Sesame Workshop


New CEO to succeed Moore at National Geographic Partners

National Geographic Society (NGS) boss Gary Knell will be the next CEO of National Geographic Partners (NGP). He will succeed Declan Moore, who has the run the business since its inception two years ago. NGP came into being in September 2015 when 21st Century Fox took control of its programming joint venture with NGS, which […]

Netflix checks into BBC’s Furchester Hotel

Netflix has acquired Sesame Workshop and CBeebies kids series The Furchester Hotel. The puppetry-based preschool series rolls out on the streaming service today on Netflix. The series follows goings on at a hotel run by a cast of cheerful monsters. Sesame Street favourites Elmo and Cookie Monster both appear in the show, which launched on […]

TRX preps move into movies

TRX is looking to add movies to the TV content on its soon to launch rights trading platform, its execs have told TBI. The platform, which received funding from Sky and Channel 4 in its latest funding round, was conceived as a way to buy and sell TV rights but it now looking to expand […]

Sesame veteran heads to WGBH

Sesame Workshop veteran Terry Fitzpatrick is joining US station WGBH as vice president, children’s education and media. Fitzpatrick moves from Sesame to Boston-based pubcaster WGBH to replace Brigid Sullivan as she moves into an advisory role, effective from year-end. The WGBH new recruit spent 18 years at Sesame, most recently as chief content and distribution […]

HBO strikes five-season Sesame Street deal

HBO and Sesame Workshop have agreed a five-season deal for iconic kids series Sesame Street. The deal means the show will be on the HBO linear channel, its TV everywhere service HBO Go, and SVOD offering HBO Now, for at least five years. Episodes of Sesame Street will debut on the premium cable net and […]

Furchester Hotel opens on CBeebies nets

Preschool series The Furchester Hotel is heading to CBeebies channels in Africa, Australia and Poland. Following the show bowing internationally on the ABC in Australia, it will launch on the BBC Worlwide-operated CBeebies networks later this year. It’s also being made available globally on YouTube. The live-action show is a CBeebies UK and Sesame Workshop coproduction, […]

Nick’s Johnson resurfaces at Sesame Workshop

Former Nickelodeon animation chief Brown Johnson has resurfaced at Sesame Workshop, which has restructured its top team. Johnson left Nick as part of wide-scale restructure in 2013, and has now joined Sesame Workshop as executive VP and creative director. Her hire comes as non-profit Sesame’s new president CEO Jeff Dunn builds his team out with […]

US kids VOD platform bags Nelvana hours

Bilingual children’s VOD service Oznoz has secured a deal for more than 400 half-hour episodes of programming from Canada’s Nelvana Enterprises. Oznoz offers programming in a range of languages, and this deal brings its overall content offering to more than 2,000 hours. Key Nelvana titles include Babar, Franklin, Beyblade, Bakugan, Scaredy Squirrel and Ruby Gloom […]

News brief: Hulu adds Thomas, Sesame Street, Bob

US streaming service Hulu has added hundreds of episodes of children’s TV programming. As of today Hulu Kids will include new episodes of shows such as Sesame Street, Thomas and Friends, Bob the Builder, Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot and The Electric Company. There will also be new Spanish-language programming. Hulu closed the […]

NBCU acquires full ownership of Sprout

NBCUniversal has acquired the shares in US preschool channel Sprout it didn’t already own to make it the sole owner of the cable net. NBCU Cable Entertainment has acquired the stakes from public broadcaster PBS and HIT Television Ventures, an Apax Partners-operated fund. The network was launched in 2005 as a joint venture of NBCU, […]