ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 01/09/2020

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: 

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


  • I TOLD YOU SO.

Tessa Thompson To Star In & Produce QCode Sci-Fi-Thriller Podcast The Left Right Game.

Tessa Thompson of Westworld and Avengers: Endgame not only stars in but also produces The Left Right Game, an audio fiction podcast created by Jack Anderson. Thompson plays Alice, an idealistic young journalist who tries to make a name for herself at a new job by following a group of paranormal explorers, obsessed with a seemingly harmless pastime known as the Left/Right Game. The journey takes her into a supernatural otherworld that she and the other members of the expedition cannot handle or survive. The podcast is in post-production and will debut in February of 2020.

https://deadline.com/2019/12/tessa-thompson-podcast-left-right-game-qcode-1202810238/

  • I TOLD YOU SO, PART 2.

Gillian Jacobs & Josh Gad’s Podcast ‘Blood Ties’ Is Like True Crime, But Fake.

Gillian Jacobs of Community, Love, and Don’t Think Twice stars in this six episode first season audio fiction story from the Wondery podcast network. Wondery is known for its strong stable of true crime podcasts. Blood Ties follows in their footsteps, but in a fictional form. Blood Ties tells the story of siblings Eleonore (Gillian) and Michael (Gad), who lose their parents unexpectedly in a plane crash. Dark secrets come to light leading the siblings to come to terms with their parents’ unknown lives.

http://elitedai.ly/2ZhvWEf

  • RESOURCES.

A (Written) Oral History of “ars PARADOXICA”.

A LONG article written by Wil Williams, someone you should make a point of following, about the classic (first went live in 2015, so classic works) fiction podcast “ars PARADOXICA” from initial concepts to the grand finale 36+ episodes later. This was probably the first and only audio production to employ a fight choreographer to “make action you can see with your ears.” They also employed a writer’s room. This was the first podcast any of them had ever made. 

https://wilwilliams.reviews/2019/12/13/a-written-oral-history-of-ars-paradoxica/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

  • WE NEED MORE LISTENERS.

Podcast Promotion: The Ultimate Guide To Growing Your Audience.

This article by Matthew McLean gives you tips and techniques for promoting your show, some of which are different from what you most often find. For instance, most podcasts put a call to action in the outro to review the show. Instead ask your listeners to recommend your show to one of their friends. All of the suggestions are clear and practical. He also recommends other articles for further background.

https://www.thepodcasthost.com/promotion/podcast-promotion/

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN.

Girl In Space, Created, Written, Produced, And Everything Else By Sarah Rhea Werner.

One of my favorite podcasts by one of my favorite podcasters. Girl In Space is a sci-fi mystery podcast following a young botanist on board an abandoned and disintegrating space station fighting for survival. Who is she? No one knows. But a lot of dangerous entities really want to find out. Season One begins with the main character’s audio journal with additional characters being added as the season progresses. The main character, played by Sarah Rhea Werner her own self, is a snarky, exuberant, endlessly curious young woman with a fiercely independent mind. Bonus: scripts are available. Great fun.

https://www.girlinspacepodcast.com/

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

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