On episode 15 I’m speaking with Jamie Dupras, General Manager of Los Angeles-based Deyan Audio. Deyan Audio is the largest independent producer of audiobooks and has won multiple awards for their productions.
I was eager to learn more about the actual production process of an audiobook, and hearing about overall trends in the industry. As a rights seller, I only get to take part in the licensing side of audio rights. The licensing of such rights has been on the rise not only in the US and the UK but also in many other languages. For instance a few days ago we received an offer specifically for the Bulgarian audio rights in a Dutch title that we represent, our first audio-only deal for that language.
The audiobook industry has recorded an explosive growth in the last couple of years, and Jamie explains why 2012 was a pivotal year in this development. We also discuss the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the industry, recording in languages other than English, and the rise in audiobook productions of poetry, graphic novels and comics.
Publishers Weekly article: "All Signs Point Up for Audio Books"
Jamie's book recommendation: Michael Finkel, True Story. Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa (Harper, 2005)
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