10/20/08

Paltalk Hires Judy Shapiro as VP of Marketing

Katie Evans , Managing Editor, International Research

Leading video chat provider looks to industry veteran to build on company’s marketing strategies, expand user base, and increase membership retention

New York, October 15, 2008 – Paltalk, the leading real-time, video-based community with over four million active members, today announced the appointment of Judy Shapiro to the position of Vice President of Marketing.

Shapiro brings deep marketing and sales experience, including spending the last three years as the VP of Corporate Marketing for Comodo, an Internet security company. Prior to her tenure with Comodo, Shapiro held senior-level marketing positions with Computer Associates, Lucent Technologies and AT&T;, where she was tasked with managing customer acquisition, retention and upsell efforts, among other responsibilities.

“Our goal is to surround ourselves with experienced executives that will enable us to continue providing customers with the most unique and interactive video chat experience available on the Web today,” said Joel Smernoff, President and COO of Paltalk. “We hired Judy because she understands our marketing goals, and has a successful track record of developing strategies for companies in both the technology and consumer arenas – both of which are vital to us.”

This announcement continues to build on the positive momentum Paltalk has achieved over the past several months with their original content programs and product launches. The company has recently introduced the beta version of PaltalkExpress, a Flash-based version of the Paltalk service which allows users to access the video chat platform from anywhere, regardless of location or browser used.

Paltalk has also announced partnerships with major media companies like Radio America, XM Radio, WFAN and Island Def Jam/Mercury Records. The company has also brought top celebrities and news personalities on their original content platform, “PaltalkScene,” including David Duchovny, Kiefer Sutherland, William Shatner, JoJo, Plaxico Burress, Jesse Ventura, Arianna Huffington, Pat Buchanan and Stephen King, among many others.

For more information on Paltalk, visit www.paltalk.com, or contact Judy Shapiro directly at judy@corp.paltalk.com.

About Paltalk
Paltalk is the premier real-time, video-based community bringing together traditional broadcasting media, social networking, user-generated content and video chat. With more than 4 million active users, Paltalk hosts the world`s largest interactive video community, PaltalkScene, offering thousands of users the ability to watch and interact with online video programming, including serialized shows, live events, and user-generated content, as well as interact with each other through real-time voice, text and video chat.

Paltalk’s diverse programming includes Paltalk original shows featuring celebrities, radio personalities and newsmakers such as the radio jocks Opie and Anthony and Diana Falzone. The company also broadcasts live interactive video chat events, such as musical performances and comedy variety shows. Paltalkers can interact with the featured hosts and performers in real-time as well as other members in the room. Recently, Paltalk hosted live broadcasts with famed musician Slash and world-renowned author Stephen King. Paltalk also offers its users the ability to create and share their own user-generated video content with each other and to the broader community.

Topics:

Comodo Group, Entertainment Culture, Interactive video, User-generated content, World Wide Web

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