ABC OzPod returns in 2019 with podcast stars & industry executives

• This year keynote speakers are Owen Grover and Dan Blank

The ABC has announced the return of its podcast industry conference on Thursday, 3rd October 2019.

This year keynote speakers are Owen Grover and Dan Blank alongside local podcast creators and experts.

Owen Grover is the CEO of Pocket Casts, the podcast platform recognised by Wired magazine as “The podcast app every iPhone user needs” and The Verge as “The best podcast app for Android.” The founding member of iHeartRadio specialises in digital product and content strategy, strategic partnerships and integrated media.

Dan Blank has been an artist in both animation and visual effects (Watchmen, Chronicles of Narnia, Avatar) for many years. His proof-of-concept short Monster Roll was a viral hit, gaining him attention as a creator. His recent audio drama Carrier can best be described as an immersive movie for the ears, harnessing sound techniques and narrative to brilliant effect.

Also coming to OzPod

Greg Bearup, host of the smash-hit Who the Hell is Hamish?, triple j’s Ollie Wards, host of the ABC’s soon to be announced Unravel Season 4 and Sarah Steel from the award-winning Let’s Talk About Sects will explore the fascination with con artists and fakes.

Marc Fennell, creator of the US chart topping podcast It Burns!, host of Download This Show, The Few Who Do and The Feed (SBS TV) will be speaking on a panel about turning great ideas into reality.

James Cridland from Podnews will share his insights into the current state of the audio industry based on brand-new data from the ABC Audience Insights’ Podcast Consumer Survey.

Guest speakers from Shameless Media, Michelle Andrews and Zara McDonald, will discuss how a podcast they started in their bedroom is now raking in the accolades.

Director of Audible Originals, Ben Naparstek, Lorin Clarke, creator of the ABC’s Fitzroy Diaries and Josh Donellan from Six Cold Feet will canvas the rise in popularity of fiction podcasts and delve into the opportunities that lie in store in the genre.


• What: OzPod 2019 Conference, An event for the Australian podcast, media and broadcast industry
• When: Thursday 3rd October
• Where: The Arts Centre, Melbourne

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