Netflix hires former Apple Podcasts executive to lead podcasting project

in General Discussion edited July 2021
Netflix on Thursday announced the hire of former Apple Podcasts executive N'Jeri Eaton, who will lead the streaming video giant's fledgling push into the audio medium.

N'Jeri Eaton. | Source: Netflix via Bloomberg

When she begins work later this month, Eaton will be in charge of Netflix's slate of podcasts, which currently revolves around the company's various television series and movies, reports Bloomberg.

Netflix has produced companion podcasts for Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman," as well as original series including "The Crown," "The Witcher" and "Stranger Things." The company is also dabbling in original audio programming.

The former Apple executive takes up her new role as part of the Netflix editorial and publishing team, a group that answers to another former Apple executive, Bozoma Saint John.

After cutting her teeth as a documentary filmmaker, Eaton worked on critically acclaimed shows at NPR including "No Compromise," which won a Pulitzer Prize, and the Peabody Award-winning "Believed," according to the report. Most recently, Eaton held the title of Head of Content at Apple Podcasts.

Eaton announced her departure from Apple last week in a post to Twitter.

"Today is my last day on the @ApplePodcasts team. I've spent the last year working with incredible colleagues. I had a front row seat to the launch of Apple Podcasts Subscriptions which allows creators of all sizes to monetize their content," the tweet reads, referencing the recent debut of Apple Podcast Subscriptions in June.

She also mentioned the launch of Apple Podcasts' Spotlight program, which surfaces up-and-coming content creators, and the debut of two Apple TV+ companion podcasts for "For All Mankind" and "The Line."

Eaton is expected to continue working on shows that accompany TV and movie content at Netflix, though her role might also encompass the creation and management of new podcasts for offshoot editorial brands Strong Black Lead, Geeked, and Most, the report said.

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