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Former ViacomCBS programming head in at Spotify

Julie McNamara, former EVP and head of programming at ViacomCBS-owned streamer Paramount+, has resurfaced at music and podcast streaming giant Spotify, where she has been appointed as head of US studios and video. Reporting to Dawn Ostroff, Spotify’s chief content and advetitsing business officer, McNamara will take lead on the creative vision for US studios […]

Twitch hires Spotify’s Kaur to spearhead APAC expansion

Amazon-owned game streamer Twitch has hired former Spotify exec Sunita Kaur as its first APAC region managing director.  Twitch, which is the de facto game streaming leader in the West, is not as dominant in APAC, with Huya and Douyu posing greater competition. As such, Kaur has been brought on board to spearhead its efforts […]

Netflix makes first foray into scripted podcasts

Netflix has announced its latest creative move: scripted fictional podcasts. The first to be announced is The Only Podcast Left, which serves as a fictional companion piece to new teen zombie comedy show Daybreak. Taking place in the same universe as the show, the podcast will be about a group of apocalypse-dwelling teens who make a […]

Spotify launches on Apple TV

Spotify has launched its long-awaited Apple TV app.  This is the first time that the company has launched an app for Apple’s set-top box and largely resembles different versions of the platform as offered on other TV devices such as Roku and PlayStation 4. As per those versions, users are able to access the full […]

Amazon reportedly looking to launch free music service

Amazon is in talks to launch a free music streaming service that will see it go head-to-head with Spotify, according to a report by Billboard. According to the report, citing unnamed sources, Amazon is in discussion with music labels to obtain licences for a service that would be made available through its voice-activated Echo speakers […]

Spotify outlines ‘audio-first’ strategy, buys Gimlet and Anchor

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has said that the future of the streaming service is audio, not just music, as the company announced the acquisition of two podcasting companies, Gimlet Media and Anchor. Outlining his overall vision for the company, Ek said that he wants to bring radio listening to Spotify and deepen engagement with users. […]

Vodafone Deutschland integrates Spotify for mobile subs

Cable and mobile service provider Vodafone Deutschland has struck a partnership with music streaming outfit Spotify to enable its mobile subscribers to add Spotify’s premium service to their mobile packages for €9.99. Vodafone customers can sign up for Spotify via the MeinVodafone app and pay via their mobile bill or from pre-paid credit. The service […]

Spotify hires Condé Nast exec to build content business

Spotify has hired Condé Nast Entertainment’s (CNE) acting president Sahar Elhabashi as VP of content business, where she will join former boss Dawn Ostroff to build the platform’s content business. Elhabasi joins Ostroff who linked with Spotify as chief content officer in June and formerly acted as CNE president. The duo helped to develop Conde Nast […]

Spotify appoints Condé Nast exec as chief content officer

Spotify has appointed Condé Nast’s president of entertainment, Dawn Ostroff, as its chief content officer, overseeing partnerships across music, audio and video. Ostfoff, who has a strong background in television, replaces Stefan Blom, who was the music streaming service’s New York-based chief strategy and content officer until earlier this year. Ostroff helped to found Condé […]

Sky Q upgrades to include Spotify, HDR and more personalisation

Sky has pledged to roll out new features for its advanced Sky Q platform, including Spotify integration in the UK and Ireland from this spring. Sky said that starting next month it will progressively introduce new product features for Sky Q such as greater personalisation based on a household’s viewing habits, with voice functionality to […]

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