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Frankfurt Audio Summit

Date: 17 October 2019
Time: 2 pm to 5 pm
Location: Frankfurter Buchmesse
Room Dimension, Level 4.2

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Konferenz Audio Summit auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Explore one of the fastest-growing segments in publishing: Audio

Audiobooks, audio dramatisations, podcasts and other spoken word formats are gaining new audiences around the globe constantly. This creates new opportunities for publishers, creative writers, actors and producers. At the same time voice content must be created as thoughtful as the story that is told and monetising audio content is always challenging.

The Frankfurt Audio Summit will address the biggest trends and challenges in audio publishing. From global numbers, to examples of successful consumer driven spoken word developments, monetising, and artificial intelligence (AI). Meet relevant players and get to know publishers, service providers, licensing managers and distributors.

Topics of the 2019 Summit will include

  • Content and marketing strategies for audiobooks
  • Voice assistants and smart speakers: Opportunities for audio publishers
  • Business models for audio content (streaming, subscription)
  • Big data and analytics tools
  • Global market overview (key facts, trends and developments across the global audiobook market)

The main players of the audio industry at the Summit

The boom in audio formats is an unwavering global phenomenon, and at this year’s Frankfurter Audio Summit the potential, innovation, and creativity of audio publishing will take center stage. The summit is a key event for decision makers from the audio publishing ecosystem. This year’s programme will feature international experts who’ll dive deep into the biggest trends and challenges facing audio publishing.

Michele Cobb, Executive Director, Audio Publishers Association auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Michele Cobb, Executive Director, Audio Publishers Association

Michele Cobb has served on the Audio Publishers Association (APA) board since 2001, as a director and officer, and is currently Executive Director.

Michele Cobb has served on the Audio Publishers Association (APA) board since 2001, as a director and officer, and is currently Executive Director.

She is a partner at Forte Business Consulting, which provides PR, Sales, Marketing and Business Development services for the publishing industry, and she is Publisher of both AudioFile Magazine and MMB Media, as well as Audio Publishing Director for L.A. Theatre Works.

Ama Dadson auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Ama Dadson, Founder and CEO, AkooBooks Audio

Ama Dadson is the founder and CEO of AkooBooks Audio, Ghana’s first publisher and digital distributor of African audiobooks and winner of the AEA (African Entrepreneurship Award) 2018.

Ama Dadson is the founder and CEO of AkooBooks Audio, Ghana’s first publisher and digital distributor of African audiobooks and winner of the AEA (African Entrepreneurship Award) 2018.

AkooBooks offers a wide range of audio production services to African publishers and writers. Prior to founding AkooBooks, she was an IT professional for over 20 years serving clients across Africa and Europe and a consultant on ICT and e-sustainability projects for several international organisations.

Michael Krause, Managing Director Central Europe bei Spotify, auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Michael Krause, Managing Director Central Europe, Spotify

As of October 2017, Michael Krause took on the newly-created role of Managing Director Central Europe at Spotify. His main task is to supervise international markets across Central Europe, as well as to oversee operations in German-speaking countries.

As of October 2017, Michael Krause took on the newly-created role of Managing Director Central Europe at Spotify. His main task is to supervise international markets across Central Europe, as well as to oversee operations in German-speaking countries.

Here, he will focus in particular on content and local partnerships. As former Vice President Central and Eastern Europe and CEO EMEA at the French music streaming service Deezer, Michael Krause was responsible for more than 100 markets. Prior to this, he was Managing Director GSA at MyVideo.de (Magic Internet GmbH) and at Ampya (ProSiebenSat1 Media Group), which he also co-founded.

Bradley Metrock, CEO, Score Publishing auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Bradley Metrock, CEO, Score Publishing

Bradley Metrock is the CEO of Score Publishing, helping creators find their voice.

Bradley Metrock is the CEO of Score Publishing, helping creators find their voice.

He serves as Executive Producer of Digital Book World, an annual publishing and technology conference based in the United States which has become a must-attend event for publishing executives around the world. Metrock is a prominent thought leader, quoted by organizations as diverse as The Mayo Clinic to Forbes and Harvard Business Review

Kurt Thielen, Founder & Managing Director, Zebralution auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Kurt Thielen, Founder and Managing Director, Zebralution

Kurt Thielen is the founder and Managing Director of Zebralution, one of the biggest digital distributors of music and audiobooks in the world.

Kurt Thielen is the founder and Managing Director of Zebralution, one of the biggest digital distributors of music and audiobooks in the world.

Thielen started his career working in a record shop in 1979 and was the head of Rough Trade Records and later Zomba Records in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for more than 20 years, working with a wide range of acts from New Order and The Smiths, to Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. After the company was sold, he founded Zebralution as the first real digital distribution company in Germany with a global focus. In 2007, the Warner Music Group acquired Zebralution. Since 2010, digital audiobook and especially streaming has become an important factor in Zebralution’s portfolio. In April 2017, Thielen bought Zebralution back from Warner together with experienced industry executives. Zebralution works with all big and many smaller audiobook publishers in Germany, but the focus is becoming increasingly international. In October 2018, IG Hoerbuch, an association of German audiobook publishers, named him ‘Audiobook Person of the Year 2018’.
Thielen was a member of the Board of the German IFPI for 7 years.

Valérie Lévy-Soussan

Valérie Lévy-Soussan, Founder and CEO, Audiolib

Valérie Lévy-Soussan is founder and CEO of Audiolib, leading French Audiobook Publishing House (subsidiary of Hachette Livre and Albin Michel groups) and Chair of the French National Publishing Union's Audiobook Committee.

Valérie Lévy-Soussan is founder and CEO of Audiolib, leading French Audiobook Publishing House (subsidiary of Hachette Livre and Albin Michel groups) and Chair of the French National Publishing Union's Audiobook Committee.

In parallel with her studies in economics and management, Valérie Lévy-Soussan took courses in literature at the Sorbonne. She worked as Director of Marketing and Projects in the cultural goods and publishing sector, notably in the book club France Loisirs (Bertelsmann), where she launched a digital project around audiobooks, which led to the creation of Audiolib at the end of 2007.

 

Thursday, 17 October 2019

14:00  

 

Welcome

Matthäus Cygan, Director Business Development Trade International, Frankfurter Buchmesse

14:05

Keynote

Michael Krause, Managing Director, Central Europe, Spotify (Germany)

14:25 

Global Market Snapshot

A snapshot of statistics from various international audiobook markets followed by a discussion on global developments in the audio sector.

  • US market: Michele Cobb, Executive Director of the Audio Publishers Association (U.S.A.)
  • African market: Ama Dadson, CEO, Akoo Books (Ghana)
  • Chinese market (speaker tbc)
  • French market: Valérie Lévy-Soussan, CEO and Founder, Audiolib (France)
15:10 

Turning Data into Business

As streaming services grow, so too is the amount of real-time usage data. Diving into case studies from numerous audiobook publishers, this presentation looks at how publishers can analyse streaming usage to improve their marketing, content and their distribution strategies.

Kurt Thielen, CEO, Zebralution (Germany)

15:30 

The Opportunities in Voice

What does the exponential growth of voice assistants and smart speakers mean for the future of storytelling? This presentation will look at voice opportunities for audiobook publishers and how to put audio at the centre of new products and new business models.

Bradley Metrock, CEO, Score Publishing (U.S.A.)

15:50  Marketing Audiobooks
16:15

New Business Models, New Listeners, New Opportunities: What’s Ahead for Audio?

Round Table Discussion with international speakers

17:00  Closing Remarks and Get Together for Summit Participants

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  • Michele Cobb, Executive Director, Audio Publishers Association auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

    Interview

    Interview with Michele Cobb

    Michele Cobb, Executive Director of the Audio Publishers Association, will be one of the speakers at the 2019 Frankfurt Audio Summit. We talked with her about developments in the audio sector and her favourite listening.

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