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At A Plus, we believe in the power of positive thinking — and storytelling. To us, positive journalism means looking at the day's events critically, from all angles, and with hope. Our mission is inherent to the stories we share with you each and every day. We were founded in 2014 by actor and technology investor Ashton Kutcher. We are proud to tell a different kind of story.

About Chicken Soup for the Soul

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. is a growing media company building online video on-demand networks that provide positive and entertaining video content for all screens. We also curate, produce, and distribute long- and short-form video content that brings out the best of the human spirit, and distribute online content through our wholly-owned subsidiary, A Plus.



Ashton Kutcher

co-founder, chairman of the board
Ashton is co-founder and Chairman of the Board of A Plus, where he leads strategic partnerships with brands and influencers. He is a renowned technology investor and in 2009 became the first Twitter user to reach 1 million followers. A Plus reflects the convergence of his interests in media, technology, and social platforms.

William J. Rouhana, Jr.

chief executive officer
Mr. Rouhana is Chief Executive Officer of A plus. He is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. and has been the Chief Executive Officer of Chicken Soup for the Soul since April 2008. Mr. Rouhana has been a leader in the media, entertainment and communications industries for more than 35 years. He was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Winstar Communications, a wireless broadband pioneer, and Winstar New Media, one of the earliest online content companies, from 1993 until 2001. During his career Mr. Rouhana has led the acquisition of numerous media companies including Virgin Vision, a Virgin Group worldwide film distribution venture, in the 1980s. As an entertainment and finance lawyer from 1977 to 1985, he developed new film financing models for major producers such as Blake Edwards. He is a founder of The Humpty Dumpty Institute, which created the International Film Exchange, and the Co-Chairman of the Global Creative Forum, which connects the United Nations with major film and television executives, producers and talent.

Elana Sofko

chief operating officer
Elana Sofko is the Chief Operating Officer at A Plus. Elana joined Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment in 2016 as the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Distribution. Ms. Sofko brings over two decades of media and entertainment experience, always on the leading edge of innovation. Prior to Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Ms. Sofko focused on a range of digital business growth initiatives for WWE, including International expansion and localization of WWE’s digital properties as well as supporting the launch and international expansion of WWE Network, a subscription based video over-the-top (OTT) service. Ms. Sofko worked on the launch of satellite radio as part of the start-up team at the company now called SiriusXM, and has overseen strategic growth initiatives at ESPN, Nokia, News Corp and A&E Television Networks. Ms. Sofko earned a B.A. in English Literature from the State University of New York at Albany, and an M.B.A. from University of Connecticut, which included a semester in China at Peking University. Ms. Sofko’s qualifications include worldwide experience in distribution, monetization, digital tech and products, business and corporate development.

Emma Kapotes

director, digital design & user experience
Emma Kapotes is the Director of Digital Design & User Experience at A Plus. Ms. Kapotes is an alum of The College of New Jersey where she earned her BFA in Graphic Design. She got her start in the magazine industry interning for Seventeen Magazine and later went on to be the Digital Photo Editor & creative lead of Rd.com, Reader’s Digest magazine's flagship site. She loves working in digital media and continues to be passionate about all things design related.

Paul Staiano

account executive
Paul Staiano is an Account Executive at Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. He joins us from a prosperous career at OMD NY. Paul is a savvy media veteran with over 20 years’ experience of leading national video investment. He has a diversified media background that spans all major categories from financial to theatrical. Over his career he has worked collaboratively with his clients and partners to curate innovative brand solutions that drive results!

Chris Pedersen

account executive
Chris Pedersen is the Account Executive at Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. He joins CSSE from Fox Networks where he spent the first 6 years of his advertising career. He played four years of D1 lacrosse at Hobart College upstate NY. Both his siblings, older brother Tim and younger sister Taylor, also played D1 lacrosse and are all in media advertising as well! Chris loves spending time with his family, the outdoors and going to concerts.

Cate Matthews

executive editor
Cate Matthews is the Executive Editor of A Plus. Cate is an erstwhile Ohio University English major who made the transition into viral journalism via a stint as an Associate Editor at The Huffington Post. There she ranked among the top ten most viewed writers, bringing in as many as 30 million page views a month. She also won a spelling bee once in middle school, which she thinks is pretty cool.

Isaac Saul

senior reporter
Isaac Saul is the Lead Editor of A Plus. Isaac is a University of Pittsburgh graduate where he majored in non-fiction writing and got his journalism start as the sports editor for The Pitt News. He is the author of a weekly column you can find on A Plus and was named one of the 16 people who shaped the 2016 election by Yahoo. Isaac has written from Israel, Mexico, India, Puerto Rico, Singapore and Indonesia, among others. His work has appeared on CNN, The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, Medium and more. You can follow him on Twitter @Ike_Saul

Carson Blackwelder

associate editor
Carson Blackwelder is an Associate Editor at A Plus for the Arts and Entertainment section. He was born and raised in North Carolina and graduated from the UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013 where he majored in both journalism and English literature. Before joining A Plus, he worked at Wetpaint.com for three years before going freelance and contributing to IMDb.com, InStyle.com, ScottFeinberg.com, and others. Carson currently resides in New York City with his husband and beloved Netflix account.

Jeff Stevens

director of social
Jeff Stevens is the Director of Social for A Plus. Jeff is a seasoned social storyteller with 11+ years in leadership, social media and brand marketing for news and digital media organizations. Previously, he's managed the daily voice for major brands like Comedy Central, HuffPost, The Penny Hoarder and more. He loves watching the Seatle Seahawks with his French Bulldog.

Emily Becker

associate social media editor
Emily Becker is the Associate Social Media Editor of A Plus with experience in covering entertainment and culture and writing the occasional listicle. She graduated from the University of Missouri and made her way to Brooklyn by way of a two-year stint as a volunteer with the Peace Corps in western Africa. She is a proud native of Kansas City and maintains it is the definitive home to the best barbecue in the world.

Logan Tittle

director of video
Logan Tittle is the Director of Video at A Plus. Logan is a graduate from the University of Missouri where she got her start in online video. She hosts and produces videos on topics from news to lifestyle as well as viral content. Her work has appeared on Mashable, AOL, Weather.com, Newsy and more. When she isn’t editing, she’s busy trying to make her dog an Instagram star.

Raina Yoo

video producer
Raina Yoo is the Video Editor of A Plus. Raina has a M.F.A in Documentary Production from Hofstra University and a B.A in Radio/TV/Film Production from Rowan University. Prior to A Plus, she worked for a healthcare advertising agency in addition to producing various independent documentaries on her own. She is a strong believer in the power of positive stories, and loves boxing, music, and her fishes.

Nile Clarke

video producer

Sara Bernstein

office manager
Sara Bernstein is the Office Manager for A Plus. She comes to the company as a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she graduated cum laude with a major in Psychology and minors in Corporate Strategy and French. During her collegiate years, she held internships in the marketing and public relations fields, and she hopes to be able to use those skills to support A Plus and its endeavors. When she isn’t working, Sara can be found re-watching The Office and geeking out about her time abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France.


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