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Leeds-based podcast company What’s the Story? Sounds are celebrating as the connection between the worlds of TV and Audio steps up another notch.

The company, led by TV Producers Darrell Brown & Sophie Ellis, was launched earlier this year. That followed the pair's success with their debut foray into audio storytelling, a 10 part true-crime series commissioned by Audible UK - Body of Proof.

Now the pair have inked a first-look development deal with drama powerhouse Kudos which sees more than a dozen projects from the What’s the Story? slate being considered by Kudos for adaptation – and an on-going joint strategy to develop stories which can be exploited in both the TV and audio space.

Sophie Ellis, Co-Founder of What’s the Story? Sounds said: “It’s a hugely exciting time to be working in the audio world – and to be bringing stories to audiences which may not otherwise get told. The collaboration with Kudos will allow us to craft a number of projects which are big in ambition, and which can attract dedicated audiences in audio before their launch on screen.

Darrell Brown, Co-Founder of What’s the Story? Sounds said: “We’re thrilled to be using our experience as TV producers and translating it into audio production – there’s a lot of cross-over in terms of our story-telling techniques, but we’re also able to do things a bit differently to other audio producers and bring some new ideas to the podcast world. There’s a perfect storm for podcasting to grow and flourish in the next few years, and audiences are always going to crave well-told human stories. We hope to lead the way in telling those stories for audio – and with Kudos by our side – in drama too.”

Karen Wilson, Co-Manging Director, Kudos said; “We’ve been impressed by the strength of ideas being generated by What’s the Story? so it’s really exciting to be working closely with them in this way. The potential for crossover with drama and podcast storytelling is huge and we look forward to maximising that potential together.

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Kudos make investment in podcast producer ‘What’s the Story? Sounds'

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‘The Missing’ is nominated for a British Podcast Award.

‘The Missing’ is nominated for a British Podcast Award.

No.1 Podcast Series ‘The Missing’ has been shortlisted as one of the best True Crime Series of the year, by the British Podcast Awards.

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Emily Atack to front brand new Spotify podcast series

Spotify UK have announced that Emily Atack has signed to the platform to release a 20-episode podcast series, titled Emily Atack : Lie Detector. The series is Emily’s first podcast hosting role – and will see her explore the world of lies and dishonesty. The series is produced by Leeds indie What’s the Story? Sounds.

Guardian pick of the week

The Missing Podcast debuts at #2 on the Apple Podcast Chart

After launching on December 14th – The Missing has become one of the most listened to podcasts in the UK this week – debuting at number 2 on the Apple podcast chart, and number 1 true-crime podcast.

The series received ‘pick of the week’ reviews in the Guardian and Great British podcasts, and attracted an audience in over 50 countries, and press coverage around the story of missing man Charles Horvath Allan was featured in the Daily Mail and The Sun, as well as news outlets in North America.

The Missing Podcast

Brand New Podcast Series to focus on the story of long-term missing people.

Featuring 20 real stories of long-term missing people - and supported by the charity Missing People & Investigation specialists locate International - The MISSING is the first series to invite listeners to contribute to the search - and join the team re-examining these cases.

The Series will launch on December 14th, with the story of British man Charles Horvath-Allan, missing for over 25 years.

Visit www.themissingpodcast.org or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.