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Triton Digital Releases the New Zealand Podcast Ranker For May 2022



Triton Digital, the global technology and services leader to the digital audio and podcast industry, announced the release of the latest New Zealand Podcast Ranker. The Ranker provides insight into the Top 100 Podcasts as well as the Top Networks in New Zealand from 1 May through 31 May, 2022, as measured by Triton’s Podcast Metrics measurement service.

The Top 100 Podcast Ranker and Top Network Ranker are ranked by monthly listeners, in accordance with the latest IAB Podcast Technical Measurements Guidelines.

For this reporting period, the top three podcasts included Fletch, Vaughan & Haley on ZM (NZME/iHeartRadio/ARN), The Mike Hosting Breakfast (NZME/iHeartRadio/ARN), and Casefile True Crime (Audioboom).

New podcasts debuting on the ranker this month include Betrayal (NZME/iHeartRadio/ARN), Inside Dancing with the Stars (NZME/iHeartRadio/ARN), CounterClock (audiochuck), and Sympathy Pains (NZME/iHeartRadio/ARN).

Over the last month, there has been a 21% increase in total downloads with May coming in at 8.1M.

Participating networks in the New Zealand Ranker inside Audioboom, Head gum, Kart Media, Listen (SC), Mediator Radio Limited, NZME/iHeartRadio/ARN, Stitcher Media, and Sports Entertainment Network (SEN).

For podcast consumption rights, visit Triton Digital’s New Zealand Podcast Ranker website for an enhanced and robust experience.

Triton Digital Podcast Metrics measurement service is certified by the IAB Tech Lab as complying with Version 2.1 of the IAB Podcast Measurement Technical Guidelines. It provides accurate and insightful data around how, when, and where podcast content is being consumed across multiple hosting platforms, with the ability to view metrics by date range, location, device, podcast name, episode, title, and more.


Paul Greenberg Joins Rom-Com Entertainment Company Meet Cute



Meet Cute, the leading entertainment company producing original scripted romantic comedies for Gen Z and millennial audiences, announced industry leader and digital content pioneer Paul Greenberg as President and COO. In this new role, Greenberg will leverage his decades of experience leading entertainment, digital, and technology companies and oversee all content, marketing, and analytics for Meet Cute.

Greenberg was previously CEO of Butter Works, a full-service digital video firm providing AI-driven data analysis, creative and production services, and strategy. He also served as Executive Vice President & General Manager at A+E Networks, where he oversaw the creation of the #1 show on Facebook, the #2 show on Snapchat, multiple hit shows on YouTube, and many successful branded content advertising campaigns, while growing A+E’s overall digital video audience by hundreds of millions of views. Simultaneously, he ran FYI, one of A+E’s cable networks.

“Paul has unparalleled experience leading content companies and is the perfect partner to guide Meet Cute into its next phase of growth,” said Naomi Shah, CEO and Founder. “His expertise in leveraging quality content to build, grow, and retain audiences will be incredibly valuable as we explore new revenue channels, build strategic partnerships, and expand our multichannel presence.”

Greenberg’s executive experience also includes serving as CEO of CollegeHumor, where he grew traffic by billions of views to make the company the #7 YouTube channel and tripled revenue. He has also worked as CEO of Nylon, where he grew revenue 150%, and the brand’s digital audience by 15x, and President of SFX. As President, Digital of Time Inc. Lifestyle Group, he ran 10 digital properties, which grew 50% YOY.

Greenberg joins Meet Cute as the company leverages its organic growth into new entertainment offerings. To date, Meet Cute series have attracted more than 3 million listens, with month-over-month growth as new series are released and a listener average retention rate of 90-100% per series. Meet Cute recently inked a talent and development deal with A+E backed Range Media Partners to adapt a selection of Meet Cute’s stories into TV series and films, as well as a deal with Mare of Easttown producer wiip to adapt a select number of Meet Cute stories into television series.

“Meet Cute is poised to take the entertainment industry by storm, and I am thrilled to be joining Naomi in making Meet Cute the ultimate destination for stories about love, connection, and the human experience,” said Greenberg. “Meet Cute is producing top-quality content that is resonating with Gen Z and millennial audiences, and its data-driven approach makes it a valuable IP incubator for Hollywood.”

To date, Meet Cute has produced more than 400 scripted romantic stories with hundreds of creators from different backgrounds and lifestyles, resulting in a content library that is diverse, inclusive, and reflective of the full spectrum of human connection. Meet Cute’s newest release is the romantic comedy Green Mountain, a heartfelt and hilarious tale of two siblings finding new love against the complex racial history of a remote Vermont town. Starring Owen Thiele (Dollface, I Think You Should Leave), Green Mountain released June 7, 2022 on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other audio entertainment providers.


Danielle N. Kramer Named First Chief Operation Office of Exactly Right Media



Exactly Right Media, the podcast network home of My Favorite Murder and other hit programs, has named Danielle N. Kramer as the company’s first Chief Operating Officer. Prior to the appointment, Kramer was Exactly Right’s VP of Production & Operations.

As COO, Kramer will oversee general creative and business operations, partnerships, and expanding the development slate, while leading the charge with Exactly Right’s migration to Wondery/Amazon Music. She also oversees the network’s day-to-day activities for a highly rated slate of podcast content along such categories as true crime (My Favorite Murder, Tenfold More Wicked); comedy (I Said No Gifts!, Bananas); science (This Podcast Will Kill You); entertainment (I Saw What You Did, That’s Messed Up: An SVU Podcast) and beyond.

Kramer played a vital role in Exactly Right’s speedy growth since its inception in 2018. Under her leadership, she’s effectively grown the team by recruiting top tier talent to help produce, record, and launch new high-quality podcasts. By creating a positive and supportive work environment, Kramer has built a dynamic staff that continues to elevate the overall quality of the network, with new engaging storytelling, elevated sound design, strong brand loyalty and ongoing growth opportunities.

“Danielle has led this network since its inception with her wide breadth of producing experience, expert team building, tenacity, and humor,” said Karen Kilgariff, Co-founder and CEO of Exactly Right. “That talent and dedication helped us build Exactly Right into the network that it’s become. Her ability to deftly navigate this new media space will enable us to do great things in the future!”

“It’s such a thrill working with Karen and Georgia to help them achieve their inspiring creative vision for this network,” said Danielle Kramer. “I couldn’t be prouder of the impactful storytelling and hilarious voices we get to share with our listeners. And we have an amazing team of the most talented, funny, dedicated individuals who make it really fun to come to work. Together, we are building something truly special.”

Prior to joining Exactly Right, Kramer was a Development Executive at JASH, where she scouted new talent; grabbed meetings with comedians, actors, musicians, writers, and directors; and, along with many creators, developed and produced original content for online and TV. She also helped select projects to green light and licensed content for JASH platforms. She contributed to many notable shows, including Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust (Netflix), Rubberhead with Sarah Silverman (Xbox), and Getting Doug With High with Doug Benson.


MBE Awarded to Camilla Byk in the Queen’s Birthday 2022 Honours List



“This award is a real honour to receive as it recognizes the need for young people to have a voice and a platform that is truly theirs.” – Camilla Byk.

Camilla Byk, Co-Founder of Podium.me, has been awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to Young People and Broadcast Journalism.

The recommendation has been made by the Prime Minister on the advice of the Independent Main Honours Committee following an independent assessment process.

Camilla Byk co-founded Podium.me 10 years ago as a platform for young people under the age of 25 to create podcasts and audio dramas about stories they really care about.

Experiencing the press’s reporting on young people as often biased during the Clapham Junction riots in 2012, Camilla’s mission has been to hear young people represented and respected in every sphere of the media.

With over 2000 people globally participating in Podium.me’s workshops and programmes over the last decade, Camilla’s mission has been to treat every participant as an individual with a unique story to tell.

Podium’s ‘no selection, no rejection’ approach highlights Camilla’s belief that all ideas are good ideas and helps participants to feel empowered to create the best content they can. Camilla is always looking for opportunities to encourage young people to network with others and progress in their careers. She now provides work experience and internships to young people around the world and has helped to establish hundreds of careers in the audio industry due to her relationships with schools, youth clubs and universities as well as the BBC and commissioners for Radio 1.

Podcasts and audio dramas created by young people from the podium.me network are available on podium.me and SoundCloud.

About Camilla Byk MBE

Camilla was made a Fellow of the Radio Academy in 2021 and has a background in languages and media. podium.me is also an affiliate patron of the Radio Academy. She lives in Wandsworth with her husband Robert and three teenage daughters.

About podium.me

Podium.me is a media platform for young people under the age of 25. It has won an ARIA award for Innovation and Audio Drama and continues to be a force for challenging the media to represent young people accurately and fairly.


Libsyn Celebrates One Year Anniversary of AdvertiseCast Acquisitions



Liberated Syndication (“Libsyn”), the leading ‘Podcasting As A Service’ platform, celebrates the one year anniversary of its acquisition of the industry’s premier podcast advertising marketplace, AdvertiseCast. Libsyn also released its May 2022 Podcast Advertising Rates, including highest CPM categories.

Libsyn acquired AdvertiseCast on June 4, 2021. Since the acquisition, AdvertiseCast has accelerated Libsyn’s advertising growth trajectory. The AdvertiseCast tech stack has enabled the business to grow both rapidly and profitably. With the addition of Podcast Ad Reps (PAR) earlier this year, advertising now represents a significant revenue stream for the business. AdvertiseCast reported $12 million in revenue in calendar year 2020 and exceeded the earn-out target of $18M in revenue in calendar year 2021.

With its growing network of podcasts, the AdvertiseCast marketplace empowers creators to monetize their audio and video content and offers advertisers the unique opportunity to access highly sought-after podcast advertising inventory. As of May 2022, the marketplace includes more than 2,900 shows, with over 210 exclusive podcasts, and more than 740 active advertisers over the last 12 months. Total show count on AdvertiseCast has increased 15% in the first quarter of 2022 and the number of exclusive shows has experienced a 92% year-over-year uptick.

“Libsyn’s AdvertiseCast is celebrating a pivotal milestone – and with industry forecasts pointing to significant podcast growth ahead, we’re paving the way in rolling out new innovations and robust insights – and with greater transparency for our advertisers,” said Dave Hanley, Chief Revenue Officer at Libsyn’s AdvertiseCast. “New capabilities in podcast advertising makes the medium even more compelling for brands of all sizes to harness the power of podcasting in connecting with diverse listeners and driving measurable outcomes.”

Per the PwC / IAB U.S. Podcasting Advertising Revenue Report, podcast advertising revenues is forecasted to exceed $2B in 2022 and almost triple by 2024 to over $4B. To meet the growing advertiser demand, Libsyn’s AdvertiseCast is continually investing in its platform and tools to empower brands to effectively target and reach a burgeoning and coveted podcast audience.

The AdvertiseCast April 2022 Podcast Advertising Rates

The following rates, which are denoted as cost per thousand or CPM, are published monthly by Libsyn’s AdvertiseCast, the industry’s premier podcast advertising marketplace that connects advertisers with podcasters. The Company released the figured to empower the two communities to readily monitor market pricing and provide greater insight into podcasting advertising as a monetization vehicle. The data is derived from actual sales data across AdvertiseCast’s network of more than 2,900-plus shows, including over 210 exclusive podcasts.

For May 2022, the average CPM rate was $23.77 for a 60-second ad spot.

The three highest CPM categories in May based on delivered advertising were:

Business: $28
Technology: $26
Kids and Family: $26


Blubrry Offers Annual Billing For Podcast Hosting



Blubrry notes that you are making an impact with your podcast. You’ve already decided that you’re sticking to your show and want to ensure you’ve made it as easy as possible to maintain the momentum. To make it even easier for podcasters to stay on track, Blubrry has introduced annual billing for hosting customers. Forget monthly payments and pay upfront to ensure there’s no interruption to your podcast hosting.

Save Money

Blubrry’s Standard and Advanced hosting plans are included in the annual option. On average, you’ll save about 10% a year, no matter the hosting plan, for choosing an annual subscription versus the monthly subscription. Save yourself some money, and a little bit of hassle too.

Annual Hosting Costs

  • Standard Hosting 125MB of storage: $120 billed annually ($10 month), save $24
  • Advanced Hosting 400MB of storage: $204 billed annually ($17 month), save $36
  • Check out additional hosting plan options on Blubrry’s website.

Make the commitment whenever it makes sense for you. You can sign up at any time.

Great Use Cases

Blubrry worked directly with many customers over the years to provide this on an individual basis, and have experienced a vast number of reasons why podcasters find it useful. Below are some examples of who would benefit from a one-time payment subscription.

  • Government organizations
  • Nonprofits
  • Educational organizations
  • Those with a strict budget
  • Churches
  • Teams with an annual budget
  • Company cards and finance teams that don’t want to manage monthly payments
  • Podcast season! I.e. you’re going to be releasing episodes for only one year or two
  • Retired shows. Bluberry’s standard hosting plan is the least expensive option for those that aren’t actively publishing, but want to keep their show online.

Annual billing is available to people just signing up for a podcast hosting plan or those adjusting the play they are currently relying on. New plans can sign up on the blubrry.com homepage; and adjusting your current hosting level can be done in the Billing section of the Blubrry dashboard while logged into your new account. At the end of your subscription, you’ll be able to automatically renew.


Norwegian Startup Nomono Launches Nomono Sound Capsule



Nomono, pioneers of audio recording and collaboration tools that help podcasters and journalists tell immersive stories, debuted its integrated hardware and software solutions for simplifying field recording, file management, collaboration, and production while paving the way for a spatial audio future.

Nomono will demonstrate its platform during The Podcast Show 2022, May 25-26 at The Business Design Centre in London at Booth F11.

Nomono platform includes the Nomono Sound Capsule, a Wi-Fi enabled recorder that combines four ultra-compact wireless lavalier mics with a 360-degree spatial audio microphone array and weighs less than 4 pounds. The Nomono Sound Capsule connects seamlessly to the Nomono Web App, an online audio collaboration tool where content creators backup their recordings, collaborate with their production team, and apply AI-powered dialogue enhancement processing to ensure their audio sounds the best it can before starting the editorial process.

With unparalleled portability and ease-of-use, Nomono’s combined solutions are revolutionizing how professional-quality audio is created.

“We’re sound people with a passion for building great products for like-minded pros, including podcasters, broadcast journalists, and media houses,” said Jonas Rinde, Nomono CEO. “Nomono simplifies podcasting with intuitive tools for capturing interviews from the field, collaborating on the editorial process, and improving audio quality. Our goal is to provide storytellers with an audio workflow that is smart, simple, and capable of delivering excellent sound.”

Unlike current podcasting workflows that depend on separate field recorders, microphones, mixers, and accessories – plus software collaboration tools like Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, Google Docs, Asana, Notion, and more – Nomono offers a portable, all-in-one field recording solution built specifically for podcasters and journalists that automatically uploads recordings to an intuitive cloud-based audio collaboration and preparation tool.

“With the Nomono platform, creators can focus on their subjects and content without worrying about technology and equipment,” Rinde said. “This allows them to be more creative in their audio storytelling.”

The Nomono Sound Capsule

The Nomono Sound Capsule is a compact, one-button field recording solution that captures up to four guests and immersive scene tape without wires or a complicated setup. The portable all-in-one solution is built specifically for podcasters and journalists who work in the field and want to record conversations with multiple people without the technology getting in the way.

It includes Nomono’s groundbreaking wireless microphones, which capture and buffer high-resolution, uncompressed audio files, and transmit them back to the recorder asynchronously, providing wireless flexibility without the typical concerns of dropouts or interference. The recorder itself includes an ambisonic microphone array to capture a high-resolution 3D recording of the environment and ambience along with the voices of each participant. The combination makes it easy to record object-based spatial audio that is compatible with formats from binaural all the way to Dolby Atmos, and bring listeners right inside the conversation.

“All of Nomono’s technology is built with spatial audio in mind, so creators can produce content like they always have and make the transition to spatial audio production with ease,” Rinde explained.

The Nomono Sound Capsue weighs less than 4 pounds and fits in a backpack. It comes with a rugged carrying case with a built-in rapid charger. There are no levels to set and no SD cards to format. Creators just push one button and start the conversation.

Nomono Cloud Collaboration

Audio captured by the Nomono Sound Capsule is uploaded wirelessly to the Nomono Web App, a secure cloud resource and audio collaboration tool featuring AI-powered signal processing. Through the Web App, Nomono makes it easy for content creators to gather and organize material in a central repository; collect comments, feedback, and approvals in relation to an audio timeline; and save time and money in post-production through one-button dialogue enhancement and noise reduction technology.

The same Nomono Intelligent Signal Processing technology that enables spatial audio recordings can also help separate the foreground dialogue from the background environment to provide exceptional intelligibility and noise reduction without distracting artifacts or having to remove the background sound entirely.

With field recordings from the Sound Capsule automatically backed up to the cloud, content teams can immediately start logging and collaborating on recorded material to speed up the editorial process and get the content “on air” as fast as possible. Creators can even upload from other sources into the same Nomono Web App, keeping all their material organized in a single location that’s accessible to anyone on the team, including outside collaborators.


American Girl Launches New Family-Friendly Podcast Network



American Girl, longtime children’s publisher and cornerstone in the Mattel portfolio of purposeful brands, launched the American Girl Podcast Network, which is rooted in the brand’s popular stories, characters, and real-world advice to connect and entertain girls, their parents, and the entire fan community over their shared love of all things “AG”. The new podcast network, with ad-free shows spanning diverse formats and themes, will amplify the brand’s digital and creative storytelling – sparking imaginations and a love of reading.

The American Girl Podcast Network will launch with three original shows – one scripted and adapted from the brand’s slate of fan-favorite published content for young readers that debuted on May 24th, followed by two nonfiction podcasts with a mix of guest interviews, real-life advice, and behind-the-scenes exclusives that launch this summer.

“From the start, American Girl has been rooted in story. Our books – whether adventures, mysteries, or real-life advice – are the heart of what we do,” said Jamie Cygielman, General Manager of American Girl. “With storytelling an intrinsic part of our DNA, the American Girl Podcast Network is a natural evolution for the brand, allowing us to tap into our vast collection of diverse content, as well as our numerous authors and subject-matter experts, to enrich and entertain our fans. We’re thrilled to connect with all those in our celebrated American Girl community in this authentic and culturally relevant way.”

The American Girl Podcast Network launches with the following three shows:

American Girl 10-Minute Mysteries (launched May 24): A scripted podcast series of bite-sized content developed from American Girl’s slate of beloved historical character mystery books, taking young readers on action-packed adventures full of fun, friendships, and suspense. Season 1 is based on a fan-favorite “A Light in the Cellar: A Molly Mystery”, voiced by actress and podcast host Maggie Lawson.

American Girl Fan Club (launching July 23): Hosted by two real-life American Girl superfans, Sydney Paulson and Kristen Washington, this show goes where no one has gone before. Fans get exclusive access to all the behind-the-scenes facts and trivia about the creation and evolution of American Girl’s iconic characters and content throughout the years, featuring special guest interviews and insider sneak peeks of exciting things to come!

The Smart Girls Podcast (launching Aug. 17): This show brings to life American Girl’s most popular advice series: “A Smart Girl’s Guide”. For 20 years, the “Smart Girls Guides” have been a trusted resource for parents and their kids, selling more than 6 million titles to date. Building on that success, this podcast is full of conversations aimed to help tweens navigate what’s really happening with their emotions, mental health, friendships, and more. The hosts – 16-year-old actress Shay Rudolph and cultural expert and creative producer for the podcast network Jess Weiner – will interview celebrated guests and young change makers to ask ALL the questions listeners want to know.

Partners in the American Girl Podcast Network include:

Jess Weiner and Talk to Jess, a cultural consultancy and creative production company, which specializes in branded podcasts, most recently launching the Dominant Stories with Shondaland. Jess and American Girl have a long-standing association with the projects and programs that help all girls feel seen and represented.

Distribution partner Cloud10 Media, a full-service network that provides listeners an outlet for best-in-class podcast discovery, while offering development, promotion, marketing, and sales support.

“We know that podcast listenership among kids and teens continues to grow exponentially, and we are so excited to help American Girl bring their stories and inspired conversations to the next generation,” said Sim Sarna, Founder + CEO, Cloud10 Media.

The American Girl Podcast Network will be available on all streaming platforms where listeners get their podcasts; to learn more, visit americangirl.com/podcast. Audio and visual clops from the podcast shows will also be shared on American Girl’s social channels, and American Girl 10-Minute Mysteries will be available on the brand’s trusted YouTube channel, for those who like to watch while they listen.


SiriusXM Acquires Team Coco and Conan O’Brian Needs A Friend Podcast



SiriusXM announced the acquisition of Team Coco, including the critically-acclaimed hit podcast Conan O’Brian Needs a Friend, and the Conan O’Brian-led podcast network and digital media business. The transaction also brings to SiriusXM Team Coco’s staff, who will continue to produce the network’s slate of popular podcasts, as well as collaborate on content for Sirius XM.

As part of the deal, Conan has entered into a five-year talent agreement with SiriusXM, under which he will remain host of his namesake podcast, which will continue to be available widely, and will also collaborate with SiriusXM to create and executive produce a new full-time, original Team Coco comedy channel for SiriusXM subscribers. The agreement also includes distribution of select video from Conan’s podcast as well as from the archives of his long-running late night show on TBS, live events, and merchandise from the Team Coco brands.

Since its inception over a decade ago, Team Coco has garnered more than 1 billion annual video views across YouTube and Facebook, averages 180 million annual podcast downloads, and now reaches 17 million fans across social media. Team Coco’s flagship podcast, Conan O’Brian Needs a Friend, which was developed with Stitcher’s Earwolf, ranks as one of the top five most searched-for podcasts, and recently won two Webby Awards. By becoming a part of SiriusXM, the leading home of comedy in audio entertainment, Team Coco gains the promotional power of the SiriusXM, Pandora, and Stitcher listening platforms – amplifying the network’s voices and extending the Team Coco brand to new audiences.

“When I started in television my ultimate goal was to work my way up to radio,” said Conan O’Brian. “This new deal with SiriusXM builds on the great relationship that began several years ago with a team that is the standout in their field.’

“We are thrilled that Conan remains committed to producing his incredibly successful podcast and will now expand his role into executive producing an excusing Team Coco radio channel for SiriusXM,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chef Content Officer of SiriusXM. “Conan has built an amazing brand and organization at Team Coco with a proven track record of finding and launching compelling and addictive podcasts. We look forward to continuing to grow the Team Coco brand.”

As part of the acquisition, SXM Media, the combined advertising sales organization of SiriusXM, expands its exclusive global ad representation beyond Team Coco’s acclaimed podcasts – such as Nicole Byer’s Why Won’t You Date Me? and JB Smoove’s May I Elaborate?, along with its Stitcher co-productions Scam Goddess with Laci Mosley, Literally! with Rob Lowe, The Three Questions with Andy Richter, and Parks and Recollection – to also include digital video, social media, and live events associated with Team Coco’s properties.

Team Coco podcasts will continue to be available on Stitcher, the SXM App, Pandora, and major podcast listening platforms.

Team Coco joins an already robust and industry-leading comedy lineup at SiriusXM, the exclusive audio home for top comedies and brands, which includes channels such as Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Radio, Netflix is a Joke Radio, and Comedy Central Radio, as well as Stitcher’s Earwolf network and their collection of award-winning and critically-acclaimed shows How Did This Get Made?, Office Ladies, Storytime with Seth Rogen, and more.

SiriusXM’s acquisition of Team Coco follows that of 99% Invisible, the announcement of a global advertising agreement with podcast company Audiochuck, and it’s top-rated podcast, Crime Junkie; an agreement with Tom Segura and Christine P’s YMH Studios to distribute and develop content; an agreement for the exclusive rights to manage all audio and video ad sales for the comedy horror show The Last Podcast on the Left; and a multi-platform agreement with Crooked Media that brings the independent progressive media company’s top ranked podcasts to Sirius XM through the 2024 election cycle and beyond.