Podcast Pitch Night

Special Event
Theater 7–9:30pm
  • Regular $25
  • Media Center Members $15


Come and hear the next wave of podcast superstars at our first annual Podcast Pitch Night.


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. 

Check out our five selected podcasts!

Jury Prize includes: Platform hosting on Acast (more details to follow); five (5) complimentary mentorship sessions provided by Acast, focused on the development, monetization, and promotion of your podcast; complimentary advertising on Acast (more details to follow); a $500 giftcard for Media Center events and classes; and six (6) months free access to Media Center’s newly launched Podcast Studio.

Audience Choice Award includes: three (3) months free access to Media Center’s newly launched Podcast Studio.

Podcast Talk: As the jury deliberates, Brittany and Eric will sit down for a special conversation about all things podcasting! 

Podcast Party: After our prizes have been handed out, head over to our Lounge for our post-show party, with complimentary drinks and snacks! (Admission free with your event ticket.)


Brittany Luse: @bmluse. Brittany is a producer and host at Gimlet. In her spare time, she co-hosted For Colored Nerds, an independent podcast about race, news and pop culture. She hails from Farmington Hills, Michigan and is a very proud graduate of Howard University.

Eric Eddings: @eeddings. Eric is a producer and cohost of the Gimlet Media podcast, The Nod, a new podcast about Black culture and history. He also co-hosted For Colored Nerds, an independent podcast about race, news and pop culture with @bmluse. Prior to working at Gimlet, he helped nonprofits and foundations develop digital strategies at Fenton.

"A banger right from the start… utterly hilarious." – The Guardian

"Smart, listenable, interesting, and important." – The New Yorker

The Nod is produced by Gimlet Media.

Our Pitch Night Jury: 

Francesco Baschieri: Co-Founder/CEO, Spreaker. Francesco Baschieri is a serial entrepreneur and currently serves as president and CEO of Spreaker Holdings, the company that owns and operates the Spreaker and BlogTalkRadio podcasting platforms. Francesco is also the co-founder and CEO of Spreaker and led it to inception to growth and profitability before combining it with BlogTalkRadio in 2017. Spreaker was awarded the “most promising european startup” award by Microsoft in 2013. Francesco is also a lecturer at the University of Bologna, where he teaches a course in Digital Entrepreneurship. Twitter: @thebask.

Kerri Hoffman: CEO, PRX. Kerri Hoffman is the CEO of PRX, an award-winning public media company connecting audio producers with their most engaged, supportive audiences.  She played a key role in the building and evolution of PRX, and headed up the launch of Radiotopia, a curated network of extraordinary, cutting-edge podcasts.  

Lynn Levy: Senior Development Producer, Gimlet Media. Lynn Levvy is a Sr. Development Producer and host of an upcoming Gimlet podcast set to premiere in 2018. Prior to joining Gimlet, Lynn was a producer for Radiolab and Studio 360, and she made an audio walking tour of Austin, TX for Detour.

Nick Quah: Founder/Editor, Hot Pod. Nick Quah is the founder and editor of Hot Pod, a newsletter about the podcast industry. He is also the podcast critic for Vulture.

Caitlin Thompson: US Director of Content, Acast. Caitlin Thompson is the US Director of Content at Acast, a Swedish technology company that works to empower audio content creators by helping them monetize and grow their audiences. She's worked as a development executive at WNYC, in digital and multimedia roles at TIME, The Washington Post, and in public television. She thinks the future of podcasting sounds like women and people of color. Caitlin can be found on Twitter by following @caitln_thomps.


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