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Australia’s leading podcast strategist launches new consultancy and production company

PRESS RELEASE · Brisbane QLD, Australia ·

As podcasting continues to explode as a medium, the founding commissioning editor of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s wildly successful podcast unit - which attracts millions of downloads each month - has launched a new independent audio consultancy, Deadset Studios.

Kellie Riordan, lead creator of Australia’s top podcasts including Conversations, Ladies We Need To Talk, comedy hit Judith Lucy Overwhelmed and Dying, and true crime smash Unravel: Snowball, says her new consultancy specialises in podcast production and consulting, audio strategy, and branded storytelling.

“Deadset Studios leans in to the power of the human voice to share stories that resonate. It offers high-level strategic advice to media houses, brands, organisations, and producers to set them up for success in the podcast space,” says Kellie Riordan. “The consultancy advises podcasters on how to cut through with their content, maximise their audience growth, and sets clients up for success in the podcast space.”

Deadset Studios is also the home of the popular Pod Squad newsletter, a fortnightly podcast recommendation service that points listeners to the most exciting new podcasts in market.

Alongside the launch of Deadset Studios comes a brand new podcast from the production company.

Curveball is a series about thriving when the chips are down. Rarely do you get to glimpse what’s really going on during a company’s darkest hour. In these revealing, personal conversations with leaders, host Kellie Riordan learns how you too can tackle life’s toughest moments, and come out on top.

Curveball launches with a trailer episode on Fri 6 Nov, with the first episode out Tues 17 Nov.

About Kellie Riordan

Kellie Riordan is the creative force behind countless hit podcasts. She is the founding producer of Conversations, a podcast she developed back in 2005 before iPhones existed. It remains Australia’s most downloaded podcast (crowned by Apple Podcasts four times), attracting millions of downloads a month.

Kellie also commissioned and led shows such as the historical narrative series The Eleventh (Kennedy award nominee), memoir series No Feeling is Final (winner Director’s Choice at Third Coast 2019), the Walkley-award-winning Unravel True Crime, family shows Mackaroy Uncovered (scripted mystery) Short & Curly (winner of Webby Award) and Fierce Girls (Australian Podcast Award 2019), comedy series Finding Drago, Burn Your Passport, Judith Lucy Overwhelmed and Dying, the critically acclaimed comedy musical CrossBread (starring John Waters and Megan Washington), and several hugely popular series for women including Ladies We Need To Talk (Webby honoree) and The Pineapple Project (winner Australian Podcast Award 2019).

As a media executive and content strategist, Kellie specialises in building innovative teams that create world-class digital content. Kellie’s also a specialist airchecker, providing coaching and feedback to podcast and radio hosts on national and international shows. Deadset Studios also helps podcast creators with narrative development, episodic outlines, and story editing.

Kellie’s an in-demand speaker on podcasting, leadership, and digital strategy. She’s been a speaker at RAIN global podcast summit (US 2020), Podcast Movement (Virtual 2020, Florida 2019), RadioDays Podcast Days (Virtual 2020, Copenhagen 2018), Mumbrella360 (Sydney 2019), Audioland (Sydney 2019), Vivid Festival (Sydney 2018), and the International Journalism Festival (Italy 2015).


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