Partnered with emerging and established authors and voice actors
Released over 1,300 audiobooks that have results in 50+ best sellers
Audie Award for best science fiction audiobook
16 Audie Award and 13 Voice Arts Awards wins and nominations
In repertory with beloved and in-demand audiobook performers in key genres
Podium Audio is an audio-first entertainment studio and independent audiobook publisher that finances, develops, produces and distributes immersive audio content.
Podium gained international notice for turning unknown author Andy Weir’s e-book The Martian into the most successful science fiction audiobook in the world. The first fiction audiobook Podium Audio published, The Martian created a strong foundation for the business, going on to become a top box office, award-winning film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Matt Damon. Podium Audio remains at the forefront of discovering new literary and voice talent, focused on supporting, nurturing and discovering independent authors and narrators from the U.S. and around the world.
Data-driven, Podium stays on the bleeding edge of what’s trending in the audio world. It is an industry leader in the audiobook genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy and a pioneer in bringing the popular sub-genres of Gamelit, LitRPG, Wuxia and Xianxia to the fore. Additionally, Podium publishes mystery/thriller, young adult, romance and non-fiction genres.
We are thrilled to be partnered with some of the top creators in modern audio storytelling.
Independent audiobook publishing is core to the DNA of our company: while we do consider submissions from literary agents and managers, we’re proud that the vast majority of our title acquisitions are independently published by extraordinarily talented authors through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform.
Therefore, if you are new to us and would like to have your work or manuscript considered for publication by Podium, we recommend that you first publish your book on Kindle, then submit it to us through the author form below.
Similarly, while we do work with select talent agents and managers, we also enthusiastically partner with performers directly. We’re always looking for new, professional audiobook performers: if you’d like to submit a link to your website or sample page, please do so through the narrator form below.
Nazila keeps the CEO and the rest of the Podium Audio team organized with the internal processes and procedures to help achieve our business goals and objectives of the day. She is dedicated, highly-motivated, and a results-driven professional. Prior to joining Podium, she worked as the Executive Assistant to the CEO at Motor Trend, and also worked as a Human Resources Administrator and Executive Assistant to the CFO and Sr. VP at Cetera Financial Group.
Before joining the Podium team, Kyle was the Social Media & Community Manager for Gunpowder & Sky's sci-fi brand DUST where he was on the forefront of crafting innovative strategies to grow an audience of a few thousand into a multi-million member community across a wide array of platforms.
Prior to joining Podium in 2020, Alyssa worked for Bike City Theatre Company as a stage/production manager, director, playwright, and casting assistant. In the audio world, Alyssa has developed several original radio dramas, and is now thrilled to jump into audiobooks, the perfect combination of bibliophilia and drama.
Stephanie Cicatiello is an award-winning audio engineer and audiobook producer with a decade’s experience creating dynamic audiobook productions for high-profile authors. After focusing on end-to-end audiobook production at Common Mode, Inc and Hachette Book Group, Stephanie is excited to be Podium’s Casting Director. She’s passionate about achieving the perfect narration to capture each author’s creative vision and voice. When not casting, Stephanie can be found ballroom dancing or volunteering with New York Cares.
Jessica Cordner joined the Podium team in 2014 when the company was still in its infancy. Starting off in a multi-capacity role, Jessica soon became Podium's first point of contact for all things finance.
Julie Constantine joined the Podium author relations team after 5 years in visual arts publishing. Most recently as Sales Manager for Phaidon Press she oversaw key trade and wholesale accounts in NYC and the northeast. Prior to that she managed PR and marketing strategies for TASCHEN America. She still can't quite believe she now works for a company where her love of sci-fi and fantasy is considered a valuable skill.
Emily Derr has been at the heart of Podium since its inception, cutting her teeth in the indie audiobook publishing world as a proofer, production coordinator, and producer. She's produced several nominated and award-winning audiobooks at Podium and has helped grow the company from it's small-but-mighty start into the thriving member of the audio community it is today.
At his core, Scott is an operator with a successful track record of building organizations from the ground up. Over the past 25 years, he has become an industry leading CEO with four consecutive successful exits across media, consumer products, event entertainment and sports operating in both in the private equity and public sectors. The four exits delivered aggregate enterprise value of over $700mm. In 2019, Scott partnered with Presidio Investors to take the helm as the CEO of Podium Audio. Prior to Podium, Scott was the CEO of The Enthusiast Network (TEN), now Motor Trend Group which he reorganized and ultimately sold to Discovery Communications. Scott has also been the President & CEO of the Competitor Group, Transworld Media and K2 Licensing. Earlier in his career he held executive positions at the NBA and the Walt Disney Company.
Cassondra is an integral part of Podium's stellar production team. She works behind the scenes (where the magic happens) to bring excellent titles to life and straight into your speakers. She has a background working with some of the best indie-publishers and authors across the globe. Reach out to her for the hottest audio romance recommendations or newest developments in the podcasting world.
As a Production Associate, Marina works closely with our amazing producers to ensure every Podium title released is ready to reach the stars. She has previously worked at Rakuten Kobo as an integral part of its indie platform KWL, and in Publicity at Penguin Canada. Marina is also a co-founder of BIPOC of Publishing Canada, a non-profit collective, and freelances in translation and sensitivity reading. Marina devours romance and mystery books, and has a soft spot for a good HGTV renovation show.
Victoria Gerken has welcomed independent authors into the Podium family since since 2016. She previously worked with authors in traditional publishing roles - at Random House and Alfred A. Knopf - where she was a publicist and sold subsidiary rights. She got her first taste of entrepreneurship in publishing as the founder of the Random House Speakers Bureau.
Hannah has been in audiobook production for almost a decade. Prior to her work on the production team at Podium, she was a free-lance executive assistant and content creator for small businesses, she worked in the real estate industry for many years, and also has an extensive background in the arts.
Mike joins the Podium team with 20 years of experience in the audio industry and eight years specializing in audiobooks. He has mastered, recorded, and edited hundreds of titles, including many award winners and nominees. He’s dedicated to making sure your audiobook sounds amazing.
Visionary co-founder, publisher, producer, and former CEO of Podium Publishing, specializing in peer-to-peer market strategy and monetization of independent ideation.
As Marketing Associate, Jason manages the Podium socials and community, designing assets, writing copy, and building out the Podium site. Before joining Podium, Jason worked as a content marketer at a YC S19 tech start up, running email nurtures, hosting webinars, and writing top of funnel, sales-enablement case studies.
Tamara Marston's three-decade career as a Stage, Music, and Choral Director and performer led her to the audiobook industry as a narrator in 2008. While working with Bee Audio from 2009-2013, she was additionally responsible for Engineering and Narrator Training at their studios, and served as the Casting Director from 2010-2013. Tamara joined the Podium Audio team in 2016.
Troy joined the Podium team officially in June 2019, but has been working in the industry for 10+ years. Between his time spent working for Brilliance Publishing, Featured Audio, and Podium Audio, he has produced hundreds of titles.
Jon is an experienced finance professional and business executive. Prior to joining Podium, he was Managing CFO and market leader for Signature Analytics, a finance and accounting consulting firm located in Southern California. Jon started his career at Arthur Andersen in San Diego; he is a licensed CPA and holds a master's degree from San Diego State University.
“Alex” Rito is a graphic designer with over 20 years of experience in design and as a creative director. Recently, he has specialized as a book cover designer and works with authors from all over the world to create the perfect packaging for their creative work. Alex’s work at Podium is a distillation of these years of design projects and his audiobook covers trigger the listener’s imagination and entice them to click “play.”
Kate has been in the author relations business for sixteen years. Prior to joining Podium she served as the Director of Publicity for Vintage/Anchor Books at Penguin Random House, where she worked with hundreds of bestselling and award-winning authors on their communications strategies, book media campaigns, branding, and specialized, large-scale initiatives for top-level, high profile thought leaders.
Jesse Sarkis brings experience in supporting publishers from the retailer side to Podium from Rakuten Kobo where he supported the launch of their audiobook service working as a Business Operations Analyst, Audiobooks and a Content Display Quality & Production Coordinator. Jesse holds a BFA in Photography Studies and has worked for institutions in Toronto including the Archive of Modern Conflict and the Ryerson Image Centre. He loves to read literary non-fiction.
"Maggie" Silver is an award-winning digital entertainment executive. Prior to joining Podium, she served as the Co-Head of Marketing & Insights for the AT&T-backed global entertainment studio Gunpowder & Sky where she led the marketing and insights team, as well as launched the company's venture into the audio space by producing DUST, an award-winning, narrative sci-fi podcast. Other companies include AwesomenessTV, Studio71 and MyTable.
Gina White started her career in audiobook publishing in 2016 at Tantor Media, a division of Recorded Books as a production assistant and later as casting associate. She has cast several nominated audiobooks throughout the years and has fostered lasting relationships with professional narrators. Her passion for books and publishing are palpable through her previous ventures as well, facilitating events for many well-known authors through an independent bookstore and maintaining a book review blog for her university newspaper.
Ryan is a multidisciplinary designer and creative director that creates eye-catching graphics, video content, and strategic branding for the entertainment industry. Before joining Podium, Ryan worked as Creative Lead at Gunpowder & Sky in leading a team of editors, motion graphic artists, and visual effects designers that created trailers and branding for a range of high-profile clients.
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