Hug House Productions is a podcast production collective that focuses on spotlighting stories by and about marginalized groups.
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.
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.
Chief Executive Officer
Wil Williams (they/she) 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.
Chief Operating Officer
Anne Baird (she/they) 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.
Chief Creative Officer
Katie Youmans (she/her) 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.
ELENA FERNÁNDEZ COLLINS
Elena Fernández Collins (they/she) is a podcast critic and forensic sociolinguist living in Portland, OR with one cat and one ongoing Master’s thesis, in an apartment that ain’t big enough for all three of them. They write about podcasts for their own website, outlets like The A.V. Club’s Podmass, The Bello Collective, and Discover Pods, and curate their own newsletter about fiction podcasts, Audio Dramatic, and also host the Radio Drama Revival podcast.
Giancarlo Herrera (he/him) 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.
EQUALITY IN AUDIO
Hug House Productions is a proud supporter of Broccoli Content’s Equality in Audio Pact.
By signing this pact, we pledge to the following:
- Pay interns / No longer use unpaid interns.
- Hire LGBTQIA+, black people, people of colour and other minorities on projects not only related to their identity.
- If you are a company that releases gender pay gap reports, release your race pay gap data at the same time. (*We do not report on gender pay gaps, but support this clause)
- No longer participate in panels that are not representative of the cities, towns, and industries they take place in.
- Be transparent about who works for your company, as well as their role, position and permanency.
A list of all signers, more information about the pledge, and a link to sign the Equality in Audio Pact can be found at EqualityInAudioPact.CO.UK.
The following documents are provided to all artists who work with Hug House Productions. By working with us at Hug House Productions, you are agreeing to follow these policies and the Equality in Audio Pact detailed above. These documents have been adapted from the works of HartLife NFP, and you are free to adapt or use language from them when creating your own documentation.
If you’d like to learn more about how we apply these policies, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we are not currently planning on attending any in-person events, we are participating and working with several online podcasting events this year!
Podcast Movement Virtual 2020; October 19th to 29th: This year, Wil and Ely are organizing and participating on three panels as well as a Sound Design Intensive workshop for Podcast Movement. Their panels will be spread out throughout the event period, and the Sound Design Intensive workshop will be held on October 28th.
PodTales 2020; November 7th-8th, 14th-15th, and 21st-22nd: PodTales will be occuring during the first three weekends in November in a free-to-attend online format, and Ely is one of the organizers! Programming has still yet to be announced as of this update, but we know whatever they bring will be amazing!