2 Minute Movies Wins at the Podcasting for Business Awards

Heff Corp. has won the Best Arts Podcast at the first national Podcasting for Business Awards.

2 Minute Movies was selected from hundreds of entries to become an award winner in the inaugural Podcasting for Business Awards. The awards were announced in a fun, virtual online ceremony on the 26th of January, 2021.

“We are delighted to win this fantastic podcasting award,” said show producer Liam Heffernan. 

“Since launching 2 Minute Movies and 2 Minute Telly last year, we have gone from strength to strength and really found our stride. It’s such a different concept from your usual film review podcast that we had little precedence, so to get this kind of recognition is incredible. I hope this win will inspire others to take up podcasting, and not be afraid to think outside the box.”

The awards are the brainchild of Lynsay Anne Gould, who is a top-rated podcaster, podcast agency owner and business coach. The Podcasting for Business Awards’ main aim is to celebrate the creativity of new and seasoned podcasters and help them reach a wider audience. Podcasting has taken off globally with Apple currently hosting over 1.68 million podcasts and there are over 10 million weekly podcast listeners here in the UK.

Founder of the Awards, Lynsay Anne says, “A big congratulations to all the winners. The PFB Awards are a celebration of all independent podcasting and we love sharing the amazing achievements of podcasters across many different genres. A big thank you to all our judges and sponsors who made the 2021 awards a massive success.”

“We absolutely love showcasing indie podcasters and their shows in the awards and we will be hosting the event annually. I am passionate about getting more diverse voices and ideas heard via the marvellous medium of podcasting.”

To find out more go to https://www.lynsayanne.com/pfbawards


Notes to editors:

For interview enquiries, please contact

Lynsay Gould on 07515 036470 or email info@lynsayanne.com.

Liam Heffernan on 07806 944115 or email liam@heffcorp.com

About the Awards:

The Podcasting for Business Awards inspires and motivates new and seasoned podcasters. The awards aim to champion the people behind the podcast – the indie podcasters and their teams, who are the heart and soul of the industry. We also want to  inspire new podcasters and more diverse voices in the industry. The PFB Awards are an annual celebration of all independent podcasting and we cater to the diverse and rapidly expanding podcast industry by awarding achievement in a set of podcast categories using an expert-Led judging process.

Sponsors: Ruth Kudzi Coaching Academy, Shaa Wasmund MBE, Sarah Moseley, BookPrintingUK, Toni Martin & Align Life.

Award Categories:

Podcasting for Business Student of the year Award

Best Health & Wellbeing Podcast

Best Marketing Podcast

Best Entrepreneurship Podcast

Best New Podcast

Best Diversity & Inclusion Podcast

Best Comedy Podcast

Best Interview Podcast

Best Lockdown Podcast

Best Family Podcast

Best Entertainment Podcast

Best Education Podcast

Best Arts Podcast

Listener’s Choice Award

Join the Editorial Team of a Brand New Review Site

Heff Corp. is a new media company bringing together the best critics from the UK and beyond to build a family of brands delivering unique, specialist film and television coverage. Our brands currently include the 2 Minute Podcasts – launched in May 2020 – and the in development Film Awards Database, which aims to be the default destination for film awards insight.

The latest brand to be announced by Heff Corp. is a new review, feature and news hub covering the world of film and TV, and we are putting together an editorial team to join from day one. This is the perfect opportunity for those with some experience, looking to make a name for themselves and build something from the ground up.

The site will cover all of the biggest and newest released across film & TV, but also look to fill some of the gaps currently underserved by other sites including, for example, children’s TV, reality, documentaries and foreign language films. We want to be the place everyone thinks of because they know it’ll cover that thing nobody else does, and while there they can also check out the latest Netflix or Disney reviews.

Make no mistake, this is a venture with big dreams. As part of Heff Corp. it will be central to the group’s growth as a go-to destination for film and television coverage, and we want you to help us make it a big player. That means if you have tons of ambition, some previous writing and/or editorial experience and a huge interest in movies, you could be the perfect fit. We will all be unpaid at first, which is why a love of film is essential, but we also want to keep the good ones (like you) around for the long game, and that means working together to transform our interests into an income.

So if you’re up for a challenge then keep reading, because we’re after a number of key roles.

Editor-In-Chief

From news, reviews and features to interviews, video and audio, the Editor-in-Chief is responsible for all content on the site. It’s down to you to decide what’s needed, and ensure the highest standards are met. Ultimately, you get to steer the direction of the site and decide what needs to be covered.

If you have been running your own successful blog or review site, or you’ve been part of the editorial team of another site and want to take the next step, then this could be the perfect opportunity. You get to shape the editorial strategy from day one and make a lasting impression. A challenging role suited to a confident, opinionated and ambitious movie lover with a good eye for detail.

Social Media Editors

Helping to tell the world about us, our social media team will be responsible for managing all social channels and making sure the right stuff gets seen by the right people. If you love film & TV and you have an interest in social media, then this could be a great opportunity for you. A proven track record in building followers and engagement would be awesome, but is not essential; we just want someone passionate about sharing our content and engaging with our audience.

The role offers some valuable experience in social media management, and you should want to learn how to use analytics to understand our audience and shape the marketing strategy. This will be a great platform to hone your social skills with a lot of creative freedom.

Contributors

So you already write for some great sites and publications and you don’t want to give that up – we totally get it. However, you could still be a valuable member of the team by writing reviews, covering news and events, or researching longer editorial pieces. We want to give you an outlet to broaden your portfolio and cover the things you may not have the scope to do elsewhere, so get in touch and tell us what you want to write about.

Contributors are the soul of the site, but we don’t care if you’re the best writer in the world or you’ve never written a review before. If you have an interest in film & TV, and particularly if you have a particular area of interest, we would love to hear from you. We guarantee you a platform where your work will be seen and appreciated, and one day we hope we can incentivise you to stick around!

So if you’re interested in joining a new team and being part of an exciting new site from day one, then email liam@heffcorp.com now with a little bit about yourself, a link to any previous work or any questions you might have.

2 Minute Podcasts Celebrate Black History Month

Throughout October, guest reviewers are highlighting films and series which address black history, in support of #BHM and #BlackLivesMatter

To celebrate Black History Month in the UK, ‘2 Minute’ podcasts are proud to invite a number of guest critics from non-white backgrounds to review culturally significant films, all with the common theme of shining a light on black history.

From documentaries to dramas, comedy series to Sundance success stories, the podcast will feature a number of reviews of significant films and series to keep conversations of race, equality and inclusion alive at a time of heightened political uncertainty.

“2020 has been a unique year, not least because of how George Floyd has ignited the Black Lives Matter movement, and forced the world into action” Heff Corp. founder Liam Heffernan said. “Black History Month in the UK comes just before the election, so we all need to do our bit to keep the conversation not just alive, but front and centre.”

“The whole team cares enormously about doing what we can to make a difference, which is why we believe it was critically important that every review is not only about black history, but delivered through a non-white gaze. Our guests represent some of the best film critics on both sides of the pond.”


Our Guest Reviewers

JOSH PARHAM

Josh is a writer and podcaster for Next Best Picture, and a member of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle. I love all kinds of films, from hard hitting dramas with good characters to cheesy horror thrillers. Also, my favourite franchise is the James Bond series.

ROZ TRY-HANE

Roz is an accredited Rotten Tomatoes critic who writes for Battle Royale With Cheese, FOPP and on a monthly basis she runs Subversive Sundays film club @sundayfilmday. As a self confessed scaredy cat she’s a horror free zone, more indie than blockbuster film.

NEIL RAMJEE

Neil is a freelance print & radio film critic, disc jockey and podcaster for FilmSeekers.


Reviews will be posted throughout October, in addition to the usual reviews of all the latest films and series from Van Connor and Zehra Phelan.

Find 2 Minute Movies and 2 Minute Telly on your favourite podcast player and subscribe now!

Additionally, if you would like to get involved in our #BHM reviews, simply contact us here – we’d love to hear from you.

Heff Corp. Rolls Out New Branding

Heff Corp. has today launched bold new branding, as it gears up for a big second year.

The specialist film & TV producer launched two podcasts in May – 2 Minute Movies and 2 Minute Telly – and recently brought The Film Awards Database under its roof, with an expected beta launch within the next year. However, Heff Corp. founder Liam Heffernan has even bigger plans.

“Our vision for Heff Corp. is to be a collaboration of brands, all with the single goal of informing, entertaining and inspiring audiences with market leading film and TV coverage” said Liam. “Our brand image reflects this boldness with a big smack of retro Hollywood signage. Now, when you see Heff Corp. you know exactly what we’re about.”

The producer also has ambitious plans to grow their brands over the next few years, in order to establish itself as a true market disrupter, harnessing the expertise of the industry’s best journalists, critics and filmmakers to build something truly unique.

“Just like our new branding, Heff Corp. is loud, and we’re going to start shouting, so the rest of the industry better start listening…”

The Film Awards Database Joins Heff Corp.

Heff Corp. has announced it is bringing The Film Awards Database under its banner – its first non-audio brand, as the startup media producer expands its specialist content offering.

The Film Awards Database has been under construction since 2017, also founded by Heff Corp.’s Liam Heffernan. Once complete, it will be the primary destination for film awards season coverage and a definitive resource for industry, press and film fans alike. Heff Corp. already produce two film and television review podcasts – 2 Minute Movies and 2 Minute Telly, both launched in May 2020.

“Heff Corp. was launched as a podcast and radio production house” said Liam, “but The Film Awards Database is a natural companion to our existing content, and takes us one step further towards disrupting the industry with market leading specialist film and TV coverage.”

A beta version of the database is planned to launch to a limited number of users before the end of 2020. A full launch is currently scheduled for late 2021. For more information, or if you’re interested in being invited to test the site, email alan.smithee@filmawardsdb.com

Heff Corp. Launches ‘2 Minute’ PODCASTS

Heff Corp. has launched the first podcasts in its new network, and the first in a new strand of 2 Minute shows to be streamed online and broadcast on Podcast Radio.

Billed as the biggest little podcasts in the world, 2 Minute Movies and 2 Minute Telly offers straight-to-the-point reviews of the latest films and series, in exactly 120 seconds. They are the first in what Heff Corp. hopes to be an innovative family of shows capturing the needs of listeners in an increasingly fast-paced and content rich world.

“These podcasts will be everyone’s first stop when deciding what to watch” says Heff Corp. founder Liam Heffernan. “It’s exactly what it says on the tin, and you can listen as you browse. Nobody really streams hours of movie podcasts end-to-end, and that’s why these shows are perfect – we take the boring stuff out so you don’t need to skip it.”


“We love challenging the status quo.  We know podcasts entertain, inform, inspire and engage listeners.  A podcast like 2 Minute Movies proves all of the above can be achieved in just two minutes, once again bending the rules of audio.”

Gerard Edwards, CEO Podcast Radio

2 Minute Movies features weekly reviews of the latest releases in the cinema and on your favourite streaming platforms, hosted by Van Connor – a film critic, writer, presenter, and all-round movie fanatic you can typically hear giving the week’s film reviews on BBC Radio’s Drivetime with Adam Ball, along with his picks of the weekend’s best on TV for talkSPORT’s Extra Time with Paul Ross.

As well as working as a producer, Van also hosts the ultimate seven day movie guide in the form of the OffScreen podcast with Rebecca Perfect, and can otherwise be found dotted throughout broadcast media wheresoever he’ll be allowed to discuss some good ol’ popcorn thrills.

2 Minute Telly is the companion show for the small screen, proving size doesn’t matter with snappy two-minute reviews of all the latest and biggest series. Host Zehra Phelan worked in the music industry for 15 years, but made the leap into the world of film and TV reporting and becoming disillusioned with life as an extra.

From TV and Film reviews and features to interviewing some of the top actors in the game, her work credits include HeyUGuys, Flavourmag, Yahoo, The Voice (Newspaper) and TV’s London Film Club on London Live. She says “2 Minute Telly will provide audiences with bite-sized, no-nonsense reviews of the newest and hottest TV shows”


“All the film review, non of the bumph. 2 Minute Movies is the perfect bite-sized dose of cinematic feedback, perfect for that frenzied last-minute queue at the box office. For my money, a minute with either Zehra or producer Liam is more often than not a delight, and – in this case – I get two of them!”

Van Connor, 2 Minute Movies Host

Both podcasts are available to stream now via Spotify, Acast or your favourite podcast provider. Meanwhile, 2 Minute Movies can also be heard on Podcast Radio via DAB and online. It “proves [what] can be achieved in just two minutes, once again bending the rules of audio” says its CEO Gerard Edwards.

You can also follow 2 Minute podcasts and Heff Corp on social media:

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