The Podcast Show is thrilled to announce the support of an International Industry Advisory Panel, consisting of a group of figureheads from across the global podcast community. They are advising the Show across all aspects of the festival to make sure it’s as meaningful and helpful as possible to the podcast community.
Donald Albright - Tenderfoot TV
Donald Albright is an Atlanta based entrepreneur and CEO/Co-founder of independent podcast production studio Tenderfoot TV. Since launching in 2016, Tenderfoot has released several successful podcast franchises including “Up and Vanished,” “Monster,” “Radio Rental,” and “To Live and Die in LA,” amassing over 750 million downloads. Albright is a founding Governor of The Podcast Academy and has served as Chairperson since 2021. He is also an Executive Advisor for BIPOC Podcast Creators, an organization dedicated to the amplification of BIPOC talent.
Oren Rosenbaum - UTA
Oren Rosenbaum is a Partner & Head of Audio at leading global talent and entertainment company UTA.
Rosenbaum represents a variety of podcast networks, creators and early-stage companies which include Wondery, iHeart Media, Tenderfoot TV, Pineapple Street, Campside, Ashley Flowers (Crime Junkie), Alex Cooper (Call Her Daddy), Guy Raz (How I Built This), Marc Smerling (Crimetown), Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark (My Favorite Murder), and Jake Brennan (Disgraceland).
Previously, he was an agent at Paradigm and prior to that, started PTones Records, a national non-profit record label.
Rosenbaum earned his Bachelor’s degree in Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California.
Jennifer Dollard - Acast
Jenna Weiss Berman - Pineapple Street Studios / Audacy
Bernard P Achampong - Unedited
Bernard P Achampong, a consummate creative and media professional and eight-time Radio Academy Award winner and Rose D'Or nominee, was the driving force behind the sold-out presentation of "7 Secrets of Immersive Storytelling" at the London Podcast Show in 2022.
He has served as a board member of Creative UK and is currently vice-chair of Audio UK.
He is an advocate for diversity and representation in the creative industry as well as an advocate for creator ownership and intellectual property.
His production company, Unedited, continues to produce ground-breaking programming including Spotify's Sounds of Black Britain and BBC's 1Xtra Talks. The documentary "HRH The Prince of Wales: Building Bridges" and delivering Spotify's Sound Up programme for the UK and Ireland are two career highlights.
His first children's television programme, Skin Deep for CBBC, which explores identity for boys between the ages of 7 and 11, was produced in 2021.
Jez Nelson - Sony Music Entertainment
Jez Nelson is EVP, Co-Head of Global Podcasts at Sony Music Entertainment (SME). Based in London, Nelson runs the division’s UK-based operations and jointly spearheads SME’s global podcast content and business development strategy.
Prior to this role, Nelson was the founder of acclaimed UK podcast and audio producer Somethin’ Else. For nearly 30 years, he oversaw the company’s growth into one of the UK’s most lauded and awarded content companies.
One of the UK’s most respected broadcast media leaders, Nelson has worked extensively across TV, audio and digital as a producer, executive and presenter. He leads on senior client relationships with the BBC and Sky. He’s a passionate creative who loves business and a business person with a creative flair. He launched Somethin’ Else in 1991 with a personal investment of £500. He’s also been a TV presenter for BBC TV’s Tomorrow’s World and a radio host for Kiss FM, BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 and Jazz FM. In the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Jez was awarded an MBE for services to radio.
Christina Moore - The Podcast Academy
Megan Bradshaw - Amazon Music
Ruth Fitzsimons - Formerly Podfront UK
Ruth Fitzsimons is the former Managing Director of Podfront UK, a joint venture between two of the world's biggest podcast companies, Stitcher and Wondery. Podfront also represented premium podcast networks like NBC, NPR and Sports Social. Podfront offered British advertisers a route to directly reach millions of listeners via podcast favourites like British Scandal, Pod Save America, Freakonomics, Oprah's Super Soul Conversations, NPR, NBC and many more. Prior to Podfront UK, Ruth was SVP of International Operations at audioBoom. Previously award-winning radio producer and journalist with credits in UK and Ireland including BBC, LBC, RTÉ and Newstalk.
Lee Brown - Spotify
Lee Brown is the VP, Global Head of Advertising Business & Platform at Spotify, the world’s most popular audio streaming platform. He joined Spotify in 2019 and oversees more than 1500 employees in 183 global markets across Sales, Marketing, Advertising Revenue Partnerships, Advertising Operations, Engineering and Product R&D. In his role, Lee utilizes global advertising trends to ensure audio and culture are at the forefront of all of Spotify’s advertising strategies and working for businesses of all sizes. With over 456 million active users, Spotify’s ad revenue plays a formidable role in fueling the engine of the company’s popular Free experience globally.
Prior to joining Spotify, Lee served as Chief Revenue Officer at BuzzFeed, where he led all global Sales, Account Management, Branded Content, Marketing, Business Development, Business Operations, Distribution, and Research. He was also responsible for diversifying the company’s revenue streams and scaling the business globally within the rapidly changing media landscape.
Over the course of his career, Brown has developed rich expertise in the digital marketplace. At Tumblr, he spearheaded its native advertising offerings as Global Head of Brand Partnership and as Senior Vice President of National Sales at Groupon, Lee built the company’s national sales organization from scratch and pioneered a new marketing category. Brown previously spent over a decade at Yahoo, where he managed the majority of North American media sales at the time of his departure.
He is a native of Kentucky and resides in Bedford, NY with his wife and three children.
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