John Allen, the former US Navy SEAL turned popular podcaster known as MrBallen, will host an original audio series focusing on medical horror stories and miracles later this fall.
The show, Mr Ballen’s medical mysteries, is the first co-production between Wondery and Ballen Studios, Allen’s content company that signed a major first-look and distribution deal with Amazon Music last year. Adopting a similar fascination with mysterious circumstances as the original MrBalls Podcast: Strange, Dark and Mysteriouswhich switched to Amazon Music last November and surpassed the company podcast chartsthe new Medical mysteries show delves into stories of unexplained deaths, unknown illnesses and miraculous cures, according to Amazon.
New episodes of The medical mysteries of Mr Ballen will be released early on Amazon Music and Wondery+ before going wide on all major platforms.
“Wondery knows firsthand about our success with our Doctor Death franchise how chilling and compelling medical stories can be,” said Marshall Lewy, the chief content officer for Wondery. “Nobody can tell a story like Mr. Ballen. That’s why he’s built such a beloved fan base.”
Medical mysteries will serve as the latest content expansion for Ballen Studios, which was founded in 2022 by Allen and Nick Witters, a former talent manager at Night Media who is now the CEO of Ballen Studios.
Earlier this week, Ballen Studios also launched a management division, Ballen Management, for storytellers within the “strange, dark and mysterious” content genre. The division, in addition to UTA, has signed YouTube creators Ryan “Nexpo” Cantu and Nick Crowley to represent.