The nominees for the thirteenth-annual Audio Production Awards, hosted by trade association AudioUK, have been announced ahead of this year’s event at the BFI in London’s South Bank.
The ceremony, sponsored by Audible, takes place on 22 November and will be presented by comedian Nish Kumar and journalist Coco Khan, co-hosts of Crooked Media’s political podcast Pod Save the UK. The awards celebrate the achievements of individuals and organisations in audio content across the country.
Nominees for Production Company of The Year, sponsored by Why Now Media, include Audible Studios UK, Fresh Air, Overcoat Media, the Prison Radio Association, Reduced Listening, and TellTale. Last year, the award went to Reduced Listening, which produces the British Podcast Award-winning show Decode and Crooked Media’s Pod Save The UK. This year’s judges panel is chaired by Reduced Listening managing director Joby Waldman.
“The APAs are here to recognise the highest standards in the largely unseen world of audio production, and it's good to see a mixture of established and emerging names on the 2023 nominations list,” Waldman said.
“Big congratulations to all the nominees who are helping shape the future of an industry which is alive with creativity. Looking forward to finding out who distinguishes themselves to take the top spots. See you on the 22nd November!”
Other nominees from Reduced Listening include Katie Callin, who is nominated for the Producer of The Year category, sponsored by Audible; Silvia Malnati for Best New Producer, sponsored by BBC Sounds; Gabriel Francis and Callin for Best Music Producer; Alex Bishop for Best News & Current Affairs Producer; and Khan for Best New Voice, sponsored by BBC Sounds.
A number of podcast companies were also nominated for Publisher or Network of The Year, which went to radio station Resonance FM last year. Nominees for this year include Audible, BBC Asian Network, Podimo, Resonance, The Economist Podcasts, and Wondery. The full nominations list for the other 22 categories can be found on the Audio Production Awards website.
Tickets for this year’s ceremony are currently on sale, with prices ranging from £65 plus VAT for early bird tickets, which are available until 6 November, to £75 plus VAT for standard tickets. AudioUK is also reviving its Pay What You Can Scheme, supported by Amazon Music and Wondery, for this year’s awards, which offers discounted entry fees and award show tickets to those who find that the cost of the entry or a ticket is a financial constraint. To take part in the scheme, applicants can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It is such a pleasure every year for us to get the opportunity to celebrate the deep production talent that we have in the UK, which is among the best in the world,” said AudioUK managing director Chloe Straw. “The awards remain unique in that the focus is on the people who are involved in making audio content, and we are able to celebrate the expertise and talent, which so often goes on behind the scenes, to craft such brilliant work.”