Darren Marks

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors

  • As Grom’s CEO, Darren sets the tone for creating, planning, implementing and integrating the strategic direction of our organization.
  • Has over 30 years of executive leadership experience with publicly traded companies.
  • As an entrepreneur, Darren has founded or co-founded four companies that listed or merged their common shares to trade publicly (including two on NASDAQ).
  • His body of work encompasses strategic organization; establishing policy; pioneering and commercializing new products and technologies; mergers and acquisitions; fostering partnership opportunities; and developing and maintaining institutional and investor relations.

Jason Williams

Chief Financial Officer

  • Jason has more than twenty-five years of demonstrated success in building and leading corporate accounting, finance, and operations teams.
  • His experience includes strategic planning; corporate governance; financial forecasting and budgeting; Securities & Exchange Commission reporting and compliance; treasury management; financing transactions; mergers and acquisitions; government contracting; and effectuating change in highly challenging turnaround situations.
  • As Grom’s CFO, Jason oversees our accounting; financial reporting, planning, and analysis; treasury; risk assessment; investor relations; and tax compliance functions.
  • He has helped raise more than $500 million in gross proceeds from debt and equity financings to fund operations and complete more than 20 merger and acquisition transactions over his career.
  • Jason graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and earned his Certified Public Accountant’s license (currently inactive, not practicing) from the State of Florida.

Paul Ward

President, Grom Social and EVP, Grom Social Enterprises, Inc.

  • He rose in the ranks at Nickelodeon to become EVP, Primetime, Strategy and Acquisitions, where he led the parent-targeted business for cable's Number One network.
  • One of the original architects of TV Land, which remains the highest-rated cable network in the Paramount (formerly ViacomCBS) family.
  • He led the charge on crafting the MTV Networks Upfront presentations and helped the company achieve its $2B+ ad revenue agendas.
  • He was enlisted by BritBox to help grow the subscription service among Anglophiles and expats living in the United States.
  • Verizon Media tapped Ward to executive produce its NewFront presentation on behalf of Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Sports.
  • Away from the office, he spearheads Seton Hall University's CHAMP mentor program, which pairs current students with successful alumni to prepare students for professional success.

Russell Hicks

CCO of Curiosity Ink Media and President of Top Draw Animation

  • With a distinguished tenure as President of Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Hicks has masterminded countless iconic franchises like Scooby-Doo, SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer.
  • He leads by tapping into his personal blend of energy, business strategy expertise and optimism to drive the creation of original titles, as well as revitalize beloved existing properties.

Brent Watts

Chief Creative Officer of Curiosity Ink Media

  • Curiosity Ink collaboratively merges Mr. Hicks’ expertise in franchise-planning and creative talent development, with the renowned brand-building prowess of Brent Watts.
  • The agency he co-founded, Struck, developed many of the most recognizable franchises in family entertainment over the past 20 plus years such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer (Nickelodeon), the Dr. Seuss franchise, Shrek and Kung Fu Panda (DreamWorks Animation), and Spider-Man (Sony Pictures). His creative mind has been a part of each of these highly successful ventures.
  • Watts’ imagination pushes limits with new interpretations of familiar children’s brands. His ultimate goal is to fill the world with the kinds of stories and characters that make children curious. Hicks and Watts complement each other having worked together for almost 25 years. They both have a passion for character-driven storytelling, groundbreaking aesthetics and youth entertainment.

Jon I Rosenberg

EVP & Publisher of Curiosity Books

  • Leading Curiosity Ink Media’s new publishing division, Curiosity Books, is industry veteran Jon I. Rosenberg.
  • Jon is a highly accomplished and creative global business development executive, specializing in originating content and extending existing content-related brands across a range of media and merchandise in the publishing, brand-licensing, and entertainment sectors.
  • His experience spans twenty-five years, having fostered alliances with leading authors, illustrators, designers and branded properties, including Disney, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros., MGM, Mattel, Hasbro and Crayola.
  • As the former VP and Publisher of Silver Dolphin Books, Jon spearheaded their juvenile proprietary and global publishing business, deploying strategies across all publishing segments (licensing, sales, marketing, printed books, interactive books plus and e-books).
  • Rosenberg also headed up MGM Studio’s Licensed Publishing Group developing strategic creative initiatives for licensed publishing opportunities for the studio’s 4,200 film library.

Consultants / Advisors

Savannah Brentnall

Marketing Consultant

  • In her role as general manager of Santa.com Brentnall taps into her deep experience to lead all facets of e-commerce, editorial, revenue generation, audience cultivation and advertising/partner relations for Santa.com. Ms. Brentnall, a demonstrated marketing leader known for ground-breaking end-to-end marketing and growth campaigns for both business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C), will also tap into her background in product marketing in the tech industry to help drive Santa.com forward in cultivating highly targeted audiences and driving attendant revenue opportunities.
  • Ms. Brentnall’s professional biography is replete with industry-leading marketing success. For 10 years, she led the agency team responsible for Hallmark Channel’s social media program and founded and led Daxia Digital, a marketing agency dedicated to building audiences and revenue through social media for dozens of clients including RCA, Tom’s Shoes and iconic music sensation, James Taylor. The author of two books on software development, Ms. Brentnall has worked in digital since 1984, prior to embracing the power of social media in 2006. In addition, Ms. Brentnall is highly skilled and well versed in website and app development, SEO and website/app optimization, email and SMS marketing, site analytics and reporting, advertising partnerships and brand collaborations, and all aspects of digital marketing.

Michael Sammaciccia

Development & Sales Consultant

  • Previously SVP of live action movies and series at Nickelodeon, Sammaciccia executive produced and supervised a large slate of kids & family entertainment content before branching off to independently produce “Survive” for Jeffrey Katzenberg (starring Sophie Turner and Corey Hawkins).
  • Sammaciccia began his entertainment career with Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Productions and Miramax Films and served as Walden Media’s first Creative Executive, bringing in the book “Holes” and serving as the executive in charge of production.

Lauren Selig

Advisor & Shareholder

  • Lauren Selig is an entrepreneur and executive with a 20-year track record of global impact in the media, real-estate and start-up communities. In 2013, Selig founded Shake and Bake Productions and V.A.L.I.S Studios to finance and produce high-quality independent studio pictures, television and virtual reality. Selig executive produced the Elton John biopic Rocketman, Paramount Pictures thriller Crawl and the Academy Award winning film Hacksaw, Ridge directed by Mel Gibson.