Tenderfoot TV and Black Mountain Media launch Culpable, a new true-crime podcast
PRESS RELEASE — June 20, 2019
Atlanta GA, USA—Podcasting powerhouse Tenderfoot TV, known for launching four successful true crime podcast franchises: “Up and Vanished”, “Monster”, “Sworn” and “To Live and Die in LA,” is set to launch its latest investigative series, Culpable, premiering June 17th. The debut season of CULPABLE will cover the tragic death of 21-year-old Christian Andreacchio of Meridian, Mississippi. The podcast is produced in partnership with podcast newcomers Black Mountain Media and will be part of the Tenderfoot TV/Cadence 13 exclusive slate deal.
CULPABLE explores unsettled cases where those deserving of blame have somehow eluded justice. On February 26, 2014, Christian Andreacchio was found dead in the upstairs bathroom of his apartment from a single gunshot wound to the head. After a mere 45-minute investigation, his death was ruled a suicide by the Meridian Police Department (MPD). Although MPD stands by their ruling of suicide, there is substantial evidence that points to Christian’s death being a premeditated homicide. Despite these independent findings, the Andreacchio family has only been met with roadblocks from both local and state agencies, as well as local media outlets who refused to cover the case.
Through podcast writer and producer Dennis Cooper, CULPABLE will share a compelling story about this suspicious death, the questions surrounding it, and a grieving families’ ongoing fight for justice. With help from Private Investigator Sheila Wysocki, on behalf of the Andreacchio family, Dennis will dig further than authorities have gone as they work toward unearthing the truth behind the story of a young man with a promising future, whose life met an unexpected and tragic end.
“I’m grateful to have a platform that can grab the attention of millions of people, stirring their thoughts and emotions, so that all parties: a grieving family, a production team, and a mass audience are working toward the same goal of resolution,” says CULPABLE host, Dennis Cooper. “Together we can make way for new leads and breaks in an unresolved case, and most importantly, can magnify the voice of a family whose cries for justice have been ignored.”
Since its inception in 2016, Tenderfoot TV has amassed over 425 million downloads and has been integral in giving authorities tools to uncover new leads and crack cases through the exposure provided by its podcasts. Its first true crime hit “Up and Vanished” led to an arrest in the decade-old cold case of missing South Georgia teacher Tara Grinstead. It was followed by “Atlanta Monster,” which helped renew interest in the 29 cases of Atlanta’s missing and murdered children, known as the Atlanta Child Murders. The city of Atlanta announced in March 2019 that after 40 years it would be re-examining evidence in these cases. Most recently, its popular podcast hosted by Neil Strauss, “To Live and Die in LA,” has given authorities evidence that there was more than one person involved in the death of aspiring Hollywood actress, Adea Shabani.
“The amount of exposure that we can generate for a case opens the door for new information, tips and witnesses to come forward, many of whom do not feel comfortable talking to police,” said Donald Albright, Tenderfoot TV president and executive producer on the podcast. “In Christian’s case too many have turned a blind eye. It’s much harder to do that when we shine a bright light on their activities and go places where law enforcement is unwilling to go.”
About Tenderfoot TV:
Founded by Atlanta director and independent filmmaker, Payne Lindsey, and music industry veteran, Donald Albright, Tenderfoot TV is a hub for creators and storytellers. The company launched in August 2016 with the release of the viral true crime podcast, “Up and Vanished.” It has since created additional breakthrough podcasts including the critically acclaimed “Atlanta Monster” as well as the true crime hits “To Live and Die in LA”, and “Sworn.” Tenderfoot is also developing multiple projects for TV and film, but podcasts remain the company’s primary focus, having amassed over 425 million total downloads in less than 3 years. Tenderfoot strives to tell compelling and important stories. No rules. No restrictions.
About Black Mountain Media
Black Mountain was founded in 2018 by Jacob Bozarth, Mark Minnery, and Dennis Cooper. A sister company of post-production house Resonate Recordings, Black Mountain Media focuses on content creation and the development of new shows. The partnership of Black Mountain and Tenderfoot was rooted back in 2017, when Resonate began to render post production services for Tenderfoot’s hit show “Up and Vanished” which has amassed over 300 million downloads to date. Resonate has since worked on every Tenderfoot project. When Black Mountain launched production on it’s first show, “Culpable,” they reached out to Tenderfoot TV, and a partnership was born. The Louisville, KY based production team is planning additional releases and creative partnerships in the near future.
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By Tenderfoot TV, Black Mountain Media & Cadence 13
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