Chao is currently Senior Vice President and General Manager of Audio and Digital Video, and Kurwa is Senior Vice President and Executive Producer of Audio.
Vox Media has announced the promotion of Ray Chao and Nishat Kurwa to SVP. As SVP and general manager of audio and digital video, Chao expands his scope to lead Vox Media’s audio and digital video business. As SVP and Executive Producer of Audio, Kurwa will continue to oversee programming and new show development for the Vox Media Podcast Network. Both promotions take effect immediately.
“Ray and Nishat have played a key role in growing the Vox Media Podcast Network into one of the largest podcast publishers,” said Marty Moe, president of Vox Media Studios. “We are thrilled to announce their new roles and look forward to working with them as we continue to produce unparalleled shows with the best voices in the industry.”
Chao joined Vox Media in 2021 as general manager of audio to lead the company’s podcast business. During his tenure thus far, he has helped establish his Vox Media Podcast Network as his home for top quality shows, hosts and creators. He led the acquisition of Criminal Productions (home). criminal, one of the world’s largest podcasts) and Cafe Studios (home of former Southern District of New York Attorney Preet Bharara), and Gastropods, Waveforms: MKBHD Podcast, Long Form, When pitch. Chao also expanded the existing Vox Media podcast franchise to video, subscription and terrestrial radio, and negotiated talent deals for shows hosted by Kara Swisher, Noel King, Sam Sanders and Ariel Helwani.he was recently nominated hollywood reporterHe was included in the first list of “Podcast Power Players” and on Forbes’ annual list of “30 People Under 30” and is also a member of the Board of Directors of Science Friday. Prior to joining Vox Media, he led corporate strategy at New York Public Radio and was a management consultant at Oliver Wyman.
Kurwa joined Vox Media in 2017 as the Vox Media Podcast Network’s first Executive Producer, overseeing programming strategy, production operations, and new show development. As the network’s executive her producer, she worked with the company’s editorial brand to develop a slate that includes critically acclaimed podcasts like daily newscasts. today, explain culture podcast Among them are He has led the development and production of shows for partners such as Apple, Spotify and Audible. She also launched and helped grow a franchise around award-winning podcasts, including technical and business shows. pivot, When land of giants, VMPN’s narrative series about five major tech giants, adapted for CNN+ and Vice TV series earlier this year.named to hollywood reporterFirst on the list of “Podcast Power Players,” she previously led the digital publishing team at American Public Media’s Marketplace and spent more than a decade as a senior producer and news director at Peabody Award-winning independent production company Youth Radio. I was.
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