Somebody Somewhere will become the first independently-produced podcast to join the Warner Media Podcast Network when its second season begins June 11. The series, hosted by former prosecutor David Payne and former CNN producer Jody Gottlieb, will explore a 2016 double homicide in a Seattle homeless encampment known as “The Jungle” in their new season. The homicide left Seattle reeling, while three homeless teenage brothers were arrested and charged with the crimes. Payne and Gottlieb monitor the trial of the three brothers charged in the homicide and reinvestigate the evidence in this still unresolved case.
The show is a production of RainStream Media and it is the first partnership with an outside production house for the Warner Media Podcast Network. Tyler Moody, general manager and VP of the network, said Payne and Gottlieb’s storytelling style is a “great fit” for their podcast portfolio as the company adds more entertainment and suspense-based audio content. “Partnering with RainStream Media on season two of Somebody Somewhere and bringing them under the Warner Media umbrella is a strategic next step for us,” Moody said. “This partnership allows us to expand Warner Media’s footprint in the podcast arena and engage fans with new and original audio content.”
The Warner Media Podcast Network is the audio division of the AT&T-owned media conglomerate Warner Media, the parent company of such cable networks as HBO, TNT, TBS and CNN.
Payne, who in addition to hosting the show is its co-creator and lead writer, sees advantages to forming distribution alliances. “Partnering with WarnerMedia is a great way for an independent podcast like ours to get noticed in this landscape of thousands of podcasts,” he said.
Gottlieb, who is the series’ executive producer, said she finds it “empowering” to work with a company that supports enterprise investigative reporting and storytelling.
New episodes of Somebody Somwhere will be published each Tuesday.