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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.
Erica Branch-Ridley is a two time Emmy winning VP, Executive Producer at HITN Learning. She oversees multi-platform approaches to learning. Her work combines touchscreen apps, games and streaming media with traditional learning methods, to address the academic and socio-emotional needs of young Hispanic children and their families. Before joining HITN, Erica worked at Sesame Workshop, where she led the digital strategy for The Electric Company and went on to serve as Vice President of Production for Sesame Learning in-schools pilot initiative. Erica spent many years at Viacom as Senior Producer, for Nickjr.com where she created the very first fully interactive experiences for Dora the Explorer, Blues Clues, Little Bill and many other notable kids shows. In addition, she was the Senior Director of the TV Land/Nick at Nite Digital Group. Erica’s television industry work includes positions with CBS-NEWS, WNBC, and Black Entertainment Television, where she created and produced the National Education Association award-winning children’s storytelling show STORYPORCH, with Maya Angelou.
LaToye Adams // President, WonderWhy Consulting LLC
Makeda Mays Green is the Vice President of Digital Consumer Insights at Nickelodeon. In this capacity, she conducts research across digital platforms, including mobile devices, game consoles and emerging technologies. Prior to her role at Nickelodeon, Makeda worked as the Director of Education and Research, Digital Media at Sesame Workshop (the creators of Sesame Street). She is the author of Makeda: Moving Up in Media, an autobiographical short that details her journey into the children’s media industry, and she is the proud mother of three young children.
Follow Makeda on Instagram @makedamaysgreen.
Shabnam Rezaei started Big Bad Boo Studios to make quality cartoons. Shows include ’16 Hudson’ (TVO Kids), ‘Bravest Knight’ (Hulu), ‘Mixed Nutz’, ‘Lili & Lola’ and ‘1001 Nights’ (Teletoon), which air in 80 countries. Based in NYC and Vancouver, the company has an SVOD channel called Oznoz that serves cartoons in various languages. With a BS in Computer Science, a BA in German Literature from UPenn, and an MBA from NYU, Shabnam started her career on Wall Street. She was born in Iran, grew up in Austria and is raising her girls trilingual.
Follow Shabnam on Twitter and Insta @shabnamrezaei. For more information on Big Bad Studios, visit @bigbadboostudios on Insta and @bigbadboo on Twitter. Internships at Big Bad Boo Studios are available at both the NYC and Vancouver offices for summer internships. Applications are accepted from April 24th – May 24th. Internships are paid. 2 positions will be open in each office and are very competitive. If interested, please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Sutter // National President of the Children’s Media Association
Emily Sutter is the National President for the Children’s Media Association—a non-profit that connects professionals from coast to coast, shaping the future of thoughtful children’s media and educating members of the industry. Emily has taught media- and art-making to kids and teens in NYC for the past 10 years. She recently managed #MetKids, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s award-winning website made for, with, and by kids. At the museum, Emily led strategies to produce and promote kid-friendly web content to introduce kids to over 5,000 years of art. Throughout her career, she has sought to make the visual arts accessible to youth through the incorporation of storytelling and digital technologies. Emily holds an MA in Art Education and a BA in Anthropology from NYU. In her free time, she makes pancake art for her 3-year-old.
Visit https://www.childrensmediaassociation.org/ to discover more about the Children’s Media Association, subscribe to our free newsletter, and learn how to become a student member and access the curated job board. Follow CMA on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. You can follow Emily on Instagram to see her pancake art.
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