‘In the Dark’ podcast acquired by Condé Nast

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"In the Dark" co-founder Madeline Baran speaks at the 2017 Third Coast International Audio Festival in Chicago.

American Public Media Group sold its In the Dark podcast to Condé Nast, the media company announced Thursday. 

As part of the deal, Condé Nast acquired the investigative podcast’s audio catalog in addition to its written and multimedia archive, according to a Condé Nast press release. 

“Anyone who’s listened to an episode of ‘In the Dark’ knows that these reporters and producers are doing some of the best investigative journalism in audio,” Chris Bannon, head of global audio, Condé Nast Entertainment and a former WNYC VP, said in the release. “We are thrilled that this all-star team is joining Condé Nast Entertainment — a partnership that will establish us as a leader in narrative podcasting.”

In the Dark’s staff, including co-founders Madeleine Baran and Samara Freemark, will join Condé Nast’s audio team. They will work with New Yorker reporters and editors to produce and distribute a new season of the show and create “new narrative series” for publications across the Condé Nast portfolio, according to the release.

“We’re incredibly excited to be joining an organization renowned for both its investigative reporting and its compelling narrative storytelling,” Baran said in the release. “It’s the perfect fit for us, and we can’t wait to get started.”

APMG ended its support for In the Dark  in July after it disbanded APM Reports, its investigative unit that housed the podcast.  

“We can’t imagine a better home than Condé Nast for the program and for the team,” said Duchesne Drew, APMG SVP and president of Minnesota Public Radio, in a statement. “We’re proud of the work ‘In the Dark’ did with APM Reports, and now we’re looking forward to hearing what they do next.” 

An APM spokesperson declined to disclose the sale price.

This post has been updated to include Duchesne Drew’s statement about the sale.

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