– Acquisition Includes 71 Episodes Downloaded 18 Million Times Across 8 Seasons
– YTD PODC Added 16 New Shows, 1571 Episodes and 2100 Hours of Content
– Current PODC Network Slate Soars to 179 Shows, with Over 3.5 Billion Historic Downloads and Approximately 250,000 Episodes Across Its Total Library
LOS ANGELES, CA – (NewMediaWire) – October 26, 2023 – PodcastOne (NASDAQ: PODC), a leading podcast platform and a subsidiary of LiveOne (NASDAQ: LVO), announced today that it acquired the exclusive sales and distribution rights, as well as certain ownership and IP/derivative rights, to a top true crime podcast, The Opportunist. The Opportunist has been lauded as “Best Of” by media outlets such as Vulture, Mashable, Paste Magazine and Digiday since its 2021 debut.
The Opportunist is an investigative podcast that focuses on the true stories of regular people who turn sinister by embracing opportunity. How does an everyday person turn into a thief, a scam artist or a cult leader? Perhaps the most dangerous person is the one who appears the most normal? Perhaps there is a dark potential lurking inside all of us, just waiting for the right opportunity to emerge. With 71 episodes across 8 seasons released to date, The Opportunist, was one of the top 20 most downloaded new podcasts according to Podtrac in 2021.
“The Opportunist is an incredible complement to our existing slate of award-winning true crime podcast programming. There is no more fitting time than now to debut the show on our network. We look forward to growing the show’s existing audience,” said Kit Gray, President and Co-Founder of PodcastOne.
PodcastOne’s full roster of top ranked podcasts includes programming across top genres such as news, comedy, true crime and society and culture and including shows such as True Crime All The Time Unsolved, The Prosecutors, Court Junkie, Cold Case Files, I Survived, I’ve Had It, Baby Mamas No Drama, The Adam Carolla Show, and The Schaub Show. PodcastOne shows are available through PodcastOne, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart, Amazon and wherever podcasts are heard.
PodcastOne (Nasdaq: PODC) is a Los Angeles based podcast network founded in 2012 by Kit Gray and Norm Pattiz providing creators and advertisers with a full 360-degree solution in sales, marketing, public relations, production, and distribution delivering over 2.1 billion downloads per year with a community of 250 of the top podcasters, including Adam Carolla, Kaitlyn Bristowe, Jordan Harbinger, LadyGang, I’ve Had It, and A&E’s Cold Case Files. PodcastOne has built a distribution network reaching over 1 billion listeners a month across all of its own properties, LiveOne (Nasdaq: LVO), Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Samsung and over 150 shows exclusively available in Tesla vehicles. PodcastOne is also the parent company of LaunchpadOne, an innovative self-serve platform developed to launch, host, distribute and monetize independent user-generated podcasts. For more information, visit podcastone.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter at @podcastone.
About LiveOne, Inc.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, LiveOne (Nasdaq: LVO) is an award-winning, creator-first, music, entertainment, and technology platform focused on delivering premium experiences and content worldwide through memberships and live and virtual events. The Company’s wholly-owned subsidiaries include Slacker Radio, PodcastOne (Nasdaq: PODC), PPVOne, Gramophone Media, Palm Beach Records, CPS, LiveXLive, Drumify and Splitmind. LiveOne is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Spotify, Samsung, Amazon Fire, Android TV, and through STIRR’s OTT applications. For more information, visit liveone.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and Twitter at @liveone.
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