Leon Neyfakh announced in a thread of tweets that he will be leaving Slate “to start something new”. He is the host of Slate’s Slow Burn podcast. It appears that the “something new” will be a podcast called FIASCO.
The description of Slow Burn on Apple Podcasts says:
Leon Neyfakh excavates the strange subplots and forgotten characters of recent political history – and finds surprising parallels to the present. Season 1 of Slow Burn captured what it felt like to live through Watergate; Season 2 does the same with the saga of Bill Clinton’s impeachment.
There is not a whole lot of information in the thread of tweets about FIASCO. Leon Neyfakh described it this way: “It will be about the past – why the history we half-remember played out the way it did, and what marks it left on the world we live in.”
Also according to the thread of tweets, Andrew Parsons will be the executive producer of FIASCO. Andrew Parson was the person responsible for sound on Slow Burn. Michelle Kaplan will become an assistant producer of FIASCO. She served as a researcher on Slow Burn Season 2. Leon Neyfakh says that Slow Burn “will continue to evolve and flourish under Slate’s care.”
The first season of FIASCO will arrive in the first half of 2019. It will be about Bush v. Gore and the battle over the 2000 election. The second season of FIASCO will appear later in 2019. It will tell the story of the Iran-Contra scandal. To me, it sounds like fans of Slow Burn will probably enjoy listening to FIASCO.
Slate is looking for a Director of Branded Podcasts to oversee their branded podcast group. The person who is hired for this job must have a passion for storytelling, a deep understanding of digital media, and an informed interest in the relationship between brands, podcasts, and listeners.
The Slate Group, established in 2008 by the Graham Holdings Company, is a multimedia entity with the mission of developing and managing a family of digitally-native content providers. The company consists of Slate, an award-wining digital publishing company, and Panoply, a premium podcast network.
Some Requirements for the Director of Branded Podcasts job include:
- BA or BS degree required
- Must have 5+ years of experience in content development and production for podcast, terrestrial, or satellite radio, or other audio medium.
- Must be well connected to the larger community of independent producers and great at identifying talent
- Extremely strong writing, communication, and presentation skills
- Demonstrated ability to work with little to no guidance and think outside the box
- Experience in juggling and prioritizing competing deadlines in a fast-paced environment
- Proven ability to thrive in a dynamic environment and work as a team player
Some Key Responsibilities include:
- Responsible for developing for smart, stimulating podcast ideas that engage our discerning listeners and offer unique value to our brand partners
- Manage a team of in-house and freelance producers to write, structure, and produce branded podcasts for a diverse set of advertisers
- Provide guidance and critical feedback on production tasks including recording, editing, mixing, scoring and publishing audio
Those who are interested in applying for this position should go read the Slate ad on Linkedin for full details. The job is listed as “Full-Time” and under the function “Sales, Production”.