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.
British Cult TV Show, Adam Adamant Lives!, Gets Big Finish Spot.
The purveyor of the finest audio Dr. Who series, Big Finish Productions, revives the Adam Adamant story line. Adam Adamant Lives! ran on British TV from 1966 to 1967 amassing 29 episodes in its two seasons. The titular hero, named for adamantine, another name for diamond, is an Edwardian spy and adventurer frozen in 1902 and revived in 1966. He picks up where he left off with two new sidekicks to help him navigate modern times. Adam is played by Blake Ritson, from Upstairs Downstairs, and his sidekicks are Milly Thomas (The Feed) as Georgina, and Guy Adams as his butler, William E. Sims. Available now.
- I TOLD YOU SO, PART 2.
Netflix Commissioned A Scripted Podcast Offshoot of Daybreak.
In November Netflix premiered a new audio fiction podcast exclusively on Spotify. The Only Podcast Left, a companion storyline to the Netflix series, Daybreak, follows four friends who decide that with the world ending, they might as well make a podcast. The podcast episodes take place between episodes of the TV show. One of Daybreak’s creators, Aron Eli Coliete, serves as the podcast’s executive producer and showrunner. Other writers include Carly Woodworth, Eugene Ramos, and Gabriel Ho. The podcast is now available wherever you get your podcasts.
- I TOLD YOU SO, PART 3.
Podcast Company, Meet Cute, Lands $3-Million in Venture Capital Funding.
Meet Cute, a podcast production company based in New York, has received $3-million from venture capital companies Advancit Capital and Union Square Ventures along with additional funding from individual investors in the entertainment and financial sectors. Meet Cute specializes in rom-com audio fiction shows. The company has already produced 21 shows, nine released in December and twelve in January. Meet Cute’s shows are available from all major podcast distributors.
- RESOURCES, PART 1.
Podcasting Has A Discoverability Problem. Here’s A Tool That Can Solve That.
In spite of the rather — um — hyperbolic title this article by Ren LaForme of the Poynter Institute highlights a tool that an increasing number of podcasters, both fiction and nonfiction, are using to good effect, Headliner. Headliner will take your audio-only file and convert it to an audiogram, a “video” file that can be uploaded to social media. Three major selling points for Headliner: 10 free videos per month, free transcription of your video, and automatic uploads to social media sites, including YouTube and Vimeo. I’ll be giving this a try soon.
- WE NEED MORE LISTENERS.
Advertising a Podcast, Part 2.
This second part of a three-part article on Podnews by the incredibly generous Sean Howard of Fable and Folly Productions, the creators of Alba Salix, Royal Physician and the improvised sci-fi dark comedy, Civilized, shows Sean’s work as he analyses the data to determine how much good paid ads do. With unexpected results.
- IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN.
Radio Drama Revival.
Radio Drama Revival has been running since 2007, the Jurassic Period as far as the Internet is concerned. An anthology show showcasing a different audio fiction podcast every week, they have over 450 hours of original, contemporary audio fiction. They host an episode of the highlighted show every week, followed the next week with an interview with the creators. If you want an overview of the depth and breadth of the modern audio fiction universe along with insights into how the series was created, this is the place to be. Highly recommended.
Until next week, same Pod-time, same Pod-channel, keep listening and keep creating.