…The BNC News Bag Man podcast is being developed into a movie. The podcast, hosted by the MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow, told the story of the political corruption scandal involving Vice President Spiro Agnew. The film adaptation is directed by Ben Stiller and produced by Lorne Michaels. Maddow serves as an executive producer. “It’s been in the works for a while now,” Maddow said on her Monday TV show. “But now it looks like it’s going to happen,” she said. Maddow also said she’s also been working on another podcast that she says is “along the lines” of Bag Man.
…Rooster Teeth previously announced plans to resume its podcasts on the road in 2022. Now it’s announcing its annual RTX the event will return in-person to Austin July 1-3. The event is a mashup of podcasting, games and animation. Details of the event are still being worked out, although a live taping of The Rooster Teeth podcast is planned. The company says that for those unable to attend in person, there will be opportunities to watch some panels virtually. The companion RTX Animation Festival is also making a comeback. Get the details HERE. rooster teeth announced in December that his podcast network The Roost was planning what he called “A Very Normal Podcast Tour” starting February 11, when Face Jam will host a live event in Chicago.
…The International Spy Museum’s long-running SpyCast podcast joins the CyberWire podcast network. The series, hosted by historian and museum curator Andrew Hammond, gives listeners a behind-the-scenes look into the world of intelligence and espionage with interviews with spy bosses, mole hunters, defectors, secret operators , analysts, cyber warriors and technologists. Hammond said his move was part of an effort to expand the SpyCast brand. “We wanted to find a podcast network that would appreciate our unique perspective and help us realize our long-term vision for the show,” he said in the announcement. CyberWire CEO and Editor-in-Chief Peter Kilpe said he was a “big fan” of Spycast.
….The New York Times has gobbled up audio assets over the past year, but its latest deal focuses on words — one letter at a time. He bought the online crossword and puzzle company wordle. Terms of the deal were not immediately released. Its games will be moved to the Times website and app in the coming months. The deal follows last month’s deal to buy subscription sports site The Athletic, producer of more than 150 podcast episodes each week, for $550 million. Previously, he spent $25 million to buy Serial Productions.
…Podcasting, Seriously Awards Fund has found a new financial partner. Fund creator LWC Studios says It seems profitable will join the list which also includes AIR, Pacific Content, Acast and Triton Digital. The Podcasting, Seriously Awards Fund provides the financial resources for independent creators to participate in the industry awards competition. The goal is to raise the profile of independent and early-career efforts by people of color and producers, editors, and other LGBTQ+ people. The Fund has so far raised over $40,000 and is committed to supporting over 200 award submissions each year, paying out at least $20,000 annually to producers based in the United States, Canada, UK and Australia. Anyone interested in applying for a grant can go HERE.