Matt O’Mara, former CEO of Vice UK, has joined podcast company Novel as director and chief strategy and operations officer.
For the past 18 months, he has advised the company on strategy and expansion, recent affairs having seen Novel hire O’Mara on a permanent basis in a leadership role.
Sean Glynn, Founder of Novel, said: “It has been a remarkable year of growth at Novel as we have quadrupled our number of full-time employees. Being able to close a year that exceeded all expectations by hiring someone with Matt’s experience and pedigree is a sign of how far we’ve come.
“With Matt’s experience leading dynamic creative companies, we are now ready to take Novel to the next level. “
Matt O’Mara says: “Since working with the Novel team, I have been blown away by their creativity and level of ambition. Having spent 19 years working in media and publishing, I am entering podcasting during a period of rapid growth and couldn’t be more excited to be part of a cutting edge team. premium audio production. There are a lot of companies and individuals making podcasts now, but very few that can compete with premium US companies, but Novel definitely is. “
During his career Matt has also worked at Dazed Group and DC Thomson in managerial positions, but more than half of his career has been at VICE where he oversaw the UK operations during a sustained period of success. creative and commercial.
He joins Novel as the London-based audio production company is set to launch a list of long-running original narrative podcasts. Since its founding in 2017, Novel has produced the Bellingcat podcast, launched the BBC Radio 4 Sideways series and produced a series of podcasts for BBC Sounds, Audible and Spotify.
Earlier this year, Novel became the first production company in the UK to sign a multi-year contract with the world’s largest podcast network, iHeartRadio.
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