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NY Times “in exclusive talks” to acquire Serial Productions, potential cost of $75M

We knew that the New York Times was interested in buying Serial Productions, the podcast house which makes Serial, the most successful true crime podcast franchise of the last six years. We reported such in January. Now we learn from the Times itself that it is exclusively discussing the acquisition with Serial, according to Ben Smith, the new Media Columnist. There might be a discount. Continue Reading

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Sony Music Entertainment: Another podcast deal, arguably the biggest, reinforces Sony presence

Sony Music has forged a content development partnership with Somethin’ Else, an indie British podcast production company. The press release lists Sony’s contributions to be content expertise, marketing, and monetization. We don’t know whether Sony has taken an ownership stake in Somethin’ Else. We do know Sony is moving fast in podcasting. Continue Reading

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Triton Digital acquires Omny Studio; anticipates robust podcast revenue growth

Triton Digital® is announcing this morning that it has acquired Omny Studio, the Melbourne-based enterprise podcast technology and hosting company.  The Omny Studio brand will continue as Triton’s podcast-facing technology suite, and Omny CEO, Sharon Taylor, along with the company’s staff, will join Triton Digital. Triton Neal Schore predicts growth in podcasting and digital audio. Continue Reading

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iHeartMedia acquires cloud-based online audio company Radiojar

iHeartMedia has acquired Radiojar Information Technology, an online audio company based in Greece. Radiojar is a centralized, cloud-based platform for audio playout. Following the acquisition by iHeartMedia subsidiary RCS, Radiojar’s tools will be used at the media conglomerate to combine elements of bradcast radio into digital channels such as podcasts and music streaming. Continue Reading