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The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror each year gives out awards for the genres’ biggest movies and TV shows. And while they’re not yet recognizing the best horror, sci-fi or fantasy podcasts, as part of a “reinvigoration” to the event, the Academy is launching a podcast to promote next month’s 45th Saturn Awards. And a podcast award may be next.

The new podcast called Live From Saturn debuts Aug. 20. Hosts Stephen Kramer Glickman and Tiffany Smith will sit down with some of the biggest names in the genre. And for the first time since their only TV airing in 1978, the 45th Saturn Awards will be streamed globally on Friday, the 13th of September.

So with its move into producing a podcast, does this mean the Academy is ready to recognize the thousands of podcasts that are produced in the science fiction, horror and fantasy genres? Podcast News Daily put the question to its organizers. Here’s what they told us:

“For 45 years, before everyone else, the Saturn Awards have been celebrating genre fandom. Our new Live from Saturn podcast launching today is part of our bigger mission to give fans all access which puts on the award show. To that end, we’ll be also announcing a major new award, launching the Saturn app and fan community, and streaming the event globally for free, all for the first time ever. We think podcasts are an essential way to tell stories that must be recognized. So, we already have big plans to make them and their creators a major part of future award shows." 

In the meantime the first season of the Live From Saturn podcast will feature interviews with Peter Ramsey (Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse), Dean Devlin (Bad Samaritan, Independence Day), Roberto Orci (Star Trek), Candice Patton (Flash) and John August (Aladdin).