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Arcana creates audio that breaks through.

It takes knowledge and skill to create a podcast that stands out.


Founded by two producers with deep experience in the podcasting industry,  at Arcana Audio we believe that great audio is both an art and a science.

We work with our clients to navigate the increasingly complex audio landscape, nurture ideas, and execute audio productions that connect with their audience.

What We Do

  • Partner with platforms, media outlets, and production houses to develop and execute shows that combine our technical expertise with outstanding editorial content. 

  • Help creators navigate the industry’s complex production, business, and finance worlds.

  • Advise brands ready to explore the role audio can play in their content strategy.

  • Lead custom trainings for organizations that want to level up their in-house production capabilities



  • Pitch development

  • Launch Strategy

  • Podcast Audits

  • Staffing and Recruitment

  • Content Strategy

  • Host Selection

  • Slate strategy



  • 1-on-1 Coaching

  • Custom Workshops

  • Audio Training for Producers

  • Audio Training for Newbs

  • Intro to Podcasting for Brands


  • Executive Production

  • Story editing

  • Concept development (limited series & always-on)

  • Host training

  • Staffing & Recruitment 

  • Pilot Production

  • Series Production

  • Music + Scoring 

  • Production Coordination and Planning 

  • Trailer Production 

  • Pre/mid/post-roll ad production

  • New show development

  • Production management

  • Hiring & Nuilding a production team, scaling a production, managing a production, executive producing a show, host search

Our Team


Frances Harlow

Frances Harlow is the Co-Founder and President of Arcana Audio. Frances launched Arcana Audio after four years of leading her own production studio and consultancy. Prior to this, she was the  Deputy Creative Director for Gimlet Media, where she guided a team of producers that pioneered branded podcasts. Her work includes eBay’s “Open for Business,” “DTR - The Official Tinder Podcast,” and Blue Apron’s James Beard-nominated “Why We Eat What We Eat.” 

Frances started her career in public radio, first at WGBH News in Boston, and later with the Emmy-winning team at NPR’s Planet Money podcast. She has had the honor of speaking at the Third Coast International Audio Festival and PodcastDay24 conference, jurying at the D&AD Festival, running workshops at CUNY Journalism School and PEN World Voices Festival, and serving as a SoundPath mentor for the Association of Independents in Radio.

Frances lives in Stockholm, Sweden. Learn more about her work here.


Abbie Ruzicka

Abbie Ruzicka is the co-founder and CEO of Arcana Audio. As an Executive Producer with close to 15 years of experience in podcast and radio production, she has developed, produced, and launched dozens of new shows for Spotify, Gimlet Media, NPR, WGBH, Nike, Adobe, Chanel, and many more.

Most recently she was and Executive Producer at Spotify, where she led a new show development team for Gimlet. Prior to this, she led production for Gimlet Creative, an award-winning custom creative agency, where she worked with Fortune 500 companies to develop new podcasts and audio ad campaigns. 

She got her start in radio as a call-screener for the NPR show “Car Talk,” where she developed a love for corny jokes and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. 

She lives in Boston with her partner and her dog Moose. Learn more about Abbie’s work here. 

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