Podcasts have become a go-to source for popular content with networks and streaming giants, and HBO is jumping onto the trend with a new deal between Crooked Media. The media company was founded by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor, and the deal will bring the political podcast “Pod Save America” to the network this fall for a series of hour-long specials on the campaign trail. The new series was announced this week by Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming.
“At a time when politics affect the lives of Americans more than ever before, ‘Pod Save America’ has brought fresh and thoughtful voices to the discussion,” said Bloys. “We’re excited to share the irreverent and entertaining insights of these savvy observers with the HBO audience.”
“The best part of ‘Pod Save America’ is taking the show on the road and meeting activists, candidates and people who are getting involved in politics for the first time,” say Favreau, Lovett and Vietor. “They know that the 2018 midterms are the most important elections of our lifetime, and the energy and excitement on the campaign trail is infectious. We are so grateful that HBO is taking a chance on us, even though these live shows will have so few dragons and sex robots.”
“Pod Save America” is a twice-weekly podcast hosted by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor, former aides to President Obama, who are joined by journalists, politicians, comedians and activists for a freewheeling conversation about politics, the press and the challenges posed by the Trump presidency. The show has been downloaded more than 175 million times since launching in Jan. 2017.
The show will be executive produced by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor.
HBO stopped short of announcing a premiere date at this time, but more information will be released as we get closer to the campaign calendar.