ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 04/23/2020

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/)


  • I TOLD YOU SO.

7 New Netflix Shows in April 2020, and the Best Reasons to Watch.

One of those shows, The Midnight Gospel, is an adaptation of a podcast. “Have you ever wondered what podcasting might look like in the future, especially if that future was animated? Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward and podcaster Duncan Trussell have teamed up for an imaginative vision of alternate reality podcasting. First of all, it’s called “spacecasting,” and the eight-episode first season follows Clancy, a slacker spacecaster who lives in another dimension called The Chromatic Ribbon.”

https://www.indiewire.com/2020/04/netflix-best-new-shows-april-2020-full-list-1202222610/

  • RESOURCES, PART 1.

From Power Rangers to X-Men, Karl Dutton Turns Action Into Audio Dramas.

This interview with Karl Dutton, founder of Scyther Podcasts and creator of X-Men: The Audio Drama, Power Rangers: The Audio Drama, and the Batman: The Long Halloween mini-series, discusses the production process for his numerous series. When asked why he got into audio fiction, Dutton replied, “Honestly? Budget. The fact that I wanted to do these super high-concept sci-fi works but didn’t have the means to do so.” In this short and newbie-friendly interview Dutton talks about writing, production, and casting. A good read with links to his work.

https://innotechtoday.com/karl-dutton/

  • RESOURCES, PART 2.

March 2020 Audio Drama, Fiction and RPG Podcast Debut Releases.

A new compilation of all the audio fiction podcasts he could find debuting in March. There are over sixty of them, one for every taste. Including, of course, mine own, Escape Scifi!

https://bit.ly/3bNzFOV

  • RESOURCES, PART 3.

Short Fiction Best Practices with Jonathan Mitchell.

In this interview with the ubiquitous Wil Williams on Spotify for Podcasters Jonathan Mitchell, creator of audio fiction anthology show, The Truth, talks about “his history in podcasts and broadcast [media], the importance of structure in storytelling, and how to deliver poignant stories in a short amount of time.”

Mitchell’s advice: “Understand the importance of character and how character relates to story. Love the medium. Think a lot about how you listen to things and what you hear. Follow the stuff that makes you really inspired to play.”

Read the whole thing, then listen to The Truth.

https://podcasters.spotify.com/blog/short-fiction-best-practices-with-jonathan-mitchell

http://www.thetruthpodcast.com/

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN.

Old Gods of Appalachia.

This fiction podcast puts the lie to the widely held belief that single narrator shows are boring. Steve Shell, writer and narrator, has a wonderful voice that burrows down deep in your guts and sets its hook. This podcast sits at the pinnacle of the classic spooky storytelling tradition, but is elevated even further by the immersive soundscape and music. The language is lyrical and hypnotic. I can’t say enough good things about Old Gods of Appalachia. Go listen.

https://www.oldgodsofappalachia.com/


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