ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS, AUDIO EDITION, FOR THE WEEK OF 09/02/19

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“The Builder” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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by Bob Tinsley

PAY ATTENTION!

Why should you 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. Google now makes podcasts searchable, especially if they have transcripts (and why wouldn’t they). More people are using voice search, and voice search returns audio results.

Agents and major studios have started trawling through podcasts and ttheir creators for new content and talent. So PAY ATTENTION! Here’s the latest news.

  • I TOLD YOU SO.

Dr. Death, which we talked about last week, advanced to 73rd in the iHeart Radio Top 100 Podcasts and moving up.

https://news.iheart.com/charts/podcasts-top-100/latest/

  • I TOLD YOU SO, AGAIN.

If you needed any further proof that the Entertainment Industry pays attention to podcasts, the Austin Film Festival includes a Fiction Podcast track for at least the second year and maybe the third, I don’t remember. The conference happens October 24th through the 31st, 2019, in Austin, Texas.

They have invited Lauren Shippen, creator of the podcast The Bright Sessions, now in development as a TV series, to speak, among many others. In the Film Festival’s words,

In October, we’re going to bring some of the most creative minds in this emerging industry to you in Austin and let you hear for yourself about the art of writing a story for an acoustic medium, and about the need for great writers who will boldly go where few have gone before (emphasis mine).

https://austinfilmfestival.com/podcast-programming/?utm_campaign=Fiction%20Podcast%20Weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Revue%20newsletter

  • SPEAKING OF LAUREN SHIPPEN.

The Infinite Noise: Interview with Lauren Shippen.

In addition to writing an audio fiction podcast series for Marvel comics, she talks about the novels she’s writing based on The Bright Sessions. This is called multiple income streams. It’s also called Licensing Out.

This happens when you are able to retain the copyright for your own work, which doesn’t happen in TV or movies. You do not write a book, a short story, or a script. You produce a piece of licensable Intellectual Property, and you better start thinking about it that way. 

https://www.denofgeek.com/us/books/science-fiction-books/283171/the-infinite-noise-interview-with-lauren-shippen

  • START GETTING IT TOGETHER.

The Outlier Podcast Festival will be held in Los Angeles at Astroetic Studios, 224 E. 11th St, Suite 700 STE A & B, on September 13th and 14th. One of the sessions is titled, “Going Hollywood: Get Your Podcast Optioned By a Network or Studio.”

There will be five keynote speakers and 34 presenters in three tracks, Business and Marketing, Creative and Storytelling, and Tech and Innovation. The speakers will be podcasters and podcast network executives. There will be plenty of opportunities for networking.

http://outlierpodfest.com/

  • HOW TO MAKE YOUR PODCAST THRIVE.

In an article on Medium titled Three Ways To Survive Podcasting’s Existential Crisis, Tom Webster, Senior Vice President of Edison Research, presents a lot of data about how podcasting is changing along with some solid advice on how to make sure your podcast gets discovered.

Podcast listeners who once subscribed on dedicated websites or podcast clients such as iTunes or Podcast Addict now roam from Spotify and Pandora to FaceBook to YouTube and Instagram.

His advice: “You have to put success in your way, BE where they are, LIVE where they are, and have a plan to LOVE where they are.”

https://medium.com/@webby2001/three-ways-to-survive-podcastings-existential-crisis-fe679f0da603

  • HOW TO MONETIZE A PODCAST.

How To Make Money With A Podcast: Monetisation 101.

This article provides a terrific overview of one of the greatest questions of our time. Podcastwise at least. It starts with what you need to have in place before you start monetizing and walks you through all the options with lots of detail.

Unsurprisingly, the article recommends that you build relationships within the community as one of the very first things to do. Sound familiar?

You also get some guidance on one of the most frequently asked questions among new podcasters like the very popular “When do I start monetizing?”

Some of this article applies just to nonfiction podcasters, but I know many successful audio fiction podcasters who would, and have, given the same suggestions. This article will save you a lot of time. 

 https://www.thepodcasthost.com/monetisation/podcast-monetisation/

  • IF YOU WANNA WRITE/PRODUCE, YOU GOTTA LISTEN.

How To Listen To Audio Fiction.

This article from Monkeyman Productions covers everything from what audio fiction is to how to find podcasts that interest you. Monkeyman switched from producing theater to producing audio fiction last year. An interesting choice.

https://monkeymanproductions.com/2019/09/how-to-listen-to-audio-fiction/

  • IF YOU WANNA WRITE/PRODUCE, YOU GOTTA LISTEN, PART 2.

August 2019 Audio Drama/Fiction Podcast Debut Releases.

A compilation of all the new audio fiction podcasts that began in August. Oodles and gobs of goodness here; everything from science fiction to mystery to mockumentary to romance to fantasy. If you like genre fiction this is the place to go.

https://www.thecambridgegeek.com/posts/2019/09/20190901-a.php?utm_campaign=Fiction%20Podcast%20Weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Revue%20newsletter

  • PODCASTS HAVE THEIR VERY OWN MONTH.

September is International Podcast Month. IPM 2019 has its own webpage. Check it out. Internationalpodcastmonth.com.

https://www.internationalpodcastmonth.com/?utm_campaign=Fiction%20Podcast%20Weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Revue%20newsletter

  • NETWORKING, PEOPLE.

For those of you on the East Coast, PodTales: A Festival of Audio Drama and Fiction Podcasting will take place in Cambridge, MA, on October 20, 2019.

Many of the biggest names in audio fiction will be there and available for schmoozing. Admission is free, so if you’re in the area, no excuses.

https://podtales.org/

FOLEY? WHAT’S THAT?

The Other F Word: What is Foley in the 21st Century?

If you don’t know what foley is and what it can do for you, it’s time to learn. And you can do it here.

https://blog.prosoundeffects.com/the-other-f-word-what-is-foley-in-the-21st-century?utm_campaign=Fiction%20Podcast%20Weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Revue%20newsletter

A WEBSITE? I NEED A WEBSITE, TOO?

Helping Your Discoverability: It’s Time For A Website.

It’s all about discoverability, a word that a lot of people shout out, but few know the hows. These people know. The article tells you in a short, chatty form what you absolutely need to have on the website for your show.

https://podcastmovement.com/helping-your-discoverability-its-time-for-a-website/

  • FREQUENCY IS NOT A SETTING ON THE RADIO DIAL.

How Often Should I Release New Podcast Episodes?

This article gives a good background on a perennial question. Bottom line: consistency builds trust.

If you have to record and produce the entire season of your show before releasing the first episode to ensure a regular release schedule, do it. You won’t be the only one.

 https://www.thepodcasthost.com/planning/episode-frequency/

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


Music from https://filmmusic.io

“The Builder” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)

License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

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