Come Join CMIL for the Children’s Media Symposium!
Remember how much you loved Sesame Street? Spongebob Squarepants? Dora the Explorer? Maybe you still do! Have you considered a career in this growing field? Media companies are investing BILLIONS (yes, “B”) in developing new content for this young audience, including apps, games, podcasts, and television. Learn about new opportunities, trends in the field, how to get your start, etc.
When: Thursday, April 12th @5:30pm*
*March 22nd date changed due to the weather
Where: The Atrium in Temple University Klein College of Media and Communication
Panel discussions: 5:30-8:00 pm.
Mingle with industry professionals: 8:00-8:30 pm.
Light refreshments available.
OUT OF THE BLUE Enterprises and Children’s Media Association
Alexandra Cassel is Producer at Out of the Blue Enterprises, and Writer on Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. She was formerly the Associate Producer on Super WHY and Writing Coordinator on various series and development projects. Alexandra has written several books for Simon and Schuster including “Daniel Tiger’s Day and Night” and “Look for the Helpers”.
She received her M.A. in Developmental Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and B.A. in Psychology and Media Studies at Colgate University. Alexandra is also the Director of Membership for the Children’s Media Association, a nonprofit organization that connects and supports passionate professionals who create thoughtful and entertaining media for children.
The winner of multiple Primetime and Daytime Emmy Awards, Mindy Fila is a Coordinating Producer who oversees the creative direction of Digital projects & short films & Animations and participates in all logistical and creative decisions for Sesame Street’s US Broadcast.
Mindy joined Sesame Workshop in 2001. Her time at the Workshop has given her an opportunity to contribute in many roles. These experiences have included: Production Secretary, Production Assistant, Control Room PA, and Associate Producer managing the live-action/animated films and Abby’s Flying Fairy School.
In addition to her production roles, Mindy is a member of the Directors Guild of America and has been Assistant Director and Stage Manager for Sesame Street, community outreach projects and home videos. In 2010 she was elected and served on the Eastern DGA council.
Mindy lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two children.
Vice President, Education and Children’s Content
Corporation for Public Broadcast
Michael Fragale is Vice President, Education and Children’s Content, at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He leads CPB’s strategic education initiatives and content investments. He directs a multi-year, multi-million dollar Ready To Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education, providing strategic counsel to the management team on operations, compliance, policy, and engagement. He has developed public media grant projects on topics such as early learning, distance learning, dropout prevention, STEM education, and adult literacy.
Fragale is the former Director of Content and Strategy for the PBS Adult Learning Service (ALS). Prior to his work at CPB, he was an academic program manager for SAS Institute, a leading business intelligence and predictive analytics software company.
Fragale began his career as a news writer and associate producer for WHYY-FM, the public radio station in Philadelphia. He is a proud graduate of Temple University, College of Arts and Science.
Vice President, Children, Youth and Digital Media Literacy Initiatives
Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN)
Ed Greene, PhD, is currently Vice President for Children, Youth and Digital Media Literacy Initiatives within the division Of HITN Learning at the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN) in Brooklyn, New York. He is a former director of educational outreach for HITN’s U.S. Department of Education Ready to Learn Transmedia project (2012-2015). With background and training in child development, early learning, and children’s media environments, his diverse experiences includes roles as an administrative/legislative aid in the Michigan Senate; senior adviser and consultant to Cito, the Netherlands, and its Piramide Approach to Early Learning; and director of global outreach for Sesame Workshop.
Over his forty-year career, Ed has worked directly with infants, toddlers, preschool children, adolescents and families, as well as in a variety of roles and capacities in philanthropic, private and public sectors, and higher education. He is a former elected board member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, and American Camp Association. Ed currently serves as a trustee of the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, and on the Advisory Board of the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University. Ed’s passion is focused on building culturally relevant knowledge, skills and professional practices in the digital age.
Chief Executive Tinkerer
Meredith Halpern-Ranzer is an Emmy-nominated children’s media executive and Co-founder and Chief Executive Tinkerer at Tinkercast. Launched in May 2017, Tinkercast creates high-quality programming for curious kids and their grown-ups that inspires families to keep their “Eyes Up. Screens Down. Jaws Dropped.” Their first podcast, Wow in the World, is distributed by NPR and marks the first children’s program the public radio network has launched in its 47-year history.
Meredith was a key member of the start-up team responsible for building the brand of Sprout, from 2005 to 2015. As VP of Creative and Executive Producer, she led the network’s branding, promotions, and original programming blocks, including Sunny Side Up and The Good Night Show. Prior to joining Sprout, Meredith learned the answer to the burning question of her childhood when she found out how to get, how to get to Sesame Street where she worked for eight years as a producer and editor. She is a founding member and on the Board of Advisors of Children’s Media Association.
Meredith is a constant seeker of WOW in her world with her husband, 9-year-old son and a dog named Shuggie. She loves camping, geocaching, the ocean, and making stuff with her hands.
Senior Vice President, Global Trends
Vice President, Children’s Programming
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
As Vice President of Children’s Programming at PBS, Linda Simensky collaborates with producers, co-production partners, PBS station programmers, and distributors throughout the development, production, post-production, and broadcast phases for PBS KIDS programming.
Since joining PBS in 2003, Linda has worked with renowned producers to develop hit shows ranging from DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD and WILD KRATTS to ODD SQUAD and NATURE CAT. Linda is currently working on the PBS KIDS creativity-themed series, PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC with WGBH, LUNA AROUND THE WORLD with Joe Murray, and several pilots.
Before joining PBS, Linda was Senior Vice President of Original Animation for Cartoon Network, where she oversaw development and series production of “The Powerpuff Girls,” among others. She began her career working for nine years at Nickelodeon, where she helped build the animation department and launch the popular series “Rugrats,” “Doug” and “The Ren & Stimpy Show.”
Linda also teaches Animation History at the University of Pennsylvania.
Vice President, Creative Development and Production, HITN Learning
Two-time Emmy Award winning Erica Branch-Ridley is VP of Creative Development and Production for HITN Learning, a division of the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network where she oversees multi-platform approaches to learning for preschoolers by combining touchscreen apps and games, with traditional learning methods to address the academic and socio-emotional needs for young Hispanic children and their families.
Prior to HITN, Erica worked at Sesame Workshop, where she led digital strategy for the children’s TV show The Electric Company before becoming VP of Production for a new area in the company called Sesame Learning. She was also Sr. Producer at Nickelodeon Online where she created the first fully interactive experiences for Blues Clues, Dora the Explorer, and other notable kids shows. Erica was several awards for her work in Digital production including two Emmy Awards: Best Children’s Website for PBS kids with The Electric Company, and Best Interactive TV Application for TV Land Online
Event is free, but space is limited!
Register today @ https://tinyurl.com/ybvsc9p3
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