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Kobe Bryant's Granity Studios and Cadence13 announce 'The Punies'

PRESS RELEASE — August 24, 2018

Los Angeles CA, USA—On the heels of a historic Oscar win for its inaugural animated short “Dear Basketball,” Kobe Bryant’s Granity Studios, in partnership with Cadence13, today announced its first scripted family-friendly podcast series with, The Punies.

Set to premiere August 25, “The Punies” episodes will air every Saturday morning for a ten-week run – reminiscent of Saturday morning cartoons of the past. It will be readily available for easy listening on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spotify and iHeart Radio providing listening entertainment for the whole family on the way to weekend sporting activities. 
Created and directed by Kobe Bryant, “The Punies” is a collection of scripted audio stories where we meet a young biracial (African American/Caucasian) boy named Puny Pete. Pete is ambitious and determined, yet also meek and insecure due to his fear of failure. Pete’s friends, known as the “The Punies,” are an ethnically and emotionally diverse group of kids who love to play sports together - though they may not always get along. Told with humor, music and sound effects, each episode teaches important life lessons through a combination of character dialogue, sports radio commentary and fictional product commercial breaks related to youth sports. With an underlying theme of persistence in the face of failure, “The Punies,” stems from Bryant’s own experiences with defeat and success during his legendary career.

“Having spent my whole life playing ball, there were many times I wasn’t on the winning team. However, those experiences ultimately proved the most invaluable because they taught me perseverance, determination, and teamwork. As the father of athletes myself, I created The Punies in the hopes that these stories will not only entertain the whole family but inspire young listeners to reach their fullest potential,” said Bryant.

“The Punies is another example of creative storytelling that will capture the imagination and hearts of children and parents alike in this innovative, important and impactful podcast series that will capture learning about perseverance and a willingness not to fail at its core. As a company looking to break new ground and strive for excellence with premium content, C13 is proud to align with someone who is so intensely and incredibly dedicated to his craft and storytelling as we welcome Kobe to podcasting with this groundbreaking series,” said Chris Corcoran, Cadence13's Chief Content Officer.

“The Punies” is written by John Haller, who is currently the executive story editor for ABC’s Emmy-nominated series, “Last Man Standing.” Previously, he worked as a writing assistant for two seasons on NBC’s “30 Rock” and as a writing assistant for HBO’s “In Treatment.”

The Key art for “The Punies” was created famed animator Glen Keane who is best known for characters such as Ariel from “The Little Mermaid,” the titular beast from “Beauty and The Beast” and Disney’s “Tarzan,” to name a few. Keane won an Academy Award and Annie Award for his work with Bryant on “Dear Basketball.”

Voice cast members of The Punies include:


Formed by NBA Legend Kobe Bryant, Granity Studios is a multi-media original content company Bryant founded to enable young athletes to maximize their full potential through creative storytelling.  Projects include the Bryant-created, critically-acclaimed Showtime-distributed documentary Kobe Bryant’s Muse, the 2018 Academy-Award and Annie Award winning animated short Dear Basketball, and the groundbreaking television series DETAIL which currently airs on ESPN+.  For more information about Granity Studios and/or its upcoming slate, please visit


Cadence13 is a leader in premium, on-demand audio entertainment. Our critically-acclaimed shows and personalities reflect the diverse conversations and interests happening in world today. Cadence13 shows are led by a collection of voices that matter, including Natalie Alzate, Sophia Amoruso, Nick Bilton, Flula Borg, Rachel Brathen, David Dobrik, Jon Favreau, Hannah Hart, Andrew Jenks, Peter Kafka, Peter King, Ezra Klein, Tony Kornheiser, Payne Lindsey, Jon Lovett, CJ McCollum, James Andrew Miller, Jim Norton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Peck, Zac Stuart-Pontier, Paul Rabil, Rhett and Link, Sherrod Small, Marc Smerling, Kara Swisher, Tommy Vietor, Adrian Wojnarowski and many more. These groundbreaking influencers and thought leaders cover business, sports, tech, politics, entertainment, news, culture and much more. Cadence13’s programming partners include Complex, Crooked Media, Entertainment Weekly, Girlboss Media, goop, Mythical Entertainment, Recode, Seven Bucks Productions, Sports Illustrated, theSkimm, Tenderfoot TV, Time Inc., UFC, UTA, Vanity Fair, The Verge, Vox Media, Yahoo Sports, and Yoga Girl, among others. The company is headquartered in New York, with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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The Punies by Kobe Bryant
By Granity Studios & Cadence13


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