How to Get to Sesame Street (via imagineNATIVE)

Thursday, October 18, 2018 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 4

RPH-161023-Sesame-Workshop-Families-NYC-8508F1 (002).jpg

imagineNATIVE welcomes the content producers behind Sesame Street, the world's most beloved children's program to Industry Days! Eager to build connections with Indigenous creators, this session will explore the curriculum for Sesame Street’s upcoming 50th season, The Power of Possibilities: Embracing Oops and Ahas.  We will get an invaluable look behind the curriculum building and production process that makes Sesame Street a longstanding leader in early childhood educational content.



Kim Wright head shot.jpg

Kim Wright is a film producer at Sesame Workshop where she commissions live action, animated, and mixed-media short films. She works closely with the filmmakers and production companies to guide them through the creative process in order to shape the films to best meet the show’s specific thematic needs. She oversees all aspects of creative development of the films and animations, from conception and deal-making to production and delivery. Prior to joining the Sesame Street family, Wright worked as a producer for over 11 years. She spent the majority of her career as a daytime television producer, working for Telepictures, NBC, and Paramount Pictures, and producing several national daytime talk shows, including The Queen Latifah Show, The John Walsh Show, and The Montel Williams Show.


presenter - susan scheiner

headshot (2).jpg

Susan Scheiner is the Assistant Director of Content for Sesame Street, advising not only on the television series but on related products, publishing, and formal learning projects.  Her experience extends to other children’s shows as well, including Pinky Dinky Doo and The Electric Company. Through the years, she has developed curriculum that has guided content in academic areas such as literacy, math, and STEM; as well as socio-emotional topics including divorce, race relations, bullying and kindness. Susan is a graduate from Cornell University with a BS in Human Development and Family Studies, and from Teachers College, Columbia University with an MA in Human Development.