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April 14, 2021 8:00 pm
Season 3

Pitch to Podcast feat. Pushkin Industries

with Hear at Duke & duARTS
Journalism, Podcast & Creative Writing Entertainment Business & Law TV, Film, Digital & Documentary

Join Pushkin Industries‘ Jon Schnaars ‘05, VP, Business Development and Brittani Brown, Associate Producer for a conversation about their careers in podcast, media, business, and tech. Schnaars and Brown will take us behind the scenes and share both the creative process and business side of making a podcast, as well as answer your questions. NYC-based Pushkin Industries is an audio production company co-founded by Jacob Weisberg and Malcolm Gladwell in 2018.

Hear at Duke is a student-run organization created for and by Duke students and community members. Through audio, they create a place for people to learn how to share their own stories. Hear at Duke aims to spotlight stories that have the power to bring students together through their humanity, humor, pain, and depth. Listen at, or contact for more info.


Jon Schnaars ‘05

Vice President, Business Development, Pushkin Industries

Duke University
Major: Literature / Certificate: Film/Video/Digital

After spending a decade in digital marketing and advertising, Jon Schnaars joined Pushkin Industries in May of 2019 as head of finance and business development. At Pushkin Jon has focused on building a sustainable ad supported podcast business while also looking to develop innovative content and distribution partnerships. Jon’s love of podcasting dates all the way back to 2007, when he launched with three friends, the Bloody Good Horror Podcast, which still publishes weekly episodes. Jon has lived and worked in New York City since graduating from Duke with a degree in Literature in 2005. He received his MBA from Wharton in 2015, and has been on a pandemic hiatus in Maryland with his wife and three children over the past year.

Brittani Brown ‘12

Associate Producer, Pushkin Industries

University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Majors: Political Science, Communication & Media Studies

Brittani Brown is a multimedia storyteller, writer/director, podcast producer and editor. She has created several short films from her production company BarbaraJean Productions. She found her way to audio producing through filmmaking. She has produced notable podcasts such as “Beyond the Last Dance” (Audible), “This Day in Esoteric Political History” (Radiotopia), and “Open World” (Philo’s Future Media).

Moderated by Arlene Arevalo ‘21

Hear at Duke; aspiring writer in the StudioDuke program

Duke University
Major: Literature

Introduction by Lillian Clark ‘22

Hear at Duke

Duke University
Major: Statistical Science / Certificate: Documentary Studies

About DEMAN Live

We know that finding a job/internship in all industries during these unprecedented times is confusing and stressful. We are here to help with DEMAN Live—a new Zoom series featuring conversations with alumni working in creative industries to help students and alumni navigate careers and opportunities during this time.