Funko Partners with Sesame Street on New Pop! Series

Funko.SesameStreetFunko has a new license with Sesame Workshop to create a series of Sesame Street Pop! Vinyl figures. The partnership will launch at this month’s New York Comic Con with the first to market release of a Super Grover Pop! Vinyl figure, which stands 3.75 inches tall and comes in a window display box. The Super Grover Pop! Vinyl figure will be available for sale at Toy Tokyo’s New York Comic Con Booth.

A complete Sesame Street Pop! series will follow next year. The Sesame Street Pop! series will include Bert, Ernie, Big Bird, Oscar, The Count, Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Grover.

“As a company, we feel that the Sesame Street license is a fantastic way to bring our older customers back to their youth, while at the same time introducing our fun new line of collectables to younger generations,” says Andrew Perlmutter, vice president of sales.

Jeffrey Dunn Named President and CEO, Sesame Workshop

sesame-workshopVincent Mai, chairman of the board of trustees of Sesame Workshop, announced today the appointment of Jeffrey Dunn as president and CEO of Sesame Workshop, effective September 29. Dunn, formerly the president and CEO of Hit Entertainment, will succeed Mel Ming, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

Dunn currently serves as a 2014 Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow at Harvard University with a focus on media and education. Previously, he served as president and CEO of Hit Entertainment from 2008 until 2012. Before joining Hit, Dunn served as group COO of the Nickelodeon Networks group and the president of Nickelodeon Film and Enterprises, where, among other things, he built Nickelodeon’s international networks business and oversaw the growth of Blue’s Clues, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Dora the Explorer into three of the world’s largest licensed property brands.

Sesame Workshop and Ounce Partner for Family Engagement

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, and Ounce of Prevention Fund (Ounce), are partnering on a new parent and child engagement initiative. The program is aimed to bolster parents’ understanding of the importance of early education and foster social-emotional development in their kids.

In collaboration with the National Head Start Association (NHSA), the partnership is set to develop resources for lower income communities to link experiences in the classroom with those at home in support of school readiness.

This program was announced by Secretary Hillary Clinton during the CGI America 2014 meeting, and is set to launch in early 2015 with three key components: a mobile platform with tips for parents to connect their children via media offerings such as videos and activities; a social network that will offer parent-to-parent contributions, connections, and encouragements; and a toolkit to help educators reinforce relationships and build connections between parents.

Wicked Cool and Sesame Workshop to Partner on Summer and Seasonal Products

WickedCoollogoupdatedWicked Cool Toys has signed a multi-year licensing agreement with Sesame Workshop for summer and seasonal toys based on classic Sesame Street legacy characters, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Abby Cadabby. The licensing agreement covers North America, and the line is expected to include balls, hoppers, sprinklers, and sandboxes. These items will begin arriving at retail next spring.

“We are thrilled to be working with the talented entertainment innovators at Sesame Workshop, and to bring a line of engaging seasonal, sand, and water toys to market beginning next year,” said Jeremy Padawer, co-president of Wicked Cool Toys.

Warner Bros., Sesame Workshop Release Sesame Street: Fairytale Fun DVD

Sesame StreetWarner Bros. Home Entertainment and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, have released Sesame Street: Fairytale Fun on DVD. Now kids can join Elmo and Abby on their educational adventure through fairytales, such as Hansel and Gretel and nursery rhymes with Mother Goose.

The two-hour DVD includes a CinderElmo bonus feature and everyone’s favorite Sesame Street monsters such as Oscar the Grouch. Now in its 44th season, Sesame Street is the longest-running program in kids’ TV and this new addition to the program’s collection of DVDs will be just as fun and educational. The Sesame Street: Fairytale Fun release is also available for digital download.

Women In Industry Luncheon Benefits K.I.D.S and Fashion Delivers

womeninindustryThe seventh annual Women In Industry Luncheon raised more than $200,000 on June 6 to benefit Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) and Fashion Delivers Charitable Foundation Inc., partner charities that have provided more than $1 billion in new product donations to families impacted by poverty and natural disasters.  The event, held at Cipriani 42 St. in New York City, introduced Denise Durham Williams as the new president and CEO of K.I.D.S. and honored Margaret Hayes, president of Fashion Group International; Kelly Neal Mariotti, CEO of First Candle; Joanne Podell, vice chairman, retail services, Cushman & Wakefield; and Maura Regan, senior vice president and general manager, global consumer products, Sesame WorkshopNY1 News journalist Jessica Abo was the emcee. A portion of the proceeds raised by the event will support the charities’ relief efforts for families affected by the recent Oklahoma tornadoes.

Hasbro Wows with New Playskool Sesame Street Collection

Hasbro Inc.’s Playskool brand, in partnership with Sesame Workshop has introduced new items starring favorite Sesame Street characters including Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Ernie. This year’s lineup includes the Big Hugs Elmo plush that hugs preschoolers back, the Sesame Street P.A.L. app learning system that encourages tots to learn and explore in a digital environment, and the interactive world of Roads & Rails that combines two favorite playtime activities for preschoolers: cars and trains. [Read more...]

Sesame Workshop VP Added to Roster of Speakers at Content Connection

Courtesy of Toy Industry Association

Ann Kearns, vice president of licensing at Sesame Workshop, has been added to the Content Connection roster of speakers. The Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) Content Connection will take place February 10 to 11 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  [Read more...]

Qualcomm, Sesame Workshop Collaboration Uses Cutting-Edge Mobile Technology

Qualcomm and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, are collaborating on innovative mobile learning applications to revolutionize early childhood education. As part of the agreement, Qualcomm will perform research and development activities with Sesame Workshop to create and deliver new innovations in mobile educational content.

The collaboration between two global pioneers brings together Qualcomm’s cutting-edge mobile technologies, Sesame Workshop’s expertise in early childhood education, and mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets to create engaging and inspiring learning experiences that will prepare young children for school.

The first applications planned through this collaboration are being demonstrated in the Qualcomm booth as part of the 2013 Consumer Electronics ShowAbby’s Fairy Rock and Big Bird’s Words will include the very earliest examples of never-before-imagined content and hints at the possibilities to come. [Read more...]

Women in Children’s Media Relaunches as Children’s Media Association

Children’s Media Assocition (CMA), formerly Women in Children’s Media, has partnered up with Sesame Workshop to offer a puppetry workshop event on October 10, hosted with puppeteer John Tartaglia. The workshop will feature events that cover a wide array of topics related to television, digital media, and publishing.

CMA welcomes new board directors that include Jocelyn Christie from Kidscreen, David Kleeman from the American Center for Children and Media, and Nicole Goldman from The Jim Henson Company.