Audible today announced a multi-project, first-look development and production deal with Treefort Media to produce original scripted audio series. Out of the gate, there are three newly greenlit projects: Killing Hollywood: The Cotton Club Murder featuring Juliette Lewis, Christian Slater and Rainn Wilson; Fishpriest featuring Ethan Hawke; and Moriarty featuring Dominic Monaghan. Premiering first, Killing Hollywood: The Cotton Club Murder, will launch exclusively on Audible on May 27, 2021.
“We’re thrilled to kick off this robust collaboration with Treefort Media, a formidable producer of supremely entertaining audio content,” commented Rachel Ghiazza, Executive Vice President and Head of US Content at Audible. “Audible listeners have an insatiable appetite for dynamic, high quality scripted audio and we can’t wait to serve them up with these compelling new series to start -- and then even more to come.”
“Our Treefort Media team feels incredibly fortunate to collaborate with Audible in exploring the creative possibilities of premium scripted audio,” said Treefort Media CEO Kelly Garner. “We couldn’t be prouder of our current slate — it’s ambitious, diverse, and bolstered by extraordinary writing and top-tier talent. We can’t wait for these projects to be out in the world.”
The greenlit projects include:
KILLING HOLLYWOOD: THE COTTON CLUB MURDER
Based on a shocking true story, this drama series stars Academy Award- and Emmy-nominated actress Juliette Lewis; Emmy-nominated actor Rainn Wilson; and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Christian Slater. When cocaine queen-pin Lanie Jacobs (Lewis) ditches Miami for Los Angeles, she meets Roy Radin (Wilson)—a washed-up theater producer with big dreams (and even bigger demons). Together, they team up for a shot at greatness: A stake in The Cotton Club, a star-studded film produced by Robert Evans (Slater), the (in)famous Hollywood legend behind The Godfather and Chinatown. But as egos, ambitions, and suspicions collide, it isn’t long before the deal turns deadly. The series is written by Daniel Thomsen and Jeffery Baker and produced in association with The Komack Company.
Ethan Hawke leads in the dark and gritty, scripted police procedural and crime drama. Set in1993, Tommy “Fishpriest” Barth (Hawke) is a bounty hunter and former undercover cop in the Bronx. Just when he thinks he’s pulling his life back together, a dangerous crime syndicate reappears in the city and threatens to tear his life and his city apart. The series is created and written by Mike Batistick.
He stands among the most infamous villains in all of literary history...but what if Sherlock Holmes's famous arch nemesis, Professor James Moriarty, was actually an innocent man? Moriarty is set in an alternative Sherlock Holmes universe in which Holmes is actually a brilliant but evil force, and his nemesis, Moriarty, is a good man who is forced into the underworld after Sherlock frames him for murder. Dominic Monaghan stars as Professor Moriarty in this scripted series which explores what happens when traditionally good and evil characters are inverted and nothing is as it seems. Moriarty presents a complex look and an empathetic voice to one of fiction’s most notorious characters. The series is written by Charles Kindinger.
Killing Hollywood: The Cotton Club Murder will premiere exclusively on Audible on May 27, 2021.
Release dates for the remaining slate are forthcoming. For more information on Killing Hollywood: The Cotton Club Murder, please visit Audible.com/CottonClub and for more on these other upcoming Audible Originals, please visit: www.audible.com/upcomingoriginals.
ABOUT TREEFORT MEDIA
TREEFORT MEDIA is an independent podcast company specializing in premium fiction and unscripted audio storytelling. Founded in 2018 by CEO Kelly Garner, the company’s first original series, Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood, hit #1 on Apple Podcasts and garnered over 20 million downloads. The company’s creative partners include Audible, Disney Music, iHeartMedia, Klutch Sports Group, LA Times Studios, Spotify, Universal Music Group, and Village Roadshow. Treefort’s award-winning production team is based in Los Angeles.
For additional information, please visit https://www.treefort.fm/.