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Pearson Media Group: A Watchdog Advisory

Pearson Media Group: A Watchdog Advisory

ALLi’s Watchdog Desk receives reports about suspicious emails and possible scams daily, but recent complaints have featured one offender in particular: Pearson Media Group.

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ALLi’s Watchdog John Doppler

The Pearson Pretensions

Pearson Media Group is a company that operates under more than a dozen aliases. Carter Press Marketing. Ace Media International. APM Media Production. (BookWhip, another pervasive scam, may be part of the same network of disposable business entities.) Often these aliases are chosen to create confusion with more established and reputable companies, such as Pearson UK and American Public Media.

And, following a pattern that’s been adopted by many scammers and fly-by-night vanity presses, these aliases are discarded as soon as the company’s reputation becomes too poisoned to present a convincing facade.

Pearson Media Group holds a 1-star average with the Better Business Bureau, but has paid for the BBB’s bogus accreditation to receive an A+ rating. They eagerly tout this rating on every email and social media post as proof of their good reputation. Clients who have fallen prey to their schemes would disagree vehemently.

The Pearson Pitch

The current Pearson email pitch promises movie deals lifted from the typical scammer boilerplate: slightly broken English asserting that they are “affiliated” with major production companies (none of which are named, and the supposed affiliation is never described); a little ego stroking about how their board of editors supposedly chose your book out of hundreds of candidates (Wow! The thousands of people who received these emails must be so honored to be selected!); and hints of the staggering wealth that awaits the author if they provide a mere 10% of the production costs… which of course, is a huge favor to the author because “we take a high risk on your book because we see quality movie material and big potential for a movie adaptation.”

The author soon learns that that 10% share is about $3,500.00.

The Pearson Personae

There is no indication that Pearson Media Group’s staff have any experience in publishing, film production, or marketing. In fact, their website lists no staff, or any human being associated with the company. (Pop quiz: How many legitimate agencies prefer to remain anonymous?)

Pearson’s emails are signed by either Mike Suarez, Markus Torres, or Mia Allerton, names that could not be traced to experienced professionals in the industry. Torres, the alleged Senior Project Manager at Pearson, has a faceless LinkedIn account that lists Pearson as his only job experience. Allerton has a sparsely populated Facebook page devoid of photos, save a picture of the virtual office/maildrop that Pearson uses as their address. (Despite the company having existed for only four years, the profile claims she has worked there since the year 2000.) Suarez, international man of mystery, is nowhere to be found.

The Pearson Payoff

So, what does the author get for their $3,500.00 investment? Nothing, it seems. Pearson’s portfolio includes only three mediocre book trailers featuring the same actors and nearly identical stock audio soundtracks regardless of genre. None have been made into feature films. There is no evidence of the company or any of its aliases having licensed rights to any studio, anywhere.

But there are quite a few authors who are $3,500.00 poorer for having done business with Pearson Media Group.

Accordingly, we assign this company a Watchdog Advisory, our most severe level of rating.

Over to You

Have you received a solicitation or “sponsorship offer” from Pearson Media Group? Let us know in the comments below!

John Doppler

From the sunny California beaches where he washed ashore in 2008, John Doppler scrawls tales of science fiction, urban fantasy, and horror -- and investigates self-publishing services as the Alliance of Independent Authors's Watchdog. John relishes helping authors turn new opportunities into their bread and butter and offers terrific resources for indie authors at Words on Words. He shares his lifelong passion for all things weird and wonderful on The John Doppler Effect.

This Post Has 13 Comments
  1. I have been approached by smooth-talking companies like Glasslink Solutions about turning my novel into a film; The Great Plague-A Journey Into The Soul of Man by me, Jack Baret. Any advice about who can help me in this area would be much appreciated. I also write with a pen name; Angelo Zuccaro and have my anthology; Beyond Human Existence-Living and Dying in Suburbia and I have been approached by many companies, mostly bogus about this book as well.

    Regards, Jack

  2. Thanks for doing the exposé on these Pearsons Media scammers. It saves every author a lot of bother.
    They assert that they are ‘very interested in your book …… great opportunities … endorsed to me for marketing evaluation ….’

  3. I’ve been contacted so many times by Pearson media & consulting that I lost count. Many phone calls with different people, different business names, and different countries. Each one can’t even tell me what my book is about, but they want it bad… Lmao. Steer clear for sure. Oh, I forgot to mention that I am a screenwriter, published author of many books, and a producer. I don’t need your fake, vanity publishing that asks me for money. You want my work; then it’s you that has to pay me, morons. That’s how the system works not the other way around.

  4. I’ve been contacted so many times by Pearson media & consulting that I lost count. Many phone calls with different people, different business names, and different countries. Each one can’t even tell me what my book is about, but they want it bad… Lmao. Steer clear for sure.

  5. I was contacted by Pearson Media Group with the same line……selected by editors, film/movie opportunities, etc.
    The problem is none of my books are suitable for movies or films. They are daily spiritual meditations, so I suspected right away this was a scam.

  6. Hey John and your organization!,

    I will not be surprised if you will not post this comment of course you don’t want this type of comment authors will read. You call yourselves watchdog ! ! or I would say, mouse trappers. All you do is write something negative on a company with no proof. Nice name watchdog because all you know is bark bark bark on something you cannot justify. If you are really what you claim concern to indie authors! ! Do some research first on a company! ! if you will accuse a company.

    This is totally baiting to authors, pretending to have concerns to authors, even if don’t have any idea or knowledge at all. Trying to pretend to have knowledge but totally nothing.

    You are the real scammers you made up stories or reviews to legit companies. Say something negative even if all your saying is totally made up! no proof, all are allegations! !

    Authors check this blog or I don’t know what is this. Do you notice they made up negative stories to companies, but if you notice this whole page is a page of their scam website. They offer services and packages! ! to attract authors and clients to visit their website! ! they made up stories to companies and make a not credible advisory!!

    This is their way to bait authors! ! Totally scammers!!! this is how scammers like this person ALLi’s Watchdog John Doppler! ! trick and manipulate authors! ! !

    Hey John if you’re brave enough post this comment here! ! if not then your a pussy scammer that don’t know how to do research ! !

  7. Ia am being asked to send $5,000 to Pearson Media Group to pay for a screen play writer. The agent from Sparks LM, Jen Davis, claims she is meeting with Amy Reinhard of Netflix. I called her office, and her secretary did say Davis met with her about a screen play. Do you think I should pay the $5,000?

    1. Thank John for your great work; the 2 culprits supposedly named, Markus and Suarez tried to siphon $3500 from my cousin brother, a brilliant writer who escaped the Genocide of Tutsi in Rwanda with their pseudo subsidized offer to help adapt his book to cinema…until I called the crooks from Toronto, Canada where I live, investigating their genuiness, only for them to disappear before their crime!
      Well done, John for your amazing, saving poor people from Africa and elsewhere to be robbed by these thugs.

  8. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually isn’t! Don’t fall victim to their prey. I get emails like this all the time. I always check them out and this time I fell upon ALLi’s Watchdog John Doppler! Thanks for the heads up!

  9. I got the email from Pearson Media Group, which I deleted after I briefly wondered which of my books had attracted their attention. Oh, right. They didn’t care about books, just gullibility.
    Thanks for the article.

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