Other Spotify board members include chairman and co-founder Martin Lorentzon and Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster, exec chairman of Airtime Media, and co-founder of controversial home-video startup Screening Room.
Spotify last year named ex-Netflix CFO Barry McCarthy as chief financial officer, on the heels of raising $526 million in funding to bring the Sweden-based company to more than $1 billion raised. McCarthy had joined Spotify’s board in 2014 but relinquished the seat with his CFO appointment.
Spotify — whose rivals include Apple Music, Pandora and Google Play Music — in March hired Tom Calderone, former president of MTV Networks’ VH1, as global head of content partnerships overseeing all original content, shows and studio content, as well as artist relations and partnerships with labels and publishers.
Spotify has commissioned several original short-form series for its service, geared around music themes, including “Ultimate/Ultimate,” an EDM mockumentary produced by Tim Robbins. Its app also currently offers video content from Ellen DeGeneres’ EllenTube, TED Talks, Genius, Conde Nast’s Pitchfork, Univision’s Fusion, and the Artists Den. Last year, when Spotify announced plans to launch video on its service, it said it would add a broad range of video content from partners including ESPN, ABC, NBCUniversal, Comedy Central, Turner and Vice News, but it has since scaled back from those initial ambitions.
The company confirmed Sarandos’ appointment to the Spotify board, which was first reported by Recode.