Former Participant CEO Jim Berk Joins PodcastOne

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Jim Berk

He left Jeff Skoll's company in April 2015.

More than a year after resigning as CEO of Participant Media, Jim Berk has made his next move. He is joining podcasting company PodcastOne as CEO. 

The company, which operates an advertising network for podcasts including The Adam Carolla Show and Freakonomics Radio, announced Thursday that with Berk's hire, PodcastOne founder Norm Pattiz will step down from the role of CEO but retain his position as executive chairman. 

"Jim has done tremendous work in transitioning companies to their next stage of growth, and with him joining the PodcastOne leadership team, our possibilities are endless," said Pattiz. 

Berk led Jeff Skoll's Participant for eight years before resigning in April 2015. Under his leadership, the company launched cable network Pivot and released several big films including An Inconvenient Truth and The Help.

"It's exciting to enter this media space during a time of unprecedented expansion as consumer interest for the audience format in on-demand programming is experiencing rapid growth," said Berk. 

He joins the company as the podcasting industry has seen rapid expansion following the success of the first season of Serial. And Berk is not alone in making the move from Hollywood to podcasts. Former Fox TV executive Hernan Lopez launched podcast network Wondery earlier this year. 

Beverly Hills-based PodcastOne has an advertising network of more than 200 shows that saw 1.5 billion downloads in 2015.