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Meet the 2024 Sounds of New York Laureautes

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2024 Sounds of New York Laureautes

By Villa Albertine's New Media Team

Learn about the seven podcasters selected to join the third edition of Sounds of New York.

Sounds of New York, a program designed to support the development of French podcasts with high international potential, will welcome seven French podcasters in April 2024 to immerse themselves in the heart of the American podcasting industry.

Developed by Villa Albertine and Albertine Foundation, this program is supported by Spotify, Radio France, Radio France Internationale (RFI), the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (SACD), the Institut français (Paris), the Institut national de l’audiovisuel (INA), Ausha, and Paradiso Media.

From April 8 to 12, 2024, participants will attend a series of masterclasses in New York, developed in association with Paradiso Media’s American subsidiary, on subjects as varied as adaptations, writing audio fiction series, and marketing. Studio visits and meetings with key players in the New York podcasting industry are also planned. 

Participants were selected by a jury, including Claire Hazan (Spotify), Camille Renard (Radio France), Steven Jambot (RFI), Emmanuelle Suarez (SACD), Marie-Charlotte Baoudour (Institut français), Antoine Bayet (INA), Jennifer Han (Ausha), and Lorenzo Benedetti (Paradiso Media).

The seven selected laureates represent the range of podcast writing in France from fiction and docu-fiction to documentaries.

2023 Sounds of New York laureate Léa Hirschfeld will offer a presentation of the program as part of the Longueur d’ondes Festival (Brest, France) on Thursday, February 9 at Le Quartz from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

The 2024 Laureautes

Christophe Payet, journalist, author, and producer

Founder and editorial director of the podcast studio Sonique, Christophe Payet is also an editorial advisor for the television channel ARTE France. Former digital director of Radio Nova, he previously worked for the French national public radio stations France Culture and France Inter. He also co-founded the narrative nonfiction publishing house Marchialy. As an author and host, he notably created the podcasts Banana Kush and Le sens de la fête. He also wrote and hosted the creative fiction-magazine shows Au Shaker pas à la cuillère and Chérie j’ai rebooté le shaker on France Inter.

Camille Maestracci, freelance journalist, author, and podcaster

Camille Maestracci graduated from the Sciences Po School of Journalism and spent one semester at the Missouri School of Journalism (Columbia, MO). She worked as a reporter and producer for local and national radio stations, including France Bleu, RMC, and franceinfo. She has also worked for international news outlets in Doha, Qatar, Italy (her second home), and in the US. She wrote numerous podcast series, including Les Attaquantes about women in football; Deux ans au Qatar on her experiences in the Emirates; and A flots et à sang, a documentary series on a case of decapitated seals in Brittany.

She launched the podcast Et si… with former presidential candidate Benoît Hamon, and she created and hosted Le podcast du Gorafi for two years for a famous French satirical website. She is now based in Rennes, Brittany, where she is working on many different projects from documentaries to fiction, for TV and podcasts, along with hopefully an eventual book adaptation of one of her series.

Zazie Tavitian, journalist and author

For the past 10 years, Zazie Tavitian has worked for various media outlets (print and radio) on subjects related to food, politics, and intimacy. Zazie writes for L’Obs and GQ, and reports for France Inter (on the cooking show On va déguster. She has also created a number of podcasts, including Dans le ventre (Sony Music), in which she portrays artists through the food they eat and À la recherche de Jeanne for Binge Audio, in which she retraces the steps of her great-great-grandmother, deported to Sobibor, thanks to a recipe book (SCAM documentary prize). She adapted and scripted the recipe book into a graphic novel, illustrated by Caroline Péron (Calmann Lévy). Zazie also gives workshops to teach young people how to create their own podcasts.

Tidiane Thiang, radio producer and director

Tidiane Thiang studied filmmaking at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français and media management at the Lille Higher School of Journalism. He has produced and directed documentaries and fiction in various African countries and in France as well as several radio series such as C’est la vie, Dianké, Au pays des Sao, and L’Afrique en conte, which are broadcasted on RFI (Radio France Internationale). He serves as a media consultant for several international NGOs, assisting them in the development of socially impactful audiovisual content. Additionally, he works as a fiction director at Radio France.

Norah Benarrosh Orsoni, radio documentary producer, writer, and Doctor of Social Anthropology

Norah Benarrosh Orsoni creates podcasts and independent documentaries for France Culture and other podcast studios. Her essays, poems, and pieces of fiction have been published in several journals, magazines, and books. Her creative projects integrate her interest in history, feminism, queerness, and identity. For a while now, as an extension of her literary training and research on LGBQI archives, her writing and radio projects have all shifted towards research on American queer culture.

Stéphane Michaka, writer

Stéphane Michaka was born in Paris in 1974. He graduated from Cambridge University with a first-class degree in English Literature and taught French in South Africa before embarking on a writing career. His radio plays include celebrated adaptations of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Moby-Dick, published as books and CDs by Radio France and Gallimard. He has written theater pieces, children’s books, and several novels among which the best-selling series include Cité 19 and the maritime mystery De larmes et d’écume (Of Tears and Foam, Pocket Jeunesse). His novel Scissors was published by Knopf Doubleday. For the Louvre Abu Dhabi, he has written The Pulse of Time, a story inspired by masterpieces of the museum’s collection and narrated by Saoud Al Kaabi, Irène Jacob, and Charles Dance.

Estelle Ndjandjo, radio and podcast journalist

Estelle Ndjandjo is a radio and podcast journalist, specialized in social issues. She started her career at RFI, before working for three years as a TV editor. She then flew to Dakar, where she had the opportunity to be a producer at Reuters and a journalist for Voice of America. She has produced sound productions in collaboration with French podcast studios like Binge Audio, Louie Media, Paradiso, RFI, and Radio France. She is based in Paris, but her work has led her to produce subjects in the Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Senegal, and Cameroon. Recently, she also conducted her first investigation for Mediapart, an independent French media outlet. Since March 2023, she has been the spokesperson of AJAR, the association of anti-racist and journalists of color, aiming to fight against racism in the media.

In partnership with

Albertine Foundation

Previously known as FACE Foundation, Albertine Foundation is an American nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting French-American relations through innovative cultural and educational projects. In partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, Albertine Foundation promotes artistic, literary, and educational exchange and collaboration between creative professionals from both countries. With additional corporate, foundation, and individual support, Albertine Foundation administers grant programs in the performing and visual arts, cinema, translation, and secondary and higher education, while providing financial sponsorship to French-American festivals and other cultural initiatives. Albertine Foundation focuses on new and recent work of living artists and the promotion of bilingualism and the French language.

Spotify

Spotify transformed music listening forever when it launched in 2008. Discover, manage and share over 70 million tracks, including more than 2.9 million podcast titles, for free, or upgrade to Spotify Premium to access exclusive features for music including improved sound quality and an on-demand, offline, and ad-free listening experience.
Today, Spotify is the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service with 365m users, including 165m subscribers, across 178 markets.

Radio France

Radio France, France’s leading radio group has started writing its story with podcasting since 2005: a company designed around and for audio in tune with the times and in tune with users. Radio France has been a pioneer in podcasting and is now the leading producer of podcasts in France. In 2022, its podcasts reached an unprecedented number of listenings, exceeding the one billion mark – a number twice as high as in 2017 -. Its abundant catalogue of over 1.5 million podcasts, available free of charge on its mobile application, is both the digital continuity of its radio stations and a space of great freedom, creativity and innovation in sound. The development of podcasts thus constitutes an additional space for the emergence of new talents, which Radio France has been supporting for several years: artists, authors, musicians and actors who are participating in the renewal of the audio formats and sound writings that will shape the radio of tomorrow. 

https://www.radiofrance.fr

RFI (France Médias Monde)

RFI is a French news public radio station that broadcasts worldwide in French and in 16 other languages. RFI is part of France Médias Monde, which comprises the news channels France 24 (in French, English, Arabic, and Spanish) and the Arabic-language radio station Monte Carlo Doualiya (MCD).
Every week, RFI, France 24, and MCD broadcast worldwide and attract 260 million viewers, listeners, and users on digital environments, offering comprehensive coverage of world events, with a focus on cultural diversity and contrasting viewpoints.
Through their mission to reach listeners across all continents and as part of a global digital strategy, those outlets develop a multilingual podcast experience for the streaming of their programs and access to original audio formats.

rfi.fr

Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers (SACD)

The SACD is the oldest authors’ society in the world. Founded by Beaumarchais in 1777, the society is owned by its author members. It represents more than 60,000 authors in the cinema, audiovisual, digital creation, podcast and performing arts sectors. The SACD manages and defends their rights collectively, provides them with numerous services, offers them workspaces, advises them in their access to their social rights or matters related to their author status… SACD also supports contemporary creation and the distribution of works, thanks to the “private copy remuneration” system.

https://www.sacd.fr/en

Institut français

The Institut français is responsible for France’s international cultural program. Supervised by both the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and by the Ministry of Culture, it promotes French culture abroad through cultural exchange initiatives. Operating in a space where the arts, intellectual exchange, cultural and social innovation, and linguistic partnerships interact and intersect, it is also responsible for promoting the French language and the sharing of works, artists, and ideas all over the world. The Institut français is one of Villa Albertine’s main French partners.

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Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA)

The Institut National de l’Audiovisuel – INA, a model unique in the world, is a media rich of 80 years of TV, radio and web Heritage. With more than a billion videos viewed every year, it archives, preserves, digitizes and gives access to all audiences one of the richest audiovisual libraries. INA produces and distributes original works, provides content to journalists, directors and experts, trains student and professional communities, develops an ambitious research and innovation activity. In a context of change, the Institute participates in the reinvention of the audiovisual and digital ecosystem by deploying expertise that makes it a distinctive medium, anchored in long time and memory, concerned to transmit knowledge and know-how of which it is the depositary.

https://www.ina.fr

Ausha

Ausha stands as a leading force in the realm of Innovative Podcast Marketing. Founded in France in 2018 and making its mark in the U.S. since 2022, Ausha provides an all-in-one platform that simplifies every facet of podcast marketing. From seamless hosting and distribution across major global directories to advanced promotional tools backed by AI, Ausha is the go-to platform for over 11,000 podcasters worldwide.

Always at the cutting edge of technology, Ausha is committed to empowering podcasters to grow their audience. Beyond our tech expertise, Ausha is proud to be a “Great Place to Work” and is dedicated to various social and environmental causes.

http://www.ausha.co

Paradiso Media

Paradiso Media produces original fiction, documentary and kids’ podcasts in France and internationally. Our podcasts genres include drama, comedy, interview, society & culture, news, thriller, science-fiction and kids. We seek to connect cultures through conversation, challenge the norm and push the boundaries of audio storytelling by bringing diverse topics, perspectives and styles to a global audience.

Founded in 2019 by Lorenzo Benedetti, Louis Daboussy and Benoit Dunaigre, the studio has produced over 20 podcasts comprising over 100 hours of content and several million downloads. Titles include L’Affaire B52, Frootch, Brut., Défense de Filmer, Mes 14 Ans, Habana Business Club, A Propos de Mon Film, Cornebidouille and many others in partnership with Spotify, Audible, Stitcher, Deezer and Sybel. In 2021 our English-language series Love Under Lockdown was nominated for a Webby Award in the “Best Documentary Podcast” category.

https://paradisomedia.io/fr

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