‘My Favourite Homicide’ Stars Be part of Joe Rogan As Nation’s Highest-Incomes Podcasters

My Favourite Homicide was born, fittingly sufficient, at a Halloween get together within the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles in 2015. The gathering was thrown by a mutual good friend of the podcast’s future cohosts, Karen Kilgariff, a standup comedian and comedy author, and Georgia Hardstark, a bunch on the Cooking Channel. The ladies had met earlier than. However “it wasn’t till this get together that we realized we had been each actually into true crime and didn’t have anybody else to speak to about it,” says Hardstark, 39. “I met somebody who … didn’t need me to close up about homicide.”

Hundreds of thousands of others, it seems, didn’t need them to close up both. Listeners can’t get sufficient of the pair’s darkly humorous tales about murderers like Scott Scurlock, the Hollywood Bandit, and Robert Hansen, the Butcher Baker of Anchorage, Alaska. As we speak My Favourite Homicide will get 35 million downloads a month, and final 12 months it was the seventh-most-popular podcast on Apple Podcasts, forward of repurposed programming like NPR’s Contemporary Air and This American Life.

The duo’s little true-crime empire is rising. Up to now 12 months, they’ve carried out 40 stay exhibits; printed a New York Instances bestseller (Keep Attractive & Don’t Get Murdered, a nod to their present’s catchphrase); signed a improvement cope with podcast writer Stitcher price at the least $10 million; and constructed a 55,000-person fan membership—members pay $40 yearly for unique episodes and entry to presale tickets to stay exhibits.

In different phrases, the duo is killing it, and their earnings present it. They made an estimated $15 million in 2019, inserting them at No. 2 on Forbes’ inaugural rating of the top-earning podcasters. That’s no small feat. There are greater than 900,000 podcasts in circulation, in keeping with podcast search engine Hear Notes. Few do the type of numbers Homicide sees. Solely comic Joe Rogan (No. 1, $30 million) made extra, though finance guru Dave Ramsey (No. 3, $10 million) is shut behind them.

When the Homicide workforce began in 2016, the enterprise was nonetheless dominated by Nationwide Public Radio however rising quick. Advert spend had risen 73% year-over-year and was projected to hit $515 million by 2019, in keeping with the Interactive Promoting Bureau. They had been off by greater than $100 million.

“The trade has solely been round for a couple of decade, however within the final three or 4 years it’s actually began maturing,” stated Oren Rosenbaum, head of rising platforms at United Expertise Company (UTA) who represents the My Favourite Homicide duo in addition to different podcasters like Man Raz, the host of How I Constructed This.

Advertisers doubtless spent near $700 million on podcasts in 2019, in keeping with estimates by the IAB and PWC, an almost seven-fold enhance. Final 12 months, streaming big Spotify spent $250 million to beef up its podcast choices with the acquisition of producers Gimlet and Parcast, whereas Luminary launched with the aim of turning into the Netflix of audio. Apple, the trade’s creator and de facto gatekeeper, is reportedly planning its personal manufacturing effort for the primary time.

Hollywood has gotten in on the motion, too. All three main expertise companies—UTA, William Morris Endeavor and Inventive Artists Company—have began representing podcasts over the past a number of years. In 2019, Netflix and WME’s guardian firm, Endeavor, launched scripted podcasts which have the potential to be became movie or tv. Even Mick Jagger jumped in, signing a podcast manufacturing deal final month with Warner Bros.

“Lots of people had been dabbling in it, perhaps discovering one present they favored, and now these persons are discovering two or three exhibits that they like,” says Bruce Supovitz, senior vp and gross sales director for Nielsen’s nationwide audio companies. “The lighter consumer is turning into a heavier consumer.”

And the most important stars are cashing in. When Spotify purchased Gimlet final 12 months, cofounder and Startup host Alex Blumberg, together with the corporate’s different buyers, pocketed $194 million. Ira Glass, after 20 years internet hosting and producing This American Life for WBEZ, took this system personal in 2015. Whereas nonetheless paying out a piece of income yearly to Chicago Public Media, Glass has already produced two movies based mostly on This American Life segments since going impartial.

Depend Kilgariff and Hardstark among the many stars. In 2018, they created their very own podcast community, Precisely Proper. They’ve already greenlit 5 exhibits, together with This Podcast Will Kill You, which options two epidemiologists who take a sanguine strategy to infectious illnesses. Final 12 months they signed a cope with podcast writer Stitcher, price at the least $10 million, that can assist them finance present improvement and construct up employees.

“Individuals are realizing that podcasting is particular,” says Kilgariff. “I feel persons are remoted and actually lonely.” And within the case of My Favourite Homicide, “it’s good to hear and course of horrible (issues) collectively. There’s one thing actually cathartic about that.”

Right here’s a take a look at what the highest earners pulled in from their flagship titles:

1. Joe Rogan

The Joe Rogan Expertise | $30 million

The stand-up comedian launched The Joe Rogan Expertise in 2009 with then-cohost Brian Redban, within the first wave of comic podcasters that included Adam Carolla and Marc Maron. He now has the No. 1 podcast on the earth, in keeping with Apple, and has claimed as many as 190 million downloads per 30 days. His headline-making interviews with comedians, politicians, MMA fighters (Rogan moonlights as a UFC commentator) and conspiracy theorists are as large as even the most important on discuss radio. The host was accused of creating transphobic feedback in 2013 about combined martial artist Fallon Fox, who’s a trans girl. Rogan stated on his present on Tremendous Bowl Sunday that his remarks had been taken out of context. Controversy however, he isn’t prone to cede the highest spot anytime quickly. “He’s delivering scale and engagement,” says Tom Webster, senior vp at Edison Analysis. “He’s the No. 1 by way of attain within the U.S.” 

2. Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

My Favourite Homicide | $15 million

Their “Keep Attractive & Don’t Get Murdered” tag line is a rallying cry for “Murderinos” and a money cow for his or her community, Precisely Proper. With 5 spinoff podcasts, a bestseller and a booming tour enterprise, everyone seems to be watching to see what their future holds.

3. Dave Ramsey

The Dave Ramsey Present | $10 million

A veteran radio jock from Nashville, Ramsey is an outlier. His call-in recommendation present is defiantly old-school and is broadcast on greater than 600 radio stations from Kalamazoo to San Antonio. It’s additionally the cornerstone of his monetary enterprise, Ramsey Options, dishing out no-nonsense private finance classes and budgeting instruments to 13 million listeners each week. The Dave Ramsey Present podcast alone brings in $10 million yearly, in keeping with Forbes estimates, and is now considered one of seven exhibits on The Ramsey Podcast Community. 

4. Dax Shepard

Armchair Knowledgeable | $9 million

The actor of Parenthood fame has amassed an estimated month-to-month viewers of 20 million because the 2018 launch of his talk-show podcast that options chats together with his celeb pals, like Claire Danes, and specialists like neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta. The present has attracted advertisers that embody The Mindbody health app and oatmeal maker Bob’s Redmill. His stay exhibits are a success, with a mean viewers of practically 4,000.

5. Invoice Simmons

The Invoice Simmons Podcast | $7 million

Former ESPN commentator Invoice Simmons created sports activities web site The Ringer in 2016, nevertheless it has struggled to catch on, now languishing at No. 5,638 on Amazon’s Alexa net rating. However the audio facet of the enterprise is flourishing. The Invoice Simmons Podcast has been in Apple’s prime 25 for the previous two years and is now joined by 35 exhibits on the community. The flagship program raked in some $7 million final 12 months, however the others could quickly have a fair greater payoff: Spotify is reportedly trying to purchase the community.


All earnings are from January 1, 2019, by way of January 1, 2020. All figures are pretax, and charges from brokers, managers and legal professionals usually are not deducted. Estimates are based mostly on information from Apple, Stitcher, Magellan AI, Edison and Pollstar, in addition to interviews with trade insiders. For the needs of the record, Forbes defines a podcaster as somebody who hosts and owns a podcast. Podcasting remains to be a nascent enterprise, and entry to information is proscribed. Earnings figures embody income from promoting on a bunch’s flagship program solely, in addition to ancillary income from touring, paid memberships and different media (like books and YouTube movies) derived from it.

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