Tom Akel is an award-winning producer, writer, and executive. He is the co-founder, CEO, and Publisher of Rocketship Entertainment, the 2021 Ringo Award-winner for Favorite Publisher, where he also writes multiple series and is the co-writer of the hit webcomic Backchannel, created by Stan Lee.
Tom was an early developer on Marvel's digital comics, helping to redefine the medium for the world's largest comics publisher. After completing his Master's in Design + Technology from Parsons in New York, Tom went to Comedy Central and Spike TV to found their mobile divisions where he produced SOUTH PARK 10: THE GAME, the first television network app COMEDY CENTRAL TAKE OUT - named Fierce Mobile App of the Year, the first made-for-mobile animated series SAMURAI LOVE GOD starring Ed Helms and Nick Kroll, founded Spike TV's MOBILE VGAs, produced and directed Robert Kirkman's BATTLE POPE: THE ANIMATED SERIES, and produced, wrote, and directed mobile content for Stan Lee, Hulk Hogan, Orlando Jones, Gilbert Gotfried, Ze Frank, John Mulaney, Sarah Silverman, THE DAILY SHOW, William Shatner, David Koechner and countless others.
During this time HEROVERSE launched at the 2006 inaugural New York Comic Con with the premier of con-exclusive runs of MACHINE and HYBRID PRIME, along with HEROVERSE: BATTLEFORCE, a multi-player analog and digital card game. Shortly after NYCC, HEROVERSE's first mini-series, ANYWHERE, was picked up for publication by Arcana Studios.
Following Comedy Central and Spike, Tom was recruited to lead MTV Digital's content team as Executive Producer, where he oversaw video, gaming, and editorial for over 175 seasons of MTV shows. While there, Tom founded MTV Comics and MTV Geek. In 2014, Tom edited J. Michael Straczynski's THE ADVENTURES OF APOCALYPSE AL, published by Image Comics and co-founded FreakSugar, a start-up lifestyle brand that celebrates the underground culture of comics, gaming, anime, film, art and alternative media.
Previously as Head of Content at Webtoon, Tom lead original content development, strategy, and partnerships with content creators across all genres and disciplines while leading realtionships with CAA, Patreon, DeviantArt, and with Crunchyroll to develop TOWER OF GOD and NOBLESSE. Tom developed an all-star roster of creators while winning back to back Ringo Awards in 2017 & 2018 for Dean Haspiel’s THE RED HOOK and Sanford Greene’s 1000, as well as an Eisner nomination for Ryan Benjamin’s BROTHERS BOND.
Originally from New York, Tom resides in Los Angeles, CA with his wife, 2 children, cat, and an original Space Ace cabinet that someday he'll be buried in.