Netflix hires former Apple exec N'Jeri Eaton to lead its podcasting business

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What you need to know

  • Apple has hired a former Apple exec to oversee its new podcasting business.
  • N'Jeri Eaton was previously in charge of Apple podcasts.

Netflix has hired former Apple podcasts lead N'Jeri Eaton for a new role at the video streamer. But this role isn't about video at all — Eaton will run Netflix's podcasting business instead.

According to a Bloomberg report, Eaton will become part of the Netflix editorial and publishing team, reporting to marketing chief Bozoma Saint John.

Eaton will manage Netflix's slate of podcasts, most of which are related to its original TV series and movies. Netflix has made companion podcasts to Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman," as well as TV shows "The Witcher" and "The Crown." The company also produces podcasts that are more broadly about pop culture or feature stars from its programs such as "Okay, Now Listen," hosted by Scottie Beam and Sylvia Obell.

The push into podcasting is something every company seems to be making right now but it was Apple that set the ball rolling with iTunes podcasts back in the iPod days. Now, companies like Netflix and Spotify are throwing huge sums of money at the industry as they try to get a foothold in owning the best podcast content around.

Apple also recently announced podcast subscriptions, allowing creators to monetize their shows in ways that weren't previously possible via the Podcasts app on iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

Looking for the perfect podcast listening experience? Check out this collection of AirPods deals and treat yourself to a sit down and a podcast of your choice. You've earned it!

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.