Mike Marts, our Editor-in-Chief, is a seasoned insider with over twenty years of experience in the comic book and entertainment business. He has edited some of the most critically acclaimed and highest-selling series of the last two decades, and has spearheaded several of the industry’s most popular franchises including Batman, the X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy. With long tenures at both Marvel Entertainment and DC Comics, Mike brings along an extensive history of dynamic storytelling and universe building.
Joe Pruett, our Publisher/CCO, is an Eisner award winning comic book editor, publisher, and writer with over 25 years of experience. Joe was nominated for numerous Eisner and Harvey awards as a writer, editor and publisher, including for his work on Negative Burn at Caliber Comics. He is also known for his work at Marvel, where he wrote for X-Men Unlimited, Wolverine, and Cable. Joe founded Desperado Publishing in 2004, which had a publishing partnership with Image Comics and IDW.
Lee Kramer, our President, is a film production and development executive who has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Lee was the head Story Analyst at Endeavor, and worked with producer Cathy Schulman, who produced the Academy Award winning film Crash and the Illusionist. Lee has also served as a development and production executive at Mandalay Pictures, and has produced several television shows for HBO.
Jon Kramer, our Chief Executive Officer, is an entertainment entrepreneur with extensive international production and distribution experience. He is currently serving as CEO of Rive Gauche, a reality TV business, which Jon purchased in 2003. Prior to acquiring Rive Gauche, Jon was the president of Promark Entertainment Corporation, where he was responsible for all the company’s activities, including production and distribution. Under Jon’s leadership, Promark produced 40 feature films, including films for HBO. Before moving to Promark, Jon held senior positions at New Century Vista Films, CBS Theatrical Films, Times Mirror Cable TV, and United Artist Theatres.
Jeff Ford, our Senior Executive/UK, works to expand the company’s efforts on the international stage by leveraging the brand’s high quality IP for placement and distribution in the UK market. With over three decades in the television industry, Ford has spent over 20 years at the highest network levels. Starting his career at the BBC, he moved to ITV in 1995 as Director of Acquisitions and later joined the fledging Channel 5 to establish that channel through several high-profile acquisitions. Moving to Channel 4, he headed up acquisitions, then returned to Channel 5 and soon became Director of Programmes for the entire portfolio. A stint as Director of Content at TV3 Ireland was followed by his appointment as Managing Director and SVP of Content Development at FOX UK, where he executive produced their first drama, Deep State starring Mark Strong.
Jawad Qureshi, our Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, is an experienced Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor. Jawad spent 15 years in the sales industry, selling high tech equipment to the U.S. government. Since then he has served as the CEO and co-founder of Vpype, an interactive video broadcast application, and has invested in numerous tech startups and real estate ventures. Jawad is also an award-winning executive film producer.
Dan Shires, our Vice President of Film and Television/UK, is responsible for introducing AfterShock content to U.K. broadcasters and producers, in addition to working alongside, and nurturing, new international partners for production, as well as working with AfterShock Media in Los Angeles to translate the company’s comic book properties into movie and television content. Shires has two decades of broadcasting experience, including work with Vivendi Universal, the Walt Disney Company and more than a decade with Fox Networks Group, where he was director of programmes and acquisitions responsible for the U.K. and Sub-Saharan African territories.
RuthAnn Thompson, our Senior Retailer Relations Manager, manages company initiatives designed to increase support and engagement among AfterShock’s primary channel of comic book and graphic novel distribution – the owners, managers and staffs of local comic shops, primarily across North America. Chief among her responsibilities is supervision of our “AfterShock Army” retailer outreach initiative. Formerly President of Sponsorships and Events at GeekChic Promotions and New York Comic Con Event Manager for Loot Crate, Thompson brings to AfterShock years of deep, hands-on experience managing everything from promotional activities and sponsorships to event planning and talent relations for some of the most established companies in the comic industry.
Stephan Nilson, our Publishing Operations Manager, is an Eisner Award-accepting comic book creator that has been working in comics and television for fifteen years. He has written and edited for DC Comics, Image Comics, IDW Publishing, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros, Universal and others. For the past three years Stephan was the Production Manager for a video and animation production house in Tampa, Florida, working for clients such as Miller Lite, Adidas, and Strider bikes’ Team Japan.