ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 04/02/2020

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, PART 1.

Locke & Key Has Faced A Long Uphill Battle To The Screen.

The new Netflix series Locke & Key has been through development hell on its long path to production. One other adaptation of Locke & Key did actually make it to release: In 2015, Audible produced a 13-hour audio drama, featuring a full cast of more than 50 actors, including Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany and Sixth Sense’s Haley Joel Osment, plus an original score by Peter Van Riet. The Netflix series has a less-mature tone that relies more on fantasy than horror, resulting in a TV-14 rating.

https://bit.ly/2Pv5d3x

  • I TOLD YOU SO, PART 2.

Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Armie Hammer & Joel Edgerton To Star In Watergate Drama ‘Gaslit’, Based On ‘Slow Burn’ Podcast.

Slate’s Watergate audio series, Slow Burn, is being developed into a series by NBCUniversal Content Studios that will be shopped to premium and streaming platforms.

Already attached are Julia Roberts, Sam Esmail, Sean Penn, Armie Hammer and Joel Edgerton. Esmail just wrapped the final season of Mr. Robot and is also working on The Resort and Peacock’s Battlestar Galactica. Robbie Pickering, of Mr Robot and Search Party, will serve as showrunner.

https://bit.ly/2INmAJe

  • I TOLD YOU SO, PART 3.

DC’s Sandman to Become Multi-Part Audible Drama.

DC Comics and Audible partner to bring Neil Gaiman’s comic series, Sandman, into a full-cast audio fiction series. Audio legend, Dirk Maggs, will serve as executive producer, director and scriptwriter. Gaiman himself will fill the roles of creative director, executive producer and series narrator. The series will be available this summer as an Audible Original.

https://bit.ly/3cyUWgo

  • RESOURCES, PART 1.

Producing Your Best Podcast: Behind-the-Scenes Gems with Keisha “TK” Dutes.

In this interview by Madeline Wright, Keisha “TK” Dutes discusses getting your work out there. Talking about how to get discovered, she says, “Make things. Make clips. Make stories. Make a show for yourself. I got more out of my own stuff and showing people and ‘forcing’ my way into the space by saying, ‘Here, I made a thing. I made another thing. And another.’ I am relentless about this, and then I invite people to see it! I had no business making an audio drama but I made two. Try different things. Surprise people. Be consistent.”

https://wocpodcasters.co/keisha-tk-dutes/

  • RESOURCES, PART 2.

Help! My Audience Don’t Get In Touch: How To Engage Podcast Listeners.

This article by Lindsay Harris-Friel, co-editor of Fiction Podcast Weekly and writer/producer of the podcast, Jarnsaxa Rising, gives some excellent advice for engaging your audience. Bottom line: “Essentially, if you want your listeners to get in touch with you, make it easy. Use an embedded player with custom call to action buttons. It saves you a bit of work, and asking for input yourself shows appreciation. If you reach out in a positive way, and reward those who do likewise, you build community. Ultimately, the more you add value to your listeners’ experience, the more likely you are to engage listeners.”

https://bit.ly/39TcceI

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN.

Darksend.

Meet Quorin Andreas. A nineteen year old who briefly experiences death. After being revived, he retained a memory of an awareness that was not his own … an ethereal darkness that tried to latch on to his soul making him … a vessel. Can he save himself and possibly the world? Or will the machinations of those that hunt him lead to his destruction … or worse? Written and directed by Drew Profit. Atmospheric with great sound design, music, and acting. 

http://brokenbardstudios.com/


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

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 03/26/2020

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.

Manhattan Beach Animation Director Turns ‘spaghetti Western’ Animated Tale Into ‘audio Drama’.

Manhattan Beach‘s David Schaub and Surf’s Up animator, Roger Vizard,  created Spirits of the Western Wild, as an audio drama that is part spaghetti western, part The Twilight Zone. They didn’t feel they could raise the money to make an animated film, so they decided on an audio fiction show.

According to Schaub and Vizard, the idea was busy producers could listen to the story on their commutes instead of the “dread” of reading a script. Were you paying attention, there? I hope so. The audio is available on Audible and as an illustrated Kindle book.

https://bit.ly/2PCeBCp

  • RESOURCES, PART 1.

What is Apple Building Next in Podcasting?

Apple is making new, more user-centric podcast software, says Mark Asquith, the CEO and co-founder of Rebel Base Media, and looking to work with even more creators to, in turn, drive the user base up. From there, there’s an opportunity for Apple to create a suite of tools and platforms at relatively low cost to them that will help to drive the industry through the next decade. Apple might be the only brand in the world that can heavily invest in podcasting without needing to see a return immediately. It’s a long read but essential to understand the behemoth of the podcasting space.

https://bit.ly/394NnMt

  • RESOURCES, PART 2.

Podcast Marketing Strategy: The Podcast Discoverability Triangle.

Mark Asquith is back with another long, but necessary, read about discoverability, otherwise known as marketing. As I said, it’s a long read, but at the bottom of the article is an entertaining 6-½ minute video summarizing the whole thing.

Bottom line: “Whilst technology in podcasting is always evolving and bringing us new toys to play with when it comes to our marketing, none of these will work effectively over the long-term without a solid and sound understanding of base marketing strategy and running these multi-layered marketing campaigns for your show will help you to win the long game. Because that’s what podcasting is.”

https://rebelbasemedia.io/discoverability/

  • WE NEED MORE LISTENERS.

Audience Growth Isn’t An Accident: Your Podcast Needs A Web Strategy.

Radio Public has produced a twelve-part video series on how to create an audience growth strategy using websites, email newsletters, and social media to gain and retain listeners. Having a web strategy is integral to growing your audience. One more brick on the road. The videos will help you grasp the concept and start implementing it right away.

https://bit.ly/3ak4Z75

  • WE NEED MORE LISTENERS, PART 2.

Advertising A Podcast, Part 3.

Another must-read article from the tireless and unselfish Sean Howard. “In this installment, I share the results of experiments designed to gain listeners via cross promotion. This is about leveraging our shared reach as podcasts for mutual benefit. We are going to cover three types of cross-promotion: promo ad swaps, episode drops and crossovers.” A data geek’s delight, Sean gives us some solid, actionable strategies.

https://bit.ly/38ZlpRp

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN.

Counterbalance.

A high-fantasy fiction podcast about three friends trying to fix a hole in the weave that creates magic and find out who caused it. Written by Kessi Riliniki the series shows the attention to detail, in both writing and production, that also makes her a wonderful graphic artist. She’s done cover art for a lot of podcasts out there and is available to do yours!

https://trilunis.com


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

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 03/19/2020

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, PART 1.

Spotify & HBO Max In Final Talks To Adapt Family Podcast Series The Two Princes Into Animated Special.

Anthony D’Alessandro writes in a Deadline Exclusive article about a deal being negotiated between Spotify and HBO Max to adapt the family-oriented podcast, The Two Princes, into a 60-minute animated special. Noah Galvin, Samira Wiley, Cynthia Erivo, Christine Baranski, and Ari’el Stachel star in the podcast, but no announcement has been made about the cast of the adaptation. Kevin Christopher Snipes, writer of the podcast series, will be involved in the special. From D’Alessandro: “there is increasing trans-media demand for original podcasts as IP fuel for film and TV.”

https://bit.ly/39Kt1rF

  • I TOLD YOU SO, PART 2.

German Distributor SquareOne Launches Podcast & Digital Unit.

German movie distributor SquareOne Entertainment is getting into podcasting. SquareOne CEO, Al Munteanu, said, “SquareOne Unlimited . . . is our digital business largely in the space of podcasts. The idea is to increase ownership of IP and be as much a creator as a distributor.” He also said that “the end goal is to generate audio content which can be adapted for the screen.”

https://bit.ly/2Tv5HrI

  • RESOURCES, PART 1.

Podcasting Is Getting Its Own Oscars. Will It Work?

This article in Vulture by Nicholas Quah examines the reactions to the recent announcement of the formation of the Podcasting Academy. Reaction has been — mixed. On one side you have several members of Big Podcasting saying “we need this to promote the form.” On the other side you have lots of indies saying, “you’re going to shut us out.”

Quah says, “The newly formed Podcast Academy must also contend with an even bigger challenge: It has to effectively develop some sense of legitimacy as a body that speaks for so-called industry professionals as well as independent podcasters. Who ‘legitimately’ gets to represent podcasting isn’t always clear.” It’s a long read, but worth the time.

https://bit.ly/2Vy15DQ

  • RESOURCES, PART 2.

The Most Crowded Categories In Apple Podcasts (February 2020 Edition).

In this article, Dan Misener, Head of Audience Development at Pacific Content analysed 764,379 shows in Apple Podcasts. His advice on starting a podcast, choose the less-crowded category. That’s good news for us fiction podcasters. Of the 764,379 podcasts he examined, only 2,114 of them were fiction podcasts. Compare that to the Religion and Spirituality category that had 99,390! So, take heart fiction podcasters. You’ve got room to grow!

https://bit.ly/2I1efky

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN.

Y2K

Y2K is a tale of love, identity and long-distance friendship set in two timelines and on opposite sides of the world. The story revolves around two friends in the year 2000, and the modern-day student who turns their voice mails into a podcast.  It was released on January 3, 2020, with 52 weekly episodes throughout 2020, and an epilogue in January 2021. Y2K is created, written and produced by Karin Heimdahl. Great production values, writing and acting.

https://y2kpod.com


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

Bob Tinsley on Fiction Podcasting and Patreon

 

http://Yes, this is a Patreon logo. Who’d a’thunk?

by Bob Tinsley

BLUF*: Patreon. It’s not so scary. Mostly.

*BLUF — Bottom Line Up Front

If you want to make a fiction podcast, setting up a Patreon page is almost de rigueur. Most of the time, especially if you have a small audience, you can make more money with a Patreon account than you can with advertising. Plus you don’t have those obnoxious ads cluttering up your audio masterpiece. You’re not going to get rich, but you might at least be able to pay your cast and crew.

During the month of February I built and launched both a website and a Patreon page for my fiction podcast. Of the two, the Patreon page was the least difficult by an order of magnitude in spite of being just as complex.

Why? Probably because Patreon WANTS you to make money. So they can make money. They have detailed guide documents for both launching a podcast and for running a promotion to increase the number of your patrons. 

I followed the promotion guide explicitly, and I had my calendar filled out with things to do for the first 25 days of March! Something EVERY DAY. I even (shock! surprise!) got most of those things set up, ready to go before launch day. 

It’s called marketing, folks, and Patreon seems to have a pretty good handle on it.

The hardest thing about this? The icky feeling I get asking other folks, mostly strangers, for money. I’m starting to overcome that, a little, by looking at it this way: I spent most of my life working on the front end and getting paid on the back end; with Patreon I’m (maybe) getting paid on the front end and working on the back end. 

And, when I think about it, that’s the way most artists make their money. When I do a commission for my carving, I always ask for 50% up front.That gives me a cushion for tools and materials and time (yes, time costs money) that I need to do the work. 

My patrons will pay me money every month, up front, and that will allow me to actually HIRE actors, composers, artists, etc., to produce a piece of work that will entertain the people that give me money.

So if you’re thinking about Patreon, download (and read!) the guides they have. They’ll increase your confidence about trying something new.

Once the campaign has run its course I’ll be back to give you an update.


Bob Tinsley is an artist, writer, boataholic and new audio/podcast fiction writer-producer. A mighty fine one too, as his  2nd and 4th place People’s Pilot 2019 finishes demonstrate.

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 03/12/2020

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.

Fremantle’s Storyglass Preps Scripted MK-Ultra Podcast With Australia’s Easy Tiger.

Storyglass, the scripted podcast label set up by American Gods producer Fremantle, is developing a six-episode international audio series based around the controversial Project MK-Ultra, called, oddly enough, Ultra. The story is set in 1959 and follows a young intelligence agent who suddenly finds himself up to his neck in MK-Ultra. The show is currently casting and set to debut later this year.

https://bit.ly/2vLvraK

  • RESOURCES, PART 1.

Podcasts Make the Big Time.

Google now has a dedicated podcast search page that also lists what it considers the top ranked and top trending podcasts.

https://podcasts.google.com/

  • RESOURCES, PART 2.

More News About Fiction Podcasts.

Edited by Sarah Golding and Lindsay Harris Friel, two of the most active members of the fiction podcast community, this weekly compilation of neighborhood news from both sides of the Atlantic gives a wide range of stories and opportunities in our favorite corner of show biz.

https://bit.ly/2Hueswf

  • RESOURCES, PART 3.

From Lost to Listeners.

This article by Josh Cary, creator and host of The Hidden Entrepreneur Show, addresses what I consider THE biggest thing that keeps people from starting their own podcast: fear.

Cary says, “The reason most shows never launch, or worse, launch without any fanfare, is not because the hosts are unskilled or untalented. It’s because of this glaring fact: They are scared out of their minds! . . . They allow the fear and concern of the unknown to take over. ‘What if I look or sound stupid? What will they think? What if this doesn’t work?’ Or worse — ‘What if this does work?'”

Having dealt with that issue myself, I can tell you that this article is worth reading.

https://bit.ly/2P8n5kC

  • OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS.

Hearing the Haunted Seeks Scripts.

Hearing the Haunted: a Sirenicide Anthology Podcast is looking for scripts. And they’ll actually pay you coin of the realm for them. Their requirements, including script format, are very specific, so be sure to read and FOLLOW the guidelines. This is apparently an ongoing call for scripts as no deadline is mentioned.

The only downside: “Upon acceptance the author agrees to release ALL their rights to the script to Atrium Dynamics LLC.” But — as you will be writing in someone else’s universe on a work-for-hire basis, this is at least marginally acceptable. Just be aware. Their sound designers composers do some exceptional work, so you could do worse for a platform to highlight your writing.

https://bit.ly/329ZANm

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN.

Down.

Down is a 24-part science-fiction series about an expedition into a newly-discovered Antarctic trench, dubbed The Bottomless Pit. The company-backed research submarine Virgil is elegant, state-of-the-art, and capable of withstanding enormous pressures.

The same cannot be said for her crew. Departing from Beckett Station in Antarctica a five-person crew begins a two-day mission exploring a part of the ocean floor where no human has gone before. The crew, plagued by doubts and conflicting personalities, have a hard time keeping it together. And then, there’s that odd monster fish. Subscribe and listen.

http://definitelyhuman.co.uk/portfolio/down/


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