Veteran Fox Publicist James Finn to Head Content Marketing at Audible

Less than two years after he lost his job at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment in the wake of the studio’s takeover by the Walt Disney Co., veteran publicist James Finn has been tapped as head of content marketing at Audible, the online audiobook and podcast service owned by Amazon.

Finn will “oversee the marketing of our titles, including Audible Originals,” the company announced in a LinkedIn posting. “He has decades of experience driving successful campaigns and collaborations with top creators and entertainment and technology companies to shape the future of next-generation storytelling. Now at Audible, he will be working to amplify a wide spectrum of voices around the globe.”

Finn had enjoyed a nearly 20-year run at Fox, the last 10 at the studio’s home entertainment division, which he joined in August 2009 to succeed Steve Feldstein as SVP of corporate and marketing communications.

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In April 2013, he was promoted to EVP and co-head of marketing for both 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and the Fox Innovation Lab. Four years later, he assumed additional duties as EVP and head of marketing at FoxNext.

Disney closed its $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox in March 2019 and soon began cutting staff, including Mike Dunn, the longtime home entertainment president.

While at Fox, Finn was known for his strong relationships with the media, innovative approach to marketing and passion for all things high-tech, particularly in the areas of virtual reality and augmented reality.

In 2018, Finn was selected as one of Media Play News‘ digital drivers, hailed for his role in advancing the digital evolution of entertainment.

Finn began his 20th Century Fox career in Oct. 2000 as a publicist in New York. In June 2003, he was named VP of national publicity for Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Prior to 20th Century Fox, he worked at Miramax and NBC News, both in New York.

Finn holds a bachelor of business administration degree from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business.

Report: Amazon Prime Has 101 Million Members in the U.S.

Amazon reportedly has more than 101 million subscribers in the United States, suggesting that its Prime Video unit exceeds Netflix’s 57 million domestic subs by 77%.

As of Dec. 31, 2018, Consumer Intelligence Research Partners estimates that in the U.S., 62% of Amazon customers are Prime members. Based on this estimate, the Chicago-based research firm estimates that Amazon Prime has 101 million members nationwide.

Amazon last disclosed its Prime membership – which costs $113 annually and includes free two-day shipping, Prime Music, Audible audio books and Prime Video – in April at 100 million worldwide.

CIRP also said Prime members spend on average about $1,400 per year, compared to about $600 per year for non-Prime members.

“[Amazon] membership growth has slowed, but continued steadily in the holiday quarter. US membership grew 10% in the past year, slower than before, but still significant on a huge base and after years of rapid growth,” Josh Lowitz, co-founder of CIRP, said in a statement. “Membership doubled in three years, and almost quadrupled in five years, from 26 million members in December 2013.”