Overview

Sounds Like Opportunity: The New World of Audio

Are we heading into a golden age of audio? Audiobooks for kids and adults are experiencing double-digit year-over-year increases, the podcast marketplace boasts explosive growth across all categories, families are inviting a new generation of voice-activated smart speakers into their homes. Opportunities abound! And along with opportunity comes a host of concerns: privacy issues, discoverability challenges, limited analytics, and more.

Continuing with the Global Kids Connect theme of transforming challenge into opportunity, this deep dive into the audio ecosystem for kids, teens, and the adults in their lives will feature a diverse mix of audiobook publishers, podcasters, platforms, distributors, and brands discussing the evolution of audio, best practices, emerging trends, as well as learnings from early voice-driven experiments with Alexa skills and Google Assistant experiences.



Thursday, January 25th
8 - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental breakfast
8:30 - 11 a.m. Panel Discussion and Q&A
Random House Café Auditorium
1745 Broadway, Floor 2 (at 55th Street)
New York City
Speakers

Moderator: Tavia Gilbert

2017 Best Female Narrator Audie Award, She is a nine-time Audie nominee, three-time nominee and one-time winner of Voice Arts Awards, and the recipient of 17 Earphones Awards, a ListenUp Award, and three Parents' Choice Awards.

Panelists:

  • Amanda D’Acierno, Executive Vice President, Publisher, Random House Audio Group
  • Cecilia de la Campa, Executive Director, Global Licensing and Domestic Partnerships, Writers House
  • Mary Ann Naples , Vice President and Publisher of the Disney Book Group
  • Andy Bowers, Chief Content Officer, Panoply Media
  • Heather Alexander, Executive Editor, Kids' Original Content, Audible
Cecilia de la Campa
Writers House
Cecilia de la Campa
Executive Director
Writers House

Cecilia de la Campa is the Executive Director, Global Licensing and Domestic Partnerships at Writers House, a leading full-service literary agency in New York with hundreds of bestselling and award-winning clients. She focuses on children’s and young-adult books for global licensing and oversees the full list for domestic rights channels including audio, theater, film & television, and educational reprinting. Cecilia regularly attends the major international book fairs, and has taken part in various conferences including the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC), the historic US Publishing Mission to Cuba in 2016 lead by Publishers Weekly, and Global Kids Connect. A graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts, Cecilia worked for several years at Simon & Schuster before joining Writers House in 2009.

Amanda D'Acierno
Penguin Random House Audio
Amanda D'Acierno
Executive Vice President and Publisher
Penguin Random House Audio

Amanda D'Acierno, Executive Vice President and Publisher, Penguin Random House Audio, oversees both adult and children’s audio publishing via the Random House Audio, Penguin Audio, BOT and Listening Library imprints, which together publish nearly 1,000 titles a year. D’Acierno is a longtime advocate for audiobooks, leading innovative efforts to spread the word about audio through regional and national awareness campaigns. Her audio career has spanned the Harry Potter series, audiobooks from three Presidents, and bestsellers by John Grisham, George R.R. Martin, Rick Riordan and Philip Pullman.

Mary Ann Naples
Disney Book Group
Mary Ann Naples
Vice President and Publisher
Disney Book Group

Mary Ann Naples is the Vice President and Publisher of the Disney Book Group, part of Publishing & Digital Media at The Walt Disney Company. She was previously SVP, Publisher for Rodale Books and Rodale Wellness, and throughout her career has held various leadership positions including chief of business development for Zola Books; vice president of Talent and Business Development at OpenSky, and co-founder of The Creative Culture, Inc., a boutique literary agency. She has also held various editorial positions at Simon & Schuster, Hyperion and Doubleday. Naples holds a BA from Cornell and an MA from University of Virginia. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Tavia Gilbert
Tavia Gilbert
Moderator

Winner of the 2017 Best Female Narrator Audie Award, Tavia Gilbert is a producer, a writer, and the acclaimed narrator of more than 500 full-cast and multi-voice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry. She is a nine-time Audie nominee, three-time nominee and one-time winner of Voice Arts Awards, and the recipient of seventeen Earphones Awards and a ListenUp Award. She is a trusted and sought-after actress for work across every genre, from children’s and YA, to literary fiction, non-fiction, and genre fiction. Audible named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir, and Library Journal has written of this highly-acclaimed actress that she is "as close as you can get to a full cast narration with a solo voice." Tavia earned a BFA in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts, studied audio documentary storytelling at the Salt Institute, and holds an MFA in Creative Non-fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a fine-art photographer and the co-founder of Animal Mineral Press, which publishes fiction and non-fiction that intends to manifest social justice, and is a popular guest lecturer on writing and performance at the college level.

Heather Alexander
Audible
Heather Alexander
Audible
For over ten years, Heather has worked with authors and artists in children’s book publishing to shape their stories into the best books they can be. She was most recently an agent with Pippin Properties, representing authors and artists for their picture book, middle grade, young adult, and graphic novel projects. Before that, she was in editorial at Dial Books for Young Readers at Penguin Random House where she worked with award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors and illustrators. She recently joined Audible Originals, where she is thrilled to be developing original audio content for kids. She lives in New York City.
Andy Bowers
Panoply Media
Andy Bowers
Chief Content Officer and Co-Founder
Panoply Media

Andy Bowers is the Chief Content Officer and Co-Founder of Panoply Media, and the creator in 2005 of Slate’s podcasting network, one of the first professional networks in the medium. He has overseen the creation and production of dozens of original podcasts, including Revisionist History with Malcolm Gladwell and The Message, one of podcasting’s first original dramas.

As
an NPR correspondent from 1991-2003, Bowers reported on state, national and global affairs. He served as NPR’s London Bureau Chief and Moscow Bureau Chief, a White House correspondent, and a California-based national correspondent. He’s covered numerous presidential
campaigns, the wars in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Chechnya, and issues affecting California and the West. In 2003 he began producing the audio programs for Slate in conjunction with NPR. Bowers is a graduate of Yale University, and lives in New York.

Cecilia de la Campa
Executive Director
Writers House
Cecilia de la Campa
Executive Director
Writers House

Cecilia de la Campa is the Executive Director, Global Licensing and Domestic Partnerships at Writers House, a leading full-service literary agency in New York with hundreds of bestselling and award-winning clients. She focuses on children’s and young-adult books for global licensing and oversees the full list for domestic rights channels including audio, theater, film & television, and educational reprinting. Cecilia regularly attends the major international book fairs, and has taken part in various conferences including the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC), the historic US Publishing Mission to Cuba in 2016 lead by Publishers Weekly, and Global Kids Connect. A graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts, Cecilia worked for several years at Simon & Schuster before joining Writers House in 2009.

Amanda D'Acierno
Executive Vice President and Publisher
Penguin Random House Audio
Amanda D'Acierno
Executive Vice President and Publisher
Penguin Random House Audio

Amanda D'Acierno, Executive Vice President and Publisher, Penguin Random House Audio, oversees both adult and children’s audio publishing via the Random House Audio, Penguin Audio, BOT and Listening Library imprints, which together publish nearly 1,000 titles a year. D’Acierno is a longtime advocate for audiobooks, leading innovative efforts to spread the word about audio through regional and national awareness campaigns. Her audio career has spanned the Harry Potter series, audiobooks from three Presidents, and bestsellers by John Grisham, George R.R. Martin, Rick Riordan and Philip Pullman.

Mary Ann Naples
Vice President and Publisher
Disney Book Group
Mary Ann Naples
Vice President and Publisher
Disney Book Group

Mary Ann Naples is the Vice President and Publisher of the Disney Book Group, part of Publishing & Digital Media at The Walt Disney Company. She was previously SVP, Publisher for Rodale Books and Rodale Wellness, and throughout her career has held various leadership positions including chief of business development for Zola Books; vice president of Talent and Business Development at OpenSky, and co-founder of The Creative Culture, Inc., a boutique literary agency. She has also held various editorial positions at Simon & Schuster, Hyperion and Doubleday. Naples holds a BA from Cornell and an MA from University of Virginia. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Tavia Gilbert
Moderator
Tavia Gilbert
Moderator

Winner of the 2017 Best Female Narrator Audie Award, Tavia Gilbert is a producer, a writer, and the acclaimed narrator of more than 500 full-cast and multi-voice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry. She is a nine-time Audie nominee, three-time nominee and one-time winner of Voice Arts Awards, and the recipient of seventeen Earphones Awards and a ListenUp Award. She is a trusted and sought-after actress for work across every genre, from children’s and YA, to literary fiction, non-fiction, and genre fiction. Audible named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir, and Library Journal has written of this highly-acclaimed actress that she is "as close as you can get to a full cast narration with a solo voice." Tavia earned a BFA in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts, studied audio documentary storytelling at the Salt Institute, and holds an MFA in Creative Non-fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a fine-art photographer and the co-founder of Animal Mineral Press, which publishes fiction and non-fiction that intends to manifest social justice, and is a popular guest lecturer on writing and performance at the college level.

Heather Alexander
Audible
Heather Alexander
Audible
For over ten years, Heather has worked with authors and artists in children’s book publishing to shape their stories into the best books they can be. She was most recently an agent with Pippin Properties, representing authors and artists for their picture book, middle grade, young adult, and graphic novel projects. Before that, she was in editorial at Dial Books for Young Readers at Penguin Random House where she worked with award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors and illustrators. She recently joined Audible Originals, where she is thrilled to be developing original audio content for kids. She lives in New York City.
Andy Bowers
Chief Content Officer and Co-Founder
Panoply Media
Andy Bowers
Chief Content Officer and Co-Founder
Panoply Media

Andy Bowers is the Chief Content Officer and Co-Founder of Panoply Media, and the creator in 2005 of Slate’s podcasting network, one of the first professional networks in the medium. He has overseen the creation and production of dozens of original podcasts, including Revisionist History with Malcolm Gladwell and The Message, one of podcasting’s first original dramas.

As
an NPR correspondent from 1991-2003, Bowers reported on state, national and global affairs. He served as NPR’s London Bureau Chief and Moscow Bureau Chief, a White House correspondent, and a California-based national correspondent. He’s covered numerous presidential
campaigns, the wars in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Chechnya, and issues affecting California and the West. In 2003 he began producing the audio programs for Slate in conjunction with NPR. Bowers is a graduate of Yale University, and lives in New York.

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