Sony Music’s Global Podcast Division partners with broadcasters Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo

Sony Music Entertainment (SME) has garnered a lot of attention in the podcast space over the past few years.


In September 2020, the company confirmed it would launch nearly 40 new podcast shows in 2020, having previously struck deals with podcast producers including Neon Hum, Adam McKay’s Hyperobject Industries and Renay Richardson’s Broccoli Content.

Sony Music was also reportedly in the running to acquire US-based podcast maker Wondery, which was eventually sold to Amazon in a $300 million deal late last year.

Now film critic Mark Kermode and presenter Simon Mayo have teamed up with Sony Music Entertainment (SME) and its Global Podcast Division.

The veteran broadcasters will present Kermode and Mayo’s Take, a twice-weekly podcast series focusing on theatrical, streaming and physical film releases, as well as global television in the UK and US from Thursday 5 May.

Sony says Kermode and Mayo’s take “will feature top-rated reviews and previews, great guest interviews, and a cornucopia of audience correspondence in every episode.”

Kermode will also share his views on serialized fiction.

The news comes shortly after Jason Owen, President/CEO of Sandbox Entertainment, and SME’s Premium Content Division signed a development agreement.

The agreement sees Sandbox and SM producing a number of original long-form projects across multiple platforms and distributors.

Last year, Sony Music also bought the UK’s largest independent podcast producer, Somethin’ Else.

“Simon Mayo is quite simply one of the best broadcasters in the world.”

Markus Kermode

Mark Kermode said: “Simon Mayo is quite simply one of the best broadcasters out there and I’m so excited to be collaborating with him again on this new Sony podcast, which will allow us to argue about movies and TV (and Skiffle, obviously ) to your heart’s content.”

“We said it wasn’t the end.”

Simon Mayo

Simon Mayo says: “We said it wasn’t the end.

“The sequel is here… this time with sequins”

“Kermode and Mayo have been an incredible influence on British audio for decades.”

Jez Nelson, Sony Music Entertainment

Jez Nelson, Executive Vice President and Co‑Head of Global Podcasts at Sony Music Entertainment, said: “Kermode and Mayo have had an incredible impact on the UK audio industry for decades.

“They are radio icons, but also pioneers of podcasting.

“We are thrilled to welcome them to Sony Music and to now work with them to take their amazing partnership and unparalleled approach to film worldwide to the next level.”music business worldwide Sony Music’s Global Podcast Division partners with broadcasters Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo

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