Hello Sunshine and iHeartPodcasts Join Forces To Launch New Daily Podcast "The Bright Side"

Hosted by Journalists Danielle Robay and Simone Boyce, the Podcast will bring its Audiences a Much-Needed Dose of Inspiration, Positivity and Joy Each Day

Listen to the official trailer now HERE

NEW YORK – March 8, 2024 – In celebration of International Women’s Day, Hello Sunshine, a part of Candle Media, and iHeartPodcasts, the No. 1 podcast publisher according to Podtrac, announced today they have teamed up to launch “The Bright Side” – an innovative, new, female-led audio project that will inspire listeners and add joy to their morning routines. Debuting March 25, “The Bright Side” is co-hosted by journalist, TV host and podcaster, Danielle Robay and Emmy-nominated journalist, host and producer, Simone Boyce who will deliver a daily morning show-style podcast created to inspire, educate and empower women as they tackle life each day. This new format will bring the Hello Sunshine community together for a daily dose of entertainment, culture, wellness, fashion, books and more. The announcement was made today during a conversation at the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX.

Reese Witherspoon will serve as executive producer on the podcast alongside Maureen Polo and Natalie Tulloch for Hello Sunshine; and Ali Perry and Conal Byrne for iHeartPodcasts.

“The Bright Side” is a funny, approachable and intimate forum that will tackle life with optimism. Committed to exploring the world through a female-centered lens, Robay and Boyce will share fresh, nuanced and playful perspectives on everything from pop culture to wellness, lifestyle and beyond. For 30 minutes each day, listeners will join the hosts as they share the bright side of life, alongside experts and celebrity guests.

“We have found that our audience makes it a point to seek out positivity in their personal and digital lives with 59% of female consumers agreeing that they want content that makes them feel joyful,” said Maureen Polo, Head of Direct-to-Consumer at Hello Sunshine. “Podcasting offers a level of thoughtful engagement you can’t really get in other media types, which is why it is such a perfect medium to launch ‘The Bright Side.’ We have been tracking the exploding podcast medium for a while – seeing new audiences, formats and genres everyday – and know that iHeartPodcasts is the best partner given its unmatched production, marketing and sales acumen at a level few others in media can deliver.”

“Hello Sunshine is the perfect partner for this ambitious project, given their incredible sense of cultural issues and trends, and their astute, highly engaged fanbase,” said Will Pearson, President of iHeartPodcasts. “Podcasting has managed to reinvent a few genres now – from fiction to sports to health and wellness – and we believe it can also innovate on this idea of a daily “morning show,” a format that is prevalent in TV, but is still missing in the podcast medium. With Reese and her team at the creative helm, we are excited to launch this show together.”

The Bright Side” will be distributed by iHeartPodcasts, which is home to more than 850 original podcasts with over 200 million downloads each month. iHeartPodcasts span every category from business, sports, spirituality and technology to entertainment, family, comedy and true crime—and everything in between—making iHeart the largest publisher of podcast content in the world.

Listen to “The Bright Side” beginning March 25 on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard. Listeners can hear the official podcast trailer now, here.

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About Hello Sunshine

Founded by Reese Witherspoon, Hello Sunshine puts women at the center of every story it creates, celebrates and discovers. Hello Sunshine tells stories across all platforms – from scripted and unscripted television, feature films, animated series, podcasts, audio storytelling, and digital series – all shining a light on where women are now and helping them chart a new path forward. Hello Sunshine is also home to Reese’s Book Club. Fast growing in reach and influence, this community is propelled by meaningful connections with stories, authors, and fellow members. Hello Sunshine is part of Candle Media, an independent, creator-friendly home for cutting-edge, high-quality, category-defining brands and franchises. By bringing together elite talent operating at the intersection of content, community, and commerce, it helps to position leading entertainment businesses for accelerated, sustainable growth in the current market and beyond. Candle is run by its Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs, leading entertainment executives Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs, and backed by investment capital from funds managed by Blackstone’s flagship private equity business.

About iHeartMedia, Inc.

iHeartMedia (NASDAQ: IHRT) is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month. It consists of three business groups.

With its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, the iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. Its leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms, including more than 860 live broadcast stations in over 160 markets nationwide; its National Sales organization; and the company’s live and virtual events business. It also includes Premiere Networks, the industry’s largest Networks business, with its Total Traffic and Weather Network (TTWN); and BIN: Black Information Network, the first and only 24/7 national and local all news audio service for the Black community. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics, targeting and attribution for its marketing partners with its SmartAudio suite of data targeting and attribution products using data from its massive consumer base.

The iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group includes the company’s fast-growing podcasting business -- iHeartMedia is the number one podcast publisher in downloads, unique listeners, revenue and earnings -- as well as its industry-leading iHeartRadio digital service, available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices; the company’s digital sites, newsletters, digital services and programs; its digital advertising technology companies; and its audio industry-leading social media footprint.

The company’s Audio & Media Services reportable segment includes Katz Media Group, the nation’s largest media representation company, and RCS, the world's leading provider of broadcast and webcast software.

Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.