ViacomCBS & Fox Searchlight alum joins Audible as head of studios

Amazon-owned podcast firm Audible has appointed former Viacom and Fox Searchlight exec Zola Mashariki as head of its studio division. Mashariki will lead the creation of all original content from conception through release and is based out of LA, reporting to Rachel Ghiazza, EVP & head of US content. Her remit includes oversight of the entire studio […]

Former Pop TV boss Brad Schwartz departs Audible after less than a month

Brad Schwartz, the former president of ViacomCBS-owned Pop TV, has departed his position as Audible chief commercial officer after less than one month in the job. The exec, who joined the Amazon-owned audiobook company on 15 June, was reportedly let go after staff discovered an old sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Pop Media Group and […]

PopTV chief becomes latest ViacomCBS departure, headed for Audible

Amazon has hired the president of ViacomCBS’s US cable network PopTV as chief content officer for its podcast operation Audible. Brad Schwartz will oversee content for the audio outfit having headed up PopTV and its predecessor TV Guide Network for more than seven years. He reports into CEO Bob Carrigan, the former publishing exec who […]

Exclusive: Red Arrow alum Schmidt & NYTVF’s Gray launch Gotham Grit

Red Arrow Studios’ former chief creative officer Michael Schmidt has linked up with New York Television Festival (NYTVF) founder Terence Gray to launch a new prodco creating premium audio dramas, with a view to them then moving onto TV. Gotham Grit is based in the US and describes itself as an “audio-first content development company,” […]