iHeartPodcasts and Curiosity Debut Narrative Podcast “Red Elvis” With School of Humans

New Series Tells the Story of American Singer Dean Reed Who Gained Stardom in

Communist Europe During The Cold War Then Mysteriously Died


Listen to the trailer HERE


New York - November 30, 2022 - iHeartPodcasts, Curiosity Inc., and School of Humans today debut “Red Elvis,” the first narrative podcast in the Curiosity Audio Network. “Red Elvis” explores the incredible life and death of Dean Reed, an American singer and actor who struggled in Hollywood during the late 1950s but became a superstar behind the Iron Curtain. Listeners can hear “Red Elvis” on iHeartRadio and anywhere podcasts are heard beginning December 7. The official podcast trailer is available now, HERE.

After decades living abroad and speaking out against the American government, Reed died mysteriously months after telling friends and family he planned to come home to the United States. Was it an accident? Did he commit suicide? Or was he killed for his political beliefs?

Dean Reed's daughter Ramona Reed is the host and executive producer of Red Elvis. Over six episodes, she explores her father’s legacy and the unanswered questions surrounding his death.

“Dean Reed was an all-American boy who became a superstar in the Eastern Bloc. For 25 years, he was a worldwide rockstar, actor, director, producer and revolutionary,” said Ramona Reed. “He crusaded for leaders such as Chilean President Salvador Allende, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, and communist revolutionary Che Guevara. But as he made plans to attend my graduation in Los Angeles, he disappeared and was later found dead in an East Berlin lake. Suspicious, yes, unbelievable, yes - but all true.”

Red Elvis” features interviews with Dean Reed’s friends, family, and fans, as well as Cold War experts to provide critical context for Reed’s time living in South America and Eastern Germany.

The podcast is based on the Curiosity original documentary “Red Elvis: The Cold War Cowboy” produced by Talos Films and directed by Thomas Latter. The film is available to watch on Curiosity Stream.

Curiosity Inc., the leading global factual media and entertainment company, partnered earlier this year with iHeartMedia, the No.1 podcast publisher globally according to Podtrac, to launch the Curiosity Audio Network. Together they are developing and releasing several podcast projects over the next year, covering true crime, history, and pop culture. The Curiosity Audio Network will feature original content as well as podcasts that complement programming from Curiosity’s library of award-winning documentary films, shows and series. The Curiosity Audio Network is distributed by iHeartPodcasts.

About Curiosity Inc.

Curiosity Inc. is the entertainment brand for people who want to know more. The global media company is home to award-winning original and curated factual films, shows, and series covering science, nature, history, technology, society, and lifestyle. With approximately 23 million subscribers worldwide and thousands of titles, the company operates the flagship Curiosity Stream SVOD service, available in more than 175 countries worldwide; Curiosity Channel, the linear television channel available via global distribution partners; Curiosity Now, a free, ad-supported channel; Curiosity Audio Network, featuring original content and podcasts; and Curiosity Studios, which oversees original programming. Curiosity Inc. also owns and operates One Day University, which provides access to engaging talks and lectures from leading university and college professors in the United States. Curiosity Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of CuriosityStream Inc. (Nasdaq: CURI). For more information, visit CuriosityStream.com.

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 500 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.