A new deal between Blumhouse and iHeartMedia will create a series of fictional podcasts, and if they are successful, these projects could turn into movies or television series. The two companies will collaborate to develop and produce scripted podcasts in the horror genre, ranging from suspenseful thrillers and murder mysteries, to sci-fi audio-plays. The first podcast in the series is set to launch early next year and will be distributed through the iHeartPodcast Network.

The first project on the schedule is “The Mantawauk Caves” from writer, director, producer Dan Bush. The podcast weaves together narrative threads of a social drama and supernatural horror, following three boys who entered into a cave in the Appalachian Mountains, and only one them made it out alive.

“We’re such avid fans of great podcasts at Blumhouse — the compelling storytelling that engrossing podcasts offer — and we were eager to partner with iHeartRadio to curate a slate of dark, fictional stories together,” said Jason Blum, founder of Blumhouse. “We’re thrilled the partnership has already produced ‘The Mantawauk Caves,’ the first of what we hope are several successful collaborations.”

“We think fiction is one of the next big genres in podcasting, tapping into the incredible imaginative power we all have – the theater of the mind – and so we couldn’t be more excited to bring this slate of shows into the world, starting with ‘The Mantawauk Caves,’” said Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network. “Blumhouse is truly masterful at creating some of the best suspense thrillers and horror movies around and, with their help, we can’t wait to introduce a series of captivating, world-class audio content to the iHeartPodcast Network.”

In addition to being available on iHeartRadio and all digital podcast platforms, full episodes and excerpts of the podcasts will also be distributed across iHeartMedia broadcast radio stations which reach more than a quarter of a billion monthly listeners, as well as via iHeartRadio’s social media channels, exposing them to millions of listeners across the country.

In success, future film and television projects will be produced by Blumhouse and iHeartMedia, borne out of the slate’s new intellectual property. The scripted series podcast initiative will, like documentary films, be under the purview of Blumhouse Television Co-Presidents, Jeremy Gold and Marci Wiseman. Couper Samuelson will oversee feature films.

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