SALT, the audio media company best known for its work on podcasts such as Wondery’s Dr. Death, Luminary’s The Midnight Miracle and, most recently, Amazon Music’s Become, has recruited two key people. Kenzi Wilbur joins SALT as Vice President of Development and Partnerships, and Robert Adler as Head of Post-Production. Wilbur joins SALT from Luminary and Adler from Spotify.
“We are entering the golden age of audio and those who prioritize talent and quality will come out on top,” Nick Panama, co-founder and CEO of SALT said in the announcement. “Kenzi and Robert bring with them a treasure trove of exceptional experience combined with a desire to make SALT the home of the best creators in the world who want to break into audio. I couldn’t be more grateful to welcome them to the team as we develop our ambitions.
Wilbur joins SALT from Luminary, where she co-led Luminary’s founding content team to create and produce the company’s roster of founding podcasts, including The Midnight Miracle, Russell Brand’s meditation podcast Above The Noise; New York Magazine tabloid; and Lies We Tell by Alex Gibney and Jigsaw Productions.
But SALT isn’t the only food-related name Wilbur has on his resume. She is a James Beard Award-nominated podcast host and producer who began her career in audio at Food52, where she was editorial manager and oversaw all editorial content, strategy and production.
Under Wilbur’s leadership, SALT is in production on a slate of new podcasts featuring talent, narrative and non-fiction stories, including Become, a new health and wellness podcast series, the first of its kind. ; a project in partnership with Jenkins the Valet; and a new show celebrating the music behind social change in partnership with nonprofit Repairers of the Breach.
“Doing The Midnight Miracle with SALT was the start of a really great working relationship that I knew I wanted to last well beyond the first season,” Wilbur said. “I couldn’t be prouder to work with the team – and their creative superpowers – at SALT as we continue to push the boundaries of what’s next in audio.”
Adler joins SALT from Spotify, where he designed the processes Spotify used to engage production companies in the space to scale podcasting globally. Adler also led production and publishing operations for Spotify’s in-house podcast studio, Studio 4, where he oversaw operations for all titles, including Stay Free: The Story of The Clash, Dissect and Nosy Neighbours, among others. Prior to Spotify, Adler worked in video production and post-production, including for Philymack Management, creating digital content for world-renowned artists such as Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and DNCE.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to join SALT at such a pivotal time in their growth as a company,” Adler said. the diversity and expansion of the list of shows. »
Since its launch, SALT has also produced podcasts in partnership with QCode, Broadway Video and Spotify.