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Tracking: May 4, 2021

First of all… I’m not sure if you’re listening to The Line, the Apple Original podcast led by Dan Taberski about the case of the Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, but I think it broke some news with its series conclusion that came out today. If you haven’t checked out the show, you should do so. […]

May 4, 2021
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YouTube star Markiplier to launch weekly podcast

The show will be called Distractible, and it will feature Markiplier — real name Mark Fischbach — collaborating with fellow digital creators Wade Barnes and Bob Muyskens to host what’s being pitched as “a space to have thoughtful discussions about funny, out there, or otherwise interesting stories from everyday life.” Distractible is scheduled to launch […]

May 4, 2021
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Podcasting and “The Creator Economy”

The words are often ambiguous in what it actually encompasses, though it typically retains a specificity in connotation: “creator,” “influencer,” “social media star.” A distinctly modern and digitally derived celebrity, mostly on the younger side, always emergent from the ever-evolving frontier of new media. Whatever the terminology, one thing’s for certain: This class of digital-first […]

May 4, 2021
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The Live Event Streaming Experience, with a few twists

The live-performance business has long been a powerful economic engine for many, many kinds of artists. This is as true for musicians in the streaming age as it is for comedians and, yes, podcasters. (Let’s set theater aside for this discussion. Different bag altogether.) The pandemic, of course, brought live performances to a halt, pushing […]

May 4, 2021
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Illustration: “A Little Bit Here, A Little Bit There”

May 4, 2021
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How One Comedian Used Podcasting to Reset

As comedy clubs open back up in New York City, comedian Casey Balsham is relishing a return to the stage. The city scene missed out on lots of personalities and content over the past year, but if it weren’t for the strangely opportune lull that lockdown provided, it might’ve lost one permanently. Because if the […]

May 4, 2021
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Insider: April 30, 2021 — Platform Hiccups, Apple TV+ announces another original podcast, Meadowlark Licensing Deal

April 30, 2021
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Insider: April 29, 2021 — Spotify’s First Quarter Earnings, Rogan (Again), Reply All to return in June

April 29, 2021
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Tracking: April 27, 2021

Bloomberg reports that AT&T is exploring a sale of Rooster Teeth, the Otter Media subsidiary digital entertainment company that specializes in gaming, fandom, and pop culture areas with a sizable podcast operation, which includes first-party production and third-party partnerships. Meanwhile, The Daily Beast reports that Bari Weiss, the controversial former New York Times opinion writer, […]

April 27, 2021
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99% Invisible Sells

Roman Mars’ beloved show about the hidden design of the world — and one of the true exemplars for open indie podcasting — is no longer independent. Yesterday, SiriusXM announced that it has acquired Mars’ production company, 99% Invisible Inc., which publishes 99% Invisible and What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law, the project […]

April 27, 2021