Acast has signed Small Town Dicks, the popular true-crime podcast with more than 25 million downloads.
The series is hosted by real-life twin detectives Dan and Dave — who remain anonymous — and actress Yeardley Smith, best known as the voice of Lisa Simpson in The Simpsons. Acast will launch the series’ ninth season this Friday, 17 September.
“From the first meeting with Acast we knew, ‘They’re our people!’” said Yeardley Smith. “They bring a shed-load to the party. Small Town Dicks could not be in better hands.”
Small Town Dicks follows real-life, big-time crime happening in ‘Small Town, USA’ — the podcast name being a reference to the slang term for detectives. Each episode features a new crime in a new location, told first-hand by the men and women who’ve dedicated their lives to leaving no stone unturned as they pursue justice for the victims and their families.
In Season 9, the podcast will continue to bring listeners closer to the crimes happening not only in small towns across America but overseas, too.
Stories will include a police bombing, a forensic revolution, international sex trafficking, a cold case murder, greed, burglary, and even parricide.
Even though these crimes took place in small towns around Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the USA, the stories demonstrate that there’s nothing provincial about the malevolence and depravity perpetrated.
Rebecca Steinberg, Director of Development at Acast said: “In a sea of true crime podcasts, Small Town Dicks is a truly one-of-a-kind series — in fact, I’ve been listening since 2017 and it’s the show that prompted my career shift into podcasting.
“When we partner with creators, we look for the sort of compelling storytelling that leaves an impression on listeners. This series so thoughtfully approaches victims, their families, and detectives from a place of reverence and respect.”
In addition to hosting the series and distributing it across all podcast players and platforms, Acast will monetise the show through ads and sponsorships.
Following the season launch on 17 September, new episodes will be released each Friday.