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Panoply podcasts could become TV shows and movies following WME deal

Panoply Media has signed with agency WME, a deal that could see the company’s podcasts adapted into movies, television shows, and live events. Panoply has several popular shows under its creation, hosting, and monetization umbrella, including Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History. The Hollywood Reporter first shared this development. Continue Reading

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Tech luminary Ty Roberts exits UMG after one year

We learn from Billboard that Ty Roberts, Chief Technology Officer of Universal Music Group (UMG) has left the company after a little more than a year. Ty Roberts’ sideways career move from Gracenote to Universal was seen by many as a significant signal that the music industry could, to some extent, reinvent itself as a technology industry — or at least a tech-flriendly, tech-fluent one. Continue Reading

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iHeartRadio adds slate of NPR podcasts

iHeartRadio and National Public Radio (NPR) are doing business. An announcement on the iHeart blog says that over 30 NPR podcasts are now available. We count 36 shows in the app today — mostly hit shows that any podcast directory would like to distribute to retain fans. Invisibilia, TED Radio Hour, Fresh Air, Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Politics, and other familiar titles are in there. Continue Reading