PRI Announced as Judge for Austin Film Festival Fiction Podcast Script Competition

CONTACT: Julia Yager, PRI, 612.330.9231, 

(AUSTIN, Texas - June 21, 2018) - In order to further expand their legacy of supporting storytellers, Austin Film Festival (AFF) is pleased to announce a distinguished panel of judges for its returning Fiction Podcast Script Competition, which includes development heads and creators of successful fiction podcasts such as THE BRIGHT SESSIONS and TUMANBAY. The competition seeks to connect writers with industry-leading judges, harnessing the unique power of podcasts to launch new stories and inspire audiences through narrative storytelling.

Judges include:

  • Chris Bannon, chief content officer, Stitcher
  • John Dryden, creator, TUMANBAY from BBC
  • Jocelyn Gonzales, executive producer, STUDIO 360 from PRI
  • Lauren Shippen, writer/creator, THE BRIGHT SESSIONS
  • Tim Street, vice president, influence & production, Authentic

Authentic and Stitcher have officially signed on as sponsors of the competition, which is open to scripts for any ongoing series intended for a purely acoustic medium. The final deadline to submit to the competition is July 6. For more information about the Fiction Podcast Script Competition, click here.

About Austin Film Festival: Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft, and business of writers and filmmakers and recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation, and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships. This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts. All attendees and events are based on permitting schedules and are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice. Badges and passes are available for purchase online at or by phone at 1-800-310-FEST. To apply for press credentials, please complete this form.

About PRI: PRI is building a more informed, empathetic, and connected world by creating multi-platform content that empowers people to enrich their lives and the world. PRI’s award-winning content reaches more than 20 million people each month, through over 900 public radio stations in the U.S. and, and millions more through podcasts and online. An affiliated company of WGBH, PRI produces PRI’s The World®, The Takeaway (a co-production with WNYC), and Studio 360®. It produces in-depth reporting on topics including gender equity (Across Women’s Lives), international security (Seeking Security), and American identity and immigrant life (GlobalNation). It represents producers of great audio, including Live Wire and CBC programs in the United States. More information about programs, podcasts and funders may be found at

About Stitcher: Stitcher is one of the world’s most popular podcast listening services, with a growing network of original content and a premium subscription service. Stitcher is part of Midroll Media, a leading podcast company that also is home to the Earwolf network and its top-ranked comedy podcasts and the Midroll advertising network, representing over 300 of the world’s largest podcasts. With offices in Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco, Midroll was founded in 2010 and is wholly owned and subsidiary of The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP)

About Authentic: SERIALTHIS AMERICAN LIFES-TOWN and over 300 other top podcasts partner with Authentic for monetization of their podcasts.