Hot Docs Podcast Festival Welcomes CBC Podcasts as Lead Sponsor

Featuring dynamic live performances of some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed podcasts, the Hot Docs Podcast Festival brings together local and international audio storytellers, producers and podcast-lovers in celebration of this captivating non-fiction storytelling medium.

Toronto, August 21, 2018—Hot Docs is pleased to announce that CBC Podcasts is on board as the lead sponsor of the third annual Hot Docs Podcast Festival. Featuring dynamic live performances of some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed podcasts, the Hot Docs Podcast Festival brings together local and international audio storytellers, producers and podcast-lovers in celebration of this captivating non-fiction storytelling medium. Hot Docs and CBC Podcasts are looking forward to working together to create unique and memorable experiences for Toronto audiences through this vibrant interactive event, and to support and champion the rapidly growing podcast industry.

“We’re thrilled to be working with CBC Podcasts for the third installment of our Podcast Festival,” said Alan Black, managing director of Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. “Both of our organizations are committed to promoting non-fiction storytelling, so it was a natural fit for us to unite in an effort to grow audiences, develop and nurture podcasting talent, and to shine a light on Canada as a leader in this increasingly popular medium.”

“CBC Podcasts is pleased to be a major part of this year’s Hot Docs Podcast Festival,” said Susan Marjetti, executive director, Radio and Audio, CBC English Services. “As the leading podcaster in Canada, we want to continue to find ways to engage, enlighten and inform Canadians. This sponsorship will give Torontonians the chance to sit down and enjoy some of their favourite podcasts and personalities on a live stage.”

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The first and largest of its kind in Canada, the Hot Docs Podcast Festival returns to Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema from November 1 to 5. Drawing crowds of over 5,000 each year, the Festival has hosted sold-out live events with award-winning, chart-topping shows such as Criminal , Another Round , Reply All , Missing Richard Simmons , Modern Love and Ear Hustle . This year, the Hot Docs Podcast Festival has expanded to five days and has added a new two-day Creators Forum featuring panel discussions, professional development and networking opportunities for content creators, broadcasters and other industry leaders.

CBC Podcasts is a richly diverse collection of award-winning podcasts that engage, enlighten and entertain. CBC is the #1 podcaster in Canada, reaching more Canadians than any other podcast publisher. With more than 20 series in genres such as true crime, comedy, human interest and audio fiction, our podcasts are downloaded more than 16million times per month*.
*Source: Sumo Logic

Full programming for the Hot Docs Podcast Festival will be announced in September. For more information about the event, visit http://go.pardot.com/e/463832/c-podcast-/3jhbq/39476727

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Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema is a historic, century-old cinema located in Toronto’s vibrant Annex neighbourhood. Owned and operated by Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, the 684-seat venue is a year-round home for first-run Canadian and international documentaries, as well as special documentary presentations and showcases, including the popular Doc Soup screening series. Continuing its longstanding role as a community cinema, it also hosts many of the city’s independent film festivals and is a proud member of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor. In June 2016, a donation from the Rogers Foundation enabled Hot Docs to purchase the cinema.

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