Rusty Quill Signs with WME in Trailblazing Move

Rusty Quill Signs with WME in Trailblazing Move Rusty Quill Ltd, the award winning media production company based in the UK, has signed with WME, one of the world’s largest and longest running talent agencies in an unprecedented move within the sector. Rusty Quill Ltd is among the largest independent podcast networks in the world, and it piqued the interest of WME for its ability to generate new and interesting intellectual properties with unknown voices and rapidly turn them into fan favourites. The most notable of these – The Magnus Archives – is a horror podcast which currently boasts more than four million monthly downloads and counting. This signing with WME will help facilitate Rusty Quill Ltd’s rapid expansion as a podcast network, while opening doors to multimedia opportunities and acquisitions across podcasting, film and TV, publishing, live events and more. Rusty Quill CEO, Alexander J Newall comments: “We are thrilled to be joining forces with WME. This is a huge opportunity for Rusty Quill Ltd to build on the success of our in-house podcasts: The Magnus Archives, Rusty Quill Gaming and Stellar Firma, and it will allow us to both expand our existing output of great productions and help us develop more hits that we know our fans will love. It marks another exciting step towards greater heights in fiction and audio drama podcasting worldwide and we are excited to see what opportunities it might result in, both for ourselves and the wider industry.” For more information on all goings on at Rusty Quill, including podcasts and live streams, visit http://www.rustyquill.com, follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Twitch or email mail@rustyquill.com The above is a press release published on several…

Rusty Quill signs with WME!

Hey folks, It’s safe to say 2020 hasn’t been the best of years for the entertainment and media production industry. In an industry that relies on people coming together to make things, while distanced operations have opened up some new opportunities, many have found it difficult, even in the podcasting space. And Rusty Quill hasn’t been immune to that, though we’ve done our best to keep putting out quality content. This is why we’re extremely pleased to announce that Rusty Quill has signed with WME, one of the world’s largest talent and representation agencies, in what is a landmark deal for us, and UK independent podcasting as a whole. Click here to see the full press release. WME, who represent some of the best-known and most talented creatives in the world, are very interested in our proven ability to generate interesting, popular shows, and will be helping us grow even further and get the best out of what we produce, as we look for new prospects in the years ahead. What this means is that, at least for the next few years, Rusty Quill’s future is brighter than ever. It means more opportunities and security for our crew, performers and production folks alike. It means new avenues of adventure are open to us, the possibility of expanding into things like TV, film, comics and games. It means we can make good on our desires for development to bring through new and underrepresented talent and voices. It means we’re excited to see what we can do for audio drama in the UK and the wider industry! We can assure you Rusty Quill is still an independent production company and network – we…

MAG Season 5 changes

Hi folks, No doubt you’ll have seen across the entertainment spectrum that the current global situation is proving difficult for making things, particularly shows that often rely on a studio environment. Unfortunately, Rusty Quill is not immune to these forces. We were hopeful that we would be able to get through this without interruption to any of our shows, but this no longer the case. Especially as parts of our contingency planning have been set back, such as by postal delays in getting equipment to people. In order to ensure that production doesn’t get too tight, that we don’t risk pushing people to burnout, and that shows remain high quality, we have made some difficult decisions. Notably, we are changing the release schedule for The Magnus Archives and splitting Season 5 into three Acts, which will come with a 6 week mid-season break between each. We feel that this will help keep the production efforts reasonable and also give listeners a bit of a breather between the different arcs, as this season has been rather heavy already. We won’t be going dark during these breaks – you can continue to expect bonus content on the public feed throughout the hiatus periods. What Season 5 now looks like: End of Act I, MAG176 – 16th July 2020 Start of Act II, MAG177 – 3rd September 2020 End of Act II, MAG189 – 26th November 2020 Start of Act III, MAG190 – 14th January 2021 FINALE, MAG200 – 25th March 2021 Which means that we will be bringing The Magnus Archives to a close as the crowning part of the 5th anniversary celebrations of The Magnus Archives! (MAG001 – Anglerfish – debuted on 24th March 2016) We would like to…

CEO statement on crew member Tweets

Hi everyone,  Last Sunday evening, a member of the Rusty Quill crew, Mike LeBeau, posted a series of tweets on his personal social media that included opinions on the current racial tensions in the USA and used a highly inappropriate and inflammatory hashtag.  I’d like to make it clear that Rusty Quill does not endorse or condone what was said. Having spoken to Mike at length, we believe that his statements were completely uninformed and came from a place of ignorance, not one of malice or hatred. Despite his best intentions, they displayed poor judgement and a lack of self-awareness. However, Mike’s track record from working with us over the last four years shows this is an isolated instance. Mike understands that what he did caused upset, and has already begun taking steps to make amends. It was a bad mistake that we feel can become a teaching moment  With this in mind we have chosen to suspend him for one week, effective immediately, from all Rusty Quill business including RQ Streams. During this time, we will be providing Mike with links and materials with which to educate himself on the BLM movement, the backdrop to the current protests and general resistance, and racism as a whole. It is our sincere hope that with education and self-reflection, we can ensure mistakes like these can be avoided in the future. We are also making a donation of £1500, split between two legal defence organisations – the National Bail Fund Network in the USA and Green and Black Cross in the UK.  I would also like to apologise on behalf of Rusty Quill for the pain this has caused to the Black community,  our Black fans and friends, and everyone else who was hurt. We are extremely sorry that this situation has occurred, but it does offer  a chance for us to grow and learn. For example, we definitely have more work to do with regards to improving our social media processes and awareness. We are going to start by providing guidelines for all employees, emphasising the responsibilities that come with access to a visible…

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter. Something so fundamental shouldn’t be in doubt. And yet, centuries of structural inequality, cultural devaluation and aggressions have consistently shown that our society does not value Black lives. The contributions of people of colour get downplayed and their ability to lead peaceful lives is continually denied. The current power structures cause pain and suffering, as seen with the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and many others at the hands of the police in the US. Similarly, in the UK, black people are disproportionately more likely to have violence used against them by the police and more likely to die in police custody. Things have to change. Racial discrimination and injustice should not be our norm. Art does not exist in a vacuum, and neither does Rusty Quill. We recognize that if we want to be part of the solution and not the problem, we cannot be silently complicit. We know that we have reflection and hard work to do, internally and externally. And we will work towards making a difference in our industry. We’ll say more on this subject as things develop, and we understand how best to actively & positively engage. Rusty Quill stands with the Black community, with all the POC among our crew, performers, friends, creators and fans, and all those out there striving for a better world. Some useful links & avenues of support: – (US) Thread of bail support – (US) Reclaim the Block – (US) North Star Health Collective – (US) Black Visions Collective – (UK) Green & Black Cross Legal Advice – (UK) Network for Police Monitoring – (UK) London Campaign Against Police & State Violence –…

A grand weekend of viewing!

Hey folks! It’s a really busy weekend here at Rusty Towers! What with Virtual Horror Con (#VHC), our own RQ Streams and various crew streams, you’re gonna have a lot to choose from for your viewing pleasure. First off, in just over 2 hrs (8am EST / 1pm BST), the fine folks at Gehenna Gaming bring us the world’s first virtual horror gaming convention – #VHC – with a weekend of great panels, interviews and games streamed direct to your homes! Full details HERE and Rusty Quill is very pleased to be supporting this initiative, especially as all donations & game ticket sales will be going to the WHO COVIC-19 Solidarity Response Fund. And not only can you see a number of the RQ Crew over the weekend, but also fantastic contributions from RQ Friends like Jacqueline Bryk, Jacob Burgess and Darker Days Radio! Where can you find all this? All VHC panels will be streamed at http://www.twitch.tv/gehennagaming and we’ll look to host on the RQ Twitch channel where we can as well. The VHC showcase games will be streamed at www.youtube.com/Gehennagaming RQ Streams broadcasts at http://www.twitch.tv/rusty_quill Individual crew channels linked below. All times here are UK time / BST Saturday 4th April 12 – 3pm  Helen Gould – Cooking stream 3 – 7pm  (RQ Streams) Mike LeBeau plays… War Thunder 8 – 9pm  (VHC) Sasha Sienna – Using Humour in Horror (Panel) Sunday 5th April 1 – 3pm  (VHC) Lydia Nicholas, Helen Gould, Ben Meredith, Frank Voss – Chronicles of Darkness AP (Showcase Game with GM Tamshu, Black Death Chronicles) 3 – 4pm  (VHC) Alexander J Newall & Jonathan Sims – The Magnus Archives Interview with Gehenna Gaming (Panel) 4 – 6pm  (RQ Streams) Mike LeBeau & Anil…

Introducing Blogs

We will shortly be launching blogs. Blogs will be a more discussion, entertainment and perspectives based section of the website to compliment our popular news section. I’ve been working on introducing blogs for a couple of months now where I plan to present you articles by Rusty Quill staff ranging from serious perspectives to personal insights from pop culture blogs to essays and everything in between. You can count on a Top 10 Videogames, Top 10 Horror Films, Top 10 Fiction Podcasts, Top 10 Table Top Roleplaying Games, Top 10 Eurogames and more coming from me and I’m working on getting all your most beloved Rusty Towers staff to do the same and more! I hope you will enjoy this blog section as much as I’ve enjoyed preparing it for you! Cal Dougherty, CMO for Rusty Quill

CEO statement on COVID-19

Hey folks, Some updated news on the current situation and how that affects operations at Rusty Quill, courtesy of CEO Alexander J Newall. This statement is available on all our audio feeds as well. To stay abreast of the latest news from Rusty Towers and our plans, please follow our Twitter (@therustyquill), Facebook, or join our Discord. “Hi everyone, This is Alexander J Newall, CEO of Rusty Quill Ltd. and this announcement is to explain how we have been handling the Covid-19 outbreak so far and to let people know what they can expect from us in the coming months. Firstly, I want to take a moment to let everyone know that, although some of our colleagues have been exposed and some have already contracted the virus, they are recovering well and have taken all sensible precautions to stay healthy and quarantined. We are in daily contact to ensure their well-being, and I am sure I speak for everyone when I wish them a speedy and full recovery. Thankfully, we took a number of early precautionary measures which have helped us to mitigate any problems before they could escalate. This included closing our recording studios, implementing self-isolating procedures and organising a dedicated crisis team to help ensure all our colleagues’ ongoing well-being during this time. Naturally an exceptional situation like this does mean we are going to be making some further changes going forward. However, to be absolutely clear, we are still very much open for business. As content creators we have a responsibility both to our colleagues and to our fans to provide employment and entertainment respectively, especially in times of hardship. With this in mind I can confirm that…

Fearsomely fantastic!

As we approach April and the return of The Magnus Archives for its final season, we have one last order of business for the season break, and that’s to announce the winning entries in this year’s horror short story writing competition, Rusty Fears 3: Fearsome! This year we asked you for your takes on one of three themes: Let It Out One Last Time The Awful Machine And these certainly sparked your creative imaginations. Thanks to everyone who submitted stories and spread the word. We received 195 valid entries, which far exceeds any of our other competition responses to date! Quality was extremely high, and narrowing these down to any kind of list was very difficult. But from these we managed to get down to a longlist of 32, from which the judging panel deliberated and after much consideration selected a pair of winners. This year’s judges were: Jonathan Sims, writer of The Magnus Archives Helen Gould, voice of Azu on Rusty Quill Gaming Elizabeth Moffatt, vocal editor for The Magnus Archives Anil Godigamuwe, Community Manager Their decision as to the winning entries… <<drumroll.wav>> CONGRATULATIONS go to Elizabeth Wynn for Nox Mare and Duncan Watson for The Turning of the Gears. These stories will now undergo the Rusty Quill treatment for a dramatic reading. Stay tuned to The Magnus Archives feed later this month to hear the final productions! Honourable mentions also go to the following entries: Jack Beckwith – Butterfly House Estelle Carey – Dear Amy Mo Dooley – Where the Deer Sleep Gabriella Figueroa – Further In Ashley Jade – Waterloo Michelle Kan – Inkling Indigo Lee – Craving Natalie Logan – The Loom plainsugarwafflepine – Maximizing Growth with Team Synergy Six Rudolph – The Last Living Human on Route 66

Patreon shout-outs closing

Hey folks, Some important news here, regarding the state of the Rusty Quill Patreon. As of Monday 9th March Friday 13th March 2020, we will be closing the list for further name shout-outs at the beginning of our shows. Unfortunately we’ve got to the point where – and it feels strange to be writing this – we’ve picked up up way more support than we ever thought we were going to. Your amazing generosity & support has taken us to reaches we weren’t expecting. BUT, we know we’ve got a huge backlog of names still to read out (including a slew of missed names from early on), especially on The Magnus Archives, which is – being completely honest – where we expect the bulk of our supporters will want to hear their name read. Despite looking at a number of ways to address the backlog, we haven’t got through it nearly as quickly as we’d like. We’ve done some calculations and realised that we’re approaching the point where we will run out of episodes of The Magnus Archives to actually do shoutouts on. So, we’ve had to take the hard decision that, at this point, this is a reward that will have to be retired. If you have never been a Rusty Knight or Noble ($5 or upwards/month) and still want to have your name read out, you will need to be a Patron (or upgrade your membership if you’re a Rusty Citizen) by midnight GMT on Friday 13th March. We will then be working though the lists to ensure that everyone who is/has been eligible for a shoutout gets theirs by the time Season 5 of The Magnus Archives comes to an end. If you’re wondering…