Cumulus Media, Imperative Entertainment, and Vespucci Present Bonaparte

Podcast Series Hosted by Jason Stavers Premieres October 26th

New York, NY – October 26, 2021 – Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS), Imperative Entertainment and Vespucci today dropped Bonaparte, a true crime podcast series revealing the remarkable journey of one woman’s resolve to help piece together events surrounding the mysterious and unsolved death of her childhood friend 25 years prior. The new 10-part podcast series, hosted by Jason Stavers, is available on all major podcast platforms and the Imperative Entertainment Premium Channel on Apple Podcast Subscriptions. Cumulus Media, through its Cumulus Podcast Network, distributes, markets, and monetizes all Imperative Entertainment podcasts.

Anne Champion, attorney and childhood friend of Laura Van Wyhe, said: “Laura’s death has always stayed with me. There are too many things that don’t add up. A few years ago, I decided to start pushing for answers. I’m working with Laura’s family to see if we can get people to come forward and share new details. Based on my review of the files, it’s clear that there are many inconsistencies and many open issues begging for further investigation. I believe this is a cold case that can be solved, and solving it is long overdue for Laura’s family and friends.” 

Champion is a partner in the New York law office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. The Iowa City native recently defended President Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, against her family’s effort to stop publication of her best-selling book, “Too Much and Never Enough.” She also represented CNN and White House correspondent Jim Acosta in their successful suit to reinstate Acosta’s White House press credentials when they were revoked after a contentious press conference. Now, she’s asking the public for help. She believes new evidence—whether from witnesses or enhanced DNA analysis—is the key to solving the murder. 

Stavers is a journalist, writer, and editor living in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to his own work, he has collaborated on several New York Times best sellers, and on articles appearing in publications including New York magazine, the Economist, and the Washington Post.  

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 recently wrapped production on Ostlund’s follow-up Triangle of Sadness and is currently in production on Killers of the Flower Moon, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio with Apple Original Films and “In with the Devil” starring Taron Egerton, which will be released on Apple TV+. Imperative Entertainment’s podcast division successfully launched in the fall of 2019. Thus far, their series include Raven, Fox Hunter, The World Beneath, American Coyote, The Red Note, and La Nota Roja, TRUE, In the Red Clay, The Syndicate,American Skyjacker: The Final Flight of Martin McNally, The Baron of Botox, Boomtown, and Gangster House.

About Vespucci 

Based in Los Angeles, New York and London, Vespucci works with a vast and diverse network of journalists, funding investigations and narratives for all audiovisual formats. Since it was founded in 2017, Vespucci has incubated intellectual property from all corners of the world, partnering with such companies as Hillary and Chelsea Clinton’s HiddenLight, Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal’s La Corriente del Golfo, Zachary Quinto’s Before The Door Pictures, Steph Curry’s Unanimous Media, and Will Arnett’s Electric Avenue. Earlier this year the company released the investigative series One Click with Elle Fanning and Cadance13, the Audible Original Killer Book Club with showrunner Frank Spotniz as well as the hit Spotify podcast Revelations in association with Blumhouse Television. Vespucci also has additional projects in production with Audible, Topic Studios, Sony and Endeavor Content. 

About Cumulus Media

Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) is a leading media, advertising, and marketing services company delivering premium content to over a quarter billion people every month — wherever and whenever they want it. Cumulus Media engages listeners with high-quality local programming through 413 owned-and-operated stations across 86 markets; delivers nationally-syndicated sports, news, talk, and entertainment programming from iconic brands including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, CNN, the AP, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and many other world-class partners across nearly 7,300 affiliated stations through Westwood One, the largest audio network in America; and inspires listeners through the Cumulus Podcast Network, its rapidly growing network of original podcasts that are smart, entertaining and thought-provoking. Cumulus Media provides advertisers with personal connections, local impact and national reach through broadcast and on-demand digital, mobile, social, and voice-activated platforms, as well as integrated digital marketing services, powerful influencers, full-service audio solutions, industry-leading research and insights, and live event experiences. Cumulus Media is the only audio media company to provide marketers with local and national advertising performance guarantees. For more information visit


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