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The Gotham Film & Media Institute announces winners of inaugural Gotham/Variety Audio Honors

Press Release · New York, NY, USA ·

The Gotham Film & Media Institute (The Gotham) announced today the launch of The Gotham/Variety Audio Honors, a groundbreaking initiative dedicated to recognizing the boldest voices in the ever-expanding world of audio storytelling. The honorees have been selected in recognition of their innovations in audio storytelling by a committee of distinguished audio industry professionals, chaired by award-winning podcast creator, producer and new host of NPR’s It’s Been a Minute, Brittany Luse. The Gotham/Variety Audio Honors are set to take place in person as a luncheon and a staged presentation at Second Floor NYC, on Friday, October 14th.

“As an organization dedicated to celebrating and nurturing independent creators, we are proud to recognize these brilliant, innovative, and groundbreaking audio storytellers,” said Jeffrey Sharp, Executive Director of The Gotham Film & Media Institute. “As audio content reaches a pivotal point of engagement and innovation, it is crucial that we launch new platforms of recognition, such as The Gotham/Variety Audio Honors, to celebrate the most daring creators in our industry.”

The Audio Honors will be hosted by Gotham Executive Director, Jeffrey Sharp, and Variety COO/CMO, Dea Lawrence. Variety Executive Editor, Brent Lang, will moderate a discussion with the honorees. Variety will aso will feature the winners and their profiles as part of its New York Issue, set to publish on Friday, October 21st.

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The winning shows, creators, and episodes of the inaugural The Gotham/Variety Audio Honors are:

Bag Ladiez
Bag Ladiez (Cin Pim and Rafaela Uribe) – “Octavia was right…” (Link)
From: BGLadiez
Hosted by: Soundcloud
Marijuanera: A Podcast for Potheads
Marijuanera: A Podcast for Potheads (Mala Muñoz and Diosa Femme) – “Soliloquy for Sad Girls” (Link)
From: Locatora Productions
Hosted by: Audioboom
Misrepresented
Misrepresented (Nikki Aggarwal) – “The Myth of the Pink City” (Link)
From: Kahaani
Hosted by: Simplecast
Susto
Susto (Ayden Castellanos) – “MS-13’s Satanic History” (Link)
From: Sonoro| Ayden Castellanos
Hosted by: Omny Studio
Teenager Therapy
Teenager Therapy (Gael Aitor, Kayla Suarez and Thomas Pham) – “Self-Deprecating Humor/How To Love Yourself” (Link)
From: Teenager Therapy | Flighthouse
Hosted by: Anchor
Girl Tales
Girl Tales (Rebecca Cunningham and Georgina Escobar) – “Musings by Georgina Escobar” (Link)
From: Cordelia Studios
Hosted by: Megaphone
TransLash Podcast with Imara Jones
TransLash (Oliver-Ash Kleine, editor and lead producer) – “Trans Mothers Day” (Link)
From: TransLash Media
Hosted by: Acast
Out There
Out There (Sarah Dealy) – “Indoor Kid” (Link)
From: Willow Belden
Hosted by: Libsyn
Teleway 411
Teleway 411 (Casper Cendre) – “Taylor Hearn” (Link)
From: Casper Cendre
Hosted by: Buzzsprout
The 11th
The 11th (Sai Sion) – “His Saturn Return” (Link)
From: Pineapple Street Studios
Hosted by: Megaphone

“The audio storytelling space is experiencing unprecedented creativity, and I’m thrilled to partner with The Gotham in highlighting some of the freshest, most original voices of this moment,” said Brittany Luse. “Our inaugural honors will recognize the efforts of truly original talents, creators who stand to make an impact in our industry for years to come.”

The Gotham Film & Media Institute, host of the annual Gotham Awards, has been at the forefront of nurturing and celebrating independent creators for over 40 years, providing access to the industry, pathways to wider recognition, and creative- and career-building resources and mentorship. Over the past five years, its community has grown to include audio storytellers, furthering its mission to elevate original voices and influence the industry to be more expansive and inclusive. The Gotham Film & Media Institute has celebrated emerging voices through its annual Podcast Certificate Program, Audio Forum projects at Gotham Week (now in its third year), Podcast pitch events as well as year round film & TV labs and programming and The Annual Gotham Awards, now in their 32nd year.

Variety has been supporting and recognizing new voices in film, TV and media for over one hundred years. Since 1905, influential producers, executives and talent in entertainment and beyond have turned to Variety for award-winning daily breaking news reports, insightful award-season coverage, must-read feature spotlights and intelligent analysis of the industry’s most prominent players.

“There are so many talented podcast creators who deserve to be recognized for building on the medium’s rich history and pushing its future forward,” said Dea Lawrence. “In partnership with The Gotham and Wondery, we hope these new honors can celebrate a few of the people behind some of the truly excellent podcasts leading this industry forward.”

“There’s so much opportunity in podcasting right now. We’re seeing more and more emerging creators who are entering the space and bringing in new ideas and perspectives,” said Marshall Lewy, chief content officer at Wondery. “We are thrilled to join Variety in honoring these up-and-coming new voices and look forward to seeing how they shape the future of the industry.”

As well as being featured in Variety’s New York Issue, the event will also be covered online at Variety.com and across Variety’s social media.

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