Abuse of Power

Audible has acquired the rights to the true crime podcast Abuse of Power, the series created by Campfire Studios. The news comes with the announcement that all six episodes of season two for the podcast will premiere on Thanksgiving, November 25, exclusively on Audible. Season three of the podcast will launch in 2022. The show was previously with Acast Studios.

In the new seasons of Abuse of Power, hosts David Rudolf and Sonya Pfeiffer will return to uncover and examine shocking cases of abuse and misconduct within the criminal justice system. In season two, the husband-and-wife criminal defense duo will dive deep into “The State of Florida vs. Krishna Maharaj,” a case that spans more than thirty years, with justice yet to be served. 

Throughout the new season, Rudolf and Pfeiffer interview those involved in the case – including Maharaj’s wife Marita, as well as investigators, lawyers, experts and a former CIA operative – offering listeners an in-depth look at this epic and ongoing battle.

“The case of Krishna Maharaj is one of the most compelling we’ve ever explored, and it provides a shocking window into the criminal legal system in America,” said Rudolf and Pfeiffer in a joint statement. “Kris’s case illustrates the horrors that the system can inflict on a person – and everyone in that person’s orbit. It’s critical for people to understand how the meaning of justice can be distorted, because those fighting on the inside need reinforcements and resources. We’ve been humbled as we’ve dug into the many layers of Kris’s battle, and we’re proud to partner once again with Campfire Studios to highlight a case that has the power to drive emotion and action.”

Abuse of Power is a Campfire Studios production, and is executive produced by Campfire’s CEO Ross Dinerstein, Vice President of Non-Fiction Content Rebecca Evans and the company’s newly minted Director of Audio Content Ryan Alexander Steiner. 

“This case will make you question everything,” said Dinerstein. “Content that spotlights injustices has always been part of Campfire’s DNA, and as podcasting continues to provide a tremendous platform for deserving stories like Kris’s, we’re really excited to expand our output in that space – and for the opportunity to work again with our good friends David and Sonya to bring more Abuse of Power to Audible listeners.”

The creators have not yet announced what story they plan to tell in the third season.

The deal with Audible also means that on Thanksgiving all episodes of the first season of Abuse of Power will become available on Audible. The first season originally premiered in early 2020 and was nominated for several awards, including the 2021 People Choice Podcast Awards and the 2021 Webby Awards, which it won in the “Crime & Justice” category.

Founded in 2014, Campfire Studios is a production company that is best known for its television work;it has produced docuseries for HBO Max (The Way Down and Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults), FX (The Most Dangerous Animal of All), Netflix (The Innocent Man, Voir), Hulu (WeWork), FX (Hysterical), and CNN (The Lost Sons). Campfire Studios has also created several scripted shows for Netflix and IFC.