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 - studio

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


Bazz has been in the industry for a little over decade, holding a Bachelor of Audio Engineering from JMC Academy. His career began in voiceover/advertising and has grown into the podcasting and YouTube post-production space, allowing him to focus on his passion for storytelling. In his spare time you will find him producing music and he has been lucky enough to work with industry leaders overseas in world-class recording studios like 'The Castle' in Nashville Tennessee.

Barak Bartlett


Technical Producer/Editor

Kerith is the friendly voice you'll hear when you call SoundCartel. She's been an integral member of the team since 2009, looking after a range of roles in accounts, administration and subscription management. She finds it particularly rewarding hearing from long time listeners to Business Essentials. An avid listener to podcasts herself (especially on long drives to Gippsland), Kerith has established a great rapport with our clients and she's looking forward to assisting you.

Kerith Rhodes


Membership Manager

Advocating for men's health

SoundCartel has been an enthusiastic supporter of men’s health, and in particular raising awareness of prostate cancer, since our founder Michael Schildberger was diagnosed in 1997.
Michael was a founding board member of The Healthy Male (previously known as Andrology Australia), and generously shared his story in the hopes that more men would look after their health. 
Our Managing Director, Nick Schildberger, also was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2021, coincidentally the same year RULE Prostate Cancer was formed. RULE is committed to working towards the day that no Australian man will die of prostate cancer.
With Nick whole heartedly sharing in this mission, RULE asked Nick and the Schildberger family to share the cancer journey they went on together. The goal being to save more legends, by encouraging early testing via a simple blood test.
This is a cause very close to the hearts of everyone at SoundCartel, so we were delighted to produce the video below. 
It would make an even greater difference if you’d be able to share the video and consider making a donation to RULE.