Europe’s largest independent podcast production company Novel has appointed Julie Shapiro as its new Executive Creative Director.
Shapiro was previously Vice President of Editorial and Executive Producer at Radiotopia and PRX, the award-winning podcast network for independent creators, where she oversaw the growth and creative evolution of the network from 2015-2021.
She was instrumental in the development of the hit podcast Ear Hustle, which won Radiotopia’s Podquest contest in 2016, and under her direction as Executive Producer, has been recognized as a Pulitzer finalist, twice nominated for a Peabody Award, won two Webby Awards, and has been downloaded more than 62 million times.
Previously, Shapiro co-founded the highly acclaimed Third Coast International Audio Festival in 2000, and as Artistic Director through 2014, shaped the festival’s creative trajectory and nurtured a robust international listening culture for creative audio storytelling.
She is also a vocal advocate of women in the podcast and radio industries as well as a mentor to upcoming voices of various backgrounds.
“I’m eternally grateful to PRX and Radiotopia for the opportunity to push the creative boundaries of podcasting, and to have worked alongside exceptional producers and remarkable colleagues during the past seven years,” says Shapiro.
She continues: “Looking ahead, I’m deeply impressed by Novel’s creative ambitions and dedication to craft, and I’m thrilled to be joining their team. I’m keen to bring my experience and artistic vision into this international podcast environment, and to continue working with creators to explore podcasting’s endless capacity to express big ideas and impart beautiful and impactful stories.”
Sean Glynn, CEO of Novel, adds: “I have long been an admirer of Julie and her work, both at Radiotopia and for the industry as a whole. I’m delighted to be welcoming her, and her incredible experience and enthusiasm, to take on the newly created role of Executive Creative Director at Novel.”
“We know there are huge opportunities – and audiences – for the type of well-told, beautifully-produced shows Novel is known for. Our recent hires have added to our already considerable in-house expertise, and we are looking forward as we continue to push the boundaries and shape this ever-changing audio landscape.
“As we expand into launching Novel originals and continue to grow our firmly established work-for-hire and partnerships business, we can think of no better person than Julie to lead the creative charge.”