Organization: The Ringer

Organization: The Ringer
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Spotify to officially acquire The Ringer

“With The Ringer, we’re basically getting the new ESPN,” said Spotify CEO Daniel Ek during the earnings call this morning, shortly after the company sent out word that it had officially acquired The Ringer, the distinctly podcast-heavy digital media company founded by former ESPN personality Bill Simmons. It’s something of a cheeky statement, given the […]

February 5, 2020
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Insider: August 29, 2019

– Notes on venture capital, podcasting, and the pool moving forward

– The Athletic’s ambitious 120-podcast goal

– The Ringer strikes up a partnership with Grand Central Publishing

August 29, 2019
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WSJ: In its third year, The Ringer’s podcast business is the main engine

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal published a story that offers some insight into the podcast business over at The Ringer, the digital media operation Bill Simmons founded three years ago. Its podcasting health is something I’ve been wondering for a while now, partly because their output makes up a disproportionate amount of my own personal […]

January 29, 2019
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The New Independents of Los Angeles?

Here’s a refrain I’ve encountered with some regularity: “New York is the heart of the podcast industry.” I’ve been hearing this for years, and I continue to hear it, still, from producers, podcast execs, would-be producers, would-be execs, and even New York City itself. Sure, it’s almost certainly true, given that it’s the home to […]

October 30, 2018
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The Ringer dives into narrative podcasts with Halloween: Unmasked

After building out an impressive podcast network chiefly comprised of conversational programming, The Ringer is now trying its hand at narrative audio storytelling. Next Monday, the Bill Simmons-founded digital media company will launch Halloween: Unmasked, a serialized podcast documentary that will dig deep into the making, phenomenon, and legacy of John Carpenter’s legendary 1978 horror […]

September 25, 2018