The ‘Go Creative Show’ is produced locally in Haverhill by Ben Consoli. (Courtesy photograph)
Forget Hollywood: For local podcaster and video producer Ben Consoli, the best place to produce content is right here in Haverhill.
As the host of the “Go Creative Show” podcast, Consoli has brought the inner workings of “Stranger Things,” “Game of Thrones” and “Breaking Bad” to the Merrimack Valley. Based in downtown Haverhill, Consoli records his podcast with editor Matt Russell out of his BC Media Productions studio office.
“’Go Creative Show’ is dedicated to the creative professionals in video, film, music and television. We focus a lot on the creative people in these industries so they can tell their story. We always see the result of their work, but we never get to see what went into that work,” Consoli tells WHAV.
Earlier this month, Consoli and Russell celebrated the one-millionth download of their podcast when they interviewed “Stranger Things” cinematographer Tim Ives.
“That was a big episode and sent us over the million mark in a big way. We knew it was going to be widely listened to, but it’s significant for us because we’re a small team,” Consoli said. “’Go Creative Show’ has become a destination for these cinematographers out doing press for their films. It’s nice to know what we were doing is important and that people liked the show.”
To celebrate the milestone, Consoli is hosting a party at Allston’s Podcast Garage on Thursday.
He’s also working with the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce to highlight local businesses through a video series called “Chamber Stories.”
“The one thing I’ve noticed moving my office to Haverhill is that there are so many resources in the Merrimack Valley for creative individuals. There’s so much here that it would be surprising to people who think Massachusetts is all about Boston,” the producer tells WHAV. “There is a film scene in the Merrimack Valley and in the next year I’m hoping to make it even bigger than it already is.”