Spotify cancels 11 original podcasts, lays off under 5% of podcast staff

Spotify cancels 11 original podcasts, lays off under 5% of podcast staff

Spotify is pulling 11 original podcasts from the platform, which will influence studios Parcast and Gimlet and include under 5% layoffs from Spotify’s podcast staff, a source acquainted with the matter affirmed. Spotify will likewise reassign a staff to other podcasts, we comprehend.

Reached for comment, Spotify said it doesn’t comment publicly on staffing changes.

Throughout the next couple of months, podcasts leaving the platform incorporate Gimlet’s “How to Save a Planet,” “Crime Show,” “Every Little Thing,” as well as Parcast’s “Medical Murders,” “Female Criminals,” “Crimes of Passion,” “Dictator,” “Mythology,” “Haunted Places” and “Urban Legends.”

In the second quarter of 2023, Spotify will likewise express farewell to “Horoscope Today.”

In an internal note, chief content officer of Spotify, Dawn Ostroff, and Julie McNamara, head of U.S. studios and video, composed that Nicole Beemsterboer will become Gimlet’s new managing director, the source acquainted with the matter shared. Liliana Kim has been welcomed on as the new managing director of Parcast.

This is the first time Spotify has made a group cancellation of podcasts. The move was probable made to assist with fortifying its slate of original and exclusive (O&E) podcasts, which incorporate hit shows “Batman Unburied,” “Call Her Daddy” and the recently released Kim Kardashian’s “The System: The Case of Kevin Keith.”

Like cancellations in the TV industry, Spotify appears to be weeding out the duds. This could account for the few upcoming O&E (original and exclusive) titles that the organization plans to declare in the weeks and months ahead, we hear.

Generally speaking, the music streaming stage has a sum of 500+ O&E digital recordings created across its four in-house studios, Spotify Studios, The Ringer, Parcast and Gimlet.

The cancellations didn’t affect Spotify Studios and The Ringer.

Last month, Spotify launched over 300,000 audiobooks, a new feature that puts the organization in direct competition with top audiobook providers Audible, Audiobooks, Google and Nook, among others.

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