ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 04/30/2020

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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  • I TOLD YOU SO, PART 1.

Playwrights Horizons Debuts New Fiction Podcast With Works by Heather Christian, Robert O’Hara, and More.

Playwrights Horizons has launched Soundstage, a new scripted fiction podcast from the Off-Broadway theatre that was originally scheduled to be released later this year. Due to the pandemic, and the number of people now at home, Playwrights released the first episode, penned by Obie winner Heather Christian, April 9.

Soundstage features new works by playwrights and composers penned specifically for the audio medium. The launch episode, Christian’s PRIME: A Practical Breviary, is a 10-song cycle inspired by cloistered monks’ breviary masses. 

Commissioned playwrights creating work for future seasons include Kirsten Childs, Milo Cramer, Jeremy O. Harris, Lucas Hnath, Carlos Murillo, Jenny Schwartz, and Kate Tarker.

https://bit.ly/3a5z3Di

  • I TOLD YOU SO, PART 2.

New Audio Drama From Jesse Eisenberg To Be Released As Audible Original.

Actor Jesse Eisenberg has written and performed a new six-hour original audio drama for Audible. When You Finish Saving The World, in which interconnected monologues tell three members of one family’s story. The production co-stars Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things and will debut later this year as an Audible Original exclusive.

https://bit.ly/2JXr9AZ

  • RESOURCES.

A Look At the Heavy Lifting Behind The Truth’s ‘The Body Genius’.

This article by Mariel Cariker explores the process behind the creation of the mini-series, The Body Genius, on the anthology fiction podcast, The Truth. In interviews with both Jonathan Mitchell, creator of The Truth, and Hunter Nelson, writer of The Body Genius and a former writer for The Onion, the article covers everything from the initial pitch (yes, podcasters sometimes need to pitch, too) to writing, recording, and sound design. 

From the article: “Because the scene is still relatively new, every artist who brings a crazy or personal or ambitious project they couldn’t get made elsewhere to the world of audio fiction stands a good chance of doing something that’s never been done before and permanently altering the landscape.”

As an example of what it takes to get a podcast series on the interwebz, this article is a must read.

https://bit.ly/2XstwEa

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN.

Uncanny County.

Mystical truck drivers. Robots gone haywire. [Patrice? Are you there?] Killer clown demons. And pie. So. Much. Pie. This quirky, darkly comic, Southwestern-flavored anthology brings you a new paranormal audio play every month. Sit back, open your ears, and hold on tight. Because you’re about to take a quick detour…through Uncanny County.

Created by Todd Faulkner, who played Agent Loeb of FX’s The Americans,  and Alison Crane, this series provides a folksy melange of horror and humor that made me a fan from the first episode. As a lead-in for the third season they are putting out a mini-series of 5-minute shorts called Tales From A Distance Of No Less Than Six Feet. At five episodes as of this writing, the series is no less than a total delight. The sound design is sparse, but the writing and the performances more than make up for that. I truly love this format. Highly recommended.

https://www.uncannycounty.com/


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