Courtney Holt, the former head of Maker Studios, is returning to his roots in music with a new job overseeing video and podcasting efforts at Spotify.
The music streaming service has tapped Holt as vp and head of Spotify Studios and Video. He will replace Tom Calderone, who Spotify previously said has been transitioning out of the role. A Spotify spokeswoman says Holt will lead development of Spotify's efforts in video, podcasts and other audio content. He will continue to be based out of Los Angeles and will report to chief content officer Stefan Blom.
Holt spent much of his early career working in music, first at labels such as Atlantic Records and Interscope Geffen A&M. He has also held executive roles at MTV Networks and Myspace Music. He joined Maker Studios in 2011 and over the next several years worked closely with CEO Ynon Kreiz to sell the company to Disney for a final price tag of $675 million. After the departure of Kreiz, Holt was upped to head of Maker, a position he held until this January when Maker was fully absorbed by Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. At that time, he transitioned to a strategy role reporting to Disney's Kevin Mayer.