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: 


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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.

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.

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