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Gimlet Seeks a Producer of Every Little Thing



Gimlet Media is looking for an experienced producer to join the team at Every Little Thing. It is a full-time job based in their Brooklyn, New York, office.

Gimlet Media tells stories through audio. Our roster of podcasts includes critically-acclaimed shows like Reply All, StartUp, Crimetown, Homecoming, and The Nod. We have top editorial, sales, and business teams that work together to create experiences that help listeners better understand each other and the world around them. We are looking for ambitious, curious, talented, and kind people to join our team.

Every Little Thing is a podcast that answers your burning questions. Some examples of questions include: ARRRR pirate peg legs really a thing? Who invented the Cha Cha Slide? How old is Winnie the Pooh?

The person selected for the role of Producer will be involved in every stage in making Every Little Thing stories come to life – from selecting listener questions, to booking guests, writing scripts and creating assemblies. The ideal candidate has a journalism background, experience identifying and booking the best guests, and an ear for a good story.

For more details about what the Producer will do, and what Gimlet Media is looking for in an applicant, please visit the website where the job is posted. You can apply for the job from that website.


Gimlet and the Wall Street Journal Seek a Podcast Producer



Gimlet Media and the Wall Street Journal want to create a news podcast. They are seeking a Podcast Producer. The deadline to submit a cover letter and resume is March 8, 2019.

Gimlet and the Wall Street Journal are teaming up to launch a new daily podcast this Spring. The show will take listeners behind the biggest news stories of the day. We will explain how business drives the day’s headlines, and how the Wall Street Journal’s deeply-reported stories shape the landscape. We will make business news relatable, and we’ll reveal how business and finance are behind some of the biggest events happening around us.

The Podcast Producer will:

  • Pitch story ideas that can be accomplished within a tight timeline, and pitch occasional longer-term projects
  • Book, prep for, record and produce interviews with sources inside and outside of the Journal
  • Write script and structure narratives for episodes
  • Record and produce field reporting trips
  • Log, cut, and arrange tape, build assemblies, score moments, and everything else production requires
  • Maintain strong working relationships with the Wall Street Journal’s reporters, editors and managerial staff
  • Balance multiple episodes in production at the same time
  • Work both independently and collaboratively, depending on the task

Requirements:

  • 4+ years producing audio in a high-caliber, high-output organization
  • ProTools proficiency
  • A passion for the work of the Journal specifically and business news generally
  • Enthusiasm for a high-intensity daily production schedule
  • Daily experience is a huge plus

The Podcast Producer position is a full time rule employed by Gimlet but based in the Wall Street Journal’s Manhattan offices. Visit the Gimlet and Wall Street Journal want ad for more information.


Spotify Acquired Gimlet Media and Anchor



We heard that Spotify was in advanced talks to acquire Gimlet Media. In a surprise move, Spotify announced that it has not only acquired Gimlet Media, but also has acquired Anchor.

The transactions are expected to close in the first quarter of 2019 and subject to customary closing conditions. The terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

With these acquisitions, Spotify is positioned to become both the premier producer of podcasts and the leading platform for podcast creators. Gimlet will bring to Spotify its best-in-class podcast studio with dedicated IP development, production and advertising capabilities. Anchor will bring its platform of tools for podcast creators and its established and rapidly growing creator base.

Gimlet tweeted: “Big news: we are very excited to be joining @Spotify!” It included a Spotify tweet that said “Spotify to acquire Gimlet Media Inc. and Anchor. Read the press release here to learn more about how we’re accelerating growth in podcasting:” The tweet included a link to the Spotify press release.

Anchor posted on Medium an article titled “Anchor is joining Spotify”. It clarifies a few things. Anchor says that it will be bringing Anchor’s suite of tools for podcast creation, distribution, and monetization, to Spotify’s community of more than 200 million global users.

Anchor also said: “If you are already using Anchor to make your podcast, today’s news means great things for your ability to create and build your show. To be clear, the way you create, distribute, and monetize on Anchor does not change. We will continue to operate Anchor’s platform as you know it (but now as part of Spotify!), and in fact will only be getting better.”


Gimlet Media and The Wall Street Journal Seek Executive Producer



The Wall Street Journal and Gimlet Media are seeking an executive producer to develop, launch, and oversee production of a daily podcast. This is a hands-on role based in New York.

There aren’t too many specific details about what the new podcast will be. It does not appear to have a name yet. The job description says:

This new daily podcast will bring the Journal’s strongest reporting to our ambitious audience each day, sharing deep insights, context, analysis and storytelling from the Journal’s well-sourced reporters and editors in a format that is best suited for audio. We will draw from the Journal’s unparalleled business reporting and global news operation, plus Gimlet’s audio expertise to create this new show.

The executive producer will report to the Global Head of Video at The Wall Street Journal. Top candidates for this position will demonstrate excellent journalistic instincts and creative production and team-management skills.

They are looking for an editorial leader with a proactive and entrepreneurial spirit who wants to help shape the creative vision of an ambitious new show. The ideal candidate loves to tell stories, to innovate and problem-solve, and has a proven track record for developing and launching audio content.

Those who would like to know more details should visit the job description. It includes a long list of primary responsibilities of the Executive Producer, a list of key candidate requirements, and information on how to apply.


Gimlet Media Appointed Jenny Wall CMO



Gimlet Media announced that they have appointed Jenny Wall as the company’s first Chief Marketing Officer. In this newly created role, Wall will oversee all marketing and audience growth efforts at the company.

Prior to joining Gimlet, Jenny Wall was SVP, Head of Marketing, at Hulu where she oversaw all marketing, promotion, and creative for the company during a pivotal growth period. Wall will be based at Gimlet’s Brooklyn headquarters.

During her tenure at Hulu, Wall oversaw the launches of the company’s most high-profile Original Programming to date: The Mindy Project, Difficult People, the Golden Globe-nominated Casual, and the Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning series, The Handmaid’s Tale.

Wall also launched Hulu’s commercial-free offering and the Hulu with Live TV bundle. Additionally, Wall dramatically increased Hulu’s brand awareness, overseeing a successful brand and acquisition marketing campaigns, driving subscriber growth.

“Jenny brings over two decades of entertainment marketing experience, with a proven track record for sparking cultural moments through stories that matter, from House of Cards to The Handmaid’s Tale,” said Matt Lieber, Co-founder and President, Gimlet. “She has worked to elevate the most significant new platforms in entertainment — HBO, Netflix, Hulu — and I can’t wait to see how her innovative, risk-taking approach will advance our growth in this new world of audio. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Jenny onboard as Gimlet enters a pivotal, exciting phase for the company and audio industry at large.”

“I’ve been fortunate to work at some of the biggest innovators in entertainment and media, which is a big reason why I was so drawn to Gimlet — the company that is redefining what the future of audio can be,” said Wall. “I am passionate about entertainment and storytelling, and Gimlet is creating a new kind of media company, at the forefront of where this industry is going. We are creating shows that enrich people’s lives, and I’m excited to bring that experience to many more people.”


Gimlet Media’s New History Podcast is on TuneIn



TuneIn enables people to discover, follow, and listen to what’s most important to them – from sports, to news, to talk. TuneIn provides listeners access to over 100,000 real radio stations and more than four million podcasts streaming from every continent. Gimlet Media’s new history podcast is on TuneIn.

TuneIn recently launched the TuneIn First Play program. It gives TuneIn listeners early access to episodes from a broad range of podcasts.

We’ve partnered with top content creators like WNYC Studios, Gimlet, HowStuffWorks, Wondery, Feral Audio, and StarTalk to include some of their most popular shows and some brand new ones, too. More than 30 podcasts will take part in First Play and new episodes will drop up to one week early on TuneIn, so our users can hear them for free before they’re available anywhere else.

Gimlet Media has a brand new history podcast called Uncivil. The first episode will premier Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Uncivil is available on TuneIn (and also on Gimlet and iTunes.)

Uncivil is hosted by Chenjerai Kumanyika, who is an author, journalist, and professor of journalism and communications at Rutgers University. The podcast is also hosted by Jack Hitt, a Peabody Award-winning author and radio producer. Uncivil points out “America is divided, and it always has been.”

Uncivil brings you stories that were left out of the official history of the Civil War, ransacks America’s past, and takes on the history you grew up with. The podcast will include untold stories about resistance, covert operations, corruption, mutiny, counterfeiting, antebellum drones, and much more.


WPP Invested in Gimlet Media



WPP is the world’s largest communications services group. WPP stems from “Wire and Plastic Products”, a UK manufacturer of wire baskets which became the foundation company in which Sir Martin Sorrell invested following his search for a public entity through which to build a worldwide marketing services company. WPP has invested in Gimlet Media.

WPP announced that it invested $5 million (USD) for a minority stake in Gimlet Media Inc. Gimlet is an award-wining global podcasting company based in the US. It is based in Brooklyn New York, was founded in 2014, and employs 85 people.

The investment continues WPP’s strategy of focusing on three key areas that differentiate the Group’s offering to clients: technology, data, and content. The Group has invested in digital content companies like Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital, Fullscreen, Indigenous Media, Imagina (a content and media company based in Spain), MRC, Mic, Mitú, Refinery29, Uproxx Media Group and VICE.

About a month previous to WPP’s investment, Gimlet Media raised $15 million in Series B financing led by investment firm Stripes Group. Recode reported that previous to that $15 million, Gimlet had raised $7 million. It looks like Gimlet Media is doing quite well!


Upcoming Gimlet Media Podcast Sponsored by Apple



Gimlet LogoNo single company is still talked about more when it comes to podcasting than Apple. Since its addition of podcasting to the iTunes Store in 2005, most of the podcasting news made by Apple has revolved around podcasting apps and distribution. But that changes this month as Apple will actually be an active sponsor of an upcoming podcast produced by New York-based Gimlet Media.

Gimlet made a name for itself during the so-called “podcast renaissance” of 2014 with the launch of its critically acclaimed Startup podcast that documented the company’s founding. Gimlet followed up the success of Startup with other popular shows like Reply All and Undone. Gimlet Media is now set to debut its latest creation, a fully scripted serialized fiction series called Homecoming. This new show will be voiced by established Hollywood actors Catherine Keener (40 Year-Old Virgin, Into The Wild), Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), and David Schwimmer (Friends, Orange Is The New Black).

Gimlet Media has a proven track record of attracting large audiences to its productions. That past performance may be what enticed Apple to step in as the sole sponsor for Homecoming. Specifically, Apple will be promoting its e-book and periodicals platform iBooks thru this new podcast. The move could be a sign of Apple’s confidence in Gimlet’s latest project, as the tech giant hasn’t sponsored many (if any) podcasts before.

Apple’s move from passive podcast distributor to active podcast sponsor seems like a logical one. While many podcast consumers are likely already using an Apple device, they may still be unaware of what iBooks has to offer. It’ll be easy enough for those listeners to tap over to the iBooks app after an episode of Homecoming and pick up a new book or magazine subscription. The potential popularity of a Gimlet-produced podcast will also get Apple’s sponsored message in front of plenty of non-Apple users as well, since podcasts are consumed across many different platforms.


Podcast Movement 2016 Adds Speakers from Startup, Criminal, and The Sporkful



Podcast Movement 2016 logoIt is kind of exciting to watch Podcast Movement 2016 slowly announce more speakers. It feels as though they have new podcasters to announce every week. Some are keynote speakers, others are additional speakers, and some are podcasters who are involved with business topics. Podcast Movement 2016 certainly isn’t slowing down as we get closer to the days the event will take place!

Podcast Movement 2016 will happen in Chicago on July 6-8, 2016. Earlier this month, they announced that Alex Blumberg will be a keynote speaker for this year’s event. Alex Blumberg has had a long career in public radio as a former producer of This American Life and co-founder of Planet Money.

In addition, Alex Blumberg helped co-found Gimlet Media which is a for-profit podcast network. The first show produced by Gimlet was Startup. The first season of Startup focused on what it is really like to get a business off the ground (that business being Gimlet Media). Startup is now in Season 2, which focuses on a business called Dating Ring. It is founded by two women in their 20’s who are outsiders in the male-dominated world of Silicon Valley.

This week, Podcast Movement 2016 announced a plethora of interesting speakers that you can see at the event. Two of them are from the Criminal podcast. Criminal is a podcast about crime. Phoebe Judge is the host of Criminal (and also a host at WUNC North Carolina Public Radio.) Lauren Spohrer was a producer, director, and editor for The Story with Dick Gordon. She also runs the online literary magazine Two Serious Ladies.

Dan Pashman is the creator and host of WNYC’s The Sporkful podcast. It is an award nominated food podcast where Dan and his guests obsess over the details of eating to uncover truths about food – and people. The Sporkful isn’t a podcast for foodies, it is a podcast for eaters. Dan Pashman is also the host of the Cooking Channel’s James Beard award nominated web series You’re Eating It Wrong. Dan Pashman will be a speaker at Podcast Movement 2016.

Podcast Movement 2016 will be announcing more speakers each Monday between now and when the event takes place. They will also be giving details about some panels that will take place at the event.