2nd Annual Podcast Pitch Night: Submit Your Project

Impress key decision-makers in the world of podcasting, and take your podcast production and storytelling to the next level with Podcast Pitch Night! Application deadline: December 2 @ 11.59pm
Podcast Pitch Night

After the runaway success of last year’s event, and the first stellar year of NYC’s first Podcast Certificate Program with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment under our belt (apply today for winter 2019!), we’re excited to host our second annual Podcast Pitch Night!

Have a DIY podcasts that you think everyone should know about? Then take your podcast to the next level with the Podcast Pitch Night! Hosting the evening will be acclaimed director, writer, and producer Dan Taberski.

Read all about the contest details and apply below!


Applications are now closed, look out for us next year!


Five amazing amateur/independent podcasters will be selected by the Media Center to pitch their podcasts to a live theater audience during our Podcast Pitch Night on Wednesday, December 12.

Selected podcasters will have 10 minutes on stage to present their projects: a five minute-long prepared pitch for panel of industry jury and our live audience, and five minutes of Q&A from our jury/audience.

Jury Prize:

  • $500 giftcard for Media Center events and classes
  • 6 months free access to Media Center’s newly launched Podcast Studio
  • More to be announced!

Audience Choice Award:

  • 3 months free access to Media Center’s newly launched Podcast Studio
  • More to be announced!


Podcasts will be selected to pitch, and evaluated for prizes, based on:

  • Creative use of the medium
  • Engaging content with a strong focus/mission
  • Clear, sustainable format and potential for growth

We welcome podcasts of all kinds: politics, science, pop culture, fictional storytelling, wacky comedy, serious history… no restrictions on content or form, so long as it’s engaging, creative, and with a solid premise/focus.

Only amateur/independent/DIY podcasts will be considered. Submissions must send one finished podcast episode for consideration. Additionally, no more than one “season” of your podcast can be publicly available on any platform. There are no restrictions on length per episode, but please note submissions will be selected based on only ONE submitted episode. Pilot works-in-progress will not be considered.

While both our selection committee and our jury will keep an ear out for podcasts with noteworthy, clean production values, submissions need not be professionally produced or polished. Ultimately, content, purpose, and potential are the top criteria.

If selected, projects will be asked to prepare a short, visual pitch deck for the Pitch Night. Pitch decks may include audio samples and video clips/trailer. All pitches must be five minutes in length.


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Dan Taberski is a director, writer, and producer based in New York City. He was the host of the podcast Missing Richard Simmons, created the kids show Destroy Build Destroy for Cartoon Network, and his documentary short film These C*cksucking Tears won the jury prize at the SXSW. Taberski is a former producer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and worked on economic policy in the Clinton White House. He’s also an accomplished quilt-maker.


Julia Lowrie Henderson
is an award-winning producer and storyteller based in New York. A graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary studies, she’s currently a producer for 30 for 30 Podcasts at ESPN, which she helped launch in 2016. Prior to that, she was a producer for Studio 360 from PRI and WNYC. Her most recent project is Bikram, the 5-part series she reported and produced for 30 for 30.

Tony Phillips is Vice President of On-Demand Content at WNYC Studios, home to some of the most critically-acclaimed and popular podcasts of the last decade, including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin,Snap Judgment, On the Media, and A Piece of Work with Abbi Jacobson. Prior to WNYC Studios, Phillips served as Commissioning Editor at BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4. Hailing from London, Phillips now lives in New Jersey.

Veronika Taylor is Director of Content for Acast in the US. She’s responsible for shaping Acast’s content strategy—leading acquisitions, growing existing shows, and developing content-related new businesses.

Jeff Freeland Nelson
is Executive Director at Glen Nelson Center at American Public Media. Glen Nelson Center launches entrepreneurial ventures that serve new and diverse audiences while strengthening public media. They accomplish their goals through strategic investments in companies at the frontier of media and technology and by creating new businesses in support of American Public Media and its mission.

Podcast Pitch Night is presented by: