Sleep Enthusiasts Rejoice! “Nothing Much Happens: Bedtime Stories to Help You Sleep” Joins The iHeartPodcast Network and Surpasses 100 Million Downloads

Deal Includes New Podcast “Stories from The Village,” A First-Of-Its-Kind Concept for Daytime Relaxation Listening with Immersive 3D Sound Design  

All Past and New Episodes Available on the iHeartRadio App and Everywhere Podcasts Are Heard

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NEW YORK – August 7, 2023 – iHeartPodcasts announced today that top sleep and relaxation podcast, “Nothing Much Happens: Bedtime Stories to Help You Sleep,” will join the iHeartPodcast Network, the No. 1 podcast publisher globally according to Podtrac. Since April 2018, “Nothing Much Happens” has delivered peaceful and relaxing content to listeners around the world. Consistently ranking in the top one percent of podcasts worldwide, the popular series has been widely recognized for its excellence, originality, and production design. Additionally, the podcast will celebrate a major milestone having just surpassed 100 million downloads worldwide. As part of the deal, the two will also coproduce and distribute new podcast concepts in English as well as other languages. Listeners can tune in now to previous seasons and new episodes on iHeartRadio and anywhere podcasts are heard. 

Hosted by Yoga and Meditation Expert Kathryn Nicolai, “Nothing Much Happens” takes listeners through relaxing, low stakes stories in the imaginary world of “The Village of Nothing Much.” Each story is told twice and a bit slower the second time, lulling listeners to sleep with soothing sounds and easy-to-follow story narratives. Episodes center around popular characters and make-believe locations in the “Nothing Much Happens” universe including Marmalade The Cat, Crumb The Dog, The Innkeeper and Weathervane Farm.  

“Since launching ‘Nothing Much Happens’, Kathryn Nicolai has captivated audiences and provided a much-needed respite for those around the world who just want to wind down and get some rest,” said Will Pearson, President of iHeartPodcasts. “We’re thrilled to welcome this sleep-inducing podcast to our network, leveraging our scale and reach to deliver this relaxing storytelling experience to even more listeners everywhere.” 

iHeartPodcasts and Nicolai will also coproduce “Stories from The Village of Nothing Much,” a new, daytime companion podcast to “Nothing Much Happens.” Set to launch later this year, the podcast will use immersive 3D sound design to keep listeners engaged and energized as they follow new characters and storylines from the show’s creator. Additionally, the deal will include expanding the “Nothing Much Happens” universe into different languages to reach even more audiences worldwide.  

“When we are rested, calm and settled, we make better choices. We are kinder as we move through the world and that is no small thing. Sleep affects every part of a person’s health and wellbeing, it’s one of the foundational aspects that can cause a cascade of problems when it's lacking or inconsistent. My content is uniquely designed to help folks rest after years of struggle. It can be used to soothe anxiety and teach mindfulness and gratitude,” said Host Kathryn Nicolai. “As the podcast has grown and reached global audiences, it I’m excited to join iHeartPodcasts and leverage their scale and reach to share this exciting, imaginary world with millions of listeners who will benefit from this content.” 

“Nothing Much Happens” is distributed by iHeartPodcasts Listen now on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard. 

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About Host Kathryn Nicolai  
Kathryn Nicolai (she/her) is the creator of the enormously successful podcast Nothing Much Happens and the author of the book of the same name. Nothing Much Happens is consistently ranked in the top 1% of all podcasts in the world and has received over 100 million downloads. It has been recognized in many articles for its excellence, originality, and production design and Kathryn herself has become a leading voice in self-care, contributing to articles and op-eds about sleep, wellness, and bibliotherapy. She was a featured speaker at the Integrative Mental Health Summit in 2021 and 2022 and has appeared on countless wellness and personal interest podcasts sharing her techniques and insight for achieving better sleep and more mindful days. As an architect of cozy, she leans on her years of experience as a yoga and meditation teacher to seamlessly blend storytelling with brain training methods that build better sleep habits over time. She lives in Michigan with her wife and three dogs. 

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.

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