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.