ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 12/23/19

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.

  • More about ‘Rejection’ from Mark Evanier.

In Mark Evanier’s latest blog column on rejection, referenced earlier this month on TVWriter.com, he gives the best reason why you, as a budding TV writer, should write and/or produce your own audio fiction podcast. He said, “One of the reasons that credits and experience matter is that they provide a dandy excuse for those who hire you.”

Imagine a development executive or agent going through piles of spec scripts. When he comes upon yours, he reads in your cover letter that you have written, cast, and produced a 12-episode audio fiction series that is garnering 250 downloads a month and gives the link to go listen. Now, granted, 250 downloads a month is miniscule when compared to TV numbers, but — when he looks at all those other scripts in his pile written by people who have never done anything except write unproduced, unpurchased scripts, who’s going to stand out in his mind? 

THIS is what we mean by discoverability. Be discoverable.

https://www.newsfromme.com/2019/12/01/rejection-part-25/

RESOURCES.

  • A Map For Social Media & Your Podcast.

This article gives you Technical Tips and Etiquette Tricks along with a guide for which of four social media sites are best for what you want to accomplish. Elena Fernández Collins leaves us with this bottom line: “Use social media for its intended purpose: to be social. [Don’t] isolate yourself in a bubble of self-promotional advertising and shouting into the void.”

https://podcastmovement.com/a-map-for-social-media-your-podcast/

RESOURCES, PART 2.

  • November 2019 Audio Drama/Fiction Podcast Debut Releases.

The Cambridge Geek’s list of new releases in audio fiction for the month of November has some interesting stats: out of 56 total podcasts the largest percentage was represented by RPG podcasts (29%), with science fiction in second place with 16% and urban fantasy at 13%.

https://www.thecambridgegeek.com/posts/2019/12/20191201-a.php?utm_campaign=Fiction%20Podcast%20Weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Revue%20newsletter

RESOURCES, PART 3.

  • Podcasting 101.

If you want to get a really quick overview of getting a podcast started, this series of YouTube videos from Google Podcasts and PRX is the way to go. Ten videos, each less than five minutes long, take you through the process of starting your own podcast from concept to going live. To be honest, this series is only good for introducing you to the process and showing you the steps. On the other hand, it ain’t rocket science, folks. Each video has some accompanying text info. The most valuable is the budgeting spreadsheet. The series was made with nonfiction podcasts in mind, but the info is so generic that it is equally applicable to fiction. Watch it. Do it.

https://googlecp.prx.org/

MONETIZE IT.

  • How “Tip Jars” Can Tip the Balance for Podcast Creators.

This Canadian study shows how individual contributors can boost your bottom line. The study indicates that 23% of the people who listen to podcasts at least once a month have contributed direct monetary support through crowdfunding, attending live events, or buying merchandise. Among power listeners that number grows to 40%.

https://bit.ly/2DHNwHE

IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN.

  • The Dark Tome.

From the website: “What if there was a book that literally opened up doorways to other worlds? Where would it lead, and could you handle what you found on the other side?

Cassie, a teen that’s having trouble fitting in at school, is about to find out. One day, after she wraps up community service at a local hospital, she stumbles out of the basement of a spooky bookshop and into a story set on a devil’s staircase in a remote Italian village.”

The Dark Tome is produced by Fred Greenhalgh and directed by William Dufris, two of the 800-lb gorillas in audio fiction. Have a listen. Hear how it’s done right.

https://thedarktome.com/

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

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 12/19/19

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.

  • iHM Set to Launch Season Two of The Angel of Vine.

iHeartMedia and Masterworked Media creators Ryan Martz and Oliver Vaquer announced the launch of season two of The Angel of Vine, starring Joe Manganiello, Alan Tudyk, and Alfred Molina in Spring of 2020. Joining the cast will be Kevin Pollak and Patton Oswalt. A scripted mystery fiction podcast, The Angel of Vine follows a present-day journalist who uncovers a cache of audio tapes recorded by a private investigator in 1959.

https://news.radio-online.com/articles/n37933/iHM-Set-to-Launch-Season-Two-of-The-Angel-of-Vine

I TOLD YOU SO, PART 2.

  • How Carrie Coon ‘Tiptoed’ Into the World of Podcasting.

This article gives an actor’s viewpoint of fiction podcasting through an interview with Carrie Coon of Fargo and The Leftovers. She stars in Motherhacker now streaming on Spotify. Coon plays a single mother that turns to hacking to support her family. Coon cites the opportunity to play against type and the informal aspects of recording as some of the things that attracted her to the role.

https://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/how-carrie-coon-tiptoed-into-the-world-of-podcasting/

RESOURCES.

  • One of the biggest stumbling blocks a newbie podcaster runs across is this: OK, I’ve got all these recordings, now what do I do? I know, because I experienced the same thing. It’s scary. Since I’m one of those, “here, hold my beer” kinda guys I just jumped in and worked it out the hard way. You don’t have to. NPR, yes, National Public Radio, has a training arm that’s available to anyone. Their The Producer’s Handbook To Mixing Audio Stories covers just about question you might have. Check it out.

https://training.npr.org/2018/10/31/mixing/

RESOURCES, PART 2.

  • A Content Strategist’s Guide To Marketing Yourself At Podcast Conferences.

We here at TVWriter™ always encourage you to attend conferences. It’s one of the best ways to improve your skills and to network. This article tells you how to make the most of these conferences: how to prepare beforehand, how to act while you are there, and what to do when it’s over. The author even provides a list of conversation starters for those introverts among us. That’s pretty much all of us, right?

https://podcastmovement.com/a-content-strategists-guide-to-marketing-yourself-at-podcast-conferences/

RESOURCES, PART 3.

  • 2020 Podcasting Conferences & Events.

A good guide to upcoming conferences. There are 16 conferences listed, easily reachable from wherever you are.

https://wocpodcasters.co/podcasting-conferences/

WE NEED MORE LISTENERS.

  • How To Use Social Media.

Social media, you either love it or hate it, usually for the wrong reasons either way. Sarah Rhea Werner, podcaster extraordinaire and founder of the Seriously Successful Podcasters Facebook group, has some great insights on how to use social media effectively. In one of her livestreams she had the following advice: Social media can work with the right techniques. Find the communities that exist around the topic of your show. Make a list of shows similar to yours and go to their profiles and see who is following them. Then start following and interacting with those people without spamming. Follow people that have a small number of followers, because they will notice. Someone with 5000 followers will not notice you. Someone with 200 will. There is an audience out there of people who want to listen to your show

https://bit.ly/33lOm7b

We’ll be back next week, same Pod-time, same Pod-channel. Meanwhile, keep listening and creating!

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 12/12/19

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.

Podcasts Make It To Broadway. (Or Close, Anyway.)

Midtown Direct Rep and Triple Birch Media staged two readings of the premiere episode of the fiction podcast, Novel: An Audio Drama Series, created by Aimee Parrott and William Bienes. The readings took place at The Woodland, 60 Woodland Rd, Maplewood, New Jersey, and at Sunlight Studios, 321 West 44th Street, New York, New York.

Broadwayworld.com

  • I TOLD YOU SO, PART 2.

Ubisoft Announces Audio Drama Assassin’s Creed Gold.

Game company Ubisoft has partnered with Audible to produce a new audio drama called Assassin’s Creed Gold. The drama stars Riz Ahmed of Rogue One and Venom, and Anthony Head of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 

https://techraptor.net/gaming/news/ubisoft-announces-audio-drama-assassins-creed-gold

 

  • MONETIZE IT.

Even Nobodies Have Fans Now. (For Better Or Worse.)

This long and rather disparagingly titled article in the New York Times Magazine does have a couple of good points to make. Podcasts often lead to one-way relationships where the listeners feel they know the podcasters while the podcasters have no idea who their listeners are. The most successful podcasters turn that into more of a give-and-take relationship through social media and, as one example, Patreon. Wyatt Jenkins, senior vice president for product at Patreon, says that podcasts are Patreon’s second largest category and the fastest growing. He says,  “As a vertical [market], podcasting communities retain memberships very, very well. A lot higher than some other verticals. They release regular weekly content, and they create this incredibly strong bond.”

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/11/13/magazine/internet-fandom-podcast.html

  • MONETIZE IT, PART 2.

Podcast Live Events Will Bring In Over $55m This Year.

Amira Valliani, founder of Glow, a membership management service for podcasters, analyzes stats on ticket sales and Google Trends that point out the best places to hold your live events. In short the top five regions for successful live events are Oregon, Minnesota, California, District of Columbia, Massachusetts. The top five metropolitan areas are San Diego, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Austin TX, Portland, OR, and Hartford/New Haven, CT.

https://medium.com/glow-fm/podcast-live-events-will-bring-in-over-55m-this-year-e84032387fbe

  • WE NEED MORE LISTENERS.

Spotify Adds Your Daily Podcasts.

Spotify has just added a new feature called Your Daily Podcasts, available to both free and premium users. If you have listened to at least four podcasts in the last 90 days the program will deliver an algorithmically-driven podcast discovery playlist in the “Your Top Podcasts” shelf on Home or in the “Made For You” hub on browse. Discovery, folks.

Spotify.com

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN.

Boston Harbor Horror

This is the first of a series of new shows coming from Mike Gagne’s Asylum 94 Productions. Boston Harbor Horror follows the adventures of Coast Guard Petty Officer Alex Devereaux responding to a medical emergency on a small island in Boston Harbor. What he finds on that island is going to take him on a journey into depths he never imagined. The show draws on the Lovecraft Mythos without the purple prose. Worth a listen.

 https://asylum94.com/

We’ll be back next week, same Pod-time, same Pod-channel. Meanwhile, keep listening and creating!

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 12/05/19

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.

From Earbuds To Screen: What Podcasts Did Next.

If you want to know why you should make a podcast, this article tells you in great detail with many examples. It focuses on Gimlet Pictures, an offshoot of Gimlet Media, which, as its latest foray into podcast-to-movie adaptations has announced Man of the People, an adaptation of an episode of the Reply All podcast, to be directed by Richard Linklater and starring Robert Downey, Jr. Chris Giliberti, head of Gimlet Pictures, says about podcast adaptations, “It’s a huge market. I think we’ll see the trend increase for quite some time.”

https://www.smh.com.au/culture/movies/from-earbuds-to-screen-what-podcasts-did-next-20191107-p538gk.html

  • RESOURCES.

Why Your Podcast Needs a Trademark.

I’m not convinced, but there’s a lot of good information here. One thing I didn’t know: ™ denotes an unregistered trademark and the ® designates a registered trademark. Both protect your Intellectual Property but the registered trademark is more useful in court.

 https://www.editorandpublisher.com/feature/why-your-podcast-needs-a-trademark/

  • RESOURCES, PART 2.

An Aural History Of The Podcast.

A fascinating look at the beginnings of podcasting back in the Jurassic Period of 2004 leading up to the present. It’s a long read that I began thinking I might skim, but it wasn’t long until I found myself going back and reading the parts I skimmed. Worth a look.

https://www.esquireme.com/content/40979-an-aural-history-of-the-podcast

  • RESOURCES, PART 3.

Welcome to Night Vale World Tour 2020.

Welcome to Night Vale announced its new world tour starting in March of 2020. The live shows are a great way to get introduced to one of, if not the most popular fiction podcasts in the world. They will be performing in over 50 cities across the US and Europe. Go, listen, and network. Podcasters are some of the most open, helpful people on the planet. Take advantage of the opportunity.

http://www.welcometonightvale.com/live/

  • WE NEED MORE LISTENERS.

How To Tell If Your Podcast Is Growing.

Once you get your podcast going, (that’s already in planning stages, right?) you’re going to want to know how it’s doing. Podcasters tend to geek out over download numbers the way authors geek out over sales numbers. Trouble comes when you’re not interpreting those numbers correctly. This article gives some guidance on how to read your download stats.

https://podcastbusinessjournal.com/how-to-tell-if-your-podcast-is-growing/

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN.

This Is Dope: The Magnus Archives Has 160 Episodes Of Bone-chilling Horror For You.

This excellent review from Syfy Wire of the British horror audio fiction podcast, The Magnus Archives, points out what can be done if you want to. Jonathan Sims, writer and performer, has written an average of one 20-to-30-minute episode every 8.5 days for the last two-and-a-half years. Worth a listen.

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/this-is-dope-the-magnus-archives-has-160-episodes-of-bone-chilling-horror-for-you

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

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS AUDIO EDITION – 11/27/19

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.

True Crime Lovers Need to Have Chloë Grace Moretz’s New Podcast on Their Radar.

Because it’s not a true crime podcast. Gaslight, a new audio fiction podcast from QCode, the producers of Blackout, starring Rami Malek, and Carrier, featuring Cynthia Erivo, takes the true-crime format into the fictional realm. Miles Joris-Peyrafitte (Dreamland) wrote and directed the podcast which debuted on November 18.

https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/gaslight-podcast-trailer-46878327

  • I TOLD YOU SO, PART 2.

Music and Podcast Network, Spotify, Made the Cover of The Hollywood Reporter.

Spotify has a new 154,000 square-foot campus under construction in Los Angeles containing 17 recording studios, a mixing suite, green rooms, and a live event space. They have over 500 employees dedicated to podcasts, have set up 30 original podcasts this year in addition to the other 500,000 they host, and have over a quarter-billion monthly users across the globe. They say that from July through September this year podcast streaming time increased 39 percent. They’re jumping into the podcast pool with both feet. How about you?

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/spotify-aims-become-worlds-no-1-audio-platform-1256162

  • RESOURCES.

Introducing Anchor Trailers: The Easiest Way To Promote Your Podcast.

Anchor, the free podcast hosting service, a division of Spotify, has introduced a way to auto-magically produce a “video” trailer for your podcast. Simply press a button on the iOS or Android app, and it will guide you through the process. Looks like fun.

https://medium.com/anchor/introducing-anchor-trailers-the-easiest-way-to-promote-your-podcast-a09c5443917d

  • RESOURCES, PART 2.

Podcast Movement Evolutions.

Podcast Movement will hold the first Evolutions event in Los Angeles on February 12-15, 2020. Evolutions concentrates on innovations in technology and trends in the podcasting arena. There are three tracks: Industry Professional, Professional Podcaster, and New & Hobbyist. Admission starts at $99 for a Creator Pass.

https://podcastmovement.com/events/

  • RESOURCES, PART 3.

8 Mistakes To Avoid When You Launch.

If you are working on a podcast, and if not, why not, you will have to launch it sooner or later. This quick read gives you an idea of how to plan it and what mistakes to avoid.

https://podcastbusinessjournal.com/8-mistakes-to-avoid-when-you-launch/

  • MONETIZE IT.

Speaking of Launches.

Patreon is one of the most popular platforms for podcasters to make money, though it can be confusing for the first-timer. Now Patreon has produced a guide to best practices in setting up your page. The PDF document also links to other useful resources such as a tier template. Download the guide here.

https://d15k2d11r6t6rl.cloudfront.net/public/users/Integrators/929cb090-e779-401a-b06c-c629ff6b0fea/ap-patreon/Podcast_Launch_Guide.pdf

  • WE NEED MORE LISTENERS.

Podcast Promotion Lessons From A Breakfast Diner.

Many podcasters are obsessed with promotion outputs rather than outcomes. This article explains that doing all the right things on social media and not seeing any increase in downloads doesn’t mean that you are doing things wrong, you just need to change your focus. 

https://podcastbusinessjournal.com/podcast-promotion-lessons-from-a-breakfast-diner/

  • IF YA WANNA WRITE, YA GOTTA LISTEN.

Copperheart is a post-apocalyptic audio fiction podcast with a difference. It’s more of a mystery and less of a paean to preppers. Why did all of the people in the Area 51 Reconstruction Bunker in Groom Lake, Nevada, just vanish? The series began in March and has released a new episode each week since. Created, written, produced and just about every other damn thing including acting by Michael J. Rigg. Worth a listen.

http://riggstories.com/copperheart

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