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Realm and FilmNation Entertainement Announce Genre-bending Science Podcast “HyperThetical”

Realm and FilmNation Entertainement Announce Genre-bending Science Podcast “HyperThetical”

Realm & FilmNation Entertainment

April 9, 2024

NEW YORK, April 09, 2024 – Realm, the world’s fastest growing independent podcast network today announced the launch of HyperThetical, a science fiction anthology podcast from FilmNation Entertainment in association with Transmitter Media. Previously behind a paywall, HyperThetical is now available to all podcast listeners, featuring additional interview episodes with more insights into the speculative scenarios explored in its stories. With this deal, Realm is now the exclusive advertising sales representative for the show.

Hosted by Kerry Bishé, known for Halt and Catch Fire, HyperThetical is a genre-bending science podcast from the producers that brought you Arrival, The Big Sick, and Promising Young Woman. The future is full of epic “what ifs’ ‘: What if we could read minds? What if a hostile attack took down our nation’s power grid? What if the supervolcano at Yellowstone erupted? In every episode, Bishé asks one of these questions and explores it in two ways – through speculative science fiction and through insight from the world’s most brilliant scientists. The result is an innovative show featuring real facts and science, bringing together education and imagination. Time travel into a near-future where our biggest “what ifs?”’ become “now whats?”.

Alyssa Martino, SVP of Podcasting at FilmNation Entertainment, said, “This was the first podcast FilmNation produced and remains one of our most ambitious, innovative projects. We’re delighted that Kerry and Realm were both on board to re-release the podcast, including new bonus episodes with 8 brilliant scientists.”

Host Kerry Bishé said: “I’m so grateful to my partners at FilmNation for creating the HyperThetical podcast where we investigate all kinds of fascinating questions with the help of scientists and artists alike. Combining these disciplines is a personal passion of mine and I couldn’t be more excited to share the results!”

Molly Barton, CEO & Co-Founder of Realm, said, “We’re thrilled to partner with FilmNation on this new release. With its thought-provoking explorations of the future, HyperThetical is an exciting addition to Realm network—many of Realm’s listeners are drawn to storytelling that span the boundary between reality and imagination.”

About FilmNation Entertainment:

FilmNation Entertainment is a leading independent entertainment company that produces, finances and distributes award-winning films, television series, podcasts and theater productions that combine strong creative voices and global appeal. FilmNation is also the home of Infrared, a new film production label focused on films with franchise potential.

FilmNation’s award-winning film productions include Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival starring Amy Adams; Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s The Big Sick; Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman starring Carey Mulligan; Sean Baker’s Red Rocket starring Simon Rex; Tobias Lindholm’s The Good Nurse starring Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne; Christos Nikou’s Fingernails starring Riz Ahmed; and John Carney’s Flora and Son, starring Eve Hewson. Consistently ranked as one of the highest-grossing independent international film distributors, FilmNation has internationally distributed four-time Academy Award winner The King’s Speech starring Colin Firth; Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike starring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey; Pedro Almodóvar’s Dolor y Gloria starring Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz; The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch; Channing Tatum’s DOG; and Lenny Abrahamson’s Room for which Brie Larson garnered the Academy Award for Best Actress.

FilmNation’s podcasting division is the home of non-fiction storytelling for the company, featuring character-driven storytelling and original voices uniquely suited to the medium. Popular podcasts include SNAFU with Ed Helms for iHeartMedia, which recently won the Signal Award for Best Writing – Limited Series and Specials and History – Limited Series and Specials and received a 2023 nomination for Best History Podcast for the Ambie Awards; the true crime podcast Murder on the Towpath for Luminary with host Soledad O’Brien; Torched for Stitcher with host Molly Bloom; and HyperThetical hosted by Kerry Bishé.

About Realm:

Led by Molly Barton and team members from CAA, Disney, Warner Brothers, Spotify, and NBC Universal, Realm is an industry-leading studio and global podcast network. Realm partners with top-tier talent and entertainment companies, including Blumhouse, Paramount, Warner Bros, DC, AMC Networks, Marvel, Spotify, and iHeart, to develop, produce, distribute, and monetize immersive audio series that deeply engage audiences.

Realm has brought more top-charting fiction shows to audiences than any competitor, with 8 shows hitting #1 on Apple Podcasts. Realm’s podcasts have been nominated for and won numerous awards, including Audies, Ambies, Webbys, Signal Awards, and iHeart Podcast Awards. Realm Originals have been translated into over a dozen languages, reaching listeners in over 195 countries. 8 Realm Originals are currently in development for Film/TV.

Notable titles include the #1 Spotify podcast HARLEY QUINN & THE JOKER: SOUND MIND starring Christina Ricci and Billy Magnussen, THE FLASH: ESCAPE THE MIDNIGHT CIRCUS starring Max Greenfield, and fan favorites OUTLIERS voiced by Rory Culkin, IF I GO MISSING THE WITCHES DID IT starring Oscar-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe; ORPHAN BLACK: THE NEXT CHAPTER and POWER TRIP starring Emmy-winner Tatiana Maslany; MARIGOLD BREACH starring Jameela Jamil and Manny Jacinto; and ECHO PARK starring Harry Shum Jr.


Olivia DeRienzo