Liz Gateley to Transition to Consultant Role At Spotify

Liz Gateley
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The longtime television executive will continue to work on existing podcast projects and adaptation for the music streamer.

Liz Gateley will transition from her role as a podcast executive at Spotify to a creative consultant with the audio streaming giant next year, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The veteran television executive, who joined Spotify in 2019 to lead its push to create more original podcasts, will continue to work closely with the company on projects she's been developing, including those from partners DC Comics and Mark and Jay Duplass. In her role as a consultant, she will also continue to help shepherd Spotify projects to film and TV. She is listed as a producer, for instance, on Hulu's forthcoming adaptation of Wind of Change, which Spotify produced in partnership with Crooked Media and Pineapple Street Studios. Spotify has yet to determine the timing of her transition.

Gateley most recently served as a programming executive at Lifetime, where she oversaw the launch of drama Unreal and docuseries Surviving R. Kelly. She jumped into the audio world in February 2019 when she took a role at Spotify leading creative development for its new in-house podcast studio. The move reunited her with former Lifetime executive and current Spotify content and advertising business chief Dawn Ostroff.

At the time of Gateley's hiring, Spotify was just beginning to invest heavily in podcasting as it looked to broaden its content offering beyond music streaming. The company had acquired studio Gimlet Media and would soon announce the additional purchases of Parcast and The Ringer.

Gateley didn't completely leave video producing behind during her nearly two years with Spotify. She was the executive producer on the 2019 short film Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl), which won a documentary short subject Oscar at the 2020 Academy Awards. A source familiar with the move says it will allow her to flex her creative muscle while remaining a close partner to Spotify Studios.

Bloomberg first reported on the news of Gateley's transition.