Popular podcast ‘Welcome to Night Vale’ scores an FX development deal

 With narrative podcasting on the rise, it’s no surprise that TV execs have begun looking at the medium as a resource for new shows. If there is a surprise in all of this, it’s that Welcome to Night Vale didn’t get picked up sooner. The podcast has developed an organic fan base through platforms like Twitter, several touring shows, spin-off podcasts and two novels. Read More

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Apple buys podcast search startup Pop Up Archive

 Apple’s played a central role in podcast since its earliest days — heck, even the term was borrowed from its big hardware product at the time. But the company’s marketshare appears to have eroded somewhat as players like Google and Spotify have entered the market, reportedly down from 70-percent of podcast downloads in 2015 to 55-percent in 2017. That’s still not a… Read More

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Original Content podcast: We ride with the outlaws of ‘Godless’

Godless Some big names — including Jeff Daniels, Michelle Dockery and Scoot McNairy — donned cowboy hats and mounted horses for Godless, a seven-episode Western on Netflix. Each episode was written and directed by Scott Frank (A Walk Among the Tombstones), while Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven) serves an executive producer.
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Shonda Rhimes talks move from network TV to Netflix

 When Shonda Rhimes, the creator of network hits like Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder, announced her new contract with Netflix, it marked yet another win for the digital media world. TechCrunch recently sat down with Rhimes to hear what we can expect to see from her on Netflix, the importance of diversity and inclusion and media, and more. “What’s… Read More

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Original Content podcast: ‘The Punisher’ arrives with a bang

The Punisher Marvel and Netflix’s latest show The Punisher stars Jon Bernthal as the bloodthirsty superhero. Bernthal first took on the role in the second season of Daredevil, but now he’s the headliner in a story exploring the aftermath of war and a broader government conspiracy. In the latest episode of TechCrunch’s Original Content podcast, hosts Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha… Read More

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Equity Shot: The Uber-Softbank deal explained

 Hello and welcome to another Equity Shot, a quick-hit episode of our venture-capital themed podcast. (Equity, released every Thursday, focuses on the money behind the headlines.) This week Katie Roof and I — Alex Wilhelm — sank our teeth into the story that roiled the tech community’s weekend and continued to cause waves today. Yes, the Uber-SoftBank story — which we… Read More

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Original Content podcast: Marvel’s ‘Runaways’ looks like an all-around good time

 Lord of the Rings as a streaming TV series? It might happen. Also, Netflix is releasing a comic book with Mark Millar, and Harry Potter is getting its very own Pokémon Go. Plus, TechCrunch’s Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha enjoy an early look at Marvel’s Runaways, coming to Hulu later this month. We also get into some off-topic chat around the Now You See Me film franchise,… Read More

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Original Content podcast: We have mixed feelings about ‘Stranger Things 2’

Stranger Things 2 Stranger Things 2 (as Netflix and the Duffer Brothers are calling the second season of their hit show) has been out for a full week, so some serious fans have already watched all nine episodes.
That includes TechCrunch’s Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha, who have been bingeing the show all week. On the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, we discuss our feelings about the… Read More

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Original Content podcast: Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’ are here, and they’re very cheesy

Lockjaw We’re breaking the rules a little for this one. While TechCrunch’s Original Content podcast is focused on new shows and movies from streaming services like Hulu and Netflix, we’ve also gone out of our way to remind listeners that Inhumans, the new Marvel series airing on ABC, looks very bad. This week, your hosts Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha decided to take the plunge… Read More

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Original Content needs hugs after the family drama of Netflix’s ‘Meyerowitz Stories’

The Meyerowitz Stories It’s easy to roll your eyes at many of Adam Sandler’s recent films — including his Netflix Originals — but he’s also delivered impressive performances in good movies like Punch-Drunk Love and Funny People. Now we can add The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) to the list. The Meyerowitz Stories, which Netflix is releasing today, was written and directed by… Read More

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