful and reflect a robust world-view.”
Shondaland began expanding its digital footprint in 2017 with the launch of website Shondaland.com, and entered the podcast arena with “Katie’s Crib,” a weekly program following “Scandal” and “Waitress” actress Katie Lowes talking about “the joys, pains and hilarity of new motherhood with guests.” New episodes of the podcast will be a part of the Shondaland Audio slate next year.
Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network, calls Rhimes “one of the greatest storytellers of our time.” He adds, “We’re honored that she’s chosen the iHeartPodcast Network to extend her storytelling craft to audio, bringing a massive slate of new original podcasts to the world.”
Rhimes’ company has produced the television series "Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice," "Scandal," "How To Get Away With Murder," "For The People" and "Station 19” for ABC. For Netflix, it developed the upcoming series “Bridgerton,” “Inventing Anna” and “Notes on Love.”