Channel Will Feature New Show Premieres Every Month From Across Sony Music’s Podcast Slate With Full Seasons Available Ad-Free at Launch
Sony Music Entertainment’s (SME) Global Podcast Division today announced the launch of “The Binge,” a first of its kind subscription channel providing fans with binge-access to full seasons of new podcasts each month from across SME’s robust slate. Beginning Monday June 6, listeners can subscribe to “The Binge” on Apple Podcasts to access full seasons of two new original podcasts, Witnessed: Friendly Fire and Fringe Network: Alien State, as well as a catalog of acclaimed SME shows.
Developed to provide listeners with full control of their listening experience and super serve audiences who are eager for premium, bingeworthy shows, “The Binge” bundles some of the greatest podcasts from SME’s network of award-winning creators and provides fans with at least one brand new binge-listen every month from some of the top storytellers and journalists across the industry. Each new show launch will offer subscribers the chance to listen to all episodes ad-free, all at once. In addition, the channel will also include exclusive, ad-free access to library content from some of SME’s biggest hit series including Chameleon, Death at the Wing, Firebug, The Doodler, The Just Enough Family, and Witnessed: Borderlands.
“We have been early believers in the power of subscription to drive the podcast industry forward and we see the demand and behavior of binge-listening across our network continuing to grow, similar to how it has across other forms of media,” said Emily Rasekh, Senior Vice President of Podcast Business Development and Operations, Sony Music Entertainment. “With The Binge, we are building our offering based on those listening habits and delivering an unprecedented, new destination for listeners all around the world to get what they want, when they want it.”
Three new podcasts will anchor the debut of “The Binge” in June:
Witnessed: Friendly Fire | Campside Media – Premieres June 6
When a K-9 officer in the Scott County, Tennessee, Sheriff’s Department winds up shot at the hands of his partner, a grieving widow takes it upon herself to untangle the truth from the lies. Was it just a catastrophic accident? Or an intentional killing? National Magazine Award-winning reporter Sean Flynn returns to Scott County two decades after the shooting to tell the story of one woman’s pursuit of justice—and one community’s enduring reckoning with the fallout.
Fringe Network: Alien State | Somethin’ Else – Premieres June 6
Publicly, the government once called UFOs a “waste of time,” but new evidence and uncovered documents prove that the U.S. government is, and always has been, very interested in the UFO phenomenon. Who are these people coming forward with these government secrets? Join host MJ Banias as he sheds light on this shadow subject.
Smoke Screen: Puppy Kingpin | Neon Hum – Premieres June 16
Americans are used to being on the lookout for a scam, but authorities are warning of a new kind of fraud. Puppy Kingpin shines a spotlight on Jolyn Noethe, a secretive businesswoman from Iowa who is accused of laundering puppies much like drug money. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman exposes the scheme and an underground part of the industry bringing us the pets we love.
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About Sony Music Global Podcasts
Sony Music Podcasts is a division of Sony Music Entertainment, a global leader in audio at the intersection of music, podcasting, entertainment and technology. Through our diverse global partnerships with leading creators and our team of sales, marketing and business development professionals, Sony Music Podcasts uses our core strengths to help the podcast community achieve greater levels of success. In alignment with our creator-first philosophy, we drive impactful storytelling through compelling content everywhere.
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