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Frankfurt Audio Summit 2019

Konferenz Audio Summit auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

All about 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)

Our speakers and topics in 2019

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.

Amanda D’Acierno

Amanda D'Acierno, President & Publisher, Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group US

Amanda D’Acierno ist Präsidentin und Verlegerin der Penguin Random House Audio Publishing US Gruppe, und verantwortlich für Random House Audio, Penguin Audio, BOT und Listening Library Imprints. Während Amandas Zeit bei Penguin Random House Audio Publishing ist der Audiobereich stark und konstant gewachsen, von einer Publikationsliste von 500 Titeln im Jahr 2008 zu 1.400 Titeln im Jahr 2018.

Amanda D’Acierno ist Präsidentin und Verlegerin der Penguin Random House Audio Publishing US Gruppe, und verantwortlich für Random House Audio, Penguin Audio, BOT und Listening Library Imprints. Während Amandas Zeit bei Penguin Random House Audio Publishing ist der Audiobereich stark und konstant gewachsen, von einer Publikationsliste von 500 Titeln im Jahr 2008 zu 1.400 Titeln im Jahr 2018.

Amandas Bereich hat in den vergangenen zehn Jahren mehrere Hörbuchbestseller in den USA veröffentlicht, darunter Michelle Obama’s "Becoming", George R.R. Martin’s "A Song of Ice and Fire"-Fantasy Saga (Das Lied von Eis udn Feuer), Delia Owens’s "Where the Crawdads Sing" (Der Gesang der Flusskrebse), Charles Duhigg’s "The Power of Habit", Margaret Atwood’s "The Testaments" (Die Zeuginnen), John Grisham’s "The Guardians", Celeste Ng’s "Little Fires Everywhere" (Kleine Feuer überall), Madeleine L’Engle’s "A Wrinkle in Time" (Die Zeitfalte) und die Harry Potter-Reihe.

Helena Gustafsson

Helena Gustafsson, Head of Global Publishing, Storytel

Helena verfügt über 14 Jahre Erfahrung im Hörbuch-Verlagswesen und leitet Storytels internationalen Audio Publishing-Bereich, der auch die Entwicklung von Storytel Original Content beinhaltet.

Helena verfügt über 14 Jahre Erfahrung im Hörbuch-Verlagswesen und leitet Storytels internationalen Audio Publishing-Bereich, der auch die Entwicklung von Storytel Original Content beinhaltet.

Ihr Team veröffentlicht jährlich mehr als 6.000 Hörbücher in derzeit zwanzig verschiedenen Sprachen. Zu Helenas Tätigkeiten bei Storytel gehört auch die Vorbereitung neuer Märkte in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Global Expansion Team von Storytel.

Stacy Creamer

Stacy Creamer, VP in Content Acquisitions and Development, Audible

Stacy Creamer ist Audible Vice President des Bereichs Content Acquisitions and Development. Als Verlegerin hat sie bereits die Rechte an einer Reihe von Bestsellern der New York Times, darunter Belletristik- als auch Sachbuch-Titel, erworben und erfolgreich als Hörbücher herausgegeben, darunter Memoiren von Lance Armstrong, John McEnroe, Ed Viesturs, Rick Springfield, Duff McKagan, Billy Idol, Marky Ramone und Elizabeth Edwards, sowie Romane von Daniel Silva, Patricia Cornwell, Dean Koontz, Catherine Coulter, Robin Cook und Alice Hoffman.

Stacy Creamer ist Audible Vice President des Bereichs Content Acquisitions and Development. Als Verlegerin hat sie bereits die Rechte an einer Reihe von Bestsellern der New York Times, darunter Belletristik- als auch Sachbuch-Titel, erworben und erfolgreich als Hörbücher herausgegeben, darunter Memoiren von Lance Armstrong, John McEnroe, Ed Viesturs, Rick Springfield, Duff McKagan, Billy Idol, Marky Ramone und Elizabeth Edwards, sowie Romane von Daniel Silva, Patricia Cornwell, Dean Koontz, Catherine Coulter, Robin Cook und Alice Hoffman.

Einer ihrer Titel —Doug Blackmons “Slavery By Another Name” gewann den Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction. Lauren Weisberger’s Debütroman “The Devil Wears Prada” (Der Teufel trägt Prada) wurde von Stacy erworben und als Hörbuch herausgegeben. Bei Audible ist Stacy für die Akquise neuen Original Contents für die Audioproduktion zuständig und verantwortet auch andere Kreativprojekte, darunter Audioformate, die zum Teil in Kombination mit Print veröffentlicht werden.

Marcos da Veiga Pereira

Marcos da Veiga Pereira, Founding Partner Editora Sextante and President of Brazilian Publishers Association

Marcos da Veiga Pereira ist Gründungspartner des Fachverlags Editora Sextante. Seit 2015 ist er Präsident der Brazilian Publishers Association (SNEL) und war an einer Reihe von Projekten zur Entwicklung der Alphabetisierung in Brasilien beteiligt. Gemeinsam mit Grupo Record und Editor Intrinsic beschloss AUTIBOOKS im Jahr 2018, eine Plattform für den Verkauf von Hörbüchern zu schaffen, die im Juni 2019 auf dem Markt erschienen ist.

Marcos da Veiga Pereira ist Gründungspartner des Fachverlags Editora Sextante. Seit 2015 ist er Präsident der Brazilian Publishers Association (SNEL) und war an einer Reihe von Projekten zur Entwicklung der Alphabetisierung in Brasilien beteiligt. Gemeinsam mit Grupo Record und Editor Intrinsic beschloss AUTIBOOKS im Jahr 2018, eine Plattform für den Verkauf von Hörbüchern zu schaffen, die im Juni 2019 auf dem Markt erschienen ist.

Editora Sextante ist einer der führenden Verlage Brasiliens und wurde von Marcos da Veiga Pereira zusammen mit seinem Bruder Tomás gegründet, die beide die dritte Generation Verleger der Familie bilden.

John Marshall Cheary

John Marshall Cheary, Founder & CEO, John Marshall Media, Inc.

Nach seinem Studienabschluss in Musik an Boston’s Berklee College of Music bringt John Marshall Cheary im Jahr 1995 John Marshall Sound auf den Markt. In weniger als einem Jahrzehnt baute er einen Ein-Mann-Betrieb zu einer führenden und unabhängigen Audioproduktionsfirma aus.

Nach seinem Studienabschluss in Musik an Boston’s Berklee College of Music bringt John Marshall Cheary im Jahr 1995 John Marshall Sound auf den Markt. In weniger als einem Jahrzehnt baute er einen Ein-Mann-Betrieb zu einer führenden und unabhängigen Audioproduktionsfirma aus.

John Marshall Media hat über 25 Jahre lang Tausende von Audioproduktionen aufgenommen, bearbeitet und produziert, darunter GRAMMY-preisgekrönte Hörbücher, Sprachprogramme, erweiterte eBooks und Songs für Kunden wie beispielsweise Penguin Random House, Disney, HarperAudio, Amazon und Pearson. Im Jahr 2019 brachte John Marshall Sound BOOM Integrated auf den Markt, um dem aufstrebenden Markt für gesprochene Inhalte herausragende Audioqualität zu bieten: BOOM Integrated produziert Podcasts und interaktive Smart-Speaker-Erlebnisse für Alex, Siri und Google Assistant.

Javier Celaya

Javier Celaya, CEO and Founder of Dosdoce.com

Javier Celaya ist Geschäftsführer und Gründer von Dosdoce.com, Mitglied des Executive Board der Digital Economy Association in Spanien sowie Leiter des Bereichs Institutional Relations der spanischen Digital Publishing Association (ASELID).

Javier Celaya ist Geschäftsführer und Gründer von Dosdoce.com, Mitglied des Executive Board der Digital Economy Association in Spanien sowie Leiter des Bereichs Institutional Relations der spanischen Digital Publishing Association (ASELID).

Javier ist seit 15 Jahren als strategischer Berater in den spanischen Märkten (Spanien und Lateinamerika) für führende digitale Publishing Initiativen tätig.

Declan Moore

Declan Moore, Head of International, Wondery Inc.

Declan Moore is Head of International for Wondery Inc. the world’s leading independent podcast network renowned for it’s hallmark immersive storytelling style. He was previously CEO of Steel Cut Media Advisors and National Geographic Partners (NGP)— the joint venture between National Geographic Society and Twenty First Century Fox (now Disney).

Declan Moore is Head of International for Wondery Inc. the world’s leading independent podcast network renowned for it’s hallmark immersive storytelling style. He was previously CEO of Steel Cut Media Advisors and National Geographic Partners (NGP)— the joint venture between National Geographic Society and Twenty First Century Fox (now Disney).

Prior to the formation of NGP, Declan was the Chief Media Officer at National Geographic Society in Washington DC responsible for all digital and social media, magazines, book publishing, television production, travel and the Society’s in-house rights agency. He previously ran the Society’s international businesses.

 

Thursday, 17 October 2019

14:00  

 

Welcome

Katja Böhne, Vice President Marketing & Communications, 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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