6 months after his departure from Hearst and Complex Networks, Corey Moss has decided to build his own instead of building for others, with a new production company focused on premium formats for all platforms. Called Bold Soul Studios, the new production shingle will be run by Moss and filmmaker and YA novelist Brad T. Gottfred (“The Movie Hero”).
And Moss isn’t tiptoeing lightly — the business already has an overall deal with commercial production shop This is Just a Test Media (TLC’s “I Am Jazz”), a deal with Matador Content for multiple scripted projects, and work in progress with NFL Players Association’ content division ACE Media.
“We are thrilled to form this alliance with Bold Soul,” said Aengus James and Colin
King Miller, co-founders of TIJAT adding that Moss and Gottfred’s “extensive experience creating millennial-focused digital content is unparalleled.”
Bold Soul Studios is also collaborating with Ranker on brand and are in development on pilots to be released on Ranker’s Facebook channel (3.6 million followers).
The move for Moss, while ‘Bold’, is a natural one given his work over the last 10 years producing series in digital and overseeing owned-and-operated brand launches. For Hearst, Moss not only co-developed the strategy for Hearst-Verizon co-ventures Rated Red and Seriously, but he also executive produced multiple series for Verizon’s go90 including renewed hits “QB1” and “Top Grier”.
“We feel like you need to be bold to stand out in the content world these days. And Brad and I really believe in finding the soul in our storytelling, so the name works far beyond just wordplay,” Moss told VideoInk. “It’s been over a decade for me in the digital space and I’m still completely fascinated by it. Launching Bold Soul with Brad was the best way to continue feeding that curiosity and allow us the opportunity to explore all sides of the business.”
Bold Soul Studios will focus on creating formats in both unscripted and scripted, consistent with Moss’s background in producing short and mid-form for various social and digital-first distributors. Unscripted formats will resemble the reality formats created for go90 while scripted will tap Gottfred’s background in the Young Adult space, where the company has already optioned multiple books and structured partnerships with a handful of YA authors.
“Corey and Brad have curated a terrific scripted slate that will further activate our
partnership with Untitled Entertainment and boost our output of scripted content,” said
Matador co-founders Todd Lubin and Jay Peterson (Viceland’s “What Would Diplo Do?”, “Lip Sync Battle”).