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Audible Studios Names Zola Mashariki to Oversee All Original

Audible has named Zola Mashariki head of Audible Studios, the place she is going to lead the audio storytelling firm’s unique content material.

Mashariki, a Hollywood veteran and former govt with Fox Searchlight, could have oversight of your complete studio operation from conception by means of its launch, together with the event and implementation of content material technique.

“Audible is in the business of fearlessly creating unparalleled audio experiences that showcase the best in storytelling. With Zola, a profoundly gifted executive, we are poised to conquer this important moment in audio–a pivotal time when creativity and originality are at a premium and we deepen our commitment to re-imagine what audio experiences can mean for audiences,” Rachel Ghiazza, EVP, Head of US Content, mentioned in a press release. “Zola’s track record of creating award-winning, breakout hits, her exquisite taste, production expertise, and deep understanding of the intersection of audience appetite and quality content is beyond impressive.  Her incomparable talent and industry relationships and leadership chops will be pivotal as we continue to break boundaries and accelerate the audio revolution.”

“Audible is an industry leader and the go-to home for extraordinary creators and gifted auteurs,” Mashariki mentioned in a press release. “I’m absolutely thrilled to join a best-in-class team to lead content creation, evolve our strategy, amplify original voices – both emerging and established – and deliver imaginative, immersive, and high quality audio narratives to audiences everywhere.”

Mashariki spent 15 years at Fox Searchlight Pictures as SVP of manufacturing and overseeing movies corresponding to “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “The Secret Life of Bees,” “The Last King of Scotland,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “12 Years a Slave” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” amongst many others.

In 2015, Mashariki was named head of unique programming at BET/Viacom, the place she led the artistic workforce and oversaw programming for each BET and Centric Networks. While there, she developed and govt produced “The New Edition Story,” BET’s highest-rated collection within the final 10 years and a winner of two NAACP Image Awards. She additionally collaborated with the late John Singleton on his collection “Rebel” and with Laurence Fishburne in telling Nelson Mandela’s life story in “Madiba.”

Most just lately, Mashariki was chief content material officer for One Community (previously Good Films) and oversaw their movie “Just Mercy” with Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson and Jamie Foxx.

Prior to working in movie, Mashariki co-founded together with August Wilson the African Grove Institute for the Arts (AGIA), a nationwide theatre alliance. Mashariki was an early supporter of TIME’S UP and stays concerned. She can be a founding member of ReFrame, a corporation created by leisure trade leaders to assist obtain gender parity in Hollywood.

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