Nicholas Quah

I run this thing.

Since we last left you…

Podcast-land saw the release of two extremely high profile projects: The Michelle Obama Podcast and Nice White Parents. July turned out to be really busy this year, which wasn’t really the case last summer. Then again, we didn’t have a pandemic this time last year. Oh boy. A few brief notes on those two launches. […]

August 11, 2020

Et tu, Bezos?

Seems like some folks have been getting this email lately: Keep this between you and me, though. It’s confidential, they said.

August 11, 2020

Departing employee draws attention to systemic racism at PRX

Last week, Palace Shaw, an out-going employee at PRX, circulated a letter among her colleagues that laid out several details and reasons that contributed to her departure. In that letter, she paints a picture of PRX as being a workplace that made things structurally and culturally hard for her, as a Black woman, to feel […]

August 11, 2020

Membership drives in the coronvirus era

“Anyone claiming to have solid expectations in this environment is playing someone for a fool,” said Bikram Chatterji, the managing director of Maximum Fun. We were talking about the veteran podcast company’s annual membership drive, the MaxFunDrive, which wrapped up its latest campaign last week. Membership revenue is a crucial part of Maximum Fun’s business, […]

August 11, 2020

Tracking: August 11, 2020

New York Times assembles its Opinion Audio unit. Back to the Times for a hot second. Earlier this month, the news organization announced the eight hires they’ve made to make up the team that will be expanding the prominent Opinion section’s work around audio. As a reminder, there’s already one Times Opinion podcast that’s been […]

August 11, 2020

Insider: July 30, 2020

July 30, 2020

Headgum raises $2 million, primarily from USV

This is Headgum’s first investment raise ever, since its founding in 2015 by Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld. The news strikes me as a response to the times. Broadly speaking, Headgum can be viewed as having been a fairly conventional podcast network for much of its existence, structured as a collection of network-owned programming bolstered […]

July 28, 2020

Spotify rolls out video support

Let’s do a little bit of Kremlinology. Last week, Spotify officially rolled out support for video podcasts, initially limiting the experience to a small number of shows. This comes after a period of testing around Zane and Heath: Unfiltered, a podcast fronted by two YouTube stars, originally announced in early May. The initial batch of […]

July 28, 2020

Follow-up to NYT-Serial Productions

ICYMI: Serial Productions is now a New York Times company. Also, the Times forged a “strategic alliance” with This American Life, in which the famed public radio and podcast operation will continue editorially collaborating with Serial Productions, while also receiving co-marketing and advertising sales support from the Times. Aside from the general head-turning nature of […]

July 28, 2020

Credit, and Criticisms of Erasure

Last week, Amanda Seales — the actor, singer, and celebrity, whose credits include Issa Rae’s Insecure — officially launched a new network, called the Smart Funny & Black Podcast Network, that springboards out of her popular show, “Small Doses with Amanda Seales.” But the launch announcement came with a declaration that rubbed some the wrong […]

July 28, 2020