Netflix Hires N’Jeri Eaton as First Head of Podcasts

N’Jeri Eaton

Netflix hired N’Jeri Eaton, previously head of content for Apple Podcasts, to lead podcasting for the streaming giant’s marketing division.

Eaton is joining Netflix as director of podcast programming, according to a spokesperson. She will be part of the company’s editorial and publishing team, which will be headed by Michelle Lee, former editor in chief of Allure who is joining the company this month. Lee reports to Netflix CMO Bozoma Saint John, the marketing veteran whose past stints include Apple Music, Endeavor and Uber hired by the company a year ago.

“I’m thrilled to join @netflix as the Head of Podcasts,” Eaton tweeted Thursday. “16 years ago, I watched three DVDs from Netflix a day while working the late night lab shift at a university. My obsession for storytelling has taken me all kinds of places but this is truly a dream!”

Netflix has produced several podcasts, which — like Apple’s own original podcasts — largely have been promo companions for its original TV series and movies. Netflix has produced podcasts for Martin Scorsese’s film “The Irishman,” TV shows including “The Crown,” “The Witcher,” “Shadow and Bone” and “Stranger Things,” as well as “Netflix Is a Daily Joke,” a short-form podcast series that is literally a joke (or comedy bit) each day.

Eaton announced her departure from Apple in a July 2 tweet. She had joined the company in August 2020. I’ve spent the last year working with incredible colleagues. I had a front row seat to the launch of Apple Podcasts Subscriptions which allows creators of all sizes to monetize their content,” she wrote. Eaton also called out the launch of the Apple Podcasts Spotlight program, which highlights emerging podcast creators (she called out “Celebrity Book Club,” “Pantsuit Politics,” “Spinsters,” “This Is Uncomfortable” and “Teenager Therapy” podcasts).

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SOURCE: Variety, Todd Spangler

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