Panel Discussion: Cross-over Children's Programming, Animation and New Media
January 9, 2007
What do producers, writers, and directors of children's programming need to know to take advantage of the wide range of opportunities that exist today in children's television?
New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) has assembled a panel of experts on cross-over children's programming, animation and new media programming to discuss how content providers can make the most of their properties. They'll address multimedia strategies that take television shows to publishing, the Internet and merchandising, as well as provide advice on marketing strategies and licensing agreements.
This panel discussion is the first in a series produced by Lynn Kestin Sessler and Vanessa Smith. Marymount Manhattan students, faculty and staff are invited to attend free of charge.
When: Tuesday, January 9, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Where: Marymount Manhattan College, 221 East 71st Street
A reception will follow the discussion. Click here to RSVP online.
Ruth Pomerance (moderator, pictured) leads an initiative to produce feature films with strong visual language at the design/architecture firm, The Rockwell Group. She was Executive VP/Production and Development at the animation company, IDT Entertainment and held a similar position at USA Films. Pomerance also ran the New York offices of Michael Ovitz's Artists Management Group. She's worked for top producers including Scott Rudin, Arnold Kopelson, John Davis, Fred Zollo and Lee Rich.
Karen Fowler is currently working as the Executive Producer on the New Electric Company which is in development and slated to launch in 2008. Prior to this, Fowler worked on a variety of properties for Sesame workshop including: creatively spearheading the launch of the Japanese Sesame Street, co-developing and overseeing production on 26x?-hour episodes of Sponk!, which aired on Noggin, and co-developing Pinky Dinky Doo, a series premiering on Noggin in the spring. Before joining the Workshop, Fowler worked as Senior Producer/Development Executive at Nickelodeon's Creative Lab, where she developed and produced over 30 character-driven live action and animated films, all of which premiered on Saturday Night Nickelodeon. At Nick, Fowler co-created and produced the network's first web/TV series called "Natalie's Backseat Traveling Webshow."
Dorothea Gillim has worked in children's media for 15 years. Her latest creation, The Amazing Colossal Adventures of WordGirl, a series of shorts (with companion Website) will be launched by PBS in January 2008. She created and produced Hey Monie, the first animated series featuring African-American women, which aired on Oxygen for two seasons before moving to BET. She produced the third season of ABC's Squigglevision and was writer/audio editor on Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist.
Susan Miller founded Mixed Media Group and Bolder Media, developers of television, movies, books and multiplatform digital media. She's executive producer of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, an animated series on Nickelodeon, and co-producer of the Miramax feature Ella Enchanted. Miller has developed major publishing programs with Harper Collins, Meredith, Time Inc., Scholastic and Marvel. She ran the multinational licensing program for Shari Lewis' LambChop while VP at Warner Bros.
Dolores Morris is VP, Development, Production & Acquisition, HBO Family. She has won Emmys for I Have Tourette's But Tourette's Doesn't Have Me, Through a Child's Eyes: September 11, 2001 and Happy to be Nappy and an Emmy and Peabody for Classical Baby. Morris was producer of the Oscar-winning short doc Mighty Times: The Children's March. As director of ABC After School Specials, she received numerous awards including 25 Emmys and a George Foster Peabody Award.
Teri Weiss, Senior VP Production & Development, Nickelodeon Preschool Television, oversees Nick Jr. and Noggin. She launched Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go!, Blue's Clues and spin-off Blue's Room, The Wonder Pets!, The Backyardigans, Upside Down Show and Jack's Big Music Show. Her Nickelodeon series have garnered a Peabody Award and eleven Emmy nominations. She received two Emmy and three Parent's Choice awards as a Sesame Street producer.
New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is a nonprofit membership organization for professional women in film, television and new media. A champion of women's rights, achievements and points of view in the film and television industry, NYWIFT is an educational forum for media professionals, and a network for the exchange of information and resources.