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The Sci-Fi Thriller podcast Hypnopolis is movies to the ears


Over the first weekend following its release, Hypnopolis entered the podcast charts worldwide in 56 countries. These included Germany, the USA, the UK, Russia, France, and Japan, as well as Columbia, Thailand and Nigeria, to name just a few. Hypnopoliseven climbed to Number 1 in 11 countries, and is also among the Top 10 in 43 countries in at least one podcast category.

The story

Over the course of six episodes and a playtime of 120 minutes, Hypnopolis lures listeners into the year 2063. The former journalist Hope Reiser wakes up from her 30-year prison term in which she was sentenced to sleep for the murder of a man. But she is convinced that she is innocent and fears that the real murderers have waited for her and are watching her. During her 30-year punishment, she has hardly aged and now she is alive in a future that is completely foreign to her, on the search for the truth.

The world, in which Hope is fighting for her past, seems utopic. The crime rate is nearly nil now that all verdicts are reached and carried out by an artificial intelligence that everyone simply calls “The System.” But it soon becomes clear that the people are paying a high price for this wonderful new reality. Hope has endured a terrible experience and is faced with more than just one life-threatening situation during her investigation. But despite all that, she never loses her unconditional will to do the right thing – even as her own fate depends on it.

The makers

The story was developed by the creative minds at Jung von Matt/NEXT ALSTER for their client BMW. The agency was able to win over Londoner Robert Valentine for the development of the script, who also took charge of direction. The Science Fiction genre is the forte of this BBC Audio Drama Award winner, who also works, among others, as an author for the audio version of Dr. Who. White Horse Music is responsible for the production in collaboration with their partner California Music.

About Jung von Matt

Jung von Matt is – in terms of awards for both creativity and efficiency – the most successful advertising agency group in German-speaking countries. The agency offers its clients creative and efficient marketing communication across all channels and disciplines. Jung von Matt was founded in Hamburg in 1991 and today, 29 years later, acts as a non-listed corporation with agencies in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic and China. There are many big names amongst their list of customers such as adidas, BMW, BOSCH, German Post, EDEKA, HUAWEI, Hyundai, MINI, Nikon, NIVEA, Sixt and Vodafone.

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