CTO Alan Seales Sets Out to Change How We Podcast


Lucas Drennan

Lucas Drennan

·4 min read

Alan Seales is Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of the Broadway Podcast Network (BPN), the premiere digital destination for everyone, everywhere who loves theatre and the performing arts. Even during a global pandemic, Alan continually helps to drive BPN as they innovate and adapt to the quickly changing times, constantly finding unique ways to keep the arts alive and allow fans of Broadway and beyond to continue to connect to their favorite artists. Along with serving as one of the global leads and head of technical channels and platforms for the Talks at Google program, Alan also hosts his own podcast, The Theatre Podcast with Alan Seales, which explores the personal stories with intimate conversations with each of his guests.

Tell us about your company. What projects have you worked on?
Broadway Podcast Network (BPN) was created in order to bring the world’s best podcast content to a single place that is easy to discover. In addition to over 100 podcasts, 5000 episodes, and millions of downloads, BPN is also an industry leader in live events. We have streamed and moderated events with many of today’s biggest names and hosted major Broadway cast reunions. Events range from Ron Howard, Zaquary Quinto, Josh Gad, Andrew Rannells, and Lin-Manuel Miranda to Legally Blonde, Be More Chill, Beetlejuice and many more.

What are you working on right now? Anything cool?
BPN just launched our brand new mobile app for iOS, which allows the ease, convenience and discoverability that BPN is already known for to be taken with you everywhere you go. Available quickly via bpn.fm/app, it is designed to replace your existing podcast app as it also has seamless integration with all podcasts that exist, not just BPN-specific podcasts.

What’s your favorite TV show of 2021?
WandaVision. Duh.

This or that -> Netflix or Disney+?
I can’t say that I enjoy one more than the other, but if forced to give up one I would have to give up Netflix and keep Disney+, purely for my kids. They are constantly discovering new movies that give them the same spark that I felt at their age (some of the same ones I watched when I was younger!) and want them to be able to continue to develop their love for the magic of Disney.

What advice do you have for others looking to break into the industry?
Embrace what makes you unique and different.

What’s one insider tip to success you’d give for others in 2021?
Be the person everyone wants to work with the next time.

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