Tim Ditlow, an experienced children's audiobook publisher, has joined Realm’s board of advertisers to help drive the podcast network’s mission to produce immersive content within the Kids and Family audio sector, according to a new announcement from the company.
With over 40 years of experience in the children’s publishing industry, Ditlow’s role as a member of Realm’s board of advertisers will be to help the podcast network in developing, producing, distributing, and monetising new and immersive audio series with top-tier talent and other entertainment companies.
Prior to joining Realm, Ditlow served as VP of content for kids' digital reading and learning platform Epic! from 2014 until the end of 2022, and worked in senior roles across multiple companies including as associate publisher for children’s books at Amazon, vice president of children’s content at Brilliance Audio, and vice president and publisher of Listening Library.
“Tim is a true legend in the children's audiobook publishing world, and his wealth of experience and industry knowledge is an incredible asset for Realm,” said Realm co-founder and CEO Molly Barton. “We share a passion for finding new ways to bring immersive and engaging audio storytelling to families worldwide, and we are thrilled to welcome him to our Board of Advisors."
In August 2023, Realm acquired kids' podcast network Pinna as part of its expansion into the Kids and Family audio sector, bringing in over 150 podcast titles aimed at children aged three to 12, including hit series like Grimm, Grimmer, Grimmest, Opal Watson: Private Eye, Totally Unauthorised and more. Realm also planned to launch an audio production hub dedicated to kids and families, with former Pinna CEO Maggie McGuire acting as an advisor.
In addition to acquiring Pinna, Realm also signed two ad-sales deals with digital media company and children's book publisher Rebel Girls and narrative children's podcast company GoKidsGo, representing their combined audio content totalling 375 hours. Barton, at the time, said that there’s “untapped potential” in kids' audio and that the acquisition and ad-sales deals were the first step to the company showing its commitment in this sector.
“I am excited for this opportunity to advise alongside Molly's talented board members in order to support and grow Realm’s phenomenal roster of talent and licensing partners,” said Ditlow.