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June 01, 2016 08:00 ET

Grom Social Announces Advisory Board of Leading Children's Entertainment Industry Executives

New Advisory Board to Help Guide Expansion of Kids Social Network

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - June 01, 2016) - Grom Social, the social network created by kids for kids, today announced its new advisory board, established to further the company's expansion of its fast-growing social media platform.

The newly-appointed Grom Social advisory board is comprised of leading children's entertainment industry executives, including: Alice Cahn, vice president, social responsibility, Cartoon Network; Bob Higgins, executive vice president, production kid's & family entertainment, FremantleMedia; Eric Tannenbaum, principal, Tannenbaum Company; Martin "Marty" Pompadur, director, Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc.

"We are proud to be joined by individuals who bring valuable experience from distinguished careers in media and children's entertainment to Grom Social," said Darren Marks, chief executive officer, Grom Social. "Together with our management team led by Sander Schwartz, the new Grom Social advisory board will help guide our company's expansion."

Formation of the Grom Social advisory board follows the recent appointment of Grom Social President Sander Schwartz, a renowned children's entertainment industry executive. Prior to joining Grom Social, Mr. Schwartz served as president of kids & family entertainment at FremantleMedia Enterprises.

Grom Social was founded in 2012 by Zach Marks at the age of 12. Zach, a teen entrepreneur and anti-bullying advocate, has appeared on CNN, Fox News and numerous other national and local television shows. Grom Social was recently voted the fifth best "entrepreneurial idea of the year" by Entrepreneur Magazine.

Grom Social Advisory Board Bios:

Alice Cahn -- Ms. Cahn is a youth media and social responsibility senior executive experienced in creating projects that contribute to positive social change. Her vast experience includes work for Turner Broadcasting's Cartoon Network, Markle Foundation's Interactive Media division, SesameWorkshop and Sony. She has built effective partnerships with business, government, education, advocacy and community-based organizations in her work for these organizations. Among her achievements is the funding of Cartoon Network US' award-winning Stop Bullying: Speak Up project, now embraced globally by the network. Alice was previously head of Children's Programming for PBS, overseeing shows such as Barney, Arthur, The Magic School Bus and Teletubbies. She serves on various advisory boards including, the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, The National Partnership for Safe Routes to School, American Media Literacy Association, International Bullying Prevention Association, American Association for Physical Education, Health, Recreation and Dance, Adaptive Health Research, NJ Parent Teacher Association and the Children' s Media Association.

Bob Higgins -- Mr. Higgins is the executive vice president of kids & family entertainment at FremantleMedia, charged with the overall creative vision for the company's kids and family business. Mr. Higgins was also the executive producer of The Ricky Gervais Show from 2009-2013, the Emmy-nominated HBO primetime animated series. Among his roles in media he was senior vice president of Cartoon Network, and a senior vice president of Sony Pictures Family Entertainment Group.

Eric Tannenbaum -- Mr. Tannenbaum and his wife/business partner, Kim Tannenbaum, run The Tannenbaum Company, based at CBS Studios. They are executive producers of CBS' Two and a Half Men, The Odd Couple, Young & Hungry and Impastor. Eric is the former president of Artists Television Group (ATG). Prior to founding ATG, he served as president of Columbia TriStar Television. Under his leadership, the studio produced such hits as The Odd Couple, Mad About You, Party of Five, Dawson's Creek, The Nanny and The King of Queens. Previously, Mr. Tannenbaum was executive vice president of New World Television.

Marty Pompadur -- Mr. Pompadur is an experienced senior executive and board member. He held senior positions at ABC Inc., Ziff Corporation and News Corporation; and was chairman and CEO of RP Companies. Currently Mr. Pompadur is a board member of Imax Corporation, Nexstar Broadcasting Group, and Truli media group. Previously he was a board member of ABC Inc., BSkyB, Sky Italia, Premier, Fox Kids Europe, Metromedia International and eLong.

ABOUT GROM SOCIAL

Grom Social is the safe social network created by kids for kids. Launched in 2012 by Zach Marks, Grom Social is quickly becoming the leading social media platform for children worldwide. With more than 3 million registered members, Grom Social aims to provide a positive social media environment for children to network, discover original content and play games. Grom Social promotes social responsibility and good digital citizenship.

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