This week, I traded emails with Misha Euceph, a producer on KPCC’s emerging on-demand audio team that most recently put out The Big One, which was recently written-up by the newly revamped LA Times. *** Hot Pod: Tell me about your current situation. Misha Euceph: I’m a podcast producer and host at KPCC. I just […]
Hollywood and Power.
I’m revisiting this subject one more time, in part because it’s an important and substantially complicated topic, but also in part because it feels really meaningful to a good portion of the Hot Pod readership. So, when I wrote my second column on burnout last week, I also directed readers to a quick survey form […]
It’s been a while, but this feature is finally back. I continue to really enjoy publishing these snapshots; even as this industry grows bigger and more complicated and more curious, it’s still a community of individuals — and groups of individuals — trying to do stuff and make a buck. Anyway, I’m not sure if […]
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 […]
The piece we ran about podcaster burnout in last Tuesday’s Hot Pod has given me the busiest inbox of anything I’ve done in this newsletter. I had dozens of responses, mostly from podcast producers, occasionally from podcast listeners, who had feelings about this topic. As I read and engaged with the messages, I noticed a […]
Looks like the New York Times is getting ready for the next phase of whatever its audio division is going to become. I’m hearing that the Times’ audio team is announcing a slew of new hires this morning that’s meant to deepen its operations with The Daily and ramp up its involvement with narrative projects. […]
Alongside all the recent news of big acquisitions and new launches, I’ve become aware of another theme bubbling away. Plenty of podcasters are talking about experiencing burnout, or something close to it. Again and again, in private conversations with people who make audio, I’ve heard the same view expressed: there’s all this money being thrown […]
I’ve learned that Korri Kolesa and Lex Friedman, Stitcher’s Chief Revenue Officer and Chief Business Development Officer respectively, are leaving the company to take up executive positions at ART19. There, Kolesa will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer, while Friedman will serve as Chief Revenue Officer. According to a statement from ART19, the hires […]
Balcomb is being elevated to Executive Producer of The Daily and News.