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Miscellaneous Bites: July 31, 2018

Show Notes.

  • Sundance Now, the streaming platform that typically serves video, will apparently be adding original podcasts to its inventory mix. Its first production, a fiction project called Exeter, will debut in September, Deadline reports. Will Sundance Now subscribers actually know Exeter exists when it drops? We’ll find out. Or not.
  • Bodies, a new podcast that comes from KCRW’s Independent Producer Project, went live last week. It’s by Allison Behringer, who you might remember as the creator of The Intern.
  • “Forget Photo Shoots. Why GQ and Gucci are Betting on Culty Podcasts.” (Wall Street Journal) The Devil Wears Bombas. Mack Weldon? Whatever. As a side note, I thought the point of these things was to look at things?
  • My buddies at Vulture are doing a whole True Crime week, and one of their first podcast-centric pieces is this whopping 52-show-long list of crime-related podcasts. Some aren’t super crimey, but if it fits, it sits, I suppose. I’ve got a piece lined up for this that’ll drop sometime later in the week, so keep an eye out for that.

Early Stage Opportunities. Two things to flag:

  • Stitcher is launching a fellowship designed to “help recruit diverse talent and promote inclusivity in podcasting.” The program will be for this fall, and only one person will be accepted for the pilot run of the fellowship. The accepted will be paid $25 pre-tax.
  • PRX’s Project Catapult is back for a third round, and is now accepting applications.

Miscellaneous Bites

  • Someday, someone will write the definitive piece on what’s up with politicians dabbling in podcasts. “As the global climate overheats, politicians are warming up to eco-podcasts.” (New Statesman)
  • Looks like Roman Mars is out pitching a 99% Invisible book! (Twitter)
  • For the substantial portion of Hot Pod readers who think about crime-related stories and podcasts: “Down with the daily crime story.” (Popula)
  • Tangentially-related: the Los Angeles Times published the publishing world’s entry into what is being called the Summer of Scam, and it features a cameo from Current and a couple of public radio stations. Not the craziest story in the summer of scam — that honor still goes to The Cut’s piece on “Anna Delvey” — but definitely one of the more peculiar ones. (LA Times)