Podcast network Panoply Media is expanding into scripted programming, hiring longtime radio producer and director John Dryden to lead a new division dedicated to creating scripted programming of both the comedic and dramatic variety.
Dryden has served as the director and head writer for Tumanbay, a BBC radio drama in the style of a long ago and far away-style epic. He also served as the executive producer and director of one of Panoply’s first scripted programs, LifeAfter, a joint effort with GE. It was that show, along with another well-received scripted collaboration between GE and Panoply, The Message, that served as inspirations for Panoply to open up a dedicated scripted programming division.
“We feel that podcasting has given new life to a great art form, one that has been largely ignored in the U.S. for decades. Audio drama allows us to tell complex stories in exciting ways, and more efficiently than on TV or in films,” said chief content officer Andy Bowers. “We plan to experiment with a wide variety of stories and genres, and we’re thrilled to be led in these efforts by John Dryden, someone with decades of experience creating award-winning audio fiction in the U.K.”
Dryden is a Peabody winner as producer and writer of another radio program, The Day That Lehman Died, a behind-the-scenes look at the financial institution right before its collapse. When he accepted the award, Dryden described it as “an endorsement for radio drama, long may it be cherished and nurtured.” He’ll have an opportunity to do the latter at Panoply.