Panel Discussion: The Future of Children's Television
January 16, 2007
It's SpongeBob's world, and we're just living in it.
This panel, the second in a series organized by New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT), will explore the evolution of children's media - from wholesome to edgy - and look at what's in store in the future.
Participants will ask some tough questions: What happens when the goal posts of taste, wholesomeness and educational value are moved? What are the differences between media created for children and media created for teens and adults? What factor does money play in determining what is suitable entertainment for children?
The second program in this series is produced by Carole Newhouse. Marymount Manhattan students, faculty and staff are invited to attend free of charge.
When: Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Theresa Lang Theatre, Marymount Manhattan College
A reception will follow the discussion. Click here to RSVP online.
Maggie Bruen (moderator, pictured) is a writer and educator. She's the author of several award-winning screenplays and produced and directed the feature documentary The Fourth Green Field. Her short documentary, The History of the Fraunces Tavern, is on permanent view at the Fraunces Tavern Museum in lower Manhattan. Bruen is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and Screenwriting at Marymount Manhattan College.
Alice Cahn is VP of Programming and Development for the Cartoon Network's preschool businesses. She was President/Television, Film and Video group of the Children's Television Workshop. Previously, she was a Managing Director of the Markle Foundation, where she headed the Interactive Media for Children program. Cahn also was Director of Children's Programming at the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
Stephen Gass has over 20 years experience in the design, development and distribution of learning products, including software, online applications, toys, games, books and videos. He was Director/Education for the Sesame Place theme park, founding editor of Electronic Learning Magazine and editorial director/CBS Interactive Learning Unit. He currently is president of every baby company, inc., which develops early learning products.
Ronnie Krauss is a six-time Emmy Award-winning producer and children's television writer, author of 14 children's books and co-creator of the first board game designed for grandparents and grandchildren, "To Grandma's House We Go!" She was head writer on Nate the Great, producer/writer of What's Going On?, a global documentary series, producer/executive story editor of Out of the Box (Disney Channel) and producer/writer of Reading Rainbow.
Twila C. Liggett is founder (and executive producer until 2006) of the PBS series, Reading Rainbow - winner of 160 awards including the Peabody and 24 Emmys. Liggett has published widely on a wide range of issues and was a SVP at JuniorNet, an online service for kids. She's been adjunct professor at Marymount Manhattan College and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Liggett is currently working on a book for parents.
Istar Schwager is an educational psychologist who has served as an advisor for numerous award-winning children's television series. She has worked closely with such producers as Sesame Workshop, Nickelodeon, Noggin, the N, Scholastic Entertainment and others. Schwager has taught screenwriting at the School of Visual Arts, writes regularly on parenting and is the founder of CreativeParents.com, a Website for "parents leading creative lives."
About NYWIFT 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.