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Netflix Hired Their First Head of Podcasts

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

“I’m thrilled to join @netflix as the Head of Podcasts. 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!”, Eaton tweeted on July 8, 2021.

Eaton is joining Netflix as director of podcast programming, according to a spokesperson, Variety reported. 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 Netflix a year ago.

Netflix has produced podcasts that are promo companions for its original TV series and movies. Netflix 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 that is literally a joke (or comedy bit) each day.

Prior to Apple, Eaton worked at NPR for four years, most recently as senior manager of program acquisitions. At NPR, she sourced new talent, partnerships, and content including “Believed” (a Peabody Award winner), “White Lies,” (a Pulitzer Prize finalist), and “No Compromise,” an investigative podcast about gun rights activists (which won the 2021 Pulitzer for audio reporting.)

Netflix Acquires Rights to Mur Lafferty Novel

Shambling Guide Book CoverNetflix, the popular video on-demand service, has acquired the rights to a novel by veteran podcaster and Podcast Hall of Famer Mur Lafferty. It’s unclear at this time how Netflix will approach the production of Lafferty’s The Shambling Guide to New York City or whether it’ll be produced like a TV-series or a feature-film series. Guide to New York is the first in a series of The Shambling Guides. It was published in 2013 and the book’s listing on Amazon describes it as:

A travel writer takes a job with a shady publishing company in New York, only to find that she must write a guide to the city – for the undead!

Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in the tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can’t take off her resume — human.

Not to be put off by anything — especially not her blood drinking boss or death goddess coworker — Zoe delves deep into the monster world. But her job turns deadly when the careful balance between human and monsters starts to crumble — with Zoe right in the middle.

The Shambling Guide to New York City was followed up by a second guide in 2014 called Ghost Train To New Orleans. Again, it’s unclear as to what Netflix plans for the series, or whether or not Ghost Train was also covered in the rights acquisition.