Sesame Workshop has unveiled its first Afghan Muppet, Zari, a curious and eager 6-year-old girl, who will make her debut in the fifth season of Baghch-e-Simsim, the local co-production of Sesame Street. Zari, whose name means “shimmering,” will be featured in locally produced segments that focus on topics such as female empowerment, national identity, physical health, and social and emotional wellbeing. [Read more...]
In honor of National Autism Day, Sesame Workshop has launched the second phase of its Emmy-nominated autism initiative, Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children, with the release of 12 new videos. The videos feature children with autism, Abby Cadabby, and new animation featuring Julia, a preschool Muppet with autism. The content is part of a suite of free resources for families, teachers, providers, and caregivers available on Sesame Street’s website and as an app for iOS and Android devices. [Read more...]
Rashti & Rashti has acquired Prestige Toy Corporation, a producer of infant plush toy products. Along with the Prestige brand, Rashti & Rashti has obtained several licenses for plush through the deal, including Elf on a Shelf, Fisher Price, Sesame Street, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, and both Garanimals and Grin and Grow, which are exclusive to Wal-Mart.
As reported by various news outlets including The New York Times, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit group behind the children’s television program, Sesame Street, has struck a deal with HBO that will bring the show’s next five seasons to the premium cable network and its streaming outlets beginning this fall.
Sesame Workshop CEO Jeffrey Dunn has appointed four to his executive team as part of the broad reorganization he is undertaking six months into his tenure. The effort realigns Sesame Workshop’s strategy and structure to better deliver on its mission to help kids grow smarter, stronger, and kinder.
Tickets are on sale for a special screening of the documentary I am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story, which is scheduled to take place at 8 p.m. on Monday, February 16 during the North American International Toy Fair in New York City. Tickets may be purchased online for $25, including general admission to the movie, popcorn, soda, and a commemorative gift; VIP tickets may be purchased for $125, including a pre-screening reception.
The feature-length documentary chronicles the life of Caroll Spinney, who has played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street since 1969. The film contains footage of Spinney’s life and his collaboration with Jim Henson. The screening will take place at 8 p.m. at the AMC Theater on West 42 St., and there will be a Q&A session after the screening.
Women in Toys (WIT) will honor Ann Kearns, vice president, global toys, Sesame Workshop, with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the WIT 11th Annual Wonder Women in Toys, Licensing, and Entertainment Dinner on February 15. The organization will also present Eva Lorenz, general manager for Amazon Toys & Games, with Retailer of the Year. The event coincides with the North American International Toy Fair in New York City. [Read more...]