…iHeartMedia Product manager Chris Williams is stepping down in September after 17 years with the company. “We’ve accomplished so much – established iHeart as a legitimate digital media brand, exploded onto the podcast scene, and become the world’s #1 podcast publisher,” he wrote in a LinkedIn post. Williams called his exit “voluntary and amicable” and said he was looking for his next opportunity. The company has yet to announce its replacement.
…American public media‘s Marketplace has hired Francesca Levy as Chief Digital Officer. She will oversee all content produced by the syndicated public radio show and podcast. Levy joins us after spending eight years at Bloomberg, including as Editorial Director of Podcasts since 2017. She previously worked at LinkedIn and was a business reporter at publications such as Associated Press, Forbes and The Deal. “I’ve admired Marketplace reporting for years. Whether on the radio, on the web, or on podcast, the Marketplace brand has always represented the breakdown of business and financial content into what matters to most Americans,” Levy said in the announcement.
…Pocket casts added a new feature to its app called Folders. Available only to subscribers, the feature gives them a “save folder” where they can put all their favorite podcasts. Users will need to ensure that they are using the new 7.20 version and they will also need to manually create the folders by tapping the newly added folder icon in the top bar. They can then select the podcasts they want to place there. Pocket Casts explains in the announcement that it’s only making the feature available to paid users, saying their help allows it to become “more self-sufficient” and that the feature is a way to reimburse subscribers.
…The Spin The Horror of Dolores Roach podcast is being adapted into a TV series for its Amazon Prime sister, and Variety reports that the singer Cyndi Lauper signed on for a recurring guest role on the series. Actress Justina Machado leads a cast that also includes Alejandro Hernandez, Kita Updike, K. Todd Freeman, Marc Maron, Jean Yoon, Judy Reyes and Jeffery Self. Blumhouse Television is producing the television adaptation with GloNation Studios and Spotify. The series is based on the podcast which told the story of Delores Roach (Machado), who returns to her New York neighborhood after 16 years in prison. Lauper will play a private detective who gets Roach in trouble.