Netflix, the popular video on-demand service, has acquired the rights to a novel by veteran podcaster and Podcast Hall of Famer Mur Lafferty. It’s unclear at this time how Netflix will approach the production of Lafferty’s The Shambling Guide to New York City or whether it’ll be produced like a TV-series or a feature-film series. Guide to New York is the first in a series of The Shambling Guides. It was published in 2013 and the book’s listing on Amazon describes it as:
A travel writer takes a job with a shady publishing company in New York, only to find that she must write a guide to the city – for the undead!
Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in the tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can’t take off her resume — human.
Not to be put off by anything — especially not her blood drinking boss or death goddess coworker — Zoe delves deep into the monster world. But her job turns deadly when the careful balance between human and monsters starts to crumble — with Zoe right in the middle.
The Shambling Guide to New York City was followed up by a second guide in 2014 called Ghost Train To New Orleans. Again, it’s unclear as to what Netflix plans for the series, or whether or not Ghost Train was also covered in the rights acquisition.
The Academy of Podcasters has announced the nominees for its first ever “Academy Awards of podcasting.” The organization has also finalized the list of inductees into its Podcasters Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony and the awards ceremony will be held on Friday, July 31, the night before the first day of the Podcast Movement conference in Dallas.
The Podcasters Hall of Fame will honor six podcasters in its inaugural run of inductees:
- Adam Curry (Adam is considered by many to have “invented” podcasting along with Dave Winer)
- Danny Peña (host of Gamertag Radio)
- Leo Laporte (founder of the TWiT podcasting network)
- Mur Lafferty (host of I Should Be Writing)
- Scott Sigler (bestselling author who built a large fandom thru podcasting)
- Todd Cochrane (host of Geek News Central and founder of RawVoice)
The Academy of Podcasters has nominated ten shows in each of its fifteen award categories. The complete list of shows is too long to post here but the categories are:
- Food & Drink
- Games & Hobbies
- Ideas & Education
- Lifestyle & Health
- Music & Commentary
- News & Politics
- Parenting, Family & Kids
- Science & Medicine
- Society & Culture
- Spirituality & Religion
One nominee will win an award in each category. The categories have five nominees each that have been ranked as the top five in those respective categories on Stitcher, along with five more shows that were selected by “a combination of input from the Academy, the board, and from other podcast rating services.”
Congratulations to the inaugural Hall of Fame inductees and best of luck to all podcasters who’ve been nominated for a Podcasters Academy Award!