EXCLUSIVEGrowing UK podcast studio Novel has made its next big move by hiring Universal Studio Group Acquisitions executive Neil Krishnan to oversee a push into TV and film.
As Head of TV and Film, the studio said Krishnan “will bring the creative vision necessary to guide the company’s slate of audio projects to the Hollywood landscape.”
Novel, which calls itself “the largest independent podcast producer in Europe” and is behind companies like The Superhero Complex, Bellingcat Podcast Y Deliver us from Ervil, has made a number of exclusive hires in recent months, bested by Deadline, including PRX and Radiotopia exec Julie Shapiro and The newspaper Senior Audio Producer Austin Mitchell.
Krishnan joins from Universal Studio Group, where he was Director of Creative Acquisitions out of Los Angeles, overseeing more than 200 talent hires during a two-year tenure. He was previously a creative executive at Erik Feig’s Picturestart, an independent multimedia studio that produces and finances stories rooted in self-discovery for all media, where he oversaw the adaptation of Jenny Jackson’s debut novel. Past employers include Netflix and Microsoft.
Novel CEO Sean Glynn said Krishnan will be “integral” to “the exploitation of our intellectual property beyond podcasts, which is a key part of our future as we increasingly look to self-funding.”
Krishnan said he was “immediately struck by Novel’s bold approach to history, incredible access to original journalism, and unflinching ambitions.”
“I am delighted to use my creative and business background to help grow the already booming Novel brand in the podcast, film and television landscape,” he added.
The 40-employee company recently signed a deal with UTA and launched about six years ago.