Published on October 30th, 2019 | by Crystal Willis


ComplexCon to Launch Slate of Original Podcasts in Partnership With Acast

Complex Networks has announced today that in partnership with Acast, they will be launching an always-on slate of Complex original podcasts. Each of the three new podcast series will be available mid-November. The new podcast slate will represent diverse, culture-leading industries that align with Complex’s core brand ethos including pop culture, sports, and sneakers. While Complex has experimented with podcasts in the past, this is a key phase in a larger Complex Networks push in original audio experiences going into 2020.

ComplexCon Long Beach also marks the first time Complex will bring podcasts to life in front of a LIVE audience. The ‘Complex Podcast Studio Presented by Acast’ will feature live podcasts each day from influential shows with talent including The No Chill Podcast, The Read, Thug Motivation, and more. Takashi Murakami will  be gracing the stage for a special presentation. The live podcasts will include existing favorites and some new, not yet announced Complex Original podcasts that will be part of the ongoing content offering following ComplexCon.

“We have a track record of building big universes and fandom around our IP, and audio continues to be a natural format for us to expand into,” said Myles O’Connell, SVP of Global Content Distribution for Complex Networks. “Based on our expertise of building communities online and off, we see a big whitespace opportunity for our fans to engage with this format and our talent IRL which is why we’re bringing it all to ComplexCon.”

The newly announced slate of Complex Original podcasts in partnership with Acast includes:

Watch Less, hosted by Khal and Frazier Tharpe, Deputy Editor and Senior Editor of Complex’s Pop Culture channel, respectively, is Complex’s podcast dedicated to movies, television and pop culture. The goal is to strip away the excess from the biggest stories and moments hitting television and film to get down to brass tacks: what’s hot, what’s not, and what’s being slept-on for today’s entertainment lover.

Load Management, hosted by Chopz and Adam Caparell, Deputy Editor and Senior Editor of Complex’s Sports channel, respectively, is Complex’s podcast dedicated to everything going on in the world of sports. Load Management aims to elevate the sports conversation through exclusive discussions with the knowledgeable staff at Complex and athletes or other members of the sports media world the audience knows, respects, and can’t wait to hear tell it like it really is.

The Complex Sneakers Podcast, hosted by Joe La Puma, Host of “Sneaker Shopping;” Matthew Welty, Co-host of “Full Size Run;” and Brendan Dunne, Co-host of “Full Size Run;” is Complex’s podcast dedicated to the world of sneakers. The hosts of the Internet’s biggest sneaker shows, Sneaker Shopping and Full Size Run, come together in The Complex Sneaker Podcast to discuss the most important sneaker news and topics every week, and give their expert opinions that can only be told authentically from Complex.

The ‘ComplexCon Podcast Studio Presented by Acast’ live tapings will include:

Saturday, November 2 


Special Presentation by Takashi Murakami

Time: 12:00 – 12:45 PM PST


Host: Khal and Frazier Tharpe

Time: 3:00 – 3:45 PM PST


Hosts: Adam Caparell and Chopz

Time: 4:15 – 5PM PST


Hosts: Kid Fury and Crissle

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM PST

Sunday, November 3 


Hosts: Gilbert Arenas and Mike Botticello

Time: 1:15 – 2:00 PM PST


Hosts: Joe La Puma, Matthew Welty, Brendan Dunne

Time: 3:00 – 3:45 PM PST


Hosts: Scottie Beam, Gia Peppers, Sapphira, Bex, Alysha P.

Time: 4:15 – 5:00 PM PST


Host: Jeezy

Time: 5:30 – 6:15 PM PST

Puma returns as the Official Footwear Partner of ComplexCon Long Beach. Zen continues its partnership as the Official Gift Shop Sponsor. In addition, American Express will be making its ComplexCon debut as the Official Payment Partner offering exclusive access and benefits to its Card Members,  along with Canon and MTN DEW® AMP® GAME FUEL® as Presenting Sponsors. Activision joins the lineup as presenting sponsor with them  ‘Pigeons & Planes Stage Powered by Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare®.’

Tickets to the fourth annual ComplexCon are available at ComplexCon.com. VIP tickets are sold out, but early entry tickets are $225 per day and are new for ComplexCon Long Beach. General Admission tickets are $80 per day or a two-day package can be purchased for $135 (plus fees).

For more information on what to expect at the fourth annual ComplexCon including the full lineup of music performances, participating brands, and the ‘First We Feast Food Lagoon’ check out www.complexcon.com.



ComplexCon is a groundbreaking festival and exhibition that brings together pop culture, music, art, food, sports, innovation, activism, and education. Guests in attendance will be able to shop hundreds of exclusive releases from the most sought-after brands, watch inspiring talks from the most influential minds in our culture, and experience the future through the most immersive and ambitious pop culture experience yet.


Acast is the world’s largest podcast company. Since 2014, Acast has been the engine powering audio for creators all over the world. At its core, Acast connects audio makers with the financial support they need to create amazing content while also delivering the audience they want. Acast works with podcasts globally including Forever 35, The Lady Vanishes, My Dad Wrote a Porno, David Tennant Does a Podcast With…, Hollywood Crime Scene, Forever35, The Lady Vanishes, Watch What Crappens, and Fat Mascara as well as those of publishers such as the BBC, Earios, The Economist, and VICE. As a global business, Acast has offices around the world from Stockholm to Sydney and a team of 170+ talented audio lovers working diligently to create a sustainable audio and voice ecosystem to ensure that the audio industry continues to grow and flourish. Acast was co-founded by Johan Billgren.

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Crystal Willis is an Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, Entertainment Publicist and CEO of The Omni Firm. She is also a Transformational Life Coach and Founder of The Crysalis. Her personal story has been seen by millions of people on media outlets like Marie Claire Magazine, PBS, Blaze TV, Daily Signal and more.

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