Former Lifetime exec Liz Gateley has joined music streaming service Spotify as head of creative development, Realscreen has confirmed.
In her new role, Gateley will oversee the audio streaming platform’s original content development teams as they expand into news/docs, music, comedy, sports, young adult fiction and scripted formats in the podcast space, on both coasts.
Gateley revealed that she was departing A+E Networks as EVP and head of programming of Lifetime more than a week ago, citing the need to spend more time with her family as the main reason.
Spotify has expanded its footprint int0 the unscripted world in recent months with the BBC Studios-made podcast docuseries Stay Free: The Story of The Clash. Narrated by Public Enemy’s Chuck D, the series will dive into the life and times of the seminal 1970s punk band, The Clash.
The company has also recently entered into definitive agreements to acquire podcast creator Gimlet Media and Anchor, a provider of podcasting-related tools that include podcast creation, publishing, and monetization services. Spotify at the time did not disclose the terms of the deal, which is expected to close in Q1 2019.
“I am excited to be back in the music/culture world to tell loud stories with my incredible team and to help invent new executions as I always have, but, most importantly, to join at such a transformative time at Spotify on the heels of the Gimlet and Anchor acquisitions,” Gateley said on a note posted to her LinkedIn account.
(With files from Barry Walsh and Daniele Alcinii)