Sister invests in Podcast Studio Startup Campside – The Hollywood Reporter

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Sister, the global media company founded by Elisabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snider and Jane Featherstone, has invested in new non-fiction podcast studio Campside.

The deal builds on Sister’s growing portfolio of creator-focused businesses after its March investment in comic book publisher AWA Studios.

Campside was founded by journalists Josh Dean, Vanessa Grigoriadis and Matthew Shaer alongside writer and producer Adam Hoff. The studio will focus on non-fiction narrative storytelling in the fast-growing audio segment, developing projects that span the true-crime, scandal, and adventure genres. She also works on global projects in Japan, Brazil and India.

Campside currently has 11 original podcasts going. Sister, who also has a first-look deal with the studio, already has plans to adapt three of those projects for television.

Snider tells THR that Sister aggressively pursued the case. “We believe in what they’re doing,” she says. “We believe in long-form journalism that can be adapted to audio, we believe in their integrity as journalists, and we believe in their business plan, which is to enable journalists to profit and succeed from their own work.”

Three of Campside’s founders are journalists who recently made the jump to podcasting. Dean, who wrote for rolling stone, New York and Squire, hosted and produced the 2019 podcast The meadow. Grigoriadis, who wrote the book Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power and Consent on Campus, was behind Luminary’s Tabloid: The Creation of Ivanka Trump. Matthew Shaer is a freelance writer for the New York Times Review who co-reported and hosted Wondery’s On my corpse.

We believe in story first, and to that end, we wanted to make Campside a company built around storytellers,” Grigoriadis said in a statement. “At a time when the audio medium is exploding with potential – ever-growing audiences and hungry for greater investment in exciting new platforms – we want to empower journalists who create and work on incredible stories. only because it is fair and just, but because that is how you create success.

The company’s first project will be a 10-part series about the Hollywood con queen scam, hosted by Dean and co-developed by Grigoriadis. Other projects include Mask, an investigation into a botched Seattle murder case that Shaer reported with reporter Eric Benson; The loss, in which animator Matteo Fagotto explores the reunion of a mother and her daughter following their separation by the Spanish government; and Hung, in which creator and host Dean will tell the story of a bank robbery spree set against the backdrop of America’s opioid crisis.

Sister is in development on the TV adaptation of Mask, and John Ridley develops Hung at ABC Studios.

Snider says the ability to adapt Campside’s projects for film and television wasn’t central to Sister’s investment, although it was an added bonus. “It’s good for us to be able to incubate IP and it’s good for them to have experienced producers who have connections everywhere,” she says. “It’s definitely mutual.” But as a major investor in the company, Sister won’t stop Campside from doing shows with other producers if they’re a better fit, she says.

Campside signed with UTA, who helped broker the deal with Sister alongside Morris Yorn and Blakemore Fallon.

Sister was launched in 2019 to produce projects for multiple platforms. The company, which absorbed Sister Productions from Featherstone, has offices in London and Los Angeles. His credits include HBO/Sky Atlantic’s Chernobyl and London Gangs.

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