Anatomy of a Scam: The Core Brand Solutions & Production Media Company Connection

What’s in a name?

Core Brand Solutions REALLY doesn’t want you to know that they used to be part of Production Media Company. So much so that Core Brand Solutions’ employs shills to patrol online forums like 800notes.com spreading misinformation about how deep their connections really go while at the same time attempting to dispel any notion that they are a scam. With Production Media Company’s online reputation and abysmal Better Business Bureau rating, you can’t really blame Core Brand Solutions for trying to distance themselves from such an obviously shady operation.

800notes.com is an online database for consumers to keep track of telemarketers and potential scammers. On the listing for Core Brand Solutions’ company telephone number (360-787-9280), an unnamed “owner” – in response to a user putting two and two together in regards to Production Media Company and Core Brand Solutions – posted the following:

“Production Media Company (which is local to us) went through roughly 400 employees in 2015 alone. Being in a similar industry, we do end up with many of their employees, [with them] almost always [having] left due to Production Media Company’s unethical business practices. We are an entirely separate company that started with the full intent to follow through on our word and promises we make. In fact, if you were burned by Production Media Company in the past, give us a call and let’s see what we can do for you (complimentary of course) to reassure you about the industry and show you how different we actually are. We are in no way associated with Production Media Company.

Source: 800notes.com

For a business so determined to distance themselves from a company they describe as unethical, they apparently didn’t send the same memo to all of their employees who still have their former employer Production Media Company listed on their Linked In profiles. This includes Core Brand Solutions Chief Executive Office Nathan Eastburn (former Sales Marketing Executive at Production Media Company); his wife and Chief Financial Officer Angela Eastburn (former HR Manager at Production Media Company); and Chief Operating Officer Brett Weaks (former Account Manager at Production Media Company); as well as over a dozen more former employees and managers.

“Co-founder” Justin Dupree, while admitting that he did indeed once work for Production Media Company, had this to say via text message:

“Not sure who this is, don’t really care, but you know we are not affiliated with Production Media Company right? We quit there to run a legitimate company. With all your investigating you’d be able to see that and also that we are NOT scamming anyone.”

So let me get this straight – a bunch of ex-felons and drug addicts who are fed up with the culture of corruption and fraud at their current employer decide to start their own company using the exact same business model as the previous one and hiring the exact same people. The new business conveniently opens right as the old business closes, but they are definitely not related to one another and they most certainly aren’t ripping people off like the old business who most certainly was.

If you believe all of that, then I’ve got an incredible marketing opportunity just for you.

Now let’s take a look at how Core Brand Solutions is most definitely NOT associated with Production Media Company in any way whatsoever, shall we?

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Nate Eastburn

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  • Owner & Chief Executive Officer at Core Brand Solutions since May 2016
  • Previously: Sales Marketing Executive at Production Media Company
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Angela Eastburn

 

  • Owner & Chief Financial Officer at Core Brand Solutions since May 2016
  • Previously: HR Manager at Production Media Company from May 2013 to April 2016
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Brett Weaks

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  • Chief Operating Officer at Core Brand Solutions
  • Previously: Account Manager at Production Media Company
  • Marketing Specialist at Bench Craft Company from August 2011 to January 2013
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Joseph McCallum

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  • Senior Sales Manager at Core Brand Solutions
  • Previously: Senior Accounts Manager at Production Media Company
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Justin Dupree

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  • Co-Founder/Client Coordinator at Core Brand Solutions since May 2016
  • Previously: Sales Associate at Production Media Company from January 2014 to May 2016
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Damian Sander

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  • National Branding Specialist at Core Brand Solutions since May 2016
  • Previously: National Recruiter at Production Media Company from October 2014 to April 2016
  • National Recruiter at Game Day Media from March 2013 to September 2014
  • National Recruiter at Bench Craft Company from September 2010 to March 2013

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Linked In

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Craig Weathers

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  • Executive Acquisitions Manager at Core Brand Solutions since May 2013
  • Previously: Corporate Liaison at Production Media Company since February 2015

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Brandon Foster Williams

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  • Senior Executive Accounts Manager at Core Brand Solutions
  • Previously: Executive Accounts Manager at Production Media Company from March 2013 to May 2016
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John (aka Brandon) Treat

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  • Client Realtions Specialist at Core Brand Solutions since May 2016
  • Previously: Account Manager at Production Media Company
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 Sonya Byars

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  • Recruiting Manager/Sales Representative at Core Brand Solutions since May 2016
  • Previously: Account Manager/Trainer at Production Media Company from April 2015 to May 2016
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Jack Norton

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  • Director of National Sales at Core Brand Solutions since May 2016
  • Previously: Senior Account Manager at Production Media Company from 2014 to 2016
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Linked In

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