NEW YORK, January 30, 2024 – Realm, the world’s fastest growing independent podcast network, today announced a partnership with Black Barrel Media, an audio entertainment company that specializes in well-known historical narrative podcasts like Infamous America and Legends of the Old West. Realm will represent Black Barrel Media’s over 1M monthly downloads for ad sales.
Specializing in American History and featuring signature cinematic music and sound design, Black Barrel Media’s flagship shows are Legends of the Old West and Infamous America. In Legends of the Old West, hear the tales about the toughest lawmen, the wildest outlaws, and the deadliest towns — all the people and events that shaped the American West. Infamous America takes you on a journey through the wildest, and sometimes darkest, chapters of American history. From the Salem Witch Trials to the gangsters of the 1930s to assassins, traitors, outlaws, scandals and events that still defy explanation, you’ll hear them all on this historical true crime podcast.
In a statement, Realm’s Vice President, Mary Assadullahi, said, “We are delighted to announce our partnership with Black Barrel Media, a powerhouse in American History storytelling. Together, we’ll be amplifying incredible content and pairing it with great brands.”
Black Barrel Media founders, Chris and Mandi Wimmer, said, “We are thrilled to work with Realm, one of the fastest growing podcast networks with countless entertainment and brand partners. We appreciate their creativity and willingness to think outside the box; we’re excited for the future.”
About Black Barrel Media
Black Barrel Media is an audio entertainment company that tells stories of American legends and icons revolutionized in cinematic audio. Black Barrel was founded by brother-sister duo Chris and Mandi Wimmer, both of whom had successful careers in entertainment prior to starting the company. Mandi toured the country creating large-scale events and productions for presidential campaigns and six Super Bowls. Chris worked in the film industry before becoming an award-winning journalist and then a podcast creator and published author. They combined their love of history with their production experience to create Black Barrel Media and launched the company with Legends of the Old West and Infamous America. Both podcasts have grown immensely since their humble, grassroots beginnings with Legends hitting #1 on the Spotify Charts and Infamous hitting #1 on the Apple Charts. Chris and Mandi have been recognized by PBS Newshour and TV Guide, and they moderated the actor panel at the HBO “Deadwood” movie premier in Deadwood, SD. In 2023, they were expert commentators and guest historians on History Channel’s “Greatest Heists” TV series hosted by actor Pierce Brosnan and TUBI’s two-hour documentary, “Queen of Cocaine.”
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