Hollywood executive joins forces with podcast veterans to create a new multi-media network: Entropy Media
Seasoned Hollywood executive Anjay Nagpal launched a new multi-media network, Entropy Media. Nagpal is best known for his work on critically-acclaimed films including Greyhound, Bombshell, The Good Liar, and more. He’s collaborating with a team of veterans in the industry including talent from Gimlet, Serial Productions, VICE, and Wondery to bring an all-in-one audio storytelling experience. In 2023, Entropy Media will launch five investigative, narrative nonfiction podcast series. From the most powerful mob family you’ve never heard of, to an everyday American man who took down a head of the IRA, to the FBI’s most expensive and intensive bust-up, Entropy Media will break into the market with intriguing stories listeners need to hear.
“We believe in a quality-over-quantity business strategy, bringing never-before-told stories with rich archival material and thoughtful, high-quality sound design to listeners,” said Anjay Nagpal. “At Entropy Media, we’re focused on good stories with captivating characters, twists and turns, and compelling audio where fascinating subcultures are revealed.”
New Podcast Shows from Entropy Media Include:
Premiering April 26, Brokers Bagmen and Moles transports listeners to the Chicago trading floor of the 1980s — a workplace unlike any we know today — as the FBI mounts one of the most expensive, elaborate undercover investigations in its history. The goal: to catch brokers allegedly stealing millions of dollars from their customers. Was it a massive success that reformed our financial markets - or a huge flop costing taxpayers millions of dollars? A Chicago native and former derivatives trader, Nagpal hosts and produces this 12-part deep-dive that features the actual traders and FBI Agents from the case, all speaking about the enigmatic investigation for the first time. The show was produced in association with streTcH Productions’ Tim Hendricks and Kevin “Stretch” Huff, who also star in the podcast. Episodes will be released weekly.
Next up is the story of an American athlete wrongfully imprisoned in China, and a team of strangers working to bring him home. In GAME PLAN, host Matt Liston and the man at the center of the story - Wendell Brown - recount the events of 2016 when Brown is assaulted at a party in the Yuzhong District, and then imprisoned for assault. The Detroit football legend is there to teach his beloved sport to youth and winds up in a Chinese prison for years before a group of strangers around the world rally behind him.
This fall brings the wild and entertaining story of David Rupert, a low-profile trucker and failed professional wrestler who couldn’t seem to find major success at any of his ventures. So how did he become one of the most successful spies in the history of MI5 and the FBI - even infiltrating and taking down the militant Irish guerilla group the “Real IRA” (without even being Irish)? In SPYING ON MICKEY, Chicago Sun-Times reporters Bob Herguth and Abdon Pallasch will introduce listeners to Rupert who has a story so outrageous the FBI threw up roadblocks to Herguth & Pallasch’s early attempts at a book on it. The series includes audio from Rupert directly, serving as the backbone to this unbelievable adventure.
Late fall and early winter, Entropy Media will release two completely different but equally captivating mob stories: LIFE SENTENCE and ADAPTING KURT. In LIFE SENTENCE, award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Danny Gold digs into one of the most powerful and under-the-radar mob families. Frank Balistrieri ruled the Milwaukee mafia for 35 years. Instead of raising his sons to be gangsters, they became lawyers, which came in handy considering Frank was indicted 11 times on organized crime charges. With the help of Frank’s son, John, LIFE SENTENCE uncovers the truth of the Balistrieri reign. With audio from more than 200 FBI surveillance tapes of insider conversations, Gold will give listeners an inside take on what it was like growing up in the mob.
In ADAPTING KURT, Kurt Calabrese sets the record straight about his high-stakes family drama. For most of his life, Kurt was stuck in the middle of a deadly family feud. After years of abuse, his brother decides to rat out their father, the most violent mobster in Chicago. The result is Operation Family Secrets, a landmark FBI investigation that helped bring down the last great American crime syndicate: the 100-year-old Chicago Outfit.
Entropy has a robust development slate and the next wave of shows will see a continuation of white collar, true crime, and global organized crime podcasts as well as expansion into the sports and entertainment/pop culture verticals. All of Entropy Media’s shows will be available on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever listeners access podcasts. For more information, visit www.EntropyMedia.art.
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