Nicholas Quah

I run this thing.

Tracking: January 12, 2021

Selected Notes… From Deadline: “Former CAA Agent Vanessa Silverton-Peel To Head Spotify & Chernin Entertainment Partnership.” From The Verge: “Amazon marked free podcasts as costing $8.95 with a discount for Audible subscribers.” For what it’s worth, someone close to the matter at Audible would later tell me that this was due to a “technical error” […]

January 12, 2021

Insider: January 8, 2021 — Follow-up to L’affaire Caliphate, Notes on Twitter and Breaker

January 8, 2021

Insider: January 7, 2021 — Spotify-Chernin hire adaptation point person, Audible’s False Advertising, Revolving Door

January 7, 2021

L’affaire Caliphate

A week before Christmas, the New York Times announced the findings of its internal review into Caliphate, its acclaimed 2018 audio documentary series that was thrown into question earlier in the Fall. In short, the paper had found considerable fault with the reporting in the series, and as a result, it would be walking back […]

January 5, 2021

Amazon to acquire Wondery

This officially puts a bow on what the Wall Street Journal reported in early December. Right before the new year, the Bezosian mothership announced its intention to purchase Wondery, the podcast publisher known for its pulpy offerings that also stands as the last big buyable podcast asset of this past generation. The company’s been in […]

January 5, 2021

Tracking: January 5, 2021

Selected Notes… The team behind Breaker, a fairly nifty third-party podcast app that’s been around for a few years now, is joining Twitter, and the app is shutting down. I have been informed that Bean Dad drama is technically a subset of Podcast Drama, given that the aforementioned Bean Dad is a prolific podcaster. ICYMI: […]

January 5, 2021

Insider: December 17, 2020 — A Butt Load of News, Spotify-NPR Global Distribution Deal, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are Podcasters Now (Like the Rest of Us)

December 17, 2020

Housekeeping, end of 2020

Let’s start with a quick reminder: Hot Pod is taking the next two weeks off to recuperate for the rest of 2020. It’s been the year from hell, and I’m due to pay back a ton of spiritual debt. For paid subscribers, I’m writing two final Insiders this week — I suspect there’s a little […]

December 15, 2020

Year in Review: Coronavirus, Consolidation, and Collective Bargaining

Any summation of the past year begins and ends with COVID, even if we’re just talking about podcasts. Given everything that’s happened, how can it not? We had just a little over two months of expected life in 2020 before counties across the United States started implementing initial lockdown measures, drastically altering the shape of […]

December 15, 2020

Illustration: “Trim Silence Night”

December 15, 2020