How the New Network Will Work
All three shows will be broadcast live as they record. There will be an IRC-based chat room where you can suggest and up-vote titles. John Gholson has agreed to remain my better-than-I-deserve co-host on Giant Size. I've begun curating a sort of revolving co-host chair for what was called Screen Time. Giant Size and the show most recently known as Screen Time will remain panel-format focused, with short talent interviews plugged on the end. Longer versions of those interviews will be available too.
Much more information will be available in the coming days, but I wanted to cover some points I knew people would wonder about.
I'm focusing on these three shows, and should they do well, a few others that I've been developing.
Screen Time: Reiterating and Repurposing
I'm still using "Screen Time" as a show title, but I'm peeling it off of the signature panel-format show. I originally pitched it with a completely different name, a name that is bolted into the branding of the network. I'm not sharing that just yet, because there are a couple of things I need to lock up that I haven't secured just yet.
Screen Time has had a weird, complicated life that has taught me a great deal. It began as, predominantly, an interview show. Most of the episodes I recorded of it are done in that format. The new Screen Time feed will include the "Extended Cut" versions of interviews that will otherwise be cut down for the main "anchor" show.
The "new name show" will be more like Screen Time episodes 39, 40, 41, 42, 44, 46, 49, 52, and 53 (and very rarely #50) than any others in that back catalogue. It will have guests very much like those found in those episodes, as well as others from both the tech and entertainment industries.
The first panel on the relaunched show will be return guests Horace Dediu and Guy English.
How You Can Help
First and foremost, if you love the shows I've done on 5by5, subscribe to the new feeds when they're posted, and please rate/review the shows like crazy once they're in iTunes. Listen to the shows, continue to give me great feedback, and enjoy them. Tell a few thousand friends.
On the financial side of things, if your company is interested in sponsoring the shows, please get in touch. By "your company", I also don't necessarily mean a corporation with an enormous overall ad budget. That includes everything from one-person app developers to independent comics creators.
If you host a podcast and would like to have me on as a guest in the coming days and weeks, let me know.
If you work or have worked in any sort of customer service job, have a horror story, or a company you can't get to solve your issue, send an email and I might have you on Thank You For Calling.
Thanks for reading this, listening to any of the shows I've been on, and supporting what I do in any way ever.
I'll have more next week. Wish me luck.