Acast buys Pippa; three more publishers come off Luminary
April 25, 2019 · 3.5 minutes to read
Acast have announced the acquisition of Pippa, a podcast host. Ross Adams, the company’s CEO, told Podnews that the acquisition of Pippa will effectively double the company’s number of shows. “In the past we’ve had strict minimums required to join, ” he added, saying that Pippa’s acquisition will allow any size of podcaster to join the network for the first time. Pippa, which Adams describes as a good cultural fit for Acast, is popular for publishers in countries like the US, France and Norway; while Acast itself is based in Sweden. Acast achieved over $33m in funding last year.
Three more publishers have pulled their content off Luminary. Mikey Fowler, EP of Podcasting for Barstool Sports (8th currrently in Podtrac), tells us that they have requested all of their RSS feeds be removed from Luminary, which would mean a total of 26 shows will be unavailable. Endeavor Audio podcasts have been withdrawn from the service, and the Joe Rogan Experience is also removed - that’s been replaced with another characteristically snippy message. The subscription podcast app launched earlier this week with high-profile podcasts from Spotify, Gimlet Media, Parcast and the NYT’s The Daily being unavailable.
Luminary appears to be fighting back with PR: Matt Sacks, the co-founder and CEO of Luminary, has written a long piece explaining Luminary’s model, the sole post in a hastily-erected Medium blog. Manoush Zomorodi is also interviewed in Digiday hawking the company, saying “As a creator, it’s hard to get a production off the ground if you don’t know you have a steady income”. Her podcast Note To Self is relaunching as a Luminary-funded production. Luminary have also placed sample episodes of all their premium podcasts in Apple Podcasts (and therefore most other places).
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