Audible Renews First-Look Deal With ‘The Big Lie’ Producer Fresh Produce Media; Todd Ellis Kessler, Elliot Fletcher & Others Sign On To New Projects

EXCLUSIVE: Fresh Produce Media, the podcast company behind Jon Hamm and Kate Mara-fronted scripted series The Big Lie, has renewed its first-look deal with Audible.

The Amazon-owned company has extended the multi-year agreement after initially striking a deal with Fresh Produce in March 2022.

After striking the deal, a slew of actors, producers and directors have signed on work on new Fresh Produce projects. This includes Elliot Fletcher, an actor who has starred in series including FX’s Y: The Last Man and MTV’s Faking It, Nashville and The Good Wife co-exec producer Todd Ellis Kessler, Medium co-exec producer Aaron Lipstadt, who also worked on The Big Lie, and Thomas Page McBee, a supervising producer on Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy.

Elsewhere, Mark Henry Phillips, who composed the score for smash hit podcast Serial, has also signed on to direct several future Fresh Produce projects.

In addition to The Big Lie, Fresh Produce Media is also behind music storytelling series Origins, news series In the Room with Peter Bergen and Punk in Translation.

Jason Ross, Founder and CEO of Fresh Produce, said, “It’s hard to believe it was just March 2022 when we launched our first series. From day one, Audible and the team led by Chief Content Officer Rachel Ghiazza have been collaborators of the absolute highest-caliber, and I couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve achieved thus far. It’s an honor to continue doing such significant creative work together, and the shows we have in motion are really going to take our collaboration to new heights.”

“Fresh Produce is the rare audio production company that can do it all,” added Audible’s Chief Content Officer, Rachel Ghiazza. “From thrilling audio documentaries, to edge-of-your-seat fiction, newsy conversation shows to music-infused memoir, they’re both versatile and fearless when it comes to telling must-hear stories in audio.”