Case Study Series
Homecoming: From Podcast to TV Series
with Eli Horowitz, Co-creator
VIFF Year Round Creator Talks | Vancity Theatre Event
The meteoric rise in the popularity of podcasts has not gone unnoticed by producers, networks, studios and streaming platforms, who are all eager to develop a new wave of shows that capture an already established audience while captivating the uninitiated with revolutionary approaches to storytelling. Gimlet Media’s Homecoming podcast is hugely successful and critically acclaimed. Likewise, its Amazon Prime adaptation earned three Golden Globe nominations. Let’s hear from Eli Horowitz, Co-Creator of the podcast and series about how the creative team managed to preserve the podcast’s intimate, character-driven nature; ensured that the screen adaptation maintained the creators’ vision; decided what might be omitted or added; and embraced the opportunities presented by translating an audio experience for the visual medium.
Eli Horowitz is the co-creator of Homecoming, both the television series and podcast; The Silent History, a digital novel; The Pickle Index, a useless multimedia cookbook; The Clock Without a Face, a treasure-hunt mystery; and Everything You Know Is Pong, an illustrated cultural history of table tennis. He was the managing editor and then publisher of McSweeney’s; his design work has been honored by I.D., Print and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Previously, he wrote science trivia questions based on popular films of the 1990s and was briefly employed as an apprentice carpenter.