Spotify has purchased its third podcast property in recent weeks, scooping up the storytelling-driven studio Parcast, which is behind 18 audio series to date — many of which are in the true crime genre — including Serial Killers, Unsolved Murders, Cults And Conspiracy Theories, and a new scripted series dubbed Mind’s Eye.
Terms of the transaction — which is expected to close in the second quarter — were not disclosed, though Spotify CEO Daniel Ek previously said that the company plans to spend $500 million on deals in the podcast space this year. Last month, the company acquired Gimlet Media and Anchor, paying a reported $340 million for both entities.
Three-year-old Parcast has 20 new shows slated to launch this year, and founder and president Max Cutler says its series are particularly favored by female listeners. In a statement, Spotify’s chief content officer, Dawn Ostroff, said that the acquisition “will advance our goal of becoming the world’s leading audio platform.” She added, “Crime and mystery podcasts are a top genre for our users, and Parcast has had significant success creating hit series while building a loyal and growing fan base.”
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In addition to its acquisitions, Spotify hired veteran TV exec Liz Gateley earlier this month to bolster its podcast efforts . Gateley, who previously headed up programming for Lifetime, was named Spotify’s new head of creative development, where she’ll manage development teams in New York and Los Angeles.