Nickelodeon and iHeartRadio expand the worlds from Avatar: The Last Airbender and Sponge Bob SquarePants with two original podcasts for fans who grew up on franchises. Hosted by original series voice actors Janet Varney (Korra) and Dante Basco (Prince Zuko), Avatar: braving the elements will explore the Avatarverse, while superfans Frankie Grande and Hector Navarro will take fans to Bikini Bottom with SpongeBob BingePants. These companion podcasts will be available on iHeartRadio and wherever podcasts are found starting this summer. The news was announced during ViacomCBS’s presentation at the IAB Upfront Podcast.
“The family podcast market is still nascent and we are excited to be working closely with our good friends at iHeartRadio to produce exciting new content for all audio platforms,” commented Douglas Rosen, Senior Vice President, Strategy, business development and digital products, Nickelodeon. “Not only are we extending our beloved franchises and intellectual property to the audio landscape, but we are also working with creative talents to produce new ideas and concepts for all audiences.”
“We are thrilled to partner with the Nickelodeon team to bring such incredibly fun shows to audiences around the world,” added Will Pearson, COO of the iHeartPodcast Network. “I’m not sure you can pick two best franchises to kick things off, and there is a lot more to come. We can’t wait for fans to hear these shows. “
Additional podcasts featuring popular Nickelodeon titles are currently in development and will be announced in the coming months.
The first podcasts to be released are:
Avatar: braving the elements (40 episodes, premieres Tuesday, June 22, 2021)
- Join the hosts each week as they review each episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender and break down key themes, notable battles, and behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Special guests, from cast members to producers, join them to explore elements of the Avatarverse, including the origins of the story and how Avatar came to be.
SpongeBob BingePants (40 episodes, premieres later this year)
- Super-fan hosts revisit the podcast dives to Bikini Bottom for an episode recap, hilarious conversations, and never-before-heard secrets about everyone’s favorite upbeat marine sponge.
Nickelodeon podcasts feature branded extensions of its successful franchises and original content. New Serie Avatar: braving the elements and SpongeBob BingePants rejoin Listen out loud with The strong house, Les Casagrandes: Familia Sounds, Blue’s Clues & You !: Bedtime Stories and Nickelodeon Animated Podcast. These podcasts are available on iHeartRadio, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube, and wherever podcasts are found.
Avatar: braving the elements and SpongeBob BingePants are distributed through the iHeartPodcast network.