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Netflix Names Former Apple And NPR Exec N’Jeri Eaton As Its First-Ever Head of Podcasts

Netflix has hired N’Jeri Eaton as its first-ever Head of Podcasts to help lead podcasting for the streaming giant’s marketing division. According to Bloomberg, Eaton — a former Apple Inc. and NPR executive — will support Netflix’s audio ambitions as its director of podcast programming as part of the company’s editorial and publishing team, which is headed by Michelle Lee and reports to marketing chief Bozoma Saint John. Eaton tweeted her excitement about her new appointment on Thursday (July 8) writing: “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!” She previously announced her departure from Apple on social media as well after joining the company last August. “Today is my last day on the @ApplePodcasts team,” she...

Njera Perkins

Jul 9, 2021

The Return of Jay-Z Deepfake Videos Raise Legal and Ethical Concerns in the Music Industry

Everyday people, as well as politicians and celebrities, have been victims of deepfake technology — including  the music business. Deepfake technology is often used to produce realistic audio and video using artificial intelligence along with other tools to make people appear to do and say things that they’ve never done. For example, according to NPR , the technology was able to take audio of rapper Jay-Z’s voice and place it on a hit song from the 1600s. “There are recognizable patterns in how we speak — the tone, the information, where we put the emphasis,” says UC Berkeley professor Hany Farid, according to NPR. “So there’s a way of capturing mathematically a person’s speech. And the machine-learning algorithms are simply learning that pattern of speech and then synthesizing.” Back in April, Jay-Z made it clear that he is not here for this particular AI technology filing copyright takedown notices against the deepfake videos, reports High Snobiety. Youtuber and developer who goes...

Shanique Yates

Dec 25, 2020

NPR Appoints Yolanda Sangweni as New Senior Director For Programming

National Public Radio (NPR) just leveled up their executive leadership. The company has announced that Yolanda Sangweni will assume the role of senior director for programming. “Yolanda will be a key member of the programming leadership team, helping drive our strategy to reach new audiences, including developing new programs and initiatives,” said Anya Grundmann, SVP of Programming and Audience Development in a company statement. “She will also be the executive sponsor for several of our existing shows, including Throughline and CodeSwitch, and act as programming’s senior liaison with the Marketing division.” According to NPR, Sangweni will join them from Luminary, where she was tapped for enhancing podcast discovery to users via different methods through her role as director of editorial and programming. She also spent nine years working for ESSENCE as an entertainment editor before ultimately becoming the digital content director where she led the company’s social strategy and...

Shanique Yates

Nov 24, 2020