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.
BUILD is a non-profit organization that uses entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of the youth who are most at-risk of dropping out of high school. More specifically, BUILD supplements traditional education with the skills to develop and run their own small businesses.
Being a kid can be tough. Especially if you are shy, making friends doesn't come easily. 10-year-old Christian agrees and did something to help. When he was in first grade, there was a chance his family had to move to Germany. Checking out his potential school online, Christian noticed a 'buddy bench' on the playground. They didn't end up moving, and Christian knew he had to have a bench at his school.
Inclusion Films, started by veteran filmmaker Joey Travolta (brother of actor John Travolta) in 2007, is a teaching studio for aspiring filmmakers with developmental disabilities.
4.6 million people in the U.S. live with a developmental disability... and that hasn't stopped these people from achieving their dreams! There are literally thousands of people and organizations supporting those with special needs. These 7 inspiring organizations and individuals are proof that once you put your mind to something, and are given a little bit of help, anything is possible!
They're known around the world for their viral Flashmob Spinning Marriage Proposal video and with the wedding quickly approaching, Adam Keller & Jared Marinelli are kicking it into high-gear to get all the last minute details done for their big day!
Every two years Greenfield Hill Congregational Church in Fairfield, Connecticut displays thousands of flags in honor and remembrance of the American men and women who've fallen in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The site is truly amazing!