Do you ever notice that “tutus” and “brains” rarely go together?
So thanks to Amazon Studios, Wishenpoof’s Bianca is our gal.
Yes, the show involves much problem solving, empathy and techniques which aid in effective decision making, but Bianca’s also adorable, fun and funny, loves adventure and well..can make anyone’s WISHES come true.
How fun am I having making this one??? SO MUCH FUN!!
More info to come!
Many parents are concerned about the enormous media content their children are exposed to. And while the number of avenues that deliver these various messages is increasing, there are just as many contradicting opinions on all of this content.
How can a parent properly assess it all, so that their children can consume age appropriate material that’s conducive to their growth?
WQED launched iQ: smartparent in response to a research study made up of parents expressing a desire to build their confidence with educational, 21st century media & expand their capacity for co-learning with their digitally savvy children. Through a series of 6 hour-long broadcasts & numerous online resources, iQ: smartparent equips parents & caregivers with tools & resources to aid their understanding and use of digital media & technologies for learning.
Thursday, June 27th, I will be hosting iQ: smartparent “Tune In, Tune Out” in the Fred Rogers’ Studios.
Do your children believe everything they see on TV? How does your child learn to separate fiction from reality? This episode will empower families with skills & techniques which will assist in evaluating media while identifying ways that it can positively impact their lives.
I will be speaking with Board Certified Family Physician, Deborah Gilboa MD (@AskDocG), educational psychologist & children’s TV producer Alice Wilder (@alicewilder), Emmy®-award winning music producer, Emmai Alaquiva (@Emmai_Alaquiva) and behavioral scientist at the RAND Corp., Steven Martino.
If you are interested in attending the “Tune In, Tune Out” live taping in Pittsburgh, PA on Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 6:30-8 PM (EDT) please visit iQsmartparent4′s eventbrite page. iQ smartparent’s “Tune In, Tune Out” episode premieres: August 29, 8:00pm
iQ: smartparent is brought to you by WQED Multimedia with generous support from an anonymous donor & expertise from Common Sense Media.
“We are thrilled to welcome Angela Santomero to the iQ: smartparent series. She offers the sensitivity, advice, and media savvy to help any parent make great decisions about how 21 century media impacts a child. As a parent and TV creator she lives it every day.”
-Jennifer Stancil – WQED Executive Director of Educational Partnerships
Creative Galaxy (the animated & interactive, art adventure series, designed to inspire kids’ creative thinking through crafts, story, music & dance) has received the green light from Amazon Studios for series production!
The Creative Galaxy series will be offered on Amazon Studios’ subscription video service at the end of this year.
It’s really rewarding to hear that customers loved Creative Galaxy. It’s been a passion project for me to bring the best arts & creativity to kids with Amazon and I’m so excited that kids are going to be able to enjoy a full season of the show early next year!
We need more innovative kids programming that puts a strong emphasis on creativity & education. I’m proud & honored to be collaborating with Amazon to make these shows for kids.
Thank you, thank you EVERYONE that viewed & commented over at Amazon Studios on Creative Galaxy & Sara Solves It! And regarding Sara, rest assured, she hasn’t been shelved. So stay tuned!!
“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on” - Albert Einstein
Don’t forget to view the “Sara Solves It” math pilot (in progress) & to leave your feedback over at Amazon Studios today, or this hour..whatever works best. So, what’cha doin’ now?
In the Creative Galaxy (a galaxy made up of different art inspired planets) lives a creative preschool alien, Arty, with his mom, dad, baby sister and his shape shifting side kick, Epiphany. Arty explores the Creative Galaxy, soaring to the Museum Planet and the Painting Planet (and many more arts based planets in future episodes) to “fix situations with art!”.
In this pilot episode, Arty’s mom, an architect, built a library but no one will stay and read.
The library is..well..blah. Arty has an idea that will save the day!
He will fix the library with art!
Will he do it?
Will the aliens stay to read?
You will have to watch to find out!
Oh, and wait until you hear the theme song – - don’t say I didn’t warn you when it gets stuck in your head!
Out of the Blue Enterprises works with the best in the business to create something new and different: Samantha Freeman, Traci Paige Johnson, Dr. Alice Wilder, Becky Friedman, Wendy Harris, Rachel Kalban & animation from 9 Story Entertainment. With this team, we believe, we have the building blocks for kids to soar.
NOTE: Creative Galaxy is a work in process – it is presently a colored story board of sketches that tells the story with voice overs, music & minimal art (And, yes, I know how funny that is, since this is an ART show!)
Please check out Creative Galaxy & Sara Solves It at Amazon Studios. If you feel that your kids would benefit from either (or dare I say, both), please leave your feedback by next week. YOUR online support will determine which shows get picked up for series!
So much media & not enough quality programming? Amazon Studios is lending a hand here.
They have chosen to let YOU decide what shows get green lit for production!
Pilots are now available on Amazon Instant Video for parents to review & comment on, essential to the decision making process.
As I discussed in my earlier post, Amazon Studios Greenlights Kids’ Arts Pilot, two of my pilots ( Creative Galaxy and Sara Solves It) were also chosen by Amazon Studios to be among those viewed programs.
Here’s a little bit about each:
An animated, interactive art, adventure series, designed to inspire kids’ creative thinking through crafts, story, music and dance.
Sara Solves It is about create a strong female role model, Sara, who uses math to solve mysteries with her little brother, Sam. Together, Sara and Sam explore their world on the look out for mysteries..math mysteries!
(NOTE: Both videos are works in progress – colored storyboards of sketches that tell the story with voice overs and minimal music & art)
I would love to continue to do what I do, to make shows for your kids that educate make them giggle and for them to be a part of the story.
Amazon Studios has ordered the math test pilot, Sara Solves It, developed by WGBH and Out of the Blue Enterprises.
Sara Solves It follows who else but Sara & her brother Sam to find answers to mathematical mysteries every kid can relate to. This time, we at Out Of The Blue Ent. have joined forces with the creator of Curious George & Arthur to create something special for children.
The need for a strong mathematics foundation has never been more evident and the proper assistance outside of the classroom behooves the learning within.
Sara Solves It has been added to Amazon Studios’ Series Development Slate and will be free to be preview later on this year.
“Mathematics expresses itself everywhere, in almost every facet of life.
Mathematics is the language of science and engineering – describing
our understanding of all that we observe.” -www.science.edu
Following the announcement of the Grammy winners 2013, a BIG congratulations goes out to Jack Antonoff and his fun. band mates for taking home Best New Artist & Song of the Year!
Perhaps Jack Antonoff is just as excited about his inspiring songs that he wrote about the Super Readers for the 2013 Super Why! Live tour as well..perhaps..maybe? Nonetheless, congratulations for this week’s big wins! We are so very happy & proud for you!
“Super WHY Live! is the live stage show inspired by the hit PBS Kids TV series. S2BN Entertainment and Out of the Blue Enterprises. We are proud to announce that after a successfull first run, we have added new dates and are beginning their Spring 2013 U.S. tour of Super WHY Live: You’ve Got the Power!coming to a stage near you in 2013. We’ve created some videos to show you what’s going on behind the scenes as we continue with the show.
In this video, Super WHY Live songwriter Jack Antonoff (of fun. – presently with a #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Digital Songs charts with “We Are Young”) talks about writing music for grown ups and kids, and about how excited he is for the debut of Super WHY Live!”
~Super Why Live Tour
[Click HERE for newly added dates for the Spring 2013 schedule for Super Why Live ]