ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS, AUDIO EDITION – 10/24/19

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.

iHeart Media has teamed up with Blumhouse Productions to produce a number of original thriller audio fiction podcast series “with potential film and television development” to be released beginning in January 2020. The first will be The Mantawauk Caves, by writer, director and producer Dan Bush. It tells the story of three boys who enter a cave in the Adirondack Mountains. Only one comes out alive.

https://blog.iheart.com/Pages/iheartmedia-and-blumhouse-productions-are-teaming-up-to-bring-listeners-a-slate-of-new-thriller-podcasts.aspx

  • I TOLD YOU SO, PART 2.

    iHeart, Ferrell Expand Podcast Relationship.

    Will Farrell and iHeart Media partnered early this year to produce The Ron Burgandy Podcast, one of the most successful podcasts in iHeart’s stable. Now they are expanding that partnership to launch a new podcast network called Big Money Players Network dedicated to launching new comedy podcasts, both scripted and non-scripted. Opportunity knocks.

    https://podcastbusinessjournal.com/iheart-ferrell-expand-podcast-relationship/

  • IF YOU WANNA WRITE, YOU GOTTA LISTEN.

Radiotopia’s Excellent Passenger List Is About More Than a Missing Plane.

Vulture has noticed podcasts. It just published an in-depth, and glowing, review of Passenger List, a podcast I have mentioned before, starring The Last Jedi’s Kelly Marie Tran and Patti LuPone. If you haven’t listened yet, you’re missing out.

https://www.vulture.com/article/passenger-list-podcast-review.html

https://www.radiotopia.fm/podcasts/passenger-list

  • RESOURCES, PART 2.

What does it take to turn a fiction podcast into a TV series? In her article on CinemaBlend, Britt Lawrence interviews Limetown creators, Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie, going deep into the challenges they faced. Listen to the podcast, watch on FaceBook Watch, and read the article.

https://www.cinemablend.com/television/2482348/limetown-creators-explain-challenges-and-changes-when-turning-a-podcast-into-a-tv-show

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

SPEAKING OF AUDIO FICTION…

Did you know that all audio fiction entries in TVWriter™’s PEOPLE’S PILOT 2019 pilot script competition are eligible for the two major category prizes plus special prizes and a reduced entry fee?

Learn all about it at: https://peoplespilot.com

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