Zola Mashariki Hired as Head of Studio Operations for Audible
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Zola Mashariki Hired as Head of Studio Operations for Audible

Zola Mashariki
Zola Mashariki (Photo credit: Hussein Katzx)

Amazon-owned company Audible has announced that it has hired Zola Mashariki to be its Head of Studio Operations.

According to TheWrap, Audible has appointed Mashariki to spearhead original content from conception through release. She will be reporting to content chief Rachel Ghiazza.

“Audible is an industry leader and the go-to home for extraordinary creators and gifted auteurs,” Mashariki said in a written statement. “I’m absolutely thrilled to join a best-in-class team to lead content creation, evolve our strategy, amplify original voices—both emerging and established—and deliver imaginative, immersive, and high-quality audio narratives to audiences everywhere.”

“Audible is in the business of fearlessly creating unparalleled audio experiences that showcase the best in storytelling. With Zola, a profoundly gifted executive, we are poised to conquer this important moment in audio–a pivotal time when creativity and originality are at a premium and we deepen our commitment to re-imagine what audio experiences can mean for audiences,” Rachel Ghiazza, EVP, Head of US Content, said in a written statement. “Zola’s track record of creating award-winning, breakout hits, her exquisite taste, production expertise, and deep understanding of the intersection of audience appetite and quality content is beyond impressive. Her incomparable talent and industry relationships and leadership chops will be pivotal as we continue to break boundaries and accelerate the audio revolution.”

According to Variety, Mashariki has a bachelor of arts degree from Dartmouth College and a law degree from Harvard Law School. She has also attended USC’s Peter Stark Producing Program.

Mashariki had recently been at Fox Searchlight Pictures as SVP of production, overseeing films such as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Secret Life of Bees, The Last King of Scotland, Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave, and Martha Marcy May Marlene, among many others.