ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 02/06/2020

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.

Podcast, The Adventure Zone, Gets Development Deal From Peacock.

Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy from My Brother, My Brother and Me have recruited their dad, Clint for a campaign of high adventure in The Adventure Zone, an RPG show that “follows an unlikely, poorly equipped trio and their beleaguered Dungeon Master as they reluctantly embark on a quest to save their world.” The show is currently in development at Peacock with Writer/executive producer: Adam Higgs (Orphan Black).

https://bit.ly/2RqkXVI

  • I TOLD YOU SO, PART 2.

Netflix Hit, The Kissing Booth, Gets Audio Show.

Netflix and Spotify have announced that the movie, The Kissing Booth, will get a prequel audio show called Kissing Booth – Elle’s Diary. The audio will be written by Vince Marcello, and Beth Reekles who wrote the novel. Komixx Productions will produce and the film cast, Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi, and Joey King, will star. No release date has been announced.

https://bit.ly/2v1WONv

  • I TOLD YOU SO, PART 3.

Cole Sprouse Enters the Podcasting Boom With New Fiction Podcast Borrasca.

Vulture announced that Riverdale star, Cole Sprouse, will star in and produce a new audio fiction show called, Borrasca, written and created by Rebecca Klingel, a writer on The Haunting of Hill House. QCode, the company behind other star-led audio fiction shows like Blackout (with Rami Malek), Gaslight (with Chloë Grace Moretz), and Carrier (with Cynthia Erivo) will produce. A release date has not yet been announced.

https://bit.ly/2v8Pek9

  • WHY YOU NEED A PODCAST.

Tae Haarh (@taehaahr) probably wrote this Medium article for the butchers, bakers, and candlestick makers out there, but that doesn’t mean the advice doesn’t apply to audio fiction shows just as well. In fact, all of these things have been mentioned by Our Fearless Leader, LB, more than a few times. Pay particular attention to #2: “. . . most of your peers don’t have a podcast. So simply by having one, you separate yourself from the rest.”

https://bit.ly/2NV5f3I

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN.

Cryptic.

Produced and directed by Jeremiah Isley and written by Adam Hoffman this show follows the brother-sister team of cryptid hunters, Cole and Julie Kurtz, as they investigate sightings in their home state of Ohio for their podcast. I must admit a weakness for monster horror, nonetheless this show has impressed me with its characterization and sound design. Speaking of sound design, listen with earbuds or headphones to get the full and impressive experience. Pay particular attention to Episode 5, the creepiest and best sounding one I’ve yet listened to. The interplay between Cole, Julie, and Chuck leaves plenty of opportunity for unforced humor, something that sets this series apart from others in this genre. Listen and enjoy.

https://www.crypticpodcast.com/


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

Herbie J Pilato On The Deception Of Arrogance

EDITOR’S NOTE: TVWriter™ legendary Contributing Editor Emeritus Herbie J Pilato uses a very alluring title to teach us a valuable showbiz and life lesson.


by Herbie J Pilato

Years ago, I directed a musical for a local theatre community, spending weeks auditioning countless actors, singers, and dancers of all ages. A diverse group of talented performers gave their all during the process, and of course, I could only narrow it down to a chosen few who would win the various lead and supporting roles. But it soon became clear who would round out the cast.

I was impressed with the theatrical range of some but more impressed with the kindness of others. Some of those with the most talent, unfortunately, did not have the best personalities — nor the kindest of demeanor. Some of those with less talent — and in some cases, no talent at all, appeared to be less egotistical and potentially the easiest to work with.

So, I was faced with a dilemma….

Read it all at medium.com


Writer/producer Herbie J Pilato is the host ofclassic TV talk show THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, now streaming on Amazon Prime, Founder and Executive Director of The Classic TV Preservation Society, and author of several classic TV companion books. He has been part of TVWriter™ for 20 years and is Contributing Editor Emeritus. Learn more about Herbie J HERE. This article first appeared in Medium.

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 01/30/2020

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.

Is the musical theater podcast the new concept album?

This article by Maureen Lee Lenker in Entertainment Weekly talks about the burgeoning number of musical podcasts. From 36 Questions, starring Jonathan Groff and Jessie Shelton, and billed as “the world’s first podcast musical,” to the upcoming In Strange Woods by co-creators Brett Ryback, Matt Sav, and Jeff Luppino-Esposito, more and more musicals are being developed specifically for the podcast form. There is so much good information in this article, consider it required reading.

https://ew.com/theater/2020/01/15/musical-theater-podcasts/

  • RESOURCES, PART 1.

An Interview with Hug House Productions.

I’ve mentioned Wil Williams before (and probably will again). She and their partners, Anne C. Baird, and Katie Youmans, form the Hug House Productions collective, producers of Scoring Magic, an audio documentary on podcast production, Valence, an audio fiction show, and Hexadec, a new fictional anthology show. This interview at The Fantasy Inn with the three partners showcases their insights on their journey from normal people to podcast showrunners. It’s long, but worth the read.

https://thefantasyinn.com/2020/01/13/interviewing-hug-house-productions/

https://hughouse.productions/

  • RESOURCES, PART 2.

Podcast Events In 2020 | A Handy Guide.

The number of podcasting specific events is growing every year. These events are a great resource to both experienced and newbie podcasters whether they’re doing nonfiction or fiction shows. They provide opportunities not only for continuing education but also for networking, and LB, our Fearless Leader, is always harping — umm — emphasizing the importance of making connections within the community. The Podcast Host is collecting a list of all the podcasting events in 2020. Bookmark this site.

https://bit.ly/37YoKA9

  • WE NEED MORE LISTENERS.

Podcast Groups Aren’t Just About Podcasts.

Taylor Lorenz, writer for the NYT no less, explores the role of FaceBook groups in creating a community that connects podcasters to their fans, something every podcaster who wants to increase the number of listeners should be doing. She says, “podcast groups remain an incredibly effective way to keep existing fans engaged, bring new listeners into the fold and even forge friendships.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/15/style/podcast-facebook-groups.html

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN.

Here Be Dragons.

Here Be Dragons is a twice-a-month radio drama podcast series, following the story of four women and a submarine, the USS Rusalka. When technologies fail, monsters abound, and new friendships are pushed to their limits, these ladies find that they just might be in over their heads. The prolific Jordan Cobb, showrunner, writer, and actor, created a real winner here. Writing, acting, and sound design are all top-notch. What really sucked me in was Cheney Morgan’s first episode portrayal of Killian Rhys, the mover and shaker behind the mission of the Rusalka. All the performances are stellar, as are the writing and production values. Highly recommended.

https://www.herebedragonsradio.com/


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

Herbie J Pilato On How to Create & Produce a TV Show that SELLS

EDITOR’S NOTE: TVWriter™ legendary Contributing Editor Emeritus Herbie J Pilato has something to say that 99% of those who visit TVWriter™ want – and need to hear. Take is away, HJ!


by Herbie J Pilato

I have wanted my own TV show ever since I was a little kid.

Who hasn’t, right?

Especially in today’s all-access media/communications world in which anything is possible.

But Then Again with Herbie J Pilato, my new classic TV talk show (now streaming on Amazon Prime, Shout! Factory TV, and several other media outlets), did not happen overnight.

It took more like over 50 years, following decades of branding myself a classic TV “go-to-guy,” either as the author of various classic TV companion books or through the general chronicling and celebration of classic TV via various websites, magazine and newspaper articles, appearances on entertainment news TV or radio shows or documentaries (for which I either wrote, consulted on or produced).

The show happened for a lot of reasons…and I certainly didn’t do it alone, but rather with a generous and unending amount of support from business partners and investors; countless friends, family members and social media followers….

Read it all at medium.com


Writer/producer Herbie J Pilato is the host ofclassic TV talk show THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, now streaming on Amazon Prime, Founder and Executive Director of The Classic TV Preservation Society, and author of several classic TV companion books. He has been part of TVWriter™ for 20 years and is Contributing Editor Emeritus. Learn more about Herbie J HERE. This article first appeared in Medium.

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 01/23/2020

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/)


  • OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS.

Seeking: Audio Drama Scripts.

If you would like to dip your toe into the audio fiction scene without taking on the whole magilla of recording and production, this might be the ticket for you. Hawk and Cleaver is looking for audio fiction scripts in the horror, thriller, and/or sci-fi genre in the 10- to 15-minute range for a new project. Deadline is February 25th.

https://bit.ly/37YcVKm

  • RESOURCES, PART 1.

Podcast Revolution: The Rise And Rise Of Audio Storytelling.

This article by Richard Brooks gives a brief overview of the history of audio fiction shows. Every show he mentions is worth a listen to hear how to do audio right. The best takeaway from this is his list of the most influential audio dramas over the past 50 years, as voted on by radio and podcast drama producers. There is real gold here.

http://theconversation.com/podcast-revolution-the-rise-and-rise-of-audio-storytelling-128356

  • RESOURCES, PART 2.

The Road to Quitting Our Day Jobs with Patreon.

Sean Howard of Fable and Folly Productions has made just about every mistake it’s possible to make on Patreon. As a result, you really need to follow him (@passitalong on Twitter) and listen to what he has to say. The first link is to a PDF slideshow about his journey as a Patreon user. Whatever you can’t find there you can find on the second link to Fable and Folly’s resource page. Particularly fascinating are the links to his ELEVEN PART Medium series about his Patreon growth experiment.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1f6VR4EylqkcFFleuwaHDnCpzr3PsXusC/view

https://fableandfolly.productions/resources/

  • WE NEED MORE LISTENERS.

5-Step Social Media Blueprint To Grow Your Audience.

This article by Traci Long DeForge lays out five ways to increase your effectiveness on social media. One of the things she recommends is the use of Audiograms, something that is turning up increasingly often in advice posts. An audiogram is a “video” that shows a static graphic while your show plays. In addition to the method for production she mentions, you can also create one using Windows Photos.

https://podcastbusinessjournal.com/5-step-social-media-blueprint-to-grow-your-audience/

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN, PART 1.

Jarnsaxa Rising.

Lindsay Harris Friel wrote and produced this show about what might happen when Norse gods manifest in the present. Sound engineering and music were done by Vincent Friel. Just above the 60th parallel in the Baltic Ocean, a team of researchers arrives at an abandoned wind farm, to investigate some unexplained energy surges. They discover that the wind farm has become sentient. And hungry. Filled with cliffhangers and action, the two seasons of this show are imminently bingeable.

https://jarnsaxarising.com/

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

2019 Audio Verse Award Winners.

The annual Audio Verse Awards are the Academy Awards of the audio world. Shows are nominated and voted on by the audio fiction community. There are three main divisions: improvised production, basically live game-play; spoken word production, one narrator; and audio play production. From the website: “2019 marked a change in how Fiction has been recognized in Apple Podcasts, though early iPod adopters know Audio Fiction to have been there since the early days. The titans of modern audio drama have shown themselves capable of not only using audio to create new stories that have emotional impact, but even inspire their listeners to tell their own stories. Not only are more people listening to stories in audio, today’s listeners are becoming tomorrow’s creators.”

https://audioverseawards.net/2019-winners/

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