Jim Berk Takes the Helm at PodcastOne
has added a new veteran media exec to its
team headed by Executive Chairman and founder Norm Pattiz. Jim Berk has been
named CEO and board member of the advertiser-supported podcast network, which
is pushing to expand through “acquisitions, investments and content
development,” including an investment from Hubbard Broadcasting
according to the release.
“We have created an unmatched footprint in the podcast space
and now are building a more robust executive team to allow PodcastOne to take
full advantage of our organic growth and strategic opportunities,” said Pattiz.
“Jim has done tremendous work in transitioning companies to their next stage of
growth, and with him joining the PodcastOne leadership team, our possibilities
Most recently, Berk served as the CEO of global
entertainment company Participant Media, notable for its involvement with
marquee films inclduing “The Kite Runner,” “The Help,” “Food Inc.,” “Lincoln,”
“Beasts of No Nation,” “Spotlight” and numerous other big name pictures. During
his nine-year tenure, the company also launched digital hub TakePart, the Pivot
cable network and Participant PanAmerica.
His resume also includes stints as chairman and CEO of Gryphon Colleges Corp.;
president/ CEO/ board director for Fairfield Communities, Inc.; president/CEO
of Hard Rock Cafe International, Inc.; founding executive director of the
National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Foundation (the Grammy
Foundation); and principal of the Hamilton High Schools Complex.
Already based in Los Angeles, where PodcastOne is
headquartered, Berk currently serves as chair of the executive board of the
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and is on the board of the USC
Rossier School of Education and the executive committee of the Executive Branch
of the The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Berk is a voting
member of the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Academy of Television
Arts and Sciences and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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