Nicholas Quah

I run this thing.

Endeavor Audio lays off in-house sales team amidst restructure

I’m able to confirm that Endeavor Audio, the podcast division launched by the entertainment conglomerate Endeavor in the fall of 2018, has laid off its in-house advertising sales team, and is pulling out of the podcast advertising sales business more broadly. At least one client has already been informed, and the sales team was informed […]

January 23, 2020

Insider: Serial Productions exploring a sale? What?

We find ourselves in the midst of a most peculiar moment.

January 23, 2020

Insider: January 23, 2020

– Apple’s original podcasts… is to be Apple TV+ Companion podcasts

– A Chinese Audio company to list on the NASDAQ

– The Ringer Union puts out a statement… and more!

January 23, 2020

Ringer/Spotify

On Friday evening, at the top of a long weekend — a time slot known in some cultures as “News Dump O’ Clock” — the Wall Street Journal dropped a mighty curious story with considerable implications for podcast-land: Spotify, the story reported, appears to be in “early talks” to acquire The Ringer, the distinctly podcast-heavy […]

January 21, 2020

Tracking: January 21, 2020

KPCC is launching “Public Radio Palooza,” a year-long event series celebrating public radio that will be held throughout Los Angeles — and yep, that’s the name they’re going with. Anyway, the line-up is spread pretty far out across the calendar, and you can find full details here. ICYMI: iHeartMedia initiated a round of mass layoffs […]

January 21, 2020

On Development, Strategic and Beyond

This segment’s going to be a little different from what we usually do. A few months ago, I was bumbling around LinkedIn — a rare occurrence, given, you know, *broadly gestures* — when a profile caught my eye: one Sofia Klatzker, who holds two curious titles that intrigued me. The first is “Vice President, Strategic […]

A chat with Sofia Klatzker, VP of Strategic Development at 99% Invisible and President of the Roman Mars Foundation

January 21, 2020

Insider: January 16, 2020

– Layoffs hit iHeartMedia following restructure

– Lawsuit over Audible’s “Caption” feature settled

– Facebook groups and podcast communities… and more!

January 16, 2020

Slate’s Slow Burn to return to politics for S4

This is a Hot Pod ~exclusive~: after shifting subgenres and taking on the Biggie-Tupac story with Joel Anderson at the helm for its third season — which has brought in over 7 million downloads, and counting — the next iteration will see the franchise dip back into the political history well to examine David Duke’s […]

January 14, 2020

Luminary changes pricing

Just got this from the Luminary comms team: the paid podcast platform is adjusting its prices. The standard monthly price in the US is now $4.99 — down from $7.99, a fairly big dip. It’s also rolling out an annual plan for the first time, at $34.99. This move has some implications for the platform’s […]

January 14, 2020

Tracking: January 14, 2020

ICYMI. Last Wednesday, I published an extra issue on Spotify’s push into podcast ad tech, via its new Streaming Ad Insertion product roll-out. I principally view the story as one about platform power, with Spotify looking to assume more market power by solving the monetization via advertising problem for the many deep-pocketed brands still meh […]

January 14, 2020