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.

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 05/07/2020

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.

Freediver: Triton Down’s Story Continues In Podcast Series.

Disaster at sea: a massive research vessel lost to a rogue wave. The sinking did not make the news, and the families of her crew were left without answers. Follow one young woman on her journey to unravel the dangerous mysteries surrounding the Triton incident, even if the truth may reopen old wounds.

Based on the video game, Freediver from Archiact, The Triton Incident, written by Peter Boychuk, follows an alternative storyline from the game. The podcast stars Tara Pratt, Sebastien Archibald, and Mayumi Yoshida. 

This podcast exemplifies leveraging intellectual property. “Additional content for games usually comes in the form of a short story or an animated movie; as far as we know, we’re the only company to ever produce a full fictional podcast,” said Archiact. 

In this case the podcast came from the game. There’s no reason in the world why your podcast couldn’t spawn a video game. Look for the openings.

https://uploadvr.com/freediver-podcast-series-sequel-game/

https://rss.com/podcasts/thetritonincident/

  • RESOURCES, PART 1.

Sound Design: Jonathan Mitchell.

This article by Jonathan Mitchell, writer, director, and producer of the fiction anthology podcast, The Truth, shows what goes into creating the sounds for an audio fiction episode, and the differences between literal and abstract sound design. 

Mitchell says: “I think everyone involved in audio production should think of him or herself as a sound designer. Good sound design is not decorative, and it’s not afterthought; it exists as an integral element of your story, and is embedded in every decision you make.”

https://transom.org/2018/sound-design-jonathan-mitchell/

  • RESOURCES, PART 2.

Sound Design: Mark Henry Phillips.

A more general take on the job of a sound designer by Mark Henry Phillips, who worked on Homecoming, Serial, Radiolab and more, says ” It’s an interesting job: you work hard to layer sound atop sound and if you get it just right, all those layers become invisible. The listener thinks, ‘That’s just what it sounded like’–if they think about the sound at all. The majority of the work is about being unnoticed.”

Keep in mind that he’s speaking from a background where physical assets such as a professional studio filled with top quality hardware and software are not an issue. That’s not necessarily true for an indie fiction podcaster. Nonetheless, this article has a lot of info you need to know.

https://transom.org/2018/sound-design-mark-henry-phillips/

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN.

Unwell, a Midwestern Gothic Mystery.

Lillian Harper moves to the small town of Mt. Absalom, Ohio, to care for her estranged mother Dorothy after an injury. Living in the town’s boarding house which has been run by her family for generations, she discovers conspiracies, ghosts, and a new family in the house’s strange assortment of residents.

A studio-based production that utilizes a Writer’s Room, Unwell is well into its second season. Story Director, Jim McDoniel, and Staff Writers, Jessica Best, Jessica Wright Buha, and Bilal Dardai do a nice job of handling the complex relationships between the characters and weaving together the supernatural and everyday small-town weirdness. The sound design is spare but well-done. 

https://www.unwellpodcast.com/


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

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 04/30/2020

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, PART 1.

Playwrights Horizons Debuts New Fiction Podcast With Works by Heather Christian, Robert O’Hara, and More.

Playwrights Horizons has launched Soundstage, a new scripted fiction podcast from the Off-Broadway theatre that was originally scheduled to be released later this year. Due to the pandemic, and the number of people now at home, Playwrights released the first episode, penned by Obie winner Heather Christian, April 9.

Soundstage features new works by playwrights and composers penned specifically for the audio medium. The launch episode, Christian’s PRIME: A Practical Breviary, is a 10-song cycle inspired by cloistered monks’ breviary masses. 

Commissioned playwrights creating work for future seasons include Kirsten Childs, Milo Cramer, Jeremy O. Harris, Lucas Hnath, Carlos Murillo, Jenny Schwartz, and Kate Tarker.

https://bit.ly/3a5z3Di

  • I TOLD YOU SO, PART 2.

New Audio Drama From Jesse Eisenberg To Be Released As Audible Original.

Actor Jesse Eisenberg has written and performed a new six-hour original audio drama for Audible. When You Finish Saving The World, in which interconnected monologues tell three members of one family’s story. The production co-stars Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things and will debut later this year as an Audible Original exclusive.

https://bit.ly/2JXr9AZ

  • RESOURCES.

A Look At the Heavy Lifting Behind The Truth’s ‘The Body Genius’.

This article by Mariel Cariker explores the process behind the creation of the mini-series, The Body Genius, on the anthology fiction podcast, The Truth. In interviews with both Jonathan Mitchell, creator of The Truth, and Hunter Nelson, writer of The Body Genius and a former writer for The Onion, the article covers everything from the initial pitch (yes, podcasters sometimes need to pitch, too) to writing, recording, and sound design. 

From the article: “Because the scene is still relatively new, every artist who brings a crazy or personal or ambitious project they couldn’t get made elsewhere to the world of audio fiction stands a good chance of doing something that’s never been done before and permanently altering the landscape.”

As an example of what it takes to get a podcast series on the interwebz, this article is a must read.

https://bit.ly/2XstwEa

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN.

Uncanny County.

Mystical truck drivers. Robots gone haywire. [Patrice? Are you there?] Killer clown demons. And pie. So. Much. Pie. This quirky, darkly comic, Southwestern-flavored anthology brings you a new paranormal audio play every month. Sit back, open your ears, and hold on tight. Because you’re about to take a quick detour…through Uncanny County.

Created by Todd Faulkner, who played Agent Loeb of FX’s The Americans,  and Alison Crane, this series provides a folksy melange of horror and humor that made me a fan from the first episode. As a lead-in for the third season they are putting out a mini-series of 5-minute shorts called Tales From A Distance Of No Less Than Six Feet. At five episodes as of this writing, the series is no less than a total delight. The sound design is sparse, but the writing and the performances more than make up for that. I truly love this format. Highly recommended.

https://www.uncannycounty.com/


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

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 04/23/2020

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/)


  • I TOLD YOU SO.

7 New Netflix Shows in April 2020, and the Best Reasons to Watch.

One of those shows, The Midnight Gospel, is an adaptation of a podcast. “Have you ever wondered what podcasting might look like in the future, especially if that future was animated? Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward and podcaster Duncan Trussell have teamed up for an imaginative vision of alternate reality podcasting. First of all, it’s called “spacecasting,” and the eight-episode first season follows Clancy, a slacker spacecaster who lives in another dimension called The Chromatic Ribbon.”

https://www.indiewire.com/2020/04/netflix-best-new-shows-april-2020-full-list-1202222610/

  • RESOURCES, PART 1.

From Power Rangers to X-Men, Karl Dutton Turns Action Into Audio Dramas.

This interview with Karl Dutton, founder of Scyther Podcasts and creator of X-Men: The Audio Drama, Power Rangers: The Audio Drama, and the Batman: The Long Halloween mini-series, discusses the production process for his numerous series. When asked why he got into audio fiction, Dutton replied, “Honestly? Budget. The fact that I wanted to do these super high-concept sci-fi works but didn’t have the means to do so.” In this short and newbie-friendly interview Dutton talks about writing, production, and casting. A good read with links to his work.

https://innotechtoday.com/karl-dutton/

  • RESOURCES, PART 2.

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

A new compilation of all the audio fiction podcasts he could find debuting in March. There are over sixty of them, one for every taste. Including, of course, mine own, Escape Scifi!

https://bit.ly/3bNzFOV

  • RESOURCES, PART 3.

Short Fiction Best Practices with Jonathan Mitchell.

In this interview with the ubiquitous Wil Williams on Spotify for Podcasters Jonathan Mitchell, creator of audio fiction anthology show, The Truth, talks about “his history in podcasts and broadcast [media], the importance of structure in storytelling, and how to deliver poignant stories in a short amount of time.”

Mitchell’s advice: “Understand the importance of character and how character relates to story. Love the medium. Think a lot about how you listen to things and what you hear. Follow the stuff that makes you really inspired to play.”

Read the whole thing, then listen to The Truth.

https://podcasters.spotify.com/blog/short-fiction-best-practices-with-jonathan-mitchell

http://www.thetruthpodcast.com/

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN.

Old Gods of Appalachia.

This fiction podcast puts the lie to the widely held belief that single narrator shows are boring. Steve Shell, writer and narrator, has a wonderful voice that burrows down deep in your guts and sets its hook. This podcast sits at the pinnacle of the classic spooky storytelling tradition, but is elevated even further by the immersive soundscape and music. The language is lyrical and hypnotic. I can’t say enough good things about Old Gods of Appalachia. Go listen.

https://www.oldgodsofappalachia.com/


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