Hello! I’m back in New York City after a couple of whirlwind days in Dallas last week. It was really cool to meet so many people from the industry in person. My biggest takeaway from the Podcast Movement week is how much the podcast format has evolved (for better or worse). Video podcasts were the hot topic, with a lot of discussion about how to switch to video and if it is necessary to do so. As one executive told me, video isn’t for everyone! It’s much easier to produce professional-quality audio than video, and many podcast genres don’t really lend themselves to video. I’ll be curious to see if it’s such a big topic next year; perhaps by then, the creators will have tried and abandoned the practice.
After a big week of news last week, with Twitter’s soft launch of its podcast feature and a bunch of ~~speeches about Ben Shapiro’s surprise appearance on Podcast Movement, it’s a bit quieter this week. Everyone is in lazy mode at the end of the summer, and I’m not mad about it, except for James Van Der Beek, who is feeling litigious. Let’s get into it.
James Van Der Beek is suing Stitcher after podcast talks broke down
James Van Der Beek isn’t happy about the demise of his podcast deal with SiriusXM’s Stitcher; the Dawson’s Creek Star is suing the network for breach of contract. The explosion first reported the lawsuit, which was filed Friday. The suit alleges that his deal would have been worth a minimum of $700,000 for 40 episodes, plus 50 percent of net ad revenue.
“[Van Der Beek] had other offers and potential partners to choose from to develop this project,” the document says. “However, based on the contractual agreement reached with Defendants, Plaintiff stopped negotiating with other buyers and affirmatively rejected those other offers (as well as other performance opportunities).”
Based on the presentation, it does not appear that there was a formal contract. Van Der Beek is suing based on terms agreed to by phone and email. It’s unclear what led to the deal being broken, but I’m sure (hopefully juicy!) details will emerge as the case progresses. SiriusXM declined to comment.
Van Der Beek’s revenge aside, I personally love being able to get a number on a run-of-the-mill celebrity podcast deal (even if they’re becoming less common in the current economic climate).
date line launches subscription on Apple Podcasts
NBC date linewho did a true crime before it was cool, is launching a subscription on Apple Podcasts. date line premiumCosting $2.99 per month or $29.99 per year, it provides subscribers with ad-free music, early access to new episodes, and exclusive bonus content.
It is not a surprise that date line opted for Apple for its premium service, as its podcast performs particularly well on the platform (it’s currently ranked #10, up from #40 on Spotify). Last year, Apple launched podcast subscriptions (which it gets a 30 percent cut in the first year), and they’re becoming more common. The company reports that more than a quarter of the top 100 shows on the platform now offer subscriptions.
We have a lot of new shows coming out of the Podcast Movement, and I wanted to highlight a few of the most exciting ones:
- Video game designer Hideo Kojima, who has a huge following, is Spotify’s latest podcast star. brain structure It will be available in English and Japanese and will not be about games per se. The talk show will run the gamut from movies and games to “art, philosophy, and the social landscape.”
- NPR is also launching a new podcast in two languages. In partnership with Futuro Media, the studio that just won the Pulitzer Prize for audio for Affablefocused on soccer the last drink will debut later this fall ahead of the FIFA World Cup in English and Spanish. NPR host Jasmine Garsd will use soccer to explore issues of identity, race and class.
- Crooked Media is making a leap into lifestyle content. dare we saywhich premiered earlier this month, is hosted by Gen Z actresses Josie Totah, Alycia Pascual Peña, and Yasmine Hamady, who will delve into life in their 20s, social media, LGBTQ issues, and a bit of politics ( it’s still crooked, after all).
- Pushkin Industries and Sony Music’s Somethin’ Else partner for an intellectual take on the art world of true crime with death of an artist, which will debut on September 8. The show is an exploration of the mysterious death in 1985 of boisterous Cuban-born artist Ana Mendieta. This is not for me, but I’m sure it is for someone.
- Another true crime capsule! (Again, not for me). Tenderfoot and iHeart have partnered on the monster, a 10-episode series about Belgian serial killer Marc Dutroux. The first two episodes are now available.
- That Björk has a podcast isn’t that surprising, but I admit I didn’t expect Mailchimp to sponsor it. She really zigs when you think she’s going to zag. Björk: Sonic Symbolism it will come out on Thursday.
That’s all from me! Have a great holiday weekend and see you next week.