Sunday night’s Golden Globes saw two podcast-to-television products nominated: Homecoming (which was very good!) and Dirty John (which would’ve been a better Lifetime show, IMO). Neither won, but hey, it was still a wild thing to see. Meanwhile, we had another round of pod-to-tv trend pieces (shouts to my original Vulture piece on the matter, way back last February), and if you need to read a few from this volley, I’d recommend Jaclyn Peiser’s overview at the New York Times — money quote, from Gimlet’s Mr. Lieber: “We created an I.P. factory” — and this one from The Verge, with the money quote from Justin McElroy: “This is America. Everyone thinks they’re going to get a TV show.”
This week in daily news podcasts: The Daily is on the hunt for a Managing Editor (!), The Economist will soon roll out one of its own, and Slate’s What Next is officially live after a brief soft launch.
Ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Amazon has declared that it has sold over 100 million Alexa devices. As The Verge’s Dieter Bohn noted, this is an “all-too-rare” disclosure of actual sales numbers by the Bezos empire.
Speaking of which: CES is happening this week. It’s not my scene, but if you’re there and there’s a good podcast-relevant story, let me know.
Wonder what Dinner Party Download’s Brendan Francis Newnam is up to these days? The dude was apparently involved in the development of WQXR/WNYC Studios’s Aria Code podcast, and has a couple of other projects in the oven.
Speaking of WNYC, got this in the inbox: “SAG-AFTRA and New York Public Radio (NYPR) today announced that they have reached a Voluntary Recognition Agreement that will add over 25 new employees – including reporters for the news site Gothamist – to the union’s longstanding collective bargaining unit, which covers approximately 175 workers at NYPR. The new unit made the request to unionize on Nov. 26, 2018.”
This one feels like it’s made just for me, who reads this New Yorker classic every six months: KPCC is releasing a “speculative journalism” podcast called The Big One, about what will happen when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake inevitably hits Southern California. It’s said to mix a narrative experience with practical survival tips, and it’s out this week.