BOOM! Studios announced that it has promoted four key members of its marketing, operations, and editorial teams following a historic year for the company that has seen it earn four GLAAD Media Award Nominations, seven Eisner Award Nominations, become a Premier Publisher with Diamond Distributors, and announce numerous projects in development for film and television.
These promotions include Stephanie Hocutt being elevated to Digital Marketing Lead. After joining BOOM! Studios in 2013 as PR Assistant, Hocutt has taken on a variety of duties within the marketing department including working with press and hosting BOOM! Studios’ first video show Buzz on BOOM!. In 2016, Hocutt was promoted to Social Media Coordinator and charged with managing BOOM! Studios social media channels.
Jose Meza has been promoted to Live Events Lead. Soon after joining the company in 2012 as an intern, Meza was promoted to Sales Assistant in 2013. Early in his career, Meza oversaw BOOM! Studios’ in-house inventory management, ecommerce fulfillment, and customer service. After being promoted to Event Coordinator, Meza has rapidly grown BOOM! Studios convention business and expanded the company’s show presence.
Another promotion comes from Sophie Philips-Roberts’ new title as Associate Editor. Since joining BOOM! Studios in 2016, Philips-Roberts has worked directly under BOOM! Box Senior Editor, Shannon Watters on numerous award-winning, bestselling titles including Lumberjanes, Giant Days, Fence, The Backstagers, and many others.
Finally, Morgan Perry has been promoted to Retail Sales Coordinator. In her time at BOOM! Studios, Perry has launched and overseen the BOOM! Guarantee program for retailers and traveled nationwide for the "Discover Your Comic Store Tour” visiting over 40 stores in 15 states.
In addition to these promotions, BOOM! Studios also recently hired Averie Huffine as Vice President of Development-Television. Huffine joined BOOM! Studios’ Fox Lot office in June of 2018, where she currently oversees all TV efforts including the company’s first look TV development deal at 20th Century TV Studio. Another new hire is Esther Kim as Marketing Coordinator. Kim joined BOOM! Studios in September, 2018 after two years at Image Comics in sales and administrative roles. In her new position, Kim plays a key role in publicity and charitable efforts on behalf of BOOM! Studios.
“We’re extremely proud of the success BOOM! Studios has experienced this year in all areas of business. 2018 included joining the Premier publishers of the direct market, significant double digit growth in the book and digital markets, amazing developments in our film and television projects, among other key accomplishments. Each and everyone of these success stories was a team effort and these promotions recognize the contributions of key personnel,” said Filip Sablik, President of Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios.