With mobile allowing audiences to consume content on demand anywhere, anytime, audio storytelling is more popular than ever. The folks at the forefront of this revolution reveal how audio is transforming the publishing industry and creating new career opportunities. RSVP
MOLLY BARTON, CO-FOUNDER, SERIAL BOX
Molly Barton is the CEO and co-founder of Serial Box, called “the HBO of reading” by NPR. She is also the Executive Producer of The Genius Dialogues podcast with MacArthur Fellows hosted by Bob Garfield (On the Media).
Previously the Global Digital Director at Penguin, she reported to the worldwide CEO and led the ebook and audio business, digital product innovation and content strategy including partnerships with NBC and Starz Television. She served on the board of Pearson’s start-up investments in New York, London and Melbourne. Awarded Innovation Funding from Pearson, Barton founded Book Country, the collaboration and self-publishing platform for genre fiction writers. She earned her B.A. from Wesleyan University, where she recently served as a faculty member in the Writing Program. @MolBarton
DAVID BLUM, EDITOR, AUDIBLE ORIGINAL PUBLISHING
David works for Audible as the editor in chief of Audible Originals. In 2011, David created the Kindle Singles program at Amazon, and served as its editor until 2016.
He began his career as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and has been the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice, the New York Press and 02138 Magazine. He was previously a writer and editor at The New York Times Magazine, and a contributing editor at New York Magazine and Esquire. He has written two books: "Flash in the Pan: The Life and Death of an American Restaurant" (named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), and "Tick...Tick...Tick...: The Long Life & Turbulent Times of 60 Minutes." He received his B.A. degree in English literature at the University of Chicago.
SAMANTHA HENIG, EDITORIAL DIRECTOR, AUDIO, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Samantha Henig is the editorial director for audio at The New York Times. She oversees audio strategy spanning product, technology, design, business development and marketing. She also co-manages content and programming with Lisa Tobin, the executive producer for audio. Samantha previously worked at the Times as the deputy for features and the digital editor of the Sunday magazine. Before that she worked at The New Yorker, Newsweek, and Slate.
MODERATOR: JON FINE, SVP & PUBLISHER, OPEN ROAD MEDIA
Jon P. Fine has spent most of his career helping storytellers, media companies, and the creative community navigate the changing media landscape. He recently joined trailblazing digital media company Open Road as SVP & Publisher.
Previously, Jon spent almost 10 years at at Amazon, where he served as Director of Author & Publishing Relations, headed up business development for subsidiary Brilliance Audio, and led the the company’s copyright and media law practice worldwide. Prior to Amazon, he held senior legal roles at Random House, Inc., directing legal affairs for Alfred A. Knopf; and as Senior Counsel at NBC, handling content and associated issues for NBC News, Saturday Night Live, and other programming. Jon is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Virginia School of Law.