ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 06/11/2020

by Bob Tinsley

Why should you as a visitor to TVWriter™ be interested in creating audio fiction? Why should you be interested in making podcasts? Discoverability, that’s why.

Here’s the latest news to help you and your show get discovered: 


  • I TOLD YOU SO.

New iHeart Podcast Thriller Light House Provides Comfortable Chills.

Forbes Magazine keeps covering fiction podcasts. Light House, a new release from Bamfer Productions and iHeartRadio continues the ancient tradition of haunted house stories in audio format. Written and directed by Jeff Heimbuch, who also created the comedy/horror series Return Home which has been running since 2016, Light House debuted at #1 on the fiction podcast charts for Apple. It stars Aly Trasher from Hornet, The Source, and Cerebrum. If you can get Forbes to cover your podcast, I think you’re well on your way.

https://bit.ly/2LWE6w8

  • RESOURCES, PART 1.

How to Make a Fiction Podcast: The Ultimate Guide.

Matthew McLean, one of the creators of A Scottish Podcast, takes you on a guided tour of the process of making an audio fiction podcast. He covers everything from story format, writing, finding and rewarding talent, to launching, growing, and monetizing. Each section is easy to read and relatively short. Links out to further illustrate or expand on his points are liberally distributed through the document. Appropriate for everyone from those just thinking about starting a podcast to those already in the weeds.

https://bit.ly/2XlJSg5

  • RESOURCES, PART 2.

What Does 44100Hz Mean? Podcast Sample Rates.

Now that you’re getting into the detail of podcast production, you need to know about sample rates. You don’t need to know much, and this article by the aforementioned Matthew McLean will inform you without hurting your head. A quick and informative read.

https://bit.ly/2XCuADV

  • RESOURCES, PART 3.

Archers Actors Record At Home During The Coronavirus Pandemic.

Since January 1, 1951, five 15-minute episodes (since 1998, six 12½-minute episodes) of the soap opera, The Archers, have been transmitted each week, at first on the BBC Light Programme and subsequently on the BBC Home Service (now Radio 4). It has been available as a podcast since 2007. Since the advent of COVID-19 and the subsequent shelter-in-place orders, there was no way to continue recording. Until now. Archers actors are now recording from their homes using the setups shown in this photo essay. If you want to record and don’t have a studio available, these setups work just fine.

https://bbc.in/2yI6XkL

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN.

Return Home.

From the website: “Return Home is the story of Jonathan Barker, who returns to his home of Melancholy Falls, NJ, after five years away. An unknown entity beckons him back East, in order to unravel the mystery of what his home town has become…or has always been. Reunited with his best friends, Buddy and Ami, Jonathan must discover the secrets of Melancholy Falls, and why he was told to return home.”

The sound design is spare, but first-rate, not intrusive or overwhelming. The music, by Kori Celeste, punctuates and supports the story-telling without getting in the way. Cliff hangers abound making you keep clicking on that next episode.

Heimbuch has also leveraged his IP into a book of short stories available on Amazon, so there’s another lesson for you.

http://www.returnhomepodcast.com/

https://amzn.to/3bTMPJW


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

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 06/04/2020

by Bob Tinsley

Why should you as a visitor to TVWriter™ be interested in creating audio fiction? Why should you be interested in making podcasts? Discoverability, that’s why.

Here’s the latest news to help you and your show get discovered: 


  • I TOLD YOU SO.

Film Graduates Pivot With Podcast For Amazon.

Griffith Film School (Australia) alumni have written, produced and directed a new scripted podcast for Amazon’s Audible platform. Beyond Strange Lands features an all-star cast which includes Peter Phelps and Sacha Horler. The podcast was originally designed as a proof of concept for a TV sci-fi adventure series, as part of a Screen Queensland initiative. 

Simon Taylor, co-writer of Beyond Strange Lands along with David Peterson, said, “I think filmmakers need to be able to be agile, and find the best way to tell their story. I hope this project inspires our students at GFS to try their hand at scripted podcasts – it is the perfect vehicle for young scriptwriters.”

https://news.griffith.edu.au/2020/04/23/film-graduates-pivot-with-podcast-for-amazon/

  • RESOURCES, PART 1.

Vortex – The Big Finish Magazine.

Vortex is the free, in-house magazine of Big Finish, one of the largest audio production houses in the world, and the ONLY licensed outlet for full-cast Dr. Who audio fiction. The magazine, downloadable for free as a PDF file, is an audio (and Dr. Who) fan’s treasure trove of behind-the-scenes information. The latest issue, #135, has an article on how they’ve switched from studio recording to remote recording. This is something every budding podcast creator needs to know.

https://www.bigfinish.com/vortex

  • RESOURCES, PART 2.

The HEAR Now Festival is Online This Year.

The HEAR Now Festival, June 11-14, 2020, exposes its audiences to recent developments in audio preservation by showcasing newly restored and archived award-winning audio dramas. 

One of the best audio fiction festivals in the country went online this year, and you can attend all the presentations remotely for free, excepting the two workshops which will cost $195 each. Sign up on the schedule page and pick the presentations you want to attend. You’ll get notifications when they start.

https://www.hearnowfestival.org/schedule.html

  • RESOURCES, PART 3.

Greater Boston: Live Virtual Mini-episode: “The Council of Evil.”

Greater Boston is a bi-monthly full-cast audio drama set in the Boston metro area, blending the real and the unreal, the historical and the fantastical. Through EventBrite they are planning a free virtual live Greater Boston mini-episode recording, “The Council of Evil.” Sign up at the link below to witness the goodness. And it’s free!

https://bit.ly/2M1mJKD

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN.

King Falls AM.

King Falls AM centers on a lonely little mountain town’s late-night AM talk radio show and its paranormal, peculiar happenings and inhabitants. This show follows the format of Welcome to Night Vale though, I think, more — coherent? Maybe? Is that the word I want? Whatever, I like it. I particularly like the interplay between Sammy, the on-air host and his producer, Ben, though I can’t leave out Deputy Troy, either. With 100 episodes in the can, I think they have it figured out. Listen and enjoy. 

http://www.kingfallsam.com/


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

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 05/28/2020

by Bob Tinsley

Why should you as a visitor to TVWriter™ be interested in creating audio fiction? Why should you be interested in making podcasts? Discoverability, that’s why.

Here’s the latest news to help you and your show 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, PART 1.

Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg to Adapt Bubble Podcast Into an R-Rated Animated Film.

From Indiewire: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s work on 2016’s hit Sausage Party resulted in one of Hollywood’s highest-grossing adult-targeted animated films. Now, the duo is teaming up to adapt the Bubble podcast into an age-appropriate animated movie with Sony Pictures Animation. Jordan Morris, who created the “Bubble” podcast, serves as co-executive producer and will also write the script.

https://www.indiewire.com/2020/05/seth-rogen-evan-goldberg-bubble-podcast-animated-film-1202228886/

  • I TOLD YOU SO, PART 2.

Peaky Blinders And Game Of Thrones Stars Lead Audible’s Gritty Reboot Of King Arthur Mythology.

From the article: “The leading streaming spoken word entertainment provider has announced its latest full cast drama will be Albion: The Legend of Arthur, a dark reboot that challenges perceptions of the iconic story.

Stella‘s Gruffudd Glyn and The Current War‘s Craig Roberts lead the series as King Arthur and his trusted companion Owein Of Reghad as they battle warlords, witchcraft and a betrayal that will test their brotherly bond.”

The production is written and directed by Audible’s Little Women veteran Robert Valentine.

Albion: The Legend of Arthur is available now on Audible.

https://www.digitalspy.com/tv/a32269569/audible-albion-arthur-series-peaky-blinders-star/

  • RESOURCES, PART 1.

April 2020 Audio Drama, Fiction and RPG Podcast Debut Releases.

The Cambridge Geek strikes again! A new list of 126 (if I counted correctly) brand, spanking new audio fiction podcasts. There’s a podcast listed here for every taste, so dive in and sample.

https://bit.ly/2WhCy5P

  • RESOURCES, PART 2.

Podcast Sponsorships That Delight And Garner Top Dollar CPM.

Thinking about advertising in podcasts in general results in anxiety, indecision, derision, and blood feuds. The ads are usually intrusive, throwing you out of the story, awkward, and just plain bad. For fiction podcasts in particular that kind of advertising is so repulsive as to make most creators run the other direction. The ubiquitous Sean Howard of Fable and Folly (now Network) thinks there’s a better way. He asked Evan Gulock and Niko Gerentes from the podcast, Death by Dying, to put together a spec ad that would fit, if not seamlessly, then, smoothly into the format of their show. Read the article and listen to the ad.

https://medium.com/@passitalong/podcast-sponsorships-that-delight-and-garner-top-dollar-cpm-b214d3d0206

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN.

Alba Salix, Royal Physician.

From Eli McIlveen and Sean Howard of Fable and Folly Productions (now Network) comes a terrific epic fantasy/comedy. Farloria’s Royal Physician has her work cut out for her. Fortunately, help is on the way. Unfortunately, that help is from Magnus, a troublesome young ex-monk and aspiring surgeon, and Holly, an accident-prone fairy herbalist. The production values are, well, professional. I’m especially fond of the interactions between Alba and the perennially up-beat Holly. Listen and laugh. 

https://albasalix.com/alba-salix/


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

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 05/21/2020

by Bob Tinsley

Why should you as a visitor to TVWriter™ be interested in creating audio fiction? Why should you be interested in making podcasts? Discoverability, that’s why.

Here’s the latest news to help you and your show 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.

Welcome to Islabrea, a New Encounter Party! Adventure.

Encounter Party! and Play+1 have partnered with the studio Zombie Orpheus Entertainment to develop our podcast into a web series to be broadcast on The Fantasy Network! This production will be a tightly edited gaming adventure with professional scoring . . . and refines each episode to about 50-70 minutes of high energy storytelling and expert gameplay. Audibly it will sound exactly the same with all the added elements you might enjoy from a livestream; adapted and crafted by a professional film studio.

The Fantasy Network is a “mostly free” streaming platform for web series and short films. Some of their shows are free to watch, but they also have a premium option for $4.99 per month. From what I’ve seen (very little), their productions are high quality.

https://encounterparty.com/islabrea

  • OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS, PART 1.

Less is Morgue Seeks New Scripts.

Less is Morgue, a queer horror-comedy podcast, is looking for new writers. From the website: “We’re big believers in the virtues of episodic, cartoon-style comedy storytelling in the vein of The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Gravity Falls, and the classic era of The Simpsons.”

They have “several” seasons planned out, each season consisting of 31 episodes, so they are opening submissions for freelance scripts. All requirements for submission are listed in the linked Google Doc. And, oh, yeah, they’re paying $50 per script! 

It all begins with a pitch, so get in there!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/18LAaSBpfECQZYYQMUXa55uqmYW1jq1NsKzIWpnirZC8/edit

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS, PART 2.

Write A Doctor Who Short Trip Story!

From the website: “Big Finish today opens its annual Short Trips writing opportunity, seeking new writers to create a Doctor Who short story to be released as an audiobook at Christmas 2020.” Guidelines for submission are available at the link below. Deadline is June 30, 2020. The terms and conditions don’t specify a cash prize, but they don’t say that there isn’t one, either. In any case, Big Finish tends to reuse writers they like. With pay!

https://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/write-a-doctor-who-short-trip-story

  • RESOURCES.

QR Codes – A Great Way To Promote & Share Your Podcast.

One of the most difficult parts of promoting and sharing a podcast is finding a quick, simple, painless way to directly connect a new listener, particularly those who may not know how to find and listen to podcasts. In this article, the prolific Lindsay Harris Friel points out that QR codes may be the secret sauce. She gives a brief but clear overview of what they are and how to use them. A great idea!

https://www.thepodcasthost.com/promotion/qr-codes/

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN.

Arden.

On December 25th, 2007, movie star and heiress Julie Capsom crashed her car into a tree in Northern California, walked into a nearby clearing, and vanished, leaving behind a male torso in her trunk. 10 years later, reporter Bea Casely and private detective Brenda Bentley are going to reopen the case. Created, Written, and Produced by Emily VanDerWerff, Christopher Dole, and Sara Ghaleb, the series is a behind the scenes docudrama of the investigation. The production is pleasingly professional, and the bickering between Bea and Brenda adds a dimension not usually found in this format. Well worth a listen.

https://www.ardenpodcast.com/


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

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 05/14/2020

by Bob Tinsley

Why should you as a visitor to TVWriter™ be interested in creating audio fiction? Why should you be interested in making podcasts? Discoverability, that’s why.

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, PART 1.

Subsurface Circular Creator Releases New Audio Drama, North Star Rising.

One thing you can say about video game companies, they’ve got this leveraged IP thing down pat. Mike Bithell, the creator of the video games Subsurface Circular and Quarantine Circular recently dropped the first of six episodes in a new sci-fi audio drama series called North Star Rising. In this story two people from the year 2020 find themselves transported from their humdrum daily activities to a far from humdrum starship. The series is very Douglas Adams, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Now, which of you will get your series made into a video game?

https://www.gamespace.com/all-articles/subsurface-circular-creator-releases-new-audio-drama-north-star-rising/

https://www.northstarcrew.com/

  • I TOLD YOU SO, PART 2.

Amazon, Thompson Play The Left Right Game.

From Deadline: “In a seven-figure deal, Amazon Studios has beaten out more than ten film and TV offers to win screen rights to QCode mystery-sci-fi podcast, The Left Right Game. Producers will include Creed and Westworld star Tessa Thompson, who led the voice cast on the podcast.”

Jack Anderson who wrote the ten-episode podcast will serve as Executive Producer and adapt the script for TV. “The series follows a young journalist, played by Thompson, trying to make a name for herself by following a group of paranormal explorers, obsessed with a seemingly harmless pastime known as the Left/Right Game.” As it turns out, the Left/Right Game is far from harmless.

https://deadline.com/2020/04/amazon-wins-screen-rights-podcast-left-right-game-tessa-thompson-producing-1202907966/

https://www.qcodemedia.com/theleftrightgame

  • RESOURCES, PART 1.

The Program Results: How I Used Hacker News To Launch A Fictional Podcast Series.

The Program audio series is a fictional podcast I (Ivan Mirko S.) write, direct, edit, and produce that premiered on Hacker News, followed by official launch in November 2019. Since then, it was listened to 55,000 times, Apple Podcasts featured the show in the UK, Canada, and Australia, and it’s been broadcast on CBC radio. This candid analysis I penned for readers of Hacker News contains the story, the numbers, and advice which can hopefully help others contemplating launching a podcast . . .”

This article presents another of the myriad ways you can get your podcast out there. One of the most important parts: networking. Where have you heard that before?

https://bit.ly/2xaTt0c

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN.

Believer.

Believer is a horror fiction audio drama about ghosts, cryptids, demons, cosmic entities, and the (maybe) fake psychic who doesn’t believe they exist. There is a disappearance that no one, not even the people closest to the victim seem to want investigated, and . . . something else. Julie Saunders, writer, director, and almost everything else including the main character, Lara Campbell, has done a bang-up job with the podcast. The writing and acting are first rate as is the music by composer Aaron Ferenc. The sound design is immersive, and the music slots in seamlessly. Listen!

https://believerpodcast.com/


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