Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has been tapped to lead the first slate of shows from Lionsgate’s newly launched podcast division. Leading Lionsgate Sound under his G-Unit Sound imprint, Jackson will host a show that is tentatively titled Cuate/twin: The Downfall of El Chapo. As the title suggests, the audio adventure will follow the life of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.
“In Cuate/twin/: the downfall of El Chapo, speaking publicly for the first time ever, Chicago-born identical twins Peter & Jay Flores will take listeners on a journey through their meteoric rise to becoming two of the biggest drug traffickers in America. Peddling tons of cocaine across the country, these two would go on to be seated at the right hand of the most wanted man in the world: El Chapo himself,” the show’s description reads.
“In a stunning turn of events, the twins betray El Chapo in a desperate attempt to escape the only life they’ve ever known. But is escaping ever really possible?”
Jackson will be joined by Michael Nathanson of The Punisher, who will host an interview-based podcast called calling Playing Dead. Also, Justin Shenkarow of Hey Arnold! will lead an FBI-focused show called A Nation of Thieves. Rounding out the Lionsgate Sound slate, the newly launched division will feature a show called Died and Survived that will highlight near-death experiences. However, a host has not yet been set for that show.
“We look forward to entering the rapidly expanding podcast market as a great source of exciting new properties as well as an opportunity to feed the growing demand for audio content with our films, television series, Starz original programming, and library titles,” Joe Drake and Kevin Beggs of the Lionsgate Television Group said.
“This initiative demonstrates Lionsgate’s 360-degree approach to content, creating an opportunity for us to continue onscreen stories and make companion podcasts to serve fans of our IP while scaling the audience base for new projects.”