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  • Sep 17, 2020
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  • CAMPSIDE MEDIA AND SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE PODCAST DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP, DEBUT NEW TRUE CRIME SERIES “CHAMELEON”

Production Studio from Journalists Behind Chart-Topping Podcasts, Including “The Clearing,” “Tabloid,” and “Over My Dead Body” and Sony Music to Create Slate of Original Podcasts  

“Chameleon,” Story of Hollywood Con Queen Scandal, First Podcast Under Agreement 

“Chameleon” Trailer Is Available Now; Series Premieres Oct. 1 

NEW YORK, NY – September 17, 2020 – Campside Media, the new audio production studio from the creators behind chart-topping podcasts such as “The Clearing,” “Tabloid,” and “Over My Dead Body,” and Sony Music Entertainment today announced a new creative partnership to develop a slate of original podcasts.

The collaboration between the two companies will support the continued growth of Campside’s vision of high-quality, powerful storytelling, and work to develop a robust listening audience for Campside projects around the world.

Under the agreement, Campside, formed by accomplished long-form journalists Josh Dean, Vanessa Grigoriadis, Matt Shaer, and screenwriter/producer Adam Hoff in partnership with global content company SISTER founded by Elisabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snider and Jane Featherstone, will expand the overall number of series it produces and develop a range of new quality podcast concepts across multiple genres in collaboration with Sony Music. 

The partnership kicks off with “Chameleon,” a multilayered investigative podcast series which tells the evolving story around the ongoing hunt for the Hollywood Con Queen, a notorious scam artist who for many years impersonated powerful female film producers to prey on aspiring members of the entertainment industry. Hosted by Josh Dean (host and co-creator of “The Clearing”) and co-created by Dean and Vanessa Grigoriadis, (host of “Tabloid”), “Chameleon” premieres on Thursday, October 1 and the trailer is available now.  

As prominent developers of hit nonfiction audio content with decades of high-profile, cross-platform reporting experience, the Campside Media team will manage all creative aspects of the relationship, including podcast writing, production and recording.  As a partner in podcasting, Sony Music will further advance its creator-first approach to collaborating with unique creative talent by providing its expertise in content creation, marketing and monetization to help enhance the scale and scope of Campside’s work.

Commenting on the new partnership, Dean and Grigoriadis said, “We are excited to have a partner in Sony Music who shares our vision for creating ambitious, sticky, narrative shows that can reach global audiences. Campside has an amazing slate of podcasts in development and we are thrilled to be launching Chameleon, the first series from our new company, as part of this relationship.  We wanted to go big from the start and the story of the Hollywood Con Queen is the wildest scam we’ve ever encountered.”

Dennis Kooker, President, Global Digital Business and U.S. Sales, Sony Music Entertainment said “The Campside Media team are leaders at the intersection of longform journalism and narrative podcasting who have created some of the most fascinating and successful podcast series in recent years. We are pleased to be partnering with Josh, Vanessa, Matt and Adam to develop an all new slate of shows based on Campside’s incredible reporting and investigative work and we look forward to supporting the growth of their captivating storytelling with listening audiences everywhere.” 

United Talent Agency (UTA) represented Campside Media in the agreement. 

“Campside has found the perfect partner in Sony Music, who from the beginning, has understood and valued their mission,” said Oren Rosenbaum, Head of Emerging Platforms at UTA. “I have no doubt that this partnership will yield many incredible podcasts as they continue to build their unparalleled and original slate.”

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About Campside

Campside is built around a collective of elite long-form magazine journalists with decades of award-winning reporting experience and a proven track record of breaking and shaping big, complex stories. In the past year, three of the founders were among the few print journalists to cross over and create smash hits in the audio space. Now we’ve started a company built around creative people, including best-in-class audio producers, who put storytelling first. We are the first company dedicated to empowering writers to truly own and shape the product of their hard work, from the narrative itself to the underlying IP to the way their shows are marketed and distributed. Campside was built by narrative journalists, for narrative journalists – and for all the listeners who believe in the power of great storytelling. 

About Sony Music Entertainment 

At Sony Music Entertainment, we fuel the creative journey. We’ve played a pioneering role in music history, from the first-ever music label to the invention of the flat disc record. We’ve nurtured some of music’s most iconic artists and produced some of the most influential recordings of all time. Today, we work in more than 60 countries, supporting a diverse roster of international superstars, developing and independent artists, and visionary creators. From our position at the intersection of music, entertainment, and technology, we bring imagination and expertise to the newest products and platforms, embrace new business models, employ breakthrough tools, and provide powerful insights that help our artists push creative boundaries and reach new audiences. In everything we do, we’re committed to artistic integrity, transparency, and entrepreneurship. Sony Music Entertainment is a member of the Sony family of global companies. Learn more about our artists, creators, and labels here.