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.
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.