ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 04/09/2020

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, PART 1.

Why Wondery Thinks The Next Game Of Thrones Will Come On Audio Through Podcasts.

In this interview with Jen Sargent, Chief Operating Officer of Wondery, one of the world’s leading podcast content creators, she talks about where she sees serialized podcasts going. In regards to how podcasts and Hollywood are related, she said, “Wondery has about nine shows in active development, all are either optioned or ordered to series across multiple networks and platforms and production houses.”

https://bit.ly/3dhs64Q

  • I TOLD YOU SO, PART 2.

iHeart Podcasts Could Become TV Shows.

UCP, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios, has signed a multi-year first-look deal with podcast network, iHeart. UCP President Dawn Olmstead said, “Partnering with iHeart to not only adapt some of their enviable and extensive podcast library to television but also expand the production and reach of UCP Audio originals is a giant leap in our platform building strategy. We look forward to making waves in the podcast space this year and we are very excited to have iHeart joining us on our endeavor.” Pay attention, folks. Things are gettin’ real.

https://bit.ly/3blgcVN

  • RESOURCES, PART 1.

The Art And Science Of Podcast Show Descriptions.

Dan Misener returns with another data geek’s delight. In this article he analyses podcast descriptions. That’s the part that’s supposed to hook a potential listener into giving your podcast a try. In addition, that’s where the search engines go to find podcasts for people who are looking for them. You think that’s important? I do. He has some specific recommendations for structuring your description. His most important recommendation: “Include the hookiest, most important human-readable details at the beginning of your show description.” Read it.

https://bit.ly/385i5nj

  • RESOURCES, PART 2.

Chartable Has Its Own Top 200 Charts.

Chartable has introduced its own list of the top 200 podcasts in just about any category. They break the podcasts down into 47 different categories. I know. I counted them. There are even separate categories for fiction podcast rank and fiction podcast trends.

https://chartable.com/charts/chartable

  • RESOURCES, PART 3.

How To Get Help With Your Podcast.

To be honest, deciding to start your own audio fiction podcast is — daunting. That’s a good word. But help is available, and this article by Matthew McLean, one of the creators and stars of A Scottish Podcast, a supernatural comedy fiction podcast, will lead you down the path. As with most DIY podcast articles this was written with non-fiction podcasters in mind, but it applies just as well to fiction podcasters. 

https://bit.ly/3974uMZ

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN.

The Liberty Podcast.

This podcast from Fool and Scholar Productions, the brain-child of Travis Vengroff and Kaitlin Statz, has been running since 2017. It encompases three main story lines: Vigilance (one season), Critical Research (two seasons), and Tales from the Tower. That last began its fourth season in March with a first episode that will knock your socks off! The sound design by Travis and the writing by Kaitlin are — well — professional (that seems so inadequate). The season premiere will leave you clicking the download button for episode 2 before you even realize what you’re doing.

 http://libertyendures.com/podcasts


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