ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 02/20/2020

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, 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.

https://bit.ly/2Gv31nE

https://www.bigfinish.com/

  • 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.

https://daybreak-netflix.fandom.com/wiki/The_Only_Podcast_Left

  • 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.

https://bit.ly/2RUkJrr

  • 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.

https://bit.ly/2NUs7jT

https://www.headliner.app/

  • 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.

https://bit.ly/2HjHEpP

  • 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.

https://www.radiodramarevival.com/


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

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 02/13/2020

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.

Mick Jagger’s Rainy Day Podcasts, Warner Bros. Digital Networks Sign First-Look Deal.

Mick Jagger formed a podcast production company. Variety says: “Warner Bros. Digital Networks has signed a first-look deal with Rainy Day Podcasts, a new company from Jagged Films partners Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman, producer Steve Bing and writer Josh Olson, with the aim of producing a number of original narrative podcasts.” According to the deal Rainy Day Podcasts will develop seven podcast series based on original IP (there’s that phrase again) for both scripted and unscripted podcasts. Jagger’s company has already signed deals with Allison Anders (Grace of My Heart), screenwriter John Brancato (Terminator 3), and writer-producer Zack Stentz (Thor).

https://bit.ly/3aHS4wO

  • RESOURCES, PART 1.

5 Things I Learned Last Year to Survive as a Podcaster in 2020.

This article by Amanda McLoughlin, CEO of Multitude, an independent podcast collective and production company, enumerates five important points for podcasters and emphasizes the importance of doing as many things as you can yourself. “Having to do it all yourself is a competitive advantage. Whether you’re shooting for a job in podcasting, hoping to sell or scale your business, or just want some respect from bigger players in the industry, have faith that what you know is valuable. . . . Control your own destiny.” Like most how-to articles for podcasters this is written for the unscripted niche but applies equally well to fiction.

https://medium.com/@multitude/5-lessons-from-2019-f8adde414fb5

  • RESOURCES, PART 2.

Speaking of DIY.

If you are not listening to the Audio Drama Hub podcast, you should. What you want to know about podcasting gets talked about there sooner or later. If you want to know what it’s like to write and produce a podcast, listen to the episodes by Nerys Howel, creator, writer, and producer of the fiction show, Seren. She’s a first-time podcaster doing everything herself including starring in her own show. She’s posting an audio diary of her journey on Audio Drama Hub, episodes 5, 9,10, and 11, so far. Check it out.

https://audiodramahub.podbean.com/

https://serenpodcast.carrd.co/

  • WE NEED MORE LISTENERS.

Advertising a Podcast, Part 1.

This initial offering 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, constitutes the most detailed and practical guide to discoverability (Sean calls it advertising) I’ve yet seen in one place — well, three places, but you know what I mean. Valuable beyond price.

https://bit.ly/2ugHH2D 

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN.

Among the Stars and Bones.

A sci-fi audio drama about xenoarchaeologists investigating ruins left behind by an alien species dubbed The Proximans, this series is created, written and produced by Chris Magilton. In the first season the team finds themselves on Tefen, a toxic planet with secrets below its surface. There they discover an ancient terraforming device, a colony city over two miles deep in the ground, and hundreds of dead Proximans. How and why did the city become a tomb? The team races to find the answer before they join the original inhabitants. Writing, acting, production, and sound design are first-rate. Be sure to listen with headphones or earbuds.

http://www.amongthestarsandbones.com/


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


EDITOR’S NOTE: Bob Tinsley is too modest to tell you, but this week his Audio Fiction series Escape was the second place Winner in the Drama/Action category of TVWriter™’s People’s Pilot 2019 Competition.

Another Bob Tinsley entry, JB Hickok’s Weird West, was second Runner-Up in the same category, as well as Winner of the contest’s Bonus Award for Best Audio Series Pilot.

In other words, Mr. Tinsley has proved that he knows stuff, and he is here at TVWriter™ every week, freely sharing his knowledge with all of us.

Go ahead, BT…take a bow!

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 02/06/2020

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, PART 1.

Podcast, The Adventure Zone, Gets Development Deal From Peacock.

Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy from My Brother, My Brother and Me have recruited their dad, Clint for a campaign of high adventure in The Adventure Zone, an RPG show that “follows an unlikely, poorly equipped trio and their beleaguered Dungeon Master as they reluctantly embark on a quest to save their world.” The show is currently in development at Peacock with Writer/executive producer: Adam Higgs (Orphan Black).

https://bit.ly/2RqkXVI

  • I TOLD YOU SO, PART 2.

Netflix Hit, The Kissing Booth, Gets Audio Show.

Netflix and Spotify have announced that the movie, The Kissing Booth, will get a prequel audio show called Kissing Booth – Elle’s Diary. The audio will be written by Vince Marcello, and Beth Reekles who wrote the novel. Komixx Productions will produce and the film cast, Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi, and Joey King, will star. No release date has been announced.

https://bit.ly/2v1WONv

  • I TOLD YOU SO, PART 3.

Cole Sprouse Enters the Podcasting Boom With New Fiction Podcast Borrasca.

Vulture announced that Riverdale star, Cole Sprouse, will star in and produce a new audio fiction show called, Borrasca, written and created by Rebecca Klingel, a writer on The Haunting of Hill House. QCode, the company behind other star-led audio fiction shows like Blackout (with Rami Malek), Gaslight (with Chloë Grace Moretz), and Carrier (with Cynthia Erivo) will produce. A release date has not yet been announced.

https://bit.ly/2v8Pek9

  • WHY YOU NEED A PODCAST.

Tae Haarh (@taehaahr) probably wrote this Medium article for the butchers, bakers, and candlestick makers out there, but that doesn’t mean the advice doesn’t apply to audio fiction shows just as well. In fact, all of these things have been mentioned by Our Fearless Leader, LB, more than a few times. Pay particular attention to #2: “. . . most of your peers don’t have a podcast. So simply by having one, you separate yourself from the rest.”

https://bit.ly/2NV5f3I

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN.

Cryptic.

Produced and directed by Jeremiah Isley and written by Adam Hoffman this show follows the brother-sister team of cryptid hunters, Cole and Julie Kurtz, as they investigate sightings in their home state of Ohio for their podcast. I must admit a weakness for monster horror, nonetheless this show has impressed me with its characterization and sound design. Speaking of sound design, listen with earbuds or headphones to get the full and impressive experience. Pay particular attention to Episode 5, the creepiest and best sounding one I’ve yet listened to. The interplay between Cole, Julie, and Chuck leaves plenty of opportunity for unforced humor, something that sets this series apart from others in this genre. Listen and enjoy.

https://www.crypticpodcast.com/


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

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 01/30/2020

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.

Is the musical theater podcast the new concept album?

This article by Maureen Lee Lenker in Entertainment Weekly talks about the burgeoning number of musical podcasts. From 36 Questions, starring Jonathan Groff and Jessie Shelton, and billed as “the world’s first podcast musical,” to the upcoming In Strange Woods by co-creators Brett Ryback, Matt Sav, and Jeff Luppino-Esposito, more and more musicals are being developed specifically for the podcast form. There is so much good information in this article, consider it required reading.

https://ew.com/theater/2020/01/15/musical-theater-podcasts/

  • RESOURCES, PART 1.

An Interview with Hug House Productions.

I’ve mentioned Wil Williams before (and probably will again). She and their partners, Anne C. Baird, and Katie Youmans, form the Hug House Productions collective, producers of Scoring Magic, an audio documentary on podcast production, Valence, an audio fiction show, and Hexadec, a new fictional anthology show. This interview at The Fantasy Inn with the three partners showcases their insights on their journey from normal people to podcast showrunners. It’s long, but worth the read.

https://thefantasyinn.com/2020/01/13/interviewing-hug-house-productions/

https://hughouse.productions/

  • RESOURCES, PART 2.

Podcast Events In 2020 | A Handy Guide.

The number of podcasting specific events is growing every year. These events are a great resource to both experienced and newbie podcasters whether they’re doing nonfiction or fiction shows. They provide opportunities not only for continuing education but also for networking, and LB, our Fearless Leader, is always harping — umm — emphasizing the importance of making connections within the community. The Podcast Host is collecting a list of all the podcasting events in 2020. Bookmark this site.

https://bit.ly/37YoKA9

  • WE NEED MORE LISTENERS.

Podcast Groups Aren’t Just About Podcasts.

Taylor Lorenz, writer for the NYT no less, explores the role of FaceBook groups in creating a community that connects podcasters to their fans, something every podcaster who wants to increase the number of listeners should be doing. She says, “podcast groups remain an incredibly effective way to keep existing fans engaged, bring new listeners into the fold and even forge friendships.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/15/style/podcast-facebook-groups.html

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN.

Here Be Dragons.

Here Be Dragons is a twice-a-month radio drama podcast series, following the story of four women and a submarine, the USS Rusalka. When technologies fail, monsters abound, and new friendships are pushed to their limits, these ladies find that they just might be in over their heads. The prolific Jordan Cobb, showrunner, writer, and actor, created a real winner here. Writing, acting, and sound design are all top-notch. What really sucked me in was Cheney Morgan’s first episode portrayal of Killian Rhys, the mover and shaker behind the mission of the Rusalka. All the performances are stellar, as are the writing and production values. Highly recommended.

https://www.herebedragonsradio.com/


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

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 01/23/2020

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/)


  • OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS.

Seeking: Audio Drama Scripts.

If you would like to dip your toe into the audio fiction scene without taking on the whole magilla of recording and production, this might be the ticket for you. Hawk and Cleaver is looking for audio fiction scripts in the horror, thriller, and/or sci-fi genre in the 10- to 15-minute range for a new project. Deadline is February 25th.

https://bit.ly/37YcVKm

  • RESOURCES, PART 1.

Podcast Revolution: The Rise And Rise Of Audio Storytelling.

This article by Richard Brooks gives a brief overview of the history of audio fiction shows. Every show he mentions is worth a listen to hear how to do audio right. The best takeaway from this is his list of the most influential audio dramas over the past 50 years, as voted on by radio and podcast drama producers. There is real gold here.

http://theconversation.com/podcast-revolution-the-rise-and-rise-of-audio-storytelling-128356

  • RESOURCES, PART 2.

The Road to Quitting Our Day Jobs with Patreon.

Sean Howard of Fable and Folly Productions has made just about every mistake it’s possible to make on Patreon. As a result, you really need to follow him (@passitalong on Twitter) and listen to what he has to say. The first link is to a PDF slideshow about his journey as a Patreon user. Whatever you can’t find there you can find on the second link to Fable and Folly’s resource page. Particularly fascinating are the links to his ELEVEN PART Medium series about his Patreon growth experiment.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1f6VR4EylqkcFFleuwaHDnCpzr3PsXusC/view

https://fableandfolly.productions/resources/

  • WE NEED MORE LISTENERS.

5-Step Social Media Blueprint To Grow Your Audience.

This article by Traci Long DeForge lays out five ways to increase your effectiveness on social media. One of the things she recommends is the use of Audiograms, something that is turning up increasingly often in advice posts. An audiogram is a “video” that shows a static graphic while your show plays. In addition to the method for production she mentions, you can also create one using Windows Photos.

https://podcastbusinessjournal.com/5-step-social-media-blueprint-to-grow-your-audience/

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN, PART 1.

Jarnsaxa Rising.

Lindsay Harris Friel wrote and produced this show about what might happen when Norse gods manifest in the present. Sound engineering and music were done by Vincent Friel. Just above the 60th parallel in the Baltic Ocean, a team of researchers arrives at an abandoned wind farm, to investigate some unexplained energy surges. They discover that the wind farm has become sentient. And hungry. Filled with cliffhangers and action, the two seasons of this show are imminently bingeable.

https://jarnsaxarising.com/

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN, PART 2.

2019 Audio Verse Award Winners.

The annual Audio Verse Awards are the Academy Awards of the audio world. Shows are nominated and voted on by the audio fiction community. There are three main divisions: improvised production, basically live game-play; spoken word production, one narrator; and audio play production. From the website: “2019 marked a change in how Fiction has been recognized in Apple Podcasts, though early iPod adopters know Audio Fiction to have been there since the early days. The titans of modern audio drama have shown themselves capable of not only using audio to create new stories that have emotional impact, but even inspire their listeners to tell their own stories. Not only are more people listening to stories in audio, today’s listeners are becoming tomorrow’s creators.”

https://audioverseawards.net/2019-winners/

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