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Tracking: February 26, 2019

  • The creators of Criminal, Lauren Spohrer and Phoebe Judge, are set to turn a few of their stories into scripted television projects, according to Deadline. The report notes that they are working UTA’s Oren Rosenbaum, and that they’re looking to expand their show portfolio — which also includes spinoff This Is Love — and help bring in more people into the medium.
  • LA Times Studios has launched its first “brand-funded podcast,” called Obsession, which is backed by Focus Features, which is looking to plug its new film Greta. For those wondering — like myself — LA Times Studios is an in-house team at the publisher, managed on the business side (and not involving the newsroom), which works to produce projects outside the Times’ owned platforms. The division is said to be important in the development of Dirty John, a collaboration with Wondery, along with its adaptation deal.
  • WaitWhat, the studio founded by former TED executives June Cohen and Deron Triff, has raised $4.3 million in Series A funding in a round led by Cue Ball and Burda Principal Investments. The company is responsible for the production of Masters of Scale, hosted by LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman, who also invested in the round.
  • The Cut has a great interview up with former Another Round cohost Tracy Clayton, who now has a new podcast project with Netflix called Strong Black Legends. (Note to self: Look into this Netflix thing.)
  • Missed this earlier in the month: Apparently, former Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter’s new venture will involve original podcasts? Here’s The New York Times’ writeup on the upcoming company, due to roll out stuff in the summer.
  • Because I can, I wrote about the author Jon Mooallem’s Walking podcast, which is nothing but recordings of him walking through the woods, plus host-read ads.
  • I hear that The Read will celebrate its sixth year of publishing next week. Shouts to Crissle and Kid Fury.

This time last year. To refresh: I’m copping this new feature from the very smart Ali Griswold, who writes a damn good newsletter on the sharing economy called Oversharing, where we go over the headlines from this point last year.

In the February 27, 2018 issue, Anchor officially relaunched — re-pivoted? — into its current form of a hosting platform, McDonald’s launched a sauce-cast with Gizmodo Media Group, something something Logan Paul, and we ran a Q&A with the Preserve This Podcast project.