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New Role as Creative Director at Forest Sounds

Independent award-winning production company, Forest has launched a sister company, Forest Sounds.

Following international success from its TV documentary titles and first narrative podcast Hometown: A Killing, the new company will focus on a premium factual podcast series, with cutting-edge journalism.

Currently in production on The Kanye Story (BBC Sounds) and a yet to be announced narrative series for another major podcast platform, both due to be released later this year, the new venture is headed up by award-winning Creative Director Pete Sale (The Messenger / Hot Money / Squid Scam).

One of Forest Sound’s first hires is Executive Producer, Susanne Reber. The former head of NPR’s investigative unit, Reber co-founded Reveal, the first investigative radio programme and podcast in the United States and is the Creator and Executive Producer of Verified.

Jez Lee, Managing Director, Forest Sounds said: “Ever since we started Forest, Mobeen Azhar and I have always been inspired by podcast culture and how it continues to innovate storytelling techniques.

“Forest Sounds feels like the natural next step for us and in Pete and Susanne we have found the perfect partners to go on this adventure with.”

Pete Sale, Creative Director, Forest Sounds added: “I’m so excited to be launching this new venture. Forest has a proven track record of producing innovative and talked about TV and we want to build on that reputation with Forest Sounds.

“We have a brilliant new team focused on producing a new wave of high-quality narrative audio designed to cut through a very noisy marketplace.”

Susanne Reber, Executive Producer, Forest Sounds commented: “Listeners around the world continue to explore podcasts at record numbers. They want to be immersed in good stories and are agnostic in where they come from.

“There are no borders when it comes to a compelling narrative and plot. I’m excited about joining Jez, Pete, Mobeen and the team at Forest Sounds to create powerful listening experiences together.”


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