Karen’s love for all things digital started in the early 90s when she worked with Japanese game developer Future Pirates, Inc., and was further developed during her tenure with 3D software company Electric Image. She founded Raz Public Relations in 1997 to work with technology companies and creative shops in entertainment, production, post, visual effects, design and advertising. Karen oversees development of communications strategies for all of the companies on the RazPR roster and excels at writing stories that keep clients on-message and in the headlines. She has a proven track record of orchestrating memorable campaigns around product debuts, company launches, mergers and acquisitions for clients including Autodesk (media and entertainment division), AJA, Epic Games and many others.
In her free time, that revolves mostly around spending time with her husband and three sons, Karen enjoys trying LA’s latest new restaurants, seeing live music, experimenting in the kitchen and getting her hands dirty in the garden.
With a background in home entertainment and video game publicity, Fran is fascinated by how the right combination of talent and technology can create stunning visuals. She eagerly stays abreast of the latest industry news and leverages her behind-the-scenes insight to execute successful PR campaigns for her entertainment technology and creative industry clients, including spearheading initiatives that contributed to Academy and Emmy Award wins for Pixomondo’s Hugo and Games of Thrones visual effects work. Fran currently manages PR efforts for OptiTrack and Thinkbox Software, and has worked on a range of projects for other clients including Vicon, Mirada, Motion Theory, biscuit filmworks and Blur Studio. Prior to joining RazPR in 2011, Fran spent over four years at PR agency Bender/Helper Impact where her clients included THQ, Sony Online Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
In addition to a considerable vocabulary, Fran commands an exceptional aptitude for client and media relations, team guidance and special events logistics. Hailing from the Lone Star State, she is presently enjoying a beach-centric life with her husband and baby girl. A Longhorn with a degree in Communications Studies, Fran has been known to belt out Bon Jovi at karaoke bars, and like any good Texan, is partial to Dos XX lager (on tap) and queso.
Katie's warmth, smarts and ever-present cheerful disposition are instantly disarming to clients and press alike. She has a natural talent for media relations and deep understanding of the VFX and entertainment technology media landscape, and has been a key member of the RazPR team since 2007. A tech-savvy PR pro and trade show maven, she's demonstrated proven success in elevating company profiles through product review programs, story development and placement, as well as event planning and execution for clients such as Autodesk, Facilis, AJA, NVIDIA, Shotgun and Tweak, among others. Katie currently co-pilots Raz PR’s Autodesk business and drives strategic PR efforts for Reality Check Systems.
She holds a degree in Communication Studies from California Sate University, Long Beach. When not glued to her work computer or phone, Katie likes to spend time biking along the beach, singing, experimenting with recipes in the kitchen or working out at the gym.
Shannon has been a key member of the RazPR team for nine years, bringing stellar writing skills and an innate ability to capture any client’s unique voice. Her clients span the tech and creative worlds, giving her a deep knowledge of industry media across entertainment, gaming, VR/AR, advertising, design, and post. She currently handles PR for clients such as Epic Games, Biscuit Filmworks, Method Studios and Method EXP, Encore, AWS Elemental, Supersphere, Tender Claws, and Shotgun, and has a proven track record of successfully promoting clients and driving thought leadership through media placement, speaking opportunities, product reviews, event support, and social media marketing.
Originally from Maryland, Shannon does indeed love crabcakes and football. She holds a degree in religious studies from Kenyon College in Ohio, and is an active alumna. Outside the office, you can typically find her at the movies, learning new board games, or on a hike.
Stephanie is an ambitious, tech-savvy professional who joined Raz PR in May 2012. Her experience in media relations, strong skills in written communication and passion for film and technology have allowed her to advance quickly. She supports all clients and PR initiatives, with a natural talent for writing, research, creativity and account coordination.
Stephanie’s deep passion for VFX, animation and entertainment is reflected in her film school background. She holds a degree in Film Production from Chapman University, with an emphasis in editing and post-production. Formally trained in the technical side of the industry, her firsthand knowledge and understanding of entertainment technology is evident to colleagues and clients alike.
In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys editing amateur films, watching documentaries on Netflix and indulging in wine. A true Southern California native, she’s been a vegetarian for more than a decade and maintains a rigorous daily workout routine of yoga and running.