ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Shannon Bex is the Chief Communications Officer of Vooks, which she co-founded with her brother, Marshall Bex IV, and Russell Hirtzel. Armed with extensive knowledge of the music industry, marketing, branding and contracts, Bex is a dedicated team player whose unique expertise is a perfect complement to Marshall’s keen sense for storytelling.
Before joining Vooks, Bex served as Label President of Double Platinum Inc., where she was responsible for overseeing the brand’s websites, social media platforms, imaging, and photo shoots; reviewing licensing deals and contracts for increased business opportunities; tracking budget and spending; planning national tours; creating performance sets; and managing team travel accommodations, among others. During this time, she also worked as Project Manager and Brand Developer for Mode Adjust, a creative agency founded by Marshall, managing projects, producing shoots, developing pitches, and collaborating with clients to bring their visions to life.
In addition to being a savvy executive with a wealth of experience and strong business acumen, Bex is a multi-platinum recording artist and former member of the Billboard chart-topping group Danity Kane, which she performed with after being handpicked for the group as a contestant on Season 3 of MTV’s “Making The Band.” Under the guidance of mogul and mentor Sean “Diddy” Combs, Bex gained hands-on experience in the business side of the music industry, reviewing licensing deals and contracts, completing PR training through Atlantic Records and managing brand development, while touring, performing, and recording with Danity Kane. Her other entertainment credentials include performing as one-half of the acclaimed indie duo Dumblonde, whose work was recognized by the legendary Rolling Stone Magazine; and finishing as the top female finalist on NBC’s music competition series “Fame.”
Since 2019, Bex has served as an official member on the Forbes Communications Council, lending the group her invaluable insight from more than two decades in the industry as a panel expert.
Vooks is a new streaming platform that is unlike any other streaming service available today by adding movement and sound to original storybook art. Vooks is a new way to experience stories, and the only streaming service that was designed to connect families, engage kids, and even boost reading skills.
Vooks was started in 2018 by Marshall Bex, Russell Hirtzel and Shannon Bex. This platform gives parents a piece of mind about what their children are watching by being a 100% kid friendly, ad-free, age appropriate streaming platform. Teachers are using Vooks to help teach kids to read and using the lesson plans provided to help kids digest the story. Vooks is only a few years old and already has over a million users in 175 different countries!
Benefits of Vooks
· Vooks Inspires a Love of Reading
· It boosts a child's development and literacy
· Vooks promotes attention and focus
· Encourages Meaningful Family Connection
· Each title provides creative, imaginative content
· Compelling Stories and Engaging Illustrations
· Thoughtful Pacing
· Vooks guarantees kid-safe + ad free stories
· It is Affordable and Convenient
· (Parents Get Free 30-day Trial; Teachers get it one Year Free)
· Proven to be a helpful tool for parents and educators during pandemic -With the pandemic removing children from schools, 40% of children between ages three to five do not receive the social-emotional and cognitive stimulation at home that the classroom experience provides.
Shannon Bex, Co-Founder, CCO
After High School, Shannon followed her dreams of becoming a performer. She went on to become a nationally acclaimed performing artist as a singer, dancer, choreographer and a multi-platinum recording artist. Shannon left the entertainment industry to co-found Vooks with her brother, Marshall and friend Russell Hirtzel. Shannon took her experiences from the music industry and uses all that she has learned to help with the success of Vooks. As Chief Communications Officer, Shannon creates, develops, and maintains relationships with authors, illustrators and publishers. Shannon believes in bringing the love of reading to children at a young age!
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