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APRIL 8 - 12, 2024

SOUNDS OF NEW YORK welcomes seven French podcast laureates to New York for a weeklong immersion experience to meet key industry players, studios, and creators. SNY aims to support the development of French podcasts with high international potential. From Villa Albertine and Albertine Fondation, supported by Spotify, Radio France, RFI (France Médias Monde), SACD, l'institut français, INA, Ausha and Paradiso Media.



Monday, April 8, 2024

Spotify WTC 4 - 150 Greenwich St - New York, NY 10007

Doors Open

8:30 am

Welcome Breakfast, Orientation, and Introductions

9:00 am - 12:00 pm


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Podcast Trends and the Audio Ecosystem - Presentation and Panel

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

A presentation overview the global podcast ecosystem including main publishers, studios, and shows. This presentation is followed by a panel featuring top industry leaders sharing their unique perspectives on the audio’s latest trends and innovations.

  • Lillian Xu, Vox Media Podcast Network

  • Rachael Swan-Krasnoff, RUBY/iHeart Radio

  • Tiffany Ashitey, Managing Director, US, Acast

  • Moderated by Emi Norris, Paradiso


2:45 - 3:00 pm

An Afternoon with Spotify

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


  • Session 1: Ear To The Ground with Jessica Angeles, Sr. Partner Manager

  • Session 2: The Science of Podcast Creation with the Science Vs. Team, Blythe Terrell, Supervising Editor, Michelle Dang, Producer, and Meryl Horn, Senior Producer

Tuesday, April 9, 2024


Spotify WTC 4 - 150 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007


Doors Open

9:30 am

Mini-Market Prep - Workshop

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by by Molly O'Keefe (Paradiso) 


12:00 - 1:30 pm 

“The Competition” - Nonfiction Podcast - Case Study

1:30 - 2:30 pm 

Award winning producer and podcast host, Shima Oliaee discusses her latest nonfiction serialized podcast, a collaboration with Wondery and Pineapple Street Studios.

  • Shima Oliaee, Host and Creator, Founder of Shirazad Productions

  • Eleanor Kagan, Senior Producer, Magnificent Noise

30 Minute Break

2:30 - 3:00 pm 

How to Market Your Podcast - Workshop

3:00 - 3:45 pm 

Podcast marketing expert Lauren Passell shares best practices and tips for cutting through the competitive noise and getting your podcast to the right listeners.

  • Lauren Passell, Tink Media

15 Minute Break

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm 

Conferences and Awards - Panel

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Leaders from the top awards and conferences in the US share what they look for in programming their lineups and how to compete for top awards.

  • Davy Gardner, Tribeca Audio

  • Jemma Rose Brown, On Air Fest

  • Nick Borenstein, Webby Awards

  • Moderated by Jazmine Henley-Brown

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Spotify WTC 4 - 150 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007

Pineapple Street Studios - 16 Court Street, 15th floor, Brooklyn, NY 11241

Doors Open

9:30 am

Making the Sound of 99% Invisible - Presentation

10:00 am - 11:30 am

A behind-the-scenes tutorial from the sound designer and story producer of 99% Invisible: making compelling audio stories for their hit podcast.

  • Chris Berube, 99PI


11:30pm - 1:30 pm 

Podcast to Hollywood Pipeline - Film and TV Adaptations - Panel

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Executives from Hollywood’s top studios give an inside look at the podcast adaptation game and discuss their strategy for adapting content in their pipelines.

  • Chris Morrow, Plan B

  • Britta von Schoeler, Broadway Video

  • Natalie Tulloch, Hello Sunshine

  • Moderated by Molly O'Keefe, Paradiso

30 Minute Break

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Travel to Pineapple Street Studios - 16 Court Street, 15th floor, Brooklyn, NY 11241

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Site Visit at Pineapple Street Studios

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Thursday, April 11, 2024

Spotify WTC 4 - 150 Greenwich St 62nd floor, New York, NY 10007

The New York Times - 620 8th Avenue, New York, NY

Doors Open

9:30 am

All About AI - Production and Ethics in Podcasts

10:00 am - 11:00 am

A mix of producers, audio editors, and product experts discuss how they are using AI tools in their podcast workflow and production.

  • Sara Ganim, Host of Believable: The CoCo Berthmann Story

  • Chris McLeod, Producer and Mix Engineer, WaitWhat

  • Lauren Oliver, Founder, StoryGiants

  • Moderated by Yael Even Or, Paradiso

15 Minute Break

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Recording, Editing and All Things Podcast with Descript

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

An interactive workshop/how-to on using Descript for making narrative series, episodes, and publishing content.

  • Arielle Nissenblatt, Descript


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Travel to The New York Times - 620 8th Avenue, New York, NY

1:30 - 2:00 pm 

Site Visit - The New York Times

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Friday, April 12, 2024

Spotify WTC 4 - 150 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007

WNYC - 160 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013


Doors Open

9:30 am



10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch with Mini-Market Participants

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Travel to WNYC - 160 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013

2:30 pm

Tour of WNYC - 160 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm 

Podcast Party



Jessica Angeles - Senior Partner Manager, Spotify

Jessica Angeles is a Senior Partner Manager at Spotify who leads the Lifestyle podcast vertical. In her role, Jessica manages some of the largest podcasters on the platform to help them grow, monetize, and maximize their presence on Spotify. Previously, she led Music Partnerships at Tumblr, collaborating with top musicians on bespoke activations to connect with their biggest fans.

Tiffany Ashitey - Managing Director, The Americas, Acast

Tiffany Ashitey is Managing Director, The Americas at Acast, the world's largest independent podcast company, which hosts, distributes, and monetizes more than 100,000 podcasts. A three-time Webby Award-nominated Executive Producer, Tiffany has more than a decade of experience leading, executing, and managing projects in audio storytelling, video production, digital, and podcast production. She's worked with brands such as Sports Illustrated, Coach, Jordan Brand, Essence Magazine, and Black Entertainment Television (BET). She founded and ran the ESSENCE Podcast Network, the first-ever podcast network in the brand's 50-year history — created, operated, developed, and produced by women of color. In 2022 and 2023, she was named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the 40 most powerful people in podcasting and was awarded by AdExchanger and Admonsters as a Change Maker, as well as one of its top 20 women to watch in media and ad tech.

Chris Berube - Senior Producer, 99% Invisible


Chris Berube is a Senior Producer at 99% Invisible. Recently, he edited The Dropout (ABC News, now a TV show!) and the second season of Articles of Interest (Radiotopia). He's also worked for Slate Magazine, the CBC in Canada and the 30 for 30 podcast. Chris has lost at the Webby Awards six times, and with any luck, he will one day be the losingest person in Webby history.

Nick Borenstein - GM, The Webby Awards

As General Manager of The Webby Awards, Nick leads strategic development, partnerships and industry relations to continue the Webbys’ mission of honoring excellence online. Nick is an award-winning producer, filmmaker, and content executive with a diverse background in film, television, audio, and digital. After roles at Topic Studios, Hud:sun Media, and Participant Media, he founded Brumor Films to create original content and manage events & partnerships for clients like The Gotham Film & Media Institute, Screen Australia, and the Consulate General of Canada. Notable credits include the Emmy-nominated series AKA WYATT CENAC, Webby Award-winning podcast MISSING RICHARD SIMMONS, and collaborations with filmmakers Sharon Horgan and Robert Kirkman.

Jemma Rose Brown - Co-Creator, On Air Fest

Jemma Rose Brown is an artist, connector and curator of cultural programs raised & based in NYC. Her approach is shaped by a decade+ career in podcasts and the audio industry. Jemma is the Co-Creator of On Air Fest, the premiere event for audio storytelling and was the longtime Director of the podcast-focused creative agency work x work. She is Co-Founder of studio Cosmophage. Previously, she was a Producer at The Moth. Her projects have been covered in Vanity Fair, Wired, Forbes & Rolling Stone.

Saskia Chanoine - Director of  IP Partnerships at Bloomberg Media

Saskia Chanoine is an Emmy Award-winning producer working at the intersection of media, business and technology. She is the Director of  IP Partnerships at Bloomberg Media. Her focus is to leverage Bloomberg IP to develop unscripted and scripted projects through strategic partnerships for third party platforms. Saskia started off her career as a producer at the PBSNewsHour and WNET/Channel Thirteen. She received her BA from Tufts University and her MBA from Columbia Business School. Saskia is native French speaker and in her free time volunteers as a Big Sister in the Big Brother Big Sister program and holds the role of Finance Chair on the board of the non-profit Fresh Youth Initiative.

Michelle Dang - Producer, Science Vs


Michelle is a Producer at Science Vs. Before osmosing into the audio world, she studied biology — and is also a nerd for pretty graphs, visuals and experiential learning.

Nikki Ettore - SVP, Head of Development & Production, iHeartPodcast Network

Nikki Ettore is the SVP, Head of Development & Production at iHeartPodcast Network, where she has launched celebrated shows (The Girlfriends, Call Your Grandmother, Supreme), collaborates with incredible talent (from Jo Piazza to Hillary Clinton to Michael Rapaport), and works with brands/partners like LinkedIn, Imagine Entertainment, and Kaleidoscope.

Yael Even Or - Senior Producer/Production Lead, Paradiso


Yael Even Or is a Senior Producer and Production Lead at Paradiso US. There, she produced "Seventeen" and “Beyond the Ring with Daisy King” (Paramount). Prior to Paradiso, she produced numerous non fiction podcasts for Audible, among them "Mandela: The Lost Tapes", "Meeting Manson" and an upcoming investigative project with Jon Ronson. Her reporting and commentary appeared in the Washington Post, BBC World Service, Vice, PRI, WNYC, The Jewish Daily Forward, Tablet Magazine, and Okay Africa. Yael worked at KCRW, NPR's member station in LA, PRI's America Abroad, and Israel's Walla News. She has a master's degree in international affairs from The New School.

Sarah Ganim - Host and Journalist, Believable

Sara Ganim is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and former CNN correspondent who regularly publishes in print and broadcast. A multi-platform reporter, Ganim has reported and written for newspapers, wire services, cable television, radio, podcasts and documentaries and has won several of the industry’s top awards. For the last several years, Ganim has worked in audio narratives. She is currently reporting and hosting Believable: The Coco Berthmann Story, a Dear Media original investigation about a woman from Germany who moved to Utah and became an internet scam artist. In 2021, she launched a podcast with Advance Local and Meadowlark Media called The Mayor of Maple Avenue, about the intersection of trauma and addiction and societal failures in the wake of the #meToo movement. The podcast had more than 1.2 million downloads and won first place for podcast in Pennsylvania's Keystone Awards. She is also the host of Why Don’t We Know, a podcast which explores government secrecy. It won the EWA public service award in 2020. 

Davy Gardner - Curator of Audio Storytelling, Tribeca

Davy Gardner is an award-winning writer and creator whose work in audio appears on networks like Radiotopia, Wondery, and Audible, among others. He was nominated for Best Scriptwriting (Fiction) at the Podcast Academy Ambie Awards for his series, “Pariah”. He is also a screenwriter, director, playwright, and performs and writes comedy for The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Davy launched and oversees Tribeca Audio, a division of Tribeca that produces original series and live events for global audiences. As Curator of Audio Storytelling he leads all aspects of the Tribeca Festival's Audio Storytelling Program.

Jazmine Henley-Brown, Executive Producer

Jazmine is a creative powerhouse who absolutely hates being “boxed in.” She’s an Executive Podcast Producer, Media Personality, Sit-down Comedian, and Author of This Box is Too Small - a book for Multi-Hyphenates. She’s worked for SiriusXM and Sony Music Entertainment, creating and executive producing award-nominated podcasts like New Rory & MAL, Lovers & Friends with Shan Boodram, and Reality with The King. Her recent work includes creating & executive producing 90 Day: The Last Resort Sessions for TLC/Warner Bros. Discovery & Sony. In 2017, Jazmine founded the Milwaukee Podcast Festival to showcase local audio talent in her hometown. The festival featured seven live shows from Milwaukee-based creators and a headlining live show by The Brilliant Idiots podcast, hosted by The Breakfast Club’s Charlemagne The God & and Comedian Andrew Schulz. 

Meryl Horn - Senior Producer, Science Vs


Meryl is a Senior Producer at Science Vs. Before joining the team, she got her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of California, San Francisco, where she was president of Carry The One Radio, the UCSF student-run podcast. She's also worked at labs at MIT, the Marine Biological Laboratory, and Hunter College of CUNY.

Eleanor Kagan - Senior Producer, Magnificent Noise


Eleanor Kagan is an award-winning producer and showrunner who has spent fifteen years in the radio, podcast, and news industries. She currently serves as Senior Producer at Magnificent Noise, a boutique production house and consulting company. Her recent work includes a partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Immaterial), a series about blind first dates (This Is Dating), a deep-dive history of Chippendales’ male strippers (Welcome To Your Fantasy), and an intimate portrait of end-of-life care (Julie: The Unwinding of the Miracle). Previously, she was BuzzFeed’s Director of Audio and spearheaded several critically-acclaimed podcasts, including Another Round, See Something Say Something, and Thirst Aid Kit. She has also been on staff at Pineapple Street Studios and National Public Radio, and teaches undergraduates at The New School how to tell meaningful stories about history through audio.

Nishat Kurwa - SVP and Executive Producer, Vox Media Podcast Network

Nishat Kurwa is SVP and Executive Producer of the Vox Media Podcast Network. She oversees the network's podcast programming, new show development, and the Vox Media Studios podcast production team. She's worked closely with Vox Media's editorial brands and external partners to create and grow shows including Pivot with Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway, Land of the Giants, and The Cut podcast. 

Alyssa Martino - SVP of Podcasting, Film Nation Entertainment

Alyssa Martino is the SVP of Podcasting at FilmNation Entertainment, a leading producer, financier, and distributor of independent film, television, theater, and audio that is a destination for many of the world’s most renowned filmmakers. Martino oversees the company’s audio division, where she is responsible for developing and producing their podcast slate. Previously, she was the Associate Director of Podcasts for the big five book publisher Macmillan.

Chris McLeod - Podcast Producer

Chris is a renowned producer in the world of podcasting, where he blends insightful storytelling with the latest in technology. During his tenure on the acclaimed Masters of Scale podcast hosted by Reid Hoffman, it received 22 Webby Awards and over 100 million downloads. Chris is also the creative force behind Spark & Fire, a podcast that delves into the creative process. The show generated partnerships with BBC and Skillshare, and won multiple Webby Awards including Best Individual Episode. Before venturing into the world of podcasting, he honed his craft in Nashville, TN, as a talented songwriter and music producer, collaborating with independent and major label artists, alongside prestigious brands such as Capitol Records, RedBull, MTV, and Discovery. With a keen eye on the intersection of AI, technology, and podcasting, Chris has continually pushed the boundaries of what's possible in the medium. His insights into how AI can enhance storytelling, improve production processes, and create more immersive listening experiences make him a sought-after voice in discussions about the future of AI.

Chris Morrow - Head of Audio, Plan B Entertainment

Chris Morrow is the Head of Audio at Plan B Entertainment, Brad Pitt’s production company. Prior to Plan B, Morrow co-founded The Loud Speakers Network in 2013 with the late Reggie “Combat Jack” Osse, home to shows like The Read, Brilliant Idiots, and The Combat Jack Show. He is also the co-creator and an editor on Gimlet’s scripted series Mogul and the creator, executive producer and co-writer of the Audible original Summer of 85, hosted by Kevin Hart.Morrow co-founded The Loud Speakers Network in 2013 with the late Reggie “Combat Jack” Osse, home to shows like The Read, Brilliant Idiots, and The Combat Jack Show. He is also the co-creator and an editor on Gimlet’s scripted series Mogul and the creator, executive producer and co-writer of the Audible original Summer of 85, hosted by Kevin Hart. Morrow has also co-authored six New York Times best sellers, including Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Black Privilege and Shook Ones with Charlamagne Tha God.



Arielle Nissenblatt - Community Marketing Manager, Descript

Arielle Nissenblatt has been working in the podcast space since early 2017 when she started a podcast recommendation newsletter called EarBuds Podcast Collective. Since then, she’s managed podcast studios in Los Angeles, worked as an in-app curator at, completed a certificate in audio documentary studies from the Salt Institute, produced several podcasts, run successful marketing and PR campaigns, has organized podcast communities on Twitter, Discord, and Slack, and much more. She is on the community team at Descript, serves on the board of governors for The Podcast Academy, and is one of the founders of The Podcast Taxonomy

Emi Norris - Managing Director, Paradiso US

Emi is Paradiso Media's US Managing Director and Executive Producer of all English-language podcasts. In this role she has negotiated original content commissions, co-productions, and distribution deals with Spotify, Audible, Audible UK, Stitcher/SiriusXM, Paramount, Warner Bros Discovery, Realm, Macro, Brut, Ubisoft and others, and garnered wins and nominations from the Webbys, Ambies, Signals, Tribeca Audio Storytelling and National Parenting Product Awards. Prior to Paradiso, Emi worked in originals partnerships & distribution at VICE and Refinery29 and strategy at Bertelsmann. She also spent seven years in the film industry, first in production on films by directors Luca Guadagnino and Alfonso Cuarón, and later in international TV sales and digital distribution. She holds a BA from Tufts University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Molly O'Keefe - Head of Development, Paradiso

Molly O’Keefe is the Head of Development for Paradiso where she has produced “Seventeen,” “Conference Call,” “In The Ring with Daisy King” (Paramount) and “The Baker Street Four” (Audible UK). She previously oversaw Artist Programs at Tribeca Film Institute, whose mission was to fight gender and racial inequality in entertainment. Prior to that, she was a development and production executive at Sundance Productions and Red Hour. Molly has consulted for the Sundance Episodic and Screenwriter's Labs, Warner Bros Director’s Program, WarnerMedia’s OneFifty and producer Debbie Liebling. She is a graduate of Emerson College and based in Los Angeles. 

Shima Oliaee - CEO and Founder, Shirazad Productions

Shima Oliaee is the CEO and founder of Shirazad Productions. Her work focuses on the stories of the marginalized: Voices forced into silence, often ignored or maligned by the media. Pink Card, her first independently-produced series, premiered in December 2022 at ESPN 30 for 30. It received a Murrow Award, honors from the Overseas Press Club, a National Headliner Award, two Gracie Awards, and two NY Festival of the Arts Awards. Oliaee also co-created Dolly Parton’s America, receiving a Peabody Award and a Murrow Award, along with several national honors. Her documentary Flag and the Fury won a duPont-Columbia Award and Best in Show at the National Headliner Awards. She created The Vanishing of Harry Pace for Radiolab, nominated for Best Audio Doc by the IDA, and her series UnErased was named podcast of the year by KQED News.  After studying music and cinema at USC, Oliaee received her graduate degree in psychology. She worked as a teacher, a translator, and in comedy television, including on the Golden Globe-winning Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Her upcoming series The Competition explores the complicated nature of girlhood in America and premieres on April 15, 2024.

Lauren Oliver - Founder, StoryGiants

Lauren Oliver is a bestselling author, screenwriter, producer, and entrepreneur. In 2020, Lauren founded a media technology studio, StoryGiants, in partnership with one of Google’s top AI engineers. StoryGiants uses proprietary AI to solve problems in the media/ production space, and counts producers and independent studios among its roster of first clients. In 2022, StoryGiants acquired Glasstown Entertainment in order to further grow its offerings of diverse entertainment services to its partners and clients, and it continues to explore exciting opportunities in the media space. 

Lauren Passell - Founder, Tink Media

Lauren Passell is the founder of Tink Media, a podcast growth company. She is the editor of Podcast the Newsletter and Podcast Marketing Magic, is the co-host of Feed the Queue, and writes about podcasts for Lifehacker. She has spoken about podcast marketing for Radio Bootcamp, SXSW, Podcast Movement, Podfest, London Podcast Festival and more. She is a judge for Signal Awards and the International Women's Podcast Awards. Follow her on Twitter @laurenpassell.

Leah Reis-Dennis - Vice President, Content Strategy and Business Development, Audacy

Leah Reis-Dennis is Vice President, Content Strategy and Business Development at Audacy, where she leads podcast acquisition and development. Prior to joining Audacy, Leah worked at Stitcher/SXM. Recent highlights include Search Engine, Amy Poehler's Dr? Sheila, Fly On The Wall, Vibe Check, The Mel Robbins Podcast, and Welcome to Provincetown

​Emily Rudder - Head of Development, Wonder Media Network

Emily Rudder is the Head of Development at Wonder Media Network (WMN), a mission-driven audio-first media company dedicated to amplifying underrepresented voices. She works across WMN originals and branded podcasts for partners such as Audible, Shondaland and Pfizer. She has a background in digital strategy, advising for nonprofits and foundations.

Tory Smith - Manager, Podcast Production & Development, Film Nation Entertainment

Hailing from the vastly different (yet eerily similar?) worlds of late night television and post-production operations, Tory Smith joined FilmNation in 2015 with the Worldwide Delivery Team. He has since transitioned to a role in Podcasting, aiding in project development, talent communications, and various aspects of the production pipeline across all of FilmNation’s shows.

Rachael Swan-Krasnoff - Senior Marketing Director at Ruby, iHeartMedia

Rachael Swan-Krasnoff, Senior Marketing Director at Ruby, iHeartMedia’s Branded Audio Studio, is dedicated to crafting impactful brand narratives. Spearheading the conceptualization of some of the studio’s most notable success stories for brands like Quickbooks, AbVie, and Chase For Business, Rachael acts as the essential liaison between sales and production. Her meticulous approach ensures that podcasts not only captivate target demographics but also resonate authentically with broader audiences, often resulting in commercial hits. Before joining Ruby, Rachael worked at both Wondery and Spotify, where she played a pivotal role in managing their most lucrative podcast partnerships across diverse verticals and facilitated onboarding for some of the platform’s largest acquisitions. Rachael brings a unique blend of strategic insight, creative prowess, and a passion for audio storytelling to her work, making her a sought-after expert in the dynamic landscape of branded audio content creation. Beyond the office, she skillfully manages the delightful chaos of keeping her feline companions from toppling everything in her home while navigating the joys and challenges of raising a new puppy.

Blythe Terrell - Supervising Editor, Spotify

 Blythe Terrell started her career in print, as a newspaper reporter and editor in Texas and Colorado, before earning her Master’s of Science in Public Health from Johns Hopkins. She then worked at FiveThirtyEight, as a general editor and then science and health editor, before moving to audio in 2017. Blythe is now executive editor at Science Vs at Gimlet. The show has won a Gold Award and a Silver Award from the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards.

Natalie Tulloch - VP of Audio, Hello Sunshine

Natalie Tulloch is the VP of audio at Hello Sunshine. She joined the Hello Sunshine team  in  2023. Prior to joining Hello Sunshine she created Spotify’s  Global podcast  program Sound Up, a podcast accelerator program dedicated to raising the next generation of podcasters through education, workshops, and support. Natalie originally created and launched the program in the US and UK but eventually scaled the program globally to 12  markets, including Argentina, the UK, Australia, Germany, Sweden,  Mexico and Brazil. Prior to taking on the Sound Up role, she led the News & Documentary vertical working as the Executive producer with the likes of Times Up, Amy Schumer, Pineapple Street Media and Vice News. Shows of note include: Amy Schumer Presents: 3 Girls, 1 Keith, Noisemakers, Good As Hell, Showstopper and Chapo: Kingpin on Trial. Natalie has spent a career in media across both publishing and TV. She spent her early career at Time Inc., Conde Nast, and later worked at HBO and AMC Networks. She has been included in Variety’s 2022 Impact Report.

Britta von Schoeler - Head of Broadway Video Enterprises

Britta von Schoeler heads Broadway Video Enterprises (BVE) – the division of Broadway Video, Lorne Michaels’ global media and entertainment company, charged with creating revenue growth and amplifying the company’s portfolio of brands across all media. In her position, von Schoeler helms the strategic planning and implementation of partnerships for Broadway Video Entertainment’s programming library, which includes the NBC Emmy Award-winning sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, as well as The Other Two, Documentary Now!, Schmigadoon, Miracle Workers and many others. Additionally, von Schoeler conceives and executes on unique business opportunities creating globally recognized brands such as Más Mejor, BVE’s comedy content studio powered by Latino voices. She is the Executive Producer of Amazon’s Kids in the Hall and Producer of HBO’s Los Espookys. Von Schoeler also launched Broadway Video’s audio division and oversees the production of all podcasts including New York Times Best Selling Audible Originals like Heads Will Roll (written and starring Kate McKinnon) and Hit Job (starring Pete Davidson and Keke Palmer), and Hot White Heist (named as a Best Podcast of 2021 by Vulture and starring Bowen Yang). von Schoeler’s efforts extend the reach of the BVE brands globally. Her portfolio of projects ranges from global distribution of traditional media – including the production of new series and formats – to leveraging Broadway Video’s family of talent and intellectual property for experiential executions such as live tours and exhibits to the creation of product lines. In addition, von Schoeler handles the creation of authentic premium content integrations for top brands. Prior to joining BVE in 2001, von Schoeler worked for BBC Worldwide Americas, Inc. overseeing consumer products production and marketing for numerous popular shows, including Absolutely Fabulous. In addition, she was Manager of Business Affairs at Discovery Communications, Inc. She is a graduate of Vassar College.

Lillian Xu – Executive Director, Audio Business, Vox Media

Lillian Xu is Vox Media's executive director for the audio business, where she leads strategic initiatives, franchise expansions, partnerships, and business operations. Prior to joining Vox Media, Lillian worked at New York Public Radio, where she led their strategy and business development team, overseeing general strategic planning, as well as partnerships and growth initiatives for top podcasts like Radiolab and The New Yorker Radio Hour. Previously, she also worked as a management consultant in Oliver Wyman’s Digital practice. She's is a graduate of Princeton University and she resides in New York City, where she sings in a chamber choir, plays pickleball, and volunteers for Apex for Youth.

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Christophe Payet - journalist, author, and producer

Founder and editorial director of the podcast studio Sonique, Christophe Payet is also an editorial advisor for the television channel ARTE France. Former digital director of Radio Nova, he previously worked for the French national public radio stations France Culture and France Inter. He also co-founded the narrative nonfiction publishing house Marchialy. As an author and host, he notably created the podcasts Banana Kush and Le sens de la fête. He also wrote and hosted the creative fiction-magazine shows Au Shaker pas à la cuillère and Chérie j’ai rebooté le shaker on France Inter.

Camille Maestracci - freelance journalist, author, and podcaster

Camille Maestracci graduated from the Sciences Po School of Journalism and spent one semester at the Missouri School of Journalism (Columbia, MO). She worked as a reporter and producer for local and national radio stations, including France Bleu, RMC, and franceinfo. She has also worked for international news outlets in Doha, Qatar, Italy (her second home), and in the US. She wrote numerous podcast series, including Les Attaquantes about women in football; Deux ans au Qatar on her experiences in the Emirates; and A flots et à sang, a documentary series on a case of decapitated seals in Brittany.

She launched the podcast Et si… with former presidential candidate Benoît Hamon, and she created and hosted Le podcast du Gorafi for two years for a famous French satirical website. She is now based in Rennes, Brittany, where she is working on many different projects from documentaries to fiction, for TV and podcasts, along with hopefully an eventual book adaptation of one of her series.

Zazie Tavitian journalist and author

For the past 10 years, Zazie Tavitian has worked for various media outlets (print and radio) on subjects related to food, politics, and intimacy. Zazie writes for L’Obs and GQ, and reports for France Inter (on the cooking show On va déguster. She has also created a number of podcasts, including Dans le ventre (Sony Music), in which she portrays artists through the food they eat and À la recherche de Jeanne for Binge Audio, in which she retraces the steps of her great-great-grandmother, deported to Sobibor, thanks to a recipe book (SCAM documentary prize). She adapted and scripted the recipe book into a graphic novel, illustrated by Caroline Péron (Calmann Lévy). Zazie also gives workshops to teach young people how to create their own podcasts.


Tidiane Thiang - radio producer and director

Tidiane Thiang studied filmmaking at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français and media management at the Lille Higher School of Journalism. He has produced and directed documentaries and fiction in various African countries and in France as well as several radio series such as C’est la vie, Dianké, Au pays des Sao, and L’Afrique en conte, which are broadcasted on RFI (Radio France Internationale). He serves as a media consultant for several international NGOs, assisting them in the development of socially impactful audiovisual content. Additionally, he works as a fiction director at Radio France.


Norah Benarrosh Orsoni - radio documentary producer, writer, and Doctor of Social Anthropology

Norah Benarrosh Orsoni creates podcasts and independent documentaries for France Culture and other podcast studios. Her essays, poems, and pieces of fiction have been published in several journals, magazines, and books. Her creative projects integrate her interest in history, feminism, queerness, and identity. For a while now, as an extension of her literary training and research on LGBQI archives, her writing and radio projects have all shifted towards research on American queer culture.


Stéphane Michaka - writer

Stéphane Michaka was born in Paris in 1974. He graduated from Cambridge University with a first-class degree in English Literature and taught French in South Africa before embarking on a writing career. His radio plays include celebrated adaptations of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Moby-Dick, published as books and CDs by Radio France and Gallimard. He has written theater pieces, children’s books, and several novels among which the best-selling series include Cité 19 and the maritime mystery De larmes et d’écume (Of Tears and Foam, Pocket Jeunesse). His novel Scissors was published by Knopf Doubleday. For the Louvre Abu Dhabi, he has written The Pulse of Time, a story inspired by masterpieces of the museum’s collection and narrated by Saoud Al Kaabi, Irène Jacob, and Charles Dance.


Estelle Ndjandjo, radio and podcast journalist

Estelle Ndjandjo is a radio and podcast journalist, specialized in social issues. She started her career at RFI, before working for three years as a TV editor. She then flew to Dakar, where she had the opportunity to be a producer at Reuters and a journalist for Voice of America. She has produced sound productions in collaboration with French podcast studios like Binge Audio, Louie Media, Paradiso, RFI, and Radio France. She is based in Paris, but her work has led her to produce subjects in the Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Senegal, and Cameroon. Recently, she also conducted her first investigation for Mediapart, an independent French media outlet. Since March 2023, she has been the spokesperson of AJAR, the association of anti-racist and journalists of color, aiming to fight against racism in the media.



Villa Albertine /
Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States

Vincent Florant
Director of Film, TV & New Media

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Camille Jeanjean
New Media Officer (Podcast, Video Games, XR)


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Paul Vezinet
New Media Intern 

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Paradiso US

Emi Norris
Managing Director


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Molly O'Keefe
Head of Development



Claire Tighe
Project Manager


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VILLA ALBERTINE is a new French institution for arts and ideas in the United States, builds on the bold and innovative programs that have been the hallmark of the French cultural network abroad for more than a century. Created by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and supported by the French Ministry of Culture, Villa Albertine offers a novel artists’ residency model in which residents choose the location best suited to their work within the host country. In its inaugural year, Villa Albertine will host 80 residents for one- to three-month customized residencies in 10 cities.

Albertine Foundation

Albertine Foundation (formerly known as FACE Foundation) is an American nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting French-American relations through innovative cultural and educational projects. In partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and under Villa Albertine, Albertine Foundation promotes artistic, literary and educational exchange and collaboration between creative professionals from both countries. With additional corporate, foundation, and individual support, administers grant programs in the performing and visual arts, cinema, translation, and secondary and higher education, while providing financial sponsorship to French-American festivals and other cultural initiatives. Albertine Foundation focuses on new and recent work of living artists and the promotion of bilingualism and the French language



Spotify transformed music listening forever when it launched in 2008. Discover, manage and share over 70 million tracks, including more than 2.9 million podcast titles, for free, or upgrade to Spotify Premium to access exclusive features for music including improved sound quality and an on-demand, offline, and ad-free listening experience.
Today, Spotify is the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service with 365m users, including 165m subscribers, across 178 markets.

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Radio France

Radio France, France's leading radio group has started writing its story with podcasting since 2005: a company designed around and for audio in tune with the times and in tune with users. Radio France has been a pioneer in podcasting and is now the leading producer of podcasts in France. Its abundant catalogue of over 1.5 million podcasts, available free of charge on its mobile application, is both the digital continuity of its radio stations and a space of great freedom, creativity and innovation in sound. The development of podcasts thus constitutes an additional space for the emergence of new talents, which Radio France has been supporting for several years: artists, authors, musicians and actors who are participating in the renewal of the audio formats and sound writings that will shape the radio of tomorrow.


Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers (SACD)

The Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers (SACD) is the oldest authors’ society in the world. Founded by Beaumarchais in 1777, the society boasts a membership of more than 55,000 authors in the cinema, audiovisual and performing arts sectors. Dedicated to serving its authors, the SACD collects and distributes their royalties and authorizes performance rights of their works. It provides its members with social and tax assistance, keeps contracts models at their disposal, offers many spaces to work and to film... SACD also supports creation, education, and distribution of artists' work. SACD is present in national and international organizations, to protect authors and their works, to defend their status and promote fair compensation.

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Institut National de l'Audiovisuel (INA)

The Institut National de l'Audiovisuel - INA, a model unique in the world, is a media rich of 80 years of TV, radio and web Heritage. With more than a billion videos viewed every year, it archives, preserves, digitizes and gives access to all audiences one of the richest audiovisual libraries.  

INA produces and distributes original works, provides content to journalists, directors and experts, trains student and professional communities, develops an ambitious research and innovation activity. In a context of change, the Institute participates in the reinvention of the audiovisual and digital ecosystem by deploying expertise that makes it a distinctive medium, anchored in long time and memory, concerned to transmit knowledge and know-how of which it is the depositary.

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RFI (France Médias Monde)

RFI is a French news public radio station that broadcasts worldwide in French and in 15 other languages. RFI is part of France Médias Monde, which comprises the news channels France 24 (in French, English, Arabic, and Spanish) and the Arabic-language radio station Monte Carlo Doualiya (MCD). Every week, RFI, France 24, and MCD broadcast worldwide and attract 242 million viewers, listeners, and users on digital environments, offering comprehensive coverage of world events, with a focus on cultural diversity and contrasting viewpoints. Through their mission to reach listeners across all continents and as part of a global digital strategy, those outlets develop a multilingual podcast experience for the streaming of their programs and access to original audio formats.

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Institut français

The Institut français is responsible for France’s international cultural program. Supervised by both the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and by the Ministry of Culture, it promotes French culture abroad through cultural exchange initiatives. Operating in a space where the arts, intellectual exchange, cultural and social innovation, and linguistic partnerships interact and intersect, it is also responsible for promoting the French language and the sharing of works, artists, and ideas all over the world. The Institut français is one of Villa Albertine's main French partners.


Paradiso Media

Paradiso Media produces original fiction, documentary and kids’ podcasts in France and internationally. Our podcasts genres include drama, comedy, interview, society & culture, news, thriller, science-fiction and kids. We seek to connect cultures through conversation, challenge the norm and push the boundaries of audio storytelling by bringing diverse topics, perspectives and styles to a global audience.


Founded in 2019 by Lorenzo Benedetti, Louis Daboussy and Benoit Dunaigre, the studio has produced over 50 podcasts comprising of hundreds of hours of content and several million downloads. French titles include L’Affaire B52, Frootch, Brut., Défense de Filmer, Mes 14 Ans, Habana Business Club, A Propos de Mon Film, Cornebidouille and many others in partnership with Spotify, Audible, Stitcher, Deezer and Sybel. In 2021 Paradiso US' English-language debut series, Love Under Lockdown, was nominated for a Webby Award in the “Best Documentary Podcast” category. In 2022, Paradiso US saw a scripted comedy, Conference Call, released as part of Tribeca Film Festival's Audio Storytelling Program, and a documentary, Seventeen: Conversations with My Teenage Self, recognized as One of the Best Podcasts of the Year (So Far) by Spotify's For the Record Newsletter. Other English-language title releases include A Gay in the Life, In the Ring with Daisy King and The Baker Street Four, in partnership with Spotify, Paramount, Audible, among others. 


Ausha stands as a leading force in the realm of Innovative Podcast Marketing. Founded in France in 2018 and making its mark in the U.S. since 2022, Ausha provides an all-in-one platform that simplifies every facet of podcast marketing. From seamless hosting and distribution across major global directories to advanced promotional tools backed by AI, Ausha is the go-to platform for over 11,000 podcasters worldwide. Always at the cutting edge of technology, Ausha is committed to empowering podcasters to grow their audience. Beyond our tech expertise, Ausha is proud to be a “Great Place to Work” and is dedicated to various social and environmental causes.



Spotify WTC4

150 Greenwich St

62nd floor, New York, NY 10007

COVID-19 Info


All protocols are subject to change per CDC, New York State and New York City guidelines. 


All participants are required to be fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to attending the workshop. Fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose series or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine. 

Vaccines listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization, such as the AstraZeneca vaccine, as well as FDA- or WHO-approved mixed doses, also qualify. 


Boosters are strongly encouraged for those eligible.


Additionally, all participants must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test result within one day prior to departure. Either a rapid antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (such as a PCR test) will be accepted. 


Proof of vaccination should be carried at all times. We recommend installing the NYC Covid Safe app (available for Android and iPhone) and uploading photos of your vaccination records and most recent negative COVID test results.


All participants will take two rapid antigen tests during their stay (on Tuesday May 10th and Thursday May 12th), provided by the French Embassy. Participants will report their results privately to Camille Jeanjean.


If positive, participants are required to remain quarantined for at least 5 days and will be able to join the conference remotely. As of day 6, participants may exit quarantine provided they meet CDC guidance regarding symptoms and wear a well-fitting mask at all times around others and in public for the remainder of their stay in NYC.


Masks and proof of vaccination may be required at site visits, in hotel common spaces, and at coworking venues. Per NYC regulations, masks are required on all forms of public transportation and transit-related spaces, including the subway, bus, ferry, and train stations.


We strongly recommend that individuals continue wearing masks indoors when in private shared spaces to help protect themselves from the spread of COVID-19.

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