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The New York Times: The New Bedtime Story is a Podcast
October 7, 2017

Pinna Press Release: Pinna to Release New Festive Advent-Style Podcast "Christmas Is Coming!"
NEW YORK, Nov. 28, 2017

Pinna, Panoply Media's ad-free children's audio app, today announced the launch of a new daily Advent-style podcast called Christmas Is Coming!. The podcast series will premiere on December 1, and release a new episode with original artwork every day through December 24. Each new episode allows kids to tune into the North Pole's radio station "WXMAS." Jolly Snowspice, WXMAS host, has breaking news: For the first time in 862 years, the annual journey to visit kids from the four corners of the Earth is changing guard. And when the entire mission is put in jeopardy, listeners will see if it can it be completed in time to save Christmas. "When I was a kid, every year my mom would get us all Advent calendars. Each morning I would rush to it with hopeful anticipation, excited to see what was inside for that day. Christmas is Coming! is like an 'audio Advent calendar,'"said Sarah Bentley, creator of Christmas Is Coming! and Director of Partner Management and Producer at Panoply Media. "Our hopeful anticipation is that opening a new episode every day will bring that same joy and the magical spirit of Christmas to children and their families, all throughout the holiday season." The series was written, produced and composed by David Kreizman, Benjamin Strouse and Chris Tarry from youth-focused production company Gen-Z Media. They are the talent behind Pinna's Peabody award-winning podcast The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel. The cast of the series includes several accomplished actors including Leer Leary (Jolly Snowspice), and child actors Rosa Isabella (Manny), Drew Beasley (Piper Peppercorn), Alexandria Suarez (Holly Berry) and more. The young talent in this show hasprevious experience working with Sesame Street productions, Dreamworks, Disney and on Broadway. Not only is the show festive and appropriate for all ages, but all Pinna podcasts provide ad-free audio entertainment for children that parents can really trust. Parents don't have to worry about monitoring or restricting their children's listening habits on Pinna like they do with TV and online content. Christmas Is Coming! Is a good alternative to this screen time, and puts kids imaginations to work. In addition to being available on Pinna, Christmas Is Coming! will release an iTunes album with 12 original holiday songs available for $5.99, as well as its own podcast feed on Apple Podcasts starting on December 1.

About Panoply Media

Panoply Media produces extraordinary podcasts, provides breakthrough technology for advertisers and publishers through Megaphone, and delivers premium children's content through the Pinna app. With over 150 shows in our network, Panoply is both a producer of and network for innovative podcast content. Panoply creates original podcasts including Family Ghosts, By The Book, and partners with influencers like Malcolm Gladwell on Revisionist History and Gretchen Rubin on Happier With Gretchen Rubin. The Panoply network includes exceptional content from Slate, The Wall Street Journal, Politico and more. Panoply Media's advertising and publishing platform, Megaphone, provides unprecedented technology for podcast publishers and advertisers, connecting publishers with tools to monetize premium audio and connect advertisers with unparalleled access to a diverse listenership. Powered by Nielsen, our Megaphone Targeted Marketplace (MTM) allows advertisers to target more than 60,000 audience segments based on a listener's location, interests, demographic profile, purchase behaviors and more.

Pinna is a new screen-free and ad-free storytelling app for children ages 4–12 featuring Peabody-winning original series, interactive game shows, irresistible audiobooks, and popular children's podcasts. Pinna's programs include gripping adventures, enchanting bedtime stories, lively science and history shows, and more.