ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 11/14/19

by Bob Tinsley

Why should you as a visitor to TVWriter™ be interested in making audio fiction? Why should you be interested in making podcasts? Discoverability, that’s why.

The meaning of the word podcast is evolving to include any episodic, audio-only production whether nonfiction or fiction. Agents and major studios have started trawling through podcasts and their creators for new content and talent. 

So here’s the latest news to help you and your podcast get discovered: 

Music from https://filmmusic.io
“The Builder” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

  • I TOLD YOU SO.

HBO Adds A New, Expensive Streaming Service Called HBO Max. 

In addition to a whole laundry list of shows including the prequel to Game of Thrones, HBO Max, at $15 per month, will have podcasts. To begin, these podcasts will probably be talk shows about the programs on the service, but it doesn’t take a genius to conclude that, sooner or later, HBO will add original fictional podcasts to try out new properties.

  • I TOLD YOU SO, PART 2.

iHeart Media, which already has podcast agreements with Blumhouse Entertainment, Shonda Rhimes, yes that Shonda Rhimes, and Will Farrell, has placed an order for a new scripted science fiction podcast called, The Second Oil Age, created by Robert Lamb, host of iHeart’s non-fiction podcast, Stuff to Blow Your Mind. United Talent Agency has already begun discussions with TV producers to make the transition from podcast to TV series. iHeart’s head of podcasting, Conal Byrne, said, “Podcasting is an incredibly good medium to test intellectual property for TV and film because you can move quickly and cost-effectively.”

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/wire-buzz-warren-ellis-iheart-radio-pennyworth

  • RESOURCES.

This post from the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard has some fascinating articles about podcasting in general and fiction podcasts in particular. The two most interesting articles are one about Kaitlin Prest, Canadian podcaster and founder of podcast production company, Mermaid Palace, who has some out-of-the-box ideas about how to make a profit. The other details how British comedy podcast, Wooden Overcoats, goes about spending the proceeds from their crowdfunding efforts. Some good information on budgeting a successful podcast.

https://www.niemanlab.org/2019/10/with-mermaid-palace-some-talented-podcast-creators-are-looking-for-a-model-that-looks-more-like-an-art-collective-than-a-network/

RESOURCES, PART 2.

From Nieman Labs, again. Independent podcast producers need to be careful when approached by potential partners, we should all be so lucky, and avoid bad contracts which are rampant within the podcast revolution. This article points out some of the things to look for.

https://www.niemanlab.org/2019/10/podcast-producers-are-worried-about-being-screwed-over-by-sketchy-contracts-heres-what-to-look-for/?relatedstory

  • RESOURCES, PART 3.

Some Unusual Clauses From Podcast Host Terms And Conditions.

In the same vein, this article from Podnews goes into more specific language from some hosting companies that you need to be aware of.

https://podnews.net/article/podcast-hosts-tos?utm_source=podnews.net&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=podnews.net:2019-10-29

  • IF YOU WANNA WRITE, YOU GOTTA LISTEN.

October 2019 Audio Drama/Fiction Podcast Debut Releases.

Every month The Cambridge Geek compiles a list of audio fiction podcasts that have released an Episode 1 during the previous month. This month there are over 60 new fiction podcasts listed, and these are just the ones he found. It’s a good site to bookmark.

https://www.thecambridgegeek.com/posts/2019/11/20191101-a.php

  • IF YOU WANNA WRITE, YOU GOTTA LISTEN, PART 2.

We’re Alive: Goldrush Passes 4 Million Downloads.

The We’re Alive franchise helmed by audio drama’s 800-pound gorilla, Kc Wayland, occupies a spot near the top of my favorite podcasts. The entire franchise has racked up over 140 million downloads. If you want to create top-quality audio fiction, this series is one of the gold standards. Even better, they recently released a behind-the-mic episode for Goldrush titled We’re Alive: Behind the Mic, that lets you in on the process.

https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Were-Alive-Behind-the-Mic

That’s it for now. Until next week, same Pod-time, same Pod-channel, keep listening and keep creating!

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 11/07/19

by Bob Tinsley

Why should you as a visitor to TVWriter™ be interested in making audio fiction? Why should you be interested in making podcasts? Discoverability, that’s why.

The meaning of the word podcast is evolving to include any episodic, audio-only production whether nonfiction or fiction. Agents and major studios have started trawling through podcasts and their creators for new content and talent. 

So here’s the latest news to help you and your podcast get discovered: 

Music from https://filmmusic.io
“The Builder” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

  • I TOLD YOU SO.

Parker Posey Stars in Hunted, First Podcast From Dick Wolf and Endeavor Audio.

That’s Dick Freakin’ Wolf, people! Hunted, the first of a planned slate of audio fiction podcasts, stars Parker Posey as U.S. Deputy Marshal Emily Barnes with Brandon Scott as her partner. This eight episode police procedural follows Barnes as she hunts down four escapees from a maximum-security prison. The series is written by SVU alumni Jeffrey Baker.

https://variety.com/2019/digital/news/parker-posey-hunted-podcast-dick-wolf-endeavor-1203379166/

  • RESOURCES.

How Do I Find Time To Podcast?

If we writers have to prioritize anything it’s time management. In this article on Podcast Host Lindsay Harris-Friel, remember her from last week, gives an in-depth look at the things you need to do and the tools to make sure they get done. Recommended.

https://www.thepodcasthost.com/planning/how-do-i-find-time-podcast/

  • RESOURCES, PART 2.

Writing New Worlds: Radio Fiction in the 21st Century.

This three-day workshop, November 15th through the 17th, covers the specific needs of fiction podcast writers. At the end of the workshop the participants get a chance to pitch their ideas to Christy Gressman, Executive Producer of Night Vale Presents, Ian Stearns, Audible Director of Original Content, and Isabella Kulkarni, Producer at Audible. The workshop will be held at the UNIONDOCS Center for Documentary Art, 322 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. Cost is $350.

https://uniondocs.org/event/writing-new-worlds-radio-fiction-in-the-21st-century/?fbclid=IwAR1jrqvtH2swGI_QUzSKUMKujopefYOm4oVbBxgwxJH_QfkZBJ6ISnY2Www&utm_campaign=Fiction%20Podcast%20Weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Revue%20newsletter#1477608256642-4c32d845-e84384d0-801edf45-8eab

  • IF YOU WANNA WRITE, YOU GOTTA LISTEN.

Romance is the largest selling genre in the book world. Makes you think there would be an opportunity for romance fiction podcasts, doesn’t it? Margaritas and Donuts from Writer/Director Faith McQuinn is a romcom series about dating over 40. Check it out.

http://www.observerpictures.com/MD.html?utm_campaign=Fiction%20Podcast%20Weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Revue%20newsletter

  • IF YOU WANNA WRITE, YOU GOTTA LISTEN, PART 2.

11 Audiodramas To Listen To When You Want To Mix Things Up!

Kelley O’Brien at the website Women.com picks eleven podcasts that have caught the editor’s attention from old standards to brand new offerings, all of them worth a listen.

https://www.women.com/kelleyobrien/lists/audiodramas-102519

  • IF YOU WANNA WRITE, YOU GOTTA LISTEN, PART 3.

Zero Hours Is A Terrific Fiction Podcast About The End Of The World.

Emily Todd VanDerWerff at Vox.com has a glowing review about the newest offering from the team that produced Wolf 359, one of my top ten fiction podcasts of all time. They’ve hit it out of the park again, this time with an anthology series of seven episodes. Scripts of the episodes are available for download, so you can see how the masters do it.

 https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/10/25/20930731/zero-hours-podcast-review-end-of-the-world-apocalypse

  • MONETIZE IT.

Voxnest’s Spreaker Joins Forces with StreetLib, Strengthening Audio Component of Book Publishing.

The partnership between audio technology firm, Voxnest, and Italian audiobook distributor, StreetLib, has the goal of facilitating the creation of audiobooks by podcasters, and the creation of podcasts by book publishers, indies and commercial. This can result in multiple streams of income for the creators from each property. Remember, books and podcasts are intellectual property and must be treated as such.

https://blog.voxnest.com/voxnests-spreaker-joins-forces-with-streetlib-strengthening-audio-component-of-book-publishing/?utm_source=podnews.net&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=podnews.net:2019-10-16

That’s it for now. Until next week, same Pod-time, same Pod-channel, keep listening and keep creating!

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS, AUDIO EDITION – 10/31/19

by Bob Tinsley

Why should you as a visitor to TVWriter™ be interested in making audio fiction? Why should you be interested in making podcasts? Discoverability, that’s why.

The meaning of the word podcast is evolving to include any episodic, audio-only production whether nonfiction or fiction. Agents and major studios have started trawling through podcasts and their creators for new content and talent. 

So here’s the latest news to help you and your podcast get discovered.


Music from https://filmmusic.io
“The Builder” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)


  • I TOLD YOU SO.

The Horror Of Dolores Roach Podcast In Works For TV By Blumhouse & Gimlet.

Blumhouse TV has acquired the rights to Gimlet’s horror podcast, The Horror of Dolores Roach, written and directed by Aaron Mark. The podcast and TV series stars Daphne Rubin-Vega and Bobby Cannavale.

https://deadline.com/2019/04/the-horror-of-dolores-roach-podcast-television-series-blumhouse-gimlet-1202596790/

  • I TOLD YOU SO, PART 2.

Marvel To Create Originals For SiriusXM.

Marvel will be creating a slate of original fiction podcasts for Sirius XM and Pandora starting next year. There will be four new scripted series of ten episodes each about Wolverine, Black Widow, Star Lord, and Hawkeye, as well as one where all four join forces. There will also be non-fiction podcasts about the history of Marvel, podcasts about individual franchises, and talk shows.

https://podcastbusinessjournal.com/marvel-to-create-originals-for-siriusxm/

  • DISCOVERABILITY.

The Westwood One Podcast Download Report Fall 2019 was recently released.

Among some fascinating numbers was one that most reportorial people, excluding me, of course, seem to be ignoring: 54% of all weekly podcast listeners and 66% of podcast newcomers learned about new podcasts via social media.

https://www.westwoodone.com/2019/10/16/westwood-ones-podcast-download-fall-2019-report-women-close-the-gap-podcast-events-gain-traction-podcast-listening-on-smart-speakers-hits-a-speed-bump-and-podcast-ad-appeal-shif/

  • GO SEE IT.

Southside Podfest.

Southside Podfest, a new podcast festival, is being held in Chicago with live performances of podcasts on four nights between November 6 and December 4. There will be a live performance of the sci-fi comedy, Oz 9, on December 4. All four nights will begin at 8pm at Lawlor’s on Archer (6854 W Archer Ave, Chicago, Illinois) and are completely free!

https://podnews.net/press-release/south-side-podfest?utm_source=podnews.net&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=podnews.net:2019-10-18

https://www.facebook.com/southsidepod/?utm_source=podnews.net&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=podnews.net%3A2019-10-18

  • GO SEE IT, PART 2.

The Digital Hollywood Fall Event.

The Digital Hollywood Fall Event happens at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles from November 12 – 14, 2019. There are fourteen different tracks and themes, the most interesting for budding podcasters is the Podcasting Forum. This takes place on November 14 from 10 AM to 7:30 PM and includes ten sessions. Among them is The Podcast Production Company: From Indie Start-up to TV/Film Divisions. Tickets are pricey, but discounts are available for full time students ($25!), the unemployed ($95), and self-employed producers ($135). If you can go, do it!

http://www.digitalhollywood.com/

https://www.digitalhollywood.com/podcastsfl19.html

  • IF YOU WANNA WRITE, YOU GOTTA LISTEN.

This one takes the cake for the biggest surprise of the week. Supernatural Sexuality with Dr. Seabrooke explores relationships and sexuality in a world where monsters are real.

https://www.supersexradio.com/episodes

So, until next week, same Pod-time, same Pod-channel, keep listening and keep creating.

SPEAKING OF AUDIO FICTION…

Did you know that all audio fiction entries in TVWriter™’s PEOPLE’S PILOT 2019 pilot script competition are eligible for the two major category prizes plus special prizes and a reduced entry fee?

Learn all about it at: https://peoplespilot.com

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS, AUDIO EDITION – 10/24/19

by Bob Tinsley

Why should you as a visitor to TVWriter™ be interested in making audio fiction? Why should you be interested in making podcasts? Discoverability, that’s why.

The meaning of the word podcast is evolving to include any episodic, audio-only production whether nonfiction or fiction. Agents and major studios have started trawling through podcasts and their creators for new content and talent. 

So here’s the latest news to help you and your podcast get discovered.


Music from https://filmmusic.io
“The Builder” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)


  • I TOLD YOU SO.

iHeart Media has teamed up with Blumhouse Productions to produce a number of original thriller audio fiction podcast series “with potential film and television development” to be released beginning in January 2020. The first will be The Mantawauk Caves, by writer, director and producer Dan Bush. It tells the story of three boys who enter a cave in the Adirondack Mountains. Only one comes out alive.

https://blog.iheart.com/Pages/iheartmedia-and-blumhouse-productions-are-teaming-up-to-bring-listeners-a-slate-of-new-thriller-podcasts.aspx

  • I TOLD YOU SO, PART 2.

    iHeart, Ferrell Expand Podcast Relationship.

    Will Farrell and iHeart Media partnered early this year to produce The Ron Burgandy Podcast, one of the most successful podcasts in iHeart’s stable. Now they are expanding that partnership to launch a new podcast network called Big Money Players Network dedicated to launching new comedy podcasts, both scripted and non-scripted. Opportunity knocks.

    https://podcastbusinessjournal.com/iheart-ferrell-expand-podcast-relationship/

  • IF YOU WANNA WRITE, YOU GOTTA LISTEN.

Radiotopia’s Excellent Passenger List Is About More Than a Missing Plane.

Vulture has noticed podcasts. It just published an in-depth, and glowing, review of Passenger List, a podcast I have mentioned before, starring The Last Jedi’s Kelly Marie Tran and Patti LuPone. If you haven’t listened yet, you’re missing out.

https://www.vulture.com/article/passenger-list-podcast-review.html

https://www.radiotopia.fm/podcasts/passenger-list

  • RESOURCES, PART 2.

What does it take to turn a fiction podcast into a TV series? In her article on CinemaBlend, Britt Lawrence interviews Limetown creators, Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie, going deep into the challenges they faced. Listen to the podcast, watch on FaceBook Watch, and read the article.

https://www.cinemablend.com/television/2482348/limetown-creators-explain-challenges-and-changes-when-turning-a-podcast-into-a-tv-show

So, until next week, same Pod-time, same Pod-channel, keep listening and keep creating.

SPEAKING OF AUDIO FICTION…

Did you know that all audio fiction entries in TVWriter™’s PEOPLE’S PILOT 2019 pilot script competition are eligible for the two major category prizes plus special prizes and a reduced entry fee?

Learn all about it at: https://peoplespilot.com

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS, AUDIO EDITION – 10/17/19

by Bob Tinsley

Why should you as a visitor to TVWriter™ be interested in making audio fiction? Why should you be interested in making podcasts? Discoverability, that’s why.

The meaning of the word podcast is evolving to include any episodic, audio-only production whether nonfiction or fiction. Agents and major studios have started trawling through podcasts and their creators for new content and talent. 

So here’s the latest news to help you and your podcast get discovered.


Music from https://filmmusic.io
“The Builder” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)


  • I TOLD YOU SO.

In an earlier edition we mentioned that the fiction podcast, Limetown, had been adapted into a “TV” series to be shown on Facebook Watch. The first episode premiered yesterday. As I am writing this a week beforehand I haven’t yet seen it, but from watching the trailer I will be. You should, too.

https://www.facebook.com/limetownstories/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARB0ZLguFFz8hI9gXOhHeQCIkSU6aMwKfyVbznOFqxcJl_rkzHO4ZKedTPch03TzQw6yzKK_jVl8OMwC

  • LISTENERS, WE NEED MORE LISTENERS.

    Radio Ambulante’s Audience Is Worldwide. Listening Clubs Help Bring Them Together.

    Local listening parties or clubs are apparently on the rise for some shows. This is a fascinating article about another way to increase your audience. The article covers a nonfiction example, but there’s no reason this can’t be adapted for fiction podcasts. Did you know that Generation Listen even exists? I didn’t. It will take some organizing, but NPR has a free kit for organizing listening parties.

    https.//www.niemanlab. org

    https://generationlisten.npr.org/

 LISTENERS, WE NEED MORE LISTENERS, PART 2.

Audio fiction podcasts go international.

This article in Japan Today covers Hollywood’s fascination with audio fiction as a source of stories. It also mentions the fact that the big players in podcast networks are expanding beyond the US and the English-speaking world with English language podcasts. The big attraction, fiction podcasts aren’t crippled with the territorial rights associated with television and film.

https://japantoday.com/category/entertainment/podcasts-pique-hollywood%27s-interest-with-fiction-series

Sound Design.

In this podcast from Fantastic Noise host Terry Lee interviews sound designer Sarah Myles about her role in making sound the best part of your podcast. You may not want to be a sound designer, but you do want to learn what role they play in your production.

https://fantasticnoise.podbean.com/e/sound-design-with-podcast-producer-sarah-myles/

  • RESOURCES, PART 2.

Podcast Your Way to Hollywood: How Content Creators Can Find Success

Interviewed in this article, Travis Vengroff, one of the most successful audio fiction podcasters working today, gives an A-to-Z blueprint on how to produce and monetize a podcast. This year he and his wife and partner in Fool and Scholar Productions, Kaitlin Statz, began making enough money from their Patreon account to become full-time podcasters. It’s not easy, and it takes time, but you can, too.

.https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/podcast-your-way-hollywood-how-content-creators-can-find-jeff-rivera/?fbclid=IwAR3mvwP1SWswWcwn15hVYnniVRiUVxyQPzwpZysWyrz7Pd6rwstESUbnyrE

  • IF YOU WANNA WRITE, YOU GOTTA LISTEN.

Dart is a fiction podcast about a traumatized food delivery driver trying to find normalcy.

From the website: “But when a fellow driver turns up dead and a sticky darkness starts to seep into Boston, Jenny might be reluctantly pulled back into the world she left behind.” Each episode is three to five minutes long. Amanda McColgan wrote, produced, and performed the role of Jenny.

https://enfieldarts.com/dart-an-audio-drama/?utm_campaign=Fiction%20Podcast%20Weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Revue%20newsletter

So, until next week, same Pod-time, same Pod-channel, keep listening and keep creating.

SPEAKING OF AUDIO FICTION…

Did you know that all audio fiction entries in TVWriter™’s PEOPLE’S PILOT 2019 pilot script competition are eligible for the two major category prizes plus special prizes and a reduced entry fee?

Learn all about it at: https://peoplespilot.com