So, I spoke to Diehn for the Podfront UK deep-dive that came out on Tuesday, and it turned out to be one of those situations where a lot of really smart things were said and I couldn’t squish all of it into the piece. Hence, I’m running it here.
SOUND THE TAKE ALARM. Big news drop this evening. Let’s jump in: There had been rumors, and there had been increasing reason to believe them. Spotify’s buzzy start to the year, in which the Swedish platform spent hundreds of millions of dollars acquiring its way into the podcast industry, had begun to inspire questions about […]
This news dropped came out last week, but it’s worth unpacking. The two podcast companies have launched a new joint venture called Podfront UK, which holds the express purpose of establishing a sales presence in the region to monetize the considerable UK-based listens experienced by both companies. I’m told that the UK represents the third […]
Before I move off this topic, I wanted to flag something I found interesting: Stitcher appears to be in the process of changing platform vendors for hosting services provided by Midroll, the company’s sales division. Midroll’s preferred platform had been Art19, but it’s now switching to Omny, the Australian hosting platform that Triton Digital acquired […]
For as long as I’ve been observing the UK podcast scene (which is a little over half a decade now), I’ve always gotten the sense that everyone is waiting for the One Big Thing™️: the thing that will kick everything up a gear and make the podcast market here look more like the one in […]
I wrote a preview piece for Vulture last week on The Clearing, a new true crime project by Pineapple Street Media in collaboration with Gimlet Media that’s due to drop on Thursday. The piece focused on the creative hook of the podcast — it’s pretty wild — but what I didn’t get to discuss much […]
I feel like I’ve been somnambulant. How is it already July? The past half-year slipped by like a breeze, and I’m still processing the two big news events that have defined the year in podcasting so far: Spotify’s massive buys into podcasting and Luminary’s bungled roll-out, the latter of which has begun to carry the […]
The “Netflix for Podcasts” Theory and Non-US Markets
“It’s still so early,” insists Wondery CEO Hernan Lopez when we spoke last week. We had jumped on the phone shortly after the Wall Street Journal posted its report on the company’s Series B, and I have to admit: the news surprised me. When I first started hearing rumblings earlier in the week to watch […]
It adds to the $5 million Series A already raised.