CBC announces slate of podcast-to-TV series

Someone Knows Something is one of five CBC original podcasts being developed for television.

CBC has announced that it’s developing five of its popular podcasts into television series. The announcement was made at Podcast Movement 2019, which is underway this week in Orlando.  

The original CBC Podcasts to be adapted for the screen include:

  • David Ridgen’s Someone Knows Something (First Generation Films, scripted), examining unsolved cases of missing or murdered individuals;
  • Uncover: The Village (Noble Entertainment, documentary), exploring two waves of unsolved murders in Toronto’s Gay Village, 40 years apart, following the arrest of Bruce McArthur in January 2018;
  • Personal Best (3Arts Entertainment, unscripted), a self-improvement podcast celebrating small ambitions, half-wins, and getting less bad at things;
  • Tai Asks Why (Irwin Entertainment, unscripted) featuring 12-year-old boy genius Tai Poole on a mission to find answers to life’s biggest questions; and
  • Alone: A Love Story (Sienna Films, scripted), a raw memoir about love, marriage and life after betrayal.

 “As Canada’s national public broadcaster and number-one podcaster, we are uniquely positioned to lead in this new area of opportunity for rich and diverse storytelling,” said Barbara Williams, Executive Vice-President, CBC English Services, in a release. “This growing cultural phenomenon will make it possible for us to work with Canadian and international partners to bring passionate podcast listeners to our television and streaming platforms, and showcase Canadian stories to wider audiences at home and around the world.”  

CBC Podcasts now has more than 20 original series in genres ranging from investigative reporting and true crime, to comedy, human interest and audio fiction.


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