Audible Inc. today announced a development deal with multiplatform content company Skybound Entertainment to produce multiple audio-only originals created exclusively for Audible listeners. The creators of global megahits like The Walking Dead, Invincible, Super Dinosaur and Oblivion Song, Skybound will work with Audible to produce action-packed, character-driven, immersive stories for listeners around the world.
“Audible is forging groundbreaking deals with leading creators and producers throughout the entertainment industry and Skybound Entertainment’s track record of creating wildly popular and beloved content is perfect for our voracious listeners. We are thrilled to be in business with these visionary creators and look forward to serving up new programming to our audience in the near future,” said Rachel Ghiazza, SVP of Audible’s Content Acquisition and Development.
“At Skybound we strive to connect creators to new and existing fanbases across multiple channels. Teaming up with Audible gives our creators a new platform to expand on their stories, and we’re excited to do so with the best in the audio content business,” said David Alpert, CEO of Skybound Entertainment.
Today’s news comes on the heels of the launch of New York Times bestselling Heads Will Roll, from Kate McKinnon and Emily Lynne, the first project in a slate of originals with Broadway Video. Audible also recently announced numerous originals through its deal with Hello Sunshine. Audible Originals offer powerful performances created for listeners by award-winning creators and performers, spanning every genre and length.
In addition to Skybound’s first-look deal with Audible, the entertainment company, run by Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, and Jon Goldman, holds a first-look television deal with Amazon Studios and a first-look feature deal with Universal Pictures. Creative Artists Agency (CAA) initiated and orchestrated the deal for Skybound and Audible.
ABOUT SKYBOUND ENTERTAINMENT
Skybound Entertainment is a multiplatform content company that world-builds across mediums including comics, television, film, tabletop and video games, books, and more. The company works closely with creators to bring their stories to a wider audience, while ensuring creators can maintain intellectual property rights and creative control. Skybound is the home of notable properties including The Walking Dead, Invincible, and Outcast. On screen, Skybound holds a first-look television deal with Amazon Studios and a first-look movie deal with Universal.
Also under the Skybound Entertainment umbrella is Skybound Games, the home of tabletop and videogames alike; an upcoming mobile narrative gaming venture in conjunction with Europe’s leading entertainment company Sky; GammaRay, a video-content brand focused on pop culture and presented by Skybound; and Skybound North, Skybound’s Canadian sister company. Skybound is also a partner in Skybound Galactic, a television studio with the capabilities to finance the development and production of scripted series.