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 programming includes:

  • The blurring line between audiobooks and podcasts
    Hot Pod writer Ariel Shapiro sits down with experts in the audiobook industry to discuss the opportunities ahead as major audio platforms embrace longform stories and writing in a big way. Nir Zicherman, Spotify’s Global Head of Audiobooks, Dan Zitt, Senior Vice President of Content Production at Penguin Random House Audio, and Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and host of the Happier podcast, join Shapiro to share what the audiobook explosion looks like from across the industry.
  • The future of narrative podcasts
    1.5x Speed writer Nicholas Quah sits down with Rococo Punch co-founder John Perotti to discuss where narrative podcasts are headed as a business in 2023 and beyond. As Quah wrote in a recent column surveying hundreds of people in the podcast industry about their predictions for the year, “There was quite a bit of concern about the longer-term viability of the limited-run narrative series with several people arguing that the current ad-driven economics behind the format simply cannot hold.” So what might a sustainable business model look like — and is there one out there at all?
  • Decoder Live with iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group CEO Conal Byrne
    Decoder host and Verge Editor-in-Chief Nilay Patel will sit down with Conal Byrne, iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group CEO, for a live recorded interview to discuss iHeartMedia’s expansive podcast network, competing in the crowded digital ad market, and where the radio giant is headed next. Decoder is a weekly podcast from The Verge that asks executives, innovators, and policy makers how they make decisions and where their industries are headed.
Wythe Hotel
Feb 23
9:00 am
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