About Us

Hug House Productions is a podcast production collective made up of three queer friends: Anne Baird, Katie Youmans, and Wil Williams.

Hug House Productions is currently producing:

  • Scoring Magic, a documentary about the process of making an audio drama
  • VALENCE, that very audio drama, an urban fantasy fiction podcast
  • HEXADEC, an anthology podcast with episodes based on colors
  • and more coming soon!

Hug House also provides consultations for every stage of podcast production, including pre-production and marketing, finance and operations, and the content itself.

The wonderful David Rheinstom wrote, composed, and performed the Hug House Productions Jingle, “Meowmeow”, which can also be found on his Soundcloud.

The Hug House Productions Jingle, “Meowmeow”, by David Rheinstrom

Mission Statement

Hug House’s goal in coming together and creating podcasts is to bring stories to the world that feature and spotlight queer characters and artists, as well as those from other marginalized groups. In telling these stories, Hug House also seeks to educate people about the reality of and process that goes into creating these types of stories so that others may learn from our successes and our follies as they bring their own experiences and stories to the wonderful medium of podcasts.

wil williams

Chief Executive Officer

Wil Williams is a podcast critic and journalist based in the barren nightmare wastelands of Phoenix. Scoring Magic is Wil’s third podcast about podcasts, because she is a parody of herself. The others are Tuned In, Dialed Up, a conversation show about the podcast industry, and Radio Drama Revival, an audio drama spotlight and interview show. Wil Williams writes reviews for Polygon, The AV Club’s Podmass, Spotify for Podcasters, Discover Pods, her own publication, and more.



anne baird

Chief Operating Officer

Anne Baird is a certified mathematics nerd and business enthusiast, spending her days managing operations for a real estate investment company at her home on the Jersey Shore and most of her evenings in sessions for any one of several tabletop RPG campaigns. With Scoring Magic and VALENCE under her belt, and now managing the marketing for Radio Drama Revival, Anne has jumped head first into podcasting and has no intention of slowing down.



katie youmans

Chief Creative Officer

Katie Youmans is tired all the time, but has not let that stop her yet. She is currently based in Maryland, where she spends her days writing for engineers and her nights listening to podcasts, moving her cat off of the keyboard, and writing things that are meant to make others cry, but end up making her cry too. You can find her on Twitter, or somewhere in standstill traffic on I-495 screaming into an uncaring universe.



Giancarlo Herrera

Artist’s Representative

Giancarlo Herrera is an actor you may have seen, heard, or otherwise experienced in some capacity. Presently, you can hear him on CARAVAN (Argeaux) or in VALENCE (Luis Acebo), see him live in Pirate’s Voyage (Calico Jack), or on screen in the upcoming film The Cannibal Killer (Jeffrey Dahmer).


Giancarlo’s role as Hug House’s Artist’s Representative means that he acts as a go-between or liaison between individuals on a show’s cast or crew as an alternative to reaching out to the showrunner or the founders of the company. This serves as a way to foster a safe and comfortable environment for all members of our team and to address any issues that may arise in a sensitive and timely manner.

If you’d like to learn more about the Hug House Productions Reporting Path and how it works, please reach out to us at hughouseproductions@gmail.com.


Anne, Katie, and Wil will be attending Podcast Movement 2020 from October 19th to 22nd, 2020 in Dallas, Texas.