Production agency Listen marks new era with senior hires, including Director of Content

Independent podcast production agency Listen has made some new senior appointments who will drive the agency into an ambitious new era of original podcasts.

Darby Dorras has been appointed Director of Content, while Amber Bateman, Creative Lead from Mags Creative, joins as an Executive Producer and Josh Adley as Managing Director, previously Director of Commercial and Client Relations.

Listen is the current APAs Production Company of the Year and recently won Best Startup Agency at the 2022 ALF awards.

The team has created award-winning global podcasts for clients including BBC Sounds’ 28ish Days Later and That Gemma Collins Podcast, Audible’s Titting About with French and Saunders, Michael Caine: Heroes and Sky Bingo’s Ry-Union, plus award-winning content for Spotify, Amazon Music, BMW, Vodafone, MTV and Comedy Central.

Building on the agency’s success, Listen will now deliver its first ever podcast originals slate, brought to life by the newly appointed Director of Content. In his role, Dorras will bring creative leadership to the agency and drive bold, innovative originals, while continuing to grow its award-winning work for brands.

Dorras joins after a decade at Somethin’ Else, part of Sony Music Entertainment, where he created podcasts for clients from the BBC to Bloomberg to Vanity Fair and has been instrumental in the growth of Somethin’ Else’s branded podcast work.

He is a multiple BPA, ARIA and NYF Radio Awards nominee and winner, as well as being a ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 Alumnus and winner of the prestigious ‘The Gold Award’ at the APAs.

Amber Bateman joins as an Executive Producer with significant experience as Creative Lead at Mags Creative, working with commissioners and global brand clients including Google, Meta, Spotify and Puffin. She has a track record for developing successful wider podcasting brands that have topped charts and won awards.

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Josh Adley and Darby Dorras
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Amber Bateman

Josh Adley, Listen’s MD, said: “From our first conversation it was immediately clear that Darby was the right person to drive us forward creatively as we develop and launch our first slate of original shows.

“His wealth of experience across genres speaks for itself and his creative energy is a force to be reckoned with.

“I’m equally delighted that Amber was inspired by our vision to join the team, adding to our existing heavyweight exec producers in Suzy Grant, Nick Minter and Paul Thomas. As we move forward, expect more premium shows bolstered by a fresh slate of original podcasts. We are only just getting started.”

Darby Dorras, Listen’s Director of Content added: “I’m hugely excited to be joining Listen. In just three years, they’ve built an industry-leading team who are delivering a diverse range of standout audio content.

“I can’t wait to bring my experience and creative leadership to the company as we enter this next phase at a crucial moment in podcasting. Expect big, bold, innovative, and provocative ideas that will underpin our new originals slate and continue to feed and grow our work-for-hire.

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