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Crooked Media And Adobe Partner To Make Podcasts More Accessible



Adobe announced a partnership with Crooked Media, the progressive independent media company that delivers bold content to entertain, inform and inspire action, to make podcasts accessible, leveraging Adobe Premiere Pro’s Speech to Text technology to caption popular content.

At a time when video and podcasting are both skyrocketing in popularity, the ability to turn around entertaining, digestible and accessible content on increasingly tight timelines is crucial to the success of any media company. When Crooked Media, a longtime user of Adobe Creative Cloud, committed to making its award-winning content accessible to wider audiences through captioning, it was a natural fit for Adobe and Crooked Media to work together.

This partnership is now a reality as Adobe’s industry-leading Speech to Text feature set in Premier Pro is being used across Crooked Media’s video platforms to caption popular content including interviews and clips from Pod Save America, the popular political podcast hosted by Crooked founders and former Obama staffers and speechwriters, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor, as well as Lovett or Leave It, Offline, Pod Save the World, Keep It, and X-Ray Vision.

“When Crooked Media debuted in 2016, we were purely a podcast company, but we quickly learned that video was going to play an important role in helping us reach new audience and make our content accessible to more people,” said Matt DeGroot, senior director of video production at Crooked Media. “However, the tools in the market didn’t offer the speed and accuracy that we needed for our quick productions and turnaround times. Speech to Text in Premiere Pro allows us to put high-quality captions on all our video content, opening the door for more people to participate in the podcast experience.”

“Making amazing podcasts is Crooked Media’s bread and butter, and we’re big admirers of their work,” said Meagan Keane, principal product marketing manager at Adobe. “It’s so exciting for use to see Speech to Text in podcast content available today, and we are proud to know that it’s helping to make their shows more accessible so that more people can partake in the experience.”

As a media company that publishes news analysis and timely commentary, efficiency and accuracy are extremely important for the Crooked Media production team, who aim for just three hours between the moment the producer hits “stop recording” to when the podcast episode is live. However, turning around high-quality captions in a quick time frame can be challenging. Video creators and editors often have to make their captions manually after waiting for the transcription to be created – which can take longer than 24 hours – or switch between different tools for various tasks, limiting the use of captions across video content.

Speech to Text in Premier Pro leverages AL and machine learning to automate the creation of transcriptions and captions, speeding up the tedious and time-consuming process so that the Crooked Media team can get high-quality, precise captions for their video podcasts and social media channels fast, making their content more engaging and accessible without missing a beat.

The podcasting industry has matured and expanded into one of the world’s biggest platforms for people to tell stories, share news and content authentically with their audiences. Adobe is committed to innovating alongside the growing industry by introducing tools like Speech to Text in Premier Pro, Project Shasta for AI-powered editing and recording to make audio sound like it was recorded in a studio and Adobe Express for free podcast cover templates and art.


Crooked Media Announces 2021-22 Slate



Crooked Media – the progressive media company that delivers bold and entertaining content across news, politics and culture – announced its newest development slate, which includes four original premiers, new seasons for fan-favorite podcasts, and a Pod Save America spinoff interview series, with more to be announced in the coming months.

New podcasts premiering soon include X-Ray Vision, a weekly deep dive into the internet’s favorite fandoms and the most talked about franchises across entertainment, from Middle-earth to Waystar Royco, helmed by Emmy-winning host and Crooked executive producer Jason Concepcion (Binge Mode, Takeline); an Untitled History of Policing Project, hosted by Peabody award-winning Chenjerai Kumanyika that will provide the first accessible narrative history of police in American popular culture; and 544 Days, an autobiographical exploration of journalist Jason Rezaian’s political imprisonment in Iran, produced in partnership with Spotify’s Gimlet and A24. The nine-episode limited series will be available exclusively on Spotify in September.

Crooked will also introduce a weekly interview show that will premiere in the Pod Save America feed: a spinoff series titled Offline with Jon Favreau. Through one-on-one conversations with some of the brightest minds and biggest newsmakers, Favreau will explore the question of whether the internet is slowly breaking our brains, and what we can do about it. Offline with Jon Favreau promises to provide more of what audiences love about Pod Save America, including the fun, no-bullshit approach that has made it a top-5 weekly podcast for the last four years. Offline with Jon Favreau will premiere in the Pod Save America podcast feed and on Crooked’s YouTube channel this fall.

Unholier Than Thou, a fan-favorite that explores the intersection of the saintly and secular, hosted by journalist and editor Phillip Picardi, returns for season 2 this September. Over 10 episodes, Picardi will continue his introspective examination of the role of religion and spirituality in our daily lives. With a focus on post-pandemic “resurrection”, Picardi will be talking recovery, rediscovery, resilience, resolutions, and more.

Crooked has also found great success with digital video and is excited to add Crooked History to its lineup of YouTube-exclusive content. The show is Crooked’s first non-fiction narrative video series featuring Crooked network personalities, Ben Rhodes (Missing America, Pod Save the World), Erin Ryan (Hysteria), and Kaya Henderson (Pod Save the People). In Crooked’s signature style, the show will cover important lessons your history teacher may have skipped.

Crooked Media also announced its primary 2021 political campaign from Vote Save America, the company’s political action and voter engagement arm. The “No Off Years” campaign aims to re-engage voters following the success of 2020 via remote volunteer opportunities, targeted donations, and education on what’s at stake next year and beyond. “No Off Years” will be highlighted and promoted across the Crooked network.

Crooked Media shows can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Stitcher and wherever listeners listen to podcasts. For more information, please visit www.crooked.com.


Pod Save America and Lovett or Leave It Announce Tour



Crooked Media has several podcasts. Two of the most popular ones are Pod Save America and Lovett or Leave It. Billboard reported that the hosts of those podcasts have announced a tour.

Pod Save America: Live and Lovett or Leave It: Live on Tour will hit a collective 17 dates across the U.S. beginning with Lovett or Leave It: Live on Tour at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City, Iowa on Jan. 30. The shows will continue through San Diego, Seattle, Atlanta, Detroit, Nashville, and more.

According to Billboard, the podcast co-hosts, Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor and Dan Pfeiffer, are aiming their election year tour towards battleground states, including Ohio, Kentucky, Detroit, Nashville, and more.

The Crooked Media website says: Crooked Media is hitting the road to a city / hamlet / fictional metropolis near you! Tickets for the 2020 Tour are on sale as of January 18, 2020. Tickets are sold for each, individual, show.

Pod Save America is described as: “A no-bullshit conversation about politics.” It is hosted by former Obama aides Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Timmy Vietor. It cuts through the noise to break down the week’s news, and helps people figure out what matters and how they can help.

Lovett or Leave It is described as: “A week in review recorded in front of a live audience. It’s great.” Each week, former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett and a panel of comedians, actors, journalists, and some of the many, many, famous Friends of the Pod appear before a live audience to break down the week’s biggest news.


Pod Save America to Release Series on the Iowa Caucuses



Crooked Media, and Pineapple Street Studios announced that they will release a five-episode limited series on the Iowa caucuses. Pod Save America: On the Ground in Iowa will be hosted by Crooked Media co-founder and Pod Save America co-host, Tommy Vietor, and will take listeners to Iowa to spend time with candidates, campaign staffers, and voters who will determine the outcome. Vietor worked as the Iowa Press Secretary for President Obama’s 2008 campaign.

Debuting on Tuesday, November 19, this limited series aims to help listeners understand why Iowa is the first state in the primary process, how the caucuses work, and what it takes to win. The show is produced by the Pineapple Street Studios team led by Senior Producer Kat Aaron.

“We’ve been looking for an ambitious narrative series that can help explain this inexplicable political moment, and we’re so thrilled to have found it with Crooked – there’s nobody better to partner with on a show like this. We’re honored. Tommy is the exact right person to help us all understand how and why Iowa became the key to deciding who will take on Trump in 2020,” said Max Linsky, co-founder of Pineapple Street Studios.

“The Democratic Primary is going to run through Iowa,” Vietor said. “We want to help listeners understand how the caucuses work, the good parts and the bad, and introduce them to the young organizers who are at the heart and soul of these campaigns.”

The special will be available on the Pod Save America feed; each episode title will begin with Iowa. You can subscribe to Pod Save America on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play Podcasts, Tunein, and via RSS feed.