REDWOOD CITY (December 4, 2017) -- Epic!, a leading digital media brand for kids, today announced that Randi Zuckerberg—best-selling children’s author, TV producer, technology executive and entrepreneur—has joined its advisory board.
Zuckerberg, a vocal advocate of STEM education for girls, has also curated a collection of STEM-centric books, available to all Epic! subscribers, designed to spark interest in STEM careers.
Zuckerberg, a New York Times bestselling author and Founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, is the author of Dot, a children’s book about a tech-savvy girl and her adventures intended to inspire girls to fall in love with technology. Zuckerberg has turned the book into an animated TV show for pre-school network Sprout in collaboration with Jim Henson Productions. Zuckerberg is also the creator of Sue’s Tech Kitchen, a family-friendly, tech fueled dining pop-up currently taking place at The Bridge at Cornell Tech, New York City’s brand new tech hub.
"We are thrilled to welcome Randi Zuckerberg to our advisory board,” said Kevin Donahue, co-founder of Epic!. “As an esteemed tech advocate, best-selling author and parent, Randi is uniquely qualified to provide valuable insights based on her experiences in both the tech space and children's publishing industries. We look forward to collaborating with her in a variety of ways."
Her newest children’s book, Missy President, about a 4th grader catapulted to superstardom when one of her homework assignments goes viral, is now available for kids to read as part of Epic!’s unlimited digital library.
“Epic! is an amazing resource for parents and children. I use it to encourage my two boys to develop a love of reading and learning,” said Zuckerberg. “I’m delighted to be able to bring my passion for technology education to Epic!’s advisory board.”
Zuckerberg joins other publishing and media luminaries on Epic!’s advisory board including Lane Merrifield, Former CEO/Co-Founder, ClubPenguin and EVP Disney Online Studios; Kate Klimo, former VP/Publisher, Random House Young Readers Group and noted children's book author; Joanna Cotler, SVP Publisher Joanna Cotler Books, an imprint of HarperCollins; Holly McGhee, renowned literary agent and author; and Jenni Holm, three-time Newbery Honor recipient.
About Randi Zuckerberg:
Zuckerberg is the Founder & CEO of Zuckerberg Media, a boutique marketing firm and production company. Prior to founding her own company, Randi worked at Facebook, where she created and ran the marketing programs from 2005-2011.
She is the author of three books: Dot Complicated, a New York Times bestseller, about her personal journey on the front lines of Facebook and her thoughts on how technology is changing our lives. The book inspired a weekly business radio show "Dot Complicated with Randi Zuckerberg" on SiriusXM. She has also written two children’s books: Dot and Missy President.
A television host and producer, Zuckerberg was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2011 for her innovative blend of online/TV coverage of the US elections. She currently hosts "Quit Your Day Job" on NBC's Oxygen, where she mentors and invests in entrepreneurs, and regularly appears on the Today Show.
Founded in 2014 and based in Redwood City, CA, Epic! is a kids digital media brand for kids 12 and under. Epic!’s award-winning subscription service includes unlimited access to 25,000 books and 2,500 videos from leading publishers such as HarperCollins, Macmillan, National Geographic Kids, Groupe Bayard, Smithsonian Enterprises, and Encyclopaedia Britannica. Kids on Epic! are encouraged to explore their interests and learn in a fun, safe, and engaging environment that includes fiction and non-fiction titles, “read to me” books, learning videos and teacher-created quizzes and reading lists. Epic! is used in 87% of U.S. elementary schools and consistently a top app in the Apple App Store. Epic! was founded by Suren Markosian, founder of several successful technology startups, and Kevin Donahue, former YouTube, Google and Disney executive, with the support of top tier investors and veterans of the children’s publishing industry.
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