Kim Kardashian West has inked an exclusive deal with Spotify to produce a podcast series that talks about criminal justice reform.
The podcast will be co-hosted and co-produced by West together with TV producer Lori Rothschild Ansaldi with Spotify’s Parcast Studio. The podcast will highlight Ansaldi’s investigation of the case of Kevin Keith, who was convicted of three murders in 1994 and was sentenced to execution in Ohio. His death sentence was later commuted in 2010 by the state’s governor following new evidence presented by his attorneys.
Kim’s attachment with criminal cases dates back to 2018 when she petitioned president of the United States, Donald Trump to pardon Alice Marie Johnson, who had served almost 22 years out of her life in prison sentence for a non-violent drug offense. Her works in the legal landscape scored a feature-length documentary ‘Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project’ on Oxygen, last Spring.
In the May 2019 issue of Vogue, the reality star and fashion icon revealed her plans of becoming a lawyer to help fight for convicted people that have stayed long in prison on charges that do not merit such long sentences, “I just felt like I wanted to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society. I just felt like the system could be so different, and I wanted to fight to fix it, and if I knew more, I could do more,” Kim disclosed in her Vogue interview.
The last couple of years have seen Spotify greatly invested in podcast creations. It has so far signed a multi-year deal with former president Barrack Obama and Michelle Obama to develop podcasts exclusively made for the platform. It has also acquired podcast networks such as; Gimlet Media, The Ringer and Parcast as well as podcast creation platform, Anchor.
Later this year, it will stream ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ podcast, which according to reports cost Spotify $100 million to acquire in a closed deal. The streaming giant as at April this year hosted more than 1 million podcasts from around the world.