At TVWriter™ we have been crushing like crazy on Tim Minchin for years. More than once we’ve said, “The Minchman is God,” and now, lo and behold we’ve learned that Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber himself agrees with us.
Here’s the sitch – Sir Andrew (known to LB as Just Plain Andrew because – this is true – he knew him when) has been making a number of productions of his musicals available on YouTube for 48 hours each, and right now (to-fucking-day and tomorrow too!) It’s Jesus Chris Superstar’s turn.
EDITOR’S NOTE: No, Tim Minchin is not to be confused with our own personal demon Munchman. Yes, they’re both snarky as hell, but that’s where the resemblance ends. Check out Mr. MINCHIN and his career HERE.
Not to be outdone by RTD, the Moff gives us a deluxe version of a scene intended for way back in the Doctor Who episode “The Eleventh Hour.” This one will make you cry.
NOTE FROM LB: I still prefers Russell T. Davies over Steven Moffat for DOCTOR WHO, but Moff really missed his calling in life by not doing more sensitive and funny writing for kids.
Steven Moffat Pens New Amy Pond Scene
by Adi Tantimedh
Former Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has gone above and beyond again. For the global fan rewatch of his first episode as showrunner “The Eleventh Hour”, he released a new bonus scene.
The ever-prescient Radio Times, which has pretty much become Doctor Who’s Pravda, reported the new scene.
“The Raggedy Doctor” is a story from young Amelia Pond’s diary. It takes place after she met the Doctor (Matt Smith) as a child, and he left her waiting for his return. For the next 10 years. But she doesn’t know it would take that long yet. This is during those years between his taking off in the Tardis and returning when she’s grown up. She’s still in primary school. She talks about waiting, and telling her two best friends, Rory and Mels. She doesn’t know yet that Mels is her future daughter Melody Pond, who would grow up to become River Song. It’s a sweet, wistful story, full of yearning and melancholy, waiting for the Doctor to keep his promise and return. If there’s one thing Moffat seems to understand, it’s that you should never break a promise to a child….
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.
Why Wondery Thinks The Next Game Of Thrones Will Come On Audio Through Podcasts.
In this interview with Jen Sargent, Chief Operating Officer of Wondery, one of the world’s leading podcast content creators, she talks about where she sees serialized podcasts going. In regards to how podcasts and Hollywood are related, she said, “Wondery has about nine shows in active development, all are either optioned or ordered to series across multiple networks and platforms and production houses.”
UCP, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios, has signed a multi-year first-look deal with podcast network, iHeart. UCP President Dawn Olmstead said, “Partnering with iHeart to not only adapt some of their enviable and extensive podcast library to television but also expand the production and reach of UCP Audio originals is a giant leap in our platform building strategy. We look forward to making waves in the podcast space this year and we are very excited to have iHeart joining us on our endeavor.” Pay attention, folks. Things are gettin’ real.
Dan Misener returns with another data geek’s delight. In this article he analyses podcast descriptions. That’s the part that’s supposed to hook a potential listener into giving your podcast a try. In addition, that’s where the search engines go to find podcasts for people who are looking for them. You think that’s important? I do. He has some specific recommendations for structuring your description. His most important recommendation: “Include the hookiest, most important human-readable details at the beginning of your show description.” Read it.
Chartable has introduced its own list of the top 200 podcasts in just about any category. They break the podcasts down into 47 different categories. I know. I counted them. There are even separate categories for fiction podcast rank and fiction podcast trends.
To be honest, deciding to start your own audio fiction podcast is — daunting. That’s a good word. But help is available, and this article by Matthew McLean, one of the creators and stars of A Scottish Podcast, a supernatural comedy fiction podcast, will lead you down the path. As with most DIY podcast articles this was written with non-fiction podcasters in mind, but it applies just as well to fiction podcasters.
This podcast from Fool and Scholar Productions, the brain-child of Travis Vengroff and Kaitlin Statz, has been running since 2017. It encompases three main story lines: Vigilance (one season), Critical Research (two seasons), and Tales from the Tower. That last began its fourth season in March with a first episode that will knock your socks off! The sound design by Travis and the writing by Kaitlin are — well — professional (that seems so inadequate). The season premiere will leave you clicking the download button for episode 2 before you even realize what you’re doing.
The article below fascinates us because of the way it waves and wiggles and uses language in a most effective way to make the stats, erm, come alive.
Genius. Sheer genius.
by Dave Zohreb
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our routines and changed how we consume media. Netflix and YouTube streaming has grown so much that they have to limit bandwidth. Video game live-streaming is way up. Spotify music streaming, on the other hand, has gone down.
So—how has the pandemic changed how we listen to podcasts?
Voxnest and Acast report downloads trending upward during the pandemic. Podsights reported downloads staying essentially flat, while Podtrac showed downloads and audiences trending slightly down. Focusing on podcast downloads, however, misses a key element of podcast listener behavior—actual listening.
Podcast publishers and advertisers trust Chartable to analyze and aggregate many different kinds of data. We see over 530 million IAB-certified downloads a month through our analytics prefix from over 7,000 podcasts. On top of this download stream, we also aggregate listening data from thousands of publishers from both Apple Podcasts Connect and Spotify for Podcasters.
By looking at these datasets together, we’re able to shed a bit more light on what listeners are actually doing with the podcasts they’re downloading….
Gotta love all the great new video freebies we’re all getting while we’re hard at the social distancing thing. And for some of us it is indeed hard work to adjust to living each moment of our lives to the fullest without being nagged about the right-or-wrongness of being nonproductive.
This production of Cabaret is an awesome distraction from potentially terminal self-awareness. It was shot life, onstage, as a TV movie directed by the great Sam Mendes and featuring the original cast of the West End production, including Alan Cumming as the Master of Ceremonies, and even if you hate the show or its music (although how could you?) you should watch for Alan Cumming alone.
Let’s all enjoy this gift together.
Master of Ceremonies
(Based on stories)