WEEK IN WOMEN: Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street Prods partners with Audible – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Audible Inc., a leading creator and provider of premium audio storytelling, has announced three scripted multi-cast Audible Original productions with Emmy-winning Simpson Street Productions, helmed by founder and Emmy-, SAG- and Golden Globe-nominated actor, director, producer and activist Kerry Washington (Scandal, Little Fires Everywhere) and Simpson Street Executive Vice President and Academy Award-nominated producer Pilar Savone (Django Unchained, Death Proof).

The first of the three Audible Original podcasts, ranging from romantic comedies to epic science fiction tales, will include Prophecy, launching this year, followed by Between Me and You and The Last Black Queen.

Washington and Simpson Street will serve as executive producers on all scripted audio projects, and Washington is attached to star in “em>Prophecy, according to a news release.

“Our focus at Simpson Street is to weave together narratives that honor our unique differences while connecting us through shared humanity.  Expanding into the podcast space, especially with Audible, is a phenomenal opportunity to engage in storytelling across multiple mediums. We could not be more excited,” Washington said in a statement.

In “Prophecy,” when a series of inexplicable events happens simultaneously around the world, Virginia (Washington), a hydrologist; Daniel, a British zoo veterinarian; and Jonah, a commercial diver, will find themselves at the head of each phenomena. But as they fight for survival, they soon will realize they are all connected in this contemporary, biblical reimagining of the Virgin Mary, Daniel in the lions’ den, and Jonah and the whale.

Created, written, and directed by Randy McKinnon, Prophecy is an eight-episode audio series produced in collaboration with premium content studio and podcast network QCODE. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.