ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS, AUDIO EDITION – 10/03/19

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.

Why Are Famous Actors Turning To Podcasts For Their Next Role?

Increasingly actors more known for their TV and movie roles are appearing on podcasts. Among the reasons they list: being able to play against type, a smaller time commitment, working with people other than the Hollywood machine.

Among the actors referenced in the article: Kelly Marie Tran, Carrie Coon, Kristen Wiig, Rami Malek, Cynthia Erivo, Jenny Slate, Alia Shawkat, Daphne Ruben-Vega, Bobby Cannavale, Noah Galvin, and Christine Baranski.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/features/actors-podcasts-carrie-coon-fargo-motherhacker-rami-malek-alan-cumming-a9108661.html?utm_source=podnews.net&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=podnews.net:2019-09-23

  • OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS.

New Podcast Studio Paradiso Launches With Series for Spotify, Sybel.

Variety reports the launch of “Paradiso, an international podcast production studio dedicated to delivering premium scripted, documentary and kids’ content for global platforms.” Paradiso will establish teams in Paris, Los Angeles, and London, and expect to create and produce 12 original series in multiple languages by the end of 2020. They also want to build a library of shows that can be adapted to film and TV. Start working on those pitches.

https://variety.com/2019/digital/news/paradiso-spotify-sybel-canal-plus-konbini-havas-1203340246/

  • OPPORTUNITY BEATS THE DOOR DOWN.

Seminar accepts freelance pod fiction scripts.

Seminar is a monthly anthology show “where featured shorts are heard through the lens of lessons in a futuristic post-apocalypse.” Go to the link and read everything.

http://pendantaudio.com/shows/seminar?utm_campaign=Fiction%20Podcast%20Weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Revue%20newsletter

  • LIES AND DAMN LIES.

How to understand podcast stats.

Podcast creators obsess over their “download” statistics. The stats allow them to make decisions on all manner of important questions including ad potential. As with all statistics there are wrinkles that you need to understand to make good decisions. This article helps iron out those wrinkles. Your eyes may cross a time or two while reading, but the info is sound.

https://podnews.net/article/understanding-podcast-statistics?utm_source=podnews.net&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=podnews.net:2019-09-24

  • MONETIZE IT.

Build Subscription Revenue with Donations and Exclusive Content.

The podcast host RedCircle joins Patreon and Smartcast in offering subscription revenue features. RedCircle enables both one-time donations, similar to a PayPal tip jar, and monthly subscriptions. Revenue goes directly into your bank account. How much does this cost? RedCircle’s cut is 4.5% on donations and 12% on exclusive content. 

https://redcircle.com/blog/build-recurring-revenue-with-donations-and-exclusive-content/?utm_source=podnews.net&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=podnews.net:2019-09-24

  • WHERE DID ALL THE TIME GO?.

The Hidden Costs behind Content Creation.

This article on the Terminally Nerdy website gives an excellent, no holds barred explanation of how much time you will spend producing full-cast audio fiction, narrative fiction, and improvised/game play podcasts, including art and promotion. As an example, Travis Vengroff of The White Vault explains his process in excruciating detail. Bottom line: full cast, 1.7 hours per finished minute; narrative, 30 minutes per finished minute. Read it all.

https://terminallynerdy.com/the-hidden-costs-behind-content-creation?fbclid=IwAR1ZoA6rmSmOT0bSxJT1DJQyIjDtH8sGVmGVf5AgFr76VmYa_PjjCX_vcDY

  • SOUND IS QUEEN.

Six Tips To Improve The Audio Quality Of Your Podcast.

Content rules, but sound quality stands behind the throne. This article gives you six techniques for good sound design, including how to use sound to provide an emotional backdrop, fill unwanted silences, and how to make the production sound expensive. Good sound quality will make your listeners believe.

Journalism dot co dot U K.

https://www.journalism.co.uk/news/improving-the-sound-quality-of-your-podcast/s2/a745003/?utm_source=podnews.net&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=podnews.net%3A2019-09-25

  • AMAZON SPEAKS.

Amazon Integrates Podcasts Into Alexa.

Amazon has made it possible to listen to Spotify’s huge podcast library on Alexa. Soon you will be able to start listening to your favorite podcast on your phone in your car and pick up where you left off on your Alexa device when you get home. Conservatively speaking, people in the US have purchased over 53 million Alexa devices. One small step for Amazon, one giant leap for podcasters.

https://blog.aboutamazon.com/devices/new-ways-alexa-makes-life-simpler-and-more-convenient?utm_source=podnews.net&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=podnews.net:2019-09-26

  • DON’T SELL YOUR IP, LICENSE IT. 

Podcast Networks, Studios, Platforms, And Collectives Explained.

Why do you need to know? Because each of the above will want to take control of all or part of your Intellectual Property ranging from “All Your IP Are Belong To Us” to “Eh, Whatever.” Forewarned is forearmed. Control your IP!

https://medium.com/@multitude/podcast-networks-studios-platforms-collectives-c898ff7528d9

  • IF YOU WANNA WRITE, YOU GOTTA LISTEN.

The Best Podcasts of 2019 So Far.

The A.V. Club lists their take on the best podcast of the year, so far, in 12 categories. Your humble correspondent even picked up a couple of new ones from this list. Read it.

https://aux.avclub.com/the-best-podcasts-of-2019-so-far-1835533665

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

SPEAKING OF AUDIO FICTION…

Did you know that all audio fiction entries in TVWriter™’s PEOPLE’S PILOT 2019 pilot script competition are eligible for the two major category prizes plus special prizes and a reduced entry fee?

Learn all about it at: https://peoplespilot.com

 

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS, AUDIO EDITION – 09/26/19

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/)

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: 

  • I TOLD YOU SO.

Podcast sponsorship revenue continues to fuel NPR’s financial growth.

NPR projects that 54% of its sponsorship revenue, about $62 million, will come from podcasts and other digital properties next year.

Will NPR be looking for new content? I think so.

https://current.org/2019/09/podcast-sponsorship-revenues-continue-to-fuel-nprs-financial-growth/?utm_source=podnews.net&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=podnews.net:2019-09-16

  • I TOLD YOU SO, AGAIN.

Cast Named For New “National Lampoon Radio Hour”.

The new National Lampoon Radio Hour: The Podcast will debut in late 2019 with head writer, Cole Escola, and senior writer, Jo Firestone. According to National Lampoon President Evan Shapiro, “The new show will be every bit as dangerous and subversive as the original… and far easier to get.”

https://podcastbusinessjournal.com/4030-2/

  • YOUTUBE IS BECOMING A PODCAST NETWORK.

Distributing Your Podcast to YouTube? Why You Should Be & How RedCircle’s Integration Makes It Easy.

Podcast host RedCircle wants to put your podcast on YouTube. It costs time and money for a podcast host to post to YouTube. If it didn’t pay off, they wouldn’t do it.

YouTube has a powerful audience and recommendation algorithm to bring in new listeners. If you start listening to audio material you will soon see more new audio in your recommendations. It also has a larger audience than any single, or even multiple, podcast apps. Why? Because it’s cross platform. No matter whether you’re on a desktop, iPhone, or Android device, YouTube is there.

https://redcircle.com/blog/distributing-your-podcast-to-youtube-why-you-should-be-how-redcircles-integration-makes-it-easy/?utm_source=podnews.net&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=podnews.net:2019-09-17

  • SPEAKING OF LAUREN SHIPPEN. AGAIN.

What Happened To Flight 702? The Mystery of ‘Passenger List’.

This article on Medium provides a behind the scenes look at the production of the new fiction podcast, Passenger List, through interviews with the creators, Lauren Shippen, who started her first fiction podcast, The Bright Sessions, alone in her bedroom, John Scott Dryden, and Mark Henry Phillips. 

The podcast stars Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Patti LuPone (Sweeney Todd), Colin Morgan (The Fall), and Rob Benedict (Supernatural). 

The interview covers the podcast’s journey from concept to collaboration to production. Read it all, then listen to the podcast, and visit the website. You won’t be sorry.

https://medium.com/prxofficial/what-happened-to-flight-702-the-mystery-of-passenger-list-85cd36dee2f5

https://passengerlist.org/

  • A WEBSITE? I NEED A WEBSITE, TOO?

How To Build A Podcast Website With WordPress.

This is a three-part post that takes you through setting up a website, making it look the way you want, and making it capable of hosting your podcast episodes. Looks pretty straightforward, especially if you already are familiar with WordPress.

https://www.thepodcasthost.com/podcast-website/

  • MONETIZE IT.

Finally. An Alternative To Patreon.

The Podcasting Holy Grail: subscriptions. Listeners send you small amounts of money every month in return for special content not provided to the people that listen for free. From the article: “subscription podcasting is one of the best business models we’ve ever seen.” 

Up until about a year ago, the 800-pound gorilla in this room was Patreon. Now there’s a new kid on the block called Supercast. The difference: Supercast was designed specifically for podcasters. 

Supercast has more advantages over Patreon in cost and ease of use for both podcasters and subscribers. Read the whole thing.

https://podcastbusinessjournal.com/finally-an-alternative-to-patreon/

  • MONEY, MONEY, MONEY.

Podcasting Is On The Advertising Map.

Research firm, MAGNA, predicts that podcasting will bring in $850 million in advertising  in 2020 as major consumer brands invest in podcasts. 

https://podcastbusinessjournal.com/podcasting-is-on-the-advertising-map/

  • NEED A STUDIO? 

Dallas Public Library Staged to Open Podcasting Studio, Sewing Rooms and Other Maker Spaces.

What the Dallas Public Library calls their Story Center has podcasting studios, video editing bays and computers free for use by Dallas residents. What’s even better, users have access to the entire Adobe Creative Cloud suite of programs, including Audition for audio editing. 

So if you’re in the Dallas area, no excuses!

Many libraries have set up similar facilities. Check yours.

https://www.dallasobserver.com/arts/the-dallas-public-library-is-opening-a-makers-space-including-a-heritage-lab-11753063

  • NETWORKING, PEOPLE.

Podcast Movement Meetup in Los Angeles.

The Podcast Movement team will be holding a meetup in Los Angeles at the Arts District Brewing Company, 828 Traction Ave, on Wednesday, October 2 from 6 pm to 9 pm PT. This will be a great opportunity to meet and get to know some of the movers and shakers in the podcast arena.

https://www.facebook.com/events/477926879727992/

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

SPEAKING OF AUDIO FICTION…

Did you know that all audio fiction entries in TVWriter™’s PEOPLE’S PILOT 2019 pilot script competition are eligible for the two major category prizes plus special prizes and a reduced entry fee?

Learn all about it at: https://peoplespilot.com

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY NEWS, AUDIO EDITION – 09/19/19

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 are now trawling through podcasts looking 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.

Variety is partnering with the International Filmmaker Project to present the first 10 Storytellers to Watch event. Among the honorees are Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie, creators of the podcast Limetown, now in post-production as a TV series, or FaceBook series. See below. The event will be in NYC on September 19.

https://variety.com/2019/biz/news/variety-ifp-10-storytellers-to-watch-1203322567/

  • I TOLD YOU SO, AGAIN.

Los Angeles-based podcast studio QCODE signs YouTube star Mark Fischbach, aka Markiplier, to headline a new original fiction podcast series, Edge of Sleep, by writers Jake Emanuel and Willie Block.

QCODE also produced the 8-episode podcast series, Blackout, starring Rami Malek, and created a new label, Wood Elf, dedicated to “matching digital creators with original narrative genre podcasts.”

I guess that’s Hollywood-speak for packaging (there’s that nasty word again) talent and writers for fiction podcasts.

Two notes of interest can be extrapolated from the above: people are paying real money to audio fiction writers, and even more  interesting, Hollywood Reporter considers this newsworthy!  

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/amp/news/qcode-orders-fiction-podcast-starring-gamer-markiplier-1237234?

  • I TOLD YOU SO, ONE MORE TIME.

If you need any more proof that podcasting is no longer an outlier in the entertainment industry, The New York NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show at the Javits Convention Center October 16-17 has a podcast track. “Sessions will examine aspects of launching and producing a podcast in the all-new Pop-Up Marketplace & Theater on Thursday, October 17.”

https://podcastbusinessjournal.com/nab-ny-show-to-host-podcast-sessions/

  • YOUTUBE IS NOW A PODCAST NETWORK.

YouTube Creators Are Turning The Site Into A Podcast Network.

This fascinating article states that people are increasingly coming to YouTube to find podcasts, fiction and non-fiction. Canadian adults, according to Today’s Podcast Listener: 2019 National Survey Report from Futuri Media and the University of Florida, 43% of monthly podcast listeners listed YouTube as their primary source, beating iTunes/Apple Podcasts at 34% and Spotify at 23%.  Why? Because YouTube is where they go for entertainment. 

To increase engagement with their listeners, creators are creating secondary  clip channels to go along with their primary podcast channel.  Often the clip channel gets more “views” than the main channel even though it may have fewer subscribers.

Read the whole thing.

https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/9/20801873/youtube-podcast-creators-h3-joe-rogan-ethan-klein-hila-david-dobrik-views

  • FIRST YOUTUBE, NOW FACEBOOK?

Jessica Biel Is Willing to Die for Her Podcast in Facebook Watch’s ‘Limetown’ Trailer.

This might fall more into the web series bailiwick, but since it’s based on an audio fiction podcast series, I’m claiming it. 

The video version of the audio fiction podcast, Limetown, stars Jessica Biel and Stanley Tucci. But it’s not going to TV, either broadcast or subscription. It’s going, exclusively at least to begin with, to FaceBook Watch. Did you know there even was such a thing? Have you ever watched anything on it?

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/jessica-biel-willing-die-her-160015721.html

  • HOW TO MONETIZE A PODCAST.

Podcorn Says It Can Help Podcasters Make Money.

Podcorn, a new marketing platform, wants to help connect podcast creators with sponsors. They are launching with $2.2 million in seed money from venture capitalists. They promise that creators will have full control over rates, creativity and scheduling. 

One of the angel investors, Ethan Kurzweil, said that Podcorn has “the marketplace expertise and product vision to have a profound impact on the industry and apply their creativity to create new partnership opportunities for podcasters and brands.”

The article is full of words like promise and hope, so caveat emptor.

https://podcastbusinessjournal.com/new-company-says-it-can-help-podcasters-make-money/

  • SOUND, IT’S WHAT WE DO.

How To Find Podcast Sound Effects.

Sound effects constitute one of the most important tools in the audio fiction creator’s tool box. As you have no access to visual cues, sound effects establish setting, action, and mood.

Finding the right sound effect also creates one of the biggest time-sucks in production. If you are a sound designer or have one on your team, great! Otherwise, the information in this article will save you some time.  

https://www.thepodcasthost.com/editing-production/find-podcast-sound-effects/

  • SOUND, IT’S WHAT WE DO, PART TWO.

Challenges in Foley for Stage versus Studio.

Now that you know what Foley is, the talented Ele Matelan, foley artist extraordinaire, talks about the differences in performing foley in the studio and live on stage. Live Foley is a big deal when podcasts take their show on the road for live performances. More on that below.

https://www.internationalpodcastmonth.com/blog/challenges-in-foley-for-stage-versus-studio?utm_campaign=Fiction%20Podcast%20Weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Revue%20newsletter

  • MONETIZATION, YOU SAY?

The No Sleep Podcast, one of the most popular podcasts out there, just announced their third US and European tours putting on live shows pretty much everywhere that’s anywhere. They actually make money doing this. Ticket sales are wonderful.

Welcome to Night Vale, a weird fiction tour de force, has been touring since 2013. They don’t do this for kicks, folks. Well, not just for kicks. The ticket sales help too.

Fireside Mystery Theatre is an audio fiction podcast and variety show “with a decidedly modern macabre sensibility” recorded live once a month at The Slipper Room in NYC. They perform with a full cast, live foley, and musical acts. Tickets are available.  

Every one of these presents a golden opportunity to see how audio fiction works. You might also be able to buy one of the producers or performers a drink afterward and pump them for info.

https://www.thenosleeppodcast.com/tour

http://www.welcometonightvale.com/live

https://www.firesidemysterytheatre.com/?utm_campaign=podcast-page&utm_medium=web&utm_source=podnews.net

  • A WEBSITE? I NEED A WEBSITE, TOO?

Seriously? You Don’t Have A Website.

In this article Troy Price laments the fact that many podcasts rely on their hosting company’s RSS feed as their web home.

Hosting companies don’t allow you to post photos, cast biographies, set up a merchandise shop, or find and promote additional income streams through licensing.

And when someone asks you about your podcast when you’re away from easy web access, telling them to look for it on their favorite podcatcher doesn’t usually stick in their mind. Your website address usually will, if you name it right.

That’s another point Price makes: make the name of your website as close to the name of your podcast as you can. It’s a short read, but full of good information.

https://podcastbusinessjournal.com/seriously-you-dont-have-a-website/

  • NETWORKING, PEOPLE.

New York City hosts the She Makes Me Laugh Festival at The Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT) October 4th through the 6th. This comedy festival highlights female and non-binary performers and creators.

The festival also features live performances of the podcasts Bad Romance and Awkward Sex in the City. This constitutes a great opportunity to experience what it takes to produce a podcast and to talk with the producers. It also highlights the fact that podcasts and comedy are as natural a match as podcasts and horror.

https://theinterrobang.com/nyc-comedy-festival-showcasing-women-and-non-binary-performers-announces-headliners/

  • IF YOU WANNA WRITE/PRODUCE, YOU GOTTA LISTEN.

You’re Missing Out on the Best Kind of Podcast.

This Lifehacker article gives a great overview of the author’s favorites in the Comedy, Drama and Musical genres. Musical? Really? Yep, it’s a thing. Obscure, but a thing. If you want a genre without much competition, this is your huckleberry.

According to the author, Nick Douglas, “Listening to podcasts without any audio dramas like watching TV without ever trying Game of Thrones or Arrested Development or Orange Is the New Black.”

https://lifehacker.com/you-re-missing-out-on-the-best-kind-of-podcast-1837940832?utm_campaign=Fiction%20Podcast%20Weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Revue%20newsletter

  • IF YOU WANNA WRITE/PRODUCE, YOU GOTTA LISTEN, PART 2.

We’re Alive: Gold Rush, the second spin-off series from the original We’re Alive, debuted this week with 200,000 downloads in the first two days. The original story ran for four hugely successful seasons starting in 2009. The first spin-off titled We’re Alive: Lockdown consisted of six episodes.

There is also We’re Alive: Frontier, a live-action, on video, RPG show behind a paywall on Project Alpha beginning its second season in October. The We’re Alive podcast series has accumulated 160 million downloads.

Click the link below. While you’re there, take some time to wander through the website. The production and fan support for We’re Alive has made Kc Wayland, writer, director, producer, the 800-pound gorilla in the audio fiction arena. 

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

SPEAKING OF AUDIO FICTION…

Did you know that all audio fiction entries in TVWriter™’s PEOPLE’S PILOT 2019 pilot script competition are eligible for the two major category prizes plus special prizes and a reduced entry fee?

Learn all about it at: https://peoplespilot.com

Music from https://filmmusic.io
“The Builder” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)