Former Manhattan US attorney Preet Bharara joins Vox Media after the firm’s purchase of Cafe Studios Inc., which publishes its “Stay Tuned With Preet” podcast.
Vox bought out the podcast company with the aim of expanding its presence in the podcast realm and will keep Cafe Studios under its ownership with Bharara as host and creative director. He will report to the president of Vox Media Studios, Marty Moe. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
This is Vox Media’s fourth merger or acquisition since 2019. During this period, it acquired the film, television, audio and production studio Epic; acquired the Coral comments platform; and merged with the publisher of New York Magazine and its properties, which include Cut and Vulture.
âPreet and his team at Cafe have built a successful podcast studio with a compelling perspective – and an equally impressive community of dedicated listeners,â said Jim Bankoff, president, CEO and co-founder of Vox Media. said in a press release. âIntroducing Cafe to the Vox Media podcast network is in line with our goal of delivering high quality editorial content at scale and providing audiences with highly relevant voices and ideas. “
âThis is a huge growth opportunity with a company that shares Cafe’s mission, values ââand commitment to quality,â said Bharara. âOur creators are bursting with plans for more thoughtful and educational content, and in Vox Media we are gaining a partner with a large audience, a strategic business, and a strong reach on text, video and events.â
Other podcasts published by Cafe Studios include a legal analysis show called “Third Degree” and the narrative podcast “Doing Justice”, based on Bharara’s book of the same name.
Bharara was appointed United States District Attorney for the Southern District of New York by Barack Obama during the first months of his presidency. Over the course of eight years, Bharara made a name for himself preying on executives of insider trading hedge funds and various banks, such as Citibank and JP Morgan Chase. He also took an interest in organized crime, securing convictions against several members of the Italian mafia for drug trafficking and racketeering.
After Donald Trump took office, Bharara was fired by then Attorney General Jeff Sessions after refusing to resign. Since then, Bharara has become a Researcher-in-Residence at NYU while turning his career as an attorney into fuel for several media companies. In addition to âStay Tuned With Preet,â which features long-form interviews, Bharara also co-hosts a legal commentary podcast called âCafe Insiderâ with former New Jersey AG Anne Milgram. His 2019 book âDoing Justiceâ has also been turned into a narrative podcast. With two million downloads per month for âStay Tunedâ, Bharara hopes to use Vox’s established platform to expand the reach of its podcasts.
âI wanted to do quality things in this space like I did with the law,â he told the WSJ. “And we felt Vox was best suited for that.”