TV Show Based on Startup Podcast Releases First Trailer

Alex IncStartup, the podcast that documented the beginnings of podcast production house Gimlet Media, has reached a new level of notoriety. TV show Alex, Inc. will air this fall on the ABC network. The TV show gets its namesake from main character Alex Schulman, who is based on Startup host and Gimlet Media cofounder Alex Blumberg.

Alex will be portrayed by Zach Braff (Scrubs, Garden State). The show’s cast also includes Tiya Sircar (Star Wars: Rebels), Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos), Elisha Henig, Audyssie James, and more.

Braff will also have a hand in the writing and production of Alex, Inc. The show’s first trailer definitely makes Alex, Inc. look more like a sitcom than a documentary series. Anyone familiar with Startup will recognize certain elements that have carried over to the TV show from the podcast. And of course, there are plenty of things in the trailer that have been embellished for the sake of comedic TV.

Major television networks (including ABC) are in the midst of their advertising upfronts for the Fall 2017 broadcast season. No word yet on how much interest has been generated by Alex, Inc. Regardless of the show’s potential success, it’s still a banner moment for podcasting to have a primetime TV show based on a podcast. Time will tell if Alex, Inc. sets off a trend or goes down as a novel idea.

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.

Gimlet Media is Hiring

Gimlet LogoGimlet Media, the company that was launched thru the success of its debut podcast Startup, is hiring. There are two different positions being offered. One is labeled as Development Producer and the other is simply listed as Host.

Some details from the listing for the Development Producer role:

Gimlet Media seeks a development producer to pilot and launch new podcasts. This is a unique opportunity to develop and produce exciting new audio programming.


The ideal candidate will be creative and able to take a concept from idea to fully formed podcast. The development producer will take on multiple roles in the production process. They will bring ideas and enthusiasm to the table. They will work on multiple projects at once and be able to quickly shift gears depending on the needs of the team.

This looks like a good job for someone who’s interested in doing behind-the-scenes production work. Specific duties mentioned include brainstorming and pitching new podcast ides, pre-interviewing guests with some occasional on-air interviewing, writing scripts for show hosts, recording of audio in the studio and in the field, audio mixing/editing with ProTools, and more.

Here are some details for the Host position:

Gimlet Media seeks a host for a new podcast in development. The show will take a fresh look at big news stories from the past we thought we knew. It will be produced in collaboration with an existing media organization.


The ideal host will have strong writing and interviewing skills. They should be an avid news consumer and a reporter at heart- the type of interviewer who draws people out and gets them to tell stories and surface emotions. They should be comfortable reporting personal stories as well as larger national and international ones. They should have a strong narrative sense which allows them to comfortably identify the right structure when working with a large amount of source material. They should be confident and professional, but conversational and approachable. They will work closely with a small, collaborative team.

Some key functions in this role will including having the ability to interviewing “both experts and regular folks,” providing feedback on episode editing, pitching ideas for show topics, and being able to travel as needed for interviews and/or gathering field audio, and more.

For more information on these jobs and what Gimlet Media has to offer, click the link at the top of this article.