Hear from Wondery founder/CEO Hernan Lopez about his greatest management lessons learned during his nearly 20-year tenure at Fox International Channels to Wondery’s success story.
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October 16, 2020 2 min read
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What do the most bingeable podcasts of the last few years — Dirty John, Dr. Death, Business Wars, Over My Dead Body, and Gladiator — all have in common? They were produced by Wondery, the largest independent podcaster in the world, known for its immersive podcasts-turned-hit-TV shows. Wondery’s series are so entertaining (they sound more like a Hollywood film for the ears) that 20 have reached No. 1 on Apple Podcasts, with several currently being turned into your next TV binge like Joe Exotic: The Tiger King. Launched in 2016, it became the fastest network to join the Top 10 ranker by Podtrac and is the only publisher to have simultaneously claimed the No. 1 and No. 2 ‘Top New Podcasts’ slots. The company has raised $15 million in venture capital from high-profile backers and is projected to surpass $40 million in revenue by the end of the year, a 75 percent growth from 2019.
In the next episode of our “Leadership Lessons” series, Comparably co-founder/CEO Jason Nazar will host a lively conversation with Wondery founder/CEO Hernan Lopez. The discussion will center around the greatest management lessons Lopez learned during his nearly 20-year tenure at Fox International Channels (he grew his division to $3B in revenue as President/CEO) to Wondery’s success story, including its majority ownership by women, LGBT, and people of color. Other topics include:
- How to determine if you should be an entrepreneur
- The pursuit of one specific idea in business
- How you build a media brand with incredible IP
- The tools to building great workplace culture
- The most important leadership values to cultivate
- Hiring & recruiting in a COVID-19 world and beyond
- The Best Life Hacks
Hernan Lopez is Founder & CEO of Wondery, the largest independent podcast publisher. Wondery became the fastest network to join the Top 10 ranker by Podtrac, propelled by immersive hit shows like Dr. Death, Dirty John, American History Tellers, Business Wars, The Shrink Next Door and American Innovations. Prior to founding Wondery, Hernan was President & CEO of Fox International Channels, a $3bn division of Fox (now Disney).
Jason Nazar is co-founder/CEO of Comparably, a leading workplace culture and compensation site that provides the most comprehensive and accurate representation of what it’s like to work at companies.