One night, I had enough of the overwhelming, bad news bombarding our channels 24/7! My wife and I decided that it was simply not healthy to watch such negative information before going to sleep. In a quest for more balance in the reporting of what goes on in the world, Only Good News was born.
Created to deliver the antidote, the mission of the company's HooplaHa studio is to deliver the most heartwarming and uplifting videos to make you feel good. I teamed with a top storyteller from the broadcast entertainment industry to chronicle a positive movement, which unites and connects those of us that believe in the best of mankind.
Only Good News discovers great tales about real people and shines the spotlight on those whose actions are inspiring with a positive social impact. We are committed to providing a hopeful narrative on humanity and develop original videos of individuals and organizations focused on overcoming adversity, paying it forward, kindness, gratitude and happiness.
We invite you to join us in celebrating those who are doing things to build a better world and effecting good work throughout communities around the globe. Share our stories with your world and send us yours so that together we can make a difference.
Meet The Team
Founder / Board Chairman
Most recently was president of $1.5 billion company Affinion Group and looks forward to more of his global "voluntourism". Founded and sold industry leading marketing services company, Webloyalty and was twice included in Silicon Alley Top 100 celebration of most successful people and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. When he is not trying to create the next greatest thing, Rick is trying to rediscover his tennis game.
Missy Godfrey is a builder who thrives on transformational business opportunities from launches to turn arounds within diverse sectors including media, commerce and technology. Missy was most recently CEO of Spafinder Wellness and prior to that SocialFlow, a software company for social media marketing. Her media career included senior leadership positions at Primedia, Worth, Hearst and American Express. Godfrey holds a BS from Skidmore College.
Chief Content Officer
A HooplaHa co-founder, Rob is a content and production purist who lives for emotional storytelling and producing the perfect 2-minute piece! Launched an indie television production company after heading up the east coast production for Television Program Enterprises. Produced pop culture classics including Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Rob has a BS from Emerson College and never goes anywhere without bumping into people who know and love him.
EVP – Business Development
A cartoonist wanna-be who, after planning and marketing roles at Citibank and JP Morgan Chase, was key member of senior team that built Synapse from startup to world's largest magazine agent sold to Time Inc. A tremendously organized clutter collector, Laurence can probably still find his MS from Binghamton University.
Blog Editor/Social Media Manager
Mary has a passion for reading and writing. When she's not running the blog and social media accounts here at HooplaHa, you can find her playing, coaching, or watching softball, spending time with her family and close friends, watching movies, or (shocker) reading and writing.
William has a passion for social media and digital content production. He has been involved in new media for over 7 years now working on content for companies such as Adobe, CBS, NBC, and YouTube. When William isn't coordinating 'feel good' content, he enjoys traveling, producing video's on YouTube, photography, playing golf, and trying to think of the next big idea.
Editor/Post Production Supervisor
Kellie recieved her first camcorder at age 12 because she knew very early on where she wanted to go in her life. Creating stories through film is one of her greatest passions. After graduating from Quinnpiac University, Kellie instantly started working in film. From documentaries on MSNBC to live sports content, there's nothing Kellie would turn down.
TV personality and mother of 2, Marysol Castro shares stories that highlight the good in the world! This week Marysol shares feel-good stories including a dog who can perform CPR and a man who's traveling the country cutting lawns for free. Watch the full video at https://onlygood.vhx.tv/the-weekly-good-with-marys....
After surviving ovarian cancer, Caly Bevier got a once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform on The Ellen Show and on America's Got Talent. On this episode of Caly on the Good, see Caly (and her girlfriend Sam) attend the Ovacome Annual Gala "UnMasque! THE TEAL REVEAL", an annual fundraiser that honors and celebrates ovarian cancer survivors. Watch as she moves the room with Rachel Platten's Fight Song and her acceptance speech for the 2018 Ovacome Excellence Award. Watch the full video at www.onlygood.tv!
Celebrity shoe designer Taryn Rose is both a doctor and a fashionista. In 1998, Taryn changed the footwear industry when she created shoes that were both fashionable and good for your feet! Recently, she teamed up with non-profit "Delivering Good" to donate 5,000 pairs of comfy black pumps to women in need with the goal of making them feel comfortable re-entering the workforce. Watch the full video on www.onlygood.tv!
Art classes allow young people to express themselves in important ways. Unfortunately, arts education is disappearing from schools in America; since 2008, 80% of school districts have cut funding for art programs. Simultaneously, student creativity scores have dropped. Fortunately, there are people and groups out there fighting to keep arts education present and vibrant in schools across the country.
Tennis is a popular and fun pastime, in that it requires mental focus and athletic ability. But due to the cost of equipment and court time, lots of kids never get the chance to try their hand at the sport. Leaders of the Junior Tennis Champion Center (JTCC) recognized this cost challenge, and decided to do something to change it. In 2009, JTCC launched a Community Outreach initiative, with the goal of introducing underserved kids in Prince George's County, MD, and Washington, DC to tennis. And the program has become an indisputable success.
What's more fun than watching a fashion show? How about a fashion show featuring incredibly cute dogs??
Jim Curtis is an award-winning health industry pioneer. But reaching the pinnacle of success, as he has today, was no cake-walk. Only after accepting the curveballs and challenges that life threw his way could Jim find happiness and thrive in his career.
The inaugural Universal FanCon (FanCon) is the first large-scale, 24-hour, inclusive event that celebrates the diversity of fans, the diversity of fandom, the true needs of those who love pop culture and a celebration of the differences that make us strong. Hosted at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD, April 27-29, 2018, FanCon's mission is to create a sense of belonging by providing authentic connections and experiences through fan-centric parties, programs, panels and partners.