Stephen is the Head of Podcasts at Viral Nation, where he helps digital creators of all stripes reach their goals in podcasting. At Viral Nation he shepherds a number of projects in various stages of development, including podcasts from Amber Rose, Steven He, Daisy Marquez, and more.
Perlstein also serves as a professor of business at California State University, Fullerton, with a focus on fostering the next generation of media leaders.
Formerly, Stephen was SVP of Podcasts & Marketing at Studio71, where he built a top 10 podcast network from the ground up with over 200 podcasts. He spearheaded the comprehensive development and expansion of a media portfolio, negotiating contracts, fostering collaborations, and ensuring operational efficiency. Comfortable briding business and creative talent conversations, Perlstein led projects from top talent like Bob Saget, Lindsay Lohan, Trixie Mattel, LaurDIY, MKBHD, and more. On marketing, Perlstein was the architect of Studio71’s most expansive media coverage in years, revitalizing the brand in the press and in the eyes of its clients.
Perlstein received his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and his BA in Film from California State University, Northridge.
He’s also a Los Angeles-based writer for television; credits include New Looney Tunes on Cartoon Network, and Dance Moms on Lifetime. He has also written for LA Weekly, UCB Comedy, and more. Stephen’s also the Editor in Chief of Hence.LA, a satiric website about Los Angeles. Stephen co-wrote & produced Kreezus, a full album Christmas parody of Kanye West’s Yeezus, that was featured on MTV, Slate, and Billboard.
Stephen has acted in a number of commercials and even more BuzzFeed videos, despite being an objectively “meh” actor.
Stephen’s also a runner, reader, podcaster, improviser, comedian, meditator, and producer, just like everyone else in Los Angeles.