In a little over three years, Wondery has established itself as the largest independent podcast publisher, boasting hit shows such as “Dirty John,” “Dr. Death” and “Business Wars.” Tune in to hear the company’s Founder and CEO, Hernan Lopez, in conversation with Kindred Media President Chris Peterson, as Hernan details his journey from running Fox International Channels to discovering the stories and talent propelling Wondery forward.Find and rate us on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. For more content, follow KindredCast on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You can hear our radio show every Saturday and Sunday at 2PM on SiriusXM Insight, channel 121.Please read before listening: http://www.liontree.com/podcast-notices.html
When Hernan Lopez left his post as president and CEO of Fox International Channels in 2016 to launch a podcast company people asked him a straightforward question: Are you nuts? But he saw parallels between the nascent medium of podcasting and the cable industry of the early 2000s. The company he started is called Wondery, and today it produces premium podcast fare like Dirty John and Business Wars. Wondery’s newest show is called Dr. Death. It was released just this Tuesday and is already topping the iTunes charts. Lopez joins me today as the podcast upfronts get underway in New York to break down the landscape as he sees it.
HERNAN LOPEZ is the CEO of the fastest rising podcast company in the world—Wondery. Lopez is a native of Argentina and held positions at different companies there (including Canal 9 and Cablevision/Radio America) before starting his 18 year run at FOX, where he rose through its international TV ranks, including 5 as CEO and 3 as COO. Under his guidance, FOX International Channels launched hundreds of channels, expanded into premium sports/original production in multiple languages, pioneered the global day-and-date launch of TV shows with “The Walking Dead,” and increased revenue at the company to $ 3 billion dollarsHe left Fox to create Wondery, a company designed to become a network that offers an umbrella brand, technological and administrative support, a desirable demographic profile, and the opportunity to bring extraordinary podcasts to television for its podcast partners.
Hernan is the founder and CEO of Wondery, a network of storytellers. Wondery's podcasts include Sword & Scale, Hollywood & Crime, We Study Billionaires, Fall Of Rome and their latest hit I Hate My Boss. Before that, Hernan was CEO of Fox International Channels, a $3 billion organization. But how did he get there after moving to the US at 27 speaking broken English?
Hernan Lopez, CEO of Wondery, came to Podcasts and Pizza to talk about his first year in business, what podcasting can learn from TV and why true crime will never go away. Super interesting conversation! Special thanks to American Public Media for sponsoring the event. And to Stephen Colon audiolinkla.com for recording the talk. Enjoy! And don't forget to sign up at tinyletter.com/podcastsandpizza to learn about future events.