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Let’s talk about ” The rights to the star-studded podcast ‘SmartLess’ have been purchased by Amazon.”
Starting August 1st, Amazon and Wondery will broadcast the SmartLess podcast one week before it is available on other audio platforms. Bloomberg reported that Amazon is paying up to $80 million for the three-year contract.
Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Sean Hayes produced and host the show SmartLess, in which they interview another celebrity. The ruse is that one of the hosts invites a guest whose identity is kept a secret from the other guests until the talk begins. Vice President Kamala Harris, George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Stacey Abrams, Stephen Colbert, Billie Eilish, and Paul McCartney are among the guests thus far.
SmartLess will be available on Amazon Music and Wondery+ at first, with the latter offering ad-free service. The show’s ad sales and promotion will be handled by Wondery. The agreement also grants Amazon and Wondery the opportunity to collaborate with the SmartLess team on future podcasts.
This is another significant achievement for a single episode. Spotify reportedly paid roughly $20 million per year for the rights to Call Her Daddy earlier this month. Other podcast arrangements with Spotify have cost hundreds of millions of dollars, including ones with Joe Rogan, the Obamas, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Amazon also offers its own podcasts, such as Will Smith and DJ Khaled’s broadcasts. Last year, it purchased the Wondery podcast network.
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