Podcast Budget Examples

=== updated 180201-1124 === NOTE: these examples show old rates, but demonstrate the way that budgets are calculated. To be updated …

Example 1: “DROP IN FOR AN AFTERNOON”
recording (3) episodes – no skype, hosts+guests = 2+1, 2+3, 2+1.

recording labour: (2h + 1h setup) x $65 = $195
recording equipment: max setup = 2+3 (2 extra guests) = + $60
editing ep1: $200
editing ep2: $200+$60
editing ep3: $200
TOTAL BUDGET for 3 episodes = $915 (average 305$ / ep)

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Example 2: “THE INTENSIVE”
recording (3) episodes – skype required, hosts+guests = 2+2, 2+1+skype, 2+1+skype.

recording labour: (2h + 1h setup) x $65 = $195
recording equipment: max setup = 2+2+skype (1 extra guest, skype setup) = +$30 +$50
editing ep1: $200+$30
editing ep2: $200+$30
editing ep3: $200+$30
TOTAL BUDGET for 3 episodes = $965 (average 322$ / ep)

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Example 3: “THE MARATHON”
recording (4) episodes – skype required, hosts+guests = 2+skype, 2+2+skype, 2+4, 2+1+skype.

recording labour: (3h + 1h setup) x $65 = $260
recording equipment: max setup = 2+4+skype (3 extra guests, skype setup) = +$90 +$50
editing ep1: $200
editing ep2: $200+$60
editing ep3: $200+$90
editing ep3: $200+$30
TOTAL BUDGET for 4 episodes = $1380 (average 345$ / ep)

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Example 4: “MINIMAL” (the plan makes it easy to take it more casually)
recording (2) episodes – hosts+guests = 2+1, 2+1.

recording labour: (1h + 1h setup) x $65 = $130
recording equipment: max setup = 2+1 (no extras) = $0
editing ep1: $200
editing ep2: $200
TOTAL BUDGET for 2 episodes = $530 (average 265$ / ep)

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Example 5: “MINIMAL MICS BUT FULL PRODUCTION/BRANDING”
recording (2) episodes – hosts+guests = 2+1, 2+1.

branding – MUSIC – composed theme for intro and outro = $500
branding – MUSIC – composed interstitial music for chapter change = $250
branding – VOICE record for podcast template intro and outro = $140 (plus talent)
branding – edit/mix/(sound effects) for intro/outro = $140
recording labour: (1h + 1h setup) x $65 = $130
recording equipment: max setup = 2+1 (no extras) = $0
editing ep1: $200
editing ep2: $200
TOTAL BUDGET for 2 episodes incl generic branding elements = $1560 (reuse of generics works this upfront cost into average cost of subsequent episodes

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