James Van Der Beek shows us the value of a celebrity podcast deal

Welcome! I’m back in NYC after a two day hiccup in Dallas last week. It was really great to meet so many people working in this field in person. The biggest benefit of Podcast Action Week is how much the podcast format has evolved (for better or worse). Video posts were the hot topic, with plenty of discussions about how to convert to video and whether it was necessary to do so. As one of the executives told me, the video is not for everyone! It’s much easier to produce professional-quality audio than video, and many types of podcasts aren’t good for video. I’ll be curious to see if it’s a big topic next year – perhaps by then the creators will have tried and given up on the practice.

After a big news week last week, with the Twitter soft launch of its podcasting function and plenty of rhetoric about Ben Shapiro’s surprise appearance on the Podcast Movement, the situation is calmer this week. Everyone’s in a late-summer sloth mode, and I’m not mad about it — except for James van der Beek, who feels conflicted. Let’s get into it.

James van der Beek sues Stitcher after podcast talks collapse

James van der Beek is not happy about the demise of his podcast deal with Stitcher SiriusXM; The Dawson’s Creek Star is suing the network for breach of contract. blast first mentioned The lawsuit was filed on Friday. The lawsuit alleges his deal would have amounted to a minimum of $700,000 for 40 episodes, plus 50 percent of net advertising revenue.

“[Van Der Beek] It had other offers and potential partners to choose from in order to develop this project,” the filing said. “However, depending on the contractual agreement reached with the defendants, the plaintiff stopped negotiating with other buyers and flatly rejected those other offers (plus to other representation opportunities).

According to the filing, there does not appear to be a formal contract. Van der Beek sues based on the terms agreed by phone and email. It’s not clear what broke the deal, but I’m sure the details (hopefully exciting!) will emerge as the case continues. SiriusXM declined to comment.

Aside from Van Der Beek’s revenge, I personally love being able to get a number on a celebrity podcast deal (even if it’s becoming less common in the current economic climate).

date line Launches subscription to Apple Podcasts

Datalin NBCwho committed a real crime before she was cool, launches a subscription to Apple Podcasts. Dateline Premiumwhich costs $2.99 ​​per month or $29.99 per year, gives subscribers ad-free listening, early access to new episodes, and exclusive bonus content.

It is not surprising that date line I went with Apple for their premium services because their podcast does particularly well on the platform (it’s currently ranked at number 10, as opposed to number 40 in spotify). Last year, Apple launched podcast subscriptions (which take 30% reduction in the first year), and is becoming more and more common. The company stated that more than a quarter of the top 100 shows on the platform now offer subscriptions.

fresh pods

We have a slew of new shows coming from the podcast movement, and I wanted to highlight some of the most amazing shows:

  • A video game designed by Hideo Kojima who has a huge following, He is the newest podcast star on Spotify. brain structure It will be available in both English and Japanese and will not be related to the games per se. The talk show will run the gamut from films and games to “art, philosophy, and the social scene.”
  • NPR . is launched New bilingual podcast like that. In partnership with Futuro Media, the studio that just won the Pulitzer Vocal Award for delicateFocus on football The last cup It will debut later this fall ahead of the FIFA World Cup in both English and Spanish. NPR host Jasmine Garsd will use soccer to explore topics such as identity, race, and class.
  • Crooked Media is making the leap into lifestyle content. We dare saywhich debuted earlier this month, is hosted by Gen Z actresses Josie Totah, Alycia Pascual Peña and Yasmine Hamady, who will delve into 20-something life, social media, LGBTQ issues, and a bit of (still quirky, after all) politics. something).
  • Pushkin Industries and Sony Music’s Somethin’ Else team up for a high-profile art world that tackles true crime with… death of an artistWhich will start on the 8th of September. The show is an exploration of the mysterious 1985 death of Cuban-born artist Anna Menedetta. This isn’t mine, but I’m sure it’s someone.
  • Another real crime pod! (Again, not mine). Tenderfoot and iHeart have partnered Le Monster, a 10-episode series about the Belgian serial killer Marc Dutro. Episodes one and two are out now.
  • That Björk has a podcast is no surprise, but I’ll admit I didn’t expect Mailchimp to be sponsored. It really does meander when you think it’s going to meander. Björk: Allegory of Sonic It will come out Thursday.

That’s it from me! Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you next week.

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