Hot Pod Summit

On Air Fest 2023 kicks off with Hot Pod Summit, the flagship gathering of key podcast industry decision makers. The event brings together creatives and decision makers from across the audio industry for a day of collaborative talks, insights and discussions of the latest opportunities and challenges facing our industry. Hosted by Hot Pod's Lead Reporter Ariel Shapiro.

Produced in partnership with work x work, this is a separately ticketed event and by invitation only. Your ticket includes exclusive programming and a fully-catered networking lunch served at Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn.

Hot Pod Summit 2023 Schedule:

9:00 AM
Doors open

10:00-10:15 AM
Opening Remarks

10:15-10:45 AM
The blurring line between audiobooks and podcasts

  • Nir Zicherman, Head of Audiobooks atSpotify 
  • Gretchen Rubin, Author and Podcaster 
  • Dan Zitt, Senior Vice President of Content Production at Penguin Random House Audio

11:00-11:30 AM
YouTube and the future of video podcasts

  • Kai Chuk, Head of YouTube Podcasting
  • Steve McLendon, Podcasting Product Lead at Google

11:30-12:00 PM
What’s next for narrative podcasts?

  • Nick Quah, Podcast Critic at Vulture
  • John Perotti, Co-founder and CCO at Rococo Punch
  • Kate Osborn, EVP of Development at Kaleidoscope

12:00-1:45 PM

1:45-2:20 PM
Hot Pod Summit Breakout Rooms: 

  • State of the podcasting job market
  • Do we really need to make video podcasts now?
  • Navigating and innovating in a turbulent ad market

2:30-3:00 PM
Hot Pod Summit Breakout Rooms:

  • What does a profitable podcast look like?
  • Leading a show: what it takes to succeed in a dynamic role
  • How can podcasts scale culturally?

3:30-4:30 PM
Decoder Live

  • Nilay Patel, Editor-in-chief at The Verge & Host, Decoder
  • Conal Byrne, CEO of iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group

4:30-5:30 PM
Happy Hour presented by Subtext 

Wythe Hotel
Feb 23
9:00 am
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Apply for an invitation to the Hot Pod Summit:

Please submit this form by Tuesday January 24 to be entered into the ticket lottery.

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