ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS, AUDIO EDITION – 10/17/19

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.


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.

In an earlier edition we mentioned that the fiction podcast, Limetown, had been adapted into a “TV” series to be shown on Facebook Watch. The first episode premiered yesterday. As I am writing this a week beforehand I haven’t yet seen it, but from watching the trailer I will be. You should, too.

https://www.facebook.com/limetownstories/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARB0ZLguFFz8hI9gXOhHeQCIkSU6aMwKfyVbznOFqxcJl_rkzHO4ZKedTPch03TzQw6yzKK_jVl8OMwC

  • LISTENERS, WE NEED MORE LISTENERS.

    Radio Ambulante’s Audience Is Worldwide. Listening Clubs Help Bring Them Together.

    Local listening parties or clubs are apparently on the rise for some shows. This is a fascinating article about another way to increase your audience. The article covers a nonfiction example, but there’s no reason this can’t be adapted for fiction podcasts. Did you know that Generation Listen even exists? I didn’t. It will take some organizing, but NPR has a free kit for organizing listening parties.

    https.//www.niemanlab. org

    https://generationlisten.npr.org/

 LISTENERS, WE NEED MORE LISTENERS, PART 2.

Audio fiction podcasts go international.

This article in Japan Today covers Hollywood’s fascination with audio fiction as a source of stories. It also mentions the fact that the big players in podcast networks are expanding beyond the US and the English-speaking world with English language podcasts. The big attraction, fiction podcasts aren’t crippled with the territorial rights associated with television and film.

https://japantoday.com/category/entertainment/podcasts-pique-hollywood%27s-interest-with-fiction-series

Sound Design.

In this podcast from Fantastic Noise host Terry Lee interviews sound designer Sarah Myles about her role in making sound the best part of your podcast. You may not want to be a sound designer, but you do want to learn what role they play in your production.

https://fantasticnoise.podbean.com/e/sound-design-with-podcast-producer-sarah-myles/

  • RESOURCES, PART 2.

Podcast Your Way to Hollywood: How Content Creators Can Find Success

Interviewed in this article, Travis Vengroff, one of the most successful audio fiction podcasters working today, gives an A-to-Z blueprint on how to produce and monetize a podcast. This year he and his wife and partner in Fool and Scholar Productions, Kaitlin Statz, began making enough money from their Patreon account to become full-time podcasters. It’s not easy, and it takes time, but you can, too.

.https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/podcast-your-way-hollywood-how-content-creators-can-find-jeff-rivera/?fbclid=IwAR3mvwP1SWswWcwn15hVYnniVRiUVxyQPzwpZysWyrz7Pd6rwstESUbnyrE

  • IF YOU WANNA WRITE, YOU GOTTA LISTEN.

Dart is a fiction podcast about a traumatized food delivery driver trying to find normalcy.

From the website: “But when a fellow driver turns up dead and a sticky darkness starts to seep into Boston, Jenny might be reluctantly pulled back into the world she left behind.” Each episode is three to five minutes long. Amanda McColgan wrote, produced, and performed the role of Jenny.

https://enfieldarts.com/dart-an-audio-drama/?utm_campaign=Fiction%20Podcast%20Weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Revue%20newsletter

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

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

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.


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.

Law And Order: SVU Has A Podcast.

The show celebrates the TV program’s 21 years of innovative storytelling with interviews with the cast and crew.  The really interesting part? They promise that they’ll be putting out “radio-style episodes.” I’m excited! 

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-law-order-svu-podcast/id1480917617

  • STRUCTURE

Stepping Through the Narrative Door: An Essay on Contemporary Audio Fiction.

Ella Watts, Executive Producer of the podcast, The Orphans, turns out one of the best examinations of the structure of successful audio fiction that I have yet read. Last year about this same time she wrote a more general analysis of audio fiction. Both are must reads. By the way, visit The Orphans website for an outstanding example of how to do it right.

https://www.internationalpodcastmonth.com/blog/stepping-through-the-narrative-door-an-essay-on-contemporary-audio-fiction?fbclid=IwAR3RaPWOrl6s_uAJ3iFC2VS5dRjBQVTgAwfpP0QvAm9LDZTQevhu4Ci_90Y&utm_campaign=Fiction%20Podcast%20Weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Revue%20newsletter

https://www.internationalpodcastmonth.com/blog/the-art-of-the-invisible-wall

https://www.orphanspod.com/

  • LISTENERS, WE NEED MORE LISTENERS.

Podcast Promotion: 8 Ways to Grow Your Audience.

This article provides the deepest dive into podcast promotion that your humble correspondent has seen yet. Don’t let the constant reference to nonfiction throw you. These points apply just as well to fiction. You want to gain listeners who aren’t currently podcast consumers? Instead of saying “subscribe to my podcast,” say “listen to my show.” All of the links in this article are well worth clicking.

https://comealivecreative.com/podcast-promotion/

  • LISTENERS, WE NEED MORE LISTENERS, PART 2.

You Must Be Everywhere – Offline Too!

Despite the rather hyperbolic title, this article contains some good advice, Number Two being the most important of the seven ideas. You don’t need thousands of downloads to give a presentation at libraries, churches, senior citizen centers, just a recording of your show and talk about the process. You WILL have anecdotes to share.

https://podcastbusinessjournal.com/you-must-be-everywhere-offline-too/

  • IF YOU WANNA WRITE, YOU GOTTA LISTEN.

Cryptids: A Science Fiction/Horror Podcast

Releasing weekly episodes from September 29 through October. From the Google Podcasts listing: “Cryptids tells the story of a conspiracy radio show host and an avid listener who go in search of an afterlife. Instead they find a truth beyond their wildest nightmares. In this female driven, scripted, sci-fi audio drama, you’ll meet monsters, aliens… and the ultimate grim reaper.”

Worth a listen.

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9jcnlwdGlkc3BvZGNhc3QucG9kYmVhbi5jb20vZmVlZC54bWw=

  • OPPORTUNITY.

Forever Dog Unveils New Slate.

Forever Dog, an alternative comedy podcasting network, announced its new season with six shows including two all-new scripted comedies and four returning shows.This will make scripted content half of their total new season. If they added two new scripted shows this year, it’s time to start pitching for next year.

https://podcastbusinessjournal.com/forever-dog-unveils-new-slate/

  • RESOURCES.

Visit the BBC Writer’s Room.

The number of resources here are mind-boggling, not the least of which is a script library where you can download scripts from the BBC’s most popular radio and TV series. The Writer’s Room deserves a permanent place in your browser tabs.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/

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