Westwood One, Imperative Entertainment’s Podcast Division and Pegalo Pictures Introduce American Coyote

True Story about Immigrant Border Crossings Drops Today 

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 1, 2020 – Cumulus Media’s Westwood One, Imperative Entertainment’s Podcast Division and Pegalo Pictures today premiere the podcast American Coyote. The podcast tells the incredible true story of America’s most successful coyote, a legend named Elden Kidd. While active, Elden was responsible for ushering over a thousand people across the border — and was unfazed even after cheating death multiple times and spending two years incarcerated in a Mexican prison. The thrilling new 10-part series debuts on all platforms on December 1, 2020. Westwood One partners with Imperative Entertainment to distribute, market, and monetize all their existing and forthcoming podcasts. 

About American Coyote 

Between 1987 and 2001, one American crossed over 1000 immigrants from Mexico into the United States, using various wild, harrowing, and sometimes comical schemes to outwit authorities on both sides of the border. American Coyote is the story of a legendary man and unlikely hero, Elden Kidd. He supported his family of six as a Coyoté and gave countless others a chance at a better life. From the team behind American Skyjacker: The Final Flight of Martin McNallyAmerican Coyote is hosted by San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Andrea Lopez-Villafana, written, created, and produced by Joshua Shaffer and Eli Kooris of Pegalo Pictures, Executive Produced by Jason Hoch, President of Imperative Entertainment’s Podcast Division and scored by award-winning composer Jasha Klebe.

American Coyote marks the tenth series from Imperative Entertainment’s podcast division. Podcast series include The Red Note and La Nota RojaTRUEIn the Red ClayThe SyndicateAmerican Skyjacker: The Final Flight of Martin McNallyThe Baron of BotoxBoomtown, and Gangster House

About Imperative Entertainment  

Founded in 2014, Imperative Entertainment is an innovative entertainment studio in Santa Monica, CA. With a keen eye for bold and powerful storytelling that captivates and excites audiences, Imperative Entertainment develops, produces, and finances original and branded entertainment with a focus on film, television, documentaries, and podcasts. The company is behind projects such as the Clint Eastwood film The Mule, Academy Award® nominated All the Money in the World, and the Academy Award® nominated and 2017 Palme d’Or ® winning film The Square by Ruben Ostlund. Imperative Entertainment is currently in production on Ostlund’s follow-up Triangle of Sadness and is also producing Killers Of The Flower Moon, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. 

About Pegalo Pictures 

Pegalo Pictures founders Eli Kooris & Joshua Shaffer have been creative partners for over a decade, crafting original film and television projects across the entertainment industry. As writers, they’ve sold projects to Sony Pictures Television, Dimension, eOne Entertainment, USA Network, Sundance Channel, NBC International, MTV, and Keshet Studios. Exhausted by the pace and mercurial nature of the traditional development process, Kooris & Shaffer founded Pegalo Pictures in 2017 to bring their own stories to life. Since then, they have produced a variety of projects, from the indie dark-comedy and festival darling International Falls, starring Rachael Harris and Rob Huebel, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival; to their short-form noir drama series Nothingman, starring Colman Domingo, currently running on the premium mobile network Ficto. 

About Westwood One 

Westwood One, the national-facing arm of Cumulus Media, offers iconic, nationally syndicated sports, news, and entertainment content to over 250 million monthly listeners across an audio network of nearly 8,000 affiliated broadcast radio stations and media partners. Westwood One is the largest audio network in America, home to premium content that defines the culture, including the NFL, the Masters, the Olympics, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and Westwood One Backstage. The rapidly growing Westwood One Podcast Network delivers popular network and industry personalities and programs. Westwood One connects listeners with their passions through programs and platforms that have everyone listening. For more information, please visit www.westwoodone.com


Karen Glover | Westwood One | kglover@westwoodone.com  

Lewis Kay & Joanna Cichocki | Kovert Creative for Imperative Entertainment | Lewis@kovertcreative.com Joanna.Cichocki@kovertcreative.com