Audioboom Studios are being launched by the podcast network and with it come new leadership roles to support the initiative.
The new business unit will encompass all creative services within the group, including original show development, co-productions, branded content, production services and creative advertising services.
The UK production operation was launched on 1 October under the Audioboom Studios banner. It currently produces the official Formula 1 podcasts F1: Beyond The Grid and F1 Nation, plus the recently launched The FBoy Podcast.
Methods of Murder will be the first original show developed by Audioboom specifically for the UK market, with six further original shows for that market currently in development for 2022.
The rollout of Audioboom Studios and the growth of Audioboom’s UK-focused production operation will be led by newly appointed Chief Content Officer, Brendan Regan. Mike Newman is promoted to Vice President, UK Content & Production, and Neil Fearn joins as Executive Producer.
Regan will now oversee global content operations including original show development, production services and creator partnerships.
He joined Audioboom in 2015 from Viacom and most recently served as Executive Vice President, Content and Production. “With podcasts winning the hearts and minds of consumers everywhere, it’s an exciting time to lead a content team.” Regan says. “The team at Audioboom Studios is creating amazing content and I am thrilled to be at its helm as CCO.”
Newman, previously Head of UK Content Partnerships will now lead UK production and creator partnerships as Vice President.
He joined Audioboom in 2018 from Free Radio where he served as Regional Content Director, he says: “It’s been an honour to be part of the tremendous growth Audioboom has undergone the past few years. I’m thrilled to lead this new operation and continue to deliver great podcast content in a booming industry.”
Fearn joins Audioboom from his role of Deputy Managing Editor of Radio X. He has over a decade of experience producing commercial and BBC radio as well as podcasts and on-demand audio. He will focus on original show development.
“The launch of our production arm in the UK is an important step in our goal to become the leading British podcast creator,” says Stuart Last, CEO. “Our show development process will be supported by the significant level of audience insight that we capture through our platform. I’m pleased to have a talented team of leaders in place to take Audioboom Studios forward.”