SoundCartel is a leading full-service audio content and podcast agency.

Based in Melbourne, we have more than 35 years’ experience bringing stories to life with the power of audio.

We produce, deliver and measure the very best audio and podcast content, quickly and professionally, working closely with our clients throughout the process.

At a time when words couldn’t matter more, SoundCartel is the agency for an audio-first world.

A Rich History

SoundCartel, formerly BE Media Production, was established in 1984 by acclaimed journalist and broadcaster, the late Michael Schildberger who, together with the highly regarded economist Professor Neville Norman, had a vision to take high quality business information to a wider range of businesses.

BE Audio Magazine CoversThis motivation prompted the production of the monthly Business Essentials audio series – the first subscription-based audio business magazine in the world, designed for small and medium-sized businesses. After a first attempt at offering the series in video, Michael and Neville quickly switched to audio after market demand indicated business people were on the move and needed a more convenient format for listening – such as in-car.

Across three decades, we have built a robust podcast agency, with clients including major banks, insurance groups, accounting firms, software companies, building contractors, mining companies, medical colleges and pharmacy groups. Today we continue to create first class audio and podcasts for the likes of, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and many more.

From Australia’s largest brands to the smallest of businesses, we’ve elevated their brand voice and shared their stories building new audiences and delighting existing ones.

Meet The Team

We’re a close-knit group of experienced professionals made up of career journalists, technical experts and best-in-class audio producers and strategists.

Brands of all sizes, associations, thought leaders and government have trusted us as a ‘safe pair of hands’ to take them through the entire audio creation process.

Nick's passion for creating engaging audio grew as he worked alongside his father, Michael Schildberger, the founder of the business. Nick has overseen the production of audio projects with a range of organisations, including Westpac, MYOB, Telstra, Officeworks, the Department of Health and Ageing, and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.


Nick Schildberger

Managing Director

Peter is a highly skilled audio engineer, producer and technical producer with 21 years’ experience at SoundCartel. He’s a full member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), and has extensive experience in all facets of sound production and audio content creation. Peter holds a Bachelor of Communication and a Master of Communication from Griffith University.


Peter Letts

Head of Audio

Chris has produced business-related audio content for well-known organisations, including Australia Post, Officeworks, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, and the Australian Federal Government. He is a judge at the Australian Podcast Awards and international Webby Awards. He has been a producer with SoundCartel for nine years and also plays a critical role in forging podcast partnerships.


Chris Ashmore

Senior Producer

Nicole is a podcast producer, host and an Australian Podcast Awards winner. She currently co-produces several SoundCartel audio programs and co-hosts Podcasting Essentials. Nicole also has more than 20 years’ experience working in marketing and advertising agencies such as Ogilvy and McCann. Her clients have included NAB Business Bank, Myer,, BMW, Chobani, Cancer Council, tech startups and not-for-profits.


Nicole Goodman


Jeff Waters is a veteran journalist whose spent several decades working for local and international broadcasters including the ABC, BBC World and CNN International. Winner of several journalism awards for long-form audio stories, Jeff is a natural storyteller, the author of two successful non-fiction books and has written for a range of publications.

Jeff Waters

Jeff Waters


Belinda is an experienced Technical Producer and Editor. She has spent the last 10 years working as an award-winning Dialogue, ADR Editor and Supervisor in the Film and Television industry. Belinda holds a Master of Sound Design from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. She has received Australian Sound Society Guild awards (ASSG) and an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) award.


Belinda TRimboli

Technical Producer/Editor

Maureen is the friendly voice you’ll hear when you call SoundCartel. She’s been an integral member of the team since 1995, looking after a range of roles in administration, logistics and membership management. More active than most, she loves swimming and dancing, putting the rest of the team to shame! Maureen is always warm and up for a chat, she’s established a great rapport with our long-time clients and she’s looking forward to assisting you.


Maureen PAYNE

Membership Manager