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Executive Producer, Podcast


Hollywood, CA, US, 90028


Smithsonian Channel™, a ViacomCBS network, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing factual entertainment, available in HD and 4K Ultra HD across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel, winner of Emmy® and Peabody awards for its programming, is the home of popular genres such as air and space, travel, history, science, nature and pop culture. Among the network’s offerings are hit series including Aerial America, America in Color, America’s Hidden Stories, Apollo’s Moon Shot, The Pacific War in Color and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, Black Hole Hunters and Princess Diana’s Wicked  Stepmother. Smithsonian Networks also operates Smithsonian Channel Plus™, a subscription video streaming service delivering over a thousand hours of the Channel’s stunning and diverse library of documentaries and series in HD and 4K Ultra HD. Smithsonian Channel is also available internationally in Canada, Singapore, Latin America, the UK and Ireland.

To learn more, go to smithsonianchannel.com.


The Smithsonian Channel seeks a strong candidate to lead the creative of our existing and development podcasting slate. The candidate will be charged with exploring and developing new formats, executing new creative strategies and helping to create, build and evolve the Smithsonian brand in the podcast space. The ideal candidate should have a strong sense of both current and historical events and be an experienced producer and audio storyteller. S/he/they are passionate and well-versed in conversations around history, culture, race, along with science and wildlife – all of which are within the SMITH editorial remit. The challenge is to make history relevant and critical to understanding today’s world. You will be part of the key team setting the agenda for the future of audio programming around the Smithsonian brand. In addition, the successful incumbent should be an experienced digital creative with the ability to lead podcast development in the context of our larger expansion of our digital ditorial capacity. This role straddles traditional editorial – some SMITH series will also deliver podcasts – and digital editorial where podcasts have a natural home. Finally, your development of editorial should be directly related to the need to grow the audience and find, engage and activate users to the SMITH brand.


Job Responsibilities:


  • Own the expansion of the Smithsonian podcasting slate, in collaboration with SMITH leadership;
  • Work collaboratively with a production team, including hosts, producers, and editors across all Smithsonian podcasts (both existing and new);
  • Attend weekly editorial and production meetings for all podcasts and provide guidance on story/topic/guest selection;
  • Facilitate regular evaluation and feedback on shows' creative direction and execution;
  • Set and plan long-range editorial calendar;
  • Work with members of the podcast team and others on audience engagement, growth and marketing;
  • Work with production team on show and talent budget, evaluating and iterating as necessary to meet financial goals;
  • Work with sales and marketing to find solutions to their needs in this editorial space.




  • A minimum of 5 years production experience in radio, podcasting, or equivalent;


Additional Qualifications:


  • Strong editorial and news judgement;
  • Strong leadership and communication skills, as well as the ability to delegate and prioritize optimally across multiple projects;
  • Ability to oversee and structure a relevant, compelling, and unique audio story;
  • Ability to work with and lead a collaborative production team and help guide and shape the editorial direction of multiple podcasts;
  • Can work independently and in a team environment;
  • Experience developing, executing and leading an efficient production schedule;
  • A knack for delivering clear, conscientious feedback on both stories, performance, and overall execution;
  • A sense of humor and strong work ethic;
  • Desire to build out the audio programming of an iconic American brand;




ViacomCBS is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) including disability/vet. 


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Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles