About Us

One night, I had enough of the overwhelming, bad news bombarding our channels 24/7! My wife and I decided that it was simply not healthy to watch such negative information before going to sleep. In a quest for more balance in the reporting of what goes on in the world, Only Good News was born.

Created to deliver the antidote, the mission of the company's OnlyGood TV studio is to deliver the most heartwarming and uplifting videos to make you feel good. I teamed with a top storyteller from the broadcast entertainment industry to chronicle a positive movement, which unites and connects those of us that believe in the best of mankind.

Only Good News discovers great tales about real people and shines the spotlight on those whose actions are inspiring with a positive social impact. We are committed to providing a hopeful narrative on humanity and develop original videos of individuals and organizations focused on overcoming adversity, paying it forward, kindness, gratitude and happiness.

We invite you to join us in celebrating those who are doing things to build a better world and effecting good work throughout communities around the globe. Share our stories with your world and send us yours so that together we can make a difference.


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Meet The Team

Rick Fernandes

Founder / Board Chairman

Most recently was president of $1.5 billion company Affinion Group and looks forward to more of his global "voluntourism". Founded and sold industry leading marketing services company, Webloyalty and was twice included in Silicon Alley Top 100 celebration of most successful people and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. When he is not trying to create the next greatest thing, Rick is trying to rediscover his tennis game.


Rob Hess

Chief Content Officer

An OnlyGood TV co-founder, Rob is a content and production purist who lives for emotional storytelling and producing the perfect 2-minute piece! Launched an indie television production company after heading up the east coast production for Television Program Enterprises. Produced pop culture classics including Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Rob has a BS from Emerson College and never goes anywhere without bumping into people who know and love him.


Laurence Sheinman

Chief Marketing Officer

A cartoonist wanna-be who, after planning and marketing roles at Citibank and JP Morgan Chase, was a key member of the senior team that built Synapse from startup to world's largest magazine agent sold to Time Inc. A tremendously organized clutter collector, Laurence can probably still find his MS from Binghamton University.


Kellie Sieban

Editor / Post Production Supervisor

Kellie received her first camcorder at age 12 because she knew very early on where she wanted to go in her life. Creating stories through film is one of her greatest passions. After graduating from Quinnpiac University, Kellie instantly started working in film. From documentaries on MSNBC to live sports content, there's nothing Kellie would turn down.


Dani Guitelman

Senior Series Producer / Talent and Production Coordinator

Dani Guitelman is a series producer and production coordinator. She has been a casting director for MTV True Life, Field Producer for ESPN 30 for 30 films, and an Assistant Director of MSNBC's Pot Barons of Colorado. A bit of a New York Mets nut, she has worked for SNY and the Mets, and was a College Emmy winner for work for ESPN 2. She has a BFA from the RIT School of Film and Animation. She's also a Broadway enthusiast, foodie, and a true New Yorker above all else.


Veronica Prager

Director of Social Media

Once most of Veronica's friends greeted her with "How do I?", she realized she had become the go-to social media guru of her community. Since this organic turn towards social in 2007 and she has been obsessively posting ever since. She balances her over consumption of social content by teaching and practicing yoga, attending spiritual retreats and taking 5 minute dance breaks when needed.


Richie Levinson

Marketing / Customer Support / Business Development

Accustomed to wearing many hats as a co-founder of the software startup, The Glassbox, Richie is at home balancing time on Operations, Customer Support, Marketing, Analytics, and New Business as part of the growing OGTV team. While he worked on many challenging Marketing Technology projects at Chase and Ogilvy, Richie has recently found his true calling as the enviable lead taste tester for his wife Felicia's food blog, Unwritten Recipes.


Carly Barnes

Social Media Manager

A Social Media Manager with an expertise in UI/UX... hmmmm, interesting. She is a "jill of all trades' who among other things is a graphics designer with a great eye. She is also a self professed foodie, who loves to try any and all concoctions. And, when she's not posting 'only' good news and trying to put smiles on OGTV's social followers, Carly loves working with people and hosting face painting and henna events.


Caroline Shaw

Assistant Editor / Media Manager

Caroline started shooting and editing (on tapes!) in a high school filmmaking class and never looked back. From independent documentary to sports news, she'll take any opportunity to find and create stories. When she's not glued to her computer editing or out shooting, Caroline enjoys horror movies, video games, and is a certified "Dead Head".

A Wedding Story: Love & Marriage After 50 Years Apart

Do you remember your first love? Unless you are still with them, it most likely ended in heartache. One couple knows this feeling all too well.

When they were together at Occidental College in 1961, Janice and Prentiss fell in love. It all happened fast but they knew they wanted to be together forever. They got engaged and wanted to be married! But Janice's father had other plans. He forbid the two from seeing each other and threatened to cut off her tuition. There, in college, they ended their relationship. They both went on to live their lives separately. Though they never lost the love for each other, they both married other people. But fate wouldn't let those relationships last.

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Youth Starts Organization That Transforms The World

Young people are deeply plugged into their immediate surroundings and they are quick to recognize ongoing problems in their local community. What can be challenging is amplifying and transforming that awareness into meaningful effort that makes a difference. 18-year-old Joshua Williams is that catalyst for action in his Miami Beach neighborhood and his Joshua's Heart Foundation is making significant inroads into addressing the poverty and hunger that he sees every day.

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Meet Netta Jenkins! - Netta, D.I. (E1)

"Every single person feels a sense of exclusion throughout their life."

Even as a kid, this observation struck Netta Jenkins as a universal truth. As the newly elected president of her freshman class in Johnston High School in Rhode Island, she knew she had found a core emotional theme that any student could relate to. Netta then rallied students and teachers to discuss and address their feelings of exclusion, and together they were able to make meaningful changes in the day to day life at their school.

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African American Coast Guard Officer Proves Anything is Possible

Sometimes life can be completely random - the most important choices, made in a moment, that set your direction for decades, are decided by chance. So it was for Dr. Vince Patton who, as a teenager, dead set on a path for his future, ended up on a new course that led him to become the first African American Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard.
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Series - Beauty Redefined

After Dudeoir's Photoshoot Goes Viral He Marries His Photographer! (Beauty Redefined E4)

Wedding bells are ringing! In this very personal episode of Beauty Redefined, we join Tami Bears and Josh Varozza at Hagen Ranch, in Plattsville, California, as their families gather to celebrate the joining of this unique couple and the start of their lives as husband and wife.

Tami was the photographer and Josh was the subject of an offbeat calendar of light-hearted photos that struck a chord with people across the country. Josh, a big guy with tattoos and an incomparable beard, struck "seductive" poses for the camera clad in patriotic attire and this series of "dudeoir shots" quickly went viral. Josh became a role model for people struggling to love themselves and Tami became much more than just a friend...they fell in love and got engaged!

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Young Woman's Recyclables Fund Life Changing Surgeries

Sonali Ranaweera was a young girl when her parents gave her $100 and told her, "Use it to make a difference." At this time, she was learning about the economics of recycling in her school science class in San Jose, California and the pieces of an idea began to fall into place. Sonali decided to use her $100 to launch Recycling4Smiles, a recycling-focused charity organization that would allocate the money collected for bottles and cans to a worthy cause.

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Young Inventor Helps Kids Find Comfort in Hospitals

The only good part of a hospital stay is the end of it – the moment you go through the doors and know you are heading home. As stressful as this can be for an adult, it is exponentially worse for a young child. Ella Casano was one of those kids suddenly plucked out of normal life by an unpronounceable diagnosis and thrust into a daily routine of painful treatment, fear-stricken parents and the prospect of long periods away from home. Though she was really scared, she saw her situation from a kid's "how do I beat this" perspective and envisioned something that could make the experience just a little bit easier for herself and others like her.

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Inspirational Paralympic Athlete Dreams Big

Rachel Kroener has never let Cerebral Palsy stop her from achieving anything. "A disability just limits you to a chair," she noted, "but a chair doesn't limit you - only your attitude can!"

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