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!

Herbie J Pilato on Creating His Talk Show, ‘Then Again…’

TVWriter™ Contributing Editor Emeritus (because he’s so busy with other great things these days) Herbie J Pilato tells us how he got his new hit talk show, Then Again, off the lunching pad and streaming on Amazon Prime (and Shout Factory TV too).

More tips from top writers courtesy of Author Learning Center are HERE

More about Herbie J Pilato is HERE

Stephanie Bourbon ‘The Rise of Skywalker!’

Turns out old chum Stephanie Bourbon has a thing for Star Wars. Who would’ve guessed?

We loved this video because to us it seems like nothing less than enthusiasm personified. And enthusiasm not only for our own work but for that of others is something all creatives need if they – in this case “they” means YOU – want to thrive.

Enjoy!

Stephanie’s YouTube Channel is HERE

And her Story Concierge website chock full of further instruction is HERE


Former Larry Brody student Stephanie Olivieri Bourbon has found great success as a writer and illustrator. Now she’s branching out into video with a series of extremely helpful ones about – surprise! – writing and illustrating.

Herbie J Pilato on Social Media and Its Impact on Showbiz

TVWriter™ Contributing Editor Emeritus (because he’s so busy with other great things these days) Herbie J Pilato has a lot to say about social media and its impact on showbiz and, not surprisingly, he says it oh-so-well:

More tips from top writers courtesy of Author Learning Center are HERE

More about Herbie J Pilato is HERE

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!