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Sony Music announces launch of new movie podcast with Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo

By | Published on Monday 4 April 2022

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Sony Music’s podcast division has announced a partnership with Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo which will see the launch next month of a new movie-centric podcast basically replacing the duo’s movie-centric BBC radio show, the final edition of which aired on Friday.

Kermode and Mayo have provided movie chatter on the BBC since the 1990s, of course, initially on Radio 1 and then Radio 5 Live, and as a podcast since 2005. That chatter originally took place as a segment on Mayo’s Radio 1 and Radio 5 Live shows before becoming a programme in its own right on the latter after Mayo’s main BBC gig shifted to Radio 2.

The weekly film programme then continued even after Mayo left his main BBC show and subsequently joined commercial broadcaster Bauer on its Scala and then Greatest Hits Radio channels.

Independent audio production company Somethin Else – acquired by Sony Music as it expanded its podcast operations last year – began producing the Kermode and Mayo film programme for the BBC in 2011, so it’s perhaps no surprise that the duo are teaming up with Sony and its Somethin Else division to launch this new standalone podcast.

Called Kermode And Mayo’s Take, the new podcast programme will be similar to the old BBC show, although it will be published twice a week and will also cover big TV series and franchises as well as films.

Commenting on the new venture, Kermode says: “Simon Mayo is quite simply one of the best broadcasters in the world and I’m THRILLED to be teaming up with him again for this new Sony podcast, which will allow us to bicker about movies and TV – and skiffle, obviously – to our hearts’ content”.

Meanwhile Mayo adds: “We said it wasn’t the end. The sequel is here… this time with sequins”.

And for the Sony Music side of the venture, Somethin Else co-founder and the major’s EVP and Co‑Head of Global Podcasts, Jez Nelson, chips in: “Kermode and Mayo have made an incredible impact in UK audio 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 peerless take on movies to the next level globally”.

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