Hug House Productions is a podcast production collective that focuses on spotlighting stories by and about marginalized groups.
You can find a full list of the shows we are currently producing here.
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.
WIL WILLIAMS – Chief Executive Officer
Wil (they/them) is a podcast critic and journalist based in the barren nightmare wastelands of Phoenix. Wil is the showrunner of VALENCE and Scoring Magic, co-host of How to Act Fereldan, host of Tuned In, Dialed Up and Empty The Queues, as well as the lead interview editor on Radio Drama Revival, an audio drama spotlight and interview show. You can find Wil’s podcast reviews on their own website, Polygon, The AV Club’s Podmass, Spotify for Podcasters, and Discover Pods, for which Wil is also the Managing Editor.
ANNE BAIRD – Chief Operations and Financial Officer
Anne Baird (she/they) is a certified mathematics nerd and business enthusiast, spending her days managing operations for a real estate company at her home on the Jersey Shore and her free time running around with horses. Anne is a co-host on Scoring Magic, the producer of VALENCE, and showrunner for How to Act Fereldan. Anne is also the marketing manager and line producer for Radio Drama Revival, and an podcast account manager with Tink Media.
KATIE YOUMANS – Chief Creative Officer
Katie (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. Katie is the co-host of Scoring Magic, lead director and writer for VALENCE, and the showrunner for HEXADEC. You can find her on Twitter, or somewhere in standstill traffic on I-495 screaming into an uncaring universe.
ELENA FERNÁNDEZ COLLINS – Cultural Constulant
Ely (they/them) 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 – Artist’s Representative
Giancarlo (he/him) is an actor you may have seen, heard, or otherwise experienced in some capacity. Presently, you can hear him on CARAVAN (Argeaux), VALENCE (Luis Acebo), Primordial Deep (Aden “Spinner” Davit), and Descendents (Declan), or on screen in the upcoming film The Cannibal Killer (Jeffrey Dahmer). Giancarlo is one of the co-founders of Whimsic Productions, through which he is a DM on Dungeons & Drimbus and a co-host on Should I Buy It Though?. He is also one of the co-hosts of How to Act Fereldan with Hug House Productions.
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.
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 as a part of our Reporting Path. 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 how we apply these policies, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are not attending any in-person events at this time. Please check back as things are always subject to change and we will add any virtual events we’re participating in here!