1. This morning Spotify announced that it has entered into "definitive agreements" to acquire podcast production house Gimlet Media (as we previously reported) and Anchor, a podcast creation and monetization platform. "These acquisitions will meaningfully accelerate our path to becoming the world’s leading audio platform, give users around the world access to the best podcast content, and improve the quality of our listening experience," said CEO Daniel Ek in a blog post. According to Peter Kafka, who broke the news about Gimlet last Friday, the company "expects to spend up to $500 million on deals this year." — SPOTIFY
2. Has everyone seen the new trailer for the upcoming HBO series on the Adnan Syed case? (Kim Kardashian, if you are listening, this show should be right up your alley.) The highly anticipated TV series, which is based on Serial's first season, premieres on March 10th. In related news, the Undisclosed podcast, which "investigates wrongful convictions," is planning to release a new season to accompany the HBO docuseries — but be aware that Undisclosed is backed by the (obviously biased) firm, The Adnan Legal Trust. — HBO DOCUMENTARIES
3. Gwyneth Paltrow's growing Goop empire has inked a deal with Delta Airlines, to air at least eight episodes of its podcast on 600 planes, beginning this month. Oprah will be the show's first airborne guest. Variety also reports that Netflix is set to launch a Goop docuseries this fall, which will be hosted by Gwyneth and "dial up the aesthetics and quality of storytelling surrounding issues like mental, physical and sexual health." — VARIETY
4. STUpodity, the second podcast to join ESPN's recently announced Le Batard and Friends podcast network, launched last week. Host Jon Weiner (aka "Stugotz") also co-hosts The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, which has been popular with listeners since 2004. According to Stugotz, his wife will make regular appearances on the program and the pair "hope to have funny discussions about sports, parenting, marriage and life that will be relatable to so many people out there." — ALL ACCESS
5. On a recent episode of Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend, the host and comic Dana Carvey discuss how podcasts differ from standup. "It’s just very different from the way we were trained, which is you have a finite amount of time and you’ve got to get maximum laughs in that time," says O'Brien. Read the transcript here.
6. In a recent interview with Nerds and Beyond, Bubble creator Jordan Morris describes his show as a "sci-fi nightmare version of the gig economy where we all have to literally fight for our lives just to make rent." He also reveals that the show was initially conceived as a TV pilot.
7. The Preserve this Podcast initiative recently surveyed 556 podcasters and podcast professionals "regarding their understanding and usage of preservation practices." One astonishing finding: 62% of respondents are "not at all" familiar with the process for archiving digital files. Read the full report here.
8. Norm Pattiz says he's preparing for the second "podcast boom." The PodcastOne CEO "estimates [it] will take place in the next few years and make podcasting a multibillion-dollar industry." I like his optimism!
9. Podcasters can now submit their shows for entry in the Latin Podcast Awards (here) and the British Podcast Awards (here). The British awards have added a few new categories including Moment of the Year and Best Sex and Relationships podcast.
10. Creators of the popular children's toothbrushing podcast Chompers "fixed" the Alexa ad. Click here or on the image below to see the full video.
This newsletter was written and curated by podcast junkie and recovered publicist, Skye Pillsbury. Over the years, Skye has crafted digital media strategies for brands like Yahoo! and Microsoft and worked regularly with media outlets such as the New York Times, Rolling Stone and NPR. Skye was famous for 49 minutes when she and her son were featured in an episode of Gimlet Media’s Heavyweight podcast. Follow her on Twitter @SkyePillsbury.
Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies) and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).