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Amazon has signed an exclusive rights deal with "SmartLess", a podcast hosted by Hollywood actors Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Sean Hayes. "SmartLess" will be released a week early and exclusively on Wondery and Amazon Music, the company announced. The episodes will also be available ad-free on Wondery+, the channel's subscription membership.
Listeners around the world have a new way to access NPR's content. NPR has partnered with Paris-based streamer Deezer in a deal that will allow its podcasts to be heard globally on the app. NPR podcasts now available to Deezer users internationally include “TED Radio Hour,” “Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me,” “Planet Money” and “Fresh Air.”
Triton Digital has been selected by Federated Media to power their podcast strategy and deliver their streaming audio content. Triton's streaming network will be used by Federated Media for the delivery of its radio stations online. In addition, Federated media will use Tritons enterprise podcast platform, Omny Studio, to support the creation, distribution, and promotion of its podcast content.
"NextUp" an initiative to mentor up and coming creators, has been launched by iHeartRadio. The NextUP Initiative program will mentor two people in each of iHeart's three major podcasting hubs: Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta. The program will take place over five months and include a monthly stipend. Submissions for NextUP opens July 5 and run through July 9.
Casastos recently announced a $756K pre-seed fundraising round with Automattic, Joost de Valk, founder of Yoast SEO, and others. All the investors in this round contributed money via a SAFE note, which CEO Craig Hewitt said is a standard investment vehicle for companies at Castos' stage of growth.
Amazon Music announced its launch of podcasts in Australia, which will be available to all subscription tiers at no charge. Additionally, Alexa-enabled device customers will be able to ask the voice assistant to play podcasts direct from Amazon Music.