The Podcast Adaptation Boom: Audio as Source IP for Television and Film



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July 21, 2021
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About the Program

Although podcast technology debuted during the early aughts, the format’s first breakout hit didn’t occur until the 2014 arrival of true-crime drama “Serial” Season 1, which subsequently inspired an HBO documentary series. During the last several years, Amazon and Bravo have enjoyed success with podcast-based scripted dramas “Homecoming” and “Dirty John” respectively. The entertainment industry practice of using podcasts as source material for derivative works has become increasingly common. Our esteemed panel will discuss the trends, issues and contractual pain points in creating podcast adaptations for other media such as television, film and documentaries (and vice versa).

Meet the Speakers
Brandon Bauman


Global Head of Business and Legal Affairs
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Jeff Monahan


Jeff Monahan Law

Experienced attorney with a demonstrated history of growing businesses. Skilled in law practice, sales, customer relationships, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), R, and Python. Strong business development professional and avid hockey fan with a passion for analytics.

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UnJu Paik


Head of Business Affairs and General Counsel

UnJu Paik is the Head of Business Affairs of Wondery, which became a subsidiary of Amazon Music in 2021. Launched in 2016, and known for its immersive podcasts, Wondery became the fastest network to join the Top 10 ranker by Podtrac, propelled by hit shows like Dr Death, Dirty John, American History Tellers, Business Wars, The Shrink Next Door and Joe Exotic. To date, forty of Wondery’s shows have reached # 1 on the Apple Podcasts Charts. At least 22 of Wondery’s podcasts are being developed for TV adaptations.

Prior to joining Wondery, UnJu was Executive Vice President of 21st Century Fox heading the intellectual property group of 21CF during its historical merger with The Walt Disney Company. During her 24-year tenure at Fox, UnJu also ran the legal department of Twentieth Century Fox Television which produced shows such as Simpsons, Family Guy, Modern Family and This is Us. UnJu started her legal career at Fox in the home entertainment department managing worldwide licensing and operations.

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Ben Strouse


Founder and CEO

Peabody Award-winning creator Ben Strouse oversees Gen-Z Media. Before co-founding GZM, Ben practiced Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law in New York City. He is the author of The New York Times Best-of-the-Year children’s book Hey Boy (Simon & Schuster), as well as the writer/composer of the Off-Broadway musical Whateverman.

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Ben Davis



As a digital agent, Davis represents a variety of YouTube talent and helps lead WME’s podcast efforts. Recent accomplishments include brokering the deal for client Casey Neistat to sell his company to CNN for $25 million and setting up Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Digital Studios.

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