Former WME, UTA voice director Ryan Martz and actor Oliver Vaquer team up to create scripted podcast ‘The Angel Of Vine’ with an all-star cast
Created by Ryan Martz and Oliver Vaquer, 'The Angel Of Vine’ is a scripted true crime podcast that combines the nostalgia of classic radio dramas with a modern day twist
Created by Ryan Martz and Oliver Vaquer, ’The Angel Of Vine’ is a scripted true crime podcast that combines the nostalgia of classic radio dramas with a modern day twist. Through hit podcasts like ‘Serial’, ‘Dirty John’ and more, the medium of podcasting has become as popular as ever.
Former voice director at WME and UTA, Martz, had moved on from the voice over world and dabbled in entertainment marketing, but after listening to podcasts like ‘Serial’ and ‘Dirty John’, he felt inspired to tell a new kind of story and get back into voiceovers, which is how the idea for the scripted podcast ‘The Angel Of Vine’ came to be.
“I was listening to ‘Serial’ and one day I had this idea. I pretty much just quit my entertainment marketing job on the spot and was trying to just figure out how I can get back into voiceover and inspiration struck. I thought about how I could combine all of these skills that I have acquired over the years into one project. And then this weird narrative podcasting idea came to me and lightning struck,” Martz said.
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I had a crazy idea a year ago to make a true crime podcast with a Hollywood ending. @angelofvine wouldn’t be real if not for @oliver_vaquer. Every day for the last year, he’s worked to help bring this thing to life through sheer force of will. I can’t fully enjoy sharing #angelofvine with you all until I give my gratitude to my good friend and co-creator. Oliver, thanks for attacking this with enthusiasm and patience since Day 1. Can’t wait for everyone to hear it! Photo: @tyliner
Martz then created a story that was actually based off of his grandfather, who was a cop and a private detective in Southern California in the 1950s. After crafting this idea, he reached out to a friend and now partner on the project, Vaquer, who Martz had worked with when he was a voiceover director. Besides being an actor, Vaquer is also a writer and co-wrote the project as well as voiced the narrator of the story.
Vaquer was also fascinated with this medium of storytelling, feeling that it was the perfect combination of new media while also mixing in an older form of storytelling that people in this day in age are no longer that familiar with. He expanded on this and how he was able to bring these things together in his role of co-writer and narrator.
“The one thing that I love about podcasts is that you have one person talking to you, it’s like talk radio. In a world where so many people are disconnected, having to use your imagination with a voice that connects you was interesting to me. As far as true crime is concerned, it’s the beauty of any ‘Law & Order’ episode. There is a beginning, middle and an end. It’s the satisfaction of an incredible story and a mystery that people will want to figure out and then they get their ending,” Vaquer said.
Through both Martz’s and Vaquer’s connections in the industry, they were able to land a star-filled cast for ‘The Angel Of Vine’ which included Joe Manganiello (‘True Blood’), Mike Colter (‘Luke Cage’), Misha Collins (‘Supernatural'), Alfred Molina (‘Feud’), Constance Zimmer (‘House of Cards’), Khary Payton (‘The Walking Dead’), Alan Tudyk (‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story') and Camilla Luddington (‘Grey’s Anatomy’). Even though there are very few projects like ‘The Angel Of Vine’, the amount of interest they got from some of the biggest stars in the industry was outstanding, which Vaquer spoke further on.
“Most of the people we went to said yes. It was pretty effortless. I was thrilled with the people who decided to sign on and once we got everything together it was awesome, there was no other word for it," Vaquer said.
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Waaaay late posting, but a crazy good treat working with two personal favorites @joemanganiello and @alantudyk. Thank you both for helping bringing this all to life. #Repost @oliver_vaquer ・・・ Death Saves. Run The Jewels. And Culottes Alan wouldn’t let us photograph. . . . . #handofvecna #k2so #deathsaves #runthejewels
While Martz and Vaquer are thrilled to share ‘The Angel Of Vine’ with the world in podcast form, there is always the possibility of it taking a life of its own, like other scripted podcasts have. Martz expanded on this, talking about his hope for the project and it potentially becoming something more.
“From day one we just wanted to deliver something really satisfying and fun and knock it out of the park as a podcast. But, of course, we are all ambitious and hope for the best and hope that it takes on a life of its own and that people will want to see these characters in different, new and exciting ways. We’re hoping for the best, but we are just really excited to release a great podcast,” Martz added.
Episode one of ‘The Angel Of Vine’ launches November 14 across all podcast platforms including Spotify and Apple Podcasts, with new episodes debuting every Wednesday until the finale on January 16, 2019. Stitcher Premium has exclusive airdates to episodes, making 'The Angel of Vine' available for binge listening.