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Cadence13 and Blumhouse Television announce scripted podcast series inside Trump presidency

PRESS RELEASE — August 16, 2018

New York NY, USA—Cadence13 continues to build a diverse roster of premium programming with the announcement of The Oval Office Tapes, in partnership with Blumhouse Television, the company who brought audiences “Whiplash”, “Get Out” and “The Purge” franchise. Premiering in September, The Oval Office Tapes, Season One, will be a 10-episode dramatic podcast that imagines, What if that soccer ball Vladimir Putin gave to President Trump was covered in microscopic microphones? And what if President Trump insisted on keeping the ball in a place of great honor in the Oval Office?

Created by award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler (THE WAR ROOM, THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE, NASHVILLE) and relying on the remarkable moment of journalistic reporting (and insider leaking) that we find ourselves in, each episode will be written and produced in real time, based on events and news of the week. Showrun and co-written by screenwriter, author, and political reporter Scott Conroy (EMBEDS, VOTE FIRST OR DIE, SARAH FROM ALASKA), The Oval Office Tapes will take listeners behind-the- scenes of a top story in the news in ways that they couldn’t access otherwise (or at least until Robert Mueller wills it so). The series will feature all of your favorite Trump administration figures, family members, best friends and enemies. The show reunites Cutler, alongside series co-producer Trevor Smith, and Mary Lisio, EVP Alternative and Non-Scripted Programming at Blumhouse Television, all of whom previously worked together at Cutler’s Actual Reality Pictures. Chris Dickie, VP of Development at Blumhouse Television will also oversee the project.

“When a company like Blumhouse enters the podcast space, you know it’s going to be innovative, compelling and engaging. This is a project that will undoubtedly change the podcast landscape and we can’t wait for people to listen to something so fresh, smart and wildly entertaining,” said Chris Corcoran, Cadence13’s Chief Content Officer.

“Podcasts are exploding in popularity and bringing in more listeners today than ever before,” said Lisio. “The Oval Office Tapes is not only a well-suited extension for the Blumhouse Television brand but represents an exciting new direction for us to bring engaging audio-based storytelling to an ever-growing medium, that’s just as creative as any film or television show.”

“There are no NDA’s on The Oval Office Tapes,” said Cutler. “Tired of the same old story being regurgitated on your favorite cable channel? Frustrated by Sarah Sanders refusal to say anything of substance in her occasional press briefing? Driven to a near-stroke trying to make sense of Rudy Giuliani’s latest proclamation? Here’s a chance to go behind the events in the news and to hear what was really going on when Trump and his gang discussed the matter in the Oval. Thankfully Cadence13 and Blumhouse TV are here to share the Tapes with the public.”

Look for The Oval Office Tapes podcast series to be available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, and other on-demand audio platforms on September, 14, 2018, with new episodes of season one being released every week.

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