I led Tuesday’s newsletter with Graham Holdings spinning Pinna, the kids-focused on-demand audio app, out from Panoply into its own standalone company. It was a fairly straightforward piece, but it was pretty lean in detail. Good thing, then, that the new company was able to get back to me on a couple of things.
This morning, Graham Holdings announced that Pinna, the kids programming-focused paid listening service that was originally launched in 2017 under the Panoply umbrella, is being spun out into a standalone company. The new entity will be led by CEO Maggie McGuire, a veteran of children-focused media divisions. Previously, McGuire held executive positions at Scholastic, Viacom’s […]
What happened to Pinna, Panoply’s kids-oriented paid podcast platform, after the Panoply layoffs? Unclear, but they’re still making stuff.
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 149, published January 30, 2018. One month in. When Apple rolled out its long-awaited in-episode podcast analytics last month, part of the anxiety (and excitement, really) was finding out whether, essentially, the world would end. Which is to say, whether this whole podcast thing […]
Slate Outlook. This is a tad newsier and more with-the-pack than I generally like to be, but whatever — there’s a bunch of juicy, usable stuff in here. Slate readers woke up this morning to something big from the 22-year-old online magazine: a total redesign, complete with an overhauled backend to improve the site’s user […]
Notes from north of the border. When it comes to the Canadian podcast industry, there seems to be a lot to talk about. At least, that’s what I found after writing up last month’s report from Ulster Media and The Globe and Mail about the country’s podcast listening statistics. That study, which you can find […]
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 138, published October 31, 2017. Happy Halloween folks! Subscriptions at a personal level. When I wrote about Panoply’s paid kids-oriented listening service, Pinna, earlier this month, I was drawn to a question that didn’t end up being articulated in the piece: Does a subscription-first audio product […]
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 137, published October 24, 2017. WBUR wades into the daily podcast grind…with sports. So, one of the structural advantages of on-demand audio — and of the internet more broadly, with the way it collapses physical space — is how it allows publishers to identify, […]
Panoply’s Pinna might just be the first really interesting attempt to get people to pay for podcasts
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 136, published October 17, 2017. 60dB → Google. Google has acqui-hired the team behind 60dB, the personalized short-form audio app. The team, which goes by the name of Tiny Garage Labs, announced the move last Tuesday, and a Google representative confirmed the development to Business Insider. As part of […]