Judith A. Proffer
Vice Chair, Meteor 17 Group of Companies
Oversight of Literary, Charitable Activities
Publisher, writer, marketing specialist, alternative newsweekly veteran and former community newspaper owner, Judith oversees literary and charitable initiatives for the Meteor 17 group. She also works closely with the Meteor team in providing creative solutions in graphic design and all editorial content for the various M17 enterprises.
As former Publisher and Associate Publisher of leading newspapers LA Weekly and OC Weekly, Proffer spearheaded some of the most dynamic and successful issues in alternative newsweekly publishing history. She launched the lauded OC Weekly, sat on the Association of Alternative Newsweekly Board of Directors, was named Associate Publisher/West Coast for Stern Publishing (parent company of Village Voice) and created an impressive series of events in the community benefiting a myriad of non-profits locally and abroad.
Judith has been honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal as one of the leading “Women Who Make A Difference” in the Southern California Community. Additionally, Judith was honored by Friends of The Family for her charitable endeavors. In 2010 she teamed with Hollywood caterer Gwen Kenneally to create Magpie Mini Pie Gourmet Pies, a pop up bakery with proceeds going to charity. The pies remain part of the event menu for Gwen's Back to the Kitchen Catering Company.
As President and CEO of Magpye Media, Judith produced a weekly topical radio show, progressive musical theatre and deployed her vast knowledge of the alternative newsweekly world by offering consulting services to papers in need of a little spit and polish.
Co-founder of the acclaimed Southern California Sun Community Newspapers, as Executive Editor Judy created three unique publications to serve the Valley communities: Studio City Sun, Sherman Oaks Sun and Encino Sun. Then mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s presence at the ribbon cutting ceremony signaled the significance of the Sun’s influence on otherwise underserved communities. The papers were honored by both the city and the SFV Business Journal for bringing much needed coverage to the San Fernando Valley.
Judith is the co-writer of "Art of the Soul," the award-winning title song recorded by Anna Nalick for the Maya Angelou narrated documentary As Seen Through These Eyes. The moving film premiered on Sundance Channel in fall 2008 and premiered in New York and Los Angeles in fall 2009. The DVD was released early 2010. She also co-wrote "Here We Are" for Special Olympics.
An avid photographer (her photos of Quincy Jones and KISS have appeared on cd /dvd packaging), Judith’s image of a Nashville storm taken during the June 2009 CMT Awards was among the best travel photos of 2009, as selected by the Los Angeles Times. A photo she took of a leopard taken on safari in Kenya received the same honor four years ago.
Judith launched Huqua Press - huquapress.com - a boutique book publishing company ("Small Press, Big Ideas") with the award-winning Supernatural Kids Cookbook in spring 2011. She followed with two more Supernatural Kids Cookbook titles, The Sweet & Savory Cookbook (Gwen Kenneally) and The Oprah Effect. In 2012 she and Spencer debuted Padaro Press. Huqua and Padaro catalogues include titles by Heart, Graham Nash, Gracie (Patti) Davis, highly respected theater critic, Steven Leigh Morris, Thaao Penghlis, Haile Thomas, Nancy Mehagian, Taylor Marsh, Steve Ecclesine and recording artist, Brandi Carlile.
In 2015 Huqua released The Lotus Kitchen, a vegetarian cookbook for yoga enthusiasts and the new novel (The Earth Breaks in Colors) by best-selling writer Patti Davis.
In 2016, Huqua Press co-published (along with Post Hill Press) I Hope You Dance: The Power and Sprit of Song, culled from the Meteor 17 documentary film production of the same name. Judith served as a Co-Producer of the Film.
The book contains true stories of inspiration, second chances, recovery, forgiveness and miracles. An “A List” of charismatic, articulate and celebrated artist/songwriters Graham Nash, Brian Wilson and Vince Gill, as well as recording artist Lee Ann Womack, Joel Osteen and the song's composers, Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers, offer their unique perspective on themes explored in the film, the nature of creativity and its ability to touch and motivate.
In March, 2016 Padaro Press released Fowl Play by esteemed drama critic, Steven Leigh Morris.