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: 

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


Somethin’ Else And Sony Music Announce New Podcast Venture.

Somethin’ Else, Britain’s leading independent audio producer, and Sony Music Entertainment today announce they have formed a new global content partnership to expand their development of podcast shows across multiple genres. The companies will pursue a range of new international podcasting opportunities including in the US where Somethin’ Else has opened an office in New York.

They don’t say much about the particular podcasts they intend to produce, but with Sony involved you know they’re going to try everything.



Cynthia Erivo to Star in Amblin Adaptation of the Carrier Podcast.

Amblin Partners bought the film rights to the QCODE fiction podcast, Carrier. Cynthia Erivo will star, reprising her role in the podcast. Carrier creator, Dan Blank, will write and direct the film. Erivo plays Raylene, a long-haul truck driver filling in for her sick dad. She picks up an off-the-books load that lands her in the kind of trouble that can get you dead. Some guy named Jeb Brody (that name sounds familiar), Amblin’s President of Production will oversee for the studio.



Tips and Tricks for Audio Drama Editing.

Editing audio files for audio drama has different goals than editing for nonfiction podcasts or music. This short article by Edward Champion gives you seven nice ways to improve your sound quality. Three of those ways are DAW-specific, but the others use techniques and free plug-ins that can be used in any Digital Audio Workstation.



Podcasting and California’s New Privacy Law.

A free whitepaper available from Chartable will tell you what you need to know about California’s CCPA and how it will affect you.



Why Your Podcast Definitely Needs A Website.

This article on Discoverpods by Frank Racioppi discusses why you, as a podcaster, fiction or nonfiction, need a website. I know, I know. I’ve just been through development hell getting my website ready. One more pain in the neck we don’t need, right? Wrong. Racioppi gives us 10 good reasons why a website is vital to our success.




This new podcast from the ubiquitous Wil Williams and Hug House Productions follows Liam Alden, the black-sheep scion of a tech giant who is robbing the world of magic. Yep, magic is a thing. But if you’re a magic user, a muse, you’d better be wearing a Halo so your magic doesn’t cause any trouble or hurt anyone. Not everyone is happy with the status quo, especially not Liam who must battle his own demons (himself, mostly) in order to be useful to the resistance.  Top quality production values and acting. Give it a listen.


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

The “Down & Dirty” Yet Oh-So Clean Way to Create Your Podcast

Thank God for Audacity, the podcaster’s not so secret weapon.

A Studio At Your Fingertips: 5 Apps Teachers Are Using To Make Student Podcasts
by Diane Adame

Karen Keating’s eighth-grade English students at Lower Dauphin Middle School in Hummelstown, Pa., fire up their laptops and gather a bundle of snowball microphones. With the click of a mouse, their laptops become studios, and they’re ready to record.

Keating’s class is writing, producing and editing podcasts that they’ll submit to the NPR Student Podcast Challenge, and, like many teachers, Keating is using apps to help them make it happen.

As teachers and students around the country are working on their podcasts, we checked in with educators to see what digital tools they’re using.

The good news? Many of these apps are free. They’re also accessible. In many classrooms these days, teachers and students have their own laptops, Chromebooks or iPads. In many cases, the technology is already downloaded and, like Keating’s eighth-graders, students these days are pretty tech-savvy already.

All of which means teachers can focus on the substance — ideas, writing, narrative, editing — instead of process.

“I can spend time helping students develop their stories rather than explaining the app,” says Amanda Suttle, an English teacher who’s using the Anchor app to help her juniors and seniors get their podcasts in shape at Licking Valley High School in Newark, Ohio.

So, with several weeks still to go before the contest deadline, here are some of the apps and programs teachers told us they’re using. (Of course, we’re not endorsing these, we’re just sharing what we’ve heard from many of you)….

Read it all at npr.org

The Hudsonian talks about ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’

Joshua Hudson AKA Josh Hudson AKA The Hudsonian returns with another review that we think you’ll find intriguing. We know we did.

by Joshua Hudson

So Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist popped up on my Hulu yesterday. After seeing a few people post about it and having some time to kill yesterday, I decided to check it out.

I don’t know why, but I thought this show was a comedy. Sadly, I only LOLed once — “I wish I could report this to HR” was funny in context when Zoey (Jane Levy) sees her coworkers break out into song and dance to DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win”. Then I saw it was an hour and did a double take. So I rewatched it with a different set of eyes.

Then I saw the second episode.

I enjoyed it.

It feels original and reminded me a lot of one of my favorite episodes of Scrubs, “My Musical”. NBC really has a thing for song and dance in their shows. (Side note: I enjoyed Smash way back when.) The premise is simple: Zoey finds out that her father has succumbed to a rare neurological disease and her mother convinces her to get an CT scan to see if she is at future risk. The doctor puts on a playlist for her to listen to during the scan. Suddenly, an earthquake hits and now she hears people’s inner most thoughts– through song.

With her father unable to speak and communicate as a result of the disease, this little gift comes in handy because Zoey can “hear” him sing to her. She also uses it to get close to a coworker she’s had a crush on. The only person she’s able to talk to about this is her neighbor, Mo, a musical encyclopedia who surprisingly believes her. Their Odd Couple relationship is amusing, to say the least.

Peter Gallagher (Zoey’s dad) and Lauren Graham (Zoey’s boss) are the big names but they’re supporting players here. To the average audience, names like Jane Levy, Skyler Astin, Alex Newell, and John Clarence Stewart won’t resonate but they’re fantastic.

If you like singing and dancing, you’ll enjoy the show. If you don’t, enjoy the story of a female working in a man’s world (coding) and her journey towards balancing work and family. (Yes, the story is basic and overdone, but it works here.)

Turns out, something great can come from an earthquake. Who knew?

Thanks for this, Josh. Here at TVWriter™ we’re happily looking forward to your next review, and your next, and you…you know. (If that doesn’t care im off, nothing will!)

How to Get Ahead in the TV Biz Without Being an Asshole

This is a wonderful article about two of the most beloved producers in TV. And their shows were even better!

Sid & Marty’s Road to Hollywood’s Walk of Fame
by Matt Hurwitz

A happy-go-lucky dragon with a yellow head who talks with a magic flute. Diminutive sea monsters frolicking with a pair of young boys. A world where lifesize hats run things. And presidents in a bar, laughing it up with Saddam Hussein and Barbara Walters. These are the worlds which have been the mainstay of Sid and Marty Krofft for over 50 years, and for which they are being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Feb.13.

The Kroffts’ craft developed out of several decades of marionette work, including their hugely successful “Les Poupées de Paris,” the first “adults only” puppet show, featuring naked marionettes, which opened in 1962. Its success drew the attention of Six Flags, who brought the brothers onboard as creative heads to install shows at all of their amusement parks.

To produce the many costumes, puppets and props used at the Six Flags parks, the Kroffts built what would be their home base for many years for their many television series, a “creative factory” in North Hollywood. “We had every department,” says Sid Krofft. During its peak, that included nearly 200 employees.

Not long after, Hanna-Barbera’s TV animation studio decided to take a step into live action, featuring life-sized puppets/suited characters, for a new series, “The Banana Splits.” “They had a show they were doing for NBC and Kellogg’s, and they didn’t know how to do it,” says Marty Krofft. The Kroffts built the costumes for the four main characters, based on sketches from Hanna-Barbera’s artists, then hired their own team to refine and develop them, and eventually build them.

After the costumes were delivered, Sid recalls Larry White, then-head of programming at NBC telling them, “You guys are really insane! Why don’t you come up with your own idea for a show?” Centered on a friendly, human sized dragon named Luther, who had first been made as an entry in the HemisFair 1968 World’s Fair in San Antonio, “H.R. Pufnstuf” was born….

Read it all at variety.com


Herbie J Pilato On Ten Ways To Succeed As A Writer


by Herbie J Pilato

There’s never been more opportunity to succeed as a writer than there is today. And here’s how to do it, in ten hard-working, money-making ways.

1 — Write Books

Whether you’re into fiction or nonfiction, self-publishing or the traditional path of publishing (with an A, B, or C-list publisher), being an author is a pretty cool thing. But it takes a lot of work — and there’s not one set path. But if you’re writing a novel, it’s best to complete the entire manuscript first. If you’re writing a nonfiction book, then you start with a proposal. Everything in nonfiction book-writing starts with a proposal. And look no further than advice in that department than by clicking on the following HERE.

Also: Here’s a video explaining the events that led up to the writing of my first book. This may prove helpful to you authoring your initial publication.

See the videos and read it all at medium.com

Writer/producer Herbie J Pilato is the host of the TV talk show THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, now streaming on Amazon Prime and the author of several pop-culture/media tie-in books. He has been part of TVWriter™ for over 20 years and is Contributing Editor Emeritus. Learn more about Herbie J HERE