Inside Podcasting - August 12th, 2019

Inside Podcasting (Aug 12th, 2019)

Jamie Dornan is Dr. Death / PM19 / Podthon / Trailers / Marilyn Monroe

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Dear Readers,

If you're headed to Podcast Movement this week, please come introduce yourself! I'll either be fangirling in the audience, taking notes for a future newsletter or onstage during a "Goldfish Tank" podcast competition  and a panel about the "podcast newsletter craze." Hit reply and let me know which sessions you're participating in and/or most excited to attend.


1. Jamie Dornan of Fifty Shades of Gray fame has been cast as Dr. Christopher Duntsch in the TV version of Wondery's hit pod Dr. Death. Quick refresher: Dr. Death chronicled the real-life story of a psychopathic doctor who managed to kill and maim 33 patients before — spoilers ahead — eventually being arrested, convicted and sent to prison for life. Alec Baldwin will portray the "quiet, deliberative and methodical" neurosurgeon Robert Henderson, while Christian Slater stars as "impulsive" vascular surgeon Randall Kirby. The show is currently being shopped by Universal Cable Productions, which means we do not yet have a premiere date. — THE WRAP

2. Over the weekend, Asian American Podcasters co-founder Lee Uehara and WOC Podcasters founder Danielle Desir hosted a virtual "Podthon," in which all-POC podcasters shared presentations and answered questions from listeners. If you missed it, you can still purchase a replay which gives you access to the presentations, bonus episodes and worksheets. Presenters during the Podthon addressed everything from how to book great guests, build your digital presence and leverage video. — PODTHON 

3. Pacific Content's Dan Misener has set up a feed called "Nothing but Podcast Trailers," which plays trailers from Apple Podcasts' top 200 shows, one after the other. You can test it out yourself by typing into your podcast player. Dan's creation has me fantasizing about an app that would play trailers for shows in various categories (and expand beyond those in the top 200). Dan, can you build this? — PACIFIC CONTENT

4. Vox Media's Eater's Digest arrived this month. Eater editor-in-chief Amanda Kludt and producer Daniel Geneen host the show, in which "the biggest names in the industry and journalists from the Eater newsroom...bring you the wildest, most important stories from restaurants and kitchens around the world." On the show's first episode the hosts reveal their secrets for nabbing tables at busy restaurants: take advantage of major TV events and rainy days, or try calling an affable manager directly. — EATER

5. The Financial Times' Fiona Sturges says that The Bellingcat Podcast, an investigative show that explores the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, exemplifies the best of hard-hitting journalism. "Extraordinary in detail, tenacity and execution, you can practically smell the sweat that’s gone into making it," says Sturges. You can binge the first four episodes right now.

6. From the tabloid-friendly creators of Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood, now comes The Killing of Marilyn Monroe, a podcast promising juicy reveals. "Through on the ground, investigative reporting, brand new sources, and meticulous reviewing of evidence, we will reveal for the first time exactly what happened on the night of August 4, 1962...and why [Marilyn's] killer has never been brought to justice," says host and style expert Jackie Miranne. Listen to the trailer here.

7. In conjunction with Studio 71, insanely popular technology YouTuber Marques Brownlee (aka MKBHD) is launching a podcast called Waveform. In addition to discussing news and reviewing products on the show, Brownlee says he'll share "behind the scenes tips on running a tech channel and maybe even some unfiltered takes that don't make it to YouTube."

8. Last week, Ron Burgundy (aka Will Ferrell) showed up on six different late night shows on the same night to promote the arrival of his show's second season. Hey, late night show bookers, if you're hungry for content, my schedule is wiiiiiide open. 

9. Podcast Gumbo's Paul Kondo, has collected a year's worth of his weekly trifecta of podcast episode recommendations into an ebook, which is free to his subscribers (sign up here). Details on what's included in the book, and how you can download his recommendations right into your podcast player, here. Congrats to Paul!

10. RadioPublic's podcast librarian Ma’ayan Plaut has penned a primer on how to spread the word about your podcast at Podcast Movement this week. Key tips: balance your time between sessions and socializing with other attendees, have your pitch ready, bring business cards and other swag, ask good questions, and be sure to follow-up with all the fabulous people you meet after you return home. 

This newsletter was written and curated by podcast junkie and recovered publicist, Skye Pillsbury. Skye also hosts a pod called Inside Podcasting, in which podcasters discuss their craft. 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.

Editor: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside).

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