JACK KEROUAC ESTATE PARTNERS WITH BESTSELLING AUTHORS TO CREATE PODCAST ON THE ICONIC BEAT WRITER
Authors/Podcast hosts Dave Wedge and Casey Sherman to co-produce new show based on Kerouac writings
LOWELL, Mass., August 2, 2021 – The Jack Kerouac Estate has partnered with New York Times bestselling authors and podcast hosts Dave Wedge and Casey Sherman to produce a new podcast series based on the writings of the legendary beat generation wordsmith.
Wedge and Sherman have co-authored five books together and are the hosts of the true crime podcast “Saints, Sinners and Serial Killers,” which is co-produced by the Muddhouse Media network and their own production company Fort Point Media. The untitled new podcast will be co-produced by Fort Point Media and Sal Paradise Media, a content development arm of the Jack Kerouac Estate that includes music and film producer Jim Sampas, who is the estate’s literary executor, and music industry veteran and content creator Sylvia Cunha.
The group will focus on bringing Kerouac’s legend to new audiences via podcasts, as well as other mediums, beginning with a three-season, 10-episode podcast based on Kerouac’s “Belief and Technique of Modern Prose.” The team is building out the show and plans episodes with a wide variety of A-list musicians, writers, actors and others who have been influenced by Kerouac’s writings.
“Jack’s legend is only growing and this partnership is the next step toward bringing his spirit and words to new generations looking for artistic inspiration,” Sampas said. “Dave and Casey’s unique brand of immersive storytelling and track record of success make them the perfect partner to bring Jack’s groundbreaking work to the podcast space.” “Fans of Jack of course are going to love this project, but all podcast listeners are going to be excited by the roster of talent this show will include,” added Cunha.
Sherman and Wedge have penned five bestsellers together, including "Boston Strong: A City's Triumph Over Tragedy," which was adapted for the 2017 hit film, "Patriots Day" starring Mark Wahlberg; "12: The Inside Story of Tom Brady's Fight for Redemption"; "Hunting Whitey: The Inside Story of the Capture and Killing of America's Most Wanted Crime Boss"; and "The Last Days of John Lennon," a true crime recounting of the assassination of the Beatles icon, which they co-wrote with James Patterson. Sherman was the co-author of "The Finest Hours," which became a hit Disney film starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. The acclaimed projects that Sampas has been involved in producing have included such celebrated artists and actors as Sam Shepard, The National, Patti Smith, Eddie Vedder, Kate Bosworth, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, Sufjan Stevens, and many others.
“As writers who were influenced by the counter-culture era that Kerouac helped create, we are humbled and proud to be partnering with the Kerouac Estate to share his genius with the podcast world,” Wedge and Sherman said. “This is a dream project for us and we can’t wait for people to hear the stories of how Kerouac influenced some of our most beloved artists and musicians.”
The producers are in discussions with several networks for distribution. For more information on Wedge and Sherman, visit www.fortpointmedia.com.
About Fort Point Media
New York Times bestselling authors Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge are one of the premier nonfiction writing teams in the industry. Together, they co-wrote the definitive story of the Boston Marathon bombings in “Boston Strong: A City’s Triumph Over Tragedy,” which was adapted for the 2017 Mark Wahlberg film “Patriots Day.” They also wrote “Ice Bucket Challenge: Pete Frates and the Fight against ALS”; the New York Times bestseller, “12: The Inside Story of Tom Brady’s Fight for Redemption,” which is in development as a feature film; “Hunting Whitey: The Inside Story of the Capture and Killing of America’s Most Wanted Crime Boss,” which is in development as a limited series with Terence Winter (“Wolf of Wall Street,” “Boardwalk Empire”) and director Brad Furman (“City of Lies”); and “The Last Days of John Lennon,” which they wrote with James Patterson. Sherman also co-wrote “The Finest Hours” book, which was the basis of the hit Disney film starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck.
Season One of their podcast “Saints, Sinners and Serial Killers” launched in March 2021 and Season Two launches in September 2021 via the Muddhouse Media network.
Sherman has written 11 books and is a veteran investigative TV producer and journalist who has written for Time, The Washington Post, Esquire, FoxNews.com, Huffington Post, and Boston magazine. Wedge has written six books and was an award-winning investigative reporter for the Boston Herald for 14 years. He has also written for VICE, Esquire, Newsweek and Boston magazine.
: John Cohen