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Podcast Producers Are Creating Their Own Version of the Oscars

The newly formed Podcast Academy plans to hold ‘Golden Mic’ awards in early 2021

An Oscar statue at an Academy Awards press preview.
An Oscar statue at an Academy Awards press preview.Photographer: Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images

Hernan Lopez, founder and chief executive officer of podcasting startup Wondery, wants to create the Academy Awards of podcasting.

Lopez has recruited 10 of his peers to form the Podcast Academy, a nonprofit group modeled after similar organizations in film, TV and music. The association will host a new awards show, the Golden Mics, in 2021 to honor the top shows and craftspeople in on-demand audio.