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People’s Choice Podcast Awards 2021 provide a rich vein of discovery

The 2021 edition of the annual People’s Choice Podcast Awards is out. This remarkable celebration of podcasting excellence is basically crowdsourced — listeners and podcasters select all the nominees and all the winners. Not only a meritocracy, but the results furnish a remarkable trove of discovery. Continue Reading

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Podcast Movement 2021: Nearly 400 speakers converged in Nashville as annual gathering proceeded in person and online

Podcast Movement, the largest gathering of podcasting creatives and industry execs, returned to the physical realm in 2021 after an all-virtual installation of the series in 2020. This year’s gathering was at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville. The organizers hedged their bet with a co-produced virtual event. We went to Nashville. Continue Reading

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IAB Podcast Upfront Fall to complement the spring event, with new research report

Last December the IAB announced that the annual Podcast Upfront showcase to advertisers was shifting to a spring event, to place it closer to the Video Upfronts. That rescheduled event did take place (virtually) in May, but now the IAB announces a fall podcast event as well, on September 9-10, timed with a new research report. Click through for details and confirmed presenters. Continue Reading

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“VENT Documentaries” win top honor at British Podcast Awards; 28 honorees; great discovery field

Twenty-eight 1st-place awards, and three times that many total awards, were bestowed over the weekend by the British Podcast Awards. VENT Documentaries won Podcast of the Year — a show in which investigative stories are told by young people from a single London borough. The winner list of nearly 90 shows provides great discovery browsing, especially for American audiences. Click for details and link. Continue Reading

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“Dying for Sex” wins Ambies Podcast of the Year; 23 category awards bestowed; we count “top” networks

Dying for Sex won the Podcast of the Year award at the inaugural Ambies Awards, produced by The Podcast Academy. The Wondery-produced show posted its final episode 14 months ago, perhaps demonstrating how evergreen podcasts retain their currency. We analyze how many winners are from “top publishers.” Continue Reading