The most interesting thing of this development is the fact that it involves one of the major music corporations.
Follow the money (?)
(1) Spotify announced this morning that it is moving to acquire Parcast, the Los Angeles-based company founded in 2016 by Max Cutler that trades in a genre-oriented, high-volume portfolio with broad titles like Serial Killers, Cults, and Unsolved Murders. (My dude Jonah Bromwich at the New York Times has described the company’s fare as “pulp […]
On Tuesday, Gimlet management declined to voluntarily recognize the union as is, at this point in time.
In case you missed the emergency drop: last Wednesday, a consortium of employees within Gimlet Media’s 80-person-plus creative workforce announced that they are unionizing with the Writers’ Guild of America East. BuzzFeed News’ Caroline O’Donovan had the original story up that morning. Key details to note: Issues that the union hopes to focus on include, […]
I’ve heard rumblings about this for a while, but it’s officially happening: a consortium of Gimlet Media’s 80-plus-person creative staffers announced Wednesday morning that they are unionizing with the Writers’ Guild of America. Notably, the announcement comes about a month after Spotify’s blockbuster acquisition of Gimlet for $230 million. BuzzFeed News’ Caroline O’Donovan published the […]
Also at Thursday’s Hot Pod Summit (gotta keep the #brand strong, friends), I was joined on stage by Courtney Holt, Spotify’s Head of Studios and Video, along with Gimlet co-founders Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber, who both now hold Managing Director titles at the company, to talk through some details about the Swedish streaming platform’s […]
The acquisition by Gimlet and Anchor by Spotify really threw me for a loop, I must admit. And I don’t just mean because it’s a big story that happened to coincide with a busy period at Hot Pod when we had plans to cover other things. I have conflicting and unresolved opinions about the arrival of such a huge deal in the podcasting world that I’m still working out, so now you get to read me processing over the next few hundred words….
I need a break from spilling out my brain juice on this subject, if only because I require some time to process and get a clearer view on the bigger picture. In the meantime, some details to clock that didn’t make the emergency newsletter bonanza…