Before You Name Your Podcast…

Ready to start a brand new podcast? Before you do, take the time to make sure that the name you want to use isn’t already being used on someone else’s podcast. Doing so could save you the trouble of having to rename (and rebrand) your show.

Kirsten Bell and Monica Padman started a podcast called Shattered Glass in June of 2021. In an interview with Vanity Fair, it was stated that the ten episode series premiered on June 23, 2021.

According to the article, the podcast was inspired by the pivotal roles that women like Stacey Abrams and Kamala Harris played in the outcome of the 2020 election. They created Shattered Glass out of a desire to talk to other female trailblazers and share the highs and lows in their personal narratives.

On July 26, 2021, a press release was posted by Marita Garrett, Monica Hershberger, and Jessica Kaminsky, who launched a podcast called Shattered Glass in 2017. From the press release:

In an open letter published today, a group of female business professionals who created the original Shattered Glass Podcast are calling on actress Kristen Bell and celebrity podcaster Monica Padman to do more to support the rights of small content creators after the duo launched a podcast of the same name and subject matter under the well-known Armchair Expert umbrella.

Marita Garrett, Monica Hershberger, and Jessica Kaminsky launched the original Shattered Glass Podcast in 2017, to share the stories of extraordinary women shattering the glass ceiling. But on June 22, 2021, Bell and Padman released a podcast with the same name and concept and drew on their network of A-list celebrities to book guests like Oprah Winfrey, Masala Yousafzai and Gloria Steinem.

Garrett, Hershberger, and Kaminsky were not contacted in advance of the Bell/Padman podcast’s release about licensing the title. Bell and Padman not only assigned no value to the work of Garrett, Hershberger, and Kaminsky, but, to make matters worse, they encouraged listeners to start their own “shattered glass.” Last week Bell and Padman, seemingly realizing they were in the wrong, responsively rebranded their podcast; However, irreversible damage to the original creators’ brand was already done…

On June 26, 2021, All Access reported that Kristen Bell and Monica Padman changed the name of their podcast to “We Are Supported By…” This comes after they received a cease-and-desist letter.