Podcast for series, a resource that allows us to know them better

For some years, there has been a boom in the television series. Some we ignore, in others we want to know a little more. With the use of radio programs, the producers provide more information about the plot, the shooting, their sensations. And all this, to the spectators, immerses us more in history.

They say that for our brain to remember something we have to get excited, even a little. That triggers a reaction in the amygdala, which is the region of the brain responsible for emotions and is linked to the hippocampus, responsible for memory.

The series phenomenon
For a long time, the audiovisual offer we have at our disposal is huge. The phenomenon of the series has soared that large producers are increasingly committed to this type of television format, investing large sums of money. The public likes it and companies know it.

Demand and supply. Thus, numerous stars that used to dedicate themselves to cinema exclusively now work in this format. It is quite common to see now well-known actors in television series or listen to sound tracks of prestigious composers.

In this fast race to provide the best result, companies are committed to a new tool: expand the content beyond the screens. It has always been done, really. With the cinema or the television series. The most famous characters have appeared on posters, theme parks, toys, even statues or figures to interact with the spectators. And in this line, podcasts come into play.

The audio “on demand” is not far behind
Just as streaming platforms allow users to choose the time, the moment and even the audiovisual content they want to consume, radio programs have evolved with this “on-demand” service philosophy. With internet it is possible. The contents are stored on a server on the network and the audience accesses and chooses what to see or hear. A football match, a television show, an interview, a documentary or almost any content can be enjoyed today in deferred, unthinkable a few years ago. Advantages of the technology.

According to a recent study by the Reuters Institute that includes the newspaper El País in an article on this subject, 40% of Spanish Internet users listen to podcasts. Considerable data that is not exclusive to the national landscape. In the United States, the number of people who use podcasts frequently amounts to 144 million, according to the Infinite Dial Study 2019 report, conducted by the Edison Research audit and Triton Digital technology company.

Given these audience data, some producers have taken advantage of “the pull”. As? Expanding the contents of the chapters through the audios.

“In the death row” and other examples of series that have taken advantage of it
In Spain, we met him in the famous television fiction of “In the death row” of Movistar +, which tells the story of Pablo Ibar, sentenced to death for an alleged murder that is not really known if he committed. The evidence that framed him and took him to prison was a fuzzy recording, which invites us to consider to what extent it is positive to rely on technology. The team decided to expand the plot in five audio deliveries, with testimonies from Pablo Ibar himself and his relatives. “A natural bet” sums up Miriam Lagoa, Transmedia responsible for the platform: “It’s about the story continuing to develop beyond the chapters.”

Although this series was not the first to use it. Already in 2005, the well-known series Perdidos had its own official radio program, produced by ABC. Many others have happened. Sometimes, to narrate issues that do not appear explicitly during recordings. As is the case of the Spanish “El Ministerio del Tiempo”, in which several podcasts tell about the adventures that the characters embodied by Hugo Silva and Rodolfo Sancho live off the screen.

Obsesed With, Vikings, The Good Place, Law and Order: Special Crimes Unit, Line of Duty or Peaky Blinders also have their own radio spaces.

Podcast containing interviews and other additional information
In The Crown, the third season is accompanied by a conversation between host Edith Bowman and the series screenwriter, Peter Morgan, and part of the team. In Chernobyl, presenter Peter Sagal interviews the creator of the series, Craig Mazin.

Two similar cases are those of the Battlestar and Outlander series. In the first, the head of the company, Ronald D. Moore, and in the second, two leading producers comment on the chapters while they see them.

Interesting information, at least, for the lovers of the series in question, with anecdotes, curiosities and other data that, if not, perhaps they would have no way of knowing.

An auditory format completes television fictions well. Not only because it develops different areas of the brain, the same as reading. But because both for followers and for curious, to know more about it, how it has been done, what is intended, what are the feelings with the work obtained or the next projects were confessions reserved for interviews on television and extended versions Of the movies. Now, more and more is used.

Has it ever happened to you that one thing did not attract your attention and, little by little, it has interested and liked you more? Or that, after knowing some data or hearing a comment, has it started to get your attention?

This also serves podcasts in the series. As they also allow forofos to know more about the characters and the plot and understand them better.

New tools that allow us to delve deeper into each story and live them a little longer.

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