Vox has hired Nishat Kurwa to be its first executive producer of audio. She will be responsible for developing podcasts for the company’s portfolio of brands, both current and future. This includes all eight of Vox’s properties, which include Eater, Vox, SB Nation, Polygon and The Verge.
Nicholas Quah from Hot Pod reports that Nishat Kurwa will move from Los Angeles to New York for this job, and that she will be reporting to Vox Media president Marty Moe. He also points out some of the complexities with Vox’s podcasts, stating that they are spread out over several brands and according to considerably different configurations.
The production for Vox.com’s podcasts, for example, is being handled by Panoply, with those shows hosted on its Megaphone platform as a result. Meanwhile, Recode’s podcast are supported by DGital Media with Art19 hosting, and that site still appears to be hunting for a dedicated executive producer of audio. The Verge, Polygon, Eater, Curbed, and SB Nation – though not Racked, alas – all have various podcast products of their own, but they all appear to be produced, marketed, and distributed individually according to their own specific brand infrastructures.
Nishat Kurwa is a 15-year vet of the radio industry. She served most recently as senior digital producer of Marketplace at American Public Media. She also has had roles at KCBS FM in San Francisco, and was the news director and senior producer at Youth Radio.