Sweet Suite 2016

Sesame Workshop Launches First Female Afghan Muppet

unnamedSesame 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...]

Sesame Workshop Launches New Phase of Sesame Street And Autism: See Amazing in All Children

SesameWorkshopJuliaIn 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...]

Tiggly and Sesame Workshop Create New Educational App

SesameStreetSesame Workshop and Tiggly released a new app, Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen, which bridges the physical and digital play divide.

Children can now play with Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster and their favorite Tiggly toys. With an engaging original storyline, new animated video developed specifically for the app, and tactile play enabled with Tiggly Words, the app is an engaging educational experience for young learners. [Read more...]

Three Sesame Street Comic Books to Release this Fall

SesameStreetComicsApe Entertainment, in partnership with Sesame Workshop, has released three comic books featuring the case of the children’s show Sesame Street. The original titles will launch throughout the fall in print and e-book formats. The individual issues are produced in full color, and each 28-page short story will emphasize educational and entertaining content for young readers.

The comic books star Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Grover, and all of the familiar friends from Sesame Street. Another Sunny Day was released on October 28; Blast from the Past will be available on November 23; and Many Friendly Neighbors will be available on January 1. Every issue includes a “How to Read a Comic” feature, which highlights a different aspect of how parents can best share comic books with kids, such as learning what a panel is and how sounds are visually represented. [Read more...]

Rashti & Rashti Acquires Prestige Toy Corporation

RashtiandRashtiRashti & 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.

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Sesame Street to Begin Airing First on HBO

SesameStreetAs 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.

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Sesame Workshop Makes Executive Appointments as Part of Reorganization

Sesame WorkshopSesame 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.

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Sakar to Introduce New Sesame Street, Nickelodeon, and Peanuts Electronics

Sesame StreetUnder a new licensing deal with Sesame Workshop, Sakar International will launch a new line of Sesame Street electronic products and accessories this spring. The company will preview the new line at the North American International Toy Fair in New York City. [Read more...]

Tickets Available for I Am Big Bird Screening During Toy Fair in NY

Feb4.BigBirdTickets 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.

Ann Kearns and Eva Lorenz to Receive WIT Honors

WIT.logoWomen 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...]