Podcast content and advertising company Midroll Media harvested $11-million in first-quarter revenue, according to the Q1 earnings call for parent company Scripps. How that haul filtered down to the bottom line was undisclosed in the call. Continue Reading
The venerable E.W. Scripps Company, a multimedia national player in newspapers, radio, television, and digital media, has announced a tectonic and identity-changing restructure plan. As with many corporate reinventions, headcount will be reduced over 12-18 months, costs will be lowered, technology will be centralized, resources will be optimized across divisions. And radio will be ditched entirely. Continue Reading
Marvel Entertainment and podcast distribution platform Stitcher have joined to create Wolverine: The Long Night, a 10-episode audio series. In casting and production, the show seems to reach for a new level of cinematic reality, creating something that might be described as a movie for the ears. Continue Reading
Rivet Radio has continued its collaboration with E.W. Scripps to create audio skills for use with devices enabled with Amazon’s Alexa voice controls. Following the completion of a pilot program in Tampa, Scripps contracted Rivet to expand their Alexa skill program to eight more markets that went live in August. Continue Reading
E.W. Scripps had some shake-ups within its top leadership this month. Adam Symson took on the role of president and CEO on August 8. Since stepping into that CEO position, Symson has made some additional changes to Scripps’ executive team. Continue Reading
XAPPmedia has been selected by Scripps to develop Alexa skills for all 34 Scripps radio stations across 13 states. Amazon Alexa is the voice-activated smart speaker operating system which resides in the Echo, Dot, and Echo Show devices.
Media conglomerate E.W. Scripps has acquired podcast listening app Stitcher from global music service Deezer, which acquired Stitcher in October, 2014. The acquisition places Stitcher within Midroll Media, a podcast distribution and sales company, which Scripps purchased in July of last year. We spoke to Midroll exec Lex Friedman about what this means for Midroll Media. Continue Reading