Sony Music Bulks Up Podcasting Division

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Four new employees for Sony Music and they all come from recognizable audio companies like Entercom, Pandora, Megaphone and Stitcher. The hires were announced by Dennis Kooker, President, Global Digital Business & U.S. Sales and Tom Mackay, President, Sony Music Film and TV A&R.

Emily Rasekh is Senior Vice President of Business Development and Operations, Podcasting. In this role, Emily is focused on driving strategic expansion of Sony Music’s partnership, distribution and monetization opportunities in the podcast space. She is also responsible for managing our day-to-day relationships with various podcasting partners and overseeing our podcast sales and marketing teams. She reports to us.  

Prior to Sony Music, Emily was Vice President of Digital Partnerships at Entercom overseeing digital content distribution strategy, including financial targets across digital, mobile and emerging platforms. Before that, she helped launch CBS Radio’s audio-on-demand business, growing total podcast listenership from 4 million monthly listens to over 25 million monthly listens within two years. She previously held business development roles for CBS from 2011-2016 and MTV Networks from 2009-2011. 

Brittany Hall is Vice President of Sales, Podcasting. She is responsible for overseeing the commercial strategy and monetization of podcasts from Sony Music and its partners. She reports to Emily. 

Previously Brittany was at Pandora where she was tasked with driving revenue from clients across all verticals and showcasing robust product offerings, including podcasts, for clients in the audio advertising community. Prior to Pandora, she worked at Megaphone (formerly Panoply), where she was responsible for driving audio revenue for brands and performance-based advertisers. 

Ryan Zack is Vice President of Revenue Operations, Podcasting. In this position, Ryan oversees Sony Music’s ad operations strategy, pricing and inventory management, and serves as a key communication link between the Finance and Sales teams to establish best practices for billing, reporting, forecasting and pipeline reporting. He reports to Emily. 

Prior to this role, Ryan was at Megaphone, where he led the day-to-day efforts for the Sales Planning, Advertising Operations and Advertising Solutions teams. He also held leading advertising operation roles at Acast AB, GoPro, and Spotify to maximize monetization. 

Christy Mirabal is Vice President of Marketing, Podcasting. In this role, she oversees all strategic marketing, including planning, development and execution of initiatives to drive branding and awareness of our podcast projects. She reports to Emily. 

Before Sony Music, Christy led the brand team at Stitcher, overseeing partnerships, sponsorships, and editorial for the podcast app. Prior to that, she oversaw podcast audience development for Panoply Media. She got her start in spoken word content at HarperCollins, where she led production, editorial, and marketing for their audiobook department.

 

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