Podcast Pitch Night 2018

Special Event
Theater 7–10pm
  • Regular $25
  • Media Center Members $15


Based on the runaway success of our first Podcast Pitch Night… we're coming back for 2018!

Join us and hear the next wave of podcast superstars at our second annual Podcast Pitch Night presented by Acast.


  • 7:00-8:30 – PODCAST PITCHES
  • 8:30-10:00 – PARTY TIME

Podcast Pitch: Five amazing amateur/DIY podcasters will be selected by the Made in NY Media Center by IFP staff to present a five minute-long pitch to a panel of industry judges, and to our live audience. 

One winner will be selected for a Jury Prize by our industry judges, and one winner will be chosen by you, the audience, for an Audience Choice Award.

Jury Prize: a $500 giftcard for Media Center events and classes (to be redeemed within a year); six (6) months free access to Media Center’s newly launched Podcast Studio; and the opportunity to pitch your podcast to American Public Media and NewSignal Studios. American Public Media is the largest station-based public radio organization in the United States with programs that reach 20 million listeners each week. APM produces and distributes hit podcasts including In the DarkTerrible, Thanks for AskingBrains On!, the Hilarious World of Depression, and Too Beautiful to LiveNewSignal Studios is an independent podcast and technology production company owned by APM.

Audience Choice Award: three (3) months free access to the Media Center’s newly launched Podcast Studio; and the opportunity to pitch your podcast to American Public Media and NewSignal Studios.

Podcast Party: After our prizes have been handed out, head over to our Lounge for our post-show party.

With complimentary drinks and snacks!


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.


Mean Book Club: Four ladies (from UCB-NY, BuzzFeed, College Humor, Impractical Jokers) read, discuss, and make fun of New York Times bestselling books that have questionable literary merit. We discuss how those books made it to the top, exactly what doesn’t work about each book, and whether we would ever recommend this book to a friend (or to a worst enemy). It's fun. It's cathartic. It pairs well with wine.

Producers and hosts: Sarah Burton, Clara Morris, Johnna Scrabis, and Sabrina B. Jordan

WEBSITE: https://www.patreon.com/meanbookclub

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/meanbookclub 

Don’t Interrupt Me, Por Favor is a weekly interview show in Spanish and English for people who speak both languages. Award-winning journalists Guillermo Fesser, Lisa Button, and Nick Leiber interview bilingual guests about one big idea a week. The format is novel: The hosts and their guests speak the way many of the 50 million+ Spanish speakers in the U.S. do—in a mix of both languages.

Producers and Hosts: Guillermo Fesser, Lisa Button, and Nick Leiber 
Editor: Nick Leiber
Sound Engineer: Connor Button 
Theme Music by: Connor Button

WEBSITE: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1441887080?mt=2

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/interruptshow

Portrait: Hosted by Max, Portrait is a mystery involving a disappearance, social networking sites, and the portrait of an 18th-century courtesan hanging in the NYPL’s Salomon Room. Follow Max on Instagram @maxisonthegram to see images related to the story, or listen to it in the library for an immersive experience.

Writer: B. Walker Sampson 
Director, sound designer, and editor: Arlen Ginsburg 
Performances by: Michael Bradley Cohen and Aishling Pembroke
Producers: Calla Videt and Arlen Ginsburg
Presented by: Sightline

WEBSITE: www.sightlinearts.org

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/sightlinetweets
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/sightlinearts
INSTAGRAM: @maxisonthegram, @al_ice_alice, @sightlinearts

The Day Job Artist celebrates those who work by day and create by night. Spanning music, comedy, literature and theater, the podcast features live studio performances and a discussion of the artist’s vision. At the end, host Jess Duda will ask, “What’s your day job?” Could they be a gemologist or a nude art model? Visit thedayjobartist.com to explore visual and movement "day job artists" as well as videos of the podcast performances.

Creator, Executive Producer, Host: Jess Duda 
Sound Engineer: Rick Kwan
Associate Producer: April Schroer
Director of Photography/Videographer: Brian Inocencio
Photographers: Liam Liu, Michelle Thompson, Melanie Brooks, Jacob Snavely 

WEBSITE: www.thedayjobartist.com

TWITTER: @thedayjobartist
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/thedayjobartist/
INSTAGRAM: @thedayjobartist

Backdrop: Welcome to Backdrop, the podcast that takes you to the locations of iconic movies to see how the film’s legacy impacts the people that live there today. 

Lead Producer, lead host, editor: Brad Bailey
Producer and Co-host: Deanna Cudra 
Technical Advisor: Elyse Blennerhassett

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