Section: Big Podcasting

Section: Big Podcasting
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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
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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
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Festivus, for the Rest of Us

Over the past month, we’ve been running a call for opinions built around a fairly straightforward question: “What are you most frustrated by?” (With respect to the podcast industry, of course.) To put it mildly, folks obliged. Let me start by establishing what I tried to do this with this piece. Editorially, the goal was […]

November 5, 2019
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ESPN announces host for its upcoming daily sports pod

Mina Kimes will host ESPN’s upcoming daily sports podcast. A senior writer who also frequently appears as a contributor on ESPN’s various television properties, Kimes joined ESPN in 2014 following stints at Fortune and Bloomberg News. She already hosts another podcast for ESPN, The Mina Kimes Show featuring Lenny, which will continue production. (Lenny, by […]

October 15, 2019
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VoxFronts

Later this evening, Vox Media will hold an event for its growing podcast business at a (fairly swanky) space near its downtown Manhattan offices, which it’s billing as its first official podcast upfront. On the menu, aside from the customary Hors d’oeuvres, are details on several new upcoming projects. Among them: A new impeachment podcast […]

October 15, 2019
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Stitcher begins hosting platform switchover

Last week, the EW Scripps-owned podcast company sent out an email informing its Midroll clients — a.k.a. podcasters who Stitcher reps for advertising sales — that it is officially starting to move all its represented shows onto the Omny hosting platform. We first reported on Stitcher’s plans to do so back in July. The company’s […]

October 15, 2019
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Luminary Exec-Level Shuffle

For your intelligence dossier purposes: The Verge is reporting that Joe Purzycki, who co-founded the startup with Matt Sacks, is no longer the company’s Chief Strategy Officer. He was replaced by Jeff Saunders, former VP of product and technology at Jet.com, who holds the title of Luminary’s Chief Product Officer. According to the report, the […]

October 8, 2019
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Money for Nothing

Podcoin, an app that promised to “pay you to listen to podcasts”, shuts down today. It began operation in December 2018 and claimed to hit 10,000 active daily users in April of this year, before being added by The Meet Group in May to its network of mobile apps (albeit seemingly without money changing hands, […]

September 24, 2019
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Platisher, Ye Cometh

Spotify has made two interesting personnel moves to bolster its podcast development pipeline around two key genres, sports and news, according to a report by The Information that dropped on Friday. Firstly, the company has hired Amy Hudson, most recently the sports media partnerships lead at Facebook, to oversee its sports programming assets. Secondly, David […]

September 10, 2019
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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